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Briere Wants To Play This Week

from the Buffalo News,

Daniel Briere is determined to play hockey this week. The competitive nature of the Buffalo Sabres co-captain came through again Monday, when he declared he wants to return from his abdomen surgery earlier than planned. Briere was scheduled to be out until the Olympic break concludes at the end of the month, but he wants to play before NHL teams break up Sunday night.
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The Turnaround

from the LA Times,

A first-place team? Passionate fans? Blue-blood hockey lineage? All of Toronto must have been seeing Hurricane red. Before the season, the safe bet was on the Hurricanes going about as far as one could spit tobacco. One Chicago writer was blunt: "The Eastern Conference has a lot of bad teams and Carolina may be the worst." This, though, has become the Frankenstein of the NHL, and the guy wearing the smock is Rutherford, who pieced together a team that was ignored coming out of training camp and is now tops in the NHL with 38 victories and 80 points.
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Will Florida Overpay

from the Miami Herald,

This spring, the Panthers will pay. Maybe overpay. Because they won't have a choice. When doing their ''Up With People Under the Salary Cap'' act during the NHL's lost winter, franchises such as the Panthers claimed that only a cap would allow them to keep the core talent they develop. Well, no two players occupy more of the Panthers' nucleus than the two who have evolved so well since their 2000 draft-day acquisition from the Islanders. Remove either, and the team is set back two or three seasons while all the young talent reforms itself into a new core. Luongo knows it. Jokinen knows it. Believe that neither one wants to stay here if he has to go through that.
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Ice In Turin

from the Edmonton Sun,

“You have to get your mind wrapped around this city and this country. They are very laid back. They say, ‘We’ll be ready when we’re ready,’ ’’ said Dan Craig, the NHL’s ice-maker who has been here preventing a major disaster for the hockey show. “They say, ‘Don’t tell me you want me ready two days before because we don’t need to be.’ “We had to make some major changes to their original plans for ice in the hockey buildings. There was no way, with what they had planned, to have NHL-calibre ice for three games a day,’’ said the former icemaker of the league’s best in Edmonton. “In the last two weeks, believe me, the standard is 100% better that what we had here before.’’
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Goalie Protection Discussed

from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,

Goalie protection is a problem that has existed in the NHL for decades, not years, and it has never been successfully resolved. Now, in this salary-cap era, it is exacerbated. The goaltender is the heart of the team and as such, likely is to be among the highest-paid. But throughout the league, there are minimum-salary buzzbombs who do little of consequence but run into people. If they can take out a goalie, that's even better that taking out a star scorer.
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Attention ESPN: No Shootout In The Playoffs

While reading the current print edition of ESPN the Magazine, I ran across a section called 'The Jump', which places odds on some of the upcoming events in sports. To my surprise, I read this:

+/-1 Number of playoff games before shootout system causes problems.
ESPN folks, you may want to read the primer on the shootout the NHL released back in July or at least sit down with E.J. and go over the changes to the game.

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OLN Game On INHD2

Searching around the TV, and the Stars/Nashville game is in HD via Comcast in Detroit on INHD2. I do hope sometime soon this type of information is no longer a surprise; OLN, Comcast, INHD and the NHL need to do a better job in communicating to the fans that this game was switched to INHD2 and presented live. Hope some of you see this and can enjoy the game. Note- The Dallas fans must not have received the memo of the time change for the game. There are no more than 3000 people in the arena as the game starts.

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Insider Trade Secrets

from Spector of Fox Sports,

With the NHL's Olympic break fast approaching, there are just over two weeks remaining for general managers to swing deals before the Mar. 9 trade deadline. There are also questions as to what issues could potentially affect player movement leading up to the deadline in the NHL's post-lockout world.
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The Talk At The GM Meeting

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

National Hockey League general managers began arriving in Las Vegas Monday night for their semi-annual meetings and will spend three days wading through a heavy agenda of topics that should keep them away from the poker tables, at least through the daylight hours. One of the major talking points will be scheduling and alignment options in new NHL. Sadly, the chances of seeing anything change for next year are slim because the league is already well underway in terms of setting next year's schedule and matching the divisions against one another.
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NHL TV Coming To USA

Gary Bettman in a recent interview- good news about NHL TV! from CNN Money,

How's the NHL using technology? We're providing video on demand to Comcast. We're also in talks with Apple to do video highlights on iPods. And we're starting an NHL TV Network in the U.S. next fall. We already have a network up in Canada. It will be 24/7 hockey--highlights, features, and old games.
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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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