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Good News On The Gambling Investigation

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

An independent investigator hired by the NHL to probe allegations of a gambling syndicate operated by Phoenix Coyotes assistant coach Rick Tocchet has interviewed NHL players and team officials, almost four dozen in all, and has yet to uncover any evidence the game's integrity has been compromised by people betting on league games, sources close to the investigation told ESPN.com.
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Expanding The Viewing Audience

from the Contra Costa Times,

Hockey has already proved itself much more resilient than baseball was after a lockout forced the cancellation of the 1994 World Series. Now comes the next big test. The upcoming playoffs offer a chance to showcase the more wide-open and fan-friendly game that has resulted from long-overdue rules changes made in the wake of the lost season. Can the new and improved game clutch and grab casual fans needed to build TV ratings and broaden the game's appeal?
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A Little Creativity Goes A Long Way

David at the Ice Block produced a great spot, hoping to offer some guidance to the NHL. Many of us have been looking for this type of commercial all year. Great job David and I hope those s-l-ow-m-o-t-i-o-n commercials from "MY NHL" fame are gone forever. David also has a link to the newest "My Stanley" spots, in case you haven't watched them... image added on 04/11 at 9:40am, More on this from Ad Jab...

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Robitaille Ready To Retire

from the CP via TSN,

Luc Robitaille, the career scoring leader among NHL left-wingers, will announce his retirement Tuesday, according to the Los Angeles Kings. The 40-year-old Robitaille, who has 15 goals and nine assists in 61 games, will retire at the end of the season. "Tomorrow is the opportunity for the Kings and Luc Robitaille to acknowledge his Hall of Fame-calibre career and give him an opportunity to address his decision to retire from the game of hockey," said Michael Altieri, the Kings vice-president of communications. Altieri declined further comment.

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Oliers May Get A Break Tomorrow

from Mlive,

Red Wings center Robert Lang left Monday's practice just after the warmups with an undisclosed upper-body injury. It's not serious, but as a precaution, Lang went for tests and is questionable for Tuesday's game vs. Edmonton. Henrik Zetterberg didn't practice with the team. He skated by himself for about 15 minutes after practice. Babcock said he will probably play... Mathieu Schneider (groin) had a bit of setback, Babcock, said. He didn't practice and might not play until Saturday in St. Louis...
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Dreaming Of Pictures

from the blog of Shawn P. Rourke at NHL.com,

Last week, I ran across a photo of former heavyweight boxing champ Evander Holyfield posing with Ilya Kovalchuk in the Thrashers dressing room after a game in Atlanta against the Carolina Hurricanes. Holyfield was not the only star in attendance for the April Fool's game against the Hurricanes. Comedian Chris Tucker and PGA golfer Davis Love III were also in attendance at Philips Arena. That picture's simple message of athletic greatness -- past and present -- got me thinking about other hockey/non-hockey twosomes that would make priceless photo opportunities. ...Tom Brady/Steve Yzerman -- Simply put, these two are winners.
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Adjustments Ahead

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Coach Barry Trotz put a good face on things Sunday to the Nashville City Paper, no doubt anticipating the Vokoun announcement. "We have been a team of adjustments," Trotz said. "Every night our lineups are different. We have had key guys out every single game this season. We have had as many as eight or nine guys out. Lately, we have had four or five guys out. You don't know who is going to be in or out. This team is built on adjusting to whatever lineup we put out there."
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Keith Primeau Practices

from the AP via the Centre Daily Times,

Philadelphia Flyers captain Keith Primeau, believed to be out for the season with post-concussion symptoms, practiced with the team Monday, but downplayed speculation he might return for the playoffs. Primeau, sidelined since Oct. 30, took part in a number of contact drills and did not wear anything designating him as being injured.
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But Flyers' head coach Ken Hitchcock says it's "extremely doubtful" Primeau will play for the Flyers in this year's playoffs. "(Primeau practising) will get everyone talking," Hitchcock said. "But I think it's awfully premature to think there's a chance he could be back.

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Gauthier Suspended

via TSN,

The National Hockey League has suspended Philadelphia's Denis Gauthier for two games as a result of his hit on Toronto's Kyle Wellwood on Saturday night. Gauthier was given a major penalty and a misconduct in the second period for boarding on Wellwood.

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Tough Spot For Inexperienced Goalies

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

There is a school of thought that suggests teams entering the playoffs with inexperienced goaltending start the postseason endurance race with one wheel off the pavement. But what if all the cars start the race the same way? They can't all go off the rails, can they? Well, we're about to find out.
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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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