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NHL Network In The USA

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NEW YORK (September 30, 2009) – NHL Network™ U.S. drops the puck on the live 2009-10 NHL® regular-season schedule Friday, Oct. 2, when captain Sidney Crosby and the Stanley Cup® Champion Pittsburgh Penguins raise a new banner to the Mellon Arena rafters before opening the season against the New York Rangers.  The action continues the next day, Saturday, Oct. 3, as NHL Network U.S. presents a quadruple-header of live games. In all, NHL Network U.S. will televise 77 live games this season, all in HD, with live game action spread over multiple days a week throughout the regular season.

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Watch The Wings

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Stockholm, SWEDEN —The Detroit Red Wings complete their preseason schedule today by visiting Färjestad BK in Karlstad, Sweden. The game can be seen online as NHL.com will present a live stream of the contest at 1:00 pm ET.

If the video is available to embed, I will add it to this post near game time.

added 12:52pm, Live stream of the game below and bumped this post to the top of page, original post time was 11:56am.

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Remembering Sundin

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Off the ice, all the long-time SportsCentre watchers will remember Sundin was a player that stuck closely to the party line – whatever the issue. You always had the sense that he had more to say, but he wouldn’t permit himself to venture onto controversial ground. Maybe all those years as Leafs’ captain turns you into that – and makes your first instinct to defuse any potential controversies by being as bland as humanly possible.

Too bad. I’d like to have heard more from Sundin over the years because there seemed to be a lot of depth there. He was uniquely positioned in the Centre Of The Hockey Universe to push for the changes that Brendan Shanahan and others eventually put into place.

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Chelios Leads The Fight

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from Lester Munson of ESPN,

Chelios and others have questioned the validity of Kelly’s dismissal, arguing that excluding Kelly from board meetings violated the union’s complex constitution. Kelly and a battery of six lawyers are examining the circumstances of the meeting and other union actions to determine whether Kelly will challenge it, sources said.

Three teams (Carolina, Ottawa, and San Jose) had no representatives at the meeting where Kelly was dismissed. The five teams who voted against Kelly’s dismissal were Anaheim (George Parros), Columbus (TK Malholta), Detroit (Chelios), Edmonton (Sean Horcoff), and Chicago (Adam Buresh). Even as he serves as the group’s interim leader, Penny is under attack by a number of players and agents. As the union’s top lawyer, he has lost four consecutive player grievances. During his time with the union, he has lost more grievances than he has won.

Both Hargrove and Pink were heavily involved in the efforts that led to Kelly’s dismissal. Hargrove is a former official of the auto workers union in Canada, and Pink was a candidate for executive director when the union selected Kelly. The anti-Kelly faction also included former union ombudsman Eric Lindros and union pension chief Kim Murdock.

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Reasons To Watch The Bruins

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from Michael Hurley of NESN,

With the puck ready to drop on Thursday evening, here are the top 10 reasons to watch the Bruins this season.

10. Fists will be flying
If the preseason is any indication, gloves will be dropping all over the ice this year. Peter Chiarelli added Steve Begin to the mix, joining Milan Lucic and Shawn Thornton as the resident tough guys. Byron Bitz won’t be afraid to join in from time to time as well.

In eight preseason games, Bruins players engaged in 14 fights….

1. These guys have playoff experience
Having a strong season in the regular season is all well and good, but the playoffs are when the games really matter. Having the best record in the conference didn’t win the Bruins anything last season, but their 11 games in the postseason provided valuable bits of learning that will prove to be invaluable this year….

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Afternoon Line

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“I was told by a lot of people in hockey that they felt he was one of the most ready guys in the draft to step in. And you can see why. …He’s got a real confidence to him, which is critical for young defensemen. It’s unwavering. He’ll make a mistake and have no fear of going back out there the next shift and trying things again.

“That type of confidence, you have to have that if you’re going to try and step into this league at 18, 19, especially as a defenseman. ...Now he’s got nine games to prove he can handle the next test which is NHL regular season hockey. Exhibition games are a version of American League hockey and there’s another level it goes to on Friday night.”

-Panthers Coach Pete DeBoer on rookie defenseman Dmitry Kulikov via Steve Gorten of the SunSentinel.

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Sergei Kostitsyn Wants To Be Traded

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via TSN,

Sergei Kostitsyn was demoted by the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday and now his days with the club may be over.

According to RDS, Kostitsyn has been suspended by the Canadiens for refusing to report to the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL. In return, Kostitsyn has asked for a trade.

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Sakic Remembers Quebec

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from Kevin Johnston at Cyberpresse (translated),

Joe Sakic did not hesitate a second when asked whether he believed that the NHL could revive Quebec. “There is no doubt in my mind that the NHL should go back to their sources in Canada, he said. There are some markets that are struggling in the United States. A hockey player loves to play in an environment that is favorable. An environment where the sport is popular.”

Many will take these comments with a grain of salt. Does the new retirement card playing politics or is it really sincere? A question for which he was well prepared: “The vast majority of players who have gone through have loved Quebec experience. I spent seven years of my life with you and I had many good times. I can never say enough about the fans who lived only for their hockey club. You know, I never heard a member of a winning team complain. There were grunts during our difficult years, but when we started up the slope, Quebec was the best place to practice our sport. It’s just a shame we could not go all the way to the people of Quebec.”

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Babcock & Bertuzzi On The Same Page

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from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

“What we do is we play a structured game so that the skill people can be really skilled. When you’re all over the rink you end up checking one another,” Babcock said. “The way we play is a real simple way, but because everyone knows where to go and what to do you all look better. So, he’s just got to find his little niche in that. He’s playing with real good players, but on this team we don’t need him being cute or making any cute little plays. We need him being big, strong, physical, going to the net and hanging onto the puck. We have Pav and Fil and Z to make all those cute little plays.

“Just by talking to him, he wants to be that (powerful player),” Babcock continued. “Well, if he wants to be that, that’s half the battle for a coach.”

Since Bertuzzi wants to prolong his career beyond just this season, he plans on being the model student all year long.

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Burke’s Team

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from Damian Cox of the Toronto Star,

Over the course of the past 10 months, Burke has reconstructed the Leaf front office, keeping some elements that were there when John Ferguson was in charge – chief amateur scout Dave Morrison, assistant GM and Marlies GM Jeff Jackson – and dumping others. Trying to figure out who does what isn’t easy, although Burke is the front man, Nonis the pseudo-GM and Poulin nominally in charge of pro and amateur scouting.

“In a single line? Well, my job is to help make the Toronto Maple Leafs better,” said Poulin, who left a Chicago headhunting firm to join the Leafs. “For the most part, the job is creative. How are we going to get better?”

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