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NHL Did The Right Thing

from Media Post Publications,

Last year NHL did get a lot of coverage on OLN--much more than it probably would have gotten on ESPN--but not much in the way of ratings. Versus is in 20 million fewer homes than ESPN. Still, this approach makes sense. Go small. Rebuild from a niche fan base with interesting behind-the-scenes features in its attempt to regain its spot as the fourth major sport--behind the NFL, NBA, and Major League Baseball.
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Future Watch

from the South Bend Tribune,

While most of his sophomore classmates at Farmington (Mich.) High School still wonder what they'll do or where they'll head after graduation, 14-year-old Cam Fowler has no such worries. The phenom defenseman has already given a verbal commitment to play hockey for Notre Dame coach Jeff Jackson starting in the fall of 2009.... "He's been put in an elite group for his age, and deservedly so. He's just a step or two ahead of everyone else he's playing with," said Honeybaked assistant Pat Peak. "He reminds me a bit of Chris Pronger." Honeybaked head coach Rob Krohl had a different comparison. "He reminds me of a Paul Coffey," said Krohl. "He's got such a pro skating style, he's almost beautiful to watch."
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Hard Season On Goalies

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

But each one of those situations can change quicker than Patrik Elias on a sugar high. Lehtonen was a major disappointment for much of last season; Biron requested a trade long ago; there’s no guarantee either of the California teams will be able to please each of their platoon’s parties for the entire season; and nobody knows if or when Leclaire goes from glass slipper to pumpkin. To paraphrase the philosophers from Three 6 Mafia, “It’s hard out there for a goalie.”
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No Relation

Jes at Hockey Rants pointed this out to me this morning. Petr is playing in the 1st division hockey league in Czechia. image

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Show Up In Full Gear

from the Everett Herald,

The Silvertips are holding a promotion during Tuesday's home game against Tri-City where any fans who show up in full hockey gear will be let in free. The promotion takes a direct shot at the infamous busgate incident, when after a poor effort during a preseason game at Tri-City, Everett coach Kevin Constantine had the team ride the bus home in its equipment. Constantine was suspended for four games and fined $5,000 for the incident.
more...Ah, that hockey lockerroom smell...

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Flyers Need A Turn Around

from thePhiladelphia News,

Most recently, defenseman Mike Rathje was in so much back pain that the Flyers were talking about dusting the mothballs off former New York Rangers star Brian Leetch. Last night, the team announced that - lo and behold! - Rathje could be back next week. So expect the lame and the afflicted to converge on South Jersey, looking to be healed instantly. Next, perhaps, the Flyers can turn this remarkable curative power on their hockey team. Because right now, the prognosis is not very encouraging.
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A “Marked” Man

from the LA Times,

Kings forward Sean Avery skated behind the net and appeared to be tripped by a New York Islander on Tuesday. Play continued. In the same game, the Islanders' Brendan Witt leveled Avery after the whistle. Referees missed it. This is life with a bull's-eye, the Kings say. "It's a difficult job for anyone to go out there with a big target on their back," forward Scott Thornton said.
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Respect Wanted

from Mark Spector of the National Post,

As he celebrates his 37th birthday today in Edmonton, Roloson remains a complex, standoff-ish character. He is a union ship disturber off the ice, and a guy who can't seem to quell the critics on it. By all accounts he is a friendly, funny guy away from the spotlight, but he quickly gets agitated when asked about his concerted attempt to bring down NHLPA head Ted Saskin, a suit launched along with Chris Chelios and Trent Klatt. "It's all old news. It's gone. It's over with," he said of the suit, launched all of 11 days ago. If it is true that Roloson desires to reap the reward of the lawsuit without having to suffer the inherent publicity, then turnabout is fair play. He received some much-deserved attention during the Oilers' long playoff run, but the reward -- or at least the respect -- has not followed.
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The New J.R.

from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,

"I thought you were going to play in Canada." "I was. I was going to Calgary." "What happened?" "Gretzky called. That's what happened." In hockey, when Wayne Gretzky calls, people listen. And so, instead of wearing the bright red of the Calgary Flames, Jeremy Roenick is wearing the muted red of the Phoenix Coyotes.
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Kovalev Reacts To Plane Crash

from the Montreal Gazette,

The plane crash that killed Cory Lidle yesterday had special significance for Canadiens forward Alex Kovalev. "It's tough going through (seeing) what Cory Lidle went through today," said Kovalev, who has been a pilot for nine years. "It's a tough day. You see him playing on TV in the (playoff) series and (then) the guy's gone. I have no idea what happened, where he was as far as getting his pilot's licence." Kovalev first thought Lidle, who had been flying for less than a year, wasn't instrument rated and became disoriented in the clouds which blanketed New York yesterday. "But I heard on the news that building was at 600 feet and the clouds were at 1,800 feet," Kovalev said.
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