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Coaching Change For Caps Will Paint A Clearer Picture

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Afterwards, Hanlon conceded that he’d never undergone anything quite like the current meltdown at any other stage in his career, as a player or a coach, and sounded as if he were out of answers. So Boudreau gets the first chance to pick up the pieces and in a month or so, McPhee will start to get his answers: If this were really a coaching issue, or if the team that he’s rebuilding isn’t quite ready to turn the corner just yet.

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Stay Out Of Hitch’s Way

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from the Columbus Dispatch,

Hitchcock ambled in with a smirk-smile on his face and a massive monkey wrench in his belt. The cast-iron wrench is a good tool. It can twist a nut. It works as a hammer or a back scratcher. Sometimes, it’s handy just for show.

Hitchcock installed his system. Now, hockey systems can be overrated, as one does not differ much from another. The important thing is consistency, and Hitchcock was consistent: “Do this, do this because it works, and if you do not do this, you will not play.” Then, he held up the monkey wrench.

Critical point: Nobody interfered.

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Still Quiet

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from the Toronto Sun,

Maurice yesterday gave a brief eulogy for Hanlon, the second NHL coach fired this season, but dismissed the notion that any employees feel safer when the turkey and leftovers are gone and the goodwill of Christmas approaches.

“I think a while ago, yes, but not so much (in the new NHL’s CBA),” Maurice said. “You don’t hear as much talk and there’s not as much action.”

Indeed, most trade banter has been just rumours so far. Many salary cap-strapped teams such as the Leafs have eliminated themselves until the Feb. 26 trade deadline when buying and selling is made easier, at least for some expiring one-year deals at reduced cost.

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Instigator- Yay Or Nay

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from Darren Dreger of TSN,

NHL Players Association Executive Director Paul Kelly and his entourage have visited with seven of the league’s 30 teams on their fall tour.

Issues discussed include bigger nets, smaller goalie equipment and mandatory visors, to name a few. But the one topic that interests players most right now is removal of the instigator penalty.

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Reviewing The NHL Network

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from Neil Best at Newsday,

After six years on Canadian TV, the NHL Network launched in the United States, built around a nightly wrap-up show called “NHL On the Fly” with game highlights so extensive that even a Blue Jackets-Coyotes contest is treated as if, well, people actually care.

Which is the point, of course. The channel is for those who really, really care, and want to see stuff from highlights to features to live games to oldies such as yesterday’s Islanders-Oilers tilt from 1981.

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Blame The Euro’s If You’re Stupid

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Pretty good argument in the face of those who claim the reason for the decline in Wing attendance this year is due to the high number of Europeans in red and white.

If the Joe Louis Arena was rockin’ at capacity in 2001 with 11 Europeans, how can you attribute today’s attendance problem to the addition of one more player from across the Atlantic? There may be something to be said about the exit of such all-world players as Steve Yzerman and Brendan Shanahan from the scene, but I find it hard for any fan, casual or not, of hockey to not be mesmerized in the same way by the smooth dangles and top-notch finish of guys like Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk.

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Balboa Defeats Creed, Lang in Span of 4 Hours

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This is a live blog to spite a certain reader who said I wouldn’t show due to the Rocky marathon on Versus.  Yes, I watched several hours of Rocky today.  And, yes, I’ve stopped watching because the Wings are on.  In fact, the Wings are on HDNet tonite.  Hasek in net.  I have no idea what to expect.  I do know that cranberries were available on my dinner table today and I shunned them, because I’m an adult and I eat only the things I enjoy.

Wings/Bubba. Live blog here.

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Deep In The South

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from Loose Change at the Hockey News,

Yes, I’m in sunny Florida and – get this – I’m supposed to be writing a hockey column.

Before you start whining and berating me for writing another tired “Americans don’t get hockey” piece, please understand that I’ve – in this short time – come to understand and empathize with the plight of the southern American hockey fan (yes Virginia, there are some – although I’m doubting there are many in Virginia itself).

Thing is, being a hockey fan in a place like this is extremely difficult. Frankly, I’m pushing for the NHL to provide some sort of tax incentive for fans who live in places where the mean temperature is greater than 12 degrees Celsius (around 280 degrees Fahrenheit, I believe).

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HHOF Member Tom Johnson Has Passed Away

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From TSN,

The Montreal Canadiens say Hockey Hall of Famer Tom Johnson has died. He was 79.

Johnson spent 15 of his 17 NHL seasons with the Canadiens before finishing his career with the Boston Bruins.

The native of Baldur, Man., won six Stanley Cups as a player with the Canadiens.

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