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Avery Fined Again

via the AP,

Los Angeles Kings forward Sean Avery was fined $1,000 by the NHL on Tuesday for comments he made after being fined $1,000 for diving during a game. "Mr. Avery's comments showed a complete lack of respect for all those associated with our game, most importantly his fellow players," Campbell said. "Mr. Avery has besmirched the reputation of all NHL players, coaches, general managers and owners who, collectively, have been successful in providing a more entertaining game for our fans." Thirty to 40 players have received warning letters from the league for diving, including Avery on Oct. 19 at Colorado, but Avery is the first to get nailed a second time, which carries the fine. As per the direction of the NHL's competition committee, a group that includes four players, a third diving incident results in a $2,000 fine and a fourth offense warrants a one-game suspension. "We knew it would be one of the impediments to the enforcement of hooking and holding and interference was the diving or the embellishment of those calls to draw a penalty and it was going to hurt our objective," Campbell told The Canadian Press. "We knew this would happen, because players are competitive and they do what they have to do to win the game. So this is how the players and the managers have asked us to do handle it."

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Sergei Fedorov To Columbus

via TSN,

The Anaheim Mighty Ducks have traded star centre Sergei Fedorov to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for gritty checker Tyler Wright and blueliner Francois Beauchemin. The Blue Jackets also acquire a 2006 fifth-round pick in the deal.
more update 7:16pm, Barry Melrose on the trade....
Anaheim's trade of Sergei Fedorov means one of two things: they are either dumping his $6.08 million contract or they think he can't play at a high level anymore. I don't think this trade effects the Ducks as much since they've played most of the 2005-06 season without him as Fedorov battled groin injuries. It's not like he was a scoring threat for the team, and then they decided to trade him.
read on update 7:21pm, Bob McKenzie of TSN chimes in,
There are two things that need to be said about the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim dumping Sergei Fedorov to the Columbus Blue Jackets, and make no mistake, it was a dump as much as a trade. The first is that the Ducks will now free up about $4.5 million this year and another $4.5 million next season in terms of cap room. That was the primary motivation for a Ducks' team that is tight to the cap.
read on update 7:53pm, via TSN, Doug MacLean, GM of Columbus talks (will open wmp video) about the trade.

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Dunham Out Again

via the AP,

Mike Dunham was placed on injured reserve Tuesday after hurting his groin in yet another injury to an Atlanta Thrashers goaltender. The injury happened Saturday at Carolina, although it is not related to an earlier groin injury that sidelined him.

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It All Starts With The Player

from John Buccigross of ESPN,

The owners are the producers, providing the capital to invest, sustain and grow the game. Fans are the investors and directors, providing the passionate fuel to lift the game to emotional heights and the cash flow to line the pockets for a lucky few. Most media are the PR engine, providing information, perspective and access to augment the joy and pain of being a fan. The media also provide free advertising for NHL teams. Still, none of this works without the player. They are the fulcrum. The actors. The leading men that make or break the show. Their commitment is what defines the game. In almost every hockey issue, you start with the actor.

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NHL Happy With Drug Policy

from TSN,

In light of Major League Baseball's stricter drug policy and past reports of amphetamine use in hockey, the NHL feels that its own policy is adequate enough to address the issue of drug use in professional sports. "We're satisfied that the NHL and the NHLPA have negotiated and implemented an effective policy to deal with and penalize the use of performance enhancing drugs in our sport," NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told TSN on Tuesday.

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counting Pennies

from the CP via Canada.com,

Every dime counts in the new salary cap world of the NHL, literally. Despite a $39-million US salary cap, some NHL clubs have got into the routine of shuffling players between the big league and the minors to squeeze the most out of their available money. "You have to manage your cap dollars effectively," explains Vancouver Canucks GM Dave Nonis.

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Pens Shorthanded For Next Game

from the Pittsburgh Penguins,

Playing in Philadelphia is never easy for the Pittsburgh Penguins. The team has won there only twice since the end of the 1993-94 season. It certainly won’t be any easier without Mario Lemieux and Sergei Gonchar in the lineup on Wednesday when the Penguins trek across the state for a 7 p.m. contest against the Flyers. Lemieux, who has a stomach virus, will sit out for the first time this season, while Gonchar will miss his second-straight game with a strained groin.

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Who To Take

from Fox Sports,

You are the executive director (a.k.a. general manager) of Team Canada and you are staring at a five-week window to decide the players you and your staff feel have what it takes to defend the gold medal Canada won at the '02 Winter Games in Salt Lake City. You've dispatched your top lieutenants, Kevin Lowe and Steve Tambellini, to arenas scattered around the NHL map to scout some of the 81 players in the mix for a spot on Team Canada. You've had conference calls and have assembled a ghost roster. You may have announced 81 players in mid-October, but really you are only considering no more than three dozen, and some say as few as 28.

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Offensive Moves

from Darren Eliot of NHL.com,

I've seen the future and not surprisingly, channeling the vision were the amazing offensive youngsters Alexander Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby. Comparison and debate over their exploits is inevitable, but what I witnessed recently from the pair was astounding: Both won games in shootouts using exactly the same move. Before we get to the move, consider the form of offensive creativity throughout the ages. The power wingers had their day in the 1950s with Rocket Richard rollicking end-to-end, daring defenders to step into his path. Boom Boom Geoffrion took that model and added the booming slap shot as the payoff for goaltenders.

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All Time Great

from the CBC,

Maurice Richard was one of the best players in NHL history. Not an outstanding stick-handler or skater, he excelled through sheer force of will. Driven by desire so fierce his glare unhinged rival goaltenders, the Montreal Canadiens star set numerous records. "The Rocket" thrilled fans worldwide and was a cultural icon among Quebecers, who revered him as "Saint Maurice."
more...including audio and video clips that are priceless...

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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