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Keep OT The Way It Is

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from Brian Cazeneuve at Sports Illustrated,

There has been talk about ways to shorten OT games—play four-on-four after a period; go to a shootout after two periods; flip hockey cards after three periods. It all seems like the same thing to me. OT is a tradition as glorious as the Stanley Cup itself. Yes, the NHL needs to find ways to market and to modernize, but changing overtime sounds too much like playing with the steak rather than the sizzle. Hey, it’s May. Anyone for steak?

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Watching Versus

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VERSUS, the U.S. national cable television home of the NHL, garnered top ratings for Game 4 of the Buffalo Sabres-New York Rangers series on Tuesday, May 1 according to Nielson Media Research and VERSUS.
Among the highlights:

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Lamoriello Gets “Testy”

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from David Shoalts at the Globe and Mail,

Things started reasonably well when she asked Lamoriello if he considered keeping both jobs next season. Lamoriello surprised the NHL world by firing head coach Claude Julien with just a few games left in the regular season and the Devils at the top of their division.
“No, last year I said it would never happen again and unfortunately I find myself here [again],” said Lamoriello, who has a well-deserved reputation for a late-season trigger finger. He last stepped in as coach in December, 2005 when Larry Robinson resigned for health reasons.

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At The Stanley Cup Finals…

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from NHL.com,

NEW YORK - To venerate its past, to celebrate its present and to anticipate its future, the National Hockey League has scheduled three major events in conjunction with the 2007 Stanley Cup Final:
The League will honor members of the 1955-60 Montreal Canadiens dynasty that won a record five consecutive Stanley Cups. Henri Richard, who played on 11 Stanley Cup champions, the most of any player, has confirmed his attendance. Other invited team members who played on all five champions: Jean Beliveau, Tom Johnson, Don Marshall, Dickie Moore and Jean-Guy Talbot.

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Are You Normal

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from Tricia Garner at the Sporting News,

What better place to find out how casual, normal fans think than a town called, uh, Normal? I walked up to every normal-looking guy I could find in Normal, Ill., and asked him a handful of questions about the post-lockout NHL. Questions like ...
What network are the playoffs on?
(The answer: Versus, primarily, and NBC.)
“It’s not a big network. I know that.”
“Um ... I don’t know, but I know it’s hard to find.”
And then one man, definitive in his response: “Fox News.” Pause. “I mean, Sports. Fox Sports.”
The result: The biggest vote-getter—nearly 20 percent—was ESPN. ABC, CBS, ESPN2, FOX Sports and TNT all drew guesses. Sixteen percent said either Versus, the Outdoor Life Network or “the network that used to be OLN.”

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Trotz Will Be Back

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via The Tennessean,

The Predators have exercised the option years on the contracts of head coach Barry Trotz and his staff.
An official announcement is expected later today.

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2 Out Of 3 Series Starts Tonight

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Thoughts?  I go with the odds, Sabres play two at home.

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Jim Kelley Knows Hockey

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I just hung up the phone with Jim Kelley of Sportsnet.  Interesting conversation on the playoff matchups, OT in the playoffs and his love of the game.
Listen while you work!!!

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IIHF Agreement Close

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form Reuters via the Guardian Unlimited,

MOSCOW, May 4 (Reuters) - Russia is expected to reluctantly sign a new transfer agreement brokered by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) and the NHL on Saturday, ending a two-year boycott that threatened to throw the sport into chaos.
Representatives of the NHL, NHL Players’ Association, the IIHF and the seven top European player-producing nations will meet at a downtown Moscow hotel to the hammer out the final details of a pact that will reportedly pay European clubs $200,000 for every player signed by an NHL team.
According to reports, the 30 NHL clubs will contribute $10-$12 million annually to a transfer pool that will be administered by the IIHF.

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Don’t Blame Luongo

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the LA Times,

And because Luongo took a chance and allowed his focus to falter, he was in the losing locker room.
“After the hit, I thought it was an elbow and I looked at the ref for a split second,” said Luongo, who had never advanced to the playoffs in his previous six NHL seasons.
“When I turned my head, the puck was coming and I couldn’t stop it. It was a mistake that I made there and it cost us the game.”
His teammates recoiled at the thought that Luongo would assume blame for a loss that they were so sure would be averted.

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