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NHL To Experiment With Rule Restricting Line Combination Changes

NEW YORK — Although the cry for a rule banning hits to the head was the focus of the recent National Hockey League general manager’s meetings, other rules were proposed that were designed to improve the game and, most notably, the fan experience.

Perhaps the most controversial rule proposed was to restrict the changing of line combinations during the season.

The proposed rule change would limit teams from changing established line combinations, barring injury, to no more than six different line combinations for each of their forward lines and defensive pairings.

Constant changing of line combinations by NHL head coaches has been a frequent complaint by fans across the league for many years. Read more of this post

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Federal Courts Give Dan Cloutier Another Chance With The Los Angeles Kings

EL SEGUNDO, CA — If you thought the nightmare that was Dan Cloutier would never again emerge from the dark recesses of your mind, guess again.

Cloutier has returned to the Los Angeles Kings and will be on the roster for the team’s 2009-10 training camp, hoping to earn a roster spot.

On Wednesday, United States District Court Judge Harold Reese ruled that the Kings and the National Hockey League must reinstate Cloutier as a roster player, extend his contract through the 2009-10 season and pay him the full value of his contract through the end of his contract. Read more of this post

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