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Does Anyone Care About The Original 6

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

The phrase is invoked with such reverence, one might utter names of ancient civilizations or antiquities.
“The Original Six.”
Genuflect if you will.
But as the NHL moves forward, trying with varying degrees of success to find its foothold in America and the sporting world, the question is where these historic franchises fit into the future.
Many hockey observers believe these franchises are a catalyst component of the league’s long-term health and success—as they go, so, too, does the NHL.

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No To 3 Points

from the CP via TSN,

The NHL’s point system will stay the same, at least for next season, after general managers gave a universal thumbs down to the idea of three-point victories Wednesday.
‘‘We’ve got some exciting races in both conferences,’’ said Devils GM Lou Lamoriello. ‘‘The parity is great. Why change anything? I think we’ve had too much change of late. It’s a good game, let’s enjoy it.’‘

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Blogging Tips

from Loose Change at the Hockey News,

Want to get guaranteed responses writing about hockey? Use the following guide:
1. Equate anyone who likes fighting in hockey to cavemen or people who eat glass. If they understand the joke or get someone who understands it to read it to them they will punch out a six word reply.
2. Question the manhood of anyone who doesn’t like fighting in hockey. Their response will be well thought out with a huge hint of pretense. They’ll also use words only used by literary professors, botanists or guys with, well, questionable manhood.

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Lack Of Energy

from the Lowell Sun,

Have we lost the pride and passion that once personified what it meant to be a Boston Bruins fan—or is it just buried, waiting to be unleashed?
The thundering energy that could be felt on Causeway Street whenever the Bruins faced off against any opponent at the old Boston Garden doesn’t seem to be present in the TD Banknorth Garden.
Were the acoustics of the Garden different because of the size or has hockey simply lost its luster to the fans in Boston?

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Growing Pains With Versus Worth It

Chris Russell of the Sporting News has a one on one with Gary Bettman…

SN: How about the comparison of your move to VERSUS, to when the NBA went to TNT a while back—the impact you saw firsthand because you were involved with the NBA before coming to the NHL?
GB: If, in fact, we can develop that same type of relationship, the short term pain will be worth it.
SN: A lot of fans believe you’re not able to do your job well, because your not an “NHL guy” and because you were involved with the NBA. Does that accusation bother you?
GB: When you do what I do for a living, you can’t let that bother you. I get amused by the fact that I get stereotyped. It may be a revelation to people but I have been at the NHL longer than I was at the NBA.

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Pens Like Smolinski

from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

One player the Penguins are believed to be in the hunt for is Bryan Smolinski, a veteran center who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer and could help the Penguins on faceoffs. As the Chicago Blackhawks’ second-leading scorer, Smolinski has 12 goals and 21 assists and is 51.4 percent on draws.
The Penguins, whose payroll is believed to be in the upper $30 million range, will have competition with the Vancouver Canucks for Smolinski, however.
Another player the Penguins have expressed interest in is Bill Guerin, but they’re not alone.

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GMs Watch Their Team In Naples

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Gentleman Lou Lamoriello of the Devils – looking sharp, if not just a little incongruous in his suit - sat with them as well. The expression on Lamoriello’s face when Sean Avery ran over goaltender Martin Brodeur and knocked his mask off – well, you can imagine the daggers directed Avery’s way from his vantage point. Avery probably felt the intensity of that gaze from 2,000 miles away.

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Legace Close To Re-Signing

from the News-Deomcrat,

St. Louis Blues President John Davidson said Tuesday that things are getting closer on a deal for goaltender Manny Legace and negotiations continue with defenseman Eric Brewer.
Expect the Blues to seek high-level young forwards in any deals involving Keith Tkachuk or Bill Guerin. Anaheim and Detroit seem to be among the front-runners for these veteran wingers, with the New York Rangers and Minnesota also possibilities.
“From what I’ve been told, and I talked to John a couple times today, we’re not close on anything,” Blues coach Andy Murray said after the game. “Unless it’s the right situation, nothing’s going to happen. That can also change with one phone call. That’s the way this works.”

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Pronger Preparing For Playoff Run

from the Province,

He was then asked if he ever let that media scrutiny become a distraction. “Never,” he said with a wry smile.
Pronger’s uneasy relationship with the media—notably made worse by the firestorm created when he asked out of Edmonton—clearly hasn’t vanished.
“The media likes to run with [stories] and make up their own opinions and lies and rumours. It makes for good TV and print media, doesn’t it?” Pronger said when asked about the looming trade deadline.
He is now enjoying his time out of the spotlight. He said his mental approach is as sharp as ever as he attempts to again peak at just the right time—the playoffs.

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Preds Try To Get Radulov Going

from the Tennessean,

The question now: Will third-line right wing Alexander Radulov be the next to benefit from Legwand?
The Russian rookie was all the rage the first few weeks of the season, when he lit the lamp 10 times in his first 18 games.
But Radulov has just one goal in his last 24 games and he’ll take a 15-game goalless streak into Thursday’s duel with the Montreal Canadiens at Gaylord Entertainment Center.
“He needs to get going here. He’s got to have a little more game,’’ Predators Coach Barry Trotz said of Radulov, whose last goal came on New Year’s Day.

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