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Lecavalier Not Going Anywhere

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

“When I became GM, I didn’t think it was the right thing to do to trade Vinny. I said I won’t be the guy who traded Vinny Lecavalier — that won’t be my legacy,” Feaster said. “Since then, he has been MVP of the World Cup of Hockey, helped us win a Stanley Cup and win two division titles and chasing a third, and he’s on the verge of being the leading goal scorer of the National Hockey League. Why would I consider it now?”
The message is clear: The Lightning aren’t going to trade Lecavalier this summer.

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The Reaction To Simon

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

“[Simon] has been a pretty honest guy his whole career, but that was disgusting,’’ said the Rangers’ Sean Avery, a vital force again. “I don’t think he should be allowed to play another game the rest of the year.
“I mean, that was just as bad as [Marty] McSorley. I was in shock. Let’s see if the league makes a statement here.’‘

added 7:55am, via the New York Times,

“I’ve always been known as a clean guy and I just feel bad for letting my team down,” Simon said. “I just don’t really want to say anything about the incident right now because I have to talk with the league first.”
Hollweg did not express anger at Simon.
“I’m a little surprised,” Hollweg said. “As far as I knew we respected each other as hockey players and that’s it. I just play my game. And playing my game helped us win, so that’s good.”

added 8:33am, from Spector at his Fox Sports blog,

What will it take for the league to get serious in cracking down on this crap?
Three and five game suspensions aren’t enough to get the message across. It’s long overdue for the NHL to put some real teeth into the punishments they hand out for these kind of infractions.

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Pittsburgh’s Future Looks “Brighter”

From AP via KDKA.com,

The future of the Pittsburgh Penguins looks a little brighter after a four hour meeting in Philadelphia Thursday evening.
Owners Ron Burkle and Mario Lemieux, Gov. Ed Rendell, Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman met in Philadelphia for negotiations for a new arena for the team.
The talks ended shortly after 11 p.m., and the sides agreed to meet again next week.
“We had a very constructive meeting where significant progress was made,” the team and elected officials said in a joint statement. “The parties have agreed to meet next Wednesday. They have also agreed that no further comment will be made.”

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Update 12:34 a.m. ET:
Video footage from KDKA televisions news with Penguins fans’ reaction to the situation.

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Chris Simon Two Handed Chop on Hollweg

Simon got run into the boards, takes it out on Ryan Hollweg…  A blatant, two hander across the neck, mouth and lip area which drew blood.
Hollweg skated off on his own.
Simon is looking at a big time suspension.

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Added 11:12 pm—From HockeyFights.com, includes video,

Hollweg laid Simon into the boards hard.  Whether or not that hit was legal will probably be something that’s debated for a long time to come.  What came after that, Simon getting up and catching Hollweg in the face with his stick, won’t be.

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Settle It

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

It is difficult to imagine a scenario where Ted Saskin remains as executive director of the NHL players’ association.
The only question, it would seem, is whether there is a move to terminate Saskin, which some are suggesting is the basis for an NHLPA executive committee conference call on Sunday, or whether he resigns voluntarily.

continued... Settle this now.  With the most exciting time of year for hockey fans just around the corner, we want hockey, just hockey.  No court fight headlines, no he said this, just hockey.

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Yashin May Play Limited Minutes

from On the Islanders Beat at Newsday,

Alexei Yashin will make a huge leap from the injured list for the past 16 games into the thick of the playoff push against the Rangers tonight at the Coliseum in a game that figures to be played at maximum intensity. It’s a tough spot, and if Yashin shows he’s not up to it yet, his role in the third period likely will be limited.
Coach Ted Nolan plans to use Yashin to center left wing Viktor Kozlov and right wing Miroslav Satan, a combination that relies on skill and finesse. If the Islanders can stay out of the penalty box and get into more of a rhythm rolling four lines, their skill might make an impact on the scoresheet. But they probably only have two periods in which to do it, especially if the game turns into a nasty, physical affair.

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Cole Back From IR

via the Carolina Hurricanes,

Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that left wing Erik Cole has been activated from the injured reserve list. Cole has missed the Hurricanes’ past seven games with a torn muscle in his hip area.

 

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More on Ted Saskin and the Email Scandal

From Bruce Dowbiggin at the Calgary Herald,

So far, Saskin has been as responsive as the Sphinx to most of these complaints. When pressed he fell back on the excuse of “previous practices” in the regime of Goodenow. Most of what Saskin and his allies—former president Trevor Linden, some players and a few prominent agents—have said is ridicule for those pesky old varmints such as Chris Chelios who’ve had the temerity to ask “where’s the money?” until they get a good answer. Chelios and Duane Roloson were said to be old and out of touch, reluctant to let a new generation take over the union.
This line worked well in the early days of Chelios’ questioning. Chelios is, after all, a notorious crank. But now that 18 months have passed without any revelations of substance from Saskin, the opposition has grown and reached critical mass.

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hat-tip TIB, for the link

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More On Fighting

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

Burke says he wants to strengthen the hockey tradition of players looking after their teammates. In the Original Six days, tough guys were called “policemen.”
“If my goalie gets run, I want someone in black and gold to handle it,” Burke says. “I don’t want zebras (referees) to handle it or the league office in Toronto to handle it.”
Burke’s position is when players have two instigator penalties, they don’t feel like they can do their jobs properly. He uses the case of the Florida Panthers’ Steve Montador.

read on.. including quotes from Bill Daly and NHL coaches…

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New Jersey Devils Planning Ticket Increase

from the Star-Ledger,

Devils fans could see this day coming as clearly as Scott Stevens lowering his shoulder to nail some hopeless left wing. But that didn’t make the 114 percent increase in the price of the best season tickets feel any better.
It’s a basic fact of life in the modern sports industry: A new arena means higher ticket prices. This week Devils fans are learning just how much more they will pay to maintain their seats when the team moves to Newark’s Prudential Center this fall.
We knew it was going to go up,” said Gary Mouridy of Readington, who has been a season-ticket holder since 2001. “We didn’t expect it to double.”

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