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Kronwall Update

from the AP via the Sun-Sentinel,

"He has some ACL and MCL damage," general manager Ken Holland said Wednesday before the Red Wings hosted Columbus. "He's going to be examined Friday, and we'll know more about his status after we get some more opinions." Holland said Kronwall, 24, could have had a season-ending injury, though the team is hoping it's not that serious. The Red Wings open the season Wednesday at home against St. Louis. Under the NHL's previous collective bargaining agreement, the Red Wings might have traded draft picks and prospects for a high-priced defenseman, but that's not an option because of league's new salary cap. "We have to roll with what we have because of the CBA," Holland said. "We're certainly not going to be able to make a move to replace Niklas Kronwall."

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More On Saskin

via Sportsnet,

It's no secret, Ted Saskin's secret ballot vote continues to attract attention. Sportsnet has learned as many as 28 players have filed a complaint with the US National Labour Relations Board in an effort to stop the NHLPA's secret ballot vote. Saskin's original appointment was openly criticized by members of the players' union after it was learned the deal was ratified over the phone. The PA bylaws state the appointment must adhere to the secret ballot process in order to be considered legitimate. Players and hockey officials have made it known the majority are in agreement that Saskin is the man for the job, but until procedure is followed and ratified, the appointment will remain a contentious one.

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OLN HD

from an OLN Mod at the OLN TV forum:

OLN is producing one game a week in HD, which will be made available to all of our cable and satellite providers. Please check with your provider to find out where they will be offering OLN's HD games.
I checked with my sources at Comcast in the Detroit area, and they have no idea what is going on with any HD offerings. This could be a last minute, seach for a channel type deal.

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NHL Fresh Ice

The National Hockey League returns to NBC this Saturday at 2 p.m. ET with a season preview special NHL Fresh Ice: 2005-06 Season Preview. NBC's lead NHL broadcast team, Mike "Doc" Emrick (play-by-play), John Davidson (analyst) and Pierre McGuire (inside-the-glass reporter), joined by studio host Bill Clement, analyze the upcoming season focusing on key storylines and the new rule changes, designed to increase the speed and flow of the game. Segments in NHL Fresh Ice: 2005-06 Season Preview, include: * JD visits Mario Lemieux and rookie sensation Sidney Crosby at the Pittsburgh Penguins training camp to examine Crosby's adjustment to the NHL after a storied junior hockey career. * Clement visits Philadelphia Flyers camp as netminder Robert Esche experiments with NBC's "goalie cam," a tiny camera embedded in goaltenders' masks, which will be unveiled exclusively on NBC in January. * Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky previews his first year as an NHL coach with the Phoenix Coyotes. * A look at the defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning and what it will take for them to repeat. * McGuire visits "Hockeytown" with Detroit Red Wings star forward Brendan Shanahan.

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Rebuilding Without Your Superstar

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

This sure is a wacky way to build a Stanley Cup contender. Rebuild your team from the ground up with grit, veteran scoring, a blue-chip goaltending prospect, and a big defense with lots of offensive upside, and then refuse to sign your best player. Uh, wait a minute. Actually, it doesn't seem like the way to build a Cup contender at all. After deftly refurbishing his team since the end of the 2003-04 season, Atlanta GM Don Waddell has become immobilized on the single-most important element in transforming the Thrashers from perpetual pretenders to legitimate Cup threat: signing star forward Ilya Kovalchuk.

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Speaking His Mind

Wednesday evening, so let's play a little game of "Who Said This". To reveal the answer, just click here or read the whole article. from Time,

I’ve always had a great respect for old time musicians and the Grand Ole Opry and the tradition, it’s just such a great forum, and not just American, but Canadian, too. We had guys like Hank Snow, and he was singing songs like The Good Ole Hockey Game, before the NHL failed and started to change the rules of the game because they screwed up the strike last year, and now they’ve changed the whole way hockey is. It’s a complete joke. The only reason I go to hockey games is because I get to go with Ben. But now that they’ve changed the rules, I’m wondering how I’m going to explain to Ben that I don’t want to go to the hockey games anymore. I know my dad would be going nuts. These people changed the rules just for TV money, and it’s a joke. They have no respect for the game. Anyway, that’s a different subject.

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NHL 2006 Official Guide

The NHL's 2006 Official Guide and Record Book comes out next week and will feature two different covers. The one available to hockey fans in bookstores will have Mario Lemieux and phenom Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins on the cover while the edition sent to media and team officials will have the Stanley Cup and 30 team logos. The guide traditionally has a player from the defending Stanley Cup champions on the cover and that's why Dave Andreychuk of the Tampa Bay Lightning graced last year's edition for the wiped-out 2004-05 season. In addition, the Calgary market will have a special edition cover of the guide, marking the Flames' 25th season playing in that city. The NHL wisely decided to wait as long as possible to go to print with this year's guide in order to get the rosters as updated as can be after a flurry of player moves over the last two months. Sidenote to Kukla's Korner reader penguinsfan, there you go, more pressure on you!!!

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Hoping The NHL Will Be Fun Again

One point I strongly agree with is the NHL has not created the "Big Splash" many of us expected. Maybe that is a good thing though, because the first 20 or so games may be difficult to watch while players, coaches and refs adjust to the new rules. from MSNBC,

The NHL is coming back, and it’s like getting back together with an old flame after a lengthy and nasty break-up. You’re thrilled at the prospect of meeting again, but a little nervous about what you might see. You don’t want to forgive, but you know when you set eyes on the object of your affection, that you’ll be hopelessly smitten again. There had been promises that this time, it would be different, but would it really? That’s the question, because if this is the same person as before, it’s not going to work. No, this time it has to be different. This time, it has to be new and a commitment to everything that’s beautiful about what was. The NHL hasn’t done a very good job of selling itself to its spurned fans. It made a big deal about a lot of new rules, but it hasn’t pumped up the season that’s almost upon us. It hasn’t cranked up the P.R. machine, rolled out the “Hockey’s Back” ads, hasn’t staged an event in Central Park or downtown Toronto or Vancouver or Dallas or anywhere that I’ve read about.

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Keep An Eye On These Games

from the CP via Yahoo, Ten games you won't want to miss this year and four game you will miss:

1. Calgary vs. Tampa. No 2004 Stanley Cup rematch. 2. Detroit vs. Toronto. One the NHL's great rivalries won't hit the ice. 3. Anaheim vs. New Jersey. Longtime Devils star Scott Niedermayer won't face his former team. 4. Crosby in Western Canada. The kid won't play in Edmonton, Calgary or Vancouver.

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Fast Forward To June- Pens Win Cup

from the CP via Canada.com.

The 2005-06 NHL season will end with Mario Lemieux hoisting the Stanley Cup. At least that's the outcome of a season simulation by the developers of the PC hockey management game, NHL Eastside Hockey Manager 2005. The simulation sees Pittsburgh winning the Presidents' Trophy as the team with the best regular season record. The Penguins then cut a swath through the playoffs before sweeping the Dallas Stars in the final.

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