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The NHL and the Minor Leagues

From Blake Sebring via News-Sentinel,

Franke suggests NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman meet with minor-league commissioners to restructure the game in terms of geography and rules. Minor-league hockey needs a game plan, Franke said.
“Every league is suffering right now, and how many teams need to go dark before somebody wakes up?” he said. “He needs to sit down with all of us and say, ‘Fellas, we’ve got problems here, and we need to begin a dialogue of how we can make this better. When there are more people coming to the buildings in your cities, it’s best for the NHL, too.’
“Maybe then … the NHL will get a contract with a TV network that more than 500 people can access.”

and more about what minor league fans want—a more physical game, says UHL team owner Michael Franke.

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Connolly Not On The Ice Yet

from the Buffalo News,

Tim Connolly’s ongoing rehabilitation is helping him gradually intensify his activity level, but Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said there hasn’t been enough improvement to establish a timetable for the playmaking center’s return.
“We just hope he keeps progressing to where he feels like he can get back on the ice,” Ruff said. “There still has been no weight training or anything of that nature. It’s just been heart rate and bike and monitoring blood pressure.”


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All McSorley

Inside Bay Area does a Q & A with Marty…

Q. Did you like or dislike the label of goon?
A. I didn’t like the term “goon,” but it served its purpose, the job of going out and fighting somebody, intimidating, keeping the peace. You went out there with a reputation, and you didn’t need to fight to have your message
out there. I could go by their bench and say, “Enough’s enough,” and let the game resume in a more peaceful manner.
Q. What title besides goon would you have preferred?
A. Policeman, because I was lucky enough to play on some really good hockey teams. In Edmonton and Los Angeles, we didn’t need to make it a chippy game to mess them up. But I like policeman in a romantic sense.

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Old School- Marcel Pronovost Reflects On Hockey Career

from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,

On Hockey Day In Canada, as a nation pauses to pay its respects to the game we cherish so much, there are few who remain active in the game that can say they’ve seen and accomplished more than Pronovost, 76, during his six decades in hockey.
“It’s provided me with a good living,” Pronovost says modestly.
Not to mention a litany of honours and achievements that place Pronovost alongside the all-time greats of the game.


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28 Teams In Action

What a hockey day today!  Hockey Day in Canada kicks off at noon today, eastern time, on CBC and also on Center Ice (free preview).
NBC kicks off their season with a pre-game webcast at 1:30pm ET.

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Update 9:00 ET:
More on Hockey Day in Canada

Update 11:30 ET:
Liveblogging HDIC—Information updates there most of the day.

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The Energizer

from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star,

Play less but fight more seems to be the credo of this marginalized set (see accompanying chart) as, despite their limited cameo appearances, most are among the frequent flailers.
Instead of enforcers, they are now, euphemistically, called energy guys – a glamourized description of the same job that has existed in the NHL for years. Not one of the bonker’s dozen of least-used players has more points than he has fighting majors.

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When Sorry Cuts It

from Newsday:

Coach Tom Renney was driving home from the Rangers’ 6-4 loss to Ottawa on Thursday when his cell phone rang. He saw the familiar number of NHL senior vice president of hockey operations Colin Campbell on the caller ID.
“I saw the number and I thought, ‘OK, I’ll definitely take this call,’” Renney said Friday.
Campbell, according to Renney, was calling to apologize for a blown call in the third period of the exasperating defeat. The Rangers had battled back from a 5-0 third-period deficit with four goals in a span of 7:10 when officials didn’t award them what could have been a crucial power play with 2:55 left.



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Big Red Hits 600

from the Ann Arbor News:

As is typical, Red Berenson shook hands with the opposing coaching staff and headed across the ice toward the exit.
Upstairs in the University of Michigan locker room at Yost Ice Arena, seniors T.J. Hensick and Matt Hunwick had a present for him. The game puck from Berenson’s 600th victory, which he then brought into the news conference.
In Berenson’s first try at the milestone, the Wolverines got ahead quickly Friday night to take a 5-2 victory over Northern Michigan.
In the final minutes, the student section chanted Berenson’s name, and a congratulatory message was displayed on the scoreboard as the clock ran out.
“It’s been a long time coming,’’ said Berenson, who is 600-286-63 in 23 seasons at Michigan. “It’s nice to do it at home.’‘



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Diversity In The NHL

from the Dallas Morning News via the Santa Barbara News-Press,

But as Fuhr gets older and spends more time in the United States, he said he better grasps events like the NHL’s salute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a slate of afternoon games on Monday.
‘‘It really is a different world down here, and you understand over time that it is important,’’ he said. ‘‘Anytime they ask for help with finding a way to get the game to new people, you definitely want to help.’‘
Stars defenseman Trevor Daley has had similar experiences. His father is black, and his mother is white. He grew up in a home with his mother’s family and spent much of his formative years with his white uncle as his best friend.
‘‘It was nice growing up in that environment because it wasn’t a big deal,’’ said Daley, who was teammates in youth leagues with players of different races and religions. ‘‘But not everybody can have that.’‘


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Garon On IR- Fukufuji Back Up

from TSN, T

he Los Angeles Kings have placed goaltender Mathieu Garon on injury reserve and recalled goaltender Yutaka Fukufuji from the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League.
Garon injured his finger in a 5-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks.


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