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Scouting Is Key

from Kelly Hrudey at Behind the Mask,

Hey Kelly, what’s wrong with my _ _ _ _ ?

Insert any team name you want, Flames, Canucks, Senators or Avalanche.

It’s a league-wide epidemic and it’s called “parity.”

Literally, within three minutes while waiting to board my flight in the Vancouver Airport this past Wednesday, I had two fans say the same thing to me, except one wanted to know about their Flames, the other, their Canucks.

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Changes To The Game

from Shawn Byrne at the Daily Miner,

In a recent discussion with my boss about the state of hockey, we arrived at a couple ways for the game to be improved, and maybe, bring us back into the fold.

Eliminating the center line would be a good start. Keep the two-line passing rule, but get rid of the middle line to allow for more fast breaks. More scoring would lead to more excitement….

Another rule that we decided would add some excitement would be a take-off from basketball’s three-seconds rule.

On power plays, a defensemen could only be in a predetermined area in front of the goal for five seconds. The defensemen would have to skate out of the area, opening up the inside for an attack by the team with the advantage.

These two simple changes would allow me (and maybe my boss) to watch the Coyotes’ last five games like a fanatic, and whether or not Phoenix made the postseason, I would tune into the Stanley Cup playoffs.

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What’s Next For The Leafs

from Pierre LeBrun at Sportsnet,

The next move by Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment will determine just how long this funk lasts. It is the most important organizational hire, in my opinion, since the Leafs lured Cliff Fletcher away from the powerhouse Calgary Flames in 1991. Don’t need to spell out what that did to revive the Leafs’ organization.

Now they need a 2008 version of that Fletcher while the present-day Fletcher helps caretake in the meantime.

Once the season is over, the obvious names must be sought after: Brian Burke in Anaheim, Ken Holland in Detroit, Jim Rutherford in Carolina, Doug Wilson in San Jose, Doug Risebrough in Minnesota, David Poile in Nashville and Colin Campbell, the NHL’s executive vice-president and director of hockey operations.

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Confidence In Price

from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,

Carbonneau reinforced that organizational confidence in the aforementioned conversation with Price, the new starter.

“Coach Carbonneau came up and told me that the Montreal coaching staff and management would never put me in a position that they thought I couldn’t handle,” Price told NHL.com. “That’s all I needed to hear, and it gave me a lot of confidence moving forward.”

Carbonneau admitted his chat with Price wasn’t anything unusual, that he just wanted to show his support.

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Former NHLer Gagner Charged in Collision

From Canwest via the Ottawa Citizen,

London Knights assistant coach and former National Hockey League player Dave Gagner is facing impaired driving charges following an incident in the southwestern Ontario city Wednesday night.

Gagner, 41, was involved in a rear-end collision about 10:30 p.m. ET Wednesday, said London Police Const. Amy Phillipo. He was charged at the scene when police arrived.

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  Tags: dave+gagner, london+knights, ohl

She Loves The “Zam”

from Stan Fischler at Game On,

But why would any self-respecting author – Frankel’s works have appeared in The New Yorker magazine, Cosmopolitan and just about everything short of The Hockey News – want to climb aboard an ice-shaving-grooming machine invented by Frank Zamboni?

Martha, who lives in the Catskill Mountain hamlet of West Shokan, confesses that it’s all rooted in her absolute, unequivocal passion for the New Jersey Devils and her favorite of all faves, goalie Martin Brodeur. Well, just a moment, Marty is second; the Zamboni still is at the top of her list.

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Now It’s The Playoffs

NEW YORK (March 28, 2007) – The National Hockey League (NHL) today unveiled “The Cup Changes Everything,” its biggest advertising campaign of the 2007-08, to promote the Stanley Cup Playoffs (commencing April 9). The player-focused campaign will be widely distributed across a broad base of US and Canadian media, including television, radio, print, Internet, in-arena, and in more than 1,400 Canadian Cineplex theatres.

The campaign launched today exclusively at NHL.com, and will launch on all other media on March 30.

“The Cup Changes Everything” is a dramatic campaign developed from the insight that the Stanley Cup Playoffs feature a heightened level of excitement and intensity, and every game situation is magnified. The campaign features NHL stars Martin Brodeur, Henrik Zetterberg, Jarome Iginla, Roberto Luongo, Ryan Getzlaf, Daniel Alfredsson, Mike Komisarek and Joe Thornton.

Watch the videos and…

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Baby Lou & Ready To Play

KK member PuckHound 61 in the KK Forum gives us a Luongo update,

Gabriella, 7 pounds 6 ounces according to TEAM 1040 in Vancouver.

And Luongo is in Minneapolis for tonights game and will start for the Canucks.

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Bertuzzi Suing Crawford

from CBC,

Todd Bertuzzi has filed a lawsuit against former Vancouver Canucks coach Marc Crawford, alleging his negligence contributed to Bertuzzi’s infamous sucker punch on ex-Colorado Avalanche forward Steve Moore in March 2004, according to court documents obtained by CBC News.

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thanks to the numerous folks for the pointer…

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Morrison Wants To Stay In Vancouver

from the Vancouver Province,

It’s hard to imagine that after 513 franchise games, the last image of Morrison as a Canuck could be him hobbling off the ice instead of lifting his team to victory.

“It hasn’t sunk in yet,” Morrison said Thursday. “If it does happen to be this way, it won’t be a very fun way to go out. Does it enter your mind? Sure it does. Hypothetically, it sucks.

“But again, I don’t have any intentions of leaving. I don’t know how it’s going to play out here, but we’ll address it at the end of the year and see what the team wants to do.”

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