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Hitting still lives in the NHL.

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Leafs Talk, Not Here Today

I believe most of you have had enough Leafs talk in the last week or so, but Spector covers it today along with some trade and signing talk…

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  Tags: hockey+rumors, toronto+maple+leafs

Very Old School

from the Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal,

I’m working on a project where I need to study old playoff scoring stats, so the NHL’s stats whiz Greg Inglis has been digging in its archives and he sent me a batch, which I’ll now share with you. These stats aren’t readily available elsewhere. They’re not in the NHL Offiicial Guide and Record Book.

So, here we go, Top Five Stanley Cup playoffs scoring stats 1927-49.

NHL PLAYOFF POINTS LEADERS, 1927-1949

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OK, Who’s Stealing The Sens Identity

We have had people saying they are hockey players, now we have teams saying they are the Ottawa Senators…

from the Detroit Free Press,

Detroit’s second permanent luxury casino hotel opens this afternoon, and early tours Tuesday showed off the funky flair of the MotorCity Casino Hotel that contrasts nicely with competitor MGM Grand Detroit’s smooth elegance.

The permanent casino complexes are part of the required payback for the money Detroit’s three casinos take in (more than $1.1 billion in the first 10 months of this year). The hotels were required as part of the agreements that allowed the casinos to open in temporary facilities at first….

It’s not a coincidence that two of the hotel’s confirmed guests are the Minnesota Wild and Ottawa Senators hockey teams.

read more about the hotel, but the Sens don’t visit Detroit this season, unless, of course, it is in early June…

thanks to Snapshots for the pointer to the story…

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The Trap Works

from the Good, the Bad and the Duthie,

The New York Islanders are clearly Devil-Worshippers. It’s like they took Jersey’s old trap and said “This is too exciting, let’s make it more defensive!” For 40 minutes, they spent more time in their own backyard than my dog. We ran a 30-second clip during our intermission of Ottawa with the puck in its own end. You never saw more than one Islander in the frame.

And sadly it works. The Isles have now scored 2 goals or less in 10 straight games. And they have 5 wins and 11 points to show for it.

Herein lies a major problem for hockey.

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  Tags: new+york+islanders, trap+hockey

Hockey For A $1000 Alex

from Joe Pelletier’s Gretest Hockey Legends,

Interestingly, Hodge was not Mellanby’s first choice to replace Ward Cornell. No, according to Mellanby his first impulse was to bring in Alex Trebek, who at the time was working for the CBC in Ottawa.

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Hmmm, they should have picked Vanna…

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Buying Votes

from NHL Digest,

If a fan feels that a player deserves to be in the All-Star Game, the fans should vote accordingly. Fans should not be influenced by the lure of autographed merchandise, tickets and/or other prizes.

It is one thing for creative fans to try to hustle votes, but an entirely different thing for an organization to attempt to essentially buy votes for its players.

What do you think?

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Stick To Black & White Rules

from the Windsor Star,

Last season, defenceman Sean Hill was suspended 25 games by the league after testing positive for steroids.

For his attack on Moore’s brother, Bertuzzi - like Shore a player with a history of violence - missed only 20 games.

In other words, in a span of more than 70 years, not much has changed when it comes to the NHL disciplining its violent offenders.

Hockey remains the only sport where the rules vary as the game progresses. Penalties in football and fouls in basketball are called the same way no matter how much time remains on the clock.

“Make the rules black and white and enforce them as they are written,” is Moore’s challenge to the NHL.

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The Same Pronger

from the Vancouver Province,

All the guy does is play 28 minutes a night until the playoffs. Then he really gets to work and he kicks it up a notch. He always gets better as the season goes along and his team, no matter what team he plays for, always has a chance to do something in the post-season. He’s so good and has been for so long, he’s just expected to be great every night, every year with no fanfare, unless it’s provided by the opposing crowd.

“He’s been terrific this year again,” says Ducks GM Brian Burke of the defenceman he landed from Edmonton 18 months ago to make a Cup in Anaheim last year a reality. “He’s stepped into the leadership void left by (Scott Niedermayer’s) loss and filled it nicely. He’s always steady, great every night ... just terrific.”

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Everyone Likes Comrie

from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,

The Senators joined the New York Islanders winger for dinner Tuesday night because they apparently really do like him and not because there might have been a chance to see Comrie’s squeeze, singer/clothes designer/teen idol Hilary Duff.

“I’ve got a lot of friends in the NHL now,” joked Comrie, who made the Islanders his fifth NHL organization in seven years when he signed here as a free agent during the summer.

more on the Sens…

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  Tags: mike+comrie, new+york+islanders, ottawa+senators

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