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Trap, Trade And Could Have Been

Babcock said many teams are adjusting to the new rules, especially eliminating the two-line passes, by moving defenders back to the blue line and making it difficult for teams to enter the zone. "I'm a little fearful this is what the NHL is going to get to," Babcock said. "At the start, we were all excited you could make those two-line passes, but now what happens is, teams are stacking up at the blue line and there's not much room off the rush." via the Detroit News When asked if Colorado would be making any trades, the Denver Post's Adrian Dater wrote, "I expect them to get a veteran such as a Gary Roberts or Mark Recchi for the second line. I don't think you'll see any blockbusters involving a goalie, but you learn never to say never with this team." via USA TODAY,
For Comcast, cable TV rights for Major League Baseball, soccer's World Cup, NASCAR and PGA Tour have come and gone to other networks — although the Comcast-owned Golf Channel picked up future golf action — since OLN's deal for the NHL. And the NHL's national TV ratings are setting all-time lows. Yo Adrian, Comcast coulda been a contender.
from the Star-Ledger,
Scott Stevens, who will become the first Devils player to have his number retired Friday, is not a big fan of the "new" NHL since the rule changes that followed the labor dispute. "I think if I was to do it all over again, I'd come back as a football player, maybe a middle linebacker," said Stevens, who captained the Devils to three Stanley Cup championships. "I don't know if it would be much fun to be a defenseman nowadays. There is not much physical play. One-on-one battles are non-existent. I like some of the rules, but I think they went a little too far."

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