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Playoffs Within Reach For Yotes

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from Paolo Boivin of the Arizona Republic,

Maybe it’s the Zamboni fumes clouding better judgment, but postseason inclusion no longer sounds far-fetched thanks to a blueprint that hints this team has a much better sense of direction. By trading Nick Boynton and Keith Ballard for Olli Jokinen, the Coyotes acquired a No. 1 center without giving up their best offensive talent. Other decisions, including nurturing young talent instead of banking on fading stars, should begin to pay dividends this season.

No storyline is more intriguing than the potential of top line Mueller, Doan and center Jokinen.

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Are Buffalo Fans Still In The Game

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from Jason Kay of the Hockey News,

In places such as Chicago, Anaheim, Atlanta, Columbus, Boston, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay and Washington (and all of Canada, of course) there is a belief among our correspondents that excitement is high in the markets they cover, never mind this is prime time for MLB playoffs, the NFL season is in full swing and the global economy is in a free-fall.

However, a couple lines in one of the stories triggered alarm bells for me. Call it my DEW (Distant Early Warning) sensor going off, but I have a modicum of concern for a team in hockey’s heartland: the Buffalo Sabres.

“Buffalo just doesn’t seem as psycho about the Sabres,” writes our contributor John Vogl.

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Saturday Hockey Talk

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The Inside Hockey Radio Show is back this week with host James Murphy and new co-host Todd Carroll, as they take listeners inside the NHL, AHL, NCAA and CHL.

Their lineup this week features Kevin Greenstein (Inside Hockey) Brian Daccord (Stop it Goaltending), Dave Schneider (Zambonis), Bob Snow (NHL.com), Patrick King (Sportsnet.ca), Louis Jean (Rogers Sportsnet), and PJ Stock (CBC’s Hockey Night In Canada and Team 990)

The show broadcasts from 2-4pm on NHL Hockey Ice XM 204, on The Team 990 in Montreal, and 1120 AM WBNW in Boston. It can be heard online at Team 990 or Money Matters Radio.  To chime into the show, you can reach them at 1-877-645-6696 or 1-877-NHL-6696, or email radio@insidehockey.com.

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Family Comes First For Hockey Playing Family

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from Rob Miech of the Las Vegas Sun,

The five Hunter boys unanimously decided to quit playing hockey a year ago to help their sick father with the family’s 11,000-acre farm in Shaunavon, Saskatchewan.

Planting wheat, peas and lentils, maintaining combines and other machines, hauling grain, shoveling bins, picking rocks and spraying chemicals—among other chores—demanded 18 hours a day.

Before reporting to Las Vegas to try out for the Wranglers, who opened camp Friday morning at the Las Vegas Ice Center, Luke Hunter again was called home by his father, Lorne.

“I got there at 10:30 at night, we worked until 1:30 in the morning and then I rose at 5:30 a.m.,” Luke Hunter said. “We didn’t finish until 3:30 in the morning. It’s harvest time. It’s a full-time job. A lot of hands are required.”

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Gaborik Contract Talks Go Nowhere

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from Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune,

Marian Gaborik’s long-term future with the Wild never has been more uncertain.

General Manager Doug Risebrough told the Star Tribune on Friday that he does not expect to sign Gaborik, who is one season from unrestricted free agency, to a contract extension by the start of the season.

“Not making any headway,” said Risebrough, who last month said it would be prudent to sign Gaborik, the team’s all-time leading scorer, to an extension by next Saturday’s season opener. “I was trying to do something before the season. It’s not happening. ... It’s not going to happen by the start of the season.”

Asked if he’ll react by putting Gaborik on the trading block, Risebrough said, “That, I’ll have to determine.”

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Questions About To Be Answered

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from Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters,

Coyotes fans will wonder if Olli Jokinen can get their team over the hump while Chicago fans are hopeful Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews has finally gotten their team on the right track.

Will Joe Sakic lead the Avalanche back to another Stanley Cup title?

Can Alex Ovechkin hit 60 goals again? What about 70?

Will the Patrick Marleau and the Sharks ever get to a Cup final?

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Will Satan Help Pittsburgh Forget Hossa

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from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal,

“Pittsburgh was smart to pick up Miro Satan because he’s a more complete player than Marian Hossa,” Adler says. “Hossa is a scorer, but so is Satan, except Satan knows even how to backcheck, AND he’ll know how to get Crosby into scoring positions and get the puck to him.

“Satan slowed down at the Island last season (just 16 goals in 80 games), but that doesn’t mean he he hasn’t got it any longer ... The Islanders stunk last season, that’s all.”

So two veteran hockey observers think Satan can do it. I’m not so sure, and I’ll get into that in a moment. It’s worth noting now, though, that Satan has defied negative expectations in the past.

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You Need The Players To Be Like Detroit

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Brian Burke has some words of warning for NHL opponents trying to ape the success of the Detroit Red Wings, the team that followed his Anaheim Ducks as Stanley Cup champions on a steamy night in Pittsburgh last June.

“To me, if you want to play Detroit’s style, you better have some players that can do it,” said Burke, the Ducks’ garrulous general manager. “A lot of teams don’t.

“That’s why I think it’s easier to fix the snarl on your team than it is to fix the skill. If you put players in your lineup like [Henrik] Zetterberg, [Pavel] Datsyuk and [Nicklas] Lidstrom, then, yeah, you can play Detroit’s way. But those guys are hard to find.”

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Financial Problems In Nashville Mount

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The Nashville Predators have had a tenuous financial existence for the last couple of years.  The problems started in earnest when original owner Craig Leipold decided to get out of the financial losses.  There was an offer by Jim Balsillie to buy the team and bring it to Hamilton.  This was turned down for a local group (that offered less money - but has made it easier for the NHL to approve his purchase of the Minnesota Wild).  The team was eventually sold to that local group, but they have never been on strong ground financially.  In order to get the deal together, the Nashville group asked for and received concessions from the city.

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