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Make The Nets Bigger

from E.M. Swift of Sports Illustrated,

One of the items on the agenda at the NHL general managers meeting in February is whether, in an effort to increase scoring, the league should make the goal bigger. It’s now six feet wide by four feet high—the same as it’s always been. The new goal would add eight inches in width and four inches in height—80” x 52”—so if you do the math, that’s a 20 percent increase.
Goalies and so-called “traditionalists” have howled in protest ever since Colin Campbell, the league’s director of hockey operations, floated the idea in late December. But I think—no, I’m certain—that it’s an idea whose time is long overdue.


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Hecht Out With Lower Body Injury

from the AP via ESPN,

Buffalo Sabres forward Jochen Hecht was expected to miss the last three games before the All-Star break with what coach Lindy Ruff called a lower body injury.
Ruff would not disclose the nature of the injury, which the left wing sustained in the third period of Buffalo’s 3-2 shootout loss at Boston on Monday.
Hecht wouldn’t discuss his injury, but was spotted walking without a limp. He will have additional time to recover during the five-day NHL All-Star break that starts Sunday.

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In The High Seat

from Loose Change at the Hockey News,

Loose Change: So how does one train to become a goal judge?
Old One Eye: The league standards are actually pretty high. You have to be able sit in a chair to start with.
LC: And…?
OOE: That’s about it. Although it’s recommended that you have a strong index finger as well.

read on

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NHL On NBC Ratings

via Sports Business Daily (paid sub.),

NHL ON NBC: The 1.1/2 (RAT/SHR) overnight for the season debut of “The NHL on NBC” marks a 20% decline from a 1.5/3 last season

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The Equipment Guru

Two stories regarding hockey equipment were written and posted by George Malik last Friday. 
I wanted to make sure KK readers didn’t miss these articles, which take an in-depth look at the equipment.
The Gearhead: An Interview With TPS Hockey’s Goalie Guru
The Gearhead: TPS Hockey And The Art Of Stick-Making
George did a great job and the two articles are receving numerous hits from the hockey community.

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The Maven This Week

from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,

• Slava Fetisov reiterates that little progress has been made on an NHL peace pact with the Russian Federation over imports. The operative word is “stubborn.”
• Andy Murray has a different view of game rehearsals, “Practice is overrated,” Murray told us after his Blues completed an optional skate.
• Is it Brett or Brat Hull opining for NBC? And which daffy script writer had him promoting Roberto (Never In The Playoffs) Luongo over Martin (Three Stanley Cups) Brodeur? And wasn’t it Hull who last week opined, “You don’t have to be a jerk about it (commentating).” Luongo over Brodeur equals J-E-R-K or B-R-A-T! Or both.


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Main Stream Media Sites

What hockey blogs do you visit that are maintained and connected with the main stream media?
This is my topic of the week for my NHL.com blog and your input is appreciated.

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One Year Ago

Anyone remember what hockey moment happened a year ago tonight?
On Frozen Blog has a great memory.

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Checking On The Boys

from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,

One of the first things Dan Cleary does each morning is turn to the National Hockey League summaries to see how his boys did the night before.
“I’m always watching how the other guys from down home are doing,” said Cleary, the Detroit Red Wings’ right-winger.
Down home, as in Newfoundland, that part of Canada where everyone seems like family.
With 21 players to its credit, Newfoundland’s NHL family is not exactly an extended one, although it is growing at a rapid rate.


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Columbus Getting Healthy

from the Columbus Dispatch,

Left winger Rick Nash, out the past four games because of a strained back, was a surprise participant in practice and could be on the verge of a return.
Center Sergei Fedorov (hyperextended elbow), center Alexander Svitov (bruised foot) and defenseman Adam Foote (flu) took the ice, too, and they all, along with Nash, packed their bags for a trip to Chicago, where at 7:30 tonight the Blue Jackets will play the Blackhawks in United Center.
“We looked like a completely different team on the ice today than we have the past three games,” coach Ken Hitchcock said, smiling.


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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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