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Style Change

from Tom Murray at the Hockey News,

Call it kryptonite for butterfly goalies: short side and high, often on the glove side.
It’s a spot stand-up-style keepers once eliminated by simply moving out to the edge of the crease, playing the angle and forcing the shooter to go stick side or pass. If a shooter went short and a puck somehow managed to squeeze through on that side, it was deemed to be a “bad” goal. Not necessarily so in today’s game.

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What Player Is The Most Valuable

from Damien Cox at ESPN,

Of the 10 players, five are French Canadians, two are Europeans and none are Americans, although two are former NCAA stars, one at the University of Maine and the other at Wisconsin.
One player was never drafted, but already has one MVP award to his name; another once passed through NHL waivers with no takers. Four are with the same team that originally drafted them, but only two were judged to be the best player available in their draft year. Two were traded for each other, while another was involved in last summer’s biggest blockbuster trade.
They are the NHL’s most valuable players this season, but who is the most valuable?

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No Big Deal

from the OC Register,

The same league that gives us the Stanley Cup, the most revered and celebrated championship prize in all of sports, also offers the Presidents’ Trophy.
The what?
“That’s not our objective,” Ducks defenseman Chris Pronger said. “Our sole objective for the season, there was one goal - win the Stanley Cup. That’s it. No ifs, ands or buts. There is no other goal than that.”
Evidence to support Pronger’s stance can be found in the NHL’s Official Guide and Record Book. This season’s edition features 35 pages of history, information and minutia on the Stanley Cup. About an eighth of a page is devoted to the Presidents’ Trophy, merely listing the winners and runners-up.

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The New Look Draft

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

There will be a new format for determining the order of selection for the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
Sources tell TSN that NHL teams have voted 23-6 (with one abstention) in favor of introducing a ranking system that places a greater emphasis on playoff performance than regular season results.

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The NHL Is Healthy

from the Star-Ledger,

He is probably the NHL’s next commissioner. He played a major role in the 2004-05 lockout, and as deputy commissioner, remains the league’s point man on a wide range of issues—not the least of which is boosting the popularity and TV ratings of the sport.
Which is another way of saying Bill Daly, a Jersey kid who now lives in suburban Essex County, has one of the most difficult jobs in professional sports. He discussed those challenges in an interview last week with The Star-Ledger.
How healthy is the NHL?
Healthy and getting healthier. Obviously we came from a position where too many of our franchises were not healthy and the collective bargaining agreement hasn’t totally corrected that. Cer tainly it’s provided a foundation on which our clubs can become healthy. That’s the stage we’re in now.

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Good Or Bad Moves

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

No one asked us, but if we were going to move an NHL team, there are a few we’d pick to relocate.
• Washington Capitals: Let’s review. Fans in the nation’s capital wouldn’t come out when the Capitals boasted Jaromir Jagr, the game’s most exciting player. Now, they won’t come out when the Caps boast one of the hardest-working teams in the NHL and one of the game’s most exciting figures in Alexander Ovechkin.

read on for more teams and teams that made the right move…

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Cover The Game

My NHL.com blog today stresses we should be concentrating on the game played on the ice.
Also, time to be upfront with injuries.

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Finally Some Good News

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

And so Pittsburgh fans will apparently be spared the sight of Sidney Crosby sporting an old Kansas City Scouts jersey and a Sprint Center hat, loading the Stanley Cup and the rest of his Penguins teammates into a convertible and after circling crumbling Mellon Arena once, making a beeline for the state line.
Whew.
And for that hockey fans everywhere can give thanks.

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Not Easy Being A Scout

from The Guardian,

Think being an NHL scout is a glamorous job?
Charlottetown’s Kevin Devine, head scout for the Buffalo Sabres, might beg to differ.
“After Christmas it’s crazy. . . . I’ve got an apartment in Buffalo I spend some of the winter in, mostly to show up and pay my rent (and I) slept in my bed in Buffalo maybe six nights,” Devine told The Guardian recently. “And now it’s getting more and more hectic with March and April because games are running out. You get a little bit panicky now. You’ve got to get to see this guy, you’ve got to get to see that guy.”

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Kansas City Shifts Direction

from the Kansas City Star,

If the reports are accurate, Kansas City will have to shift its attention to either another troubled NHL franchise, likely the Nashville Predators, or an NBA team, as an anchor tenant.
Some have speculated that because of the way AEG followed the lead of NHL commissioner Gary Bettman during the negotiations with the Penguins, Kansas City has put itself first in line for an NHL expansion team.
The Predators have the best record in the NHL but have struggled for corporate support, and owner Craig Leipold is putting 40 percent of the club on the market. The team has an escape clause in its lease, based on attendance, that would enable it to leave Nashville after the 2007-08 season.

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