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Talking Head Hits & Hits From Behind

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Removing the trapezoid, the area behind the goal line where NHL goaltenders are allowed to play the puck, is another idea that will get discussed by the competition committee.

Some believe, the combination of forwards barreling in on the forecheck, protected from obstruction, and goaltenders not being allowed to freely move the puck have contributed to injury.

Paul Kelly wonders if Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Mike Van Ryn would have been in the same vulnerable position if Vesa Toskala had been allowed to get to the puck before Montreal’s Tom Kostopoulos raced in to complete his check…

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Blogging Live- Via The Radio

Since the Panthers/Lightning game was not televised last night, lete’s turn to George Richards of On Frozen Pond for all of the action…

Greetings from the Chik-fil-A Center in uptown Sunrise where I’m listening to Randy ‘Red Deer’ Moller and Billy ‘I Beat the Bruins’ Lindsay broadcast live from Tampa.

Yes, Randy just sold his soul and called it Hockey Bay USA….

On TV Tonight Instead of the Panthers: Seinfeld is on TBS, the boys selling NBC on a “show about nothing.’’ Also, Two and a Half Men on Channel 39. Minnesota and Pitt tied at 1 on Versus. Heat lead the Capitals, err Bullets, on Sunshine Network.

FSN bringing us the ever-exciting, ever-important Tennessee-Martin/Tennessee basketball game. I wouldn’t watch this matchup if it was a football game.

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Rangers (Should) Win!

from Stan Fischler at Game On,

The curious thing about the Canucks is that their beat writers believe they are a better team than they showed on the ice in Uniondale. On Game Day, both Vancouver papers treated the Islanders game as a virtual exhibition in preparation for the real test at MSG. And for a short while, they appeared to know something that The Maven didn’t know. But Scott Gordon’s Isles, if nothing else, compete. They overcame an early (MacDonald’s fault) goal, scraped together a tying counter and extended the Canucks to the shootout where Luongo faltered and MacDonald did not.

Playing once again without Scott Gomez – it’s futile to guess how long he’ll be sidelined, so why not figure another week and get it over with? – the Renney-gades still should be able to handle Vancouver, Sedin Twins or not.

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Top Attraction In Anaheim

from Mark Whicker of the OC Register,

“At times we stood around and were in awe of him,” Coach Randy Carlyle said that night.

The line of witnesses now spans two continents. On Saturday night Ovechkin got 12 shots on goal against New Jersey and tied the score with a second left in regulation.

“But before that he was so excited when Nicklas Backstrom scored, he nearly took him out,” Coach Bruce Boudreau said Tuesday. “And then when he scored the last one he did the same thing. It’s just fun to watch him. At no time am I surprised by something he does.”

Ovechkin’s mad, post-goal rushes into the glass — Lambeau Leaps, with a ricochet — have become his trademark. “Just something I like to do,” he said with a shrug. “I love hockey.”

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Hey, It’s A Russian Party

The Washington Capitals are taking on the LA Kings Thursday night in LA and the Kings are having a Russian Heritage Night to celebrate.

Heidi Androl catches up with Sergei Fedorov, Alexander Ovechkin and Viktor Kozlov as they prepare to face the Kings on Russian Heritage night!

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Stop Booing Rozsival

from Brett Cyrgaus of The Blue Seats at the NY Post,

This is a plea to all Rangers fans. It’s a plea to realize how much impact you have on the game and how much impact a gang-up mentality within a fan base can affect the players.

Specifically, this is a plea to stop mercilessly booing Michal Rozsival.

The defenseman, who in the off-season signed a lucrative 4-year $20 million contract, has been playing sub-par so far this season and has been hearing it from the fans. Let’s not turn him into this year’s Marek Malik.

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The Next Step In Testing

from Dave Waddell of the Windsor Star,

Paquette is taking the bold leap into the future by making Windsor the first place in the nation to offer the Next Testting program along with several other modern features that rely heavily on the cold, unemotional crunching of numbers and computer analysis of a player’s skills….

The central pillar of the new program is Next Testting, which feature 14 different on-ice skating related tests.

Players wear patches that can be tracked by a laser and their results are instantly posted.

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Claude Lemieux Signs With Sharks, China Sharks

from jhockey,

Claude Lemieux, who had been working out in Arizona to prepare for an NHL comeback attempt, was somehow convinced to play hockey in Asia with the China Sharks. The move happened quickly and he has already suited up for the Chinese team against Anyang Halla in the Asia League games this past weekend

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added 11/19/08 at 12:39pm, from Bill Meltzer at NHL.com,

It remains to be seen how long Lemieux will remain with the Sharks. The China Sharks are owned by the NHL’s San Jose Sharks. San Jose General Manager Doug Wilson, CFO Charlie Faas and CEO Greg Jamison put Lemieux in contact with China Sharks GM Chris Collins, and Lemieux agreed to travel across the Pacific for a trial run with the China Sharks.

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Accept What We Are

from Ted Montgomery at USA TODAY,

You’ve all read countless articles about how the NHL can improve its profile, how savvier marketing can elevate the league to new heights in the public’s consciousness. I’ve even written a few columns like that myself. And I believed what I wrote in those columns. I really did.

But I’ve changed my tune. I’m now resigned to the notion that the NHL will probably never be more popular than it is right now, today. And I think we, as die hard hockey fans, would be better served to accept this fact rather than striving to attain what is clearly now an unachievable pipe dream.

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A Look At Daniel & Henrik

from Matt Higgins of the New York Times,

One wears No. 22, the other No. 33. One has 394 career points, the other 393. The similarities can seem endless between the identical twins and Vancouver Canucks linemates Daniel and Henrik Sedin.

Even their contracts have been the same during their eight-year N.H.L. careers, a trend that Vancouver’s first-year general manager, Mike Gillis, would like to continue by re-signing them before they become unrestricted free agents in July.

“That is clearly a completely different dynamic than an individual player,” Gillis said about dealing with hockey’s most enduring one-two combination as a single entity. “However, because they are so highly thought of, it does not present any issue whatsoever.”

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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