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The Goodenow Files

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Thanks to Liz Mullen and the folks at Sports Business Journal, we have access to the most in-depth article on Bob Goodenow in years.
Take some time out and read it today!

from Liz Mullen at Sports Business Journal (normally a paid sub.),

In retrospect, it’s hard to say when, exactly, Bob Goodenow lost control of his union, but it may have begun in a very innocent way.
In the early days of the 2004-05 hockey lockout Goodenow, the NHL Players’ Association’s executive director, attended all the important bargaining sessions, as did NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. That changed about four months into the work stoppage.
“I think they were both involved in the negotiations for a certain point in time,” said Steve Larmer, a former NHL all-star who was the union employee in charge of player relations during the lockout. “And then Gary wasn’t there, and so [union officials] didn’t want Bob there.”

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Gaetan Duchesne Suffers Fatal Heart Attack

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via TSN,

Gaetan Duchesne, who played over 1,000 NHL games, has died, according to a report on RDS.ca.
Duchesne reportedly suffered cardiac arrest while working out. He was 44 years old.
Duchesne played for five NHL teams in his career: Washington, Quebec, Minnesota, San Jose and Florida. He totalled 179 goals and 254 assists in 1,028 games.

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Lehtonen Will Start Game 3

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from the Thrashers Blog at the AJC,

It’s back to Kari Lehtonen for game three in New York. Bob Hartley announced today after practice that he’s returning to his young goalie, and expects him to play well on Tuesday in New York.

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Inside The Glass Brings It

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from USA TODAY,

The NHL doesn’t get the TV ratings of the other big five pro sports. But other leagues could learn from the inventive way NBC Sports is using “Inside the Glass” reporters for hockey telecasts.
Rather than the usual sideline reporters interviewing coaches, NBC is putting ex-players-turned-TV analysts into the small space between rival benches. The unique vantage point enables them to brief viewers on who’s up, who’s down, as well as the insults flying between teams in a hard-fought game.

continued.. at the bottom of page and it is Sean Avery, not Steve…

thanks to a KK member for the tip…

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Phoenix Has To Get It Right

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from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,

The first decision to be made in Phoenix must be the one regarding Gretzky. Sources say that he never really wanted to coach, but as the team’s most visible asset, his ownership partners leaned on him to become more involved. He wasn’t going to play again, and Barnett was in place as GM, so Gretzky had to coach.
But now that Barnett has gone, perhaps Gretzky should take over as GM.

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When Institutions Collide

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KK member snafu submitted the following-

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is the country’s public television and radio broadcaster.  The CBC is also Canada’s oldest broadcast service.  One of the CBC’s crown jewels is Hockey Night in Canada, not only a consistently highly-rated program but the world’s longest running sports-related production.  Recently the NHL and CBC announced a new agreement that allows the CBC to continue the HNIC segment (and certain playoff games) through 2014.  The NHL will receive $100 million annually from the CBC.

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Not What We Expected

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from Scott Burnside at ESPN,

Imagine Snow White and Cinderella are at the big ball, and all of a sudden, you look over and Snow White’s dunking Cinderella’s head in the punch bowl and Cinderella’s poking Snow White in the eye with her tiara.
It’s not a pretty sight and it’s shocking in its departure from the expected.
Which brings us to the Senators and their grunting, grinding 4-2 victory in Game 3 of their opening-round series with the Pittsburgh Penguins. It left Ottawa with a 2-1 series lead and quelled, for a moment, all talk of playoff failures past.

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Miller Needs His A-Game

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from Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News,

We won’t be at this for even two weeks if Miller gives up too many soft goals. Sure, it’s only one game, one bad goal. It’s a team game, as Miller is always quick to remind us, and the Sabres are the superior team. They’ve been a terrific road team in the playoffs under Lindy Ruff and could ease everyone’s angst by winning two on the Island.
But it’s 1-1 now, and more of a series than most experts imagined. And whether Miller likes it or not, the goalie battle is a big issue. Goaltending is a huge factor in a Stanley Cup series and always will be. Many a Cup dream has gone up in smoke because one goalie caught fire in the playoffs, or because a favorite’s netminder wasn’t quite on his game.

read on

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It’s Getting Nasty

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from the National Post,

“I could very easily give you a printed picture of the whole incident that would clear it up for you,” Wilson growled at the reporter from Nashville.
“I’ve looked at a lot of tape, and I haven’t seen it,” the reporter shot back. “Do you have that picture?”
“Do you work for Nashville, seriously?” “Yes, I do,” the reporter said.
“Well, good for you,” Wilson said. “If you work for Nashville, you shouldn’t be in this room.”

read on

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NHL On The Fly:  Final Online

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NEW YORK (April 16, 2007) – The National Hockey League (NHL), today announced that it has selected Gotuit Media’s video platform to deliver personalized access to video highlights from NHL Network’s signature show NHL On The Fly: Final. Available daily online at http://onthefly.nhl.com/: Final is a complete wrap-up of the night’s action from across the league, complete with game highlights and expert analysis.

“With help from Gotuit Media we have transformed the experience of watching NHL On the Fly: Final onlinefor our viewers by making it easier to quickly find and watch their favorite video highlights,” said Keith Ritter, President of NHL Interactive CyberEnterprises. “Now our fans can jump right to the action of their favorite team or game, and instantly watch the goals, saves, or best hits of the night. We are pleased to give our fans this compelling and user-friendly experience.”

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