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Shanny Gets The Lemon Face Treatment

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Someone asked Shanahan whether he had received an explanation after the final non-call helped Chris Drury get the winner on a deflection. Shanahan, who left the ice screaming at Leggo, chose his words purposefully. "The guys tonight were a little bit above giving explanations," said No. 14. "Instead, they made a face like they ate a lemon and [gave] a wave of the hand. "The league has done so much the last few years to eliminate the old mentality of [referees] not talking to players and waving players away. It's kind of disappointing that with the improvement in communication under [director of officiating] Stephen Walkom, that I didn't feel that way tonight."

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CBA Guarantees Game’s Financial Future

Via the Toronto Sun,

It’s about as dull and as dry as it gets, dead certain to make your eyelids heavy within seconds. There is, however, no denying that it is a finely-crafted document that should guarantee the game financial stability into the foreseeable future. Of course, it could never have been put into place without the acquiescence of the players association but, please, no crying on that one. The players are making out just fine, thank you. If revenues hit projections this year, they’ll average about $1.8 million US a man, not far off pre-lockout levels.

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Rules Hindering Competition

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Choosing his words carefully, Tortorella pointed out before yesterday's game against the Senators that he believes NHL officials need to take another look at the game and the way they're calling obstruction penalties. He's concerned with the quantity and quality of the fouls being called. "I'm not crazy about how the game is being played. Last year, everybody was pleased with what happened with our game because they were so glad we were back," said Tortorella.

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Wings Looking For Offense

from Mlive,

"I'm going to work the phones, but given the cap and the competitiveness of the league, no one will give up a guy who can score goals and makes a relatively small amount of money,'' Holland said. "It's hard to go out and add a guy who makes $3-4 million a year. You have to move money for money.''
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Shootouts Need To Go

from the South End (student newspaper of Wayne State Univ.),

There are many factors and strategies that determine the winner of an NHL hockey game. The Scotty Bowman ingenious mastery of juggling lines. The Dave Lewis stupidity of juggling lines. Quick shifts to compensate for tired legs. Icing calls leading to critical face-offs in an opponent’s zone late in the game. Power-play combinations. Penalty-killing combinations. The list goes on and on. With the “New NHL,” another factor comes into play: the shootout, otherwise known as the Mini-Mite Classic. Shootouts are for 8-year-old hockey players during intermissions at Joe Louis Arena during Red Wings home games.

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Own A Piece Of Ranger History

Bid for a part of the 1968-98 NY Rangers bench. image More hockey items and general information about the auction, which ends December 6th, can be found here.

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Shooting For The Wrist

from the Ottawa Citizen,

Ray Emery has become a marked man. Ottawa Senators coach Bryan Murray didn't think it would happen. At least he wasn't too worried at the start of this four-game road trip. However, it has become easy for everyone to see that Emery has a bull's eye on his back. Or, more closely, on his left wrist.

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Learning From a Legend

From Kevin Fee of the Grand Forks Herald (via INS News),

Keith Ballard admits he was a little nervous during his first NHL training camp in 2005. Blowing the whistle on the ice was perhaps the greatest NHL player ever, Wayne Gretzky, the Phoenix Coyotes head coach. "It was exciting last year at training camp," said Ballard, a Phoenix defenseman and former University of Minnesota and Lake of the Woods High School star. "I was nervous to be around him. It was fun to come in and give a good impression. Things have gone well since."
Continued... Voted the Hardest Worker on the Phoenix Coyotes last season, the 24 year old defenseman is struggling through a hand injury so far this year.

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Connolly Still Sidelined

from the Buffalo News,

Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said Connolly is no closer to being cleared to exercise because of concussion-related problems. And because he will need several weeks to get into shape once he is allowed to work out, his earliest possible return wouldn't be until January.... "You know there's going to be a breaking point where he's going to feel better," Ruff said. "In my eyes, it has maybe taken a little bit longer, but we know, from our point, there's nothing we can do. The last time around was a long one, and this one is turning out to be a long one, too." Connolly has stopped hanging around Buffalo's dressing room because not being able to play was too agonizing.

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Nashville Looking For Backup

from the Tennessean,

With Nashville goalie Tomas Vokoun out for as many as six weeks with a thumb injury, Predators General Manager David Poile said he has started making phone calls inquiring about available backups. Two of the Toronto Maple Leafs' three pro scouts were in attendance Saturday, which could be significant because the team has three goalies — Andrew Raycroft, Jean-Sebastien Aubin and Mikael Tellqvist — on its NHL roster. Raycroft is the team's top netminder and won't be going anywhere, but the Leafs might be willing to part with Aubin (2-1-2 record, .891 save percentage and 3.21 GAA) or Tellqvist (0-1-0, .895 save percentage and 2.03 GAA).

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