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NHL Bizarro World

from The Hockey News,

Ladies and germs, welcome to the new NHL, where up is down and down is sideways and Bob Goodenow is doing cartwheels that he got the heck out of Dodge when he did. Just when you thought labor peace had finally arrived, the NHL and NHL Players' Association could be headed for their first significant disagreement over the new CBA…but it's not the kind of fight Goodenow used to relish. Better pull up a chair 'cause this one's a beauty. The union is considering pushing for a lower-than-expected salary cap next season. And if it does, the NHL will probably tell 'em to take a hike.

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Larry Robinson Resigns

via TSN,

Larry Robinson has resigned as head coach of the New Jersey Devils. More to follow...
update 11:27am, via ESPN,
Larry Robinson says he has resigned as coach of the New Jersey Devils. No replacement has been named. Team president and general manager Lou Lamoriello led the team at practice Monday morning, Newark Star-Ledger reported. The Devils are currently 14-13-5, good for 33 points. If the playoffs started Monday, they would be on the outside looking in.
update 11:53am, from the AP and CP via the Globe and Mail,
Larry Robinson resigned as coach of the New Jersey Devils on Monday because of stress and "horrible headaches," two days after his team lost for the seventh time in nine game. "A lot of things were getting to me. I want this team to be successful, but if I can't be at my best and it's bothering me healthwise, I can't do that," he said. Robinson was told the symptoms were stress-related. "This was one time I went for tests and hoped they'd find something," he said.
update 1:43pm, from the AP via Sportsnet,
Devils president and general manager Lou Lamoriello said he will take over for Robinson on a temporary basis. New Jersey's next game is Tuesday, against the New York Rangers. Robinson, a Hall of Fame defenceman who coached the Devils to the Stanley Cup championship in 2000, returned to the team in July.

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Team USA Announced Tonight

OLN, the national cable television home of the National Hockey League (NHL), along with USA Hockey, will announce the complete roster for the U.S. Men’s Olympic Hockey Team to compete at the 2006 Winter Games in Torino LIVE on Monday, Dec. 19 at 8 p.m. ET. OLN’s Mike “Doc” Emrick and John Davidson will make the exclusive announcement from St. Paul, Minn., just prior to the network’s telecast of the Dallas at Minnesota game. The network’s coverage of the announcement will also include exclusive interviews with members of the former gold medal-winning 1980 “Miracle on Ice” hockey team, including: Ken Morrow, Mike Ramsey and Dan Brooks, son of the late Herb Brooks. Emrick and Davidson will be joined on the ice by Don Waddell, general manager of Team USA and executive vice president and general manager of the NHL's Atlanta Thrashers, and Paul Holmgren, the assistant general manager of Team USA and assistant general manager of the Philadelphia Flyers, as the 23-man roster is unveiled. The game will also be on INHD tonight (live) for Comcast HD subscribers.

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Gomez May Be Moved

via the NY Post (reg. req.),

Scott Gomez learns today his status for the U.S. Olympic team. The issue that will remain unsettled is his standing with the Devils. Gomez and Alexander Mogilny were benched by Larry Robinson for most of the final two periods of Saturday's 4-1 loss in Carolina. With the Devils looking like a team needing a big shakeup, Gomez could be a trade candidate, and Calgary and Phoenix would seem possible destinations.

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Hey Kid, Settle Down

via the LA Times,

Zenon Konopka was brought up from the Ducks' minor-league affiliate in Portland, Maine, to provide a boost of energy on their fourth line and play the role of a pest against opposing teams. Konopka is also an excitable sort who is admittedly wide-eyed about playing with and against some of the players he grew up idolizing. "When we were playing Detroit, I was yelling on the bench and [Brendan] Shanahan and [Steve] Yzerman look over and say, 'Hey kid, it's a 1 o'clock start. Settle down,' " he said. "For a half second, you look and see it's Yzerman and Shanahan and then after that half second, you tell them to buzz off or some other word I can't use now."

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Team USA Looking For Offense

from the Denver Post,

The league's top 50 point-producers include only four Americans, and the highest ranked of those is New Jersey's Brian Gionta at No. 27. The Hull, you say? Nope, he's retired. Roenick? Guerin? LeClair? Old, old, old. Four other countries cram more players onto the big list. Canada, the Olympic tournament's top dog, has 21. Slovakia, a gold-medal dark horse, has seven. (Hello, Marek Svatos). Russia has six. And Sweden has seven. (Goodbye again, Peter Forsberg). Tonight, U.S. Olympic hockey officials will turn in their final, Italy-bound roster, revealing 23 names and one big question: Where will this team find its offense?

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NHL Trade Freeze Begins Today

For all of the rumor followers, relax. No player can be traded until December 27th, the trade freeze period kicks in today (not sure what time though).

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Racial Slurs Hurled At Ted Nolan

from CTV,

A former National Hockey League coach of the year was left shaking with anger and humiliation after a Quebec crowd allegedly hurled racist slurs at him during and after a recent game. Ted Nolan, former coach of the Buffalo Sabres and current coach of the Moncton Wildcats in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, said he was shocked when the crowd in Chicoutimi, Que. attacked his racial heritage on Friday night.
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No Suspension For Spezza

via Sportsnet,

Senators forward Jason Spezza has escaped discipline from the NHL after receiving an instigator penalty with 3:36 remaining in Saturday night's 8-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Sportsnet has learned the NHL won't suspend Jason Spezza or fine coach Bryan Murray $10,000 over the incident. The league ruled the "intent" was not premeditated but rather "reactionary", much like the Shane Doan ruling earlier in the year.

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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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