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Stay On Your Side Of The Ice

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

On a pre-playoff conference call on Monday, Colin Campbell, the NHL’s director of hockey operations informed coaches and general managers of what the league views as potential postseason hot spots.

The threat of any confrontation in the pre-game warmup is of particular concern to the league.  To the point, Campbell warned the 16 teams, if an altercation mars the series, the offending team could lose a roster spot on the night the incident takes place, meaning the disciplined team would be forced to play the game with 17 skaters and two goalies.

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Office Morale Low?  Watch The Stanley Cup Playoffs

from Kim Covert of Global Toronto ,

The list of teams that have made the Stanley Cup playoffs has been posted, and you know what that means — another two months of hockey.

Workers will unite over the water cooler to discuss why that team won and that one lost, whether it’s the goalie making the difference or the offence, whether Sid the Kid can pull another one out of his hat and what it all means for next year.

But employers take heart: all that endless hockey talk is apparently good for workplace morale and might just improve productivity to boot, according to a survey of more than 300 managers conducted by an independent research firm for OfficeTeam, a staffing services firm.

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Introducing The Blackberry All-Access Pre-Game Show

from Marketing Mag,

With the National Hockey League post-season beginning Wednesday, the league will debut a new integrated marketing effort via its Blackberry All-Access Pre-Game Show on NHL.com.

The show is in its second year (last season’s was sponsored by Cisco), and aims to give fans an online broadcast destination for game-day facts, stats and insights. The show, anchored by studio host Deb Placey at the NHL Powered by Reebok store in New York City, will feature reports from writers at every series, features and special guests.

Larry Gelfand, the NHL’s senior vice-president of media sales, said that while the online nature of the show and the NHL’s young, tech-savvy demographic is a perfect fit for Blackberry, the key component of the partnership revolves around the Blackberry Messenger (BBM) and its integration into the show.

“It’s relatively well-known and embraced by corporate users but [Blackberry] wanted to get everyday consumers more familiar with it and its utility,” said Gelfand.

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Yes To The Shootout

from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,

If it had faith in the shootout, the NHL would increase the number of shooters to make it more of a team exercise. Then the league would ditch the loser point in favor of a fan-friendly, transparent standing table that reads W, L and maybe GB.

And if it truly trusted the shootout, we would eventually see it in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Feel free to cringe, but this is where the 21st century is heading. Life should move fast, to borrow from umpire Cowboy Joe West, so how much of a good playoff hockey game is too much? Three overtimes? Four? A Keith Primeau five? If somebody scores at 2:05 a.m. and nobody is awake to see it, is it still a classic?

I understand the sanctity of playoff overtime as much as the next fellow who bought a scalped upper-balcony, end-arena ticket to watch Bobby Orr as a rookie—$5, double the face value—but I would not take it as a personal affront if the evening concluded with the drama of a shootout.

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Kerry Fraser Made The Right Choices

from John McGourty of NHL.com,

Before the season started, Fraser was given his choice of two games and he selected the 2010 Bridgestone Winter Classic game on New Year’s Day in Boston between the Bruins and Flyers. His next choice was the season-ender in Philadelphia. Fraser, who grew up in Sarnia, Ontario, is a Philadelphia-area resident.

He also had his choice of officiating partners and selected referee Kelly Sutherland and linesmen Don Henderson and Darren Gibbs. All four wore Fraser’s No. 2 in tribute to the NHL’s senior referee.

“Who woulda thunk it,” Fraser said after the game at a party held in his honor in the Wachovia Center. “It’s 20 minutes from my house and we could assemble everybody and party and be close to home and close to family. Never did I think for a second it would be for the final playoff spot between the two teams. To have it decided by a shootout, you can’t script that in Hollywood.”

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Your Art Ross Trophy Winner

from Gordon McIntyre of the Vancouver Province,

Vancouver Canucks centre Henrik Sedin will become the first Canuck to win the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL’s regular-season scoring champion.

Sedin’s four-point effort on Saturday night against the Calgary Flames, followed by Alexander Ovehckin’s goose egg this morning in the Washington Capitals’ 4-3 shootout loss against Boston, gave the Canuck a 112-109 advantage as the regular season came to an end.

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Talking Points

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

All in all, it’s an incredible amount of cooking the books and confusing the fans — the people who matter most in all this — with games that often include four-on-four overtimes, then shootouts, then morphing a 2-point game into a 3-point game and massaging ridiculous bonus points into the “OL’’ column.

And now, get this, some of the Lords believe a win in regulation should be worth more than 2 points, you know, just to confuse the process even more. Hey, once you’ve reached ridiculous, it’s only a short trip to sublime.

Yep, the new NHL. So avant-garde and revolutionary that the standings and playoff permutations can’t be determined without a secret decoder ring. Just my two cents, of course.

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Brooks Awards

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Most Surprising Teams: 1. Phoenix; 2. Colorado; 3. New Jersey.

Most Disappointing Teams: 1. NHL Hockey Operations; 2. Calgary; 3. Philadelphia.

Worst Trade: Toronto’s Brian Burke sending a 2010 lottery pick plus a 2011 first-rounder that might be a lottery pick plus a second-round pick this year to Boston for Phil Kessel.

Sorry, that wasn’t ingenious. That was a move worthy of a dunce cap, regardless of how Burke’s enablers might want to spin it.

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Sweaters In Africa

from Bonnie Allen of the National Post,

Under the shade of a lush green palm tree, a hefty Liberian man sells pineapples and tries to escape the muggy tropical heat. All the while, he proudly sports a long-sleeved heavy-knit Toronto Maple Leafs hockey sweater.

“We don’t know the game,” Joe Peters admits, wiping sweat off his cheek. “But the jerseys are very fine. Very high quality.”

The booming and controversial used-clothes business in Africa means hockey jerseys can be found sprinkled throughout this war-torn West African nation.

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Are You Ready For Some Real OT?

from Evan Weiner at NHL.com,

If there is one given about the Stanley Cup Playoffs from year to year it is this: There will be one game that will become a classic contest, not necessarily because of a great effort by one individual player, not because of a player making a guarantee, but because the game will be decided in double, triple or longer overtime.

The longest NHL game on record was played March 24, 1936. Detroit’s Mud Bruneteau scored at 16:30 of the sixth overtime to give the Red Wings a 1-0 win against the Montreal Maroons in the first game of a best of five semifinal series. In the 2008 playoffs, the Dallas Stars and San Jose Sharks played the eighth-longest game in NHL history. Brendan Morrow scored in the fourth overtime—at 69:03 of extra time—to give the Stars a 2-1 victory against the Sharks in Game 6 of the series. Morrow’s game winner put the Stars into the Western Conference Finals.

Pat Lafontaine was in one of those long games back in 1987.

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