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No!- Traditionalists Unite

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

RBK, the hockey company -- you know, Sidney Crosby's other employer -- has spent millions of dollars testing and re-designing the performance and look of the traditional hockey uniform and has come up with a sleek new design that many traditionalists will view as radical. Most GMs have a prototype in hand, some have even had one of their players privately model and test them. But here's the rub. Hockey traditionalists, and that would be most of the GMs, don't like the look of them. Not a bit.
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Lightning Back

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

"The old Lightning style is back," Feaster says. "Our forecheck has been very aggressive. Our D are pinching more aggressively and we are standing up better against the rush. The work ethic is back." He said the team's early struggles were simply about "a lack of intensity." "We were inconsistent in so many areas of our game," Feaster says. "And I think part of that is that we are now the hunted instead of the hunter."
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NHL Should Drop 8 Games In Olympic Year

from Eric Duhatshek of the Globe and Mal,

The NHL schedule should be reduced from 82 to 74 games by dropping eight divisional games from the schedule....That averages out to one lost home date per year over a four-year period. If a team can't lose one home gate per year to accommodate the Olympics, maybe it doesn't belong in the NHL to begin with.
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Bettman On A Few Topics

from the CP via TSN,

"Our players play all year for their NHL teams," said Bettman. "We, as an accommodation to the Olympics, take a break. We're going to go, but to the extent players are injured it becomes a very personal decision as to what the right thing to do is. And I don't think people should second-guess them." ..."Under our current system, there are a number of markets that don't have teams now that could certainly support a team," said Bettman. "Having said that, we're not looking to relocate and we're not looking to expand."
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Get Your Yzerman Posts In

On the Wings will be hosting the 19th Edition of the Carnival. Honoring the only #19 many Detroit fans know is the general theme. But I do wonder if people realize Paul Henderson wore #19 too! image

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Top 10 Rookie Seasons

from Sports Illustrated,

There have been many memorable rookies in NHL history. So many, in fact, that selecting the 10 best among the Calder winners resulted in painful omissions that are sure to elicit debate. What cannot be denied is the impact some of these players had on their teams. 10. Brian Leetch, D, 1988-89, Rangers With 71 points, Leetch averaged more than one per game and, despite missing 12 matches, his 23 goals set the all-time high for a rookie defenseman. His point total is second all-time among blue-liners.
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Jokinen Says No To Contract Offer

via Sportsnet,

Florida Panthers captain Olli Jokinen is not interested in Florida's latest contract offer of four years, $16-million. A source close to Jokinen told Sportsnet the Finnish centre will flat out turn it down. "We are in two different neighborhoods," the source said, "so it's an easy response -- no thank-you."

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Naslund Out Of Olympics- Homer In

via TSN,

Vancouver Canucks captain Markus Naslund has opted out of the Olympics. Vancouver radio station MOJO 730 AM reported Thursday morning that Naslund will not play for Team Sweden in Torino, Italy. The decision was confirmed by the Swedish Ice Hockey Association, which named Tomas Holmstrom of the Detroit Red Wings as Naslund's replacement

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Sens Shots

Chris at the Hockey Country blog thinks this year is the Senators best shot at the Cup and takes a look at what players they may be targeting between now and the trade deadline.

So we’ve established the 2005-06 season is the Ottawa Senators best opportunity to win the Cup since they came back into the league, and will likely be for many years to come. You want to make sure you take advantage of this, and part of that means bringing in players.

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Columbus Looking Ahead

from Eric Duhatshek of the Globe and Mail,

Columbus Blue Jackets' general manager Doug MacLean made a curious observation last week, when he noted that as badly as things had gone for his team this season, he wouldn't trade his players, even-up, for the Minnesota Wild's — or for that matter, for the conference-leading Detroit Red Wings' either. MacLean's point was that while those teams may be better in the present, Columbus's future is brighter.
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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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