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Refs Need To Focus

from the Morning Call,

When Mike Rathje is asked for his opinion on the new NHL rules, he just smirks. Mostly because the dive Joe Sakic took in overtime on Jan. 14 — the one that led to the penalty that led to Colorado's winning goal — is still fresh in his mind. ''[The referees] don't even know what they're doing out there,'' Rathje, the first-year Flyers defenseman, said last week. ''They could call 20, 30 penalties a game if they wanted to, easily, and they don't. Then all of the sudden they call penalties out of the blue in overtime, and that's a joke.''
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Expect To Get Hit

from the Journal News,

Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff and several Sabres players have accused Kasparaitis of dirty play and hinted at payback the next time the teams play, March 27 at Madison Square Garden. "They're upset their guy got hurt, I'm not proud of that, I feel bad," Kasparaitis said. "Maybe the problem was he didn't know I was coming. Still, you should expect to get hit. It's a hitting game. The rules have changed but hitting is still in the game. "I'm not going to go into the corner and say, 'Excuse me, I'm going to hit you.' That's not how we play the game."
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Esposito Interviewd For Islanders Job

from the NY Post (reg. req),

According to multiple sources, Wang interviewed Hall of Famer Phil Esposito this week for the position. It is believed Esposito, who was the Ranger GM from 1986-89 and the Tampa Bay GM from 1992-1999, is one of many recommendations Wang is fielding from the league as he attempts to hire a new GM by the June 24 draft in Vancouver. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, who is helping to advise Wang through the search, was in attendance for last night's 4-3 shootout win against the Penguins at the Coliseum. "We talked about a thorough process and seeing as many people as possible," Bettman told The Post during the second intermission, "so that Charles can be comfortable that he selected somebody who will accomplish his goals and objectives."

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Senators Financial Picture

from the Ottawa Citizen,

The Senators could conceivably lose money during this regular season in operating costs, but would likely reap profits on the arena side of the ledger. The rise in franchise value is significant, but not something that is going to show up in the operating balance. In other words, it depends how you slice it. Melnyk's Senators pay rent on an arena he owns, which means money goes from one pocket to the other. Each playoff gate will be worth at least $1 million to the club. If it loses a few million in operating costs during the year, a decent playoff run will erase it. Are the Senators in financial trouble? Not a chance. The club has never been better positioned in a league that hasn't been this healthy. In a pinch, a billionaire owner could cut a cheque. But don't spread that around. The Senators love their image as a plucky, small market underdog whupping the big boys.
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Simply Ovechkin

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Islanders Searching New Arena

from Alan Hahn of Newsday,

Gary Bettman sat in a luxury suite for last night's Islanders game against the Pittsburgh Penguins and made note of the substandard venue that Nassau Coliseum has been for the last decade, especially compared to just about every other market in the NHL. Regarding the Coliseum, however, Bettman went as far as saying: "If there was no team here and somebody came to us and said, 'We'd like to bring a team to Nassau Coliseum,' our answer would be, 'Are you kidding?' "
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Report- Brodeur Re-signs With Devils

Radio station WFAN 660 reporting Marty Brodeur has re-signed with the Devils for six years, $30 million. update Friday 10:20am, via the NY Post,

There's plenty of negotiating left, but the Devils' franchise goalie confirmed to The Post last night that contract talks are in progress. The word is he could receive a six-year deal at some $6 million per season. "We've talked about it. Nothing's done, yet," Brodeur said.
update Friday 12:32pm, via the CP,
Goaltender Martin Brodeur has agreed to a six-year contract extension worth $31.2-million US with the New Jersey Devils, according to a source. The deal will pay him $5.2 million a year starting next season.

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Happy Hour Is After The Game

from Hockey Refs,

A Swedish linesman was asked to leave a Saturday third division game over concerns he was drunk. Reports indicate the official was behaving oddly during the Halsingegardens AIK-Sveg IK game, but questions weren’t apparently raised until players starting smelling alcohol in his breath.
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Lehtonen Withdraws From Team Finland

from the AP via ESPN,

Thrashers goalie Kari Lehtonen withdrew from Finland's Olympic team on Thursday, saying he hasn't fully recovered from a groin injury that kept him out of 35 games. "I'm very disappointed that I'm unable to represent my country, but after speaking with our doctors, we feel it's the best thing to do at this time and my only real option," Lehtonen said. "We will now use the Olympic break as a part of my rehab program in an effort to continue strengthening the injury for the final stretch of the season."
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Lindros Wants His Money

via Sportsnet,

Sources tell Sportsnet Maple Leafs injured forward Eric Lindros spent part of his day at an arbitration hearing in Toronto battling his former team, the New York Rangers. Lindros believes he's entitled to over $1 million in money earned from a games-played bonus achieved during the 2003-04 NHL season.

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