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Strong Words From Ian Penny

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Speaking of the NHLPA, the irony is just too rich. Former executive director Paul Kelly was dismissed in August by the NHLPA’s 30 player reps in large part due to a fishy staff review spearheaded by general counsel Ian Penny, who assumed Kelly’s role on an interim basis.

Now, those player reps have decided they need to get straight how all of this nastiness unfolded and formed a four-person committee that includes Chris Chelios, Rob Blake, Nicklas Lidstrom and Mark Recchi. Now, it’s Penny complaining about the “poisonous” atmosphere around the NHLPA offices.

In a memo to the league’s 30 player reps, Penny accused Chelios, a supporter of Kelly who tried to stop the middle-of-the-night vote to oust Kelly, of using union staffers to spy on other union officials.

Penny wrote: “This completely inappropriate conduct has created a hostile, fractured and distrustful work environment. It is the type of environment that exists in repressive, totalitarian regimes—not work places.”

read on & more topics included such as head shots, Toronto, Atlanta and Pat Quinn…

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  Tags: ian+penny

Sharks Look Good Again

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from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated,

Coming off an impressive 4-1 win at Philadelphia that concluded a 4-2 Eastern road trip, one has to wonder just how good is this year’s edition of the San Jose Sharks? Certainly, the great expectations are there—both within and outside the organization. But once again the question is: can they live up to them?

Although the cloud of consistent postseason failure hangs over San Jose, on so many other levels the Sharks might just be one of the true success stories in the NHL. They are a perennial top team, always in the discussion of the league’s elite.

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NHL Looking Strong

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NEW YORK (October 26, 2009) – The National Hockey League’s® strong business momentum from last season’s record-setting year continued through the first 100 games of the 2009-10 NHL® regular season. Fans are experiencing the NHL across League platforms in impressive numbers, with the League on-pace to set records in a number of areas.

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Gainey May Have Been Right

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The jury’s still out on Bob Gainey’s wholesale makeover in Montreal, but a look at the former Habs and their performance almost one month into the NHL season perhaps shows some prescience in the Canadiens GM’s offseason decisions.

Christopher Higgins is in John Tortorella’s dog house in New York; Saku Koivu has struggled to get it going in Anaheim; Alexei Kovalev has been so-so for Ottawa except for his one game against the Habs; Alex Tanguay has been dumped from the top line in Tampa Bay, and Mike Komisarek leads Toronto & in minor penalties.

continued

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Where’s Sid?

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from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

Have you taken a peak at the NHL’s scoring leaders today? Where’s Sidney Crosby?

He’s not leading the league in scoring…not even in the top 10. Or top 20, for that matter.

Whoops, there he is… down, down, down. No. 23 squeezed between sophomore centre Steven Stamkos at No. 22 and Dallas Stars winger Loui Eriksson.

This is just not right.

continued and additional hockey topics too…

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NHL Live Adds Graphics To TV Show

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I noticed a bunch of stats & graphics being tossed my way while watching NHL Live today.

Watch below and what do you think?  Show runs until 2:00pm ET today.

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  Tags: nhl+live

Stars Of The Week

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NEW YORK (October 26, 2009)—Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar, Montreal Canadiens left wing Mike Cammalleri and San Jose Sharks center Patrick Marleau have been named the NHL ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Oct. 25.

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Injuries Hit The Devils

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via Tom Gulitti’s Twitter,

Pandolfo, Martin both out 4-6 weeks. Martin: non-displaced fracture of lower left arm above the wrist. Pandolfo’s right shoulder popped out.

added 11:16am, Tom has more on the injuries at his Fire & Ice blog.

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  Tags: jay+panfolfo, paul+martin

Flyers Fans Frenzy

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from David Pollak of Working the Corners at the Mercury News,

I can provide a little insight into why Flyers fans can get worked up into a frenzy at times: A videoboard operator who must be under orders to replay every perceived missed call that goes against the home team. Then replay it again. And again. And again.

In the second period, cameras caught what appeared to be a high-stick by Benn Ferriero on Flyer center Daniel Briere stationed in the Sharks crease. No call was made and at the next stoppage, that’s all the video board kept showing.

The crowd responded as you might expect, but don’t think the point wasn’t lost on the officials either. The Sharks (and most teams), of course, don’t do anything that would embarrass the officials. But, boy, it sure seemed to get the paying customers going. Hint, hint.

read on for some Sharks talk…

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No Way To Build A Championship Team

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from William Houston of Truth & Rumours,

The Leafs will get an occasional victory this season. They’ll put together a good effort, and the opposing team will mail it in.

  When the rookie Jonas Gustavsson gets healthy — he’s expected to start tonight against Anaheim Ducks — he could make a bit of a difference.

  Phil Kessel will score some goals when gets into the lineup, but don’t count on a lot of production from him given the caliber of forwards he will be working with.

  The guess here is Toronto will win between 25 and 30 games. That will give them a lottery pick, perhaps No.1, which will go to the Boston Bruins as part of the Kessel trade.

  And Burke will continue scramble to sign free agents.

  That’s no way to build a championship team.

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