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It Should Not End In This Way

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from Damian Cox of the Spin at the Toronto Star,

Wayne Gretzky deserved to end his coaching tenure with the Phoenix Coyotes like every other man to assume the position behind an NHL bench.

You know, fired. Dismissed. Have the team claim it’s going in a different direction, or say it wants somebody who can work with young players. Or old players. Or can make the team fitter. Or understands how to win in the playoffs. Or can be a communicator. Or will shut down the country club atmosphere.

Whatever. Gretzky deserved to go out on his shield. In sport, there is sometimes honour in getting the axe.

But that appears not to be the way in which its going to go down for The Great One in Phoenix, and if you take stock in online polling, the remaining hockey fans there don’t mind. Asked by azcentral.com if they wanted to see Gretzky back as coach, 83 per cent responded, “No.”


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Who ‘Owns’ The Penguins

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from Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters, Toronto’s Jason Blake and Montreal’s Scott Gomez put up some points against the Penguins within the past week of exhibition play isn’t anything new for Penguins fans. It should come as no surprise that each player is among the top 20 active players when it comes to career regular season points against the Penguins:

read on for the list which is topped by Rod Brind’Amour…

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Crowd Of 10,000 Expected For Islanders/Kings In Kansas City

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from Randy Kovitz of the Kansas City Star,

When the New York Islanders approached Tim Leiweke about scheduling a preseason game at the Sprint Center, one name popped into his mind.

“We looked at the Islanders and thought, ‘They might have the first pick of the NHL draft,’ ” said Leiweke, president of AEG, which manages the Sprint Center. “Tavares is amazing. To have him coming into Kansas City is a great thing.”

Unfortunately for Kansas City, Tavares, a forward expected to be the next Wayne Gretzky and Sidney Crosby rolled into one, won’t be part of a split squad when the Islanders face the AEG-owned Los Angeles Kings at 7 tonight at the Sprint Center.

Tavares, the first overall pick of the 2009 draft, played in the Islanders’ win over Calgary on Sunday night in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, assisting on a goal on his 19th birthday. Tavares and half his teammates flew home Monday, and he will be showcased when the Islanders play their first home exhibition game Wednesday night against New Jersey.


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Relax, The Games Don’t Count

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

Explain to me why people who should know better continue to twist themselves out of shape with wild celebrations whenever their home teams record wins during the pre-season.

Win or lose, does anybody really think they’re a reflection of what to expect from the regular season?

When only roughly one-half the regulars are dressed and when 30 minutes are the most their fans see of their No. 1 goaltenders in nearly all of the games, can you think of even one reason why this money grab should be taken seriously?

How about games when No. 1 goaltenders watch from the stands? Or when teams are asked to play five games in five nights, as the Montreal Canadiens were? Even the Florida Panthers had an easier schedule with five games in six nights - but all were on the road against a Canadian opponent.


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Aaron Ward Has Connections At U of M

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from Mary Caton of the Windsor Star,

Located near the player’s entrance, the party swells to as many as 60 at times and they’ve enjoyed drop-in visits from members of the Detroit Tigers’ baseball team, golfer Jack Nicklaus and numerous U of M alumni.

Persichilli gives full credit for their strategic locale to fellow U of M grad and Wind-sor native, Aaron Ward.

An NHL veteran now playing for the Carolina Hurricanes, Ward is Erica’s cousin.

While hockey doesn’t allow Ward to particpate in many pigskin parties at the moment, he plans to grill hot dogs and sausages right alongside Persichilli when he retires.

“He’s the one who got us to the location we’re at now,” Persichilli said. “We owe it to him.”

read on for more tailgating stories at Michigan…

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It Is Only The Preseason, But…

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from Bill Tiller of Ice Man at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

It was a preseason game…yes, I know. But I can’t help but get the feeling that Monday night’s 4-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes was the type of thing Don Waddell, Rick Dudley and John Anderson had in mind when putting this team together.

Nick Antropov assisting on three goals. Hmmm…assists are what you’re looking for from a center on Ilya Kovalchuk’s line, right?...

Sure, it was just a preseason game…but hopefully it’s a sign of what we are in store for as the regular season unfolds. If so, Thrasherville will be a rockin’ place to be.

more on the Atlanta win…

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Goaltending Battle In Anaheim

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from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Giguere has played one full game and half of another, for a total of 90 minutes. His goals-against average is 2.67 and his save percentage is .902. Hiller has played 89 minutes over two games and has compiled a 2.70 goals-against average and .909 save percentage. That’s too close to call.

“We’re going to give them equal opportunity to play,” Carlyle said. “Our plan is to give Giguere another game and make sure Hiller gets another, and we have [Justin] Pogge here and we have a back-to-back situation. We’ll try to spell that out in that matter and we’ll see where the chips fall.”

Giguere is intent on having them fall in his favor.

“I’m happy where I’m at right now, at this point in September, but I think that’s not where I want to be Oct. 3. I think there’s another notch to go,” he said.

more on the battle plus other Ducks notes…

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Talk About Target Marketing Direct Spam

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Neil Gets Payback On Downie

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The Senators finally got even with Steve Downie.

Dean McAmmond might be long gone, but Downie’s cheap shot from two years ago (earning him a 20-game suspension) wasn’t forgotten last night. Chris Neil nailed Downie, a Tampa Bay Lightning winger, with 6:04 left in the third period of a 3-1 pre-season win last night in front of a packed house at the Brandt Centre.

Neil was given a charging minor and game misconduct for his hit along the boards in the dying minutes.

“I didn’t get him as good as I would like to have,” said Neil. “He drops his gloves with me and then he says, ‘Oh, I’m not fighting.’ He tried to flip me. I got him with some good ones. I wish I got him with some better ones.

“I’m not concerned at all (about supplementary discipline). I finished my check. It might have been a little late. It was a clean hit. It’s one of those things. He was just lucky he was able to get me down before I got going.”


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  Tags: chris+neil, steve+downie

Busy Summer For Garnet Exelby

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from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

If the Toronto Maple Leafs’ in-house television station Leafs TV is in need of some off-season programming, it may want to follow around defenceman Garnet Exelby for a summer.

He’s part Marlin Perkins of the old Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom show and part competitor on The Amazing Race, the popular reality television series.

Since last season ended, the 28-year-old Exelby went bungee jumping in New Zealand and swam with bull sharks off the coast of Fiji, and he visited Sweden to work on his skating with an on-ice guru.


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