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Karmanos On The NHL

Peter Karmanos was driving around in his car and out of the blue called in to WXYT radio in Detroit. The topic was how is the NHL doing, etc.... Karmanos said the NHL is very happy with the move to OLN. ESPN only cares about promoting themselves while OLN is concerned about promoting the NHL. ESPN tried to low-ball the NHL and OLN outbid them by $50 million. ESPN only cares about themselves, not the sport itself. He said talk of the NHL players not liking the new rules is false. The players love the new rules and the excitement it generates. Look at the Center Ice package, all the games are top notch and keep you glued to the TV. The league is playing to 92% capacity and fans are loving the game....then his cell died, may continue conversation later... update 409pm, Back on, he said he is very surprised about his team, thought they would be ok but is very surprised about the start they have enjoyed. Karmanos was asked about the Fedorov trade, is this type of trade going to happen more often. He said if a big salary player is not performing up to expectations and another team feels a change of scenery may help him, then a trade will be made. He expects more of these types of trades to happen and says over the next few years, the talent pool will be spread out over the whole NHL.

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Will Records Be Broken

from the Globe and Mail,

It's hard to find anyone who doesn't appreciate the increased offence created in the revamped National Hockey League. However, just like every other rash judgment about the new NHL, the sudden prognostications about a return to 80s-style record-book rewriting may be a tad premature. Shouldn't we wait at least half a season before rendering a verdict on the realities of the game? (After all, it's impossible to avoid the TV or talk-radio pundits who predict that the game will be called differently as the schedule progresses).

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Whatever Yzerman Wants

from Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press,

It's never easy watching legends perform with a dwindling reserve of skill and will, squeezing every last drop until nothing is left but fond memories. And you never want their final days to cross the line into pity, or worse, egotism. Steve Yzerman hasn't played much this season because of a temperamental groin, but when he has played it's as though he's off-limits to checks from opponents. Nobody comes near him. It's reminiscent of Wayne Gretzky's last season. Don't hit him. Don't hurt him. Don't deny him what many consider the right to end a great career on his own timetable under his own terms.

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Crosby Mania

from the Mississauga News,

Collectors of sports memorabilia converged on Malton this weekend, displaying helmets, bobble heads, jerseys, and more trading cards than you could shake a game-used Titan signed by Gretzky at. The Next One, Sidney Crosby, was, in fact, everywhere. Dozens of cards are available from his Rimouski Oceanic days, not to mention the Team Canada cardboard cut-outs and framed and signed magazine photos. They were Crosby-mad at the International Centre all weekend, all of them gathered together for the Sport Card and Memorabilia Expo, touted as North America's largest hockey collectible event.

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Suit Against Kocur Dropped

from the Flint Journal via Mlive,

A legal battle between the owners of Joe & Lewie's Penalty Box and a former manager who sued the bar ended in a draw Tuesday when everyone agreed to drop their lawsuits. "I just want it over," Wanda Richardson told Genesee Circuit Judge Judith A. Fullerton regarding her suit against the bar. "I didn't intend to become famous overnight. This is not what I wanted." In her lawsuit, Richardson claimed that the owners condoned public nudity and sex involving waitresses and customers at the sports bar.

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NHL & NHLPA Team Up With Brooks

from NHL.com,

Brooks will match dollars raised from NHL / NHLPA Katrina Relief Game-Worn Jersey Auction The National Hockey League and National Hockey League Players' Association have jointly selected Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation as the official children's charity of the NHL and NHLPA. The league-wide alliance will include players from all 30 NHL Member Clubs and utilize the League and Players' Association's full platform of marketing resources.
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Thrashers Game Picking Up

from Barry Melrose of ESPN,

After a terrible start, the Atlanta Thrashers are starting to show some life, and that's good to see. A big reason is that Ilya Kovalchuk is finding the net. He has six goals and two assists in his last three games, all wins for Atlanta. Kovalchuk is similar to Capitals rookie Alexander Ovechkin -- they're both big, streaky scorers who create plays and make things happen.

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Grow Up Avery

from the Globe and Mail,

Sean Avery thinks the National Hockey League is out to get him. He's convinced there are people in the league's head office who spend their entire day following his every on-ice move while scheming up ways to get him in trouble. Why would they do this? According to Avery, the Los Angeles Kings resident squawker, it's because he's an easy target.

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Marchant On Waivers

Acoording to Bill Watters from Leafs Lunch, Todd Marchant was placed on waivers today. He probably will not be claimed while being sent to minors, but will be called back up and will be claimed by Edmonton. This way, the Oilers will only have to pay 1/2 of his salary while Columbus picks up the other half.

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Khabibulin Will Rebound

from Larry Wigge of NHL.com,

In a new world of hockey, where a salary cap prohibits teams from stockpiling high-priced talent, Khabibulin went from champion to the challenge of lifting the rebuilding Chicago Blackhawks on his shoulders this season. "I remember when I was in Winnipeg and going into Chicago and feeling the tradition of playing against one of the Original Six teams in the NHL," he told me. "I liked the sales pitch (Blackhawks GM) Dale Tallon made. He seemed very sincere about putting together a good team. I liked that the Hawks had already signed Adrian Aucoin away from the Islanders and Martin Lapointe away from Boston. And I liked the idea of getting a chance to work with (Blackhawks consultant) Vladislav Tretiak. "And I liked the challenge. Winning the Stanley Cup felt so good, I want to do it again. Why not Chicago?"

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