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Forget Parity

from Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune,

At the risk of being banned from every NHL arena, parity might be overrated.
I used to be all for it. I used to preach and preach about the importance of it in Sunday columns when I worked in another market….
Apparently, I was wrong. Clearly the fans aren’t buying into the fact that 23 teams of about identical stature have amazingly defied mathematics to all be above “.500.”
Just look at the attendance. And not the attendance figures the NHL releases, but actually walk into arenas or turn on your TV. Most every U.S. market’s arena is half to three-quarters full.

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First Japenese-Born NHL Player Sees The Ice

from the AP via Sports Illustrated,

Los Angeles Kings goalie Yutaka Fukufuji became the first Japanese-born person to play in the NHL when he entered Saturday’s game against the St. Louis Blues at the start of the third period.
Fukufuji replaced Barry Brust, who allowed five goals in the first two periods.


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Therrien On the Hot Seat

from TBM at NBC Sports,

As Pittsburgh stumbles into the weekend with just three wins in their last eleven games, The Moose is hearing that Penguin management is seriously considering a coaching change before the team’s playoff hopes disappear completely. The only factor holding them back is a lack of qualified replacements.


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NHL All Stars

Your complete roster for both conferences.

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NBC Games

Not a good start for NBC and their affiliates.
Here in Detroit via Comcast, we are getting the Pens/Flyers game in HD, but numerous video breakups and black screen for a few moments.
Hopefully they will get things settled down.

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A Long Day Of Live Blogging

Follow along with Alanah at C&B today, tonight, and for some of us, even tomorrow, as she live-blogs during HDIC.

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Bruins Wives’ Hold Carnival

Jaci at Wicked Bruins Fan recently attended the Carnival the Boston Wives put on.  Some great pics (see her right sidebar) and since this is the greatest Saturday of the season, why not have a carnival atmosphere.
Plus, Jace needs to pay attention to vibrations…

Here comes my absolute awesome, make my day highlight of the Carnival.
After I bought a program to see where everybody was stationed, I was making my way to the arena floor with my mother. I felt my phone vibrate in my bag and saw that Tracy was calling. I answered and it was not Tracy’s voice on the other end. Instead it was a 6’4” Bruins defenseman named Andrew Alberts. He called me a minute earlier using the Verizon phone at the Phone a Friend booth, but I didn’t answer because I didn’t feel it vibrating.



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The NHL and the Minor Leagues

From Blake Sebring via News-Sentinel,

Franke suggests NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman meet with minor-league commissioners to restructure the game in terms of geography and rules. Minor-league hockey needs a game plan, Franke said.
“Every league is suffering right now, and how many teams need to go dark before somebody wakes up?” he said. “He needs to sit down with all of us and say, ‘Fellas, we’ve got problems here, and we need to begin a dialogue of how we can make this better. When there are more people coming to the buildings in your cities, it’s best for the NHL, too.’
“Maybe then … the NHL will get a contract with a TV network that more than 500 people can access.”

and more about what minor league fans want—a more physical game, says UHL team owner Michael Franke.

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Connolly Not On The Ice Yet

from the Buffalo News,

Tim Connolly’s ongoing rehabilitation is helping him gradually intensify his activity level, but Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said there hasn’t been enough improvement to establish a timetable for the playmaking center’s return.
“We just hope he keeps progressing to where he feels like he can get back on the ice,” Ruff said. “There still has been no weight training or anything of that nature. It’s just been heart rate and bike and monitoring blood pressure.”


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All McSorley

Inside Bay Area does a Q & A with Marty…

Q. Did you like or dislike the label of goon?
A. I didn’t like the term “goon,” but it served its purpose, the job of going out and fighting somebody, intimidating, keeping the peace. You went out there with a reputation, and you didn’t need to fight to have your message
out there. I could go by their bench and say, “Enough’s enough,” and let the game resume in a more peaceful manner.
Q. What title besides goon would you have preferred?
A. Policeman, because I was lucky enough to play on some really good hockey teams. In Edmonton and Los Angeles, we didn’t need to make it a chippy game to mess them up. But I like policeman in a romantic sense.

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