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Three Games On Tap

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Note the start time for the NHL games today.

For TV coverage, check the NHL schedule.

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Hard To Trade Murray

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from the Worcester Telegram & Gazette,

For those fans anxious to see the Bruins deal away the unproductive Glen Murray, don’t get your hopes too high.

For one thing, Murray has trade restrictions in his $4.15 million-a-year contract, which doesn’t expire until after next season. If there’s not an outright no-trade clause, which can’t be confirmed, then there’s at least something that limits the cities to which Murray can be sent.

Secondly, the struggling forward is 35 years old, and the market for him is limited.

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  Tags: boston+bruins, glen+murray

Looking For His Name On The Cup

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from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

Remember Don Awrey, who played 128 of his 979 NHL games with the Canadiens?...

I mention Awrey now because he was on the telephone several days ago inquiring how to go about what he termed to “right a wrong.” What was wrong was that even though he appeared in most of the regular-season games during the Canadiens’ first of four consecutive Stanley Cups in 1975-76, he wasn’t dressed in the playoffs because of a knee injury. Result: the next time you read the names on the Cup for that year, you won’t find Awrey’s name on it because league rules at the time called for a player to appear in at least one playoff game in order to have his name on it.

read on

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  Tags: don+awrey, montreal+canadiens

One Vote For Bigger Nets

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from Jason Kay of the Hockey News,

We’ve heard the all the arguments – the record book would be rendered moot; that it would be too drastic a change. We don’t buy it. The record book has been impacted by a plethora of amendments over the years, both organic and legislated, and increasing the size of the net would be no different.

As for it being too drastic, we aren’t talking soccer-sized goals, just a few inches wider or taller, or both. Will coaches try to become even more defense-oriented to protect a larger cage? Perhaps, but we’re surmising that goals would beget goals. Fall behind 2-0 early on shots that maybe wouldn’t have gone in on a smaller net and, as a coach, you’re forced to alter your strategy and take more risks.

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  Tags: goaltending, hockey+nets

The Home Team In Prague

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from the Blueshirts Blog at Newsday,

The papers haven’t been signed yet, but the Rangers are all but signed, sealed and delivered to Prague to open next season with a two-game series against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

And that pair of games will only comprise half of the NHL’s season-opening plan for 2008-09. The Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators are expected to open their season with two games in Stockholm.

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  Tags: new+york+rangers, ottawa+senators, prague, tampa+bay+lightning

You Have To Mention Fired When Talking Leafs

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

All season long, the assumption has been that John Ferguson is basically done as GM of the Leafs. It’s only a matter of when. But lately, a lot of questions have been asked about coach Paul Maurice and the thinking amongst some front office people is that Ferguson would fire him if he needed to as a last-ditch attempt to try and save his own position.

Some prominent hockey people have asked the question aloud this week: What would you do if you were running the Leafs? And it isn’t being asked rhetorically.

more hockey talk…

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Schedule Talk

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Gary Bettman might finally have a winner on his hands. When the league’s board of governors meet Nov. 28-29 in Pebble Beach, Calif., it’s expected they’ll approve a change to the schedule which will allow every team to face each other at least once per season. After failing twice to get the schedule changed, it’s believed Bettman has finally come up with a format the governors will support. Here’s what the new format could look like: Teams will play six games against divisional foes, down from eight; it’s expected clubs will face the other teams in their conference four times (status quo); the remaining 18 games on the schedule would be played against the opposing conference.

read on for more NHL talk plus some trade rumors…

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Catch A Game - Take The Train

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from George Vecsey of the New York Times,

The woman was in the heartland of the opponent, wearing a fancy orange and blue jacket commemorating the four Stanley Cups won by the Islanders, albeit a quarter of a century ago.

“New York?” she shouted. “Is this the train to New York?”

It was, indeed. Parallel steel rails now connect the three hockey franchises in the area.

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  Tags: fans, new+jersey+devils, new+york+islanders

Brodeur Reaches 500 Wins

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from the AP via TSN,

Martin Brodeur gave Patrick Roy some company in the 500 victory club.

Brodeur reached one of hockey’s rarest milestones, stopping all but two shots in a modest effort thanks to some of New Jersey’s usual stout defense and earned his 500th NHL win.

Brodeur made 26 saves in the Devils’ 6-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night and joined Roy as the only goalies in NHL history with that many victories.

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Top 5 Goalies- Wins

1. Patrick Roy, Mon-Col 551

2. x-Martin Brodeur, NJ 500

3. x-Ed Belfour, Chi-SJ-Dal-Tor-Fla 484

4. Terry Sawchuk, Det-Tor-Bos-LA-NYR 447

5. x-Curtis Joseph, StL-Edm-Tor-Det-Pho 446

more at NHL.com

added 10:20pm, from John Kreiser at NHL.com,

“It was a long time coming,” said Brodeur, who finished with 26 saves. “I’m happy it’s done and we can move on now.”

much more

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  Tags: goalies, martin+brodeur, new+jersey+devils

The Jokinen Talk

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from George Richards at On Frozen Pond,

...That said, there is word few people on this team is real happy with how things are going and there has been word of a possible revolt. I’m not kidding about this.

My take: If JM is shopping Olli, not good. He’s the captain and face of this franchise—for better or worse. If this is true, JM needs to come out and say so. I haven’t had a chance to talk to him about it really, but I will in the near future. Probably tonight. Word of Olli being shopped has leaked to the players and it is not, NOT, sitting well in the room.

I don’t think it’s happening….

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added 10:28pm, more from George Richards,

Spoke to JM, Olli and Alan Cohen. They say absolutely no truth to the rumors that Olli has been shopped.

read on

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  Tags: florida+panthers, olli+jokinen

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