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NHL Is Not Better

from Opinion250 News,

So, why is the new brand of hockey not working? Under Bettman’s guidance, hockey has lost its rich tradition. Baseball, basketball, and football have tweaked their games, but have never overhauled the very core of their sports. Bettman’s “New” NHL has evolved into a circus type atmosphere. In addition, the new NHL has virtually eliminated the offensive attack. More often than not, the league has evolved into an all-star type game. Players are weaving, spinning, circling, but rarely do you see them shoot the puck in the corner, chase the defensemen and deliver that “punishing hit”.

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Ducks Ready

from the CBC,

Anaheim defenceman Francois Beauchemin wouldn't mind if Edmonton tough guy Georges Laraque gestured to Oilers fans one more time Thursday night. "I think he [Laraque] pumped us up more than his own team," Beauchemin told CBC Sports Online following Thursday's morning skate. "We'll use that as motivation [for Game 4]." "We're confident we can win. We did some great things on Tuesday and could have won with a couple of bounces," said Beauchemin, who has one point in the series after collecting seven in Rounds 1 and 2. "We're going to take it game by game and work our way through it."
read on

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Shero Thrilled To Be In Pittsburgh

from the Pittsburgh Penguins,

Ray Shero has helped build winners in Ottawa and Nashville. Now, he wants to construct another Stanley Cup contender in Pittsburgh. “I chose Pittsburgh for a number of reasons. First, the feel of the organization and the atmosphere. It just felt right to me and [my wife] Karen. The passion and excitement Mario [Lemieux] and Penguins President and CEO Ken [Sawyer] have for the city of Pittsburgh and making it work here, at the end of the day it really made me feel good. When I made the decision, there was a lot of joy. We are thrilled to be here.”

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Racism Exists

from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,

I find it impossible to believe that anyone can say there is no racism in the National Hockey League, let alone someone who's comments are constrained by a company-imposed seven-second tape delay and who has been called to the carpet and rebuked in public by an executive vice president of Canada's national television network for ethnic comments deemed to be "inappropriate and reprehensible."

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Home Grown Talent

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

When the Dallas Stars first moved to Big D from Minnesota in 1993, David McKee's father Carl bought season tickets. The night of the Stars' first home game, 10-year-old McKee refused to go. "I wanted to hang out with my friends," the native of Midland, Texas, recalled. But his dad kept pestering him and essentially dragged young David to the second home game. It turned out to be a life-altering event for a young man who is now a shining example of how non-traditional hockey markets can, indeed, grow their own.

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Sabres Dman Out With Broken Arm

from the CP & TSN,

Sabres defenceman Henrik Tallinder has a broken left arm and will miss the rest of the playoffs. Coach Lindy Ruff announced the news following practice Thursday, a day after Tallinder was hurt in Buffalo's 4-3 win over Carolina in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference final series.

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Savard To Test Free Agency Market

from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

Marc Savard will explore the unrestricted free agent market according to his agent, meaning the Thrashers could lose their top center without compensation. Savard's agent, Larry Kelly, and Thrashers general manager Don Waddell agreed the team would not take advantage of its exclusive negotiating rights, which expire at midnight July 1. Nonetheless, Kelly emphasized Savard's affinity for the team. "It doesn't mean Marc will not sign in Atlanta, it's just to get an indication of value," Kelly said. "As to whether he will stay in Atlanta or whether another opportunity will carry the day, he loves it there, he loves the coach [Bob Hartley]. There's a good possibility he'll sign in Atlanta. But we will have a look at what's out there on July 1."
continued (reg. req.)

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Tocchet & Jones-Gretzky Plan To Sue

from 1010 Wins,

Wayne Gretzky's wife and an NHL assistant coach are planning to sue New Jersey for $50 million each. Attorneys for Janet Jones and Phoenix Coyotes assistant coach Rick Tocchet say the state defamed them by releasing evidence from confidential wiretaps.

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Report- Shero New GM For Pens

via Sportsnet,

Ray Shero will be announced as the next general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Sportsnet has learned.

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from the News & Observer,

Davis Jones thinks historical figures should be honored, not used to hustle another Stanley Cup run by the Carolina Hurricanes. Angered by the oversized Canes jerseys stitched in place on four larger-than-life statues at the state Capitol, Jones grabbed a utility knife Wednesday morning and slashed the garments off the monuments for President Andrew Jackson and Gov. Zebulon Vance, the state's chief executive during the Civil War. "That's not the purpose of state monuments, to make them mannequins for a fleeting sports event," said Jones, 49, a small-business owner, consultant and carpenter from Raleigh.
continued I say assign the case to Deputy Fife!

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