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NHL general managers have their say

by Shawn Roarke and Mike Morreale
Here is what NHL general managers were saying at Tuesday's meetings in Florida.

* "There are certain things that happened this year that have made a lot of us feel uncomfortable about the game and the way things are going. Let's face it. There has been a lot of change over the last few years. The speed of the game has been tremendous. We just want to make sure we're doing the right thing in terms of safety for our players moving forward." -- Philadelphia Flyers GM Paul Holmgren

* "He might have been our MVP (this season). He's done everything. He's in the top 10 in save percentage and goals-against average and he's a rookie at 25-years-old. He's been a big story for us, spending four years in the American Hockey League honing his craft. In the summer of 2008, we signed him to a three-year contract because we felt he would become an NHL goaltender. And he hasn't disappointed us." -- Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland on goalie Jimmy Howard

* "If you look around, there are different point systems for a lot of leagues around the world. Overall, I think the way we do it is very good. I like that we added the shootout. I think that's been a great addition to the game. I think we'll have to continue to evaluate it if things start to behave differently. The coaching is so good now and they're so intelligent, that there's not much these guys can't figure out to work in their favor. So, as a manger, those are the things you watch out for and try to keep a balance to make sure everything fits." -- Tampa Bay Lightning GM Brian Lawton

* "I'm pretty much a non-traditionalist, so nothing really surprises me." -- Islanders GM Garth Snow when asked if any proposals for changes to the game ever take him aback
* "There's no one in the history of the game -- (not) Wayne Gretzky or Mario Lemieux -- that has done more to promote the NHL than Sidney Crosby." -- Pittsburgh GM Ray Shero, talking about the criticism Sidney Crosby received for not appearing on the David Letterman Show

* "I think for the most part, everybody is pretty happy where the game is, so you have to be careful tinkering with it. I don't think we are at a stage where we see a lot of issues -- like the (coach's) challenge or guys in the crease. I think the biggest thing is head hits and if you walk out of here with a resolution of some sort, you've done good." -- Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi on the tone of the GM Meetings

* "It really cheapens the regular season. I think you have to have some reward and some distinguishing factor during an 82-game season for going through the grind. That just sounds way too gimmicky for me. This isn't socialism where everybody gets another shot. -- Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi on the Stanley Cup Playoffs play-in proposal

* "The things you talk about, the discussions you have, they generate other ideas. Maybe it's not the right time to act right now, but now you have some background with it and people start thinking new ideas and maybe it comes back around next year." -- Columbus GM Scott Howson on how the breakout groups work at the GM Meetings
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