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High Hits Will Continue

from Scott Morrison at CBC Sports,

The issue of “legal” hits to the head, of course, has been fairly hot in recent weeks because of a handful of incidents that preceded the Williams hit. “We showed the hits and then asked the managers if we were still in the right area with how we are handling it,” said NHL vice-president of hockey operations Colin Campbell. “It’s tough because no one likes see guys get hurt. But this is a physical game. “We asked the question, too, are there more of these happening than years gone by, or because of television are we just seeing more? And we have to be careful because we’re not allowing low hits, if we eliminate all hits to the upper body, what’s left? Hits to the belly button? We can’t forget we are a physical game.”
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Fans Not Showing Up In Boston

from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

The announced crowd of 14,835 at the TD Banknorth Garden for the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-4 win was a bit generous on Thursday. I would bet the attendance was no more than 10,000. It’s sad to see one of the pre-expansion six teams not only struggling on the ice this season, but at the gate. Attendance is down approximately 12 per cent for the Bruins this season. They have averaged 14,385 this season, which is way down in 24th spot in the league.

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Paying Tribute To Bruin Vets

The Boston Bruins have quite a history of participation in our nation's conflicts. Via the Boston Bruin Official Website,

Milt Schmidt, Woody Dumart and Bobby Bauer, the famous "Kraut" line, so-named because they were boyhood friends who came from the German community of Kitchener, Ontario, had led the Black & Gold to the 1940-41 Stanley Cup final win over the Detroit Red Wings -- and were poised to do so again. They returned to Boston from Kitchener in the autumn of 1941 expecting to continue their dominance but the Japanese attack on December 7th, changed their world, and THE world, forever.
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The Life Of A Scout

Via the Prince Albert Herald,

So what exactly does a scout do? “Wanted: A person passionate about hockey, willing to put 80,000 kilometres on their car, watch 400-plus hockey games, be away from the family 110 nights a year, and must be organized,” O’Brien joked about how his job description might read. “80,000 kilometres is 800 hours of my life in a car, and 700 hockey games at two hours each is another chunk of hours,” he said.

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Team Value

from Forbes,

Hockey teams are worth more today than before the new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) because player salaries have gone down to 54% of league revenue from 66%. Fixed player costs bring greater certainty to the bottom line, which in turn means buyers will pay a higher multiple of revenue to acquire a franchise. The average hockey team is now worth $180 million and makes an operating profit (in the sense of earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) of $4.2 million. During the 2003-2004 season,
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Trying To Save Hockey Day In Canada

from Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun,

If the current scheduling rotation isn't altered -- please, Gary, alter it -- the Canucks, Oilers and Flames won't play the Leafs, Senators and Canadiens even once in 2007-08. Now that's a travesty in itself because it kills natural rivalry games but what's it going to do to the CBC's huge Hockey Day In Canada extravaganza? The bread-and-butter of Hockey Day is the all-Canadian triple header. (This season it's Jan. 13 with the Canucks at Toronto, Habs at Ottawa and Oilers at Calgary.) You can bet your 50/50 tickets that Hockey Night In Canada is lobbying furiously to have its precious Hockey Day saved.
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Trade Rumors Set Straight

Some of these rumor sites have been talking rumors for two months now, and not a trade to be made. It will never end, the rumors will continue because that is what they do, attract the gullible for reasons unknown to me. The only place to recap the legit rumor talk, with sources, is Spector's site. Mr. Spector breaks down the possibility of a trade and tells you why it may or may not happen.

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Dogfight Expected In Atlantic

from Newsday,

"I really felt, from the day I signed here, that it's going to be scratching and clawing to make the playoffs," Shanahan said after the 4-3 shootout victory in Florida during which the Rangers surrendered a two-goal lead in the second half of the game. "But if it's that kind of a season, once you do make the playoffs, you're a hardened team. You look at this division, you look at some of the teams who are improved, and it's going to be like this, just a battle throughout the whole season."

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Passionate Play Returning

via the NY Post,

"There's a physical element that can prevail," says Ranger coach Tom Renney. "Last year I thought [calls] were pretty tough, but this year they are allowing passionate play to be part of the game." Currently, this offer is available only on an official-by-official basis. But if the pendulum is indeed swinging back - and there remains zero tolerance for defensemen swinging sticks at scorers' backs - the NHL is reintroducing the element of courage, a good thing, just not necessarily for the Rangers.

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The Best Player In The NHL

from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,

But if a player is to be judged the best in a time when there is no clear-cut megastar, he probably has to excel at the most difficult position. That would mean he's a defenceman. And the best defenceman? The two guys in Anaheim, Chris Pronger and Scott Niedermayer are certainly on the list. Young Matthew Carle in San Jose is opening a lot of eyes in the hockey world and the even younger Dion Phaneuf in Calgary is a phenomenal talent. But in this corner, the vote for the best player in the world at the moment would go to Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings.

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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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