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Yzerman Not Happy With Rule Changes

from the Detroit Free Press (Saturday edition) via the Mercury News,

Detroit Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman has played 13 games in the new-rules NHL. He would like to see some of the old NHL back. "Everybody keeps saying this is great. It's not great," Yzerman said. "It's not hockey." "There are penalties all over," he said. "I'll just use Mathieu Schneider's penalty as an example. He steps up and takes his guy out, and his stick gets caught and the crowd cheers so the referee puts his hand up. There has to be some discretion. The referees have to use some judgment on what is a penalty and what is not. They've taken judgment out of it and I think it's somewhat made it easy on the referees just to call anything, because there is no judgment. "Good referees used to have good judgment. Now they've taken that out of the game. I'm not saying I'm blaming the referees for it, I just feel the whole thing has to be adjusted and they have to look at this seriously. They can't continue to call irrelevant things that have no business being called."

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Guess Who

As many of you know, Phil Coffey of NHL.com has a weekly feature highlighting the quotes from the past week in the NHL. Today, I am going to give you the quote only, you may want to try to figure out who said it or of course you can cheat and just read his column.

"When you're not at your best, and you have four of your six defensemen not at their best, how the hell are you going to win when you're under pressure? You turn the puck over, you don't read well ... that's the way it is. You have to wake up and play better. ... We have three of our best forwards out, and you have six not showing up? You're trying to win against a team that is playing great hockey? It's going to be tough." "If we were 15-3-2 and I didn't have a goal, I think it would be a different story. I think I would be playing good solid defense, and things like that. But the bottom line is we're a .500 team, so, as the captain of this team, a lot of people point at me, and say I have to play better. And, in a way, they're right. I still have some room to improve." "People can speak and say whatever they want. So be it. I'll just continue to work hard and hopefully it continues to get better. You know what? I just beat to my own drum. I do what I've got to do to get myself better."
Make sure you check out Phil's answers to many of the emails he receives from fans like us.

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Bad Team- Who Gets The Ziggy First

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

In the old days, the solution was easy enough. A team gets off to a rocky start or goes through a prolonged slump, opens the window and yells "look out, coach coming!" And to steal a line used by almost every GM after defenestrating their bench boss: "You can't fire a whole team even if you might want to." In the new NHL, however, when owners have to look below the fold in their morning papers to find their beloved team, it might not be the coach that comes to mind first, but the general manager.

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Keep An Eye Open

from Kara Yorio of the Sporting News,

Here are storylines to watch as the NHL rolls into high gear. Most shocking -- and misleading -- stat Attendance 'M' is for mediocre Once mighty in their own zone, the Devils now are messy, with no signs of cleaning things up anytime soon.

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Canadian All-Hockey Talk On XM

from Channel Canada,

XM Canada has announced the signing of an all-star roster of on-air talent for Home Ice, XM's all-hockey talk channel (XM Channel 204). The channel will provide XM subscribers with groundbreaking hockey talk as well as live, play-by-play coverage of more than 1,000 National Hockey League games per season and more than 40 games per week. Expert analysis and commentary from well-known broadcasters and NHL legends will make this a "must-have" channel for hockey fans across North America. Broadcasters who have joined XM's Home Ice channel include Hall-of-Famers Phil Esposito, Denis Potvin and Mike Bossy, NHL All-Star Bill Clement as well as respected sports broadcasters Jim Tatti, Scott Laughlin, Cameron Stewart and Todd Lewis.
It sure would be nice if we could get something like this in the USA. According to KK reader Brad, it is available in the US. See comments for more info.

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Top U.S. College Players

from College Hockey News,

The NHL's Central Scouting Service has released its Preliminary Rankings for the 2006 NHL Draft. Minnesota's Phil Kessel, widely hailed as the probable top overall pick in next year's draft, is No. 1. Jonathan Toews of North Dakota, who McKeen's Hockey lists as the probably third overall pick, is ranked second among NCAA skters. They are followed in the top five by Mark Mitera (Michigan), Ben Street (Wisconsin) and Zach Jones (North Dakota).

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Marchant Update

Doug MacLean was just on NHL Live and he said there is no way Columbus will be picking up half of Marchant's salary if he moved. Doug said numerous coals are in the fire and the next week of so something should happen. Marchant will not report to Syracuse and won't be recalled in the near future, which would allow teams to claim him and pay only 1/2 of his salary while Columbus would be responsible for the other half.

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Pred’s Tough Guy Keeps Busy

from the Tennessean,

Really, how long can you spend deliberating the X's and O's of your next shift? In the case of Predators tough guy Darcy Hordichuk, he's always needed to exert more mental muscle than that, which is why he's developed a surprisingly broad array of off-ice interests over the years. A regular at high-priced motivational seminars during offseasons, the 25-year-old Hordichuk has put the words of Donald Trump and other moguls to practical use, buying and selling real estate all over the country. That's when he's not busy running his summer hockey school, brushing up on his skills as an amateur magician or updating his personal Web site. And if you think Hordichuk is all about Hordichuk, think again. In his first season with the Predators, he's already proven an active charity worker. He brought 50 children to a game earlier this season.

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The Other One

from the ECHL,

A year ago as a junior hockey player, there weren't many places "The Next One" would go without "The Other One," particularly into the corners chasing down a puck. Sidney Crosby, now the 18-year-old rookie sensation with the Pittsburgh Penguins, and rookie Condor right winger Eric Neilson were that attached at the hip. If they weren't kicking it together at home, then maybe it was at the bowling alley or playing shinney hockey with the neighborhood kids on one of a gillion street corner ice rinks in the small Quebec province town of Rimouski, where for two years the two friends and housemates played on the same team in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

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Bodychecking At An Early Age

from the Ottawa Sun,

Virtually no one disputes that playing hockey with body checking increases the chance of a player being hurt. What continues to be hotly debated is at what levels of play, and at what age, minor players should be allowed to play with full contact. A study in the Nov. 2 journal of Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise concludes that if players are going to learn to bodycheck, then sooner is better. And that contradicts much-publicized earlier research by sports and medical organizations, which has fairly consistently concluded that players should not begin body checking at a young age.

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