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I am going to the Wings/Preds game tonight. Should be a great game and the Wings finally have a divisional game that means something. Oh boy, Legace gave up a goal early, pull him, put in Osgood now! update 7:00pm, Zetterberg is on the ice for pre-game warmup, but he also did that on Colorado on Saturday.

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OLN Settles Lawsuit

via Mutichannel,

The National Cable Television Cooperative, which sued OLN last fall over carriage issues relating to the National Hockey League, has settled that litigation with the sports network, officials confirmed Monday. The terms of the settlement between the NCTC and OLN, owned by Comcast Corp., are confidential, according to a spokesman for the co-op. The case, filed in Kansas District State Court in November, was settled last month, the co-op said. OLN issued a statement Monday regarding the resolution of the suit. “The NCTC has been an excellent partner to OLN for many years,” the statement said. “We are pleased that we were able to come to a resolution and look forward to our continued relationship.”

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Complaint Dismissed Against NHLPA

via the NHLPA,

TORONTO (January 23, 2006): The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) today announced that the U.S. Department of Labor has notified the NHLPA that it will not proceed on any of the complaints brought against the NHLPA by attorney Robert Lanza, who represents Trent Klatt, Chris Chelios and a small group of players. “I’m pleased that the U.S. Department of Labor has made its ruling and the NHLPA can move forward without this distraction,” said Ted Saskin, NHLPA Executive Director. “I have said all along that these claims, including the offensive allegations of illegal conduct by Robert Lanza, were completely without merit and would be dismissed.”

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Do You Still Billet

from the Brandon Sun,

Doesn’t anybody billet anymore?” That question came from one of our hockey moms, Terri McLaughlin, when our female midget team participated in a recent tournament in Holland and checking into the issue was like pulling on the innocent-looking thread that unravels a whole garment. “It was a huge job, much more so than most realized,” said Don Jessiman, who served as Brandon’s billeting coordinator for several seasons. “We looked after 64 teams (that’s upwards of 900 boys, folks) each year and had to keep on top of everything including communications with the parents. We’d get the list of players and then hit the community looking for places for them. If we were short homes, people would just double up.

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Best Team In The State

from the Brunswick News,

Normally, this is when I start yelling at you to get ready for spring training or auto racing. But not this time, at least not yet. Instead, I'm saying you should be paying attention to one team as January creeps closer to February: Your Atlanta Thrashers. Yeah, I know, there's not exactly a whole lot of ice in Glynn County, except in my glass of tea. But that's not the point. The point is the Thrashers may be the best sports team in the state, and yes, I'm including my beloved Braves and your beloved Bulldogs in that blanket statement.
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Sim To Florida

via Sportsnet,

Sportsnet has learned that the Florida Panthers have traded for Philadelphia Flyers winger Jon Sim. Sim has seven goals and seven assists in 39 games played this season. Going to Philadelphia is the Flyers' sixth round draft pick in 2007.

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Are The Olympics Worth It

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Bryan McCabe is the reason many NHL owners and GMs quietly wish the Olympics would go away. And Alexander Frolov. And Joni Pitkanen. And Robert Esche. And a host of elite players recovering from serious injuries on playoff and/or Stanley Cup hopeful teams that nonetheless want desperately to play in the Olympics next month in Torino. Since NHL players were given leave to take part in the Olympic tournament in 1998, it has been the classic case of big picture versus small picture. Is the value of interrupting the NHL routine for two weeks every four years and compressing the schedule to put NHL players on the world stage worth the inherent dangers to individual franchises?

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NHL ON NBC- Week 2 Ratings

The NHL on NBC last Saturday had a 1.3 rating and a 3 share. The ratings were down .2 from week 1. I will post regional ratings when available.

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from the NHL via TSN,

Washington Capitals forward Alexander Ovechkin, who tallied seven points (three goals, four assists) in three games, has been named the NHL's Offensive Player of the Week for the period ending Sunday, January 22. New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, who led the Rangers to three victories with a 1.62 goals-against average and .946 save percentage, is the League's Defensive Player of the Week.

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Capping The Cap

Yesterday, Larry Brooks of the NY Post brought up the fact that the NHLPA is thinking about slashing the cap. Today, in Sports Business Journal (paid sub.), the topic is brought up again.

The NHLPA is mulling an option to lower next season’s salary cap voluntarily so that players can keep more of their paychecks and have less set aside in escrow. Still, many player agents have come out firmly against the idea, and so did a few clubs at the league’s board of governors meeting in December. People at the meeting said New York Rangers governor James Dolan was vociferous in his opposition, wanting to be able to spend as much as possible on player salaries. “This is the type of argument that Alan Eagleson used to push through to curry favor with people on the other side,” said Octagon Hockey President Brian Lawton last week, referring to the former NHLPA president who was later jailed for defrauding players. “It’s a farce.” J.P. Barry, president of IMG Hockey, also is strongly against putting any further limits on salaries. “To put another cap on the cap to address the escrow potential is not a good idea, in my opinion, at this stage,” he said. “We need to give this system time to reveal its flaws and merits.”

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