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Larry Brown Heaps Praise On Hockey

via the Toronto Sun,

"I was involved in a championship and obviously that was an incredible, special feeling for me. But I just remember reading and hearing what hockey players think about the Stanley Cup, the fact that they can take it home, show their friends and what it obviously has meant. I'm not so sure all our guys until later on in their career, they realize what it means to be part of a championship team." "The thing that always makes me partial to guys like (Messier), all hockey players, is all they ever talk about is team," Brown told the Bergen Record. "They give credit to teammates, they room together, they eat together, they always talk about what great teammates they have and he's always been somebody everybody mentions as being such a special leader. That's something that's pretty incredible."

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NHLPA Assured NHL Rules Will Apply In Turin

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

The NHL Players Association has been assured steps are being taken to prepare international referees to officiate the Olympics under the same anti-obstruction standard used by the NHL this season. "I don't know why we are stuck on using a one-referee system when we have standards that are set up to best be called by a two-referee system," Team USA general manager Don Waddell said. "Now we have one guy trying to watch play by the goal line and all of the sudden there is a break and he's trying to get there to make sure there is no hooking and holding in the neutral zone."
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Watch Out for Those Fake Line Changes

While discussing a possible Detroit-Philadelphia SCF matchup, Ken Hitchcock was asked about coaching against Scotty Bowman. from the Phillyburbs,

Asked about this, Hitchcock gave a sly grin and said, “In other words, what you're saying is, did I learn after about a year and a half of getting schooled? You learn about fake line changes, guys going coming to the bench, going back out ... his matchups were unpredictable, Scotty was the best bench management coach around. “The part I liked most was, Scotty got up for good teams. He got animated. You could see him behind the bench, looking very stoic at times, but against us he was very animated. He was really into it. You knew your team had to be at its best.''
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Laviolette Happy In Carolina- But…

from the News & Observer,

Peter Laviolette's old job is open again. The job he wanted five years ago may be open again soon. And his contract with the Carolina Hurricanes is up at the end of the season. Karmanos acknowledged that without a new contract, the Canes could face stiff competition to retain Laviolette in the offseason -- particularly if the U.S. Olympic team coached by Laviolette is as impressive as the Canes have been this season. After all, there's no salary cap on coaches. "I'm always concerned about that," Karmanos said. "We hopefully have a good enough relationship that we'd have the right of first refusal. And we do have that kind of relationship with most of the people in the organization. Peter's done a yeoman job."
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Some Teams Experiencing Same Problems

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

As always, the NHL is doing its best to put a shiny face on its corporate doings, with much talk of skyrocketing franchise values and deep-pocketed investors lining up to buy franchises. A well-connected person in the financial game, who keeps a close eye on franchise values and doings, says such talk is correct only when it applies to the high-end teams -- the Toronto Maple Leafs, Philadelphia Flyers and Detroit Red Wings, for example. However, elsewhere in the NHL, things are not a lot different from what they were before the lockout last season. The salary cap, to the surprise of few, has not proved to be the panacea for all the league's financial woes.
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Panthers Need A Plan

from the Sun-Sentinel,

The question remains: What's the Panthers' plan? And is it a good plan? A doomed plan? Did the plan change dramatically upon changing management two years ago, or owners four years ago, or since they last won a playoff game nine years ago? Better yet, do they have a plan? Any plan at all?
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Give The Job To MacLean

from North Jersey,

It's time for Lou Lamoriello to end his coaching search. When Lamoriello, still general manager and interim coach of the Devils, takes the bench for tonight's game against the Vancouver Canucks at Continental Arena, all he has to do is look to the man standing directly to his left, John MacLean. MacLean, a former Devils player and an assistant coach for three seasons, has been doing most of the job since Larry Robinson stepped down Dec. 19, anyway. He runs the team's meetings and practices and changes the forward lines during games.
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Hell Freezes Over In Chicago

via the Chicago Tribune,

Perhaps rookie phenom Sidney Crosby's most impressive accomplishment will come in his 43rd NHL game Friday when his Pittsburgh Penguins face the Blackhawks at the United Center. Because of the hype that accompanied Crosby's arrival in the NHL, the game will be televised locally on Comcast SportsNet. Longtime Hawks fans--their numbers dwindling in this so-far dismal season--might suggest that getting the Wirtz family to reverse its longstanding home TV policy, even for a night, should clinch the Rookie of the Year award for Crosby.

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Hollerin’ Contest

from the Herald-Sun,

"Anytime you're talking about a game where Carolina is part of the equation, I don't think anybody would have taken the highlighter to it [before the season]," Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette said with a laugh after Thursday's morning skate at the RBC Center. Particularly not one against Nashville. But this season, grits and greens have seemed to go along with hockey pretty well. If the season ended today, the Atlanta Thrashers also would be in the playoffs. "Nashville's got a great team," Laviolette said. "They remind me of us, Buffalo and Montreal. It's a fast-skating type team, and this should be a fun game."
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Devils Get A New Home

from the New Jersey Devils,

New Jersey Devils Chairman Jeff Vanderbeek stated that, “The Devils are ecstatic that we have concluded an agreement with the City of Newark that ensures the Newark Arena will be our home starting with the 2007/08 season, and for many years thereafter!
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