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Thumbs Up Or Down For Bettman

Allan Muir at Sports Illustrated takes a look at 14 issues Gary Bettman has faced and breaks down how he handled each one of them…

1. Expansion
The Ducks and Panthers were already approved before he came on board in 1993, but he was expected to do more than simply coordinate the addition of franchises in Atlanta, Columbus, Nashville and Minnesota—only the last of which was truly justified—and leverage those new markets into more exposure (primarily, a better TV deal) for the product in the American market. That hasn’t happened, and now we’re left with a diluted product and tenuous markets struggling to find an audience. THUMB’S DOWN

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Online Don

I know everyone one of you visit every section of KK, but just in case you missed this- Canucks & Beyond discovers Cherry goes online...

CBC.ca will launch a special online version of Coach’s Corner tomorrow with new content, design and features.
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The First Star Talks

Dany Heatley took part in a NHL tele-conference today,

Q. Congratulations on a great month. I want to ask you about your depth this year. It seems like you have more depth this year as opposed to last year, and last year was ?? as far as the regular season goes, it was a better season for you. But do you have better depth overall, and can you compare this year to last year?
DANY HEATLEY: I don’t know. I think we do. I think we lost some key guys, but with that, I think some other guys have got a chance to play a little bit more and step up and do a job. You know, guys like Verme, Antoine Vermettte, Patrick Eaves, guys like that, Chris Neil, have had a chance to get more ice time, be in more situations, and have done well because of it.

Q. What about getting Jason Spezza back to add to that great depth that you’ve mentioned already?
DANY HEATLEY: Oh, it’s huge. I mean, with Kelly obviously we were going pretty good, and Spezza, Schafe and Fishy, those are two pretty good lines that can score on the ice, and the other two lines are chipping in. That’s part of the reason why we had such a big month. We’re getting scoring and big goals from a lot of people.

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Hail To The Hurricanes

from the Whitehouse,

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all for coming. Have a seat. It’s a pretty big deal for a guy that doesn’t know how to ice skate—(laughter)—to welcome the Carolina Hurricanes to the White House. We appreciate you coming. You know, I’m not sure what is prettier, the Stanley Cup, or Mike Commodore’s hair. (Laughter.) A little disappointed you got a haircut. (Laughter.) But, welcome.
MR. COMMODORE: Thank you.
THE PRESIDENT: The other thing I was a little surprised to see that he’s not wearing his robe. (Laughter.)
At the start of this season, this team was ranked 28th out of 30 teams. I like to be around people that keep expectations low. (Laughter.) Instead of listening to the prognosticators, this team had a 112-point season. They had 52 wins. They win the Stanley Cup. They’re here at the White House. Congratulations to you. (Applause.)

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It Has Nothing To Do With Drag

from the Detroit News:

Pavel Datsyuk has been playing with a new Reebok stick that has an aerodynamic look, with three holes toward the bottom of the stick.
“I have more power,” he said of the stick. “Every blocked shot before, I broke my stick. Now, I can keep playing. I like the way it feels and looks.”

 

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Flip & A 1st For Foppa?

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

Adding Forsberg is that help….
That’s why you trade several draft picks—-or deal Valtteri Filppula and a first-round draft pick—- to get him.
It’s well worth the risk.

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I personally think Filppula and a 1st is too much to give up, your thoughts?

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Sidney Crosby Game-Worn Jersey Fetches $12K For Charity

A jersey worn by Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby has earned $12,131 in a league-wide auction to benefit the Garth Brooks Teammates For Kids Foundation, making his jersey the top earner thus far. Other notable final bids include jerseys from Crosby’s Pittsburgh teammate Evgeni Malkin, which raised $7,520, and Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals ($6,020.01).
The National Hockey League (NHL) and National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) on-line auction consists of six overlapping two-week auctions that will run throughout February.  Bidding for the Carolina Hurricanes, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues and Washington Capitals jerseys closed on Jan. 24 and earned $80,676.58 for the Garth Brooks Teammates For Kids Foundation.  Colorado Avalanche, Edmonton Oilers, Nashville Predators, Ottawa Senators and Pittsburgh Penguins jerseys closed on Jan. 31 and earned $89,463.58.

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January Goals

If you haven’t seen all the top goals from the month of January, here is your chance, all in one place. 
Video is about 8 minutes long.

added 2:41pm, You can also check out the hits of the month too!

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Right TV Decision

from Chris Russell at the Sporting News,

That is why commissioner Gary Bettman did the smart thing for his league in the long term. He went to Versus and NBC, two networks that were willing to show him much more love than ESPN was. It’s about amount of coverage, and promotion and dedicated set nights that hockey fans know they can count on.
It’s all hockey, all the time on Versus. As Sydney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin and countless others continue to amaze, the NHL will be what the NBA became. It’s a new era, and it is absolute must-see TV.

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Cox Doubles Malarkey Quotient

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star:

“Look, I was just commenting on what I’ve seen for 51 games now,” he said. “Believe me, I’m not asking for a special rule book for the Rangers or for Jaromir Jagr.”
Here’s Shanahan’s problem.
When he was working in concert with the league to fix an ailing game, he was widely viewed to be a player putting the good of the game first.
But after ripping into league officials for supposedly ignoring obvious fouls on Jagr, it’s inescapable that Shanahan will now be seen more as a player simply attempting to use the process for the benefit of himself and his teammates.

Yes, and we should all be shocked to find out that Shanahan has biases…yeesh…

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