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Ken Hitchcock on how visiting teams are ushered around Xcel Energy Center: “It’s quicker getting through Canadian customs.”

via Michael Russo’s Twitter....

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Afinogenov Will Be An Asset In Atlanta

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

In my mind, Atlanta Thrashers GM Don Waddell made a nice move this week by inviting the 30-year-old winger for a tryout. Why not?

“He’s had a couple of tough years with some injuries and that, and he wasn’t playing as much as he was,” Waddell told ESPN.com on Friday. “But he’s 30 years old. You look at a guy with his skill and skating ability and his track record, it’s a no-lose situation for us.”

Credit Afinogenov’s agent Don Meehan, a veteran of the business, for finding what should be a good fit for his client.

“I think it’s a great move by Atlanta,” Meehan, the head of Newport Sports, told ESPN.com. “I think, at the end of the day, they’ll be pleased with him. He’s a great character person who has always been well-liked by his teammates.

“He’s a great athlete and he’s in great shape. He’ll be a great asset for them.”

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60 Goals For Heatley?

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Craig Custance of the Sporting News in a Q & A with Ray Emery…

Q: When you watched what went on with Dany Heatley this summer in Ottawa did you sympathize with him? Could you relate?
A: Yeah, it’s tough. You kind of bring it upon yourself, and I did, too. But he’s a competitive guy who voiced his opinion. I think the worst part about it all was how it came out, you know? But I think it’ll work out for both sides. They got a couple good players and I know Heater is going to have a crazy year this year.

Q: You think so?
A: Yeah, over 60 for sure.

Q: Over 60 goals? You’re calling it?
A: I’m calling it.

more from Emery

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  Tags: dany+heatley, ray+emery

Lester Patrick Trophy Recipients Announced

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NEW YORK (September 18, 2009) – Hockey Hall of Fame center Mark Messier, New York Rangers goaltender Mike Richter and Detroit Red Wings Senior Vice President Jim Devellano have been named recipients of the 2009 Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to hockey in the United States.

The award, one of the most prestigious in hockey, was presented to the National Hockey League by the New York Rangers in 1966. It honors the memory of Lester Patrick, who spent 50 years in hockey as a player, coach and general manager and was a pioneer in the sport’s development.

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  Tags: jim+devellano, mark+messier, mike+richter

Dinner With Gordie

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from Evan Weiner at NHL.com,

Gerry Hart was a pretty good player with the Flin Flon Bombers of the Western Canada Junior Hockey Association, so good that he was a WCJHA first-team defenseman in 1967-68. Flin Flon had a really good team that season—featuring Bobby Clarke, Reggie Leach and Hart. Still, Hart was small and even though he scored 22 goals and racked up 290 penalty minutes in his final junior season, that didn’t guarantee him anything.

Hart ended up in the Detroit Red Wings’ training camp in 1968 and found an unlikely friend.

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No Suspension For Phaneuf

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Hit was reviewed…no suspension will be given. Reasons: wasn’t late, was not targeting head, did not launch or leave feet before collision

-Elliotte Friedman via his Twitter.

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Another Reason Pre-Season Games Suck

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The NHL pre-season schedule is packed with games.  107 pre-season games are played over 18 days.  That is an average of almost six games per night with each team playing an average of more than seven times.  Is this really necessary?  Players come to training camp in good shape.  In the salary capped era, the vast majority of team rosters are set by the contract structure of their players.  Most teams have at most one to two positions that may be available to be won in training camp.  The majority of competition in training camp and pre-season games is to win roster spots in the AHL and not the NHL.  The NHL season is enough of a marathon without tacking on an increasing number of pre-season games.  These are games that exist for the most part to make the NHL money.  Season ticket holding fans are forced to buy tickets to these games.  Many of these games are played in neutral sites that have no other access to NHL hockey, so the game will remain a hot ticket despite the fact it is an exhibition game.

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Watch The Heatley News Conference

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via NHL.com,

Dany Heatley, the newest member of the San Jose Sharks, will speak at an afternoon news conference today at 3:30 pm ET. The news conference will be aired live on the NHL Network and streamed live on NHL.com.

added 3:26pm, Watch the live stream below…

added 3:51pm, Conference over.

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When Will It Stop?

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from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

Who says pre-season games are meaningless? We’ve already had 40 fights in 20 friendlies – the vast majority of which are those staged bouts between two lunkheads whose next NHL game will require them to purchase a ticket – and one guy sent to the hospital with a head shot.

Yup, everything new is old-time hockey again.

The fights will always be there as long as the hockey establishment continues to dupe fans into thinking these dancing bear acts are actually an essential part of the game and as long as there are dancing bears willing to perform them.

Those will be there until someone’s career or life is ended and even then we’re not so sure that will be enough to make it stop.

continued plus NHL looking at Luongo contract too.

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Avalanche Honor Their Past

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DENVER – In conjunction with Pepsi Center’s 10-year anniversary, the Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club will launch its Alumni Association on Opening Night (Oct. 1) in a pre-game ceremony introducing Joe Sakic as the first of 10 honorees to be named throughout the 2009-10 season.

“We’re a proud organization with a great winning tradition and history,” said Kurt Schwartzkopf, Chief Marketing Officer. “This year we will celebrate our 10 years at Pepsi Center by announcing the Avalanche Alumni Association.”

In addition to Sakic, nine other members of Colorado’s 1996 or 2001 Stanley Cup championship teams will be honored throughout the season, including Adam Deadmarsh, Alexei Gusarov, Valeri Kamensky, Mike Keane, Uwe Krupp, Claude Lemieux, Curtis Leschyshyn, Shjon Podein and Mike Ricci.

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