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McCarty Shines Against Wings

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Considering he's a heavily tattooed bruiser who spends his off-season fronting for a thrash band, starring on a unit heretofore dubbed the New Kids on the Block Line was sure to irk Darren McCarty. However, after scoring the insurance marker in a dramatic 3-1 win against the team with which he spent the first decade of his career, surely nothing would bother him on this night. "No, I don't like that one," said the 33-year-old mucker of the boy band monicker befitting his new trio that now includes fellow newcomers Tony Amonte and Daymond Langkow.

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Jaques Martin Back In Ottawa

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The difference has been like night and day since Bryan Murray took over as coach of the Senators from longtime bench boss Jacques Martin. And with Martin paying his first visit to Ottawa tonight as coach of the Panthers, there was plenty of talk yesterday about what Murray has brought to the team since taking over from Martin, who was behind the Senators' bench for 81/2 seasons.

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Mediocre Devils

from North Jersey,

Eventually, the Devils might have to accept that in this new NHL, they are a flawed club with a deserving record. What's more, their play is probably indicative of what they can expect over the final 64 games. That realization might come as early as this weekend with a difficult Friday night home game against Montreal and an even tougher Saturday trip to Ottawa. "I don't think that anyone can feel good about where we are with reference to our record," Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said Wednesday.

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Gerber Solid As Starter

from the CP via the Ottawa Sun,

After biding his time as a backup to J.S. Giguere in Anaheim, the 31-year-old Gerber finally got his wish when Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford decided to take a chance on him in a June 2004 trade that sent Tomas Malec and a third-round pick to the Ducks. "It was always a dream for me to be a starter somewhere," Gerber said yesterday. "It didn't happen in Anaheim. I was lucky to be traded here. They offered me that chance and I'm really thankful for that."

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Not A Fan Of The New Rules

from Canada.com,

Bobby Hull, the greatest left-winger of all time and the senior half of the most prolific father-son combo in NHL history, doesn't think much of the modern, open game. Now that Brett has retired, Hull doesn't watch hockey on TV. He does catch the occasional highlight on in-flight television, which tells him this much: "It's almost like there's a sign at the blue line, saying: 'This way to the net,' " the Golden Jet said. "They're walking in home free. I feel sorry for the goalies - but they had their go of it.''

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Pure Money Deal

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Proof once again that dollars trump sense in the new National Hockey League came Tuesday when the Anaheim Mighty Ducks traded one of the game's premier players, Sergei Fedorov, to the Columbus Blue Jackets for a pair of spare parts.

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More ‘Big’ Trades

from TSN,

There is a sense the Sergei Fedorov trade may be the catalyst to get the NHL swap shop working overtime, but don't count on it. Almost half of the 30 teams already have payrolls of more than $36 million, which with the $39 million cap makes it difficult if not impossible to add a significant player making significant money unless there's a player of equal value coming off the books. And that's hard to do.

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Wings View Of The Fedorov Trade

from the Detroit Free Press (Thursday edition) via the Mercury News,

Several of the Detroit Red Wings saw the news as it scrolled across the bottom of TV screens: Former teammate Sergei Fedorov had been traded to Columbus, a scant three-hour drive from his old playground. "Personally, I think they should have a better record than what they do, but obviously things just weren't going right and they're going to see if Sergei can be part of the puzzle to help them get going in the right direction," Kirk Maltby said Wednesday.

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OLN Opening- A Little Design Talk

How do you re-launch one of the nation's most visible sports? Mr. Wonderful, a new design and effects company, was charged with the task of developing a fresh sports package for OLN's coverage of the National Hockey League, which was designed and delivered in 1080i HD, as well as 4:3 NTSC. "We wanted the package to get right to the core of hockey, which is the speed and the ice," explains Beirne Lowry, Mr. Wonderful Creative Director. "We kept the design stark and bold like a comic book or Japanese anime with heavy use of black and solid colors. The client was wide open to our design interpretation as long as it fit within their look." Producer Damien Henderson adds, "We had to keep the design fresh since the NHL hadn't been on the air for quite some time. This package had to set the tone for the re-launch of a national league on a new network. It had to correspond with all of the NHL campaigns and branding efforts to revitalize the franchise."

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Walcom Transcript

from NHL.com,

Moderated chat with Stephen Walkom, the NHL's senior Vice President and Director of Officiating: What is the feedback that you or other refs have received about the way the game is being called? Stephen Walkom We've had overwhelming support from the players, coaches and GMs, but most importantly, the fans. What steps are you taking to allow defensemen a little more leeway out front and to help protect goalies? Stephen Walkom None. There are rules in place to penalize a player that commits an infraction against a goalie. Therefore, we are allowing the defensemen to bump and get body position on the offensive player. However, we are not allowing the defense to use illegal tactics as we have in previous years to defend in front of his net. Specifically, in regard to cross-checking.

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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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