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A Transition Year

from the Meridian Booster (Alberta),

The league is in its adjustment period. Players have been playing the game a certain way for the past 15 years and they have been told to now do a complete 360 and play the exact opposite way. It will take time to change. It will not happen overnight and may in fact actually take the entire year to adapt, so be prepared for 15 power plays or more a night for the duration. So how is hockey better than it was 18 months ago? First and foremost there is a flow back in the game. Teams trade chances on a regular basis, not just once or twice a game on a defensive breakdown or a bad line change. The idea of coming from behind to win games has also returned. It used to be – unless of course you played for the Oilers – if you got a one or two goal lead you shut it down from there on out. You pull back into a defensive shell, only sending one forward deep on a forecheck, and protect the lead at all costs. Thusly we wound up with a plethora of 2-1 and 3-2 games with a combined 45 shots between the two sides.
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Bourque Has No Plans To Coach

from the Salem News,

Ray Bourque has absolutely no intentions of going behind the Bruins' bench to coach, or coaching anywhere else, the 22-year NHL veteran and Hall of Famer said. One sports talk show caller last week endorsed Cam Neely as the next B's coach and Bourque as the general manager. Sorry folks, but Bourque is officially a special consultant (on ice, helping coach the defensemen) and he's perfectly happy to be getting his feet wet and back in the organization, as he put it. The role fits him perfectly right now.
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Blog- A Few Appointments

I have a few appointments this morning. Posts should continue about 1pm today.

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Suites Help Close The Deals

from the Edmonton Journal,

Like a growing number of Edmonton corporate leaders, Prism Flow's co-owner sees the suite as a marketing tool that's invaluable in a hockey-mad town. "When we first contemplated getting one five years ago, we really wondered if (the $200,000) was worth it. We were considered a small company. It was a big step for us," O'Flynn said, wincing as the Oil fail to convert on one of 10 first-period shots. "But it has absolutely paid off for us, in ways I'm sure even we don't appreciate." This year, the Oilers rented all 66 of Rexall's executive suites, from the 39 on the main concourse to the 16 private "Sky Suites" high in Rexall's rafters. Another 11 suites are on the upper concourse, or "5th Level."
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Samsonov Out With Upper Body Nerve Symptoms

from the Boston Herald,

As Glen Murray made a slightly unexpected return to action last night after missing five games with a strained groin muscle, there was a far more unpredictable and potentially troubling turn of events for the Bruins: Winger Sergei Samsonov missed the game against the Canucks. In a terse announcement shortly before the start of play, the B’s announced that Samsonov experienced “upper body nerve symptoms,” was examined yesterday by Canucks team physicians and would return to Boston this morning for further tests.
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Look Out Ref

Hockey referee goes crashing (will open wmp video) into the boards, skate catches the glass.... image

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Crosby Runs Kiprusoff

from the Calgary Sun,

Let's see if we've got this straight: An 18-year-old hotshot violently crashes the net, seriously jeopardizing the health of Flames netminder Miikka Kiprusoff and not one teammate decides to do anything about it. Not a terse word, not a discouraging shove, not a warranted beating. Why would this be allowed to happen? Is it because the offender was NHL golden boy Sidney Crosby.
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Sleeping Alone

from the Calgary Herald,

To the best of his recollection, Jason Wiemer has never smothered a teammate. Not that the thought hadn't crossed his mind. But thanks to the freshly minted collective bargaining agreement, Wiemer -- and his fellow Calgary Flames -- can rest easy. Contained in the cumbersome document is one interesting proviso -- National Hockey League players with 600 games or 10 seasons of service are entitled to their own hotel rooms on the road. No questions asked.
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The Traveling Circus

from the Toronto Sun,

The circus is in town tomorrow night -- and for a change, it's not under a blue and white tent. The Los Angeles Kings have been the talk of the West Coast this season, producing some Slap Shot style headlines as well as light up the goal lamps to challenge for the Pacific Division lead. So far on their first Eastern Conference swing, there has been a brawl in Ottawa and a tension filled visit to Montreal. That's where loose cannon Sean Avery had to answer for his derogatory comments about "French guys in our league with a visor on, running around and playing tough and not back anything up."
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Hatcher Adjusting- Looking At Olympics

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

Hatcher has adjusted more easily to the new offense-friendly rules than many had anticipated. He's plus 7 on a Flyers team that has shown itself to be one of the Eastern Conference's best teams. Second, although the game is changing, toughness is still an issue in international competition, particularly in a USA vs. Canada matchup. Hatcher remains one of America's most physical players, capable of handling the bulk and strength of Canada's Joe Thornton or the Czech Republic's Jaromir Jagr. Also, Atlanta Thrashers general manager Don Waddell is Team USA's general manager and he is known to appreciate Hatcher's abilities as a leader and his passion for wearing the U.S. jersey.
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