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Craig Ready For The Job

from NHL Media via the Chicago Blackhawks,

Dan Craig isn’t pumped up just yet, but as the man in charge of every inch of ice in the NHL, he already has more than just a few things on his plate to temper any brewing enthusiasm for the upcoming Winter Classic.

Come Thanksgiving, Craig expects to be overcome by anticipation.

“I want to see it,” Craig, the League’s Facilities Operations Manager, told NHL.com. “I want to feel it. I want to see the players enjoy it and for all of us to put on a good show for TV and the people that are in the stadium.”

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  Tags: winter+classic

Blues Can Build On Loss To Wings

from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

The Red Wings would have turned their 3-0 lead into a 6-0 lead against a lesser team. They have the speed, skill and persistence to turn bad bounces into goals.

So the Blues can take something positive from the loss. They can take the last 20 minutes of that game and build on it.

“That’s the best team in the league,” Legace said, “and we dominated the third period.”

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How To Increase Scoring

from Edward Fraser of the Hockey News,

There are a couple of changes to penalty-killing that will help power plays and, of course, increase scoring (unless, of course, you’re the Ducks, who are clipping along at a woeful four percent after seven games): First, the league could mandate the full two minutes be served. Prior to the 1955-56 season players served full penalties, but the rule was changed because the league felt the ultra-skilled Canadiens had an unfair advantage scoring so often with the man advantage.

more suggestions…

Sorry Edward, no more changes, keep the game as it is.

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Avoid The Shootout

from CBC,

Thursday’s matchup between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins begs the question: Can a shootout game end in a tie by default?

Both the visiting Maple Leafs (1-2-3) and the host Bruins (2-1-3) have been sources of much shootout futility so far this season, each losing three of their six games in that manner.

It’s to the point that you’d half-expect coaches Ron Wilson or Claude Julien to pull their goalie toward the end of overtime in order to force someone to come up with a victory the next time a shootout looms.

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Kiprusoff Just Worried About Winning

from Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald,

Too old, too slow, too nonchalant—the Flames goalie lets it all whistle by him like a rising slapshot over the net.

“I’m kind of used to it,” Kiprusoff said Wednesday as the Flames packed their bags for tonight’s game in Nashville against the Predators. “That’s how it is to be a player, a goalie in the NHL.

“First, you’re young and not experienced. Then, you’re old. It’s always something.”

And it’s something Kiprusoff chooses not to concern himself with.

“I have worries to be able to help this team win games here,” the Finn said. “And take care of my body and keep in good shape.”

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  Tags: miikka+kiprusoff

Why Stevie Y

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

The naming of Steve Yzerman as executive director of Team Canada for the 2010 Winter Olympics is a slap in the face of the history of hockey.

This has nothing to do with Yzerman himself, who was a superb player and is a fine hockey man, and everything to do with Hockey Canada again ignoring the obvious.

For reasons it can best explain, Hockey Canada remains obsessed with the big-name, high-profile, star-quality leader. In essence, the jock-sniffers approach to running a hockey program.

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  Tags: steve+yzerman

Burke Wants Out

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

...He wants out.

The Ducks wouldn’t release him as he asked last spring, or at least give him permission to talk to other clubs. But soon that won’t be their call any longer.

That, of course, will put the Ducks and team president Michael Schulman in a dicey predicament. When Burke tells them during the holiday season that he won’t be agreeing to a new contract – only a major change of circumstances would change that now – Schulman will be left with the problem of having a lame duck GM heading towards the trade deadline and, after that, the draft and free agency.

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  Tags: brian+burke

It The Cap Number Decreased Next Year

from Spector at Fox Sports,

The recent economic crisis has led to talk the NHL’s revenue for this season could decline, dragging down next season’s cap limit to as low as $50 million. Several NHL teams could find themselves with limited cap space to prepare for the 2009-10 season. Here’s a look at the top 10.

10. Edmonton Oilers

A decline in the salary cap could make it difficult for management to come up with the money to re-sign key Oilers such as winger Erik Cole and goaltender Mathieu Garon, or to find suitable replacements on next summer’s free agent market.

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Drury Struggling

from Mark Hale of the NY Post,

He’s also at minus-five through nine games. That’s the worst mark on the Rangers.

Heading into tomorrow’s game in Columbus, the 32-year-old captain is very much struggling. Drury’s managed a not-so-grand total of one point this year, thanks to paltry stats of no goals and one assist

“I’m getting there. Nothing’s really clicking too good right now,” Drury said after practice on Tuesday. “But obviously importantly our record is pretty darn good and that’s what this is all about.

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  Tags: chris+drury

Adams Waiting For The Phone To Ring

from Luke DeCock at Talking Points,

“At 34, to be a fourth-line guy, teams are not sure I can stay healthy,” (Kevyn) Adams said. “A team would rather put in a 22-year-old who’s spent a year or two in the minors, pay him same money and be a guy they drafted. …

“I’ve won a Cup and done a lot of things and can bring a lot to a team, but it’s different for me than a guy like Roddy (Brind’Amour). It’s a similar injury, but he’s a top-line guy, not a depth guy. I’m in shape. If the phone rings I’m ready.”

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  Tags: kevyn+adams

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