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Ruutu & Nash

Tuomo Ruutu will be out of the Blackhawks lineup for a minimum of three weeks with re-occurring back problems. Rick Nash suffered a knee injury last night and is expected to miss the next two games.

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OLN Broadcast Under Fire

from the Globe and Mail,

Canadians got a look at the hockey telecasts produced by the U.S. Outdoor Life Network this week when TSN picked up the Chicago Blackhawks-Detroit Red Wings game. If you wondered why the National Hockey League has not connected with viewers in the United States -- the OLN ratings are minuscule -- this telecast gave you a lot of the answers.

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HNIC Goes HD

Too bad the HD feed of Hockey Night In Canada is not available to anyone in the USA, I am sure it will be an outstanding production. from the Ottawa Sun,

Venerable old Hockey Night in Canada is about to take a mighty leap into the future. Starting tomorrow night, the CBC will produce the first game of its Saturday night NHL doubleheader in high-definition format each weekend. It'll be available on the CBC's HD channel to viewers owning a television with high-definition capability. While the CBC has produced some HD hockey in the past -- the outdoor game at Edmonton's Commonwealth Stadium two years ago the most notable -- this season signals HNIC's first full-fledged plunge into the high-def world. It's a place where TSN and Rogers Sportsnet have both already been with some frequency.

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Cleary Gets 2nd Chance In Detroit

from the Edmonton Sun,

Daniel Cleary is on the bottom of the NHL pay scale, but he's landed right on top of the hockey heap after signing with the Detroit Red Wings a month ago. Cleary, 26, who played 220 games with the Edmonton Oilers from 2000 to 2003, has turned a camp tryout into a one-year contract with the Red Wings for the NHL minimum salary, a $450,000 deal he signed Oct. 4. All things considered, Hockeytown isn't a bad place to land for Cleary, who was deemed excess baggage by the Phoenix Coyotes and cut loose before the NHL lockout.

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How Did Demers Do It

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The news that Jacques Demers was functionally illiterate during almost three decades of coaching in the NHL and WHA immediately causes you to plumb the depths of your mind for possible clues. Were there any outward hints or signs that Demers couldn't read or write during his time on the NHL front lines? Certainly, Demers never called to complain about anything that I'd written about him, but I put that down to two factors: That he was a good guy, who operated on the basis that there is no such thing as bad publicity; and two, that most of the notices he received were generally positive.

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Complaining Getting Old

from Terry Frei of ESPN,

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly recently fined Toronto coach Pat Quinn for knocking the New NHL (too little 5-on-5 time, gimmicks breaking ties and deciding games, stale popcorn, etc.). Boston Bruins team president Harry Sinden was sympathetic to Quinn, pointing out he had voiced similar sentiments during the exhibition season. In essence, Sinden inadvertently reminded us of his relative irrelevancy since dropping the GM title and not having as many opportunities to blame the Bruins' shortcomings on a coach and dodge an architect's accountability. Daly let Sinden off the hook. Sinden should have been whistled for obstructing the New NHL, too. Saying that really was hard.

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Going To A Game

How much does it cost a family of four to attend an NHL game? According to Fans Cost Index, Devils game are the most expensive at $309.68. The cheapest is Carolina at $170.61. I noticed the Wings had a decrease in cost of about 18%, but the fine print is the reason. I think a few fans around the NHL will find some major errors in this report.

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Is Bettman Sportsman Of The Year

from E.M. Swift of Sports Illustrated,

He had to burn the village in order to save it. Gary Bettman is my Sportsman of the Year. OK, so it doesn't make a pretty cover picture. So Bettman, a stiff, intransigent suit interested primarily in the bottom line, isn't a poster child for all that's wonderful in sports. So he oversaw a league that, for the first time in North American pro sports history, closed its doors for an entire season, causing financial pain to thousands of vendors and ticket sellers and stadium personnel, not to mention emotional trauma for hockey fans and all of Canada. So he comes across as emotionally cold and even a little smarmy.

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Legace Conference Call

Manny Legace, the NHL's defensive player of the month, participated in a teleconference yesterday. from NHL.com,

Q. Wanted to get your idea, what you think and the players' perspective on how the league has been re?embraced by the fans, the excitement level from you guys, what you see from on the road and at home. MANNY LEGACE: We get kind of a different view being here with Detroit. Pretty much everywhere we go there's been a lot of excitement this year. Its been that way in the past years, too, luckily being an original six team, wearing the Red Wing on our jerseys. Everywhere we go, people seem to come watch and excitement fills the arena. Overall, talking to other guys, other cities and stuff, everybody seems to be getting back into the swing of things. I don't know if it's just luck or just we have great fans, but everyone seems to be enjoying the game, enjoying more scoring opportunities. The big thing we're hearing is none of those boring hockey games, clog up the neutral zone after somebody gets up one or two goals, shut it down. People just flying through the neutral zone, scoring chances right and left. The people are just enjoying it a lot more.

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Hockey Mom Complaining About Bodychecking

from CBC,

A River Heights woman who has been battling her local community club over the issue of bodychecking in hockey has been banned from the club's premises. Adeline Nychuk-Jensen believes the children on her 11-year-old son's hockey team at the River Heights Community Centre have not received enough instruction about bodychecking. She's been arguing with the centre's board about the issue. She says the situation wasn't safe: "Do we have to have a sacrificial lamb before someone pays attention to this?"

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