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A Challenge To USA Hockey

from Hockey Refs,

If the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) follows through with its plan, American hockey could spilt between two rival governing bodies. A source familiar with the plans told HockeyRefs.com that it has to do with the ongoing dispute with the AAU and USA Hockey over the governing of inline, which also involves the USOC-backed USA Roller Sports. “(It’s) political posturing,” said the source, who wished to remain anonymous. “If ice won’t get out of inline, then inline will play ice.”
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Back To Junior Team For Brule

via TSN,

The Columbus Blue Jackets are willing to wait on prospect Gilbert Brule, as the club sent him back to Vancouver of the Western Hockey League on Thursday.

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Andreychuk Wants To Stay With Tampa

from WDAE,

Though he was not happy when he originally heard the news, Dave Andreychuk certainly has calmed down since. Two days after being placed on waivers by the Tampa Bay Lightning Andreychuk conducted his own press conference Thursday at his restaurant, right across the street from the St. Pete Times Forum. "I'm gonna do something. Can't sit at home and bug my wife every day. I'm looking forward to being a part of this organization, if they want me to."

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Right Decision By Messier

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Could the Rangers have engineered this Prague-on-the-Hudson success story if Messier had decided to stay on; or if Brian Leetch had returned as a free agent? It's doubtful, even if both players still had something to give. Sometimes, the hardest part of playing professional sport is learning when to cede your place to the next player in line. It also illustrates, in a round-about-way, the problems facing one of the Rangers' divisional rivals, the Pittsburgh Penguins. In much the same way that Messier's departure helped the Rangers turn the page, it may have been necessary for Mario Lemieux to step away in order for the Penguins to allow Generation Next to come to the fore.
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Bruins Want To React Quickly

from WNEM,

The hockey franchise that produced Esposito, Orr, Neely and Bourque hopes to increase attendance and revenue for every home game at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston using StratTix data analytics technology from StratBridge. The Boston Bruins will rely on StratTix to gain a real-time view of sold and available seating in advance of home games so sales staff can develop promotions and strategies that will increase sales. This will help them fill seats and get an early read on per-game revenue so they can react quickly.
more How about putting a better team on the ice, that may help a bit more.

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What To Do With Fleury

As noted yesterday, the Pens called up two goalies while putting Thibault on IR. What does this mean? from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

It could mean that the Penguins seriously are considering sending Marc-Andre Fleury back to the American Hockey League before he can cash in on some big bonuses. Or it might suggest that the Penguins really don't know what to do with their goaltending.

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Mad Mike

1050 ESPN radio is reporting Mike Millbury will step down at the end of the year. update 11:50am, from the New York Islanders,

At a press conference this morning at Nassau Coliseum, Islanders owner Charles Wang made the following announcements: Steve Stirling has been relieved of his duties as head coach. Assistant coach Brad Shaw has been named interim head coach. Islanders general manager Mike Milbury, upon the naming of a successor, will step away from the GM position and become a Senior Vice President for Wang's sports properties, which include the Islanders, New York Dragons (AFL), Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL) and Islanders Iceworks.
more update 12:44pm, from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
There isn't much question who the New York Islanders want to be their new general manager-head coach. In fact, sources close to the Islanders' ownership say the NHL team has set its sights on getting Red Deer Rebel owner-GM-coach Brent Sutter and has already put in a call to the man who has won back-to-back gold medals as the head coach of Canada's national junior team.
more update 2:01pm, from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
Thursday's announcement that GM Mike Milbury will step aside as soon as a replacement can be found was greeted in an entirely different fashion. Finally!, they shouted. What took you so long?

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Blog- Back Soon

Updates today will continue around 11:00am today.

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Theo In The Headlines Again

from the Toronto Star,

Former NHL star Theo Fleury made throat-slitting gestures and used obscene language during an altercation with fans in a British Elite Ice Hockey League game on Sunday night, according to a statement from Fleury's opponents. Fleury, playing for the Belfast Giants, was in the penalty box in the second period when fans of the host Coventry Blaze team began yelling at him. Fleury then reportedly tried to get at some of the spectators, earning him a game misconduct.
read on If you want to listen to the seven minute interview The Fan 590 in Toronto did with Fleury yesterday, you can find it on their homepage.

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The South Is Calling

The Tyee,

Head deep into America's south to Huntsville, Alabama, and there you'll find king cotton, a space rocket arsenal and, for young Canadians like Marc Narduzzi, a perfectly logical place to play hockey. You would be hard-pressed, however, to find two more disparate cultures in North America than those of Vancouver and the Alabama city amidst cotton fields. "We're in what you call the Bible belt down here, the people down here are very nice, you get a lot of southern hospitality, but it is the Bible belt," Ross said. "But the weather is warmer."

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