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No Punching The All Star Ballot

The NHL will be the first major sports league to eliminate a hard-copy all star ballot. Voting for the NHL All Star teams begins on November 15th at NHL.com and through cell phone submissions in the U.S. and Canada. The NHL will rely on print, TV and radio promotions to get the word out about the voting.

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HDNet & Comcast

HDNet's NHL broadcaster Judd Sirott was on the Wings pre-game show tonight and was talking about the availability of HDNet. Judd mentioned iti is only a matter of time until HDNet is available on Comcast. At least this gives us Comcast subscribers a little hope for another HD channel being added.

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Searching For Positive Signs In Calgary

Who would have thought you'd read a comment from Calgary, calling an OT loss to Columbus "baby steps" in the right direction? Via Slam,

Nobody in the Flames room was bouncing off the walls or doing celebratory cartwheels after their loss at the Nationwide Arena but, after a dismal opening period, the Flames regrouped with the kind of effort that had been lacking during this season-starting swoon. Down 3-1 by the first intermission, the Flames displayed an aggressive forecheck, attacked the puck, were physical and took control of the game's tempo forcing the Blue Jackets to play on their terms and possibly serving notice they may be on the verge of turning the corner.
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Milestone For Rob Blake

Via the CP and The Hockey News,

When Rob Blake steps on the ice in Phoenix on Saturday night for his 1,000th career NHL game, he'll be doing so in a Los Angeles Kings uniform, which is the way it should be. Like Ray Bourque with Boston, Wendel Clark with Toronto and Trevor Linden with Vancouver, Blake will always be associated with only one team even though he played elsewhere.
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MacTavish & Hartley Fined

NEW YORK (Nov. 4, 2006)--Craig MacTavish, head coach of the Edmonton Oilers, has been fined $10,000 for remarks made following Friday night's game against Dallas. "The NHL acknowledges the fact that referee Mick McGeough made the wrong call on a play late in the game, which he later admitted to the media following the game," said Colin Campbell, NHL Senior Executive Vice President and Director of Hockey Operations. "However, Craig MacTavish's comments after the game regarding the call were totally inappropriate and crossed the line." Bob Hartley, head coach of the Atlanta Thrashers, was assessed a gross misconduct and fined $10,000 for verbal abuse of the officials at the conclusion of Friday night's game against Washington. The money from both fines will go to the NHL Foundation.

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NHL Battles FIFA

The National Hockey League, which is apparently unaware that Canada is not part of the United States, or vice versa, today presented indisputable evidence from a study in the making for the last three months showing that the Stanley Cup is much bigger than the World Cup. The presentation of the study to the press, regrettably, was interrupted by an observer from FIFA.
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Wings On A Roll

from Larry Wigge at NHL.com,

Nicklas Lidstrom recalled the changing mood on the Detroit Red Wing bench before the third period of a game against the San Jose Sharks on Oct. 25, Detroit trailing 1-0, with a record below .500 for the first time in a long, long time following a three-game road losing skid. You could say there's a new confidence on this experience-laden Detroit roster that has done so many great things, including winning three Stanley Cups in the last decade. "We have a lot of the same faces as we did last season (when the Red Wings won the Presidents' Trophy with the best record in the NHL for the third time in the last four seasons)," Lidstrom remembered that particular night against the Sharks. "But I remember looking down the bench and seeing a couple of our younger guys no longer looking around to see ..."
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Wait Until They Can Communicate

from the San Francisco Chronicle,

Evgeni Nabokov already saw two years ago what the NHL and its fans are discovering today. A young Russian player with the same first name is someone the Sharks' goalie knew would quickly make a name for himself. "I know the guy pretty well," said Nabokov, flashing a wry smile. "The only thing was how would he adapt to this style because it's so different? I haven't seen any of his games, just highlights, but I guess he's doing pretty good."... "We can't even communicate yet," the 19-year-old Crosby said. "We can't talk, say, 'Go there, go there.' It's tough. We're just reading off each other right now, kind of ad-libbing, and doing an OK job. We're pointing at a plastic board on the bench, that's what it is."
more sidenote- Scotty Bowman talked about the young NHL stars recently, saying Crosby is head and shoulders above the rest of the competition. He believes Sidney is only scratching the surface right now.

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Drop The Gloves

Hockey Fights has a nice series of, what else, hockey fights! Good way to spend your Saturday. image

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Fine On The Way For MacTavish?

You've seen the call from last night's Dallas/Edmonton game? Craig MacTavish definitely noticed and probably never anticipated he'd be compared to Tim Duncan. But, stand by. Via the CP.

"It was a retarded call," Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish snapped. "There is no other explanation for it. I know he is a veteran official and at times I have found his antics humorous. But if this is the product of that there is a problem."
Interestingly, the AP used the same quote...except for the first line. Theirs starts out...."“I know he is a veteran official and at times..."

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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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