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Around The League

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

• Take this to the bank: the next outdoor game on New Year’s Day 2010 will be at the brand new Yankee Stadium with the New York Rangers on the bill.

If the league’s smart, they will get Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals as the other headliners. It might be an idea for NBC and the curious audience in the U.S. to lobby for the game’s most exciting player, don’t you think?

“You never see him on Versus (U.S. once a week) or not very often on Hockey Night in Canada. That’s unfortunate,” said Dallas Stars’ Mike Modano, who’s a big fan.

• Sources say Crosby misses Ryan Malone and Jarkko Ruuttu to look after the talking in the Pittsburgh room while he leads on the ice, and he’s more upset about the Penguins not signing Marian Hossa than he’s letting on.

• Sergei Zubov’s hip surgery scuttles any plans Bob Gainey had of maybe trying to get the defenceman at the trade deadline from his old employers, the Dallas Stars, to work the point. Gainey’s plan B might be Scott Niedermayer, who’s on the last year of his contract in Anaheim, but that would mean the Ducks are in sell-off mode.

much more hockey talk…

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Enough Of The Goal Celebration At The Bench

from Damien Cox of the Spin,

Where in the world did this dopey tradition of a parade to the bench for high fives all around after every goal begin?

It’s childish. Watching NHL players do it like they were peewee players is laughable. What ever happened to the great tradition of the game in which a goal was scored, there would be a celebration near the net, and then they’d just line up and drop the puck again?

Having teams skate right in front of the opponents bench after a goal is simply taunting on a team-wide scale. Moreover, in a heated game, you’re just asking for trouble. Basically, you’re allowing teams to celebrate twice - once in a little hug session, once with a fly-by for high fives at their bench.

a bit more in regards to the WJC…

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Messier Wants To Work

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Understand. Messier is not campaigning for anyone’s job. He is not suggesting he should be the next GM. He is not suggesting he should be the next head coach. He is, however, suggesting he’s ready to get to work, and certainly would prefer to get to work for the Rangers.

“It’s hard to say what I would or would not do; to me, it’s a matter of finding the best way for me to contribute,” Messier said. “In the past, I’ve talked about what my wish list might be in establishing a vision for a franchise, but it’s a completely different discussion now that I’m ready to jump into the fray.”

This is no surprise to Glen Sather, for Slap Shots has learned the GM and Messier had a lengthy discussion on the topic last June in Ottawa before the Entry Draft. There’s been no job offer since.

read on

One suggestion Mark, stop talking about getting to work and just do it.

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Afternoon Line

I can only hope for the day when a kid in Texas can strap on a pair of blades in June and skate on an outdoor surface that simulates real ice. Only then does hockey have a chance to crack the national consciousness more often than when a Winter Classic game or Stanley Cup final is played.

But I don’t care today.

I am still fondly remembering Thursday’s Classic. It was a day to celebrate the sport for those who know it best and a chance to showcase it to the non-believers, and it was pulled off superbly.

If the rest of the U.S. wants to watch fly fishing, well, that’s their problem.

-Mike Milbury of Blogs and Columns at CBC.

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Accidents Do Happen

from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,

The death of Whitby Dunlops defenceman Don Sanderson struck a chord in hockey tough guys everywhere.

Theirs is the hardest job in sports and they are all acutely aware of the risks they take every time they drop the gloves.

“It does go through your head, but at the same time we have a job to do and it’s part of the game,” said Oilers enforcer Steve MacIntyre, who’s recovering from a broken orbital bone suffered in a fight with Eric Godard.

“A couple of my buddies had the same thing happen and fortunately they came through. It’s just the way it is, it’s the nature of the beast, you’re going to get hurt,

“It’s an accident, and accidents do happen. Heartfelt sympathies go out to the family, that’s for sure. You have to go on and deal with it the best you can.”

continued and watch a CBC report on the death of Don Sanderson and the fighting debate below…

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How’s This For A Final Four?

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The San Jose Sharks may have something to say about it in the end, and playoff match-ups are unpredictable at the best of times, but could the NHL luck into a scenario in which four Original Six teams – the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens in the East; the Detroit Red Wings and the Chicago Blackhawks in the West – qualify for the Stanley Cup semi-finals?

And if so, wouldn’t that be the strongest marketing ploy imaginable, as the league enters into a year in which its presence on the sporting landscape will be put to the test by the world’s growing economic crisis?

continued & many other hockey notes…

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The Odds Of Changes

from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,

What the National Hockey League should do and what the National Hockey league does are not always the same thing. So we’ll offer up these suggestions along with the likelihood of their being implemented.

Change the point structure (33% possibility): Some games, three points are awarded. Some games, it’s two. The NHL should say: “Look guys, we’re putting three points on the line in every game. If you want all three, you have to win in regulation time. If not, the points are awarded on a 2-1 basis with the eventual winner getting two.”...

Get a new commissioner (10%): Gary Bettman shut down the league for a year with the promise to the owners that his solution would end their economic woes. That clearly has not been the case, and many of the owners are unhappy with him….

more

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Open Post- What’s On Your Mind?

As we close the book on 2008, how are you feeling about the state of our game?  Do you have something you want to get off your chest or perhaps want to talk about the outlook of your team for 2009 and beyond.

This post is yours, feel free to leave comments and share your thoughts with other hockey fans.

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Ah, Vegas In Late June!

from the CP via TSN,

The National Hockey League is looking at holding its annual awards show in Las Vegas.

A source familiar with negotiations said Tuesday that the move would help the league make more of a splash with its season-ending gala. Everyone from sponsors to media to personnel from the NHL’s 30 teams would converge on the city, making it more of an event than it has been in recent years.

There could also be a natural tie-in with entertainment acts that hasn’t really been there in the past.

continued & if you are a regular KK reader, you knew about this in October...

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Goodbye 2008

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

Luc Bourdon, Alexei Cherepanov, Mickey Renaud, each still blossoming as an athlete and a human being, also died this year, long before they had the chance to best manifest their talents.

But above and beyond those gut-wrenching goodbyes, there just seemed to be something inescapably melancholy in virtually every facet of the hockey world this year.

There was ‘Boots’ Del Biaggio’s expensive, heartbreaking charade in Nashville and the myriad of questions it raised about the NHL’s leadership group.

In Tampa Bay, new owners Len Barrie and Oren Koules rode to the team’s rescue and promised an adventure for Lightning fans.

read on

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