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“I’m A Drug Addict & Alcoholic”- Chris Nilan

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from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette via Faceoff.com,

Once, he was the darling of Canadiens fans because he wore the CH on his heart. Doors in Montreal and elsewhere were open to him. Life was good, but that was then, this is now - and it’s not a pretty picture.

Nilan: addicted to pain-killing drugs.

Nilan: alcoholic.

He is 51, a grandfather, and he remembers the first time he plummeted into the ugly, mind-bending culture of pills and booze. He can recall how in their own clawing, gnawing way they crept into his mind, convincing him they were the only way out of a life of pain. Instead, in the light of day it was a life gone wrong, including a divorce after 25 years of marriage. (Karen and Chris have two daughters - Pauline, 26, Tara, 19, and a son, Christopher, 23.) Where does it start? When? Why? “Probably the first time I saw the pills was after I finished playin’,” Nilan said.

“I was coachin’ the Chesapeake Icebreakers in the East Coast Hockey League. Two years. First year, I got coach of the year. Second year, I’d had surgery in the offseason and I took some Percocet. It’s an opiate. I got addicted to ‘em.

I needed them. If I didn’t have them, I was real sick.

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Refs Try To Stay On The Same Page

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from Rory Boylen of The Hockey News,

We’ve touched on the importance of communication between referee and player and referee and coach, but perhaps the most important part of the communication game comes between the on-ice officials themselves.

Like the two foes they are out there to moderate, the four officials in a game are their own team. They’ve got each other’s backs, they constantly try to stay on the same page in terms of positioning and interpreting the flow of the game, and part of that is the preparation that comes in the dressing room before the puck drops.

Before each game, the officials have an informal meeting to discuss trends of the two teams, tendencies of some of the players and even their own positioning to make sure all areas of the ice are covered off.

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No Patience In Philly

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from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,

Still, there is a history in Philadelphia that seems to exempt players from expectations, (real or imposed,) via media perception and one can’t help but wonder if it doesn’t come from ownership. Principal owner Ed Snider is the only boss anyone in the organization has ever had and he’s not without a passion for his team. He denied having any say in the dismissal of Stevens, but then he denied having a role in the then inexplicable firing of Hitchcock, a panic firing if there ever was one.

What’s undeniable is that a firing in Philadelphia is not uncommon, but almost expected whenever there are high expectations and somewhat lower results.

Odd when you considered this edition of the Flyers team was vastly overrated by media but not necessarily management types.

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Cleary Out With Separated Shoulder

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via the Twitter of Bruce MacLeod,

Dan Cleary has a separated shoulder and will be out four weeks. Ville Leino returns to the Red Wings lineup.

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CBA Related Snafus

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According to Murphy’s Law it was bound to happen someday.  The Montreal Canadiens used an ineligible player Tuesday night versus the Ottawa Senators.  Ryan White was in the line-up for the Habs, but they had failed to notify the league by the 5 PM league deadline that White had been recalled from the AHL.  When this was noticed, White was pulled from the game and the Habs completed it one forward short.  This is being treated as a big deal.  Bob McKenzie reports that the Habs could face a fine in the six figure range.  He also says that had it not been noticed that White was ineligible and he was pulled from the game, Montreal may have had to forfeit their 4-1 victory.

Many questions are raised by the incident.  Why was this news story not widely reported until more than 36 hours after the game (Bob McKenzie’s story is dated at almost 10 AM ET the Thursday after the game - and I haven’t seen anything reported earlier)?  Did the NHL attempt to suppress the story?  This is an example of how the CBA has an unwieldy amount of regulation.  What is the harm really?  Montreal called up a player that they have called up before and failed to tell big brother about it.  Why does big brother even care?  Because they keep a complex salary calculation going all season and this kind of minutia is needed to be kept correct to keep the salary calculation correct.

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Put An End To The Violence In Our Game

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from Jeff Maguire of EMC,

This is an issue which, as a sports fan, has troubled me for a long time. It’s a situation which needs to be addressed and fixed once and for all.

I am talking about violence in hockey and particularly in professional leagues such as the National Hockey League (NHL), the so-called ‘No. 1 hockey league in the world.’

The number of incidents related to fighting and other acts of violent conduct in the sport are repetitive and frankly, disgraceful. It is hard to take the sport seriously, especially when leagues such as the NHL do so little to police such pointless on-ice behaviour by their own athletes.

Like most Canadian kids I played the sport when I was younger and it is hard not to have a soft spot for our winter national sport. It’s a great game. But it could be so much better if the powers-that-be, especially NHL management, would finally do the right thing and end fighting and other violent conduct in the game.

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thanks to a KK member for the pointer

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All These Shutouts

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from Brian Duff of the NHL Network at NHL.com,

Don’t look now but a dirty word—for some—has sprung back into the game.

SHUTOUT!

And we’re not just talking Martin Brodeur’s milestone Monday night.

We’ve had eight of them in the 23 games played the past three nights. Plus, we’ve also had some very low-scoring games this week.

The scoring average for this week—4.43 goals per game. For the season it’s between 5.7 and 5.8 goals a game.

Possible explanations?

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Canadiens Looking At Heavy Fine

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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

It’s a good bet the Montreal Canadiens will receive a significant (six figure) fine for playing an ineligible player on Tuesday night.

Ryan White was pulled from the game in the first period when the NHL noticed he was playing, but that the Canadiens had neglected to notify the league of his recall before the daily 5 p.m. deadline.

The Canadiens finished the game minus one forward. And now there is every reason to believe the Canadiens will be slapped with a hefty fine.

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The NHL Equipment Manager

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Mike Rucki of On Frozen Blog tells all we want to know about the Sports Jobs with Junior Seau…

Tonight is the premier of the NHL Equipment Manager episode of Sports Jobs with Junior Seau on Versus (11:30 p.m., again at 2:00 a.m.). Seau accompanied the Capitals for their trip up to Boston to open the season.

This first clip shows Seau struggling to pronounce “Leonsis” before he joins Ted in the box for the game. Note the inadvertent cameo by Kurt Kehl, the Caps’ VP of Communications.

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Morning Line

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They’re first in the division, and divisional games are always important. Too bad we gave them a point, but we’re not going to get greedy. We got two, and that’s the most important thing for us. I think we’re right on their heels now, and we’ve got to push.”

-Anze Kopitar of the LA Kings after they defeated the San Jose Sharks in OT last night.  More from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider.

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