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You Go First

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The great thinkers of the NHL convened in a Cooper-mini last summer and decided to give home coaches the option this year of going first or last in the penalty-shot skills competition that, by the way, already is wearing pretty thin as entertainment in its second go-round. Through Thursday night's games, home-team coaches actually had chosen to go first in 22 of the 32 shootouts. Their teams had gone 9-13. Home teams going second, meanwhile, were 8-2. Let's forget psychology for a moment. Let's instead deal with, oh, I don't know, facts.
more... and Brooks wants to know why Duff is going into the HHOF while others are not, plus questions why the NHL commercials are being run during hockey games...
Wouldn't it make more sense for the NHL to buy time, say, on NFL telecasts, to run that spot?

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NFL Style Trade Season

Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel quoting Jaques Martin on the lack of trades,

"I'm wondering if since the [salary] cap has been brought whether we're not going to a direction that's close to the National Football League," Martin said, referring to the rarity of trades in-season. "You may see scenarios where you'll see a lot more trades in the offseason, at the draft. "Every team has their own budget and cap to work with. What happens, once you fill up your roster, you have to work with your people. It's not like in the past where if you weren't happy with a guy or you had an injury, you could go and get somebody. Now it makes it more difficult. It's the same for every team, almost."
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Patrick Roy Winks at the HOF

George Richards of McClatchy Newspapers writes a summary of Patrick Roy's career as he gets set to enter the HOF:

"The wink?" he said. Oh yeah. The wink. In Game 3 of the 1993 Stanley Cup Finals in Los Angeles, the Kings were coming hard at Roy and his Montreal Canadiens. In overtime, Kings forward Tomas Sandstrom put a big shot on net with Roy making another spectacular save. The two made eye contact. An ultra-competitive, ultra-confident Roy simply winked at his opponent, sending a signal that no more pucks were getting past him.
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Andrew Raycroft and the Toronto Fishbowl

From Lance Hornsby at the Toronto Sun,

His good upbringing manifests itself every day that Raycroft goes under the spotlight in Toronto. After nine years of name goaltenders Curtis Joseph and Ed Belfour, the Leafs were grilled for giving up a first-round pick and three years at $6 million US for a relative 26-year-old pup, rated third on the Boston Bruins depth chart. But Raycroft might be the first Toronto stopper since Felix Potvin to actually be comfortable in this milieu. Unlike the sensitive Joseph or the surly Belfour, he came with a proven and formulated game plan for life in the Leafs fishbowl.
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How Bad Can It Get

Flyers up by one late in the 3rd period, full blown 3-0 after the Sabres dman falls at the blueline, and they miss the chance to put the game away. Sabres score about a minute later, game goes to OT and Sabres finish off the Flyers on a Briere pp goal. image

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Schedule Doesn’t Make Sense

from Bob Foltman of the Chicago Tribune,

As it is on so many issues, the NHL stands alone on topics in which it seems only to create controversy. Is there any talk ever about the schedule in any other sport? No, and if the NHL just followed the acceptable model that is already in place in the NBA, this would be a non-issue. Oops, there's that word, or rather, letters. NBA sounds the alarms to many "hockey people" that their sport is about to be taken over. Setting that ridiculous paranoia aside, why the NHL doesn't schedule its games in the same manner as the NBA is beyond mind-boggling. Consider: Both the NBA and NHL have 30 teams. Both have two conferences with three divisions in each conference. Both have playoffs based on conference seedings and both play 82 games. Somehow, the NBA finds a way for their teams to play every other team in the league home and home, while the NHL doesn't.
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Holmgren Keeps Job For This Year

from TSN,

The Philadelphia Flyers named Paul Holmgren as general manager through the remainder of the 2006-07 season, according to Flyers Chairman Ed Snider. "Paul has been working very hard and I felt that it was important at this time to provide him with some stability in his position which will help him with the tasks at hand," said Snider.
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Comcast Looking At HD Hockey & Golf Channel

from TVPredictions,

Comcast is considering starting a new High-Definition channel for sports, TVPredictions.com has learned. The channel would likely feature high-def broadcasts of the National Hockey League from the Versus channel and tournament action from The Golf Channel. Comcast owns both The Golf Channel and Versus, formerly known as The Outdoor Network The nation's largest cable operator may launch the HD sports channel by year's end or in early 2007, according to one source close to the situation. The addition would be part of Comcast's overall plan to expand its high-def lineup, with more HD networks coming early next year. "I think we’ll be adding a new HD service from Comcast that will be a compilation of programming from Golf and Versus to start," said the source.
continued...this looks like it will take care of the problem with the NHL on INHD and being bumped for NBA games.

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Veteran’s Day Tributes From The Blogosphere

By Bill Houlihan Throughout the week we've been posting different items relating to what various NHL teams are doing to honor US and Canadian veterans. Mike Ilitch is offering amazing deals for servicemembers interested in starting their own franchises. Colorado dedicated a night to World War II vets. The Bruins' homepage featured an amazing story about former Boston players and the role they played in defense of our nations. Obviously, considering my status as an active duty Sailor, this day holds special meaning. And that is due to the amazing opportunities I've had to meet some incredible people who have done amazing things, courageous things, that make me wonder where they found the will to act the way they did.

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Roy Shies Away From Latendresse Issue

Choosing instead to allow the media to focus on this weekend's Hall of Fame induction. Via Sportsnet,

As much as Roy hasn't endeared himself to the Montreal media for his critical comments, the media has not made Roy eager to respond. One Montreal radio station host even called him on Thursday pretending to be Latendresse's father, and the entire conversation was recorded and played on the air. At a time when Roy is supposed to be celebrating his Hall induction, there has been little mention of his accolades.
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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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