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Some Teams Experiencing Same Problems

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

As always, the NHL is doing its best to put a shiny face on its corporate doings, with much talk of skyrocketing franchise values and deep-pocketed investors lining up to buy franchises. A well-connected person in the financial game, who keeps a close eye on franchise values and doings, says such talk is correct only when it applies to the high-end teams -- the Toronto Maple Leafs, Philadelphia Flyers and Detroit Red Wings, for example. However, elsewhere in the NHL, things are not a lot different from what they were before the lockout last season. The salary cap, to the surprise of few, has not proved to be the panacea for all the league's financial woes.
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Panthers Need A Plan

from the Sun-Sentinel,

The question remains: What's the Panthers' plan? And is it a good plan? A doomed plan? Did the plan change dramatically upon changing management two years ago, or owners four years ago, or since they last won a playoff game nine years ago? Better yet, do they have a plan? Any plan at all?
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Give The Job To MacLean

from North Jersey,

It's time for Lou Lamoriello to end his coaching search. When Lamoriello, still general manager and interim coach of the Devils, takes the bench for tonight's game against the Vancouver Canucks at Continental Arena, all he has to do is look to the man standing directly to his left, John MacLean. MacLean, a former Devils player and an assistant coach for three seasons, has been doing most of the job since Larry Robinson stepped down Dec. 19, anyway. He runs the team's meetings and practices and changes the forward lines during games.
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Hell Freezes Over In Chicago

via the Chicago Tribune,

Perhaps rookie phenom Sidney Crosby's most impressive accomplishment will come in his 43rd NHL game Friday when his Pittsburgh Penguins face the Blackhawks at the United Center. Because of the hype that accompanied Crosby's arrival in the NHL, the game will be televised locally on Comcast SportsNet. Longtime Hawks fans--their numbers dwindling in this so-far dismal season--might suggest that getting the Wirtz family to reverse its longstanding home TV policy, even for a night, should clinch the Rookie of the Year award for Crosby.

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Hollerin’ Contest

from the Herald-Sun,

"Anytime you're talking about a game where Carolina is part of the equation, I don't think anybody would have taken the highlighter to it [before the season]," Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette said with a laugh after Thursday's morning skate at the RBC Center. Particularly not one against Nashville. But this season, grits and greens have seemed to go along with hockey pretty well. If the season ended today, the Atlanta Thrashers also would be in the playoffs. "Nashville's got a great team," Laviolette said. "They remind me of us, Buffalo and Montreal. It's a fast-skating type team, and this should be a fun game."
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Devils Get A New Home

from the New Jersey Devils,

New Jersey Devils Chairman Jeff Vanderbeek stated that, “The Devils are ecstatic that we have concluded an agreement with the City of Newark that ensures the Newark Arena will be our home starting with the 2007/08 season, and for many years thereafter!
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Arena Gardens

from the Eye Opener,

It was the building where everything begins. The date was Christmas Day, 1912. It was a mild winter night with temperatures hovering above freezing -- 32 F, as the metric system had not yet been accepted in Canada. A crowd of nearly 4,000 people gathered at newly opened Arena Gardens, situated on Mutual St., just south of Dundas St. The crowd, consisting mostly of men wearing suits and ties and holding top hats and canes, buzzed with conversation of business and the advancing war in Europe as it waited to enter the arena.
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Observations At The Wings Game

I attended the Wings/Flyers game tonight at JLA and Philly looked like a tired team. Playing last night in Chicago and being on the road for the longest road trip in NHL history had to make this a tough game for them. Wings scored five goals in the 3rd period and won 6-3. Nittymaki is a good, young goalie, but the Wings game plan was to shoot high all night long and it worked. The Wings actually had a game down low and it paid off for them. Nice to see Yzerman pass Gordie in all-time assists, he received a standing O for the accomplishment and Steve looks to be improving his game more and more everyday. If used correctly, he will be a positive when the playoffs roll around. Zetterberg returned to the wing and formed a line with Shanahan and Datsyuk. Shanny had four helpers, Datsyuk and Z were 2/2 giving the line a total of 12 points. Again, Philly was on the last leg of a road trip that started on December 23rd, looked fatigued at times and did not play as well as they can. Wings on the other hand, looked like the dominant team and a good win leading up to the NBC game againt the NYR on Saturday afternoon.

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Brent Sutter Staying Put For Now

from the CP via Yahoo,

Brent Sutter said he's not leaving his Red Deer Rebels for the NHL anytime soon and wishes the speculation on his future would die down for the sake of the major junior hockey team he owns, manages and coaches.
more note: I am at the Wings game tonite so updates may be brief in nature.

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Report- Luongo Offered Long Term Deal

from Sportnet,

Amid ongoing speculation Roberto Luongo is, or will be an available asset, Sportsnet has learned it is the Florida Panthers intent to sign their star goaltender to a multi-year contract. Sources told Sportsnet Luongo has been offered a five-year deal believed to be worth as much as $30 million US.
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