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AROUND THE BOARDS: Shootouts get a look
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Shootouts shot down ... or were they?If you're wild about shootouts, like the one on display in this past weekend's NHL All-Star game, you're pretty much alone. Sources tell FOXSports.com that the topic was hardly a lively one in the recently concluded general managers' meetings which came directly after the All-Star game. Leading the way in the nay column was Vancouver general manger Brian Burke: "No, no. For God's sake, no," Burke said. "To me it's no different than having the NFL decide games by throwing footballs through a tire. I think it's a gimmick. As long as I'm in charge of Vancouver, we're not voting for it.
Minnesota coach Jacques Lemaire got his contract extended earlier this week. It's believed to be for three more seasons, but it almost doesn't matter. The relationship between Lemaire and general manger Doug
Risebrough is so strong that Lemaire would likely never be fired. In fact, he never has been fired. He walked away from coaching in Montreal and New Jersey when he felt he wasn't effective any longer. He likely would do the same in Minnesota. Rare is the coach in that situation.