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More Goals- Less Physical Play

from the CP via TSN,

''There's a lot of feedback that people are unhappy with the lack of hitting and the lack of physical play,'' a GM, who requested anonymity, said Tuesday. ''There's a groundswell developing now. ''I've had a lot of discussion with a lot of general managers and everybody likes the speed through the neutral zone but nobody likes the fact that there's not the one-on-one, spirited, challenging physical play in the end zones that inspires physicality and passion and competition.'' But San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson sees it differently. ''If you watched the Calgary-Vancouver games the last couple of days, you saw physical hockey,'' he said. ''I feel strongly that the game is very good and I think you'll see the physical game naturally evolve with the rivalries and with defencemen figuring out the adjustments in how they can play. ''To judge it prematurely, I think, would be incorrect.''

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The Maven Takes Us For A Ride

from The Maven and MSG Network,

-Wooden sticks may be making a comeback after twig-user Jason Spezza undressed the Canadiens’ defense on the most spectacular goal of the season, on his overtime game-winner. “I use the wooden stick for feel,” says Spezza. “You’re starting to see some guys going back to using a wooden stick.” The injured Eric Desjardins is another who swears by the wood. -Sooner Or Later It Had To Happen Dep’t.: A Russian players’ association is in the works, orchestrated by Alex Kharlamov. If the name’s familiar, he’s the son of the late Soviet ace Valeri Kharlamov. -Alex Ovechkin offers a pithy comparison between Russia and the Good, Old USA to St. Petersburg Times’ reporter Damian Cristodero: “Here in the States,” says the Caps’ ace, “you see a traffic sign that says 65 miles per hour and you can go 80. In Russia, you see 65 and you can go 100 or whatever you want. Just give the police some money!”

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Chicago Relying On Rookies

from STATS,

While the Pittsburgh Penguins may have the most glorified rookie since Eric Lindros, one Midwest team is getting even more production from their "North of the Border" rookies. Combined Points by Rookies, 2005-06 Season Chicago Blackhawks 41 Pittsburgh Penguins 31 Toronto Maple Leafs 21

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FSN Detroit- High Definition Update

I must receive about 5-10 emails a week asking me about HD broadcasting on FoxSports Net-Detroit. Today, I am pleased to say I received an email from FSN Detroit. "Carriage contracts are currently being discussed, but have yet to be executed between the network and the cable/satellite operators. When those contracts are executed, we will be prepared to offer some games of the Red Wings, Pistons and Tigers in HD." Basically, FSN Detroit is in negotiations and we as fans are in a wait and see mode. At least we know the sides are in discussion and working at reaching an agreement. When I receive more information, it will be posted. update 4:00pm, This post has received quite a few hits since being posted; it shows the interest Detroit area fans have in their sports being broadcast in HD. Please feel free to pass this post on to other Detroit Sports forums and blogs, and when reading this, leave a message to let the sides involved in negotiations how much you want your Detroit Sports in High Definition. I am sure people from FSN Detroit, Comcast, WOW and satellite companies will be monitoring this topic. Use this permalink when passing it on.

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Scott Walker To Miss 10 Weeks

via the AP,

Nashville Predators forward Scott Walker will miss up to 10 weeks after surgery for a sports hernia. The operation will be performed Thursday, general manager David Poile said. Walker said Tuesday he was hoping another week of rest would allow him to avoid surgery. Walker already has missed six games with what team officials called an abdominal strain and has not played since Oct. 22. The 11-year veteran will have surgery in St. Louis and will have to rest for two weeks before beginning rehabilitation.

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Roenick Shootout Goal Forcing Changes

via the Tennessean,

Jeremy Roenick's goal in Los Angeles' 3-2 win over Nashville on Saturday could result in the NHL allowing shootout goals to be reviewed on video. "I think something will definitely change during the season," NHL Vice President of Operations Mike Murphy said. "It's just how fast can it get done, that's all. This is one of those things that slipped between the cracks when we put the shootout in. You knew there would be problems, but you weren't sure where." "This is the first situation that's arisen," Murphy said. "We're as upset about the situation as anybody, but we have to follow the right process through this in order to do it in the proper way."
Any changes made will have to be approved by the BOG.

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Hot Kings

from the CP via Canada.com,

The Los Angeles Kings weren't ranked very high by most hockey prognosticators this season, and while it's still early, they are proving their doubters wrong with a 10-5-0 start that has them atop the Pacific Division. "I think most of the pre-season predictions had us certainly as an outsider in the playoffs, anywhere from 11th to the bottom in our conference," said Kings head coach Andy Murray. But Murray is also quick to point out his team has benefited from playing 10 of its first 15 games at home.

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Assualt In The East

from NHL.com,

The "new" NHL could produce a scoring feat that has been locked in storage for 14 years. Fifty goals in 50 games -- one of the NHL's most glitzy scoring records -- could be challenged by five Eastern Conference players this season. At the start of this week, the Flyers' Simon Gagne (on pace for 63 goals in 50 games) and the Senators' Daniel Alfredsson (on pace for 54 in 50) were scoring at a clip that would have them join five hockey immortals who have accomplished the feat.

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Media Not Considered Members Of Hall Of Fame

from the Globe and Mail, For starters,

Elliott, a fine hockey writer, is not, contrary to a headline in the L.A. Times yesterday, a Hall of Fame inductee. She received a plaque with her name on it. It hangs in the media section of the Hall. But she's not an honoured member. That designation is limited to players, referees and linesmen, and builders. "I think there's always going to be confusion about it," said USA Today's Kevin Allen, who is president of the Professional Hockey Writers Association. "The Hall has made it clear there's a separation." That situation came about because of a move by Boston Bruins president Harry Sinden. In 2002, he objected when the Boston Globe's Kevin Paul Dupont, whom he disliked, won the Ferguson award. Sinden, who had clout as a member of the selection committee and the Hall's board of directors, pressured officials to stipulate, or perhaps re-establish, that Dupont and other media types were not honoured members. The Hall acquiesced.

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NHL Moving Forward

from the Mercury News,

Sharks Coach Ron Wilson taps his forehead with his index finger as he offers an explanation for the string of come-from-behind victories in the back-from-the-dead NHL this season. ``It's more what's going on between everybody's ears than what's actually happening on the ice,'' he said. New rules have made leads more difficult to protect, changing the mindset of players. ``There's a different feeling in your room now.'' There's also a different feeling in the arenas as fans, too, adapt to a changed game. It's only a month into the new season -- too soon, perhaps, for sweeping pronouncements -- but the NHL looks as if it is staging a successful comeback of its own from its labor problems.

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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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