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Andy Murray, Ken Hitchcock and Peter Laviolette express their views of the changes to the game in the Globe and Mail. But be patient, Hitchcock said.
"The first time there are 10 or 12 penalties for each team, we can't have a collective heart attack," he said. "It's going to happen, so let's learn how to adjust." As the head coach of the American entry for the Turin hockey tournament in February, Laviolette made a quick assessment: puck control means everything. "For me, it's all about the puck now. If you've got it, it's going to be tough to stop it. So you better figure out a way to get it and hang onto it. I [also] think there will be some reteaching of defence and how to defend." Murray, the Kings' head coach, said on the eve of training camp for the 30 NHL clubs. "At the end of the night, if you try those long passes, 15 per cent will work and 85 per cent you just give the puck away to the other team. "We don't think there are going to be as many changes in the game as most people think."

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