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Caring About Saskin

from The Spin, the blog of Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

The most nervous people in the room after Ted Saskin?
Why the 30 NHL owners, of course.
Saskin may be getting happy feet after months of being hounded by Chris Chelios - remind me to never get that guy mad at me - Dwayne Roloson and Trent Klatt, which some very smart agents helping out in the background.
But while you might think NHL owners are enjoying the spectacle, they’re not.

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Is Europe In The Future

from Wes Goldstein at CBS Sportsline,

When NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly was in London last week for the formal announcement of two games there between Los Angeles and Anaheim, he mentioned the possibility that one day European teams might play for the Stanley Cup. Don’t be surprised. While the NBA tests out the Las Vegas market, the NHL is taking a step toward fulfilling its long time lust for Europe with these regular-season games. NHL teams have played preseason games in Europe before, but these are “serious” and come at a time where real global expansion possibilities truly exist for the league.

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The Maven Looks At The League

from Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal,

• One of Hollywood’s biggest executives has his eye on an NHL franchise but only if he could move it to Las Vegas. It’s not likely that Sin City will enthuse Bettman, Inc. Meanwhile, until the Penguins swing a deal for a new arena, the club will be known as a “portable” franchise. …
• Just Wondering Dep’t. Does the NHL’s Toronto “War Room” take seriously phone calls from irate Canadian broadcasters who buzz them in mid-game over controversial plays? …

more from Stan… and it is not only the Canadian broadcasters who call the “war” room- Ken Daniels, Wings play-by-play man has called them too…

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It’s Back

from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,

Yeah baby, old time hockey is back. Thank you God, thank you Jesus. Thank you Gary Bettman, general managers and the board of governors and everyone and anyone who gave Colin Campbell, the Director of Hockey Operations, the tacit OK.
No more of this no-touch, finesse hockey for the NHL. Eric Lindros, Chris Drury, Pat LaFontaine, Kaberle, Ron Francis, Paul Kariya be dammed, who wants to see them anyway. Show me the replays of Scott Stevens laying guys out. I want to see the second coming of Tie Domi’s elbow on Scott Niedermayer’s face. Hey, what’s Marty McSorley doing these days?

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Stop The Crying

from John McKinnon of the Edmonton Journal,

I don’t know precisely when the male jocks lost it, but they clearly have and it must stop, so let this stand as a collective slap in the tear-drenched face….
But Darcy Tucker, as chippy and over-the-top an NHL disturber as ever wiggled into a jockstrap, crying at the Air Canada Centre on Saturday night after returning from an injury? That’s rich, considering all the players his cheap shots have sidelined.

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What To Watch For

from Pierre McGuire at NBC Sports,

Gazing around the league, here’s what’s striking me right now as the post-trade deadline stretch unfolds:
• Roberto Luongo for MVP. That trade by GM Dave Nonis in Vancouver has had more impact than any other in the league this season. Luongo has helped the Canucks change their whole organizational mindset. They really are New Jersey West, and that is a compliment.
• Monday night’s Islanders-Rangers game should be a great watch. The Islanders look even better since they added Ryan Smyth at the deadline. The Islanders are made up of an angry group that has created an us-against-the world mentality. That is tough to beat.

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A Fine Line

from Al Strachan of Fox Sports,

In the United States, even though there are hardcore fans in every city, most players tend to be nothing more than names or numbers.
If violence increases and players get hurt, it is of considerable concern to Canadian fans. In the United States, that’s not the case.
So the NHL finds itself in the position of trying to balance the two sides. It wants to allow, or perhaps even encourage, a high level of violence to cater to the American psyche, but at the same time, it has to appease the Canadian fans who are vociferous and, for the time being at least, paying a highly disproportionate amount of the league’s costs.
Perhaps being an international league isn’t such a good thing after all.

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What Will Iginla Want

fromJim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Calgary GM Darryl Sutter didn’t have to agonize over signing Jarome Iginla before Tuesday’s deadline, like the Oilers did over Ryan Smyth here, but he knows the day of reckoning isn’t that far off. Jarome
Iginla has one year at $7 million US left. He has virtually no chance of getting that same number over five years in a new deal before he’s an unrestricted free agent. Three years, maybe.

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Could Clarke Be In Columbus

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

There’s speculation the clock is ticking on Blue Jackets president and GM Doug MacLean because his club is going to miss the playoffs ... again. Just wondering? Would the Jackets bring in former Flyers GM Bobby Clarke to take over from MacLean? Clarke is close friends with former Philadelphia and current Columbus coach Ken Hitchcock. The reason Clarke stepped down from his post with the Flyers was because he didn’t want to give in to owner Ed Snider’s demands to fire Hitchcock.

much more of the talk around the NHL…

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The Price Of Dealing

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Good to know that it was the same old, same old coming out of Edmonton.
Another great guy became just another greedy bum on the way out the door, this at least according to the Edmonton management and media - or is that redundant?
Really, does anyone honestly believe Ryan Smyth left the Oilers over $100,000 a year? Why would Kevin Lowe - who, like Paul Coffey and Mark Messier before him, forced his way out of Edmonton in order to make more money elsewhere - feel the need to spread that fantasy tale?

more around the NHL bits…

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