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Nothing But Hot Air From Burke

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from Joe Warmington of the Toronto Sun,

Despite all of the bombastic banter, and off-season acquisitions, the Leafs at the 20-game mark have won just three and lost 17. Spare us the argument that overtime or shootout losses are ties!

The “pugnacity, testosterone, truculence and belligerence” Burke promised seems to have instead become poor, pathetic, pitiful and pomposity.

Still Burke woos always wishful Leafs Nation with sweet-talking BS about “like a movie” one day the Leafs will “ride off with the girl on the horse followed by a parade.”

Problem is this movie so far is a flop and a lot of Burke’s promises so far have amounted to nothing but hot air as we saw with the charade he played while in Anaheim when he was rumoured to come here?

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The Ron Wilson Watch

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

So if the water keeps rising, and it’s rising very quickly around the Leaf enterprise right now, Burke may ultimately get pushed into doing something he is dead set against.

The guess here is that Wilson has 10 more games to show some noticeably positive results.

The team is healthy, particularly the key players, Wilson was lucky enough to have a pure scorer in Phil Kessel added in early November and he’s working with a team that isn’t overly inexperienced.

The club, however, was dead last in defence and penalty killing last year. It still is. Youngsters like Luke Schenn, Nikolai Kulemin and John Mitchell are going backwards or sideways.

Whatever Wilson and his assistants are preaching either isn’t getting across to the players, or it’s a game plan they can’t execute.

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Mellow Is The Man Who Hosts About 120 Live Blogs Per Year

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Panthers in town.  Osgood’s back in net.  Dennis LaRue has just signed up to be a guest hockey blogger on Yahoo.

All is right with the world.

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Roenick Talks Current Affairs In The NHL

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from TSN,

When asked to share his opinion on Stars forward James Neal’s hit on Blue Jackets winger Derek Dorsett, which cost Neal two-games via disciplinary action from the NHL, Roenick didn’t pull any punches in labeling the Stars’ leading goal scorer.

‘‘If Neal would have done this 20 years ago, he would have been blackballed from the league,’’ said Roenick. ‘‘If you’re going to get challenged, then drop your gloves and go to it - fight, but don’t come back later on and then give a cheap shot to a guy who has already challenged you.

‘‘To me, that’s kind of gutless and I’m sure a lot of guys in the league think that’s gutless also.’‘

more from Roenick on different topics…

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Talking Scouting

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from Evan Weiner at NHL.com,

One of the most overlooked front office jobs in hockey is that of a scout. The scout provides preliminary information on players, and his reports are the first to be analyzed by the personnel people.

There are different types of scouts. One might specialize in watching junior players and try to project what a 16- or 17-year old might become by the time he is 22, 23 or 24 years old. Other scouts, like Pete Mahovlich, ride around sections of North America looking at minor-league talent or taking in NHL games to evaluate players.

Mahovlich, now a pro scout for the Atlanta Thrashers, has been scouting talent for a long time after a very successful NHL career.

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Possible 3rd Jersey For Panthers

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from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

So many of you have been asking to see what these new third jerseys look like, well, this is pretty close.

I think.

The team has done a good job of being secretive about these jerseys and this is what I would call an ‘‘artists’’ rendition*.

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The Play Of Tomas Fleischmann Goes Unnoticed

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

How does a player start his season with 11 points in 10 games and barely get noticed around the league?

By playing on a team with Alex Ovechkin, Alex Semin, Nicklas Backstrom and Mike Green, that’s how.

Sorry Tomas Fleischmann, but you’re getting some national recognition now from ESPN.com.

“It’s OK, you can keep it quiet,” the Capitals forward said on the phone from Washington, laughing all the while.

He can afford to laugh. A few months ago, he was told his career might be over. Doctors discovered a blood clot in his leg after he returned home to his native Czech Republic following last season, a condition likely worsened by the long flight home.

“We are lucky we caught it, I was in danger,” said Fleischmann.

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Neal Suspended Two Games

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via NHL.com,

Dallas Stars left wing James Neal was suspended two games by the NHL on Friday for a hit from behind on Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Derek Dorsett at 13:01 of the second period of Thursday’s game.

Dorsett was among a group of players battling along the wall for the puck when Neal came charging in. Neal appeared to leave his feet to deliver a blow to Blue Jackets defenseman Marc Methot, but instead he hit Dorsett in the back. The force of the blow drove Dorsett face-first into the glass. He fell to the ice and could not get up.

In case you missed the hit, watch it here.

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The NHL At The Quarter Mark

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NEW YORK (November 20, 2009)—Fewer than five months after hearing their names called as first-round selections at the National Hockey League Entry Draft, John Tavares of the New York Islanders, Victor Hedman of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Matt Duchene of the Colorado Avalanche and Evander Kane of the Atlanta Thrashers have helped key turnaround performances by their teams in the first quarter of the NHL season.

  As the 1,230-game schedule passes the quarter mark with tonight’s games, seven clubs that did not qualify for the 2008-09 Stanley Cup Playoffs currently hold a top-eight Conference position – four in the Western Conference (#2 Colorado, #4 Los Angeles, #7 Phoenix and #8 Dallas) and three in the East (#3 Buffalo, #6 Ottawa and #7 Tampa Bay). The Islanders and Thrashers are a whisker behind the Eastern pack through a first quarter-season that saw outstanding individual and team performances along with stunning last-minute, game-changing dramatics.

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Paul Kelly Goes Back To College

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from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding,

Former NHL Players Association Executive Director Paul Kelly fulfilled his wish to stay in hockey by accepting a job as executive director of the newly-formed College Hockey, Inc.

    The Hockey Commissioners Association created the organization for the purpose of raising the profile of Division I hockey. Kelly will be in charge of that mission.

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