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NHL Needs To Promote The Players

from the Morning Call,

Let's get something straight right away — the mission of the new NHL should be all about creating the next Wayne Gretzky. Gary Bettman and the NHL can give us all the reasons in the world for the rule changes they've made — from promoting more scoring, to making a fan-friendlier game, to nurturing a revenue environment where small market teams can compete with the larger ones — but if he wants to reintroduce the league to a broader public, he needs to concentrate all his efforts on one thing: Promoting a superstar for a league desperate for a superstar.
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Hull For Commish

via the Star-Telegram,

Former Star Brett Hull needs to be named NHL commissioner as soon as humanly possible. Why? It's simple. He has something the guy currently holding the position does not. He loves this game. And what the NHL desperately needs after a lockout that served as a virtual eviction from the sporting conscience is a salesman to spread the gospel of hockey. "I mean [Bettman's] office has not done things to intentionally hurt the game," Hull continued. "But, in some capacity, the NHL needs a face that is hockey."

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Laraque Gets It Right

via the Calgary Sun,

"I think it's too much," he said prior to last night's 3-1 Flames win. "Yeah, it's great to have the Battle of Alberta but it's too much. "You'd like the chance to see other teams instead of too much of the same ones. Sometimes it's seemed like they're only team we're playing." "You want a chance to see those other teams and fans do, too," Laraque said

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Would Leafs Move Sundin

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Sources say Sundin isn't happy in Toronto, but, at the same time, he's not the kind of guy who is going to march into GM John Ferguson Jr.'s office and demand a trade. While the Leafs captain has a no-trade clause in his contract and isn't going to ask to be dealt before the March 9 deadline, don't rule out the possibility of the 34-year-old being moved. Sundin bleeds the blue and white of the Leafs and would be the last one to jump ship. But if Toronto doesn't turn its fortunes around in the next two weeks, then a deal might be best for both parties.
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Buffalo Has Turned The Corner

from the NY Times,

"It's a great hockey city," said Buffalo Coach Lindy Ruff, who is in his eighth season, the longest tenure among current N.H.L. coaches. "To go from where we were at, from being without ownership to getting ownership and out of bankruptcy, we've really turned the corner." "We came out of the gate a very disciplined club, which, I think, put us ahead," Ruff said. "We took less penalties than other clubs." Buffalo's most impressive statistic may be its attendance. The team averaged fewer than 14,000 fans in 2002-3 and little more than 15,000 in 2003-4, the last season before the lockout. This season, HSBC Arena is regularly at or near its capacity of 18,690.
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Keeping A Competitive Balance

from the Mercury News via the Centre Daily Times,

The San Jose Sharks and the team's charter air carrier are the worst violators of the overnight curfew at Mineta San Jose International Airport, arriving after-hours 10 times in the past season and a half, according to city officials. San Jose has issued more than $20,000 in fines and sued the charter service in November 2004 to end the violations, but to no effect. Despite the lawsuit, the Sharks broke the curfew four more times since hockey resumed in October, landing as late as 3:14 a.m. on Dec. 4, airport records show. Sharks President Greg Jamison admitted to breaking the curfew but said it was necessary ``to keep a competitive balance in the NHL'' because there are nights when the Sharks are on the road and return for a home game the following day, while an opposing team is waiting and rested in San Jose.
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Lundqvist In Action

If you missed the feature NBC did on Ranger goalie Henrik Lundqvist on Saturday, you can watch it here (you will need to use IE in order to view the video). image

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My Teeth Were Swimming Around

from the Mercury News,

Missing incisors are as much a part of hockey as the Zamboni. But the San Jose Sharks are in the midst of an odd losing streak. Three players -- Cheechoo, Joe Thornton and Scott Hannan -- have suffered fractures in a combined nine teeth since mid-November. "Nobody goes through a lifetime of hockey without losing a few Chiclets,'' said defenseman Kyle McLaren. "But this has been worse than I've ever seen it. It's been kind of freaky.''
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Blogging From JLA

I am going to the Wings/Preds game tonight. Should be a great game and the Wings finally have a divisional game that means something. Oh boy, Legace gave up a goal early, pull him, put in Osgood now! update 7:00pm, Zetterberg is on the ice for pre-game warmup, but he also did that on Colorado on Saturday.

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OLN Settles Lawsuit

via Mutichannel,

The National Cable Television Cooperative, which sued OLN last fall over carriage issues relating to the National Hockey League, has settled that litigation with the sports network, officials confirmed Monday. The terms of the settlement between the NCTC and OLN, owned by Comcast Corp., are confidential, according to a spokesman for the co-op. The case, filed in Kansas District State Court in November, was settled last month, the co-op said. OLN issued a statement Monday regarding the resolution of the suit. “The NCTC has been an excellent partner to OLN for many years,” the statement said. “We are pleased that we were able to come to a resolution and look forward to our continued relationship.”

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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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