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No Fine For Gretzky

from the CP via TSN,

Phoenix Coyotes head coach Wayne Gretzky was not fined $10,000 US for Shane Doan's late-game instigator penalty Tuesday night, The Canadian Press has learned. Part of the new NHL rules call for an automatic $10,000 fine to the head coach and a one-game suspension to the player who gets an instigator fighting penalty in the last five minutes of a game, a rule the competition committee put in to discourage late-game brawls. But NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell, who pushed for the new rule, also reserves the right to determine whether the rule applies on a case-by-case basis. The spirit of the rule was to get rid of coaches putting out their tough guys with a minute left in the game to settle a score. In this case, Doan is the captain and top player on the Coyotes, not a goon, so Campbell decided not to fine Gretzky and suspend Doan.

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Q & A with Sergei

from ESPN,

From Hockeytown all the way to Southern California, Sergei Fedorov has left an indelible mark wherever he has played. The 35-year-old center is a former MVP, a three-time Stanley Cup winner and one of the most decorated Russian-born players to skate in the NHL, and he might just be the player who can officially put Columbus on the NHL map. Question from David Amber: How did you find out you had been traded to Columbus? Answer from Fedorov: Brian Burke [Mighty Ducks GM] called me and told me I was traded. He gave me Doug MacLean's [Blue Jackets GM] phone number, and after I spoke with Brian, I called Doug. We talked briefly. He was really excited that the trade went through.

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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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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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