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We Get It

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from John Buccigross at ESPN,

We hear some NHL announcers continue to bash the "new NHL" phrase against the sides of our heads and it feels like a frozen canned ham. Stop. We get it. A hook is a hook, a trip is a trip, a hold is a hold. It was always in the rulebook, but for 10 years, the NHL corporate office was more concerned about expansion fees, spreading the game across the 48 contiguous states, getting in bed with as many corporations as possible, planning its season and squashing the pugnacious Bob Goodenow, who fought the NHL on every issue down to the conference table centerpieces. The on-ice product was way down on the list of "things to do" on the NHL agenda. The neglect showed.
John continues to explain...

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McErlain On Scheduling And More

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Via NBC, Eric McErlain on a variety of topics,

Count me down as another voice in favor of junking the current system. As others have often noted, the league's best rivalries have been created by hard fought playoff series, not endless battles during the regular season. Case in point: The conflict between Colorado and Detroit in the mid-1990s where bad blood in the playoffs inevitably spilled into subsequent regular season play.
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Another Forsberg Rumor

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from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

Could disgruntled Flyer Peter Forsberg be on his way to Nashville? Rumors suggest as much, but given the cap implications, it's not likely. That doesn't mean the Predators won't be looking to add to their mix up front before they head to the postseason, however.
more and other NHL tidbits...

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On The Agenda…

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun: The GM's meetings will take place on Tuesday in Toronto, and revising the NHL's schedule is on the agenda:

There are unofficial proposals to drop anywhere from one to two games from the current eight matches between division opponents, using the extra games to satisfy cities who want more visits from both the exciting young guns in the game or teams from the Original Six. But there also are clubs anxious to see the schedule remain status quo. New Jersey's Lou Lamoriello had urged the current format in the first place, in part because New York-area teams can now bus it to 16 of 41 road stops, while the Predators and Red Wings have done well on a steady diet of lower echelon St. Louis Blues, Columbus Blue Jackets and Chicago Blackhawks.
Teams are also expected to take another look at rule changes this week, such as the unpopular delay of game call for clearing a puck into the stands. Statistics on scoring and its relation to power plays also will be reviewed.
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Mac’s Auction Draws A Crowd

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from the Windsor Star:

Sunday, in a barren warehouse in this east Detroit suburb, people gathered to pick up the remains from his life at bargain-basement prices The event brought a gathering of approximately 300 curiosity-seekers and Red Wings fans to the auction, conducted by C.B. Kaye and Associates. "This is about triple of what we'd normally draw for an auction of this nature," co-owner Carrie Kaye said. "Usually, we'd get between 50-100 people."
Veteran auction-goer Mike Green of Fraser shook his head in disbelief as he watched one item after another go for outrageously high prices compared to a typical auction. "People are crazy," Green said. "There's a few things in there that might have been a good buy, but they're overpaying a lot. I think they just want something of Darren's."
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Who’s Who In Hockey Day

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I just returned to the KK compound after attending the Lester Patrick Awards luncheon at the Joe Louis Arena. It was a fantastic event, attended by the big names in hockey. Gary Bettman, Bill Daly, Mike Ilitch and Peter Karmanos Jr. were a few of the names in attendance. As emcee Doc Emrick stated, it was the first Lester Patrick event to be held in an NHL arena and the first time an NHL team (all the current Wings were there) attended this type of event. More on this later on my NHL.com blog tomorrow and I will also touch on it on KK later today or tomorrow. added 2:48pm, As Alanah pointed out a few times today, Jean-François Bégin of La Presse did a great job on two stories involving hockey bloggers. The hockey blogging world is being recognized more and more. A few conversations I had today with folks attending the Lester Patrick event proves my point, and will be touched on later. Make sure you read the articles and I suggest you head over to James Mirtle's site (see Alanah's post below) to read the English version if you can't read French. A little tease (a coversation I had today)... Someone asked me if I was affiliated with the guy who "makes up rumors" and I responded absolutely not. He mentioned "that guy" is ruining some reputable blogs by giving the hockey blogging world a bad name. I told him I agree 100% and explained even though we are all hockey bloggers, we are not attached at the hip and in this case, most bloggers want nothing to do with that type of site.

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Making Airplane Noises

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from the Calgary Herald via Canada.com:

After polishing off the St. Louis Blues 3-2 on Saturday, the [Calgary Flames] travelled to the airport. Once there, Flames coaches, trainers and staff -- not to mention The FAN 960 broadcast crew -- actually shoved [a 737] down the runway. Really.
With everyone aboard, the step-truck, flush against the plane, had conked out. Which put takeoff in limbo. "The captain went out, looked at the tarmac, realized that there was a little bit of slope going backwards," said Flames coach Jim Playfair after Sunday morning's workout. "He asked for help."
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Kukla’s Korner Born From the Lockout

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Following up on an earlier post today, here is another article from Jean-François Bégin at La Presse:

A few, like Paul Kukla... make a living from rehashing the hockey news they cull from a litany of sources, while adding their own thought on the subject. A former ad sales man for a Detroit radio station, Kukla, 50, was taking care of his ill mother when he launched the precursor to his current blog in February 2005, while the lockout was in full force. "I did it because even here, in Detroit, we weren't being informed on what was happening in the dispute between owners and players," explains the Wings fan who saw his first game in the old Olympia stadium in 1961. One and a half years later, the man who describes himself as a "search professional" works 70 hours a week on his site, which he updates several times a day.
Read the entire article here (via Google's translator). Or go to James Mirtle's site for a proper translation. *The original French is here.

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Ups and Downs in AHL for Kasparaitus

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Via Slam,

The rough-and-tumble NHLer then caused a stir in his AHL debut last Wednesday in Hartford for a crunching hit on Portland's Tim Brent, who has since been out of the Pirates' line-up. Still, the transition has not been completely smooth for Kasparaitis, who went scoreless and minus-2 over four AHL games this past week. The NHL veteran even found his way into head coach Jim Schoenfeld's rather crowded dog house for a stretch this past weekend.
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Wings Finally Release Headshots

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

The Wings' PR arm doesn't just blow off its paying customers; it stiff-arms the media as well. The Red Wings and Islanders are the only teams in the NHL that don't release their media guides to the NHL's media, their press releases are sparse, the team's inaccessable. "Headshots," which look suspiciously like "first day of school" pictures, are important as they add faces to the names that newspapers or websites write about. They're seen as simple, easy-to-provide references that should be made available by, at the latest, the beginning of the season. The Wings don't buy into the concept of having "courtesy" for anyone, whether you buy a ticket, watch games on TV, buy team merchandise, or write about the team, and that attitude's symbolized in the "when we feel like it" approach it takes to making these beauties available:

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