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Burke Trying To Kick-Start Trades

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Brian Burke is trying to promote movement in the NHL.

Three executives told Sun Media yesterday that the Ducks president and GM has asked NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly to study a proposal that would allow teams to pick up a portion of a player’s contract to help facilitate trades.

While Burke tried a similar move last year with a per-transaction cap of $2 million (all terms US) and a per-team cap of $4 million, it didn’t fly. It’s believed he has lowered the amount this year to $500,000 per transaction and several GMs are on board.

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The “Fighting Twinkies”

from Hockey Adventure,

...While your typical NHL enforcer wouldn’t take kindly to being dubbed a Twinkie, what he offers with his fisticuffs is a cheap, junk food-like substitute for the satisfaction of skill-based hockey.

Is fighting popular? Does it sell? Sure. Just like 500 million Twinkies are sold each year. So what? That doesn’t mean it’s good for the consumer.

If the hockey you dish up is of high enough quality in the first place, nobody cares if there’s no fighting.

read on

thanks to a KK member for the pointer…

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End of the Line

Damien Cox and Scott Burnside do their weekly faceoff on ESPN:

This week’s topic: There has been a real dichotomy between the success of young players and the struggles of older players. Are we seeing the end of the line for some venerable NHL stars?

Damien: Well, let’s not talk in generalities as we celebrate the 73rd NHL season of Chris Chelios. Which players, specifically, do we think are showing those telltale signs of wear and tear and should be thinking about retiring to the broadcast booth?

Scott: Well, we could start with two venerable Americans. First, Doug Weight…

more…

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Home-And-Home Talk

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

The NHL board of governors will meet in Pebble Beach, Calif., later this month and the schedule will be the big news coming out of there.

It appears the governors are considering two options.

One, go back to the pre-lockout format. It is as follows:

* six games vs. each of four divisional opponents (24)
* four games vs. each of 10 conference opponents (40)
* one game vs. each of 15 out-of-conference opponents (15)
* three “wild-card” games vs. select out-of-conference opponents (3)

This format allows for every team to play every team at least once, but it would still be every other year before a player like Crosby would play in every building.

read on

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Boots & Balsillie

From Allan Maki at the Globe & Mail (Friday edition),

William (Boots) Del Biaggio III, who would own as much as 49 per cent of the Predators if they are sold to a collection of mostly Nashville people, spoke glowingly of one of his recently added partners, Windsor-born Doug Bergeron, then added: “I don’t mind telling The Globe and Mail I’m very excited to have a Canadian billionaire as part of my group. It’s refreshing to have someone who respects the NHL, respects the process and the tradition of the NHL.”

That comment was aimed squarely at Balsillie, who had offered more than $220-million (all currency U.S.) for the Predators, only to upset the NHL by accepting season-ticket deposits in Hamilton, where he had hoped to take the team.

more…

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Following The Code

from Loose Change at the Hockey News,

Recently we’ve seen examples of hockey’s citizens circumventing The Code. Alexei Kovalev criticizes his coach. Markus Naslund criticizes his coach. Alain Vigneault criticizes his player. Again, the list goes on.

The truth is The Code is broken all the time. And guess what? Nothing happened. The sky didn’t fall. The sun rose the next day. Jesus didn’t appear.

But what you need to realize – what we all need to realize – is that The Code is essentially a thinly-veiled attempt at cerebral segregation. It’s tantamount to special handshakes in secret clubs.

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October Stars

NEW YORK (November 1, 2007)—Detroit Red Wings left wing Henrik Zetterberg, Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Pascal Leclaire and Calgary Flames right wing Jarome Iginla have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for October.

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Top Fighters

from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

5. D.J. King
Blues
Height, weight: 6-3, 230
Scouting report: Considered one of the game’s top up-and-coming fighters.

read on for the other four…

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“Changing” Lines

from the Mercury News,

Why don’t NHL coaches give forward lines more time to jell? Why can’t coaches be more patient?

“Patience,” Detroit Coach Mike Babcock said, “is an interesting thing. My mother had lots and I have none.”

“In a perfect world,” Dallas Coach Dave Tippett said, “you could just put your lines together and everybody does their job and it just flows right and you win all the time. That’s a perfect world, that’s not reality.”

more (may req. reg.)

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Tampa Sale Appears to be Ahead of Schedule

From Eduardo A. Encina at the St. Petersburg Times,

After meeting with him Wednesday in New York, Lightning team president Ron Campbell said NHL commissioner Gary Bettman told him the sale of the team appears ahead of schedule.

Campbell attended Wednesday’s game in New Jersey to take in the Devils’ new $375-million arena, the Prudential Center.

Earlier in the day, Campbell met with Bettman at the league offices and received an update on the sale of the team, the St. Pete Times Forum lease and 51/2 acres of adjoining land from Palace Sports & Entertainment to Absolute Hockey Enterprises. Campbell said he still anticipates the deal would be completed by the Dec. 31 deadline.

continued… (*plus other odds & ends on the Lightning)

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