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Perreault Rises From His Couch

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Why Phoenix?
According to Perreault, a variety of factors entered into his decision — their injuries, primarily to Steve Reinprecht and Mike Ricci at centre; his familiarity with coach Wayne Gretzky, with whom he played in Los Angeles and the fact that he’d played in Phoenix once before — with the Roadrunners of the old IHL.
“It was L.A.‘s farm team and I really loved the area when I played there,” said Perreault. “So I knew, coming in late in the season with my family, I wouldn’t have to waste a month, getting used to the environment.”


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Minority Programs On The Rise But Not Enough Participation

from the AP via TSN,

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, opening a luncheon this week on diversity in hockey, proudly made note of 39 cities offering inner-city programs with the help of the league.
Ironically, Bettman trumpeted the programs in a city without one.
“It takes somewhat of a risk for us to be able to do a presentation (here),” said Ken Martin Jr., director of the NHL’s diversity program. “But we’re very proud of our game and where the game is going.”


DALLAS - JANUARY 23: Willie O’Ree and Trevor Daley pose
for a photo at a lunch to discuss African Americans in Hockey.
(Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

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Computer In Motion

from the Detroit Free Press,

Tonight at American Airlines Center, Lidstrom will suit up for his ninth All-Star appearance, joining several Western Conference teammates who normally find him the bane of their existence.
“He’s a computer,” Anaheim forward Teemu Selanne said of Lidstrom. “He doesn’t do mistakes. The way he can see the game and he can pass, it’s incredible. It’s going to be fun to play with him.”
“He’s one of those guys that probably drives everybody nuts because you can’t beat him,” Sakic said. “For me, and you can probably ask a lot of guys, it’s more frustrating playing against a guy like Nicklas who’s in such good position you can’t beat him than if somebody tries to take a run at you. At least then you have a chance that maybe he misses you and you’ve got a shot on goal.”

read on

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Kasparaitis On Waivers

from TSN,

The New York Rangers have placed veteran defenseman Darius Kasparaitis on waivers. The 34-year-old has two goals and two assists in 24 games and is averaging 14:52 minutes of ice time this season. Kasparaitis has been a healthy scratch the last three games and hasn’t played since January 11.


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If You Want To Destroy My Sweater

from the Edmonton Journal:

Daniel Mason, a University of Alberta business professor who studies sports marketing, says the league likely changed jerseys because of the new one’s performance features, since fashion considerations make the change a risky merchandising move.
“One of elements that makes hockey jerseys desirable for people to purchase and wear is that they’re so bulky and comfortable and you can wear them over anything,” Mason said.
“It will be interesting to see how well-received form-fitting jerseys are to Joe Fan.”
He says fans may resent having their pricey old tops go out of date. “I do think that a certain point, given the price point of a jersey, the fans are going to wonder why they dropped $150 on a sweater that’s defunct now.”



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Drug Testing Changes

from the LA Times,

The NHL has forged “tentative agreements” with the players’ association to modify parts of its drug-testing program, Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said.
Daly said nothing has been finalized but general accord has been reached to increase the number of tests to which players can be subjected from two no-notice tests per year.
“Potentially, different players on different teams could be subject to different numbers of tests. It reduces the predictability of knowing, essentially, when you’re not subject to testing anymore,” Daly said.

more (reg. req.)

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Bad Legs

from Tarik El-Bashir’s blog, Capitals Insider, at the Washington Post,

I spent the minutes leading up to last night’s “Fastest Skater” competition bragging to my fellow reporters in the press box about how Alex Ovechkin was going to smoke the competition.
I couldn’t have been more wrong. He hesitated a bit at the start, never really caught up, and wound up posting the slowest time of the six competitors - by far, lapping the rink in 15.19 seconds.
I was stunned. The other reporters were stunned. Ovechkin was, too.


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Pittsburgh Talks Continue

from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Gov. Ed Rendell and Penguins co-owner Ronald Burkle resumed their arena negotiations late Tuesday by talking over the phone, Rendell said this morning.
The two men agreed to talk again next week and could meet in person, Rendell said. He spoke after appearing at an Oakland event related to his health care reform proposal.
Rendell said the conversation with Burkle went well, adding that he does not think public officials will have to resort to asking the National Hockey League to block the Penguins from moving to a new hometown.


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Hockey Fan Creates Customized McFarlanes

imageJoe Pelletier is a frequent KK contributor.

One of the few collectibles I actually indulge in are the Todd McFarlane’s SportsPicks. I’m pretty picky, and only collect a very few players I like, although my collection is growing too quickly. I usually grab most of the Legends series, always the 6 inch variety.

At my original website, 1972 Summit Series.com, I’ve been quite vocal in my desires for McFarlane to come out with more specific releases, particularly regarding the legends series. Of course I’ve been telling anyone who will listen that I’d pay big dollars for a 1972 Summit Series set. But as of yet there is no sign of such a gem. So I must wait like all fans, and hope.

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Habs Move Lapierre To Hamilton

via the Montreal Canadiens,

The Montreal Canadiens General Manager, Bob Gainey, announced today that centreman Maxim Lapierre has been assigned to the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League.

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