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First, thank a veteran today.  Find a WWII vet, or one of our recently wounded warriors.  Find a Vietnam veteran and make sure he understands the way he was treated by this country thirty five years ago does not reflect the way we feel today.  Talk to a Korean War veteran and listen to the stories he has to share.  Talk to a submariner from the Cold War era.  He won’t be able to tell you much, but believe him when he says that war was real.

Thank every one of them.

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Phaneuf Lucky With Eye Injury

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from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

His left eye swollen nearly shut and sporting stitches above and below, Dion Phaneuf was counting his blessings yesterday.

“It puts in perspective how important your eyes are,” he said.

“It’s not a lot of fun walking around with one eye, that’s for sure.”

Phaneuf looked worse for wear after Martin Havlat’s high stick came dangerously close to doing irreparable damage in Sunday’s clash between the Flames and Chicago Blackhawks in the Windy City.

As Phaneuf closed ground to make a body check in the opening minutes, Havlat brought his stick up and hit the Flames defenceman in the face, cutting him on the cheek and eyebrow.

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All Jacques Martin

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from A.J. Perez of USA TODAY,

Q: Florida is currently at the bottom of the Southeast Division. Is there any reason for concern?

Martin: “I don’t think so. When you look at our team, there was a lot of enthusiasm and passion early in the season. We have to get back to playing that way.”

Q: The league has tweaked some of the rules this season, including preventing TV timeouts following an icing and placing every face-off after a penalty in the offending team’s zone. What’s your favorite?

Martin: “The one I like the most is the face-off in the offensive zone on a power play. We’re always looking to add more offense to the game. I think that’s a really good rule change.”

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Thrashers Showing Signs Of Life

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from the ICEMAN Bloggeth at the AJC,

After Sunday’s 5-2 win on the road versus Carolina, the Thrashers now find themselves riding a four-game winning streak and in a much-improved situation in the standings. The winning percentage has improved to .467, which is 22nd in the league and the once-struggling O-fence is now producing goals at the rate of 2.93 per game, that’s 15th best.

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Enough Mark

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from Gary Loewen of the Toronton Sun,

Mark Messier recommends that the NHL make face guards mandatory.

Never mind that he is shilling for a manufacturer of a hockey helmet that is touted to provide better protection against concussions — and Messier-like elbows.

Why stop with face guards?

Why not have players fitted with full NASCAR helmets?

continued plus the Western Conference performs well in the shootout…

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Bettman Talks Hockey Topics

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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

“Can the Ontario market support another team? Probably,” Bettman told an audience at a sports business conference in Toronto. “But you can’t base a decision on probability. You have got to study the market closely.”

Bettman went on to say that relocating an existing franchise to the Toronto area to compete with the Toronto Maple Leafs would not happen because all 30 of the NHL’s clubs are in good financial shape. Then he said expansion was not on the horizon, either, because of “uncertain economic conditions.”

The only way the league would consider relocation of a franchise, Bettman said, is if an owner decided, with the agreement of the league’s governors, that his team could not survive in its market.

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Too Many Games

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from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

If you could make one change to the NHL, what would it be?

From a poll of hockey broadcasters, the most cited change was: reduce the number of regular-season games.

“I think it would prove to be a boon to the quality of the game and the longevity of the players,” the CBC’s Mike Milbury said.

Milbury and Nick Kypreos of Rogers Sportsnet say ideally the 82-game schedule would be reduced by at least 10.

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Shanahan About To Decide

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from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,

Free-agent forward Brendan Shanahan will be signing with an NHL team before the end of this week, possibly as soon as Wednesday, his agent told the Courier-Post on Monday….

Curran would not identify the number of teams Shanahan is considering, but the Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, New Jersey Devils, St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks are believed to be the most interested.

“It’s got to be the right fit,” Curran said. “The team has to be competitive and in a desirable geographic location, since Brendan’s family is likely going to stay in New York.”

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No Holes In Kyle Quincey’s Game

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from Chris Foster of the LA Times,

Quincey was placed on waivers, the first step for the Detroit Red Wings to send him to the minor leagues. The Kings immediately snagged him Oct. 13 and then stuck him into the lineup, all the while looking for holes in his game.

“Any time you get a player off waiver wire, you spend the first week or so looking for areas in his game that said, ‘Yeah I understand what the other team was doing in wanting to send him down and get some seasoning,’ ” Murray said. “The biggest surprise is we haven’t found that after a couple weeks.”

Quincey has played 10 games for the Kings. He already has one goal, five assists, is plus-five and averaging 23 minutes of ice time while being paired with Matt Greene.

more about Quincey and the Kings…

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Blogging The HHOF Induction

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from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,

Time for the 34th annual (okay, 2nd), highly anticipated (by my Mom), critically acclaimed (Mom again), Hockey of Fame Induction Ceremony Blog….

7:51—Igor Larianov is inducted and calls Canada the Mecca of hockey (or something to that effect…I’m a lousy transcriber).  Hope Putin doesn’t get a hold of this speech.  He will not be pleased.



8:02—Ray Scapinella, one of the nicest men you’ll ever meet, is inducted in the referee/linesman category.  Confession:  until I read his name in the paper this week, 
I always thought there was an “m” in his there.  I’ve met the man several times.  He’s “Scampy”, not “Scappy”!
  I, like everybody else, have been calling him Scampinella for 20 years.  I never got a chance to ask him where the extra “m” came from.  It will keep me up tonight.

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