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Blackhawks president John McDonough has made it clear to NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman that he wants to host the All-Star Game in Chicago. Bettman insists he’s gotten the message and is at least open to the idea. “Chicago has been pushing us,” Bettman told the Chicago Tribune. “Generally we don’t go all that far out, but they’re on the radar screen. We’re not ready to fix dates. The good news is we have a ton of interest for our events. That makes for good problems in trying to decide where but Chicago has expressed interest.” 

• My roving analyst, Gus Vic on the Saturday night Matt Carkner-Brian Boyle-Brandon Dubinsky incident and subsequent suspensions: “It was the perfect example of improper use of the Third Man Rule, which doesn’t require a game misconduct to be attached to it. There was a short-term – five-minute power play -- gain for the Rangers, which wasn’t taken advantage of, but long-term, it had its effect as the game wore on. Had Brandon stayed in the game he would have been a key forechecker for New York and could have taken key defensive zone faceoffs beyond Boyle.” 

• It’s virtually certain that oft-injured Scott Gomez has played his last game for Montreal. Gomer expects the Habs to buy out his contract. Furthermore, TVA Sports speculates that Gomez could wind up with his former team, the Devils. We doubt that – very much! 

• Speaking of the Devils, newcomer Stephen Gionta on the fastest player he’s ever gone up against? “My brother, Brian,” says Gionta. Listed at 5-7, 185 pounds, Gionta also reveals who the last player he’d want to lay a big hit on him. “Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara or Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger.”

Sabres president Ted Black assures that Darcy Regier and Lindy Ruff will return next season. “They’ll be back,” says Black. “I judge our team on the work they’ve done since Terry Pegula bought the team in February 2011.”

• After reducing his broadcast schedule from 82 games to 57 this season, Sabres’ legendary play-by-play man Rick Jeanneret claims that he overdid the whole semi-retirement thing. “Perhaps I should have done a few more games than I did,” says Jeanneret. “When you pick the games at the start of the season it all looks great. Then in January, I had 17 days off. I spent some of them in Florida, some of them with my wife yelling at me around the house, saying, ‘Why aren’t you working?’”

• Ex-Islanders coach Scott Gordon will serve behind the bench of the U.S. Men’s National Team that will compete in the 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation World Men’s Championship May 4-20 in Helsinki, Finland, and Stockholm, Sweden. In addition to his previous stints as coach of the U.S. Men’s National Teams in 2010 and 2011, Gordon was an assistant coach on the Silver Medal-winning 2010 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team. 

• Islanders assistant coaches Scott Allen and Dean Chynoweth will not return for the 2012-2013 season.


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