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Battle Over Ovechkin

from TSN,

The tug-of-war surrounding Alexander Ovechkin's playing future is expected to go to court before the end of the month. Anatoliy Harchuk, the Chairman of Dynamo Moscow hockey club, spoke to TSN about the Ovechkin court case: Q: What do you hope to achieve with this lawsuit? A: The main question to be decided by the court is for the Washington court to acknowledge the legality of our arbitration committee and forbid Alexander Ovechkin to play for any other hockey club than Dynamo, in accordance with the laws and rules that exist in our professional hockey league and the Russian hockey federation.

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Blogging On Thanksgiving

Posting on Thanksgiving will be limited to major news only. It is a day to spend with family and friends and just a reminder, drink in moderation and don't drive if you enjoyed one too many holiday spirits.

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Blame The Refs

from News Gleaner,

Whether the players are willing to blame the refs or not, it is their fault. Of course the NHL put the rules in place, but the refs are the ones on the ice calling the penalties. What's to stop them from using "good judgment?" That's their job to be the judge on the ice. Then again, when Peter Forsberg is called for cross-checking while the blade of his stick is on the ice and he's only got one hand on the shaft - maybe the refs just don't have good judgment. Anyway you look at it, the refs have taken control of the game. The players should determine the outcome of a game, not the refs, and right now it's at best a 50-50 split.

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‘King Kong’ Causes Retaliation Hit

from Sportsnet,

Fedoruk received a match penalty for his retaliatory hit on Phoenix forward Petr Nedved Tuesday night. The left winger left his skates to hit Nedved with a flying elbow midway through the third period. Fedoruk reportedly admitted the hit was in response to an earlier hit by Coyotes defenceman Denis Gauthier on Ducks forward Joffrey Lupul, who did not return in the game. "It was something that had to be addressed," Fedoruk said. "I'm not naming names but you have a guy out there with a visor on running around like he's King Kong.

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Enough Calder Talk

from Slam,

It's time to put an end to the silly debate over whether Dion Phaneuf deserves Calder Trophy recognition as the league's top rookie. One quarter of the way through his brilliant debut with the big boys, the truth is only one thing stands between the 20-year-old Flames defenceman and one of the league's most coveted awards: Health. As in, the health of Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin.

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Mixed Results For The NHL

from the Baltimore Sun,

Hockey's reinvention of itself in the wake of a season lost to labor dispute seems to be working in many ways. Scoring is up, both for teams and individual stars. Rookies Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin, who met for the first time last night, appear as talented as the hype suggested. And yet, not all is well, especially not in these parts. The NHL still can't get a national audience to watch on television in the United States. And attendance is lagging in some cities. Even with Ovechkin, the Washington Capitals are struggling to draw fans. The television ratings are more troubling for the league. NHL broadcasts on OLN have averaged a 0.3 rating, meaning only 215,000 people a week are watching. Ratings are much stronger in Canada, but hockey's popularity was never in question there.

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Doan Facing Suspension

via the Ice Block, Shane Doan will become the first player to be suspended for receiving an instigator penalty within the last five minutes of regulation time. Doan did that tonight by cracking Vitaly Vishnevski at the end of the Coyotes 2-1 loss to the Ducks. Doan and coach Wayne Gretzky will also be fined due to Doan’s actions.

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Sharks Stumbling

from the San Francisco Chronicle,

Of all the numbers in which the Sharks lag, there's one that stands above the rest and delivers a hard dose of reality after one quarter of the season. In their last 15 games, the Sharks have one win in regulation. And it took a goal in the final four seconds of that Oct. 28 game in Los Angeles to accomplish it. This is hardly what was expected of a team that reached the West finals in 2003-04.

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Two Special People Meet

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

If the future of the NHL is a coin, one side bears the face of Sidney Crosby, the other bears the likeness of Alexander Ovechkin. And a shiny coin it is, tossed for the first time before the NHL world Tuesday night. That it came up Crosby as the Penguins edged Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals 5-4, will ultimately be more trivia fodder than defining moment for either player. But in terms of a taste of what lies ahead, the first NHL meeting between the rookie titans exceeded the considerable hype that preceded it. "It's exciting considering where we've been in the NHL," said Pittsburgh head coach Ed Olczyk, referring to last year's lockout. "It's something that was real special and a lot of people were talking about it."

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Nashville Builds Young

from the Nashville City Paper,

Anyone who has ever doubted the Nashville Predators were sincere about building the team through the NHL Entry Draft needs only to look at the current roster. “It’s a sign that our scouts have done a good job of identifying people,” Predators Coach Barry Trotz said. “Our development process, from the conditioning camps to going to Milwaukee, to giving them roles in the NHL where they can succeed is working. It’s a process, and I think we have done a good job of explaining that process and culture with our players and all of our coaches. We believe in the people that we have here.”

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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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