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Early Surprises

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from Stan Fischler at MSG.com, .

Through six games, high-priced newcomer (five years at $4.5 million per season) Mike Komisarek has ZERO points for the Leafs, who are winless in those six games. Maybe that’s because he’s already spent 23 minutes in the penalty box!

When he’s on the ice, Komisarek has a minus-4 rating, and even put a puck in his own net. This is not what the Leafs had in mind when they named him alternate captain.

It sure looked as if Brendan Shanahan was guaranteed a slot on the Devils. He was in good shape, and had a good camp. Then – POOF! Just like that – he was unloaded. Now, it looks like his NHL playing career is over.

It wouldn’t surprise me if he winds up working for Gary Bettman.


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The Shootout Kid Talks

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from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

He has quickly become an Internet sensation and is now all over the airwaves.

(Oliver) Wahlstrom was in New York on Friday to be interviewed on CBS and ESPN. He’s going to Fox studios Saturday and will also be interviewed by a Swedish television reporter for TV4 back in Sweden, where his father, Joakim, is from and used to play professionally.

He toured the NHL Store Powered by Reebok on Friday evening and got to meet San Jose stars Dan Boyle, Patrick Marleau, Dany Heatley and Devin Setoguchi, who were in for an event. Wahlstrom was also given a Winter Classic retro T-shirt and a Boston Bruins puck by Brian Jennings, the NHL’s Executive VP for Marketing.

“It’s chaos,” the soft-spoken Oliver told NHL.com. “I thought they would only see it at the rink.”

more and the video is of the shootout goal, just in case you missed it…

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An Arena Built With Dan Snyder In Mind

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

It’s been six years.

It was just more than six years ago that planning for a new sports complex and hockey arena in Elmira, Ontario, began. And it was just over six years ago that Dan Snyder was taken away from this world much too early, at the age of 25, in a tragic car accident in Atlanta.

On Sunday, when the Atlanta Thrashers honor their former player by skating at the new Dan Snyder Memorial Arena in his hometown 90 minutes west of Toronto, Graham Snyder will no doubt have a heavy heart, but he will also know that his son will be looking down with a big smile on his face.

After all, this is what Dan wanted, a new arena for Elmira.


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Phoenix Recall Kevin Porter

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

GLENDALE, ARIZONA —- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have recalled forward Kevin Porter from their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage. 

Porter, 23, has collected 2-5-7 and four penalty minutes (PIM) in five games for the Rampage this season.  The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Porter recorded 5-5-10 and four PIM in 34 games for the Coyotes last season and collected 13-22-35 and 14 PIM in 42 games with San Antonio.

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Alex Steen On IR With Fractured Wrist

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ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that the club has placed center Alex Steen on injured reserve.

Steen injured his right wrist Thursday night in the Blues 3-2 overtime loss in Phoenix.  After being examined by Dr. Richard Gelberman, it has been determined that Steen fractured his right wrist and will be out approximately six to eight weeks.

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Young Defensemen Making A Name For Themselves

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from Phil Coffey of NHL.com,

Back in the day, make that way back in the day, I was told that young defensemen were to be seen and not heard.

In other words, keep your eyes open and your mouth shut—and learns. Judging by what is going on in the NHL this season, I think the statement was made owning to my lack of talent at such a tender age, because young defensemen sure are making themselves both seen and heard nowadays.

The early going of the 2009-10 season has seen a slew of young defensemen come to the fore. Yes, it is early, but their exploits are still worth noting, especially when you see a kid like Michael Del Zotto not only earning minutes from a demanding coach like John Tortorella in New York, but also leading the entire rookie crop in scoring as of Thursday with 2 goals and 5 assists in seven games. His teammate, Matt Gilroy, also is a rookie and also playing some mighty minutes with the Rangers, averaging over 18 per game.

continued with additional NHL topics…

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Evening Line

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“Near the end of the first period, we started losing territory. We stopped making plays, stopped moving our feet. Then at the beginning of the second period, I think we went 10 minutes without a shot. Then they score two goals, and all of a sudden we get (mad) and get four quality chances. But that’s the point. When you talk about the mental side of building a team, it’s the same old story. You have to respect your opponent, but you can’t fear them. Yeah, they’re still the Red Wings, and they’re a hell of a team, but we’ve got to get over that mental block and start believing in ourselves. I thought we looked up and it’s 1-0 and, `Holy smoke, we’re playing with them,’ and then – like last year – there was a little bit of waiting for something bad to happen. And it did.’

-Kings GM Dean Lombardi on the loss to Detroit yesterday.  More from Lombardi by Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider.

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Let’s Try This Again

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You may remember this article I posted a few weeks ago from Michael-Louis Ingram and Gary Norris Gray of Black Athlete.

Well, today I received an email from them and they asked me to point to their new post up on the NHL…

We want to clarify a few things in our past article opening the season. We at BASN always strive to get the story correct - and our readers and loyal fans appreciate this. We’re pretty much on it here at BASN, but given the human factor, we may miss something.

In our haste to get information before the season’s start, we suffered a couple of mea culpas, so we will Zamboni the ice on those and start the next period fresh…


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Rangers Are The Early Story In The NHL

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from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

There have been plenty of surprises in the early going thus far, but is there a better story than the New York Rangers?

I don’t know how coach John Tortorella is doing it, but he has his Rangers riding a six-game winning streak and their next game in Toronto should be a gimmie. This season’s edition of the Rangers may present Tortorella with his toughest challenge yet as an NHL coach. When he looks down his bench there’s no Vinny Lecavalier to tap on the shoulder to leap over the boards. No Martin St-Louis, or Brad Richards, or Dan Boyle.

continued and other topics discussed are new coaches, the Leafs and Vinny Lecavalier.

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How Should The Game Finish?

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from Stu Hackel of SlapShot at the NY Times,

t has divided fans, some of whom love the spectacle (particularly younger fans and those in newer markets), others who think that a hockey game should be decided by playing hockey. There is always rumbling during the playoffs, especially after long overtime games, that the skills competition be employed to settle Stanley Cup games. That happened last spring. The outcry against that is usually quite loud.

It also messed up lots of statistical categories, producing absurdities (no one is credited with a winning goal, for example, but a game is won nonetheless; a goalie can get both a shutout and a loss, as happened this past week to San Jose’s Evegni Nabokov) which are inevitable with pragmatic ideas not fully thought through.


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