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Planning To Stay In Pittsburgh

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from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

New Penguins owner Jim Balsillie today told the state Gaming Control Board he intends to keep the Penguins in Pittsburgh. He said he'll do so as long as there's a solid plan for a new arena. "The commitment is there on the presumption you can come through with a viable (arena) plan agreement, yes," he said in response to a question from board member Mary Colins, who asked Balsillie point bank whether he'll keep the Penguins in Pittsburgh if the Pens' partner, Isle of Capri Casinos, doesn't win a slots license next week.
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The Greatest Maple Leaf

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Another fine submission by KK member and fellow blogger Joe Pelletier. Who is the greatest Toronto Maple Leaf of all time? Not an easy question, is it? If you were to ask 10 different people you'd come up with 10 different fans. This is not as big a problem for other organizations in the National Hockey League. Lets first examine the other "Original Six" teams. The Boston Bruins have had a lot of greats but none better than arguably the game's greatest in Bobby Orr. Same can be said about the Detroit Red Wings with Gordie Howe (although Steve Yzerman could be 1a easily) and the Chicago Blackhawks with Bobby Hull. The Montreal Canadiens have had more greats than anybody but no one will ever be able to displace Maurice "Rocket" Richard from a top the all time list. The New York Rangers are the only other Original Six team where the best player of all time is debatable, although the pool to pick from up is noticeably smaller. Modern fans will tell you Mark Messier, older fans will tell you Jean Ratelle or Rod Gilbert, historians will tell you about Frank Boucher and the Cook brothers Bill and Bun. Eddie Giacomin would get the popular vote.

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Dman Blogs Too

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from the National Post,

Tampa's head coach John Tortorella says Janik is a player the Lightning "are looking to develop" and he believes that, even with all the rookie mistakes he has made in this his first full NHL season, Janik has "played some good hockey." The 26-year-old Massachusetts native is, then, a work-in-progress. What Tortorella apparently does not know is that the young blueliner is an all-star in the blogosphere. "I don't even know how to get into blogs," Tortorella growls. "I don't do any e-mails. I don't do any of that stuff."
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Roenick Leaves Early

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from the Arizona Republic,

Coach Wayne Gretzky scratched center Jeremy Roenick from Tuesday's game because of “back spasms.” Roenick, who Gretzky said, spoke of back pain on the team flight after Monday's game vs. San Jose, did not like Gretzky's decision to bench him and abruptly left General Motors Place upon hearing the news a few hours before the game. Roenick was not spotted in or around the Coyotes dressing room during the game, nor was he in it afterwards. “I just didn't want to play a guy that was injured,” Gretzky said. “It's as simple as that.”

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Trouble With The Fins

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Pete Weber, Nashville play by play man, did a Q & A with the Tennessean,

On the toughest names to pronounce in the NHL: "It's tough when we get a combination of Fins on the ice at the same time. In games against Phoenix a few years ago, there was Kimmo Timonen on the ice for Nashville, and on the same shift for Phoenix would be Teppo Numminen and Ossi Vaananen. You can imagine what that was like. 'Numminen to Vaananen, over to Numminen! Hello Numminen!' "

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Canes Struggling

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from the New & Observer,

Limping home after a discouraging road trip, the Carolina Hurricanes realized the magic was gone. That ability to overwhelm opponents with furious, third-period rallies, to leave slower teams gasping in their wake, was a trademark of last season's Stanley Cup run. Injuries and inconsistent play on both ends of the ice have fouled up that equation, however.
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Making A Name For Himself

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from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Touted as a can't-miss top-five draft pick at last summer's NHL draft, Esposito's spot on the Canadian junior squad is anything but a cinch this year.... "They compare me to Crosby and all I can say is I'm just a 17-year-old trying to do the best I can do," said Esposito, who sits 10th in QMJHL scoring with 17 goals and 37 helpers in 31 games. "Crosby is mentioned with guys like Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux, and it's flattering but you can't make that comparison. Still, I get that in every rink."
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On The Comeback Trail

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from the Hartford Courant,

Another drill was about to begin for Jed Ortmeyer. Practices often can be more of a chore than a pleasure, but not for Ortmeyer on Tuesday. Few enjoyed the workout and competitive 3-on-3 at the end of practice more than Ortmeyer, who will play for the Wolf Pack tonight against Philadelphia at the Civic Center, his first game in 71/2 months. Everything about practice beats what transpired in early August while Ortmeyer was taking a routine offseason run with Rangers - and former Pack - teammate Ryan Hollweg.
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Ducks Lead The League

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from the San Francisco Chronicle,

Coaches and general managers like to say their teams can win any style of game -- speed and finesse or grind-it-out and physical -- but the Ducks really are an example of that thus far. Anaheim had 33 fighting majors in its 33 games. St. Louis led a batch of bad next-closest teams with 21. Combine five teams with the fewest -- Boston, Detroit, Minnesota, Montreal and the New York Islanders, all with six each -- and the Ducks still had three more.
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Don’t Bury The Flyers Yet

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from Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

Things sure have changed around the ol' Wachovia Center. When the secret lead-lined door at the corner of the press box opened after the first period, who stepped out but (cue suspenseful music) Mr. Bob Clarke. To be fair, the Flyers did say Clarke would be scouting junior hockey after his resignation as general manager. They just didn't mention that the junior-hockey team in question would be the Flyers.
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