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Life In The CHL

from the CP via CBC,

Bill McDonald is 54 and he thought that, at his age, he'd seen everything there was to be seen in the life of a hockey coach. Then he was shown where his Austin Ice Bats would be playing their Central Hockey League games. They've been installed in a 1,900-seat arena in the Texas city. There are Jr. B teams in Canada playing in larger arenas. Fans walk directly past dressing room doors to get to their seats via the same corridors the players use to get to the ice. Referees and opposing players don't have to wonder what is being said about them by spectators who could reach out and touch them.

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Trade Deadline Going to be a Snoozer?

ESPN's Scott Burnside:

The annual holiday season segues into the rumor season as far as NHL teams are concerned. This year's "season of the rumor" may arrive early with the NHL trade deadline coming earlier than at any time in league history, Feb. 27. Sadly, for those who love to imagine big, juicy trades, the earlier date, coupled with unprecedented parity and the restrictions imposed by the salary cap, may mean there will be far more smoke than fire in terms of player movement.

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Get Your Sticks Now

from Canoe,

Enjoy those low one-piece composite stick prices while you can, folks, because they won't last forever. If you look hard enough, you can find sticks originally priced well above the $200 mark selling for the last couple months at about $130 or less.

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The Gordo Plan

from Jeff Gordon of St. Louis Today,

Since they have no chance to reach the playoffs this season – due to the stunning failure of well-paid veterans -- the Blues need to focus on their retooling. Management hoped to put a competitive team on the ice this season to buy more developmental time, but that well-intentioned effort failed. So here is what we propose: -- John Davidson should gradually auction off his veterans and add long-term assets.
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Let’s Get Down To Business

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

But on and off the ice, the honeymoon phase is over. The same diddling and dawdling that hamstrung the NHL in its pre-lockout days is back – and like the crazy old girlfriend you thought you were rid of, its return makes me want to run in the opposite direction with a bottle of moonshine in one hand and one of those Men In Black memory-eraser gadgets in the other. Start with the crackdown on obstruction. In case you haven’t noticed, the cracking is down. Meanwhile, ugly, entertainment-starved games become more prevalent by the day.
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Taking A Deeper Look At The IIHF Hall Of Fame

Guest Submission by Joe Pelletier Last week I looked at the IIHF Hockey Hall of Fame's class of 2007. For the seventh straight year, no Canadian hockey player was inducted. This week I ask the question: Should there be more Canadians in the IIHF Hall of Fame? If there is a movement afoot to get more of international hockey's top performers recognized in the Hockey Hall of Fame, one would think that NHL stars should be included in the International Hall of Fame too. After all if North America's Hall of Fame should include hockey stars who never played in North America such as Valeri Kharlamov and Boris Mikhailov, should Rocket Richard and Jean Beliveau be included in the International Hockey Hall of Fame? Either way some of the greatest hockey players of all time are being omitted, right? Wrong.

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The Sounds Of The Season

NHL Live just played a cut from a CD the Blue Jackets made for charity purposes. Check it out and the boys should stick to hockey!!! image

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Caps Now Have A Chance

from the Gulf Times,

Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis believes the new NHL is working beautifully despite sagging league-wide attendance and tiny television ratings. "We’re growing. Our team’s revenues are up about 19% year-over-year," Ted Leonsis said on Wednesday between periods of the Capitals game against the Ottawa Senators. "Our paid attendance is up 6%. So, we’re fortunate. We’ve been rebuilding. But the new NHL business model is really good for a team like the Caps."

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In The Crease

from the NHLPA,

As Matt Gannon will tell you, he was more than impressed with the willingness of NHL players to lend their time and support to the new documentary film, "In the Crease." Gannon, co-director of the film that highlights the journey of the California Wave to the 2005 United States Hockey Championships in Bensenville, Illinois, wasn't quite sure what to expect when the call went out to NHLPA members looking to share their stories. Turns out, he was pleasantly surprised. "There were absolutely no egos," said Gannon, who produced and co-directed with Michael Sarner, both longtime studio executives at Twentieth Century Fox and MGM. "They were amazing. The movie really shows you what NHL guys are like. They were so generous and open about their lives."

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Ricci Sitting Lately

from the Arizona Republic,

Observers are starting to wonder if the Coyotes are starting to ease Ricci, 35, out of their plans. The Coyotes are paying Ricci $1.52 million this season. He has one assist in five games after missing the first 20 because of a neck injury he suffered in the off-season. Asked if he'd be content to stay with the Coyotes if Gretzky continued to scratch him regularly, Ricci said that it didn't sound like much fun. "Nobody wants to sit around and just watch," he said. " . . . I don't know what's going to happen. It's out of my control. Whatever happens will happen. I'm just going to try and stay as positive as I can."

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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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