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Playoffs Will Judge Heatley

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from Erin Hicks at the Ottawa Sun,

After nearly two seasons sporting the red, black and gold, Heatley has made his risk factor a complete non-issue. Is there anything left to prove for the young star in Ottawa?
Obviously the answer is yes, when the city housing this talent suffers from post-traumatic postseason disorder.
Heatley was given the strictest of mulligans by Senators fans during last season’s foray into the playoffs (envision being handled with pumice-coated kid gloves). After all, he was experiencing his first NHL postseason under major scrutiny. No one was entirely sure how he would react. Heatley’s initial playoff numbers gave the suggestion of a player trying to find his rhythm: Three goals and nine assists in ten games. Not an atrocious showing, but certainly unremarkable.

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Blame The Gov.

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from bob Smizik of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

In the past two months, Rendell has behaved more like a dunce than a leader, more like a man interested in obstructing the process of getting a new arena for Pittsburgh instead of furthering it.
Had this been a Philadelphia franchise in peril, rest assured his actions would not have been so cavalier. Should the Penguins leave for Kansas City, and the belief here is that will not happen, Rendell will be the man most responsible.
As the power broker in these negotiations—the only politician with money to spend—Rendell has behaved recklessly in allowing the process to go as far as it has.

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The Backup

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from Scott Clemmensen at the Hockey News,

This is a very strange job.
I don’t mean backup goalie. I mean backup goalie for the New Jersey Devils.
There are a couple of other teams in the league, like Vancouver and Calgary, where the No. 1 goalie plays all the time and the backup is just kind of there. He’s forgotten. I don’t mean forgotten like I’m not part of the team. Forgotten because I never get to play games.

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Chris Simon Statement

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via the New York Islanders,

After watching the tape the morning after Thursday’s game, I was disgusted. There is absolutely no place in hockey for what I did.

I want to apologize to Ryan Hollweg. I was grateful to learn that Ryan is okay and that he returned to the game. My hope is to reach out to him in the near future.

I want to apologize to my team and Islanders fans everywhere. My actions Thursday night played a major part in our team losing a crucial game. I also want to apologize to the National Hockey League for the damage I have caused this great game of ours.

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NHL On NBC, Sunday, March 11th

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Thanks to KK member SteveNJ...

12:00pm EST PM
NBCSports.com
The NHL On NBC Countdown to Faceoff
Host: Bill Clement
Analysts: Ray Ferraro and Brett Hull

12:30pm EST
The NHL On NBC Game of the Week
Boston Bruins vs. Detroit Red Wings
Available in HD
Play By Play: Mike Emrick
Color: Eddie Olczyk
Inside the Glass: Pierre McGuire
Will air in the following U.S. NHL markets, and in a total of 87.6% of the United States: Boston, Detroit, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington, Atlanta, Florida, Tampa Bay, Chicago, Nashville, Columbus, St. Louis, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Jose, Anaheim, Phoenix, Colorado, Minnesota

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Suspension Details For Simon

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via TSN Breaking News,

New York Islanders forward Chris Simon has been suspended for 15 regular season games and seven playoff games for slashing New York Rangers forward Ryan Hollweg in the face.

update 1:53pm, TSN has removed the alert, hmmm.

update 1:55pm, via NHL.com,

Colin Campbell, NHL Senior Executive Vice President and Director of Hockey Operations, conducted a disciplinary hearing this morning with New York Islanders forward Chris Simon, Islanders team representatives and a representative of the National Hockey League Players’ Association.
A decision relative to that hearing has not yet been made. Any report to the contrary is false.

added 2:43pm, via On the Islanders Beat at Newsday,

It’s uncertain when a decision will be handed down. There might be concern on the league’s part about how its ruling could affect a criminal probe launched by the office of Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, especially in a situation where neither Hollweg, the Rangers nor the league requested legal intervention.

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Talking Broadband

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from Multichannel News,

The NHL also hasn’t announced a launch date for its broadband service, but the league said it would open the broadband feed to anyone for a fee — most likely mirroring the $129 cost of the NHL Center Ice linear service. Customers who already subscribe to Center Ice via satellite or digital cable would receive a rebate.
While Ritter said the league hopes to generate incremental revenue from the broadband service, it’s more a complementary service to coverage from its national TV rights holders Versus and NBC, as well as the various regional sports networks.
“I think we live in a world where people want to access content however they want to access it,” said Ritter, adding that close to 80% of traffic on NHL.com is accessed via broadband connection.

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Pay To Watch

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from the Ottawa Citizen,

Gouging fans with a 40-per-cent premium on single-game tickets for Leafs-Senators games at Scotiabank Place is bad enough. (You can stay away, right?) But a $10.95 charge, plus tax, to be able to watch Thursday’s game in the sanctity of your own home is simply outrageous.
Many fans are already buying Centre Ice, a supplementary hockey package available through digital cable or satellite TV, in order to get games from all NHL markets. But one game you certainly don’t expect to be paying for on TV—other than what it costs in electricity to power your television—is the Senators versus the Leafs. In fact, until last night, Leafs-Senators games had always been broadcast on those free regular channels.

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Stanley Cup Ring Retired

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TORONTO (March 9, 2007) – For the second time in history, the Hockey Hall of Fame today ceremoniously removed a ring containing the names of past winners from the Stanley Cup.
The ring was officially moved to a new public display case as part of a ceremony conducted today by Hockey Hall of Fame curator Phil Pritchard, five-time Cup winner Marcel Pronovost (as a member of the Detroit Red Wings in 1950, 52, 53 and 54 and with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1967) and two-time winner Gaye Stewart (1942 and 47 with the Maple Leafs).
The removed ring lists the names associated with the 13 Stanley Cup winners from 1940-41 to 1952-53. Every 13 years the oldest ring is removed from the Cup and a new ring is added for future winners.

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Verbeek Goes The Management Route

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from the Globe and Mail,

Asked where his future lies in the game, as a coach or a scout, Verbeek chose door No. 3. “Management is much easier on your ticker,” he said. “I enjoy coaching and there is a lot of reward in it. But I like the challenge of assembling and putting teams together.”
Verbeek, 42, is five years removed from the final National Hockey League season of his 19-year career. He played for the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League and was drafted 43rd overall in 1982 by the New Jersey Devils.

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