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CBA Issues

from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

While the players initially benefited from the new labour deal — increases in league revenue led to an increase in the salary cap — they feel they’re once again bailing out bad owners and poor marketplaces.

“Why should we pay for the owners’ negligence?” remarked one player. “The players have gone out of their way to promote the game, do interviews and commercials. There are some owners doing the job and doing it well, but it’s all done individually, not by the league.”

The longer the players live with the labour pact, the better they understand its shortcomings. In the NBA, the players’ escrow contributions are capped at 10 per cent. In the NHL, there is no cap and potentially no limit to how much the players could lose.

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Vancouver GM Says Canucks Looking Forward, Media Looking At The Past

Canucks GM Mike Gillis was on Team 1040 in Vancouver yesterday and discussed the media in Vancouver.

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Islanders Shutout Wings 2-0…

...coach Scott Gordon tells you how it was done.

Plus, a great save by Islanders goalie Joey MacDonald sure helped too.  Watch below…

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Giguere Pulled Twice In Loss To Oilers

from Dan Wood of Duck Blog,

The question now is whether the Ducks or the Edmonton Oilers have enough left in the tank to drive for the Stanley Cup playoffs over the season’s final seven games.

That task will be considerably more daunting for the Ducks in the wake of a wild Friday night rollercoaster ride that featured a franchise-record 54 shots on goal but resulted in a 5-3 loss to the Oilers at Honda Center….

“It’s a tough loss,” Ducks defenseman Chris Pronger said. “You’re going to feel it here for a little while, but when you leave the rink tonight you have to put it out of your mind and make sure we’re ready to come to the rink tomorrow to work and prepare for Colorado on Sunday.”

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Hossa Would Like To Sign An Extension By End Of Regular Season

Ritch Winter, Marian Hossa’s agent, tells Sporting News Today that he is optimistic a deal will get worked out, allowing Hossa to re-sign with the Red Wings.

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Evening Line

“It’s a nightmare. I’m embarrassed. Hopefully my teammates are embarrassed. I’ve been in bad situations, but this is the worst of my career. 15 goals in two games? I mean, we have to have more pride than that, to show that we care more about one another. I know it’s tough; guys can use the injury factor. But what can you do - quit?”

-Ian Laperriere of the Colorado Avalanche after losing to the Ducks.  More from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs.

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One Ferraro Brother Out With Broken Leg, The Other Brother Suspended For The Season

via Steve Silver of the Las Vegas Sun,

If the Las Vegas Wranglers make the playoffs, they will have to vie for the Kelly Cup without both Ferraro brothers as the fallout from Tuesday night’s brawl with the Alaska Aces continues.

In that melee on Tuesday, Chris Ferraro suffered a season-ending and potentially career-ending broken leg.

Friday morning, the ECHL suspended his brother, Peter, for the remainder of the regular season and the playoffs for spearing another player in the fight after the referees had seemingly stopped the mess.

Peter Ferraro, a 15-year professional veteran with significant NHL experience, notched 16 goals and 14 assists in 52 games with the Wranglers this season. Last season Ferraro posted a team-high 73 points in 68 games.

The video quality is not that great, but watch some of the incident below.

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‘Wild’ Furniture

Go into one man’s ‘Wild’ workshop to see him make custom furniture from hockey sticks, skates, pucks and anything else having to do with hockey.

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A Family Affair

from Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

The family crossover, the common interest, the closeness in age—it was probably inevitable that the three teenagers would bond.

“I think it was the first game I went to in Pittsburgh. I met them, and we just started talking,” Taylor Crosby said of Stephanie and Austin Lemieux. “Right away we were friends. I always stay with them when I go to Pittsburgh. We text or e-mail. You could say we’re kind of like cousins.”

The three are the next wave of players from Pittsburgh’s first families of hockey.

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Hurricanes Roll Continues

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

While top contenders like Boston and Washington struggle down the stretch, the Hurricanes finally discovered that extra gear, setting themselves up to be a team no one really wants to face in the first round.

No one should compare this group to the one that won the Stanley Cup in 2006, at least not yet, but there’s reason to believe it could enjoy a productive spring. For one, Cam Ward’s been magnificent, starting 22 straight and putting up the best numbers of his career.

“He was always technically sound, but I really like the way he battles,” said an Eastern Conference scout. “You can see his lateral movement has improved . . . [and so has] his rebound control. He’s not looked on as one of the real elite goalies because there’s nothing spectacular about his game. But, you know, he’s won it all before. That tells you all you need to know about his ability to compete.”

more and other hockey notes…

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