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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
The pulled groin suffered by Phoenix goaltender Brian Boucher Friday night on the first shot of the opening exhibition's post-game exhibition shootout is a vivid reminder of why the players need a strong union looking out for their own interests. Yes, there's risk in hockey, but a meaningless post-game skills display isn't hockey. It's distressing and depressing that the NHL hierarchy would choose to promote and feature a gimmick — and make no mistake, that's what the shootout is — as the primary focus of the league's return to the ice. The people running the league don't have enough faith or belief in the game to allow it to stand on its own as an entertainment vehicle, not even with all the rules changes that have been implemented for this season. Rather, the geniuses on Sixth Avenue — or the ones in their marketing and advertising agencies, who knows? — decided that the fans would be provided with "a special preview" of the shootout following every single exhibition game, regardless of the score after 60 or 65 minutes.

more (reg. req.)...Brooks also touches on Saskin and a clarification on waiver claims…

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