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Schedule Weary

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from Mike Brophy of the Hockey News,

Any wonder the Ducks – our choice to repeat as Stanley Cup champions – open the year 1-3-1?

Ask any player and he will tell you there is nothing worse than having to sit through an opponent’s opening ceremonies at the start of the year. The Ducks had to sit through three.

I wouldn’t blame Anaheim GM Brian Burke if he drags on his own opening ceremonies for about an hour Wednesday when Boston comes to town. Though it’s not really the Bruins fault Anaheim got saddled with such a lousy schedule.

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Jason Blake Dealing With Leukemia

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from TSN,

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced on Monday that forward Jason Blake is battling a rare form of leukemia.

“This morning I shared with my teammates news that I was diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia,” Blake said on the team’s website.

“It is highly-treatable, and I have begun taking a pill on a daily basis that has proven to be very effective in controlling this cancer….”

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The Issue Of Digital Rights

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from SportsBusiness Journal (paid reg.),

MSG Chairman James Dolan is often viewed as an industry pariah, a notion no doubt burnished by his defeat last week in the Anucha Browne Sanders sexual harassment lawsuit.

But surprisingly, the argument of Dolan, MSG and the New York Rangers — if not the methods — are garnering support from other NHL clubs and regional sports networks in their legal fight against the NHL for control over digital rights….

“There’s some feeling around the league that says, ‘Good for them,’” a team executive said. “There’s some downside to the league saying, ‘Boom. Here’s your (Web site) format.’ Teams have been hurt by that and aren’t getting satisfaction.”

“We think digital rights can be best exploited on a team-by-team basis locally through the team and its local media partners,” said an executive at an RSN with NHL rights after asking for anonymity because of the ongoing lawsuit.

update 1:22pm, Thanks to the folks at SportsBusiness Journal for providing KK readers with a link to read the full article…

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Too Humid In Nashville

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from the Tennessean,

“To be honest, it’s not great ice,’’ alternate captain J.P. Dumont said.

“It’s hard because it’s been hot in this building, and when you look around the league, everywhere it’s hot, the ice is going to be in that condition. … It’s not just about being able to make plays on the ice, but about injuries, too.’‘...

What the Predators could really use is a dehumidifier, an apparatus used in many NHL rinks to make the ice smoother and safer. Dehumidifiers are expensive, however, and the Predators have never purchased one.

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Say Goodbye To Hockey Dynasties

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from Jack Todd of the Montreal Gazette,

In a long interview Friday that focused mostly on his father, John Ferguson Jr. touched only briefly on his job as general manager of the Maple Leafs, but Ferguson agreed that fans probably don’t understand that it’s no longer possible to put together a team like those legendary Canadiens dynasties of the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s, with a team dominating over a period of decades.

“To be honest,” Ferguson said, “I think the fans can be a bit unrealistic. But that’s what gives the game its passion here. They want to win all the time. That’s not going to happen any more. That era, those players all together on one team for years, I don’t think we’ll see that again.”

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Flyers Bond In Whistler

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from Ed Moran of the Philly News,

Join the NHL and see the world.

That was Derian Hatcher’s take on this year’s version of “holding hands in the woods,” or in this case the temporal rain forests of the Whistler Blackcomb Ski resort, where - by the way - it was pouring all day yesterday….

This year, with three off days between Saturday’s 5-3 loss in Edmonton and Wednesday’s game in Vancouver, the Flyers have stopped off in Whistler.

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Monday Odds and Ends

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The Nina. The Pinta. The Santa Maria. The BJ.  All historical references to the great Christopher Columbus.  Celebrate them all today, my friends. Celebrate them all.  As you do, consider the stress that awaits us at this early stage of the NHL season.  I’m even considering firing up the train.  The toughest month of the season starts tonite with Edmonton then continues with the Flames and resurgent Hawks, before it’s on the road twice to hit the traditional Wing foes in the West and Far West (Thanks Gary…Ass).

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Oilers Playing A Different Game

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from the Edmonton Sun,

“This is fun, it’s refreshing,” said defenceman Steve Staios, adding that wasn’t always the case in previous seasons. “This team is adapting to the league, the way the game is played now.”

Stoll says it’s as much about the new-look Oilers as it is about the new NHL.

Nobody’s ever going to mistake this bunch for Gretzky, Messier, Kurri and Anderson, but GM Kevin Lowe added a mess of speed and talent in the likes of Andrew Cogliano, Geoff Sanderson, Robert Nilsson, Sam Gagner, Sheldon Souray and Joni Pitkanen.

They’ve got defencemen who can move the puck and forwards who can really move when they get it.

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Holiday Means Matinee Games

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We can celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving and Columbus Day with a couple of early games today.  Enjoy!

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Madden’s Offensive Side

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from the Staten Island Advance,

With new coach Brent Sutter refusing to play the kind of passive, line-matching style that has made the Devils targets of criticism around the league for years, the harness is off Madden. His two goals were instrumental in the Devils’ 4-1 victory over the Florida Panthers Saturday night and suggested that this could be the start of a new Madden.

“I try to score goals as much as anybody,” Madden said. “Have I been put into position to score goals? No, but things have changed.”

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