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from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

The Swedish Red Wings, the Czech Rangers and the Finnish Stars aren't NHL franchises, and yet they are clearly visible in the league standings. All three teams lead their division, suggesting an advantage to the groupings.
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Decisions For The NHLPA

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

There are two simmering issues that involve the NHL Players' Association and it's going to be interesting to see whether either of them boil over in the near future. The first concerns the leadership of NHLPA executive director Ted Saskin.... The second issue will come to the fore on Wednesday when a conference call with Saskin and NHLPA player reps will go a long way towards determining what the salary cap will be next season in the NHL.
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Mainstream Media Coverage

Abel to Yzerman once again drives the point home how bad the Detroit media is when it comes to covering the Wings. I must agree and have expressed my thoughts in the past. Today, Detroit area sports radio stations are consumed with Detroit Lions talk. Who did they get, why didn't they get this guy, etc. All pathetic talk for a terrible team. The Wings on the other hand have not even been mentioned today, no update on the injury to Samuelsson, not a word on how practice went, nothing. With a team that is playing above expectations this year, the mainstream media in Detroit should be focusing on the Wings and the Pistons, but then again they are much better at reporting on the negative like the Lions and Tigers, which of course creates the controversy they are looking for. A2Y also points out what Tom Benjamin thinks about the NY media coverage of hockey, which in comparison makes the Detroit media look like awarding winning journalists.

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Integrity Of The Game Still Solid

from the CP via Slam,

Despite the NHL's ongoing investigation into an alleged gambling ring, commissioner Gary Bettman says the affair has not damaged the league's reputation. "What's becoming increasingly clear - and it was from the outset - is that this had nothing to do with hockey," Bettman said Tuesday. "It has nothing to do with the integrity of our game."
read on update 6:52pm, from Eric Dutaschek of the Globe and Mail,
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman was in Calgary Thursday to address a Chamber of Conference luncheon and then speak at a dinner honouring Harley Hotchkiss, the long-time Calgary Flames' owner and chairman of the NHL's board of governors. In a meeting with Duhatschek and others, Bettman addressed some of the league's more pressing concerns. Following is an edited transcript of his talk:
read on...the best question goes something like this, "Please explain it in laymen's terms" & for Pens fans, Bettman says the clock runs until December or January...

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Berard Not Returning This Year

via TSN,

Columbus Blue Jackets' defenceman Bryan Berard will miss the rest of the season due to a back injury, team president and general manager Doug MacLean said Monday night. Doctors will decide if surgery is necessary.

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Forget March Madness

from John Buccigross of ESPN,

It's Bracket Week in the United States. And while the Super Bowl might be the biggest sporting event here, the NCAA Tournament is unique with the interactive quality of the brackets. What about the opening round of the NHL tournament? We are still 20 games away from the end of the long regular season, but I'm going to take a stab at how the initial bracket might look with the possible opening-round games.
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Team USA Names Holmgren GM

via Yahoo,

USA Hockey named Paul Holmgren as general manager of the men's national team that will play at the 2006 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship in Riga, Latvia from May 5-21. Holmgren had served as an assistant to general manager Don Waddell of the Atlanta Thrashers on the United States team that failed to win a medal at the Torino Olympics.

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AO In Action

Paul Kedrosky blogs about money, venture capital, etc. but AO blew his socks off. Nice video but I am not sure if I have linked to it before or have just watched it myself. The highlight reel for Ovechkin just keeps on growing. image Thanks to a KK reader for the tip...

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Caps Plan To Spend A Bit More

from Tarik El-Bashir,

The upcoming offseason for the Washington Capitals won't include any expensive forays into the free agent market, but rather "two or three" prudent additions aimed at complementing the team's youth movement, according to majority owner Ted Leonsis. "We'll spend a little bit more," Leonsis said yesterday in the hallway near the Capitals' locker room at Verizon Center. "I'm still more interested in building from within. I saw what happened when I got some free agents this year."
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OLN Deserves Credit

from the Sporting News,

This might sound like a free commercial for the NHL and its cable television partner, OLN. Maybe it is, but you have to give credit where credit is due. As a diehard hockey nut, I've watched OLN every chance I can, balancing their Monday and Tuesday night games with NHL Center ICE on DirecTV. Both packages are a godsend to somebody who actually can expand their horizons beyond the "stuffed down your throat sports" like basketball and others.
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