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Expand The Playoffs- The Players Respond

from the Hockey News via ESPN,

"Should the NHL increase the number of teams that qualify for the playoffs from 16 to 20?" That was the question posed to 30 NHL players as the league appears determined to increase the number of participating playoff teams in the near future, but don't expect players to take a victory lap if the announcement comes.
Best answer to the question-
No: "Teams 15 and 16 obviously are the least skilled, and it gets worse from there. Those teams won't upset nobody." -- Chris Higgins

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Sanford Out For The Year

via the AP,

St. Louis Blues goaltender Curtis Sanford suffered a MCL strain in his left knee and will miss the rest of the season. The Blues recalled Reinhard Divis from its AHL affiliate in Peoria in a related move.

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Trade Talk You May Have Missed

from Charlie Teljeur of the Hockey News,

At least six teams had interest in center Alexei Yashin. And, if you count the Islanders, it's seven. The Rangers had a deal with Ottawa that would have sent Steve Rucchin and a fifth rounder to the Senators for Zdeno Chara. Glen Sather canned the deal upon realizing that Chara was in fact Slovakian and not Czech.

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Hockey Town ‘South’

from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,

Once written off for what is wrong with the NHL, Nashville is suddenly an example of what is right. There are several interesting and even intriguing numbers regarding play in the new NHL, but none more than the numbers which have surfaced via the hockey renaissance in Nashville.
read on

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Battle In The East

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

With just Pittsburgh and Washington certain to be watching the games on TV, that leaves eight teams in contention -- at least mathematically -- for the final three slots. Arguments can be made for the fates of each of these contenders, no matter which way you want to roll. Let's sort 'em out.

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Chris Gratton Signs Two Year Extension

via the Florida Panthers,

Florida Panthers General Manager Mike Keenan announced today that the club has agreed to terms with C Chris Gratton to a two-year contract extension.

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Long Time NHL Ref Red Storey Passes Away

via TSN,

The hockey world lost one it most colourful personalities as Hall of Fame official Red Storey passed away on Wednesday. He was 88. A multi-sport athlete who played baseball, football, lacrosse, and hockey in his youth, Storey played with the Toronto Argonauts, winning the Grey Cup in 1937 and 1938. A serious knee injury in 1941 ended his playing days on the field, and he switched his focus to hockey. After a brief stint with the Montreal Royals, he was hired as an official in 1950 by the NHL.
More on Red from the Legends of Hockey... update 12:40pm,
NEW YORK -- National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman released today the following statement regarding the passing of Hockey Hall of Fame member Red Storey: "Red Storey brought passion, dedication and enthusiasm to each and every game as an NHL referee," said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. "Long after his retirement as an on-ice official, he continued to serve as one of the truly great ambassadors for the game in his travels around North America officiating charitable games. On behalf of the NHL family, we extend our deepest sympathies to his wife Bunny and sons Bob and Doug."
update 2:00pm, Interesting story from Hockey Refs why Red retired...
Fans upset at controversial no-calls in the final minutes by Storey littered the ice with debris and at one point jumped on the ice and went after the referee.

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The Maven- Crosby Not In Calder Race

from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,

By now it should be clear that Sid (Der Bingle) Crosby will not win The Calder. It’s not even close. Henrik (I’m Not Henny Youngman) Lundqvist and Alex (I’m All-Inclusive) Ovechkin are neck-and-neck for the prize. If The Big O totals 50 goals, that should clinch it for the rapid Russian.
more chatter...

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Guerin Out With Broken Orbital Bone

via ESPN,

Dallas Stars forward Bill Guerin will have surgery Thursday to repair a broken orbital bone, according to a report in Wednesday's editions of The Dallas Morning News. Guerin is expected to miss about a week, Stars coach Dave Tippett told the newspaper.

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The Best College Hockey Jersey

from Inside College Hockey,

Our initial BSRI rendered Maine’s white sweater as the best of 2006...Michigan’s whites, Princeton’s blacks, Boston University’s alternate red and Providence’s white with the classic Friar logo rounded out the top five by tying for second. Each received a BSRI mark of 18.4.

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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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