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from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

...Twenty-three years later, Bob Fisher is still sweating the details.

He was on Bell Centre ice this past Monday at 9 a.m., the empty risers in front of him awaiting the 2009-10 Canadiens for the first of two team photos that he’ll shoot this centennial season. A second will be taken after the March 3 trade deadline, of the roster the club hopes will skate into the playoffs.

“But this is the most historic picture I’ve ever done,” Fisher said, admitting that nerves kept him awake most of the night before. “This is (essentially) the team that will be playing on Dec. 4, the Canadiens’ 100th birthday.

“People are going to talk about this picture 50 years after I’m dead. They’ll ask: ‘Who was there in the centennial season?’ Well, this is the team.”

One hundred years ago, the first team photo of the pre-NHL National Hockey Association Canadiens was merely a montage of 11 players and league official Eddy McCafferty. This image, signed by Albert Dumas, was a template for many photos to come, mug shots or frozen poses cobbled into a single print.

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Jimmy D:  “We Suck, And We’re Going To Keep Sucking All Season Long”

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Inflammatory stuff right there sister.  Inflammatory.  Good thing I made it up.  OMG you must be breathing a huge sigh of relief right now. 

Well, not so fast…because our Senior Executive President For Not Being Able to STFU did say something frighteningly similar.

Snapshots

“I don’t know how I can put it any other way than to be truthful; you can’t lose those types of players and have the record we had a year ago.  We are going to have to work very, very hard to be competitive, and to make the playoffs.  That’s the truth.”

Icky.

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Tuomo Ruutu Hit On Darcy Tucker

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Ruutu received 5 minutes for boarding along with a 10 and game misconduct.

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

...it seems like Darcy Tucker escaped potentially catastrophic injury tonight. After being taken from the ice on a stretcher from Tuomo Ruutu’s hit from behind, eyewitnesses said later tonight that Tucker walked out of the Pepsi Center. He was on his way to the hospital for further tests, but Avs personnel told me Tucker appears to have “escaped” with a concussion and stitches to the head.

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added 11:40am, According to Ben Hankinson, Ruutu receives a 3 game suspension.

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All That Whining In Vancouver

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from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,

Despite an NHL-imposed gag order to cease and desist from public comments, Toronto Maple Leafs president and general manager Brian Burke painted the rival Vancouver Canucks as whiners and tattletales yesterday.

Burke, the former Canucks GM who is returning to his former haunt for the first time since assuming leadership of the Maple Leafs in November, admitted yesterday that he erred in allowing a team-produced video – in which he floats inaccurate trade rumours about Vancouver players – to appear on the club’s website. But Burke also insinuated the Canucks are responsible for the brouhaha, and that the whole incident could have been settled privately had Vancouver GM Mike Gillis called him and not the NHL head office.

“All the commentary on this has come out of Vancouver,” Burke said on the eve of a showdown between the teams at GM Place tonight. “Not a word out of Toronto.”

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Ex-NHL Goaltender Carries The Bag For Fred Couples

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via the Arizona Republic,

Damian Rhodes, a former NHL goaltender for Ottawa, Toronto, and Atlanta , is a caddie for the first time this week, looping for Fred Couples, who is 4-under , seven shots off the lead.

“I told my caddy not to fly out from Connecticut, so he stayed home with his kids,” Couples said. “Damian was either in the right or wrong spot when I heard ‘I’ll caddy for you’ and I turned around and it was him.”

Rhodes, an avid golfer, is good friends with Jim “Bones” McKay, Phil Mickelson ‘s caddy. He said he had a blast being inside the ropes at a PGA Tour event.

“My wife said I can cross it off my bucket list,” Rhodes said.

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NHLPA Review Committee

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TORONTO (October 23, 2009) – The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) Executive Board has voted 25-5 passing a resolution to have Rob Blake, Chris Chelios, Nicklas Lidstrom and Mark Recchi form a committee to review NHLPA operations and submit its recommendations to the Executive Board of the NHLPA.

Rob, Chris, Nik and Mark will convene a conference call in the next few days to determine: the nature and extent of the review; the advisors who will be recommended to be retained to assist them; and the next steps to take.

There will be no further comment from the committee or NHLPA staff on these internal union matters until its work is complete and it has reported to the Executive Board and the players as required by the resolution establishing the committee.

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Five UFA Signings That Look Good

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from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

Free agency isn’t necessarily the best way for an NHL general manager to rebuild a roster. It’s expensive, for one. And it doesn’t come with any guarantees, as any fan of the Lightning can attest after Tampa Bay made a huge splash last summer, only to flop during the regular season.

But so far this season, the payoff from a few free-agent additions has been immediate. It’s still early, but this group of newcomers has are making their GMs look pretty smart.

Marian Gaborik, Rangers
The summer deal: Five years, $37.5 million
The fall fit: It’s been a perfect match between the Rangers and Gaborik early in the season, and that’s no surprise to those who know Gaborik well. Close friend Marian Hossa said Gaborik loves the city and the Rangers’ style of play under John Tortorella.

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Team In Transition

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from Phil Coffey of NHL.com,

Injuries? No excuse.

New players? No excuse.

New coaches? No excuse.

The NHL is a bottom-line place, so excuses aren’t acceptable among fans, media, players, coaches, etc.

That does not mean, however, that there aren’t factors into why a team is succeeding or failing. Let’s take a look at the Detroit Red Wings as an example. Heading into weekend play, the Wings are a pedestrian 3-3-2, having scored 24 goals and allowed 28. So why the middling start?

We’re talking transition here and not the on-ice version of going from offense to defense. A veteran club over the past several seasons, the Wings are icing a fairly significant number of newcomers on the roster this season. An excuse for the start? No, but a factor to be sure.

continued plus numerous NHL topics…

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Phoenix Fans Would Like To See More Discounted Tickets

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from Mike Sunnucks of the Phoenix Business Journal,

Coyotes personnel and fans at Jobing.com Arena hopes the team’s 6-2 start, including Thursday’s overtime win over the Detroit Red Wings, will help boost attendance. Canadian sports network TSN ranks the Coyotes the third-best team in the NHL right now, behind only the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins.

Fans at the Coyotes-Red Wings game also wanted to see the team offer more discounts and make lower-level seats less expensive in general.

Lower-levels seats at the Glendale arena run $55 to $95 each, while upper-deck seats are between $15 and $35. The team runs some upper-level ticket discounts that include food for $25 to $30 per person.

On opening night, lower-level seats were discounted to $25 and upper-level tickets were $15. The Coyotes sold out that game, with 17,532 fans in the seats. In contrast, Thursday’s game drew 11,900, with the upper level substantially fuller than the lower bowl—and a fair number of Detroit fans in attendance.

Maria Maskell, a 10-year Coyotes season ticket holder, would like to see the team do more promotions to help fill the lower levels and suites.

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Toronto/Vancouver Feud Is The Center Of Attention

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from Tim Wharnsby of CBC,

The feud between the general managers of the Vancouver Canucks and Toronto Maple Leafs hasn’t filtered down to the dressing rooms yet.

But the scene at GM Place will be intense if Canucks general manager Mike Gillis and his Leafs counterpart Brian Burke catch a glimpse of each other prior to game time on Saturday.

The two men don’t like each other and their relationship only soured further when Gillis twice filed tampering charges against the Leafs in the past six months.

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