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NFL Ownners Look To The NHL Way

from Reuters,

National Football League team owners plan to reopen the current labor deal with players possibly next week and could lead to a lockout in a move to cut costs, the head of the players’ union said on Saturday….

“Our players are prepared for that,” he told several hundred sports industry officials and executives, comparing the NFL owners’ approach to that taken by their counterparts in the National Hockey League that led to a lockout of that sport’s players and the loss of the 2004-2005 season. “We’ve had a lot of discussion and preparation for that.”

read on

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Back To Dallas We Go

Stars defeat Wings 2-1 to force a game 6 in Dallas on Monday night.

The Stars are beginning to play their game and the Wings are getting frustrated by the tight defensive game the Stars play.

Stars have the momentum now, but also have the pressure of winning game 6. 

First goal is key come Monday!

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Coach Therrien Today

Q.  I guess is there any concern about Malkin and Sykora for tomorrow?

        COACH THERRIEN:  They should be ready for tomorrow.  They should be there.

        Q.  Is it just a sickness?

        COACH THERRIEN:  A sickness.  And we believe at this time of year rest sometimes can be more important than practice, and they should be there tomorrow.

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Coburn & Timonen Talk Today

Q.  We keep hearing that you’re not feeling that well, and that’s why there’s been this uncertainty.  Do you have concussion symptoms, and if so, what are they?

        BRAYDON COBURN:  Right now, I’m just kind of dealing with some things with the eye and stuff like that.

        So every day it’s been getting better.  Tomorrow we’re reevaluating it again.

        Q.  Do you think you’ll play tomorrow?

        BRAYDON COBURN:  Yeah, I think there’s a good chance.

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Scouting the Flyers

From Mark Spector at the National Post,

“Being a fourth-line player, let’s face it, I didn’t get a lot of ice time. I basically did a job where I knew I was a small piece of a team,” [Dave] Brown said. “I saw all the other pieces around me—skill guys, checkers, goalies, defencemen, penalty killers, power-play guys—and I was basically looking at them from the bottom up. I saw a lot of things from the bench, watching.

“I probably had a 13-year apprenticeship as a scout when I was sitting on the end of bench.”

And when he left the ice, he did so with the respect of many. Even Stu Grimson, whose career Brown nearly ended one night in Calgary in a hellacious rematch, after Grimson had beaten Brown in a fight in Edmonton two nights before.

“I always tell people, beating Dave Brown the first time I fought him was both the single greatest achievement of my career, and the single biggest mistake,” Grimson said yesterday. “He’s a good guy, a hard worker, and has a real humble disposition. A good man.”

more… on “The Toughest Flyer”

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  Tags: dave+brown, fighting

Killing Time

I am going for a haircut, make a stop at the coffee shop and just breeze through the day.

Maybe return home around 1:15pm ET today and see if I can find anything to watch on TV.

I don’t have a care in the world today, nothing on my schedule, just plan to relax.

You too?

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Time For Malkin To Step-Up

from Bob Smizik of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Seems hard to believe that about a week ago Malkin was being talked about as possibly the best player in the game. He was mentioned frequently as a leading candidate for the Conn Smythe Trophy, which goes to the MVP of the playoffs. While Sidney Crosby struggled to score, Malkin was a goal-scoring machine.

But look what he has done lately. His only point in the past three games was the second assist on Malone’s score that gave the Penguins a two-goal lead midway through the third period of Game 3. He has managed only seven shots on goal in those three games, compared to 10 in the final game against the New York Rangers. He has been charged with eight giveaways.

There’s no Conn Smythe candidacy in those numbers.

more

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  Tags: evgeni+malkin

New Technology

from James Duthie at the Ottawa Citizen,

- Forget the Glow-Puck. What we need is the Glow Puckbunny. Whenever Elisha Cuthbert is present in an NHL arena, she will automatically illuminate so as to be easily located by television cameras—and young defencemen. If some sort of chip has to be installed to make this technology work, I volunteer.

- Install an invisible electric fence surrounding the goal crease. It’s simple keep-dog-in-yard technology. When, for example, Tomas Holmstrom’s large booty makes contact with the crease, he will receive a brief, yet painful shock. If this fails to deter the crease intruder (knowing Holmstrom, he may actually enjoy it), the linesmen will have the authority to shoot him in the neck with a tranquilizer dart. This was suggested by Marty in Dallas. Thanks for your e-mail, Marty.

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Hockey In The Dark Days Of Europe

from the Sun Times (Owen Sound),

Canada won the world title and McReavy scored the championship-winning goal. His hockey career would later take him to even greater heights, but until he died in 2001 at age 83 he never forgot that dark time in Europe in the days before the start of the Second World War.

While men from around the world were playing hockey, Adolf Hitler was putting the finishing touches on his takeover plan of Austria. Neighbouring Czechoslovakia was next on his list and within 13 months it too would be in German hands. War erupted six months later.

“I remember him coming back and saying that was a pretty scary time,” says Father Tom McReavy, the hockey player’s only surviving sibling.

Pat McReavy was only 20 and a long way from home.

more (long, but a great story)

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  Tags: pat+mcreavy

Watching Dallas

from the Dallas Morning News,

The D-FW market has averaged a 1.8 rating for the Red Wings series in the wake of the Stars’ march through Anaheim and San Jose. That translates to 43,841 homes. That’s worse than awful….

Now let’s compare. In Detroit, where some homes have access to the Canadian broadcasts, the series has averaged a relatively healthy 9.6 rating (184,848 homes) on Versus.

And in the Eastern Conference home markets, Philadelphia is averaging an 8.3 (244,020 homes). In Pittsburgh, which should be known as Hockeytown USA, the Penguins-Flyers series is averaging a 20.2 rating (233,956 homes) on Versus.

read on and some additional information regarding the OT plans of NBC for the Stars/Wings game on Saturday.  Do remember the times listed are CT.

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  Tags: nbc

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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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