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Mark Cuban Talks NHL

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from the Toronto Star,

That Mark Cuban is a rare American is well established. The owner of the Dallas Mavericks is one of the world’s 793 certifiable billionaires. He’s also among the few pro-sports executives who, in his jeans and sneakers and T-shirts, isn’t a suit-and-tied corporate drone.
Less known, perhaps, is that he’s of the opinion that the NHL — left for dead as a niche sport points south — should be considered a peer of the NBA’s….
“People in the States underestimate (hockey),” he said. “More people watch Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday nights than watch NBA basketball on Thursday night in the States. People in the U.S. don’t realize that. They don’t realize there are more hockey fans in a country of (32.8) million than there are NBA fans in the U.S. (population 300 million).
“I’d be out there promoting the NHL’s combined TV viewership in the U.S. and Canada. But it doesn’t happen.”

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KK- Power & Freezing Problem

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Folks, Ilost power sometime during the night.  Freezing temps now and winter coat is being worn in the house.
Updates will be a little behind today. Have web access through my micro pc, but hard to type on smaller keyboard with gloves on!!!

update 11:00am, Now have a generator hooked up to my PC and a small space heater.  We move on…. back in business, sort of…

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NHL Needs Eric Staal

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from the Rocky Mount Telegram,

Already with far more world experience than normally expected of a guy just 14 months removed from his first legal drink, Staal is fully aware of why he is headed to Dallas in eight days.
“I am not having the year I was having last year, though there is plenty of season left,” Staal said. “I am one of the younger guys that they are probably trying to push in order to promote the league.”
While the move smells like just a bit of desperation by the NHL, it was the right one.
In the collective sporting mind, the NHL is the fifth-place league in a four-league world. This statement has become so much of a fact that there is little reason to answer questions like “How?” and “Why?”

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Pat Burns Back Behind The Bench

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from the CP via Yahoo,

A fit and upbeat Pat Burns will be behind the bench as a celebrity coach at the Top Prospects game and doesn’t entirely rule out a return to the NHL one day.
The Montreal native has battled cancer twice since the 2003-04 playoffs, when he was forced to leave his job as head coach of the New Jersey Devils. He currently acts as a consultant to Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello.
“If a team would call me or ask to speak with me, it would have to be a family decision whether I’d go back or not,” Burns said Monday at the Pepsi Colisee. “And of course, they’d have to go through the Devils.
“I’m still under contract to them and I like what I do. That would be a decision I’d have to make.”

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No More Teams

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from Kevin Dupont at MSNBC,

...If the Lords of the Boards scratch their itch to reconfigure things, they’ll end up with two conferences — East and West, same as now — and each conference will have one eight-team division and one seven-team division. The days of three divisions, five teams each, would be gone.
Not sure about you, but I don’t like the imbalance, or lack of symmetry, inherent in 8 and 7. A seven-team division is just aching to be turned into a matching eight-team division, and if we learned anything in the NHL’s ever-expanding ‘90s, it was that bigger is definitely not better.
We don’t need a 32-team NHL.

read on...not sure about this one, I don’t think the NHL is even thinking about adding more teams…

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Flexing His Smartest Muscle

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from Doug Harrison of CBC Sports:

David Brown could have made life easier for himself.
He could have remained at his parents’ Hamilton-area home, played junior hockey in nearby Mississauga, Ont., and perhaps found a quicker route to the National Hockey League like his friends – Jeff Carter (Philadelphia), Nathan Horton (Florida) and Corey Perry (Anaheim).
But if he had, Brown wouldn’t have become the top goaltender of all-time at the University of Notre Dame at Indiana. And he wouldn’t have met Mick Franco.
Franco is a sports psychologist with the Division 1 Fighting Irish of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

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Same Old…

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

They aren’t saying anything officially, but it looks as if the National Hockey League’s attempts to revise the schedule for next season will fail. Last week, the NHL circulated three scheduling options to its 30 teams and asked that they be returned to a six-member committee, appointed by commissioner Gary Bettman, to study the issue. With a couple of questionnaires still outstanding as of Saturday, there appeared to be no consensus emerging.

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Right & Wrong

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from John Buccigross of ESPN,

Never before has the game and its fans been put through the ringer more than over the past 30 months, since the Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup.
As the game still looks to move forward, as it still seems to be in a state of flux, maybe it’s a good time to take inventory of what we have here. Maybe it’s a good time to ask the questions that many ask of themselves and their investments, relationships, CD collections, jobs and futures.
What is right and what is wrong with … the NHL?...
The athletes’ physicality has brought an agility that is mesmerizing. Scoring is a part of the equation, but there is sheer joy by just watching these players skate, stop, skate and power turn. If you go public skating every now and then, it will help you realize what is going on out there in the NHL.

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Caps Not Happy With .500

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from Wes Goldstein of CBS Sportsline,

Had anyone told the Washington Capitals on opening night they would be a .500 club midway through January, chances are they would have been thrilled….
“We’re not the only team guilty of going through rough spots and we’ve still managed to be at .500, but it’s a really fine line in this league,” Kolzig said. “If there’s an aspect of your game that’s a little off, there’s so much parity in this league, other teams will find that weakness and expose it.
“With as many teams in the playoff race as there are and points being so important, we need to be prepared and ready to go. It hasn’t been the case more times than not in the last dozen games or so.”

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Hawks Demand BOG Review Of Disputed Goal

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from the CP via GlobeSports,

The Chicago Blackhawks are so angry about a disputed shootout goal during Sunday’s loss to Minnesota that they’ve asked the NHL to add the issue of video review to the agenda at the board of governors’ meeting next week.
A possible shootout goal by Denis Arkhipov, Chicago’s third shooter, was disallowed Sunday after a video review. Minnesota goalie Manny Fernandez stopped the initial shot, but what’s at issue is whether or not the puck then trickled over the goal-line. The Hawks lost the game 4-3.
On Monday, the Blackhawks took the unusual step of releasing a statement to the media.
“In light of the situation that took place at the conclusion of last night’s game between the Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild at the United Center, the Chicago Blackhawks have asked that the topic of video goal judging and the goal review process be added to the agenda at the board of governors meeting which will take place on Jan. 23 in Dallas during the all-star break,” the Hawks said in the release.

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