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The Next Messier

from North Jersey,

The Devils' defenseman had been leveled by a surprising, bone-crunching check from Washington's dynamic rookie, Alexander Ovechkin, Friday afternoon, but appeared to admire the 20-year-old Russian's aggressiveness. "It wasn't really a happy smile, I guess," White said. "It was clean. It wasn't dirty. That's part of the game. He looks for those types of hits. ... You give some and you take some. Obviously, you'd rather give them." If Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby is the next Wayne Gretzky, the edge Ovechkin plays with and his size (6 feet 2, 216 pounds) might make him the closest thing you're going to get in today's no-touch NHL to the next Mark Messier.

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Why The Delay

"This is one of those things that slipped through the cracks when we put the shootout in," said Mike Murphy, the NHL vice president of operations. "You knew there would be problems, but you weren't sure where." That is the quote from Murphy when talking about the Roenick shootout goal that should have not been allowed.but the NHL rules state you cannot use replay to review a shootout goal. Murphy also states it will get fixed but is not sure when. My question is WHY? I know the BOG has to approve it but is there some secret swear-in-code that must be performed before the BOG says yes? Hey Mike, just call them, send them an email, just get it done. No NHL team should lose a point because the NHL can't cut through some red tape and make this happen.

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Bruins ‘D” Needs Help

from the Boston Globe,

The Boston blue line is now officially the Boston HELP! line. It is painfully obvious, after back-to-back losses, that the back end of the Bruins attack is challenged to survive on a nightly basis. Is help on the way? ''That's a question you'd have to ask Mike O'Connell, said coach Mike Sullivan. The GM did make the trip here. Asked if he felt the club needed to acquire help for the blue line, the ever-stoic Sullivan said, ''I am trying to coach the team and make it the best we can be. We believe in these guys, and we'll stand behind them."
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Bolts Practice, Practice And Practice

from the St. Petersburg Times,

Saturday was supposed to be a day off for the Lightning. It should have been a good day to play a round of golf, or sip ice tea by the pool, or watch college football. Some day off. The Lightning held a 90-minute video session and meeting in hopes of finding the answers to breaking a season-high, six-game losing streak. The meeting was called by coach John Tortorella, but the players were left to themselves to watch the worst parts of the six-game train wreck.

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Blackhawks Still Bad

from the Chicago Sun-Times,

First time someone said the Hawks were going to sign Nikolai Khabibulin, I just paused and waited. It sounded exactly like, "A horse walks into a bar with a parrot on his shoulder, and ...'' So you wait for the punch line. The Hawks don't sign superstars. The Hawks don't spend money. And the idea that they had gone out and gotten arguably the best goalie in the world, well, that just seemed laughable. But it was no joke, of course. And on the day they signed the Bulin Wall, Hawks general manager Dale Tallon said, "The Blackhawks are back.'' But as it turned out, this was the biggest joke of all because the Blackhawks still stink.

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Fedor Fedorov Suffers Broken Nose

via the NY Daily News,

According to a Tampa police spokesman, Fedorov suffered a swollen eye and possible broken nose when he was struck at approximately 3 a.m. near the entrance of Club Prana in Ybor City, where he and several teammates were celebrating that night's victory over the Lightning. He declined medical treatment and did not press charges.

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Around The NHL With Bruce

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

-Los Angeles Kings president Tim Leiweke can expect a call and hefty fine from NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, if there hasn't been one already. Leiweke, who doubles as president of the Anschutz Entertainment Group (the owners of the Kings), told a Kansas City newspaper last week the Pittsburgh Penguins could be the major tenant of a new 18,500-seat rink there scheduled to open in 2007. Bettman won't take kindly to those comments. -Houston is the top prospect if an NHL team moves. A return to Winnipeg is a long way off. -Speaking of the Blues, keep an eye on the future of C Doug Weight. The word is the club is trying to move Weight and his $5.7 million (all figures US) salary and there may be interest from the Blue Jackets.

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Size Of Wings No Longer A Concern

from Mlive,

Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland was concerned about his club's size coming into the season. The Wings bought out the contracts of Darren McCarty and Derian Hatcher, two of their biggest, toughest players, and Holland wondered if the team was lacking in that area. It's no longer an issue. The addition of newcomers Mikael Samuelsson, Johan Franzen, Dan Cleary and Andreas Lilja to a group that included the likes of Brendan Shanahan, Robert Lang and Jiri Fischer has given the Red Wings more than adequate size and strength.

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Coach’s Corner Back Online

Many fans have always gone to the CBC website to view Don Cherry's Coach's Corner. Due to the recent CBC lockout, the site was not up but I am happy to report it is back in action. Always entertaining and Don is not afraid to let his views be known. You will need real player to view the archived shows. thanks to KK reader kdog1 for the heads up.

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The Sporting News Cuts Back Hockey Coverage

via the Detroit News,

The Sporting News once published a wealth of hockey news. The absence of anything about the NHL in recent issues prompted an e-mail to editor John Rawlings. We wondered what's going on. "Given what I saw as a big decline in interest in the NHL among general sports fans, we decided we could cover the league only irregularly," said Rawlings, who counts himself as "a very fervent hockey fan." TSN did an NHL preview and covered rookie Sidney Crosby's first weekend as a professional. Then the plan was to provide coverage every six to eight weeks. That's being modified. "I have heard from so many subscribers who are unhappy about not getting coverage, we'll step it up to coverage every three to four weeks," Rawlings said. "We'll continue to monitor interest, and if it grows, we'll increase frequency of coverage again." That's a big "if." Based on what we've seen during televised games, there is an increasing number of empty seats in NHL buildings. In any event, TSN's next hockey Insider column is scheduled for the November 25 issue.

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