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Talking Winnipeg & Quebec City

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

The National Hockey League has not given up on one day re-visiting Canadian markets in Winnipeg and Quebec City and, way down the road, will examine a second team in the Toronto area. Fielding those questions was new Hockey Hall of Fame builder Harley Hotchkiss, an executive with the Calgary Flames and chairman of the league's board of governors. "I think we have an obligation (to see if those markets can work)," Hotchkiss said yesterday. "There were great fans in those cities to support those teams. "Speaking as a Canadian our team had some great games against the Winnipeg Jets and Quebec Nordiques."
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Report Seems Outdated

from CTV,

While a study of NHL data finds teams that fight have a better chance of winning, a hockey author notes that was in the old NHL. "I'd like to see this study done again in another five to seven years," Stephen Cole, author of the Canadian Hockey Atlas, told CTV.ca on Monday. Former NHLer Mike Gardner was even more skeptical, saying: "I think you could probably do a study too that a team that ate spaghetti at a pre-game meal is more likely to win than a team that eats chicken."
continued In case you missed the study that is being referred to, you can check out an article from earlier in the day.

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Pointing At The NHLPA

from the Maven at Hockey Journal,

*Goaltender Dwayne Roloson, who often seems more consumed with harassing Ted Saskin than earning his millions playing hockey, is about to have the challenge of his “Look, I’m Rich” career. With Edmonton a mediocre 8-8-1 and trying to prove that its trip to the Finals last spring was no fluke, it’s now up to pseudo-union-expert Roloson to lead his club. Otherwise Rollie goes down as yet another vastly overpaid netminder, who always seems to be beefing about something rather than appreciating what he has. *Speaking of the Salary Cap, we haven’t heard a single player beef about the new system that the union had so vociferously fought; until Trevor Linden, Bill Guerin and Vince Damphousse wised-up the NHLPA. …
more from Stan Fischler... while on the topic, did you know The Maven has a blog?

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Gallant Gone

via the Columbus Blue Jackets,

COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets have relieved Gerard Gallant of his head coaching duties with the National Hockey League club, President and General Manager Doug MacLean announced today. MacLean will meet with the media in the press conference room at Nationwide Arena on Tuesday at 10 a.m. prior to the club's practice. Media parking is available in the service yard, located next to the loading dock on the northwest side of the arena. "I am extremely disappointed to announce that Gerard Gallant has been relieved of his head coaching duties with the Columbus Blue Jackets," said MacLean. "He has shown tremendous dedication to our organization over the past six-plus years and worked as hard as he could to help our team be successful. Unfortunately, we have not gotten off to the start we expected this season and while there are always a multitude of factors involved, we felt a change was needed."
Update 7:06pm, A coach is expected to be named tomorrow. Let the speculation begin. Update 9:20 pm, TSN is speculating that while assistant coach Gary Agnew will be named interim head coach, he will not be permanent replacement and there will still be a search for a new candidate.

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Going With One Or Two Goalies

from Darren Eliot at Sports Illustrated,

At first glance, many NHL teams have definitive starters in goal, with the backup getting spot starts, typically on road trips in the second game of back-to-backs. But with the league now governed by salary cap considerations, and goaltenders seeing more demanding action on a nightly basis due to increased power play time and more aggressive attacks unleashed by the rule changes, having two established goaltenders to share the load seemed to be a trend in the making.
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Kasparaitis Recalled

New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that defenseman Darius Kasparaitis has been recalled from the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL) and left wing Nigel Dawes has been reassigned to Hartford (AHL).

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Rebuilding The Foundation

from Tripp Mickle at Sports Business Journal (paid sub.),

(John) Shannon has already trained cameramen in 12 cities; he hopes to get to the rest this season. To help that, the league has added three people to his department, one who joined the staff last week and two who will join it this month. “Because we’re dealing with 30-plus shows, different entities, different rights holders, we have to be patient,” Shannon said about the changes his department has been able to effect so far. “But as long as people are prepared to listen, it won’t be a problem. So far people have been sponges just dying for information.” Shannon thinks it will take three years before viewers see a qualitative improvement in the TV product at every regional carrier around the league. “I don’t think there’s anything short term about this,” he said. “We’re rebuilding the foundation.”
An excellent article in SBJ today on John Shannon and how his work will lead to an overall enhancement on how the game is delivered to hockey fans. I am attempting to get this story released to the hockey world. I should now something later in the day. update 2:23pm, Thanks to the folks at Sports Business Journal for making the link available so all can read. A must read for all hockey fans and comments are encouraged. note: this post first appeared at 11:37am today...

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The Best Actor Award Goes To…

NEW YORK (November 13, 2006) –Adweek, a premier national publication geared to marketing and advertising executives, has named the NHL promo “Bed with Peter Forsberg” as one of October’s “Best Spots of the Month.” The promo will be featured in the print and on-line editions of the November 13 issue of the magazine. You can get more information from Adweek.

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Ducks Trade Fedoruk

via TSN,

The Anaheim Ducks made two deals on Monday, dealing Todd Fedoruk to Philadelphia for a fourth round pick and acquiring George Parros from the Colorado Avalanche for a second-round pick.
update 2:03pm, As a KK member just stated in the comments, Ducks sent Chistov to the Bruins for a 3rd rounder. The TSN link is updated with all of the movement.

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Bucci’s First Book

from John Buccigross of ESPN,

Well, the manuscript has been turned in to my publishers at Middle Atlantic Press. The book is called, "Jonesy, Put Your Head Down and Skate: The Improbable NHL career of Keith Jones." After hearing a few of the current Versus studio hockey stories, I thought Jonsey's life might make for a nice little hockey book. I also thought it was a good project for someone who has never tried to write a book before. An easy read you could probably conquer in one long sitting, or spread out over two or three days.
continued... plus much more, including Bucci's future hall of fame picks...

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