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How Bad Can It Get

Flyers up by one late in the 3rd period, full blown 3-0 after the Sabres dman falls at the blueline, and they miss the chance to put the game away. Sabres score about a minute later, game goes to OT and Sabres finish off the Flyers on a Briere pp goal. image

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Schedule Doesn’t Make Sense

from Bob Foltman of the Chicago Tribune,

As it is on so many issues, the NHL stands alone on topics in which it seems only to create controversy. Is there any talk ever about the schedule in any other sport? No, and if the NHL just followed the acceptable model that is already in place in the NBA, this would be a non-issue. Oops, there's that word, or rather, letters. NBA sounds the alarms to many "hockey people" that their sport is about to be taken over. Setting that ridiculous paranoia aside, why the NHL doesn't schedule its games in the same manner as the NBA is beyond mind-boggling. Consider: Both the NBA and NHL have 30 teams. Both have two conferences with three divisions in each conference. Both have playoffs based on conference seedings and both play 82 games. Somehow, the NBA finds a way for their teams to play every other team in the league home and home, while the NHL doesn't.

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Holmgren Keeps Job For This Year

from TSN,

The Philadelphia Flyers named Paul Holmgren as general manager through the remainder of the 2006-07 season, according to Flyers Chairman Ed Snider. "Paul has been working very hard and I felt that it was important at this time to provide him with some stability in his position which will help him with the tasks at hand," said Snider.

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Comcast Looking At HD Hockey & Golf Channel

from TVPredictions,

Comcast is considering starting a new High-Definition channel for sports, TVPredictions.com has learned. The channel would likely feature high-def broadcasts of the National Hockey League from the Versus channel and tournament action from The Golf Channel. Comcast owns both The Golf Channel and Versus, formerly known as The Outdoor Network The nation's largest cable operator may launch the HD sports channel by year's end or in early 2007, according to one source close to the situation. The addition would be part of Comcast's overall plan to expand its high-def lineup, with more HD networks coming early next year. "I think we’ll be adding a new HD service from Comcast that will be a compilation of programming from Golf and Versus to start," said the source.
continued...this looks like it will take care of the problem with the NHL on INHD and being bumped for NBA games.

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Veteran’s Day Tributes From The Blogosphere

By Bill Houlihan Throughout the week we've been posting different items relating to what various NHL teams are doing to honor US and Canadian veterans. Mike Ilitch is offering amazing deals for servicemembers interested in starting their own franchises. Colorado dedicated a night to World War II vets. The Bruins' homepage featured an amazing story about former Boston players and the role they played in defense of our nations. Obviously, considering my status as an active duty Sailor, this day holds special meaning. And that is due to the amazing opportunities I've had to meet some incredible people who have done amazing things, courageous things, that make me wonder where they found the will to act the way they did.

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Roy Shies Away From Latendresse Issue

Choosing instead to allow the media to focus on this weekend's Hall of Fame induction. Via Sportsnet,

As much as Roy hasn't endeared himself to the Montreal media for his critical comments, the media has not made Roy eager to respond. One Montreal radio station host even called him on Thursday pretending to be Latendresse's father, and the entire conversation was recorded and played on the air. At a time when Roy is supposed to be celebrating his Hall induction, there has been little mention of his accolades.

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The Norway Connection

from the Columbus Dispatch,

Ole-Kristian Tollefsen and Patrick Thoresen met on a sheet of ice in Oslo, Norway, in the early 1990s. "We were probably only 7 or 8 years old," said Tollefsen, a rookie defenseman for the Blue Jackets. "Just little kids playing hockey, that’s all." Last night, when the Blue Jackets played host to the Edmonton Oilers in Nationwide Arena, the two made NHL history as the first Norway-born players to go headto-head in an NHL game.

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Let’s Get It Right

As Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette points out, Ron Wilson raises a good question ...

"I wish when we're making these kinds of critical decisions in this league, why can't one referee ask the other what he saw before you're kicking a guy out or disallowing a goal?" Wilson added. "I've never understood that. I don't stand on the bench and always make decisions on my own. If I'm confused, I ask my assistants...."

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Disclosure Please

from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

This business of non-disclosing injuries is a byproduct of head coaches strung out on paranoia. Virtually every head man in pro sports believes he can't hiccup without someone cataloging his actions and planning a counter-hiccup move that will lead to a crucial turnover with time running out. To all these coaches, I'd like to say, "Get a life." But that's like asking Britney Spears to stick with K-Fed. So, is there something the NHL can do to stop this injury-reporting silliness before it reaches epic proportions? ("Bobby Orr? That would be a lower-extremity, upper-ankle booboo of the third kind.") The NHL could force its teams to tell the truth but, guaranteed, there'll be a franchise in Wawa, Ont., before that happens.
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Everyone Goes To The Net

from the Edmonton Sun,

Now, with the NHL clamping down on some of the defenceman's best means of deterrence - hacks, slashes, crosschecks and punches to the back of the head - it's open season on goalies. "Guys are braver, they know they don't have to take the abuse anymore,'' said Dallas Stars goalie Marty Turco. "There have always been crease crowders, but now we've got all these brave new souls who never entered that twilight zone before. "But it was inevitable, I guess. One guy gets there by accident, who hasn't been there for years, and says this isn't so bad.''

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