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Bettman Cranks Up Pressure In The Burgh

from the Canadian Press:

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman warned Tuesday that the Penguins' future in Pittsburgh is uncertain if the Isle of Capri casino chain isn't awarded a license next month to build a slot machines parlour in the city. Isle of Capri Casinos Inc. has promised to build a US$290 million arena to replace 45-year-old Mellon Arena, at no cost to taxpayers or the team, if awarded the license. The other two applicants are expected to provide money toward an arena, but neither would fully fund a new building. "If the Isle of Capri doesn't get the license, we've got a lot of uncertainty to deal with, and it's best for everybody and the franchise that we're not dealing in uncharted and uncertain waters," Bettman said.

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Chara, Lewis Drawing Raves

Via Sportsnet,

As Jeff O’Neill put it, it’s nearly impossible to beat Chara to the outside. Add to the fact that Chara is on the ice for pretty much the entire game and you begin to understand the impact he’s had on the Bruins. Every one of the Leafs admitted it’s no fun playing the Dave Lewis coached Bruins. They are solid in their own end and if they get any kind of lead, they’re more than capable of winning a one-goal game.
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Burnside On Pronger’s Return

Via ESPN,

It was the ultimate hockey betrayal. And so a city bided its time until Pronger's return. And then they let him have it. Boos, placards, all of the usual weapons of antagonism. "Pronger I Hope You Freeze" read one sign. There were others. The worse ones didn't make it into Rexall Place as the Oilers took the high road.
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Sound Familiar?

Emails continue to pour in tonight regarding my little blog post at NHL.com today. More on the emails tomorrow but I thought you may enjoy this. Did you know Sports Illustrated sat down with John Davidson, Ron Wilson, Brendan Shanahan, Glenn Sather and Don Meehan for a Q & A? Taken from that session...

SI: Is hockey more dangerous or violent than ever before? Davidson: Oh, absolutely. Wilson: I think it's just that the guys are bigger, stronger and faster. Meehan: The players are saying, in effect, that they're concerned about a lack of respect for each other now. SI: Did they ever respect each other? Did Wayne Maki and Ted Green, who engaged in a legendary stick fight in the 1960s, respect each other? Davidson: When Gordie Howe threw an elbow, you didn't see a guy out for two weeks with a concussion. The elbow pads the players wear now are dangerous, and the league has set up a committee to look into equipment. Shanahan: We have to ask whether players are wearing something for protection or more to use it as a weapon. I wear the old-style shoulder pads. I can deliver hits, but I can't run a guy because I have to protect myself. But some guys are getting into football-style shoulder pads -- these pads are more of a weapon. Sather: Everybody says violence is a problem that the league or the governors should deal with. It's never a problem for the players because the agents don't want to push their clients to stop the violence. But the players are the ones who inflict the damage on each other.
You can read on if you wish... One thing though, this sitdown was from the year 2000!!! Things seem to be the same, 6 years later.

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Moose Shot Dead In His Tracks

I knew the day would come when the Bellowing Moose would face stiff competition. Little did I know it would be IwoCPO going toe to hoof with the beast.

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Yotes Get A Goalie

via TSN as Breaking News,

The Toronto Maple Leafs have moved their surplus goalie. Sources tell TSN that Michael Tellqvist has been traded to the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for forward Tyson Nash and a draft pick. Another source suggested there may be a minor-league player from Toronto accompanying Tellqvist to Phoenix, but that the Coyotes are looking for Tellqvist to shore up their inconsistent netminding.
added 2:19pm, link now available at TSN...

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NHL All Star Campaigning - Dallas Getting Serious

Note: some of the following links open in Windows Media Player. As mentioned last weekend on Kukla's Korner, the Dallas Stars' Ambassador of Fun Brett Hull is promoting his favorite Stars for the NHL All Star Ballot 2007. You've already seen Mike Modano's appeal for your vote, but now you can check out their other candidates: Brendan Morrow, Marty Turco and Sergei Zubov.

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Put It To A Vote

from Damien Cox of ESPN,

What we have here is a need for some good, old-fashioned computerized rankings. You know, like the ones that have NCAA football fans locked in constant debate and have others screaming for a playoff system to stop the madness. But at least those folks have something relatively concrete to argue about.
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Let Up Boys

My NHL.com blog today deals with the "hits" we have been witnessing lately.

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On the Hockey Blogs

By Alanah D The weekly selection of posts from the hockey blogosphere is made up largely of blogs never previously highlighted in this column, so check out a few new reads. Dave Chernichan is a sports reporter for News 1130 radio in Vancouver and has his own blog, In the Room. Last week Dave discussed the matter of Canucks-Blackhawks rumors suggesting a trade involving Brent Seabrook and Brendan Morrison and wrote, "Plain and simple, This is how the Morrison for Seabrook non-rumor started." (Bottom line? It was kinda Dave's fault...)

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