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Niedermayer Settles In

from the Orange County Register,

Life is cool today at Scott Niedermayer's house, almost as cool as the surface on which he skates. "Where we're sitting at the moment, it's working out well," says the Ducks' most important player and, just maybe, the most important player in the rest of the NHL, too. "All the guys get along. I'm playing with my brother. We're back out West. It's going well." These sorts of big-time moves by big-name players don't always work out, explaining why Sergei Fedorov is still not scoring goals but now the disappointment is in Columbus. Niedermayer's move, though, has been priceless, even if the tag read $27million.
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Valuable Space

from the Edmonton Journal,

It's just a new made-in-Edmonton twist on rink-board advertising, part of the revenue lifeblood of NHL hockey, especially for small-market teams like the Oilers. "This is some of the most valuable advertising assets our teams have," says Susan Cohig, vice-president of club marketing, strategic development for NHL Enterprises, the league's business side. "Dasher-board advertising is right at game level where the action is. It can command substantial advertising dollars." Indeed. All 30 NHL rinks have sold-out space on their rink boards. Non-TV side of the rink sells for $50,000 to $100,000 per space over the season, depending on the market, while the side where TV viewers see the game rakes in $150,000 to $300,000 per space, Cohig says

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It Was Only A Matter Of Time

from the LA Times,

Sean Avery's brief and volatile career with the Kings came to an end after an argument with assistant coach Mark Hardy during practice Wednesday, a source with the team said. Avery met with General Manager Dave Taylor and interim Coach John Torchetti after practice and then did not travel with the team to Phoenix, where the Kings play the Coyotes tonight. A spokesman for the Kings said that while Avery was not suspended, he will not play in the final three games of the regular season or the Stanley Cup playoffs, should the team manage to qualify. "We're moving on without him," the spokesman said. "We have informed Sean of this."
more (reg. req.)...fyi, Avery is a UFA at the end of the season, who's next? added 9:20am, more from TSN...

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Possible Last Trip To Chicago For Yzerman

from the Chicago Tribune,

Because the Detroit Red Wings clinched the President's Trophy and home-ice advantage throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs Tuesday, they likely will rest some of their veteran players when they make their final appearance of the season at the United Center on Thursday night against the Blackhawks. Whether that means captain Steve Yzerman gets the night off is unknown. But if he does play, it could be his last appearance in Chicago. "He epitomizes the word 'leadership' to me," Hawks coach Trent Yawney said. "He does it all. When you talk about Detroit, you talk about him."
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Let’s Review

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

With so much on the line in the final week of the regular season, to say nothing of the high stakes of playoffs, the NHL's hockey operations department is making an immediate adjustment to its video replay protocol. That change can be summed up in two words - longer waits.

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The Cup In Carolina

from Kara Yorio of the Sporting News via MSNBC,

As these words hit the page, there still are regular-season games to be played, playoff spots and seeds to be decided and home-ice advantage to be won. But that won't stop us from picking a Stanley Cup champion here and now. Possible tough first-round matchups aside, injury status uncertain, we're going to go boldly into the unknown: It will be the Hurricanes.

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The Rocket Is Coming To Canada

from CTV,

The film, titled "The Rocket," opens in theatres April 21. Moviegoers will see the picture not only embodies the Montreal Canadiens' most prolific player, but also captures the story of the social and political climate in Canada in the mid-1950s. "It is about a hockey player, a virtuoso, fire on ice, but it has a lot of resonance as to Quebec's sort of struggling with its identity and trying to come forward as a French-speaking nation in a time where culture, in terms of sport and industry, was English, mainly," the Canadian director said.
read on...I happened to see the promo of this movie while watching the Canadiens/Sabres game on CI via TSN. It looks good but who knows if it will ever make it to the USA. Maybe a little trip to Windsor is in order. You can also view some clips at the CTV site and here too... image

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Vokoun Disappointed But Thankful

from the AP via the Mercury News,

Tomas Vokoun has his priorities in order. Sure the former All-Star goaltender would rather be preparing for the playoffs with the Nashville Predators. But knowing that one blood clot could have slipped from his abdomen and killed him makes watching the postseason and awaiting the birth of his second child much easier to handle. "Definitely disappointed, but I always follow my health and my family in the first place, so I take doctors' advice," Vokoun said Wednesday.

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Mason Confident

from the CP via 940 Montreal,

Chris Mason knows what people are saying around the NHL and he's OK with it. Tomas Vokoun's replacement as starting goalie with the Nashville Predators is ready for the challenge. "A lot of people will probably write us off now because Tomas is out," Mason said Wednesday from Nashville. "I hope teams think that. And I hope they think: 'I want to play the Preds now.' If they underestimate us that puts us in a good situation."

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Who The Heck Is Lil’ John

A reader of KK pointed this out... from the Atlanta Thrashers,

Was it the car, the man sitting in it, or the big silver cup on the seat beside him that was drawing all of the attention? When the car is a Lamborghini, the man is Atlanta hip-hop artist and producer Lil' Jon and the cup is the Stanley Cup, it's tough to say.
continued...with more pictures... image photo via Getty Images & the Atlanta Thrashers

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