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How true Mike…

from John McGourty at NHL.com,

“Under the salary cap, you don’t have extra guys anymore,” Babcock said. “The ‘depth’ of the organization is health. Scotty Bowman always had an extra line sitting in the press box. Those days are gone. As soon as you’re not healthy, you’re depth is gone. That’s why minor-league development of prospects is more important than ever. When they get brought up, they have to be ready to play your system.”

read on for the rest of the story….

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Joe Sakic Feeds the Hungry

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Adrian Dater at the Denver Post

Joe Sakic has helped give Coloradans two Stanley Cups since 1996. More important, however, Sakic and his wife, Debbie, have helped serve 8,581,248 meals to hungry people in the state since 1998.  That is the exact number, according to Food Bank of the Rockies official Kristina Cordova, with the promise of many more to come.

For that and many other reasons, Sakic on Monday was given the ninth annual NHL Foundation Player Award, for recognition of his commitment and service to charities in his community.  In recognition, the NHL will present a $25,000 check tonight, before the Avalanche’s game with the Calgary Flames at the Pepsi Center, to the pediatrics oncology unit at Children’s Hospital.

“Joe is probably the most sincere person I’ve ever met in my life,” Cordova said. “He’s very involved with us. He’s always asking about ways to do more. He’s always saying, ‘We’ve got to do it for the kids.’ He and Debbie have just done so much for this community. People don’t know.”

continued…

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Hockey Blog Reading

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Joe Pelletier’s Hockey Legends,

There’s no shortage of great hockey blogs out there, and I’ve ranked my favorite blogs in my Hockey Blog Power Rankings. Ranked simply by personal preference, I keep this list on the right hand column, towards the bottom. Keep an eye on it as I will make additions as the season goes on.

Topping the list, as always, are my three favorite blogs: Lowetide, Kukla’s Korner, and James Mirtle. These are must reads every single day for me.

more… (*Thanks, Joe! And lots of other great blog reads there…)

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  Tags: media

Atlanta Faces Make Or Break Road Trip

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from the Iceman Bloggeth at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

The next nine games, as we know, contain eight road games, so if we are to get better, it’s gonna be in hostile environs. It won’t be easy, but 10 points minimum in that span would go a long way to righting the ship. Either way, when we reconvene in Bluland on the 6th of November we will have very clear indication of just what this team is facing.

more on the Thrashers…

Update 11:46am ET:
From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a game-by game breakdown of what’s gone wrong and possible fixes.

“When you’re 0-5, everything is an issue,” coach Bob Hartley said. “It’s as simple as this.”

 

 

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Health Habits After Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Nancy J. White at the Toronto Star,

You’ll never see Wendel Clark on a mountain bike or jogging down a country lane. For that matter, you’ll rarely catch him in his home gym.

“I hate working out,” confesses the former Toronto Maple Leafs captain who retired in 2000.

But you may well spot him on a tractor or up a ladder, at his farm. And you’ll likely find “Captain Crunch,” not known for his on-ice gentility, toting a cup of green tea – part of his health regimen.  The hard-charging winger’s advice? “Everything in moderation.”

Retirement can change a guy’s perspective, especially after years of gruelling games and battered body parts.

continued…

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  Tags: toronto+maple+leafs, wendel+clark

Going Well in Chicago

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From Lacy J. Banks at the Chicago Sun-Times,

While Blackhawks coach Denis Savard is ‘‘quite concerned’’ about injuries sidelining Martin Havlat (right shoulder) and Rene Bourque (groin), there are three significant reasons why Savard is happy and why his team is off to a 3-2 start.

First, Robert Lang has opened the season with a bang, leading the teams in scoring with three goals and two assists.

Second, rookies Patrick Kane (four assists) and Jonathan Toews (one goal, two assists) have each made an immediate impact.

Third, the Blackhawks have better depth, especially on defense, with the contributions of such newcomers as Kevyn Adams and Yanic Perreault.

continued…

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Lindy Ruff Gunning for 2010 Olympics Job

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Mike Zeisberger at the Toronto Sun,

And he would like nothing better than to be part of the Canadian contingent that is seeking to repeat the championship effort turned in by Joe Sakic and company back in 2002 in Salt Lake City.

“It actually crossed my mind when I was watching Team Canada at the 2006 Games in Turin,” Ruff said yesterday. “I just thought to myself that it would be nice to be involved.  It’s a tremendous honour just to be considered in any capacity.”

Ruff’s name already has been discussed by Hockey Canada officials, joining a list of candidates that includes New Jersey Devils coach Brent Sutter, St. Louis Blues coach Andy Murray, the Detroit Red Wings’ Mike Babcock, Stanley Cup-winning coach Randy Carlyle of the Anaheim Ducks and the Phoenix Coyotes’ Wayne Gretzky.

more…

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  Tags: lindy+ruff, olympics

Hockey Fans Can Relate

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As hockey fans, we endure and always want more hockey!

Check out my NHL.com blog today...

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Dear Mr. Kelly

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from Mark Spector of the National Post,

...Because most hockey players come from communities where, if someone’s dad made $150,000, that family was considered wealthy.

Remember that, Mr. Kelly, if the time ever comes where you advise 700 players to start missing pay cheques that are in the neighbourhood of US$1.5-million per season.

But that’s enough advice from a sports writer, Mr. Kelly. If you take the job as leader of NHLPA, you’ll have no shortage of that.

Listen less to those voices and more to hockey fans. Canadian ones in particular, who deserve an economic system like the one in place today, where Calgary and Edmonton can compete on a level playing field with Toronto.

more

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The Sabres Streak Ends

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from the Buffalo News,

Not even a game with their nearest rival could keep the Buffalo Sabres’ sellout streak alive.

The Sabres failed to fill HSBC Arena for the first time in more than a year and half Monday, drawing 18,217 for their game with the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Sabres had sold out 45 straight regular-season games dating to the finale of 2005-06. They had packed the 18,690-seat arena for 62 games in row including the playoffs.

continued

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  Tags: arenas, buffalo+sabres

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