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Is The New NHL Better

from the Delaware County Times,

In an unscientific poll conducted by the Daily Times of players from around the NHL, 23 players of varying experience levels were asked if the way the game is being played now is better than it was before the lockout, significantly worse, or about the same. While four players liked the new rules, 18 said the game was significantly worse and only one said it was about the same. A similar study of fans in three hockey crazy cities -- Philadelphia, Toronto and Montreal -- found that 83 percent of those interviewed (100 total) think the game is not as good as it was before.

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FSN South Blocks Carolina HDTV Deal

from the News & Observer,

The NHL season is almost a month old, and the Carolina Hurricanes are still trying to nail down their secondary television package. The team's primary rights-holder, FSN South, blocked the team's HDTV deal with Time Warner Cable, leaving the team scrambling to find a way to get additional games on TV -- including Ron Francis Night on Jan. 28.

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Should Coaches Be Held Responsible For Players Actions

from the Edmonton Sun,

After Atlanta coach Bob Hartley sent out his tough guys late in blowout losses to Toronto and Tampa Bay, resulting in violent incidents and suspensions to Andy Sutton and Eric Boulton, it renewed the debate over coaches being held liable for the actions of their players. Should Hartley get the same six games that Boulton got for elbowing Tampa rookie Paul Ranger? Should Marc Crawford have been made to pay for the sins of Todd Bertuzzi?

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Blackhawks Getting Heathly- Must Improve To Beat Wings

from the Chicago Sun-Times,

It might not seem like it tonight at the United Center, but the Blackhawks could be on the upswing heading into the second of three straight games against the powerful Detroit Red Wings. Wingers Kyle Calder and Tuomo Ruutu, neither of whom made the trip to Detroit, also practiced Friday, and Yawney said Calder should be available for tonight's game. Ruutu will be a game-time decision. Calder is coming off an elbow injury that kept him out of the last two games. Ruutu has had lower back problems since the season began. He missed the last four games.

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Sacred Numbers

from the Montreal Gazette,

Canadiens goalie Jose Theodore has used some ancient history this season to modernize his mask: he's had LX, his sweater number 60 in Roman numerals, painted on both sides. He's also got an LX tattooed inside his left bicep. Dickie Moore and Yvan Cournoyer, two Canadiens Hall of Famers, will see their No. 12 retired next month - on the 12th, of course - and hung from the rafters of the Bell Centre. Moore believed the number he wore from 1951-63 brought him so much luck that when he founded his equipment rental business, he wanted 12 to be part of his telephone number.

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Spezza Becoming Special

from the Toronto Star,

If you haven't seen Jason Spezza's overtime goal Thursday night against the Montreal Canadiens, turn on your television to one of the all-sports networks, grab a seat and wait a couple of minutes. It will come. Goals such as that get played over and over. And afterwards, you will notice how your jaw is almost in your lap. What the hockey world witnessed two nights ago was not only a spectacular clutch goal by a dazzling young talent, but what could prove a major demarcation point for the Mississauga native and former prodigy. Years from now, we may look back at that goal and point to it as the moment Spezza became an NHL star. "I have goals and I want to be one of the best players in this league," Spezza said. "Hopefully, this year will be a kind of a coming-out party in that sense, that I can show people I can be the player that I've always thought I can be."

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Old-Time Hockey

from the Globe and Mail,

The "new" National Hockey League reminds Jean Béliveau of his old NHL, the game he played and starred in during the 1950s and 1960s. "The last 10 years, it wasn't the type of game I enjoyed watching and certainly not the game I enjoyed playing," Béliveau said yesterday. "For years, I asked the NHL, in an indirect way, to bring the stick back on the ice. I always thought the stick was to make plays, not for use -- in the hands of too many players -- as a weapon."
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Ice Age- Coffey Style

Phil Coffey of NHL.com touches on numerous topic in his weekly Ice Age feature. One topic is the Blackhawks are concerned about their goaltending.

Nikolai Khabibulin came to Chicago as a Stanley Cup champion, so the Blackhawks were understandably excited about the prospects for the team this season. But Khabibulin hasn't had a great start to the season and there is some concern around the club. "I'm getting concerned, I'm not going to lie to you," coach Trent Yawney told Tim Sassone of the Arlington Height Daily Herald. "There's no question he has to be better, and he knows he has to be better. He's a No. 1 guy for a reason and those guys find their way. We need him to find his way.

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No Distractions For Souray

from the CP via TSN,

Sheldon Souray isn't ready to speak publicly about the breakup of his marriage to former Baywatch actress Angelica Bridges. But the Montreal Canadiens defenceman said Friday it has not been a distraction, either to himself or the team, and has nothing to do with his inconsistent performance on the ice this season. "You (reporters) didn't know, but a lot of people knew," Souray said. "The people who needed to know, knew.
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Goalies Should Be Judged By Wins

from Damien Cox, special to ESPN,

In the new NHL, it may be time to simplify again. As in, just wins, baby. Victories are what matter the most, and perhaps should be the decisive issue when it comes to passing on the Vezina legacy. Like save percentage, of course, wins weren't really a big deal for the majority of the NHL's existence. That was a baseball thing, and perhaps it was just generally thought awarding a "win" to a goaltender was giving him just a little too much credit for a team effort.

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