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Don’t Turn Back

via the St. Petersburg Times,

Don't turn back now. That's the message Lightning coach John Tortorella is sending to everyone in and around the NHL, including fans and media. Over the weekend, Tortorella saw glimpses that the NHL might be easing off its crackdown of obstruction calls and hopes the NHL will stick with its new plan. "I already know in this league, people are complaining about it," Tortorella said. "And we can't complain about it. We have to allow this to happen. And I just hope we have some strong people to see this through." The only concern Tortorella has about the actual enforcement part of the rules is that the physical part of the game might go out with the cheating. "You can't take the physical part out," Tortorella said. "Everybody wants that physical part and that's something we got to find here because we can't lose that. You still have to call the cheap stuff, though."

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Could Boyton Get An Offer Sheet

from the Milford Daily News,

There may well be one or more NHL general managers out there right now scheming about how they can steal unsigned free agent Nick Boynton away from the Bruins. Why in the world wouldn't they be? The opportunity is there for one of them to land a 26-year-old, solid, all-round defenseman who played in the last All-Star Game, without giving up anything more than a first-round draft choice and one or two lesser picks. If the Bruins sent out word they were willing to trade Boynton for that price, say a No. 1 and a No. 3 pick, there'd be 29 teams eager to make that deal.

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NHL Names

Jes of Hockey Rants fame is having a few issues with the pronunciation of hockey player names. Jes also refers to the NHL Pronunciation Guide, which I never knew existed but I did find an old version from the year 2000 (the link appears broken but scroll down).

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Red Wings, Wake Up

Someone want to send Ilitch a memo and inform him about the TV coverage? from Detroit Red Wings.com,

All 82 Detroit Red Wing regular-season games will be carried live on both radio and television. Fox Sports Net will broadcast a total of 69 regular-season games while five will be aired on WJBK Fox 2 Detroit. A total of 33 Red Wings games will be carried nationally in either the United States or Canada. ABC (WXYZ, Channel 7 in Detroit) will carry four games to a national television audience while another four games will be distributed nationally on ESPN. 15 other games will be carried nationally on ESPN2. In Canada, three games will be carried by CBC, and 12 will be shown on cable by TSN. Additional games may be added by each network as the season progresses.

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Getting In Hockey Shape

from DOSE,

Since St. Louis Blues “star” Keith Tkachuk was suspended for showing up to training camp overweight, we’ve been wondering about a few things. Was Tkachuk going for that throwback King-Clancy vibe, when players smoked between periods and ate whatever they wanted? Is his new line going to be called the Waist Line? What does it take to be in shape for NHL training camp?

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Kronwall Update

from the AP via the Sun-Sentinel,

"He has some ACL and MCL damage," general manager Ken Holland said Wednesday before the Red Wings hosted Columbus. "He's going to be examined Friday, and we'll know more about his status after we get some more opinions." Holland said Kronwall, 24, could have had a season-ending injury, though the team is hoping it's not that serious. The Red Wings open the season Wednesday at home against St. Louis. Under the NHL's previous collective bargaining agreement, the Red Wings might have traded draft picks and prospects for a high-priced defenseman, but that's not an option because of league's new salary cap. "We have to roll with what we have because of the CBA," Holland said. "We're certainly not going to be able to make a move to replace Niklas Kronwall."

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More On Saskin

via Sportsnet,

It's no secret, Ted Saskin's secret ballot vote continues to attract attention. Sportsnet has learned as many as 28 players have filed a complaint with the US National Labour Relations Board in an effort to stop the NHLPA's secret ballot vote. Saskin's original appointment was openly criticized by members of the players' union after it was learned the deal was ratified over the phone. The PA bylaws state the appointment must adhere to the secret ballot process in order to be considered legitimate. Players and hockey officials have made it known the majority are in agreement that Saskin is the man for the job, but until procedure is followed and ratified, the appointment will remain a contentious one.

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OLN HD

from an OLN Mod at the OLN TV forum:

OLN is producing one game a week in HD, which will be made available to all of our cable and satellite providers. Please check with your provider to find out where they will be offering OLN's HD games.
I checked with my sources at Comcast in the Detroit area, and they have no idea what is going on with any HD offerings. This could be a last minute, seach for a channel type deal.

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NHL Fresh Ice

The National Hockey League returns to NBC this Saturday at 2 p.m. ET with a season preview special NHL Fresh Ice: 2005-06 Season Preview. NBC's lead NHL broadcast team, Mike "Doc" Emrick (play-by-play), John Davidson (analyst) and Pierre McGuire (inside-the-glass reporter), joined by studio host Bill Clement, analyze the upcoming season focusing on key storylines and the new rule changes, designed to increase the speed and flow of the game. Segments in NHL Fresh Ice: 2005-06 Season Preview, include: * JD visits Mario Lemieux and rookie sensation Sidney Crosby at the Pittsburgh Penguins training camp to examine Crosby's adjustment to the NHL after a storied junior hockey career. * Clement visits Philadelphia Flyers camp as netminder Robert Esche experiments with NBC's "goalie cam," a tiny camera embedded in goaltenders' masks, which will be unveiled exclusively on NBC in January. * Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky previews his first year as an NHL coach with the Phoenix Coyotes. * A look at the defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning and what it will take for them to repeat. * McGuire visits "Hockeytown" with Detroit Red Wings star forward Brendan Shanahan.

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Rebuilding Without Your Superstar

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

This sure is a wacky way to build a Stanley Cup contender. Rebuild your team from the ground up with grit, veteran scoring, a blue-chip goaltending prospect, and a big defense with lots of offensive upside, and then refuse to sign your best player. Uh, wait a minute. Actually, it doesn't seem like the way to build a Cup contender at all. After deftly refurbishing his team since the end of the 2003-04 season, Atlanta GM Don Waddell has become immobilized on the single-most important element in transforming the Thrashers from perpetual pretenders to legitimate Cup threat: signing star forward Ilya Kovalchuk.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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