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The 15th Edition Of The NHL Carnival

So here’s the edition for this week — with a Carnival Cruise Line-esque photo of Kathie Lee Gifford along for the ride, just for poops and giggles — which hopefully will focus on the best hockey posts of the week while not betraying our relative ignorance on the topic. We apologize in advance. Enjoy the goodness after the jump.
Great job by the folks at Deadspin! Who's Next?

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The Other Calder Candidate

from Terry Frei of ESPN,

If one was handicapping for the Calder Trophy, the Colorado Avalanche's Marek Svatos probably would be a longer shot than, say, Luxembourg in World Cup soccer. Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin are the prohibitive favorites, and Calgary's Dion Phaneuf at least is getting significant third-place mention as the best in an impressive group of first-year defensemen. And what of Svatos?

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Upset With The Thornton Trade

So maybe my NHL bloggers can help me out on the stats and salaries on a second line defenseman (Brad Stuart) and a second-liner (Marco Sturm) and a third-liner forward (Wayne Primeau) for an All-Star captain and a first-liner. Alright, lets have some fun. Not knowing what it is like being a GM, I fired up my Sony Playstation 2 game. I put in NHL 2006, went to the dynasty mode and became GM. I then tried to make the trade and every time I tried, I was rejected! Maybe about a half dozen times or so, I finally gave up. So then I tried to make another trade -- Jarome Iginla from the Calgary Flames for Joe Thornton and ... wa-laaa ... it accepted it. Hello McFly, what are you thinking?????
Find out who the blogger is....

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Let The Kids Play

from the Messager LaSalle,

When you get involved in hockey, it can be when it's at its best, the game is only part of the package. It becomes a social outing for parents. It should never be about who is going for extra power skating but about building that kind of environment, the kind of memories kids and parents and families will have forever. Sometimes, when I stand around the arenas I can't believe the tone of the conversations I hear. The visions are so short-sighted. The conversations are almost always about today and who won and who lost and who scored.
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‘Circle’ Game for Ducks Konopka

from the Buffalo News,

"It's a huge day," Konopka said of his first game in Buffalo. "I've had this date circled. "I grew up watching games in the Auditorium. It was great. My favorite players were Lindy Ruff and Mike Foligno. There's a lot of good memories in Buffalo. It's a hard-working city, and I kind of feel like I'm a hard-working guy." Konopka, who will turn 25 in three weeks, came from sturdy stock. His late father, a Polish immigrant, worked at General Motors in St. Catharines, Ont., and grew fruit on his farm. "He worked 16-hour days and was the hardest-working guy I've ever known," Konopka said. "Being back here brings back good memories of my dad. But he's still watching, and I'm making him proud that I'm doing this."

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Malkin Eligible For WJC

via the Pittsburgh Penguins,

Penguins 2004 second-overall pick Evgeni Malkin will apparently play for Russia at the 2006 IIHF World Junior Championship tournament in Vancouver later this month. At first, Malkin was not slated to take part in the tournament and his name was reportedly left off the Russian Federation’s original world junior roster. However, Dave King, the coach of Metallurg Magnitogorsk – Malkin’s Russian Super League team – confirmed Malkin’s inclusion on the Russian roster for the tournament. “He’s very excited about going,” King told the Toronto Globe and Mail. “He’s just a great kid, with lots of enthusiasm for the game.

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Replay for High School Hockey

via HockeyRefs.com,

The Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) unanimously approved the adoption of video replay for hockey on Thursday. Under the system, any goal may be reviewed with a request by either the referee or the off-ice official responsible for video replay.

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J.R Chat Alert

NHL.com will be hosting a chat session today at 4pm EST. with Jeremy Roenick. I wonder if he will bring Avery along with him? image

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Devils Looking For A Leader

from the NY Post,

He has shaken them. We'll see tonight if Larry Robinson has stirred the Devils by calling them "the strangest team I've ever been around." He also defended his decision not to name a captain at season's start to replace first Scott Stevens, and acting captain Scott Niedermayer. "That probably would have backfired because I believe you're born with leadership. I don't think you can create it," Robinson said. "Not everybody's a leader. "I don't think there's been somebody that's stepped up and deserves it, or has shown me they're a leader."
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Bettman In Love

from the Arizona Republic,

Gary Bettman looks revitalized. He is smiling, telling jokes, slapping backs and walking with pep in his step. The nervous twitch he often seemed to unconsciously carry with him for the past few years is gone, and so with it, the paranoid stares he would regularly plant on inquiring minds in the hockey media. "Hey, I love you guys," Bettman said wryly to reporters during a recent visit to the Valley. "I love the game. I love what we're seeing," Bettman said. "You know what I love best about it? I'm loving the uncertainty of the results and the lead changes. When I was in Tampa on opening night, I was watching the scoreboard and I saw Los Angeles had gone up 4-0 on Dallas in the first period, but then lost the game 5-4. "Right then, I knew we were on the right track and that this was working. We're seeing more lead changes in the third period than we've seen in modern time. Every team's got a shot. That's the best thing we can give our fans."

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