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Report- Stirling Fired

via the AP,

The New York Islanders fired coach Steve Stirling on Wednesday night, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the official announcement wasn't scheduled until Thursday. An interim coach will be in place before the Islanders' home game against Calgary on Thursday night, and it won't be general manager Mike Milbury, the person told the AP.
update 11:32pm, from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
The firing of head coach Steve Stirling by the New York Islanders will spark speculation on two fronts, one short term and one longer term. The short term speculation will now focus on the future of Boston Bruin head coach Mike Sullivan. ...As for the longer-term speculation caused by Stirling's firing, brace yourself for a lot of 'Brent Sutter to the Islanders' talk.
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Memories For Messier

from the AP via the Globe and Mail,

Mark Messier stood at the podium in front of family, friends, and dozens of pictures of his entire hockey life. This was the day the six-time Stanley Cup champion has dreaded since he decided to end his 25-year NHL career back in September. Messier took the stage at the Theater at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, one night before his number 11 New York Rangers jersey was to be raised to the rafters in the main arena.
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Is A Deal Brewing

from the CP via RDS (translated),

Rumour wants that the Canadians announce a significant transaction with the Avalanche of Colorado during next hours. Bob Gainey accompanied the team in Denver, where they play this evening, just like Julien Brisebois, the director of the operations hockey and the legal businesses. That even which regulates the details of the contracts.
more This may have something to do with a deal. The Pens recalled two goalies while only putting one on IR. from the Pittsburgh Penguins,
The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled goaltenders Dany Sabourin and Sebastien Caron from their American Hockey League affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, it was announced Wednesday by General Manager Craig Patrick. Goaltender Jocelyn Thibault has been placed on injured reserve.
I am not really into all of these trade rumors, but if you want to follow along, check out the Avs forum. update 9:04pm, No mention of this on TSN during the Avs-Habs game tonight.

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How Are We Doing

from NHL.com,

Seven players are on pace to record 50 goals this season, the most in a decade (eight players reached the 50-goal mark in 1995-96). Players on a 50-goal pace this season are Atlanta's Ilya Kovalchuk and Philadelphia's Simon Gagne (both 62), Ottawa's Daniel Alfredsson (57), Ottawa's Dany Heatley (54), Washington's Alexander Ovechkin (52), Carolina's Eric Staal (51) and New York Rangers' Jaromir Jagr (51)
many more stats... Back in early October, some of you gave your goal scoring predictions. Some are close, some are way off and why in the world did I think Iginla would reach 60 goals!

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Olympic Snub Still Bothers J.R.

from a Q. & A. with Roenick at ESPN,

Q: Now that you've had a few weeks to reflect, how do you react to being left off the U.S. Olympic team? A: I'm pissed. I feel extremely disrespected. I am right up there with any American to ever play the game. Look at Shane Doan. He has struggled all this year, but he has been in the Canadian system for years, and Canada has respect for the guys that have won medals for them, so they selected him. That wasn't the case with the U.S. I think it was totally disrespectful. I have no love for USA Hockey at this point. If they ask me to do anything for USA Hockey again, it will not be done.
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I Play Hockey To Score Goals

NHL.com transcript of tele-conference with Ilya Kolvalchuk,

Q. Have you always been -- you've been criticized in the past for being too flamboyant about your goal celebrations, have you always since you were a kid been doing crazy stuff? ILYA KOVALCHUK: No, I'm just an excited guy, I'm always excited about my goals, and I don't care how many, if it's one for it's 41st, it's always exciting. That's why I'm playing hockey, to score goals to win the games.
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Value Of NHL Teams Increase

from Bloomberg,

In the midst of professional hockey's 310-day lockout and labor negotiation, Walt Disney Co. sold the Mighty Ducks for $75 million last year, half the original asking price for the Anaheim, California, team. Today, Samueli's team is worth only slightly less than the $130 million-to-$150 million value on the one NHL franchise up for sale, the St. Louis Blues, says Randy Campbell, a Societe Generale managing director. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says he turned down a $250 million offer for an expansion team soon after the labor agreement was signed in July.
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NBC Plans For The NHL

I just participated in a tele-conference NBC had regarding their plans for the NHL. Participating on the call were Mike "Doc" Emrick (lead play-by-play); John Davidson (lead analyst); Pierre McGuire (lead inside-the-glass reporter); Bill Clement (studio); Ray Ferraro (studio); Cammi Granato (inside-the-glass reporter) and Sam Flood, NBC Sports Coordinating Producer and the producer of the NHL on NBC. The goalie cam will be used Saturday, the Ranger goalie will have it attached to his helmet for a uniqure view of the game. The studio will be at 30 Rock in NYC, and the ice rink outside the studio will be used during intermission to show and describe some of the play. Messier will be a guest this week in studio and Ed Olczyk will be the special guest in studio the 2nd week. The "Inside the glass" reporters; Pierre McGuire, Joe Micheletti and Cammi Granato will bring the fans closer to the action. They will be cutting in with comments like who is trash talking on the ice, why isn't a certain player get the ice time expected, etc. McGuire mentioned they do not plan on "dumbing down" the game for the viewers. John Davidson stated hockey is a very difficult game to broadcast, but they will be bringing the game to you and this is your chance to see the game in the best way possible. JD was asked if the NHL will ever get bigger on the national level. He mentioned Shanahan, on his own dime, got together a bunch of people to make the game better. Many people were startled by this, but the next thing you know, the game is being played a whole different way. The game was not doing well, and now is our chance to show people how great the game really is. McGuire stated this is our chance to show the people in non-traditional markets how cool this game is. Sam Flood was asked about the HD broadcasts. The primary game will be in HD and when the playoffs start, they may do more than one game in HD. Doc mentioned the NBC crew will be doing a test game during the Philly-Detroit game tomorrow. We will not see it, but it will help fine tune the broadcasts. Sam Flood mentioned it will take some time to get the game broadcast they way they want it, but they will keep trying things in the future like the dasher cam. Question was asked about the Olympic break, Bill Clement spoke up and said it will be a break for some players but will be a torture test for the players going to Torino. It will be a true test of their endurance. A question was asked if Sidney Crosby had an influence on NBC scheduling some of the Pens games. Duh!!! (my comment) Conference is still going on, will update if any pertinent information is released. This is also a raw post, please excuse and gramatical errors. update 1:07pm, One last question was asked about the playoffs- Do you think the game will be called differently? Ferraro responded that the defense will pick up, the game will get even quicker than it is now and he hopes the game is called the way it is right now.

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Aaron Ward Out 3-6 Weeks

via the AP,

Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Aaron Ward will miss three to six weeks after surgery Wednesday to repair a hernia. Ward left the Hurricanes' 3-2 win against Detroit in the second period Tuesday with the injury.

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Old School- Roger Crozier

from NHl.com,

It has been 10 years (Jan. 11, 1996) since Crozier passed away at the age of 54. Just four years following his untimely death, the NHL honored Crozier's memory by creating the MBNA/Master Card Roger Crozier Saving Grace Award. The award is presented to the goaltender having played a minimum of 25 games with the NHL's best save percentage during the regular season. "Roger was the foundation of the Buffalo Sabres franchise. That was why Punch Imlach traded for him. The minute Punch got Roger from the Red Wings, it gave the Sabres instant credibility. And that said a lot about the Sabres, which was just an expansion team at the time".
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