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Rangers Act In A Strange Way

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

For one would think that a franchise that reflexively defers to Sandis Ozolinsh (or maybe the deference in this case is paid to agent Paul Theofanous, who curiously has helped himself to a seat beside GM Glen Sather in the Meadowlands press box during each of the Blueshirts’ last two visits to New Jersey) would at least have had the common courtesy to inform Kasparaitis of the decision either directly or through his representative.
But that was not the case. Indeed, Mark Gandler, who represents the 14-year NHL veteran, first learned of the move when contacted by phone by The Post shortly after 1 p.m. yesterday,...

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Wings A Victim Of Their Own Popularity

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from the Windsor Star,

The Wings’ senior vice-president attended Tuesday’s Board of Governors meeting in Dallas and expressed disappointment over the decision to retain the current schedule for another season.
“There’s no question we’re the victim of our popularity,” Devellano said. “That’s been the case for a number of years now.
“The reason is because we’ve produced excellent clubs year in and year out. We’re the team in the United States in my opinion.
“We’re needed by NBC and Versus and we’re needed to draw in other rinks in the Western Conference. It’s just a fact.”

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thanks to a KK reader for the link…

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That Comfortable Feeling

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from the CP via the Windsor Star,

I didn’t feel restricted, I didn’t feel there was a big change in the way they felt,” said Carolina Hurricanes forward Justin Williams. “I would call it an improvement.”
Players wore the new uniforms during Tuesday’s skills competition, a day after they were officially unveiled by the league.
“When everybody goes to them, I don’t think you’re going to get many complaints,” said Montreal Canadiens defenceman Sheldon Souray. “They don’t absorb water, I mean you can feel it - it’s pretty unbelievable.
“The socks were really comfortable and the pants were good. Everything was really positive.”

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Don’t Blame Bettman

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from Stephen Brunt of the Globe and Mail,

A little love and understanding, please, for the commissioner. This time, it’s not really his fault.
Blame is falling on Gary Bettman from all over for the failure of the National Hockey League’s governors to ditch a scheduling system that clearly works against the larger interests of the game….
And Bettman couldn’t change their minds. As he acknowledged this week, he is not a caster of lightning bolts from on high. He works at the pleasure of his employers, the club owners, and when push comes to shove, they call the shots.
But there’s more to it than that.

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KK- ASG Hat Winner

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KK member Mac takes the cake with his pick of Phaneuf.  Mac, are you really going to accept this prize with that 200 foot dump out?
By the way, Mac was first to respond, maybe he knew something!
Mac, I will be in touch with you tomorrow.

Thanks everyone for playing this game and more to come in the near future.

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The Ratings Game

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from Mike Chen’s Hockey blog,

The TV ratings question of doom always elicits an interesting answer from Bettman. As he told Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News:
“The answer is we’re working very hard with our partners. Both of our partners tell us not to be concerned, that these things take time. We’re committed to doing the right things over the long haul and we’re confident over time our ratings will grow.”
...You know what, though? For all of the double-talk and spin Bettman always gives, he does have one truth in there that he always emphasizes: TV sports ratings for team sports across the board have taken a nosedive. The NFL is the leader that everyone wants to emulate but other than that, the evidence shows that the NBA and MLB TV ratings are dipping just like the NHL’s.

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The Swedish Elite Team

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from Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press (Thursday edition) via the Mercury News,

In the old days, everybody yawned until at least the trade deadline. Now, with all NHL teams functioning under a salary cap, the Wings are learning that there’s nothing wrong with scratching and clawing for playoff positioning. There’s nothing wrong with outmaneuvering other teams to add that huge piece at the trade deadline instead of relying on an owner’s limitless resources. The situation provides a degree of drama long missing.
The Wings need Peter Forsberg. He’s available.
The former Avalanche great is wallowing in Philadelphia and just might consider waiving the no-trade clause in the final months of his two-year contract with the Flyers to come to Detroit and create an elite Swedish national team.

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added Thursday 8:25am, link to Detroit Free Press now available…

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Winter Theme In Atlanta

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from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

Next year, hockey’s all-star game and festivities will be in Atlanta for the first time.
This week, the preparation — and the brainstorming — began in earnest.
As he sat in the lobby of a Dallas hotel, peering out the window at American Airlines Center, site of Wednesday night’s game, Thrashers president Bernie Mullin visualized Atlanta’s turn.
“What we would like to do — and we think this is a unique opportunity — is come up with some concepts that would allow us to bring a winter carnival experience to Atlanta,” Mullin said. “We’d like to do something to give people in Atlanta and Georgia a real sense of what winter sports is all about.”

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ASG- Open Post

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Comments, opinions on the ASG. 
It is your thread, feel free to post in the comments.
If it involves the actual broadcast, make sure to include Versus, CBC, HD or not. 

added 7:47pm, don’t forget to check out the blogging the NHL.com crew has been doing.  You even get a chance to see Phil Coffey in action.

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Let The Streaming Begin

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NHL.com has started their stream for tonight…

5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET - All-Star Pre-Game
8 p.m. ET - 2007 NHL All-Star Game (audio)

note, 5:40pm The stream is now working, try again!!!

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