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Tough Guys Don’t Get Calls

from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,

Linesman Steve Miller did a masterful job of wrestling McGrattan to the ice a couple of times and keeping him from causing widespread mayhem. McGrattan said he was discussing the lack of a penalty call on Komisarek with teammate Chris Neil yesterday morning. “That guy (Komisarek) throws cheap hits all the time. If that’s me or (Neil), making that hit, it’s five (minutes) and a game (misconduct), maybe a match penalty. No doubt about it,” said McGrattan. “I hate how that works. If you’re a tough guy, you don’t get the calls. I’m used to it now.” Miller pulled McGrattan’s sweater over his head and wrestled him to the ice and McGrattan should probably be thankful. He wound up with a 10-minute misconduct on the play, but if he had gotten loose and gone after Komisarek, it could have been a lot worse.
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Dynasties No More

from Sherry Ross or the NY Daily News,

Remember the Montreal Canadiens winning four consecutive Cups from 1976-79? Followed by the Islanders run in 1980-83? That kind of dominance may be history in more ways than one. "I think it's going to be very hard for a team to win repeatedly, because of the amount of movement, how hard it is to keep players," said Messier, whose Oilers won back-to-back Cups in 1984-85 and 1987-88. "One of the reasons why I think teams are successful is because they have a strong nucleus of great players. But the guys who really get overlooked and don't get much credit are the fringe guys, the role players, and they're the players who really seem to be moving most. They really find a niche and a groove on a team that wins the Stanley Cup."

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Wings Finally Modernize Scoreboard

During tonight's Wings-Canucks broadcast, Ken Daniels announced that the Red Wings will be replacing their scoreboard's four blocks of 9 big-screen TVs with 4 LED displays. Good on ya, Wings.

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Hitch In Demand

from the Philadelphia Inquirer via the Mercury News:

The Columbus Blue Jackets have received permission from the Flyers to interview Ken Hitchcock for their head coaching position. "They called and got permission," Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said Tuesday. "I was under the assumption they would try to talk to Hitch later in the day." "No one from Columbus has called yet, but Homer (Holmgren) told me they got permission to talk, so we'll see what happens," said Hitchcock, who was dismissed as Flyers coach Oct. 22. Blue Jackets general manager Doug MacLean reportedly was meeting with the team's owners on Tuesday to discuss a list of candidates to be interviewed for the head-coaching job. Coach Gerard Gallant was fired Monday; Gary Agnew was named interim coach.

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Don Cherry and the CBC Profit Together

From William Houston at the Globe & Mail,

The relationship between the CBC and Don Cherry has warmed considerably. The two were fighting three seasons ago, but they're now in a cozy business partnership for the Christmas season. They have produced a DVD called Hockey Night In Canada Presents Don Cherry 18 and will share in the profit. The CBC provided footage from Hockey Night and the 2005-06 National Hockey League season. Cherry, the show's popular commentator, selected and narrated the highlights. Cherry was almost fired by the CBC in 2004 after making what were construed to be disparaging remarks about Europeans and French Canadians.
Continued... - Plus more on Roger Millions rant, also mentioned earlier today here on Kukla's.

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The Man

NEW YORK, Nov. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Today at a press conference in New York, Mark Messier, six-time Stanley Cup champion and 16-time NHL All-Star, presented the first-ever Mark Messier Leadership Award to New York Rangers left wing, Brendan Shanahan, in recognition of his exemplary leadership on and off the ice. continued

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Sabres Keep On Playing

from Pierre McGuire at NBC Sports,

"Who are these guys?" Not just a line from "Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid," but also the way a lot of teams are starting to feel about the Buffalo Sabres. The Sabres are driving opposing teams nuts. Just when it looks like they are going to crash and burn due to injuries, the Sabres just keep getting better.

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Left Or Right- Does It Matter

from the Tampa Tribune,

...Based on the NHL's 30 team rosters as of Monday from ESPN.com, 386 of 602 players (64.1 percent) listed as forwards or defensemen shoot left. Of the 62 goaltenders, only five (8.1 percent) shoot from the right side. "I don't really have any theories," Hall of Fame coach Scotty Bowman said. "Possibly one of the reasons is there are fewer left-handed people in the world than right and if you give an article to a kid starting out, a kid would pick it up with his left hand and that would be that top hand and the right hand would go next." Boston Bruins coach Dave Lewis - a longtime member of the Detroit Red Wings organization as an assistant and head coach - couldn't come up with a rational explanation. "I don't know, I never really thought of it in those terms, of why," Lewis said. "I have no idea."

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No One Knows

By George Malik: Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail has an axe to grind with those who say fighting is the be-all-end-all "momentum-changer":

A Monday newspaper report says the business team studied success at the National Hockey League level between 1999 and 2004 -- before the so-called "New" NHL -- and was able to determine that major fighting penalties had a direct payoff. For each penalty minute served by a fighter, the team would pick up .07 points, while at the same time decreasing their opponents' scoring by .24 points. The analysts say this is telling. Some of us would argue it might not be telling at all, perhaps just coincidence. Some might even say that fighting has the opposite effect -- that had there been no fights at all the winning team might have done even better and the losing team scored even less. Who, after all, can really tell? That's the beauty of hockey: Stuff happens. And so much of it gloriously defies analysis.

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View From Above

Rise above the action and get a clear view on the state of the game, in other words, my NHL.com blog is up.

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