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Moving The Red Light

from the CBC's Andrew Lundy:

If you missed it, the NHL experimented the other night in Edmonton with not having the goal judges directly behind the net, where they have been forever, but rather sitting on a press box catwalk, high above and behind the nets. The lab mice will later be moved to press box perches adjacent to the goals since not every rink has an above-and-behind vantage point. From all indications, the Edmonton game unfolded without incident, the goals were duly noted, life went on ... as did the red light. The point is, however, that another tradition of the game is undoubtedly going to be altered in the near future.
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No Change To Schedule

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

After a lengthy and spirited debate, the National Hockey League's board of governors decided not to change the regular season schedule and playoff format as their annual meetings concluded on Tuesday.
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Islanders Lose Hunter

from Newsday,

Having already lost offensive star Alexei Yashin with a sprained knee, the Islanders announced today that Trent Hunter, their top defensive forward, will miss the next two to four weeks with the same injury. Jeremy Colliton, who had two points in 19 games with the Islanders last season, has been called up from Bridgeport to fill Hunter's roster spot. Hunter suffered his injury in the final minutes of the Islanders' 7-4 victory over the Rangers Sunday evening. He has been struggling offensively with just four goals and two assists, but he has been a force on defense.
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More Teaching For Hitch

from George Johnson at ESPN,

This is, after all, a man capable of teaching Brett Hull that there are, as rumored, two ends to an ice hockey rink, a task rivaling Columbus convincing the Spanish court that man could not sail off the edge of the world. A man who transformed styling-mousse Mike Modano from all flash and tinsel into a trustworthy two-way player. And now, Ken Hitchcock has taken on arguably his most taxing assignment yet: the enigmatic Rick Nash. "Great players," preaches Hitchcock with the fervor of a tent evangelist in mid-rant, "do more than score goals."
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Challenge Your Friends

from Exponentia,

Exponentia and the National Hockey League (NHL) today announced the signing of a multi-year rights deal to provide live mobile interactivity for fans of NHL action across North America. Exponentia's mobile game PlayAction enables NHL fans to make live predictions via their mobile phone from wherever they are; whether at home; at the sports bar; or at the game. Players challenge their friends, create their own leagues and compete for team jerseys and other great prizes.
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Yzerman Sitting Back And Watching

from Pierre Lebrun of the CP via the CBC,

Steve Yzerman is at peace. He made the right decision when he called it quits on a sensational 20-year playing career. "I have no regret at all," Yzerman said in an interview with The Canadian Press. "The last couple of years was a struggle just to get out there. I put a lot of effort in getting ready to play. To me, I've almost found it a relief to not have to physically try and keep up because it was becoming very difficult for me to do that. "I'm very happy with my decision." So happy that when he watches his team play these days, in his new front-office role as team vice-president, it feels right. "I've really enjoyed watching hockey games, moreso than maybe I expected," Yzerman said.
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Lack Of Coverage

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

If attendance at the board of governors meetings this week is any indication, the National Hockey League is still out in the cold when it comes to U.S. media attention. There are only a handful of reporters at the meetings, even though for the second year in succession there was some actual news. It was the same news as last year – the salary cap is going up – but it was significant nonetheless. However, there was only one reporter from a U.S. media organization there to chronicle this on Monday. The only found-ins were yours truly, a Canadian reporter for ESPN.com., the Canadian Press and representatives from the three Canadian sports television networks.
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Bruins Won’t Release Kessel For WJC

via Darren Dreger at TSN,

Team USA will announce its IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship roster tonight, however Phil Kessel's name will not be on the list. Sources tell TSN the Boston Bruins have informed USA Hockey that Kessel will not be released for the upcoming Championship.

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Dump Versus

from Ted Montgomery at USA TODAY,

•The NHL undoubtedly believes that being the first major pro sport to make available its highlight video clips on YouTube will solve the league's marketing issues. Bettman and company probably think scores of potential fans will accidentally stumble across the NHL on YouTube. From my experience, people use YouTube to look for something specific and are unlikely to view something they are not interested in. It's a nice idea, but it doesn't begin to answer the question of why the NHL is way, way down the list of spectator-friendly sports. Which brings us to… • So the Outdoor Life Network (OLN) has changed its identity to Versus. Pray to whatever god you care to that the NHL takes this limping dog of a "national TV contract" and puts it out of its misery immediately after the current season ends.
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Let More Teams In

from Dan Barnes of the Edmonton Journal,

The NHL should feel free to monkey with its playoff format. Add four teams, give division leaders a bye through an abbreviated first round and re-seed after each subsequent round. Hey, why fine tune when you can fiddle on a grand scale? OK, you and I both know that's not going to happen when governors meet today in Florida to discuss major changes to the regular-season schedule and a minor tweaking of the post-season format. But consider the merits.
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