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Bill Daly Is The Real Deal

While at the Lester Patrick Awards Luncheon yesterday, I had the opportunity to chat will NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly for about five minutes. I walked away thinking if Gary Bettman ever decided to leave the NHL, Bill Daly should walk right into that position, with no questions asked. In my conversation with Bill, I first thanked him for returning every email I have sent his way regarding clarification on NHL questions I have had along with KK readers. We also discussed the game itself and how it has settled in nicely, especially after recalling all of the questions many of us had a year ago at this time. He seemed sincere about the reaction of the fans who visit sites like Kukla's Korner and knows it is so important to retain the core hockey fans and keep them as happy as possible. A funny moment at the luncheon was a Detroit TV sports anchor approached me about interview opportunities with the "NHL bigwigs". I told him the best interview would be with Bill Daly, he looked at me and wanted to know who Bill Daly was. I just shook my head and walked away. My NHL.com blog regarding the Lester Patrick Award is up at NHL.com if you care to read it.

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Nolan Calls Out Islanders

from Newsday,

"That was worse than a clunker," Nolan said of the Islanders' second straight home loss that dropped their record to 6-6-2. "The most frustrating part was that we seemed to quit. You can get 'outskilled,' but when you quit, that's another story. "When they got up 3-1, we looked like we didn't want to fight back . . . We played so well in Jersey that we thought it was going to be easy."
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HDNet Now Available In Canada

Rogers Cable Communications Inc., today announced a carriage agreement with HDNet to distribute the channel as part of its high definition programming line up. "We're thrilled to be launching HDNet in Canada on Rogers Cable," said Mark Cuban Chairman and Co-founder of HDNet. "This launch means that Canadian viewers will now see the highest quality HD programming around, including original programming, investigative news, great original movies and hard hitting sports." HDNet NHL Hockey Schedule

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Give And Take

from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,

If the Maple Leafs either miss the playoffs or go out early, their fans can then switch their allegiance to the team they help the most -- the Nashville Predators. In Gary's Game, the idea is that if you build a strong team, you get penalized. The effects already have been seen in Colorado and Philadelphia, and are showing signs of having their impact in Detroit. Thanks to the salary cap and the revenue-sharing, the National Hockey League's successful teams are penalized.
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Cheechoo Fighting Slump With Focus On D

Via the San Jose Mercury News,

Jonathan Cheechoo, the reigning Rocket Richard Trophy winner, has gone without a goal in six consecutive games, but he is mostly concerned about his defense. Sound like convoluted logic? Allow Cheechoo to explain: ``They can live with you if you're not scoring,'' the Sharks right wing said. ``But if you're not scoring and getting scored on, it's really tough for the coaches to put you out there.''
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Wild Dads Along For West Coast Trip

From the St. Paul Pioneer Press,

The team is staying three days at an oceanfront resort in Huntington Beach, so there will be time to soak up sunshine, catch up on life experiences and break bread with fellow NHL fathers from Europe and North America. "There are events in your life that are very special, and I believe this will be one of them," said Marc Fernandez, the father of the Wild's No. 1 goalie, Manny Fernandez. "I didn't even discuss it when he called me and asked whether I wanted to go. I said you're asking a blind man if he wants to see."
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Playoff Format To Change?

Ross McKeon of the San Francisco Chronicle says it's being considered,

The way it would work is to have the Nos. 1 versus 8 and 4-5 first-round matchups from each conference in the top half of separate brackets, and the 2-7 and 3-6 finishers make up the bottom half of separate brackets. Thus, in the conference semifinal, the winners of 1-8 and 4-5 meet as do the winners of 2-7 and 3-6. We're a little baffled why the idea even would arise, especially considering the Stanley Cup playoffs are the best thing the attention-starved league has going.
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Aging Well In Carolina

Via Luke DeCock and the Raleigh News and Observer,

With points in eight of the Canes' past 10 games, tied with Ray Whitney for the team scoring lead, Brind'Amour's carrying the Canes again -- all while playing more than 23 minutes per game, second among NHL forwards and most on the team. "He's the heart and soul of this team, and he won us a Stanley Cup last year," Staal said.
Interesting comment from Brind'Amour regarding the ovation he received in Ottawa following his 1000th career assist.
The Senators announced the milestone during the next break in play. That drew a round of applause and an uncharacteristic wave from Brind'Amour on the bench. "I appreciated that," Brind'Amour said. "That's only in Canada, where you could do that. Do it in the States, and they'd be like, 'What's this?'
Woops. Canes bloggers?

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Phones Ring As Bruins Keep Losing

Boston GM Peter Chiarelli has been watching his team lose with a phone glued to his ear. From the Boston Herald,

“The general premise, and I would do the same things if I were in their shoes, is they go to teams that aren’t having success,” Chiarelli said. “There’s a bit of cherry-picking going on, and again, I would do the same thing. Most of it is just probing.”
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Sundin Leading Resurgent Leafs

Via the Toronto Star,

At the moment in question he took the puck, circled the Philadelphia net, saw his attempt at a centring pass busted up, and dug hard in chase. He recovered the puck and traced a ring around the goal again. And by this point there was a palpable buzz from a mostly buzz-less crowd. What Sundin was doing — his second lap of the Flyers' zone in a few short seconds, literally skating circles around his opponents — was a move you might expect more from a waterbug left-winger, not a 6-foot-5 captain who'll be 36 in February.
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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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