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Pronger Delivering

from the Edmonton Sun,

He's worth every penny. There was some debate about that early in Chris Pronger's tenure with the Edmonton Oilers after GM Kevin Lowe signed him to a five-year contract worth $31.25 million. With the 31-year-old beanpole trying to re-groove his game after a year out during the NHL lockout, there were times when his big ticket looked pricey, indeed.

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Talking The Game

-The National Hockey League, which has a two-year rights agreement with OLN, is a loser. Without NFL games, OLN's growth will continue at a slow pace. The dream is over for NHL commissioner Gary Bettman; NHL telecasts won't be making rapid inroads on cable.- William Houston of the Globe and Mail -They didn't win it," said Jagr, after losing last night to Philadelphia. "We lost it." -Gary Bettman insists that his obstruction-crackdown crusade won’t falter in the homestretch. “Stephen Walkom, our chief of officiating, has guaranteed it,” The Commish asserts. “What makes this time different is 1) We have better competitive balance of the new economic system; 2) As part of our partnership, we’ve had a complete buy-in and some contributions by the players and; 3) Everybody is overwhelmingly pleased with the results. That’s a form of positive reinforcement.”- from Stan Fischler of MSG Network

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A Different Outlook

from the London Free Press,

Van Massenhoven is back, as solid as ever, and wiser. Does he approach the game any differently? No. Does he handle himself differently? Yes. "You're supposed to watch the play, not the puck, but I'm more aware of the puck now," he said.

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Blasting Lamoriello

from Reuters,

New Jersey Devils forward Sergei Brylin has criticized club president and general manager Lou Lamoriello for making decisions that have shocked his team mates. "I don't think it's normal that such a great player like Malahov is forced to quit hockey," Brylin was quoted as saying by Russian daily Sport-Express. "The Mogilny case made even less sense. I have no doubt that Mogilny could still play at the highest level but (Lamoriello) made a strong-willed decision to send him to the American Hockey League, the level of which is not comparable to the player's ability," Brylin said.

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Nuber Nine x Two = 18th Edition Of The NHL Carnival

The Terry Sawchuck Edition of the NHL Carnival is a must read by any hockey fan. Bill at Abel to Yzerman did a fantastic job putting it together. Better yet, for a blog that has been around for less than one month, he earns cudos for keeping Wings and hockey fans in general well informed and entertained.

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Jovanovski Scheduled For Surgery

from Sportsnet,

Jovanovski visited a specialist on Monday, who confirmed the Canucks' defenseman will require surgery on an abdominal injury. The surgery is scheduled for this week.
more update 8:19pm, from TSN,
"It's six weeks for sure, maybe longer depending upon what they find," Vancouver Canucks' GM David Nonis said. "The MRIs we have had have not shown any damage but the doctor believes there is something there and wants to go in and do the procedure.

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Ducks Expect To Lose $15 million

from the CBC,

The Anaheim Mighty Ducks will likely lose "in excess of $15 million" this season. That's what Mighty Ducks general manager Brian Burke revealed to more than 1,000 fans attending a team function...
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NHL Suffers With NFL Network Announcement

Forbes points out the NHL and Comcast are losers due to the announcement that the NFL Network was chosen as the network to broadcast select NFL games beginning next year.

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The Demise Of The Blues

from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

The Blues’ lame-duck management dumped their (Sillinger & Weight) salaries and got table scraps in return. There is no earthly reason to pay NHL prices to watch AHL hockey –- which is what the Blues offer now that their top goal scorer and top point-getter are gone. The Lauries are still trying to sell this franchise. In the meantime, they and their minions are working as hard as humanly possible to destroy the team’s remaining fan base.
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NHL Ratings On NBC- 1/28/06

NHL on NBC for the games of January 28th had a 1.3 rating and a 3 share. Same as the first week and better than last week.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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