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84 Game Schedule

Gary Bettman during his press conference from Atlanta said the BOG talked in general terms on the 84 game schedule, but it is way to pre-mature to vote on it.  Many issues still need to be discussed and/or resolved.

Update 2:14pm ET—
More from the press conference, from the Vancouver Sun:

“It’s not ready for prime-time consideration,” he said. “Whether or not it works, it’s way too early to say. We have lots of issues to talk about.”

Despite the ratings success of this season’s Winter Classic game outdoors between the Buffalo Sabres and Pittsburgh Penguins - it was the most-watched hockey game in the United States this decade - Bettman said there are no immediate plans for a sequel.

“My anticipation is we’ll do another one, but I can’t tell you where or when,” he said. “I can assure you we will not do too many; we want to keep it special.”

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Brunnstrom A Lock For Detroit?

via the blog of Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

I do think the WIngs will be one Swede stronger at some point this spring, and his name is Fabian Brunnstrom. He’s an almost 23-year-old forward who’s become a star in the Swedish Elite League. He went undrafted, but now NHL teams are taking notice, and the Wings are among teams who have made an offer. From what I hear, the club believes it is the front-runner to acquire Brunnstrom.

All NHL clubs are on an even field as far as what entry-level contract they can offer Brunnstrom, so on his part, it’ll just come down to where he wants to go. I hear he’s already made up his mind about coming to Detroit.

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Those Were The All-Star Days

from Empty Netters,

-We know it was the early 1990’s and this is a hockey game, but just about everyone had a mullet. Even Mark Messier. (Yes, we’re shocked to see he had hair too.)

-This was the first time a skills competition was held.

-Some of those regular jerseys, like Toronto’s, really clashed with those All-Star pants.

-There’s nothing quite as right as seeing Patrick Roy in a Canadiens jersey.

-Mike Gartner’s porn ‘stache was sweet.

read on and check out the video there too…

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Skating With The Stars

from Brad Holland of NHL.com,

Standing out there on the blue line with the rest of my fellow All-Stars, Dion Phaneuf, Alex Ovechkin and Marion Gaborik, I finally realized that I had made it. I had paid my dues, and earned my reward, and it felt good.

That’s right. Brad Holland, an All-Star for a day.

Let me explain.

Thursday evening, I was part of a crew that put on a mock-up of the NHL Dodge SuperSkills competition.

continued

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Morning Skate In Atlanta

At 9:30am ET the Eastern Conference will take to the ice for a morning skate, followed by the Western Conference at 10:30am.

Watch it live when the stream goes live at 9:30am ET…

added 3:08pm, Well, the stream is now dead, but they did loop the show a couple of times so I hope you were able to enjoy it while it lasted and we will have another one up around 4:30pm ET, showing the Red Carpet Entrance of the players.

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Join The Fun In Columbus

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

My recurring thought is this: Forlorn and frustrated fans who long ago fled Nationwide Arena ought to know that it’s now safe to re-enter the building. This team is legitimate.

The Jackets have glaring needs for a playmaker and a puck-moving, right-handed defenseman, but they have not dwelled on what they’re missing. They have built something of substance on top of Leclaire, an All-Star in everything but name, and the defense he anchors.

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Old Schoolers In Atlanta

from Blueland Blog,

On Tuesday afternoon some of the all-time greats from the hockey world converged on TJ’s in Alpharetta. They were there to launch the Alumni Wine Series but but the hundreds of fans that came through the doors just wanted to see their heroes from the days of their youth. Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay, Bobby Hull, Tony Esposito, Rob Ray, Bobby Clarke, Dave Schultz, Clark Gillies, Frank Mahovlich, Johnny Bower, Pat Quinn, Scott Mellanby, Willi Plett, Eric Vail and host and former Atlanta Flames captain Tim Ecclestone.

The chatter in the bar and outside was the same no matter who was talking.

“Can you believe his many people are here?”

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Since we are on the old school topic, well, Gordie How gets a well deserved Detroit greeting at the 1980 All Star game…

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Attracting The African-American Fan

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

Intelligent, young and motivated, urban and hip.

An African-American living and going to school south of the Mason-Dixon line.

At 21 years of age, Jonathan Davis is the kind of sports fan the NHL covets. There’s just one problem.

“I love basketball, I grew up playing basketball, that’s part of my culture,” says Davis, a Clark Atlanta University student originally from New York City. “If you can show me how the NHL is like the NBA, I will definitely be there.”

In what might sound like an odd twist, the NHL is asking Davis, and marketing students from predominantly black Atlanta-area colleges and universities, to come up with a plan to sell the NHL to African-Americans.

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All Is Well On The Ice

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

When Gary Bettman faces the news media this weekend, he will undoubtedly face the usual questions about troubled franchises, the continuing struggles to attract viewers on U.S. national television and issues surrounding the collective labour agreement.

But it’s unlikely the commissioner will have to defend the on-ice product, as so often has been the case during his 15-year tenure. While Nash’s goal is being hailed in some quarters as one for the ages (which has translated into hundreds of thousands of page views on YouTube), there is an ever-increasing number of lift-you-off-the-couch moments from NHL arenas on the nightly reel of hockey highlights. Two emerging trends are largely responsible for that development — the influx of talented young players into the NHL and the gradual weaning away of obstruction from the game. Oh, and you can also toss in the shootout, which provides another opportunity for the game’s most highly skilled entertainers to walk in uncontested on opposing goaltenders.

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Different Year, Same Names

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Only a handful of NHL GMs are making the trek to Atlanta for this weekend’s all-star festivities.

But, that’s not going to stop them from talking trade.

Two league executives told the Sun yesterday San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson is amongst the most active trying to wheel and deal with the NHL trade deadline set for exactly one month from today—Feb. 26 at 1 p.m.

“Right now, there’s a lot of tire-kicking going on because so many teams are in the race,” a league executive said yesterday. “Teams are going to continue talking, but you’re going to have to blow someone away to get something done.”

read on for a few names, mostly the same names we have heard again and again…

Also from Garrioch,

Thrashers GM Don Waddell said last night he’s going to sit down with Hossa and his Edmonton-based agent Ritch Winter early next week to try and hammer out a long-term contract extension.

“I’m not frustrated. It’s just something that’s got to get moved quicker than it has,” said Waddell. “Look, (the Feb. 26 trade deadline) is right around the corner, we’ve had many, many discussions and I’m just going to tell them that we’ve got to get to the next stage.”

more NHL bits too…

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