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Heatley Just Happy To Be A Shark

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from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

Dany Heatley is moving on and loving life in San Jose, remaining unmoved by the public opinion that his reputation has taken a serious hit after a tumultuous and controversial summer that included trade demands and trade rejections.

Heatley’s approach may seriously irk the passionate fans in Ottawa and Edmonton, but that’s not what he is trying to do, nor is it something he even cares about at this point. His focus, plain and simple, is on helping the Sharks win games and performing well enough to hopefully get a call from Hockey Canada sometime in December.

“I don’t know if I needed a fresh start, but after the summer it was nice that something happened,” Heatley, who was dealt from Ottawa to San Jose on Sept. 12, told NHL.com. “If you want to call it a fresh start that’s fine, but it’s not so much that I had a down year and needed to go somewhere else to have a fresh start. There were issues that I felt made it best that we go our separate ways. All I can say is I’m happy to be a Shark.”

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Take That Bucci

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from George Malik of Snapshots at Mlive,

ESPN’s John Buccigross posted a set of daffy comments responding to a Red Wings fan’s questions about Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk’s status as star players in the prime of their respective careers, as well as the supposed “end of the Red Wings’ run” at Stanley Cup contention thanks to a 3-3-and-1 start…

In today’s NHL, 29 is not “past your prime.”  As far as the Red Wings are concerned, forwards, defensemen, and goaltenders don’t really hit their “prime” years, superstars included, until the latter half of their 20’s, and can play at an elite level well into the latter half of their 30’s.  If the NHL was a “young man’s game,” none of the Red Wings’ four Stanley Cups, all won with “graybeards” playing essential roles on the Wings’ championship teams, would not have been won…

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Morning Line

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If you want to think along cynical lines—and cynicism is the birthright of every Kings fan—benching Frolov can be seen as a way to reduce his value as he nears the end of his contract and heads toward free agency. Lower production could be support an argument for a lower salary, though a team that starved for goals last season has little to gain by stifling any scoring source.

-Helene Elliott of the LA Times.  More on Frolov and the Kings from Helene…

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Lester Patrick Award Recipients Honored

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from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,

Earlier this year, hockey executive Jimmy Devellano, New York Rangers and Team USA goalie Mike Richter and six-time Stanley Cup winner Mark Messier were selected to receive the Lester Patrick Award for outstanding service to hockey in the United States.

On Wednesday night, the trio of hockey luminaries showed why they are considered American hockey treasures—despite the fact that both Messier and Devellano were born in Canada.

During the course of a 75-minute roundtable—hosted by Rangers broadcaster Sam Rosen and with Lester Patrick’s grandchildren, Craig and Dick Patrick looking on from the audience—Devellano, Richter and Messier spoke eloquently about their love of the game, as well as many of the issues unique to the growing of the sport in America.

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HNIC May Shift Their Focus Away From Toronto

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from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,

They are still the engine that drives the ratings for Hockey Night In Canada, no matter how ugly it gets on the ice.

But for how much longer will the Maple Leafs be foisted on the majority of the nation each Saturday night?

The deeper the struggling team’s slump gets and the greater the level of anger rises in Leafs Nation, the closer CBC executives will look at how many homes the team reaches on Canada’s most-watched weekly sports program.

Much like the team itself, the broadcaster realizes it’s too early to panic just three Saturday nights into the NHL season. It doesn’t hurt that the Leafs continue to draw big ratings and will continue to do so in the immediate future with all-Canadian matchups coming up.

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Can A Ref Be Blamed For A Turnover?

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from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

With the scored tied 2-2 just before the midway point of the third period, Predators defenseman Shea Weber was competing for a puck in his own end when he found himself face-to-face with referee Dennis LaRue.

Weber bowled over LaRue, but never could get to the puck, which wound up behind the Nashville net. Boston’s Daniel Paille shoveled a quick centering pass to Steve Begin, who knocked home the game-winner from the slot.

“He had nowhere to go and I had nowhere to go,’’ Weber said of LaRue. “It was a tough situation.’‘

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Willie Mitchell With A Huge Hit On Jonathan Toews

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from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,

Hawks captain Jonathan Toews was crunched with an open-ice hit from Willie Mitchell in the third period and didn’t return. Defenseman Brent Seabrook also left the game with an injury as the Canucks won 3-2 at the United Center.

Coach Joel Quenneville said after the game both players would be evaluated Thursday.

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Coyotes Prepare For Wings

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from Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic,

A Coyotes victory would make them the first team to beat both Stanley Cup finalists - they handed the Pittsburgh Penguins (8-1) their only defeat earlier this season.

“They have the ability to dictate games, so how you play against them as a group can say a lot about your play and how you’re going to play together,” Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said. “We have to be ready to play a fast game, a very hard game.

“Detroit is a team that competes very hard, and their top players compete very hard, so if you’re not willing to match that, you’re gonna be behind in the game.”

Teams hosting Detroit often find their arenas jammed with Red Wings fans.

Coyotes forward Scottie Upshall said it creates an atmosphere and buzz in the building. He said the Coyotes will use their own fan base as a momentum builder against a team that has a loyal fan base across the country.

The venue for a Red Wings game, he said, could be anywhere, and the excitement would be there.

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Measuring Head Trauma

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from Darren Dreger of TSN, T

wo NCAA college programs in the United States are using the latest in technology to study the cause and effect of head trauma on varsity hockey players. And the NHL has indicated interest in doing the same one day.

Dartmouth and Brown employ the Head Impact Telemetry System – HITS - to measure, record and analyze what impact collisions have on the head and brain.

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Evening Line

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Both BYU and Utah have games on Versus this weekend and of course, Directv subscribers will not be able to watch the games. 

via Rick Aaron of Fox 13 (Utah),

BYU head coach, Bronco Mendenhall noted the irony of conference partner Versus playing hardball with DirecTV, while ESPN, who doesn’t even have the game rights, is broadcasting its College GameDay program from Provo Saturday.

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