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from Puck Daddy at Yahoo,

At 1 p.m. EDT, we’ll discuss capology, Mathieu Schneider’s options, Kyle McLaren, Marian Gaborik, the latest injury news and the plight of Brendan Shanahan with our expert panelists Lyle “Spector” Richardson of Fox Sports and David “Dave” Pagnotta of The Fourth Period.

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Blues Face Adversity

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Its still pre—season, but a couple teams are already dealing with non-ideal situations that should make it hard for them to do as well as they had initially hoped this season.  The first is the Pittsburgh Penguins who has lost their top two defencemen, Ryan Whitney and Sergei Gonchar to injury and the second is the St. Louis Blues.  The Blues have learned that their young defenceman, Erik Johnson will likely miss the entire season due to a freak knee injury he suffered on a team golf trip Johnson has a torn ACL and will undergo surgery in a couple weeks.

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Noah Welch Donates Brain For Concussion Study

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from Alan Schwarz of the New York Times,

A dozen athletes, including six N.F.L. players and a former United States women’s soccer player, have agreed to donate their brains after their deaths to the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy….

Among the dozen living athletes, most with a history of concussions, who have agreed to donate their brains for examination after their deaths are the former N.F.L. players Johnson, Frank Wycheck, Isaiah Kacyvenski and Ben Lynch. Also participating are Noah Welch, who played hockey for the Florida Panthers last year, and Cindy Parlow, a former member of the United States national soccer team.

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Issues Continue For Blues

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from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Remember Jacques Demers? The hugely popular and successful coach agreed to jump to the Detroit Red Wings WHILE HE WAS STILL COACHING THIS TEAM. In fairness to him, though, he did have to work for Harry Ornest, a true eccentric and avowed penny-pincher.

Remember Mike Liut and Joey Mullen? Of course you do, but they left prematurely in cost-saving deals ordered by Ornest. But at least Harry kept the Arena Cat on staff to keep the rodent population at The Arena under control.

Remember Scott Stevens?

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The “Silliest Season”

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from Gare Joyce at Sportsnet,

The end of September looms and we’re entering the silliest season: that stretch when NHL teams start trimming their rosters and sending some teenagers back to their junior teams. I call it the silliest season, because it’s “some” and not “all” teenagers and because, with the lessons of history, NHL general managers should know better.

Many folks were amazed that Sidney Crosby scored at better than a point-a-game rate in his rookie season. I wasn’t surprised by that. Maybe even more impressive is the fact that he managed to take a regular shift the whole season without injuries knocking him out of the line-up.

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Hatcher Will ‘Go Out’ On His Terms

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from Wayne Fish at phillyBurbs,

Hatcher, who’s starting the year on the injured reserve list, knows his crippled knee probably won’t get better.

Heck, it got worse over the summer when he wasn’t playing, and he would like to end his career on his own terms.

The reality of the situation is this: While some conspiracy theory types suggest the Flyers are pressuring Hatcher to call it quits now to save money on a badly strained salary cap number, the 36-year-old player says the decision is up to him….

“As tough as it is, you’re never prepared to stop playing hockey. If this is it, I’ve had a great career and that’s what I’ll take.’‘

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Size Doesn’t Matter To Hollweg

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from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

Born in California to a father of Brazilian-German heritage and maxing out at 5-foot-11, Ryan Hollweg knows all about overcoming the hockey odds.

Whether he can help turn around the fortunes of the Maple Leafs this year is unknown, but he certainly has the right attitude. Hollweg got off to a rousing start with several big hits in a 7-4 win over the Buffalo Sabres Monday.

“If you want to go through somebody, just do it. It’s how I’ve lived,” Hollweg said yesterday at the Air Canada Centre. “I’ve never worried about how big I am. It’s a mental thing. It hasn’t stopped me yet and it won’t stop me now.”

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He Hit The Post & The Puck Went In

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from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

Toronto inventor Bill Forster received his patent last month, and every goalie in organized hockey wants to stand him naked and blindfolded in the net and let Bruins human cannon Zdeno Chara use him for target practice.

Forster’s patent is for the bevelled goal, that is, a net with a crossbar that bends upward from the posts, and posts that warp outward from crossbar to ice.

The result: a slightly larger target for shooters, and pucks more likely to deflect into the net than away.

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Key Game Tonight - For An Exhibition

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from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

“We’re looking to turn things around this year. Last year, we weren’t happy with the result,” John Madden said of being ousted in five games in the first round by their rival neighbors.

Even Brent Sutter would not downplay the revenge motive tonight, despite the fact that each side will dress partial teams.

“There always has to be a mindset within your team that this is a rivalry,” Sutter said. “The young players will find that out. You expect it to be a highly-intense game.”

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Will Lecavalier Be Ready For The Opener

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from Lightning Strikes,

Bear with me here, even though this is more speculation and reading between the lines than anything.

We read in Tuesday’s paper that hockey ops chief Brian Lawton said he would not hesitate to keep star Vinny Lecavalier and defenseman Paul Ranger out of at least the season opener Oct. 4 in Prague if their rehabbing right shoulders were not ready to go. He said he might even put them on injured reserve to help the team manage their numbers. That’s a big hint not to be taken seriously, especially after watching Jussi Jokinen star at center this preseason.

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