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How About A Good Old-Fashioned Donybrook

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Douglas Karda at Fox Sports,

In recent years, there has been a move toward a "kind" and "family friendly" game on the ice. While I am a fan of many of those changes, fighting has become as endangered an existence as an intelligent TV comedy — thank goodness we still have Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Thanks, guys. Now, the first question we need to ask if a good donnybrook has a place in the NHL game.
more also from Douglas,
So here I am to tip my cap to 10 of the greatest fighters I have ever seen in person, spanning the last 30 years. 10. Nick Fotiu: Perhaps the best fighter to ever wear a Rangers jersey, Fotiu added a much-needed physical presence in New York. There was a time when teams like the Flyers and Bruins would push around the "Blueshirts" and Fotiu quickly let people know that they weren't going to get away with it any longer.
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All Rolston

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from David Amber at ESPN,

In this week's Facing Off, the Wild captain tells us what it was like to be traded for Ray Bourque, why Minneapolis is a better hockey town than Boston and who he thinks is the game's next Mario Lemieux. Question from David Amber: You keep getting tagged as the "NHL's most underrated player." What does that mean to you? Answer from Brian Rolston: Not much I guess [laughs]. That's great being underrated, but I think that comes from the media. Over my career, I have seen a lot of players who aren't that good built up by the media, I haven't had that kind of buildup, but I would like to think the people in the organization and my teammates appreciate what I do.
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Rail Cam Debut

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STAMFORD, CT (November 16, 2006)—VERSUS, the national cable television home of the NHL, today announced that the network will debut a high-definition rail camera (Rail Cam) on Monday, November 20, when the Colorado Avalanche take on the Dallas Stars at 8 p.m. ET at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, host of the 2007 NHL All-Star Celebration. The Rail Cam, which was developed and supplied by the technology firm of Fletcher Chicago, runs on a small rail system situated just above the glass on one side of the arena. The camera shot will be used extensively during live-action play, as well as in replay sequences. VERSUS is using the Monday, November 20, game as a trial run for the Rail Cam and, if the new technology proves successful, VERSUS will use the Rail Cam during the NHL All-Star Game on Wednesday, January 24, in Dallas. “The Rail Cam gives viewers a unique perspective, bringing them significantly closer to the action," said Marty Ehrlich, Vice President of Production and Executive Producer for VERSUS. “The camera gives viewers an appreciation for the speed and strategy of the game with the way it tracks the action on the ice. We’re excited to introduce this new technology and we could not have done it without the help of the NHL, the Dallas Stars and the dedicated operations staff at the American Airlines Center.” Although there have been some experiments with Rail Cam in other hockey telecasts—previously during the nationally televised Frozen Four, a college level hockey tournament—this is the first time that the camera is being used extensively in a nationally televised NHL game in the U.S. It is also the first time that the Rail Cam has been used in native high-definition. Recent improvements to the Rail Cam provide better and smoother-moving shots than ever before.

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Serge Savard Goes To The Rafters

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from the CP via TSN,

"The Senator" takes centre ice Saturday night when his No. 18 takes its rightful place among hockey legends. Serge Savard will be the 11th player to have his number retired by the Montreal Canadiens, an honour that comes 20 years after his induction to the Hockey Hall of Fame. "It's going to be with pride that I accept that honour," Savard said Thursday. "I'm very humbled about it. It's not something that you win, it's something that they give you. I'm just really thrilled about it."
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Detroit’s Dynamic Duo

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Nice feature on Draper and Maltby via NHL.com,

"I've played with 'Malts' forever," Draper says. "It's scary, but we've played almost 800 games together with him being my left wing." The number of games might have been slightly exaggerated by Draper for emphasis’ sake, but the point was duly made. These guys have become extensions of each other on the ice, feeding off each other's strengths to form one of the best shut-down forward tandems in the game.
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Finding A Way To Play The Game

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via the Guelph Mercury News,

Desert heat, pouring rain and even a rocket attack haven't deterred Canadian troops based in Kandahar from indulging in the ultimate Canadian pastime: hockey. The last thing you'd expect to see at Kandahar Airbase, where even winter temperatures can climb to 30 C, is a hockey rink. But that's exactly what you find in the boardwalk area, which serves as the economic and social hub for the base.
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Sharks Goaltender Situation

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from Terry Frei at ESPN,

There have been the inevitable upsets this season, but this is one of the biggest: The San Jose Sharks haven't yet traded Evgeni Nabokov or Vesa Toskala. The Kazakhstani and the Finn are sharing the workload in the net, co-existing and trying to avoid either fanning the flames of controversy or overreacting to rumors. "It's out of my control right now, and I'd prefer not to talk about it," Nabokov said Wednesday night in Denver after he had 40 saves in a 4-3 victory over the Avalanche. "Whatever's going on is going on. I just try to go out and do my best and not think about other stuff."
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Battle Of Music

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from Dan Steingberg's D.C Sports Bog,

When I entered the Caps dressing room yesterday morning, 50 Cent's "Just a Little Bit" was on the Magic iPod. Designated team DJ Matt Pettinger immediately took control of the situation, putting "Somebody's Watching Me" on the stereo. And just like that, we were back in a hockey dressing room. "Leave this, leave this," Steve Eminger said, happily. But Pettinger wasn't satisfied and picked up the iPod again. "What are you doing, dude?" Eminger said, unhappily.
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Not Going Anywhere

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Uh oh, the "let's start a rumor" sites are not going to like this. Spector at his Fox Sports blog informs us of players who will NOT be traded.

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You Just Can’t Please Everybody

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Oh, here we go. It was bound to happen and it naturally has. The complaints are filtering in from the early-to-close precincts. And what are those complaints? That the Wings are winning, but winning ugly. I'm going to revise the lead. The "complaint" I'm referring to is not really a gripe, but a statement that the Wings are playing a slowed-down, tight checking game in a new NHL that was supposed to be rid of such tactics. I'm toning it down because I think I'm still a little irritated with Jamie Fitzpatrick of Pro Ice Hockey for his "it's just a game" statements regarding Oiler fans and the McGeough incident. In this case, Fitzpatrick is probably voicing a view we're bound to hear more and more. The Ghost of NHL Past

They aren't the second coming of the old New Jersey Devils. But many Detroit games are methodical, low-scoring affairs lacking in end-to-end action. The Wings allow fewer than two goals per game, and most of those come on the power play. When it’s five-on-five, the opponents are lucky to get a sniff of the net. Edmonton came to town last week and didn’t manage a shot on goal for the entire first period.

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