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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

The NHL board of governors will meet in Pebble Beach, Calif., later this month and the schedule will be the big news coming out of there.

It appears the governors are considering two options.

One, go back to the pre-lockout format. It is as follows:

* six games vs. each of four divisional opponents (24)
* four games vs. each of 10 conference opponents (40)
* one game vs. each of 15 out-of-conference opponents (15)
* three “wild-card” games vs. select out-of-conference opponents (3)

This format allows for every team to play every team at least once, but it would still be every other year before a player like Crosby would play in every building.

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Slumping Cheechoo

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from the Mercury News,

Two goals in 12 games? This puts Cheechoo on pace to score between 13 and 14 goals in an 82-game season. It isn’t the Cheechoo way.

See net, hit net, pump fist. That is the Cheechoo way. Two years ago, he had 56 goals to lead the NHL. Last season, he topped the team with 37 goals. But so far this season, he has lost his mojo. Sharks Coach Ron Wilson has moved Cheechoo off the top line - and has even occasionally used him on the penalty kill, to help get Cheechoo’s mind off his scoring speed bump and have him simply think about playing hockey.

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Report- Sens Sign Spezza To Extension

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via TSN,

The Ottawa Senators have indicated they will make a significant announcement this morning and sources tell TSN centre Jason Spezza has been signed a multi-year contract extension. More details to follow.

update 11:38am, from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Jason Spezza has a new seven-year contract extension worth $49 million with the Ottawa Senators.

Spezza will get $8 million in each of the first five years of the contract and $5 million and $4 million, respectively, in the final two years. The cap hit will be $7 million per year for the Senators.

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The Same Goal For Everyone

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from the Ancaster News,

...Where then, can you find children forgetting about the past for a short period of time and just playing together, being kids again and even dreaming about the future?

The Bosnia-Herzegovina Sports Foundation knows one place. In 2002 a Canadian man, a former Bosnia football (soccer) star and six teenage boys formed an unlikely relationship that now affects over 100 other children each year through BiH hockey. What began as a free ball hockey club has now expanded into three registered national hockey clubs in the cities of Sarajevo, Tuzla Bosnia and Gorazde.

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Turn Off The Shorts Patrick

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from Icing at the Chicago Tribune,

You see and hear things when part of your job is spent inside NHL lockerrooms….

But the sight of 18-year-old Patrick Kane walking through the vistors lockerroom in Dallas on Wednesday morning wearing only a pair of bright, lime-green boxer shorts was something else. His teammates hooted and hollered at the fashion statement and all he could do was smile.

“I guess I’m just a colorful guy,” Kane said when asked about his attire by a Dallas reporter. Yes, a Dallas reporter, not me. “These are just weird designs on them. I have some with shamrocks. The guys are always giving me a hard time about them.”

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Update 1:22pm ET:  Patrick Kane name “Rookie of the Month”

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Predators Going Nowhere

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from the Vancouver Province,

Imagine signing on to a cruise ship expecting to see all the glories of Alaska only to find you’ve mistakenly been placed on the Titanic.

That is the hockey equivalent of what happened to Jason Arnott and J.P. Dumont in the summer of 2006….

Now, this team is going nowhere. Their bench is in chaos on a regular basis under the friendly, but staggering, tutelage of Barry Trotz - whose administration has run its course after two underachieving playoff performances.

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Toronto Goalies Hang Together

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from the National Post via Canada.com,

They first met two years ago while playing for opposing hockey teams in Finland. But it took a month of sharing the net for the Toronto Maple Leafs this season for Vesa Toskala and Andrew Raycroft to become off-ice friends.

The two goaltenders dine together, swap iPod playlists and cheer for the same Formula One driver. Even their girlfriends seem to be getting along.

“It’s nice to have a guy there that you can relate to and be friends with and cheer for,” Raycroft said. “I want him to do well. Especially, through good times and bad, you can sit there and kind of go through it with someone else.”

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Avs Welcome Crosby

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from Woody Paige at the Denver Post,

Then there was The Great One. Now it’s The Great, Too.

In their first visits to Denver, the Prodigy Boys scored two goals.

Each. Almost 28 years and 1.8 miles apart.

Sidney Crosby scored two goals in the first period last night at The Can.

Tidy effort.

But Wayne Gretzky scored two goals and added an assist last millennium at Big Mac.

Score two for the local teams, though.

continued

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  Tags: colorado+avalanche, pittsburgh+penguins, sidney+crosby

Carolina Not Happy With Diving Calls

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from the News & Observer,

Stung by two third-period diving calls whistled against them Wednesday in a 4-2 loss to the Panthers, the Hurricanes have asked the NHL to review the two penalties.

“The infractions will be reviewed, and you know it doesn’t change anything,” Carolina general manager Jim Rutherford said of his call to league officials. “But it’s disappointing when you’re in a close game like that and they’re calling diving penalties. When you’ve got a three-on-two or a two-on-one going the other way, I don’t think anybody’s going to be diving when the puck’s turned over and we’re going for a scoring chance.”

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Maybe The Canucks Are Not A Good Team

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from the Vancouver Province,

They’re too defensive-minded. They’re not defensive-minded enough. Alain Vigneault is too hard on his players. He’s not hard enough. They rely on Roberto Luongo too much. They don’t rely on him enough.

But for all the powerful intellects who’ve attempted to unravel the Canucks’ conundrum, the most obvious answer seems to have escaped their notice.

Could it be the Canucks simply aren’t that good?

It’s a radical proposition, we know, but in light of recent events perhaps it merits further consideration.

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