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Now We Are Talking Ugly

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from Empty Netters,

Life is all about perspective. You might feel poor making $50,000 in comparison to someone pulling in $80,000. But to another person only earning $30,000, you might as well be a millionaire.

So when EN reader Gareth Langley of Southampton, U.K. recently e-mailed us with some information about the uniforms of a French rugby team, our perspective on the Reebok Edge-Super-Duper-Mega-Ultra-Awesome-Humungo-Women-Will-Want-You Uniform System jerseys changed quite a bit.

read on to get the picture(s)...

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Bertuzzi Hasn’t Learned A Thing

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from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

If Bertuzzi were just lumbering and slow, that would be one thing. But it’s clear Bertuzzi has absolutely zero ability to manage his emotions and continues to get his teams in trouble by taking stupid penalties.

His flying elbow at Daniel Sedin’s head Saturday night was easily a suspendable offense and proves Bertuzzi has learned nothing from the Steve Moore incident. Then his hit from behind on Ryan Johnson later in the period almost cost the Calgary Flames the game in regulation time.

more hockey notes…

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Columbus In A Tough Spot With Malarchuk

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from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

...Which is to say this looked exactly like a suicide attempt, but there is no way to prove it.

Malarchuk, after resisting, ultimately accepted treatment and was hospitalized. He has since been discharged. His coaching career is in jeopardy and he has put the Jackets in an awful position. This gunshot will reverberate for days, months, years.

I should say, off the top, that Malarchuk is one of the most compelling and likable human beings I’ve met.

read on

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Afternoon Hockey Today

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Happy Thanksgiving to all of the Canadian KK visitors.  I do hope you are able to spend this day with family and friends.

Also, it is Columbus Day here in the States, so what can be better than some afternoon hockey today.

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Who Said That?

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Q What’s your favorite vacation spot?

A I have quite a few favorite spots. I’ve been to St. Maarten [in the Caribbean], which I adored. It’s not very big, but we went there about eight years ago with four other couples and rented a house on the French side. We spent time at the beach relaxing and to dinners at night. We walked on the beach, and my wife and friends went snorkeling, and I sat on a rock and watched them. I don’t swim well. But the sand was white and the water was beautiful.

Find out who sat on a rock and watched people snorkel…

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Breaking Down HNIC

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from Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star,

The pre-game show has been given a big facelift and looks a lot more interesting, especially the round-table chat featuring Kelly Hrudey, Mike Milbury and Ron MacLean.

But the show’s first feature was, you guessed it, a look at Leafs coach Ron Wilson.

Yes, Wilson is new to Toronto, but the Ottawa Senators have a new coach, too.

But at the CBC, the mantra has always been: If it’s blue, it will do.

more

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What Do The Flames Do Now

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from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Calgary Herald,

If Thursday’s loss was shock, then Saturday’s collapse was disbelief.

The Flames threw every emotional gambit at the Vancouver rematch—including Jarome Iginla’s annual “Fight a Canuck Night”—and still lost. Sure, they salvaged a point, but they had Roberto Luongo on a bad night and couldn’t seal the deal at home.

As Kelly Hrudey astutely noted, the Canucks wrote a primer for the league on how to break down Calgary’s standup defensive style.

So Where to Go Now?

read on

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Not The Time To Be Talking Staal Contract

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from Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

(Jordan) Staal is adamant that he wants to remain with the Penguins. “When you’re winning, there’s no better feeling,” he said. “I want to be on a winning team and I want to be part of this organization, there’s no question about it.”

But economic realities sometimes force clubs and players to make unpleasant decisions.

Shero has no reservations about negotiating during the season and believes that reaching an agreement with Staal won’t require protracted talks. Still, he acknowledged there are no guarantees.

more

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Morning Line

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The preseason skeptics pointed toward goaltending as the Avs’ area of worry against the NHL elite. And so far, Peter Budaj hasn’t done anything to shut them up.

-Adrain Dater, Avalanche beat writer for the Denver Post.  More about last night’s loss to Edmonton from Dater…

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The Bipolar Media

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from Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun,

“I’ve already seen how every- body gets euphoric when you win a game and how every- body wants to blow up the world when you lose a game, and I don’t understand that kind of hysteria. And a lot of it comes, believe it or not, from the media—in the sense of a bipolar approach to reporting, instead of a nice and even approach to everything,” Wilson said, after being asked how his club could beat the Wings 3-2 at Joe Louis Arena, and then lose 6-1 to Montreal at the ACC.

Wilson, like pretty well every other professional coach in North America, insisted that he does not read newspapers, but gets a sense of the media “hysteria” by the questions asked—and it’s something he doesn’t love, nor does he want his players to get caught up in it.

more and you can watch Wilson talk about the media at TSN video (thanks to a KK member for the pointer).

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