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The ‘New’ NHL Team

from USA TODAY,

Maybe more than just about any other team, the Sabres are a product of the "new" NHL. "We took the league seriously on what they were trying to do," Regier said about the post-lockout rule changes aimed at opening up the game. "We knew we had good team speed." And with a little more than a month before the postseason starts, every other team knows, too.
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Joking With Jokinen

A tongue-in-cheek interview with Jussi Jokinen by Charlie Teljeur (Loose Change) of the Hockey News,

LC: What are your feelings on the death penalty? JJ: I guess it’s warranted if they really feel the need to crack down on obstruction. LC: Why did you choose the No. 36? JJ: My favorite player growing up was Jari Kurri. LC: But he wore No. 17? JJ: And he played for the Oilers so wearing one of those jerseys would look really stupid wouldn’t it?
read on update 2:50pm, More on Jussi from Eric McErlain at Off Wing Opinion...

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Three Points For A Regulation Win

from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,

If a team is not one of the league's powerhouses but manages to hold off the league leader for 60 minutes, its fans expect to see some sort of reward. In sports, you're selling hope, and if the hope of a single point is there, you've got more to sell. The answer is not to eliminate the point for a regulation-time tie. It is to award three points for a regulation-time victory. The concept has been studied by the league and was ever so close to becoming a reality last summer. But at the last minute, the governors shot it down. It's quite likely that this summer, they may have a change of heart. Because the NHL is run for the good of the weakest teams, the concept of keeping a point for a regulation tie is not going away. But for the sake of consistency, the same number of points should be available in every game.
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Original Six Day

from the Chicago Tribune,

The NHL hasn't done much recently to celebrate the history and accomplishments of the "Original Six." That may change. When he was in Chicago Wednesday, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman found "interesting" a suggestion from this reporter to have an "Original Six Day" along the same lines as "Canada Day".
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St. Patrick’s Day- 1955

from the NY Times,

Thousands of spectators took over the Forum tonight in a frenzied demonstration against Clarence Campbell, president of the National Hockey League. They were furious over the suspension of their idol, Maurice (Rocket) Richard. Campbell was assaulted and pelted with fruit and overshoes before the game between Montreal and Detroit was forfeited to the visiting Red Wings.
continued another recap Commisioner Clarence Campbell blames (will open wmp video). Little known fact about Campbell, he attended the game with his secretary, who he would later marry. image

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Lidstrom Contract Talk

Abel to Yzerman discovered a Swedish newspaper article disclosing information about Nick Lidstrom contract talks. It does appear Lidstrom may be looking for the maximum contract for two years. You can read the raw translation of the article in the comment section of this post.

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Update On Hasek

from the Ottawa Senators,

Although he was only dressed in warm-up gear today, and not his goaltender equipment, Hasek was just happy to go for a skate on the TD Banknorth Center ice. "It's good to be back on the ice," Hasek said after working a half hour with strength and conditioning coach Randy Lee. "There's still many things I feel I'm not able to do, so there was no reason to go out in full equipment. I did feel some improvement. We'll wait a few more days, a week, whatever."
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Sean Burke Breaks Finger

from the CP via TSN,

Veteran goalie Sean Burke of the Tampa Bay Lightning is out indefinitely after sustaining a broken finger in practice Thursday. The Lightning recalled Gerald Coleman from Springfield of the AHL to backup starter John Grahame. Burke's right index finger was placed in a splint Thursday. He will be re-evaluated by the Lightning medical staff next week.
update 4:22pm, via the Tampa Bay Lightning,
Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Sean Burke today suffered a non-displaced fracture of the distal phalanx in his right index finger during practice at the St. Pete Times Forum. The finger was placed in a splint by Lightning medical director Dr. Ira Gutentag and Burke will not play for the Lightning this weekend. He will be re-evaluated by the Lightning medical staff next week. His status on the team’s medical report will be listed as “out indefinitely.”

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Tribute To Moms

Four days ago I posted about the Blackhawks using pink hockey sticks this weekend in an effort to raise money and awareness for breast cancer. Today the story hit the web in a big way and I have had many hits and emails looking for that topic. Here is the article from the CP via the Toronto Star,

Some NHL players will hit the ice this weekend with pink sticks. In a tribute to hockey moms and to raise awareness of breast cancer, Tie Domi, Mats Sundin, Steve Yzerman, Sidney Crosby and others — will have a pink stick in hand tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday. TPS Hockey, the sports equipment company, is forking out an estimated $50,000 for the initiative which sprouted in the Gretzky family home in Brantford, Ont. The idea took root shortly after the death in December of Wayne Gretzky's mother, Phyllis. "It's a tribute to hockey moms," said Brad Janson, TPS's director of pro-hockey.
More information can be found at Frameworth. image

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Canucks In Trouble

from Barry Melrose of ESPN,

The Vancouver Canucks went out at the deadline and made major roster changes. Things were looking good, but they've lost five straight games. Now, they've made it an even bigger race in the West. No one could have projected this on March 9. The top line of Markus Naslund, Todd Bertuzzi and Brendan Morrison? I wouldn't call it the top line anymore.
more...and check out the good and the bad according to Melrose...

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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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