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NHL Carnival #9

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The newest version of the NHL Carnival is up at Bolts Mag. A fine read for any hockey lover. The 10th edition of the Carnival will be hosted right here at Kukla's Korner and I am anxious to get started.

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NHL Needs More Gumps, Black Jacks, Rockets

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Where have all the great nicknames gone? Face it: Nowadays, in the NHL, player nicknames lack originality. Gary Roberts is Robs. Joe Nieuwendyk is Nieuwy. Jarome Iginla is Iggy. And so on and so forth. There isn't anything descriptive in them. There isn't anything interesting in them. Khabibulin's nickname is one of the few in today's NHL that could stand up to the great nicknames of a bygone era — Punch Imlach, King Clancy, Rocket Richard and of course, maybe the best of all time, Max Bentley, the Dipsy Doodle Dandy from Deslisle. Decades ago, even journeymen players received nicknames, such as Claire (The Milkman) Alexander or Wayne (Swoop) Carleton.

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Flyers GM, Coach, Players & Media Still Upset With Penalties

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from the Delaware County Times,

The players are aggravated. The coaches are unhappy. Even the general manager thinks this might be a bit overzealous. The new rules in the NHL are creating quite a fervor across the league, and nowhere is it more beguiling than in the Flyers locker room. A day after a preseason game against the New York Islanders that saw 26 power-play opportunities between the two teams, it was all anyone cared to talk about.

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Martha Burk Doesn’t Like ‘My NHL’

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from the CP via TSN,

The organization that led efforts two years ago to allow women to be members of the prestigious Augusta National golf club is now targeting the NHL. Martha Burk, the chairwoman of the National Council of Women's Organizations, said she intends to write letters of protest to the league and to U.S. television network NBC over the NHL's advertising campaign, which is set to debut next week. Burk called offensive a 30-second ad the NHL produced to trumpet its return to the ice. The ad, which was unveiled Wednesday night during an event for the league's corporate partners, opens with a quote from a Chinese military philosopher. It shows a hockey player being dressed in his equipment by his female partner and ends with him walking to the ice. A young boy is shown cheering before the ad ends with the tagline My NHL. Burk said the ad is ''offensive on many levels''.
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Leafs Could Miss Playoffs

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from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,

July 22, 2005. A fateful date. The day the governors ratified the new collective bargaining agreement. The day the new rules were unveiled. The day National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman announced he had just stacked the deck against the Maple Leafs making the playoffs. You missed that last one? Perhaps that's because it wasn't said in those words. But it was there. It was the revelation that in My Game, the schedule would be highly unbalanced. Now, each team plays its divisional opponents eight times a season and the rest of its conference opponents four times. Had life gone on as normal in the NHL, it probably wouldn't have mattered much. But life changed. Some of the perennial also-rans decided to change their status. Whether they were successful or not remains to be seen. After all, this is the Year of Uncertainty in the NHL calendar. No one knows what will happen, but even so, there are certain unassailable facts which must be considered.

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AHL Linesmen Unhappy

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from Hockey Refs

, Confidential documents obtained by HockeyRefs.com show that a large percentage of the officiating staff could refuse to re-new their employment contracts. “While the AHL has operated for almost 70 years with an officiating staff who were proud to be part of the … family and who understood the nature of the league, there is no question that in recent years we have inadvertently allowed our expense reimbursement to fall short of what was fair and equitable, and w have addressed that for the coming season,” AHL president Dave Andrews said in a letter Wednesday.

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NBC Focused On The Pens

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from the Pittsburgh Penguins,

In a highly unique occurrence, a crew from NBC Sports came to Wilkes-Barre on Thursday to shoot footage for an NHL preview show Oct. 1 at 2 p.m. The half-hour show will discuss the various rules changes the NHL implemented for this season. Pittsburgh Penguins stars Mario Lemieux and Sidney Crosby will be featured as well. “It’s the story of the offseason and the re-launch – the future is here with one of the legends of the game,” said Sam Flood, the coordinating producer for NBC Sports. “It’s very fortunate for the league, very fortunate for Pittsburgh and very fortunate for Sidney that he is here with Mario as a mentor.

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All About ‘My NHL’

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I have received a few emails today asking me why the NHL did not use current NHL players in their marketing campaign. Plans do call for use of current players in the print and radio spots of the campaign. The following article from the Toronto Star may also answer other questions you may have about the 'My NHL' promotion.

Meet Will Bryant, the new face of the National Hockey League. A 27-year-old former college player from Albert Lea, Minn. who never made it to pro hockey, Bryant is the centerpiece in what the NHL says is its biggest advertising campaign ever. The five new television ads designed by the NHL's advertising agency are aimed at trumpeting the league's return after its crippling 301-day lockout.

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Fighting An Uphill Battle

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from Darren Rovell of ESPN,

The NHL offered a first glimpse of its new ad campaign Wednesday night, and the experience was akin to watching a movie trailer: Lots of flash, lots of drama, lots of promise. But will "The New NHL" will be the kind of entertainment worth shelling out your hard-earned bucks to see in person  or if it will be an "I'll wait for the video" experience? And can a Hollywood fantasy help drive a better reality for a league that just endured the first season-long work stoppage in North American pro sports history?

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Special Teams Will Be Key

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from the Philadelphia Inquirer,

The Flyers went into the second game of preseason ranked first in the NHL in power-play efficiency at 30 percent and tied with Colorado for first in penalty-killing at 100 percent. It's a good thing they're on top of their special-teams game because the recent rule changes have reduced hockey to endless stoppages of play without flow. Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock predicted that there would be at least a month of adjustment for the players. It could be longer, judging by last night's 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders at the Sovereign Bank Arena. It's virtually impossible to say that one line looks better than another, simply because the majority of the game is spent on special teams. But if that's what it takes to open the game up for the skaters and shooters next month, so be it.

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