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Ottawa Interested In Morrison

via Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Vancouver's Brendan Morrison just might be the right man to be the Senators' No. 2 centre. A league executive told the Sun yesterday that Canucks GM David Nonis "wouldn't mind" moving Morrison and his $3.2 million (all terms US) salary even if it's just to get some cap relief. Nonis will likely come out in the Vancouver media today and deny he's trying to move Morrison. But, you see, the Canucks are right up against the league's $44-million ceiling with a payroll of $43.124 million and that's left Nonis handcuffed if the club runs into injury problems.

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NHLPA Ready To Talk Free Agency

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

...Funny, isn't it, that Nonis failed to mention he was able to trade for Roberto Luongo only because the goaltender would have qualified for 2007 accelerated free agency, but that must have slipped Nonis' mind. Even funnier is that when NHL GMs meet this week, the agenda will feature a discussion about changing salary arbitration. The union, which is believed amenable to amending the system, will agree to changes only in exchange for even more liberalized free agency. So the GMs can pick their poison. They can either lose core players through a salary-arbitration system that is incompatible with a hard-cap structure, or they can lose their players through free agency at the age of 25 or 26.

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Mr. and Mrs. Hockey

Via the Halifax Daily News,

Gordie simply accepted whatever Wings general manager Jack Adams decided to offer, grossly underpaid as the league's best player and, even worse, unwittingly setting the financial standard by which every other NHL player was paid. Colleen changed that, and more as the architect of the family firm, Power Play International, negotiating hugely lucrative deals that included Howe's celebrated return to active play in l974 with sons Mark and Marty.
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Warning- Flying Fish

from Vincent M. Mallozzi of the New York Times,

Harvard skates into Cornell’s house this week. In keeping with tradition, fish will be served. The fish are for tossing, not tasting. For more than 30 years, Cornell hockey fans have been hurling halibut at Harvard players before the start of The Game at Lynah Rink in Ithaca, N.Y. “Throwing fish is one way that Cornell fans get into the heads of the Harvard players,” said Jonathan Seibald, 25, a Cornell graduate who attends law school at Harvard.
continued more on "The Game" from Wikipedia

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Hot Stove Talk

CBC Satellite Hot Stove talk tonight... • Scott Morrison stated in in order for San Jose to trade Nabokov to Phoenix, Jovanovski would be the player they would want in return. • Pierre Lebrun stated Paul Holmgren, the acting GM for the Flyers, had no idea Ed Snider had asked Colin Campbell to take over the GM postition. Also, teams have inquired about acquiring Forsberg. • Eric Duhatschek talked about a new type of playoff format that will discussed at the GM meeting in Toronto on Tuesday- The winner of 1-8 would play the winner of the 4-5 first round series, 2-7 would play the 3-6 winner. By knowing they would be facing 1 of 2 teams, GMs feel their team can better prepare for those teams.

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No Punching The All Star Ballot

The NHL will be the first major sports league to eliminate a hard-copy all star ballot. Voting for the NHL All Star teams begins on November 15th at NHL.com and through cell phone submissions in the U.S. and Canada. The NHL will rely on print, TV and radio promotions to get the word out about the voting.

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HDNet & Comcast

HDNet's NHL broadcaster Judd Sirott was on the Wings pre-game show tonight and was talking about the availability of HDNet. Judd mentioned iti is only a matter of time until HDNet is available on Comcast. At least this gives us Comcast subscribers a little hope for another HD channel being added.

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Searching For Positive Signs In Calgary

Who would have thought you'd read a comment from Calgary, calling an OT loss to Columbus "baby steps" in the right direction? Via Slam,

Nobody in the Flames room was bouncing off the walls or doing celebratory cartwheels after their loss at the Nationwide Arena but, after a dismal opening period, the Flames regrouped with the kind of effort that had been lacking during this season-starting swoon. Down 3-1 by the first intermission, the Flames displayed an aggressive forecheck, attacked the puck, were physical and took control of the game's tempo forcing the Blue Jackets to play on their terms and possibly serving notice they may be on the verge of turning the corner.
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Milestone For Rob Blake

Via the CP and The Hockey News,

When Rob Blake steps on the ice in Phoenix on Saturday night for his 1,000th career NHL game, he'll be doing so in a Los Angeles Kings uniform, which is the way it should be. Like Ray Bourque with Boston, Wendel Clark with Toronto and Trevor Linden with Vancouver, Blake will always be associated with only one team even though he played elsewhere.
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MacTavish & Hartley Fined

NEW YORK (Nov. 4, 2006)--Craig MacTavish, head coach of the Edmonton Oilers, has been fined $10,000 for remarks made following Friday night's game against Dallas. "The NHL acknowledges the fact that referee Mick McGeough made the wrong call on a play late in the game, which he later admitted to the media following the game," said Colin Campbell, NHL Senior Executive Vice President and Director of Hockey Operations. "However, Craig MacTavish's comments after the game regarding the call were totally inappropriate and crossed the line." Bob Hartley, head coach of the Atlanta Thrashers, was assessed a gross misconduct and fined $10,000 for verbal abuse of the officials at the conclusion of Friday night's game against Washington. The money from both fines will go to the NHL Foundation.

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