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More Games Going To OT

from Jesse Campigotto of CBC Sports,

NHL players are working overtime like never before to earn their six-, seven- and eight-figure salaries. Through Friday, 89 of the 333 games (26.7 per cent) played this season required more than 60 minutes to decide a winner.

That’s a notable increase from each of the three seasons following the 2004-05 lockout, when shootouts were introduced to settle contests still knotted through overtime. In those campaigns, the rate of games going to OT hovered between 22.1 and 22.8 per cent.

So what, right? More overtime equals more excitement. More fun. More hockey for your hard-earned (and, given the sickly state of the TSX, increasingly precious) dollars. Plus, you don’t exactly see fans filing for the exits before the start of a shootout.

read on

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The Journeymen

from Sean Pronger at the Hockey News,

On the walk over to the rink you begin to question the decisions you have made and where it all went wrong. This is right about the time when you find out either:

a) Someone got called up and we’ll be a man short, or
b) One of the Euros isn’t feeling well and has decided to sit this one out - beautiful.

Here is a little tip for all of you future journeymen out there - before the game starts you’ll be asked to place your food order so it will be ready for you to take on the bus to your next disaster.

Your choices will look a little something like this:
a) spaghetti and meatballs
b) chicken parmesan
c) pizza
d) turkey sub

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Would You Want Avery?

from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

“Had the league not have suspended him, the Dallas Stars would have,” Hicks said. “This organization will not tolerate such behavior, especially from a member of our hockey team. We hold our team to a higher standard and will continue to do so.”

To which I say: Give me a break. You’re telling me Hicks hadn’t heard a word about Avery’s penchant for classlessness before he approved the $15.5 million over four years?

Count Hicks as another hypocritical, clueless owner. He had no problems with Avery in July, despite the long list of behavior issues. Now, the Stars have a higher standard.

So, if the Stars are so mortified by Avery and want to be done with him, what’s next?

How about a Rangers reunion?

read on and would you want Avery to be a member of your team, vote below…

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Report- Laviolette Fired, Maurice In

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Sources tell TSN the Carolina Hurricanes have fired head coach Peter Laviolette and in a unique about face, have replaced him with former Hurricanes head coach Paul Maurice.

Sources say Maurice will remain on as head coach at least until the end of the season, at which point the position will be re-evaluated leaving the Hurricanes the freedom to head in a different direction, or sign Maurice to a long term contract.

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added 10:10am, from Chip Alexander of Lord Stanley’s Blog at the News & Observer,

The Carolina Hurricanes have fired coach Peter Laviolette, who led the team to the 2006 Stanley Cup championship.

The team has called a press conference this morning to announce the coaching change.

continued

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  Tags: paul+maurice, peter+laviolette

Hockey Words & Phrases

from Ted Montgomery at USA TODAY,

Many words and phrases have seeped into the hockey lexicon over the years; some of them work well, and some of them are just embarrassing….

The terms “left wing lock” and “the trap” became part of the hockey dictionary in the 1990s, when the New Jersey Devils, and then the Detroit Red Wings, employed a suffocating style of team defense that made it difficult for the opposing team to mount much of an offense. Those terms have pretty much gone out of style as very few teams play that way in today’s NHL. This is evidenced by the increase in scoring this season. I think that makes for a better brand of hockey.

I do like the phrase “power forward,” which started gaining acceptance in the late 1980s and early 1990s. It perfectly describes what Rick Tocchet, Brendan Shanahan, Cam Neely and a host of others brought to the ice.

It’s only been about two years now that the phrase “secondary scoring” has come into play. Apparently, it means getting offense from your third and fourth lines.

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Tough Financial Times

from Sean Gordon and Paul Waldie of the Globe and Mail,

Montreal Canadiens owner and Colorado-based debt-financing king George Gillett is engaged in another financial high-wire act that could have an impact on Canada’s most storied hockey franchise.

According to a lien filed in Delaware, Gillett has taken out a high-interest, $75-million (all currency U.S.) personal loan from a U.S.-based private investment fund, putting up his heavily-leveraged share of British soccer giant Liverpool Football Club as collateral….

But it’s clear Gillett is among the many NHL owners facing stormy financial seas because of the economic downturn.

Hockey industry sources say at least three other teams - the Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning and the Phoenix Coyotes - have recently taken out high-interest loans with distress lenders or private equity funds because of tightening credit in the United States.

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Catching Up With Claude Lemieux

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

“I’m having a great time,” said Lemieux, once the focal point of Boston fans’ ire, in part the result of some legendary confrontations with Cam Neely at the old Garden. “I think I can be very helpful to any club, based on what I bring to the ice and to the dressing room. That said, I’ve waited a long time to do this, so I’m also looking for a good fit.”...

Suffice to say the Red Wings, who still smart from his ugly hit on Kris Draper years ago, likely won’t dispatch a scout to check out No. 32 in Worcester teal.

“Yeah, he’s 43, but I think that’s all a state of mind,” said Worcester coach Roy Sommer. “If you look at him, he’s got the body of a 27- or 28-year-old, and in the brief time he’s been with us, he’s helped us win [2-1-0 over the weekend].

“I think the question will be, is his mind into it? So far, it sure seems that way.”

To this point, noted Sommer, the reacclimation has been seamless.

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Morning Line

“This goes beyond hockey and beyond the game on the ice, and that’s what bothers me.  We have talked and talked and talked about being on the edge within the game, but not going over the line. We told him from the start that he can not do things that would embarrass the organization. Ever since the start here, this organization has been built on class, and there is a responsibility to the organization, to the owner and his family, and to the city and the fans to maintain that class. Play hard, push the game on the ice, but do not embarrass the organization.”

-Brett Hull on Sean Avery.  More from Mike Heika at the Dallas Stars blog.

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  Tags: brett+hull, sean+avery

Havlat May Be On The Move

via Tim Sassone of Between the Circles,

It’s interesting that Marty Havlat skated on the third line at practice Tuesday with Dave Bolland and Andrew Ladd.

Are the Hawks preparing for life after Havlat? Maybe. There are rumors out there that Havlat might be the guy GM Dale Tallon tries to move to create cap space. Havlat makes $6 million and is an unrestricted free agent after the season.

Do the Hawks need Havlat to make the playoffs? Not if they think of him as a third-liner. Besides, if they are able to trade him Tallon could turn around and use that cash on a top-six forward or a defenseman, or both.

More and more, this is looking like the way to solve the cap problem - as long as Tallon can find a team that wants Havlat and as long as Havlat stays healthy.

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  Tags: martin+havlat

Hey Scott, You Should Have Thrown Your Helmet Too

from Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

It seemed like a good idea at the time.

Scott Hartnell was tired. He couldn’t catch Tampa Bay’s Ryan Malone, who was closing in on Flyers goalie Marty Biron. So he did the first thing that came to mind.

He threw his glove at Malone, giving the Lightning veteran a penalty shot with 16 seconds remaining in a tie game.

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  Tags: scott+hartnell

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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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