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Shanahan Skates

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Blue Notes blog at Newsday,

In his first time on the ice with his teammates since suffering a concussion on Feb. 17, Brendan Shanahan passed and fired shots at goaltenders for 20 minutes today, then skated drills with two coaches for another 20 minutes (with two reporters watching) and declared that he was encouraged—-and improving.
“I’m tired, but I feel good,” Shanahan said after the workout, a major step in his recovery. “So far, no symptoms, and that’s a positive sign…I pushed myself to exhaustion—-no vertigo. The only side effect is heavy breathing.”

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The New Look Draft

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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

There will be a new format for determining the order of selection for the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
Sources tell TSN that NHL teams have voted 23-6 (with one abstention) in favor of introducing a ranking system that places a greater emphasis on playoff performance than regular season results.

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Bubba Beckons

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

And so really it boils down to three games, starting tonite in front of a raucous, toothless, mostly related and phonics-challenged crowd of baby-poop clad Bubbas and Bubbettes. As I stated earlier, the Detroit News doesn't care. As I've stated MANY times earlier, 99.9 percent of the state of Tennessee doesn't care either. But the fact remains, they have to play tonite. Little Gary says so, despite the same injuries that plagued the same teams (with a few more thrown in for Detroit) as the last time.

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The NHL Is Healthy

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from the Star-Ledger,

He is probably the NHL’s next commissioner. He played a major role in the 2004-05 lockout, and as deputy commissioner, remains the league’s point man on a wide range of issues—not the least of which is boosting the popularity and TV ratings of the sport.
Which is another way of saying Bill Daly, a Jersey kid who now lives in suburban Essex County, has one of the most difficult jobs in professional sports. He discussed those challenges in an interview last week with The Star-Ledger.
How healthy is the NHL?
Healthy and getting healthier. Obviously we came from a position where too many of our franchises were not healthy and the collective bargaining agreement hasn’t totally corrected that. Cer tainly it’s provided a foundation on which our clubs can become healthy. That’s the stage we’re in now.

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Good Or Bad Moves

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

No one asked us, but if we were going to move an NHL team, there are a few we’d pick to relocate.
• Washington Capitals: Let’s review. Fans in the nation’s capital wouldn’t come out when the Capitals boasted Jaromir Jagr, the game’s most exciting player. Now, they won’t come out when the Caps boast one of the hardest-working teams in the NHL and one of the game’s most exciting figures in Alexander Ovechkin.

read on for more teams and teams that made the right move…

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Plans For 2010

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from bob McKenzie of TSN,

Following recent meetings in Vancouver between the IIHF, the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association, the format and details of the tourney were tentatively agreed upon. Sources tell TSN, if approved by the IIHF, the Olympic tourney will look as follows:
- The tourney will be played over a 13-day period from Tuesday Feb. 16 to Sunday Feb. 28. NHL regular season games will be played on Saturday Feb. 13 and Sunday Feb. 14 with players traveling to Vancouver on either the Sunday or the Monday before the tourney begins.

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Cover The Game

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My NHL.com blog today stresses we should be concentrating on the game played on the ice.
Also, time to be upfront with injuries.

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The Gov. Speaks

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from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Mr. Rendell spoke this morning at a Spectrum Gaming Group conference in Harrisburg about gaming in Pennsylvania.
“This afternoon I am traveling to Pittsburgh, where we will announce that all three government entities (state, county, city) have agreed to keep the Penguins in Pittsburgh for the next 30 years. We will build a beautiful new arena.
“Make no mistake about it—without expanded gaming in Pennsylvania, the Penguins would be gone. The first puck would have been dropped next year in Kansas City.”

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Exactly!

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Who cares?
Who thinks hockey fans really give a damn?
Turns out the guy who was running the NHL Players’ Association might have been a bit dodgy.
Word is he may have done a thing or two “on the down low,” including the unauthorized monitoring of their e-mails.
Shocker.

continued... and I agree, therefore a thread has been started at KKF for any ongoing news on this matter…

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Finally Some Good News

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

And so Pittsburgh fans will apparently be spared the sight of Sidney Crosby sporting an old Kansas City Scouts jersey and a Sprint Center hat, loading the Stanley Cup and the rest of his Penguins teammates into a convertible and after circling crumbling Mellon Arena once, making a beeline for the state line.
Whew.
And for that hockey fans everywhere can give thanks.

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