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I have an appointment that I must attend and will not have web access for about the next 2 hours or so.

So, any news that breaks, feel free to add it to the comments of this post or discuss anything hockey related.

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Relax People

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from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

In Toronto, where president and GM Brian Burke spent the summer overhauling his defence, his Maple Leafs lost twice and allowed 10 goals. His two prized pickups, Mike Komisarek and Francois Beauchemin, played poorly. Even worse for Leaf fans, returning goaltender Vesa Toskala struggled and some want to hang him from the CN Tower.

Take a deep breath people, there’s plenty of hockey left. With a short training camp, coach Ron Wilson did not have much of an opportunity to implement a defensive system. The Leafs can’t be this bad, can they?

The reigning Western Conference champion Detroit Red Wings dropped a pair to the upstart St. Louis Blues and already people in Motown are harping that the goaltending is no good. Let’s give the Blues a little credit here. They had an outstanding second half last season and simply picked up where they left off.

more plus some Oilers and Emery talk too…

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Stars May Have To Address Cap Issues Next Season

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from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Basically, just to bring back the exact same roster, the team already has added about $4.5 million in raises for Eriksson (who makes $1.6 million this season) and Robidas (who makes $1.5 million this season).

Now, mix that with the fact that they still have unrestricted free agents in: Marty Turco, Mike Modano, Jere Lehtinen, Steve Ott, Alex Auld, Toby Petersen, and Krys Barch as well as restricted free agents in: James Neal, Fabian Brunnstrom, Nicklas Grossman, Matt Niskanen and Tom Wandell, and you have some interesting decisions to make.

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How Would You React?

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If a player from your team went out ‘partying’ with members of the opposition?

from Tammy Stables Battaglia and Michael Rosenberg of the Detroit Free Press,

Miguel Cabrera had a blood-alcohol level more than three times the legal limit when he was involved in a physical altercation with his wife early Saturday morning, according to the Birmingham Police.

Cabrera had been partying with buddies from the Chicago White Sox after Friday night’s game at Birmingham’s Townsend Hotel, Birmingham Police Chief Richard

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The Most Affluent Fans

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from Austin Kelley of the Wall Street Journal,

Marketing-research firm comScore analyzed online traffic to nhl.com, nba.com, nfl.com and mlb.com in the U.S., and found that more than half the puckheads had household incomes of at least $75,000. About 36% came from households making six-figure sums or higher. Baseball ranked second with 32.7 percent of its web-browsing fans in the $100,000 or more bracket, followed by football with 28.3 percent. Nba.com, by contrast, had only 27.7% of its users among the top-earning households, giving it the least-affluent fan base.

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thanks to Darren Rovell’s tweet for the pointer…

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Morning Line

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The scariest thing about going to an NHL game is seeing decent, non-mouth-breathing types among the media and hockey executives huddle around a television set whenever Hockey Night in Canada’s Coach’s Corner segment is on. Most of us learn at an early age that it’s impolite to rubber-neck at car accidents.

-Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail.

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The ‘Winnipeg Is Getting An NHL Team’ Talk

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from Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press,

There was more NHL/Winnipeg speculation on Saturday night’s Hockey Night in Canada’s Satellite Hotstove.

On the season’s opening weekend, the captivated nation was told that big money from Toronto has done plenty of work already to buy the Atlanta Thrashers and move them to Winnipeg. Is it just another episode of wishful thinking or a real indicator of what’s afoot?

True North Sports and Entertainment chairman Mark Chipman wasn’t saying on Sunday, taking his usual tack of the less said the better. There are several known quantities to this ongoing story:

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Your Battle Of The Blades Report

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from the CP via NHL.com,

Hockey hero Claude Lemieux drew swoons for a cheeky butt wiggle while NHL bruiser Tie Domi got the crowd cheering with his best Mick Jagger impression Sunday as beefy athletes traded their hockey sticks for sequined outfits and sexy female partners on the CBC TV elimination-style series, “Battle of the Blades.”

The new reality show debuted with Domi, Craig Simpson and six of their former hockey cohorts managing to avoid any ugly spills while flinging their seasoned partners across the rink, over their shoulders and between their legs in pursuit of viewer votes that could crown them coolest on ice.

continued and watch the Bob Probert/Kristina Lenko routine below…

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Capitals Look To Knuble For Leadership

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from Gary Graves of USA TODAY,

As Knuble’s role takes shape with the defending Southeast Division champions — he was projected to play on the top line with Ovechkin when he signed July 1, but his first two games were with the second unit — he has made inroads. The club named him an alternate captain, the first time the 6-3, 223-pound Toronto native recalls starting a season with that title.

“That’s part of the deal of coming in, being an older player and (the team looking to) a more veteran guy,” he said. “It’s still a young core group, but there are leaders all over and guys lead by experience by their play on the ice. It’s an honor, though.”

Of his Philadelphia homecoming, he added, “It’s going to be weird.”

His true value might be defined in the playoffs, when the Capitals hope Knuble influences their younger players the same way since-departed Sergei Fedorov did last season. Knuble is coming off a 27-goal season, so there’s no doubt his stick carries as much weight as his voice.

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When Mike was a rookie with the Wings, we happened to live in the same city and would run into each other on occasion.  I remember Mike had that “deer in the headlights” stare with him at the time and it is nice to see the progress Mike has made in the NHL.

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All Alexander Semin

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from Dmitry Chesnokov at the Washington Examiner,

How comfortable are you playing on the first line. A lot of people thought that Mike Knuble would join Ovechkin and Backstrom on the first line.

It’s not about being comfortable or not comfortable. We just have a great chemistry with Alex and Nick and no one is selfish. No one is taking it all on himself. It’s simply a pleasure to play when you have such chemistry. We just know each other all too well: where each of us should be, when to expect a pass, which position on the ice each one of us should take.

Because of this chemistry, your line will now be looked at differently by other teams, who will study the way you play. Are you ready to face the best defensemen in the NHL? Are you ready for more personal attention and closer play?

Let the rest be scared of us, than for us to be scared of how someone is going to play against us. Let them study our game. What is it to us? We will just go out and play our best, just like we have been playing. I don’t think it makes sense to change your game for anyone—especially when it comes to our line.

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