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Canes Need More Corporate Involvement

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from the News & Observer, A

lthough corporate sales and partnerships have jumped about 60 percent this season, team president and general manager Jim Rutherford said, the Hurricanes are 30 percent shy of the team’s high-water mark after its run to the 2002 Stanley Cup finals.
“We’re still not back to where we were at one point,” Rutherford said Tuesday, declining to discuss specific figures. “And it’s important that we do that as we move forward in order to share in [league] revenue sharing. ... It’s very encouraging, the jump we’ve taken related to the worth of hockey coming off winning the Stanley Cup, but we still have to improve on that.”

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Hunter Brothers Not Contacted By Flyers

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from the Courier Post,

Amid recent whispers the Flyers might be interested in Mark and Dale Hunter replacing Paul Holmgren and John Stevens after this season, Mark Hunter told the London (Ontario) Free Press that neither he nor his brother has been contacted by the Flyers.
Mark Hunter, general manager of the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League, said he was surprised to hear his name mentioned in connection with the job currently held by Holmgren.


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The Goalie Fights

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from the OC Register,

The testosterone was balled up and flying now, not unlike the fists were all around him.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere, seeing each of his five teammates paired with an opponent and attempting to rid those opponents of their molars, suddenly challenged the goalie watching from the opposite end of the ice.
“I started it,” Giguere says, “but it didn’t work out too good for me.”
How is that?
“I ended up getting my butt kicked,” he says.


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Report- Kaberle Done For The Season

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from the National Post,

Welcome to life without Tomas Kaberle. Kubina, and others, might have to get used to it.
Kaberle, who is by far Toronto’s best defenceman, is still suffering from the effects of a concussion suffered Friday night after a cheap-shot hit from New Jersey goon Cam Janssen. The club set a target goal of a week to 10 days for his return—a timeframe that Kaberle’s agent, Rick Curran, immediately downplayed. But sources familiar with the situation have told the Post that Kaberle will not, in fact, return this season.
“He’s done,” one source told the Post.

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added 1:05pm, from TSN,

Injured Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Tomas Kaberle has refuted a published report that claimed that the blue liner’s season was over.


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Drury Back

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from the Buffalo News,

It’s been 13 days since Chris Drury was knocked out of the lineup, but time has an interesting way of moving for players unaccustomed to being on the sidelines.
“In some ways it feels like a couple months,” he said.
The time away ends today for the Buffalo Sabres co-captain. He will be in the lineup at 7 p.m. when his first NHL team, the Colorado Avalanche, visits HSBC Arena.

continued... While there, check out the Buffalo News’ new look…

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The Euro-Captain

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fropm the Star-Ledger,

What must Cherry be thinking these days, with fighting and physical play way down in the new-rules NHL, and the league so heavily populated by European players that no one bats an eye at the fact that 11 of the 30 teams are captained by a European?
Cherry passed on a request to answer that question, but others in the NHL aren’t that surprised by the influx.
“The NHL’s come a long way,” Brendan Shanahan, the Toronto-born left wing and Rangers assistant captain said a few weeks ago when asked about the proliferation of Euro captains. “In past years, there was definitely a stereotype and a prejudice against Europeans, and probably for some people, there always will be.
“But most knowledgeable hockey people realize that it doesn’t matter now where you’re born or where you grew up playing; desire is desire and leadership is leadership.”


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Nash Learning To Be “The Man”

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from the Columbus Dispatch,

“This is really important. If your best players are your best players by the way they play the game and not just because they have skill, then everyone is forced to follow,” said coach Ken Hitchcock, who deserves credit for demanding that Nash become more than a scoring threat. “If Peyton Manning is his team’s best athlete, great, but if he doesn’t play a team game — make everybody else feel valuable — then they never can have success. The same with us.”
The evolution of Nash reminds Hitchcock of Mike Modano’s transformation under the coach’s tutelage in Dallas.


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AO- We Have To Sign Good Players

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from the Toronto Sun,

As a result, Ovechkin said yesterday he would like to see Capitals management augment the team’s talent base through free agency over the summer.
“We have to sign good players and I hope we do,” he said yesterday. “I want to play on a good team.
“Don’t get me wrong. We have good guys in this dressing room and we have a lot of fun. But the team has to get better.”

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How Not To Keep Track Of A Penalty

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from the CP via the Ottawa Sun,

A dispute over scorekeeping at a women’s senior hockey game has resulted in a Medicine Hat man being charged with assaulting a referee.
But Kevin Maurice Romaniuk, 40, said yesterday he was provoked by the referee as he and his 12-year-old son were attending a game being played by his wife, Tracy.
Romaniuk, who was working the scoresheet at the game, said the dispute started over a disagreement about how to keep track of a penalty with nine seconds left in the first period.
After being ejected from the game, Romaniuk said he was walking off the ice, which is the only way to exit the arena from the timekeeper’s box, and the referee “skated alongside me, demeaning me.”


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Game Ended In A Tie

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I have often written about the lack of knowledge the radio media in Detroit has about hockey.  Another example last night.
This was on the Wings radio flagship station during the post game.  After recapping the Wings 4-3 victory over Nashville in a shootout, Dan Gutowski started passing on the scores from around the league.  This one caught my attention- Nothing was settled in the shootout between Pittsburgh & Ottawa, so the game ends in a 4-4 tie!
Again, on the Wings radio flagship from a person who handles pre-game and post-game shows during the season.

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