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Quick Hits: Shallower Nets Meet Lots of Games on TV

  • Devils center Travis Zajac will miss at least three months after having surgery on his left achilles tendon. [In Lou We Trust]
  • Here are the winners and losers of the national tv schedule. The Rangers are tops at 16 nationally televised games. The Red Wings, Capitals, Bruins, and Penguins all come in second with 14 games televised nationally. [Puck Daddy]
  • Evander Kane will wear #9 next season for the Jets. The original Jets franchise, now located in Phoenix, retired Bobby Hull's #9 and there has been a large amount of honoring the previous franchise. Kane consulted with Hull and got his permission to wear #9. [Winnipeg Free Press]
  • The Islanders will not have a viewing party for their brawl filled game against Pittsburgh in February that saw 346 penalty minutes handed out as well as 23 suspensions. The league, along with many members of the press, pressured MSG Network into changing their schedule and the Islanders to call off the viewing party. [Lighthouse Hockey]
  • It sounds like the new net size that were tested at this week's Research & Development Camp were a resounding success. The nets, which are 4 inches shallower than your standard net, could begin seeing use as soon as the preseason. Shallower nets open up play behind the nets and make it much more dangerous for a goalie to play the puck (possibly leading to the end of the trapezoid). [Yahoo! Sports]
  • Not as well advertised as the NBC/Versus schedule, but TSN also released their national schedule yesterday. The Wings will play 17 (!) games on national tv in Canada (possibly more, too, depending on the CBC schedule). [TSN]
  • Helene St. James's player preview for today is Darren Helm. She thinks he "could" end up on the third line. In my opinion, though, the third line center job is his already and, as you all know, I believe he will be our second line center come playoffs. [Detroit Free Press]
  • Sean Avery reportedly won't be charged with anything after assaulting a police office in Los Angeles earlier this month. [ESPN]
  • The Stanley Cup will be in Ann Arbor next Thursday from 11AM to 1PM and in Jackson from 3:30-6:00PM, if you are interested in seeing it (and you should be, there is no experience like it). [The Malik Report]
  • It's clearly been a tough summer for the NHL with the tragic deaths of Derek Boogaard and Rick Rypien, and Justin Bourne wrote a fantastic column about the use of painkillers in hockey. Petrella used that column as inspiration to tell his story about his playing days and having knee surgery, and it's a great read about how prevalent the use of prescription drugs are not just at the NHL level, but also in college. Go check it out. [The Production Line]