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Naming Rights

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Your turn hockey fans. Feel free to leave your comments on "hockey lines". How creative can you get with naming your favorite line combination? Just enter your name and comments, all other fields are not mandatory. Fill in the captcha and post your comment. added 10:40am on 10/11/06, The guys of "Hockey This Morning" on XM station 204 gave their opinion (will open mp3 audio) of favorite line names this morning. Also, I wanted to thank everyone for their comments and hundreds of emails I received. I plan to ask for your view on different topics throughout the season.

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Valid Points - On Both Sides

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from Spector at his Fox Sports blog,

Foxsports.com columnist Ian O’Connor’s recent article (“NHL Still Isn’t Must-See TV for Americans”) has sparked a bit of cyberspace outrage amongst some American-based NHL fans. Can’t say I blame them. American NHL fans are every bit as passionate and knowledgeable about the NHL product in particular and hockey in general as their Canadian and European cousins. They’re weary of having their sport mocked and dismissed by the American sports media, and are optimistic over the league’s chances to improve its popularity in the United States.
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No Respect

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from George Johnson at ESPN.

"I'm a little surprised by the outside hockey world and where they have us projected," admitted left winger Ethan Moreau, resisting the urge to bug out his eyes, mop a sweaty brow, yank on an imaginary tie and do a Dangerfield. "I don't understand it. I realize the West is really good. Obviously, we lost [Chris Pronger] and he's the best defenseman in the world. "But with our system, guys are pretty disciplined and dedicated to playing a really aggressive style offensively, but we also take care of our own end. We block a lot of shots, we get in shooting lanes … we don't give up much."
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Possible Knee Problem For Kubina

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Howard Berger reporting on the Fan590 that there is a concern Kubina suffered a ligament tear to his knee in last night's Leafs/Panthers game.

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The Family Room

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from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

Every NHL building has a home for the players' wives, girlfriends and family. It's where the fraternity meets. Jessica Conroy, wife of Los Angeles Kings centre Craig Conroy, explains: "That's where you go at the first game to meet everyone and then get dragged around the building and shown everything so you don't get lost," she said. Being part of the fraternity has its benefits. Players' wives know what it's like to suddenly pick up and move around the continent. They understand the stresses and strains of having a husband in the NHL.
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Off Wing Opinion Goes To the Peacock

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Eric McErlain will be writing a blog-like column at the NHL secton of NBCSports.com beginning Monday. Best of luck to Eric and kudos to NBC for asking a hockey blogger to get involved with their new website.

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Playoffs Not Good Enough

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from the LA Times,

Pronger, however, had a different take on the Blues' run of 25 consecutive playoff seasons that ended last year when they had the NHL's worst record. "I don't know if you want 25 in a row," said the Ducks' defenseman. "We didn't win anything. That's the thing. You want to win. You want to get to the end at some point. "Just to the get to the playoffs is something I don't think we're looking for here. We're looking to win championships."
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Gretzky On Zherdev

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via the Columbus Dispatch,

Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky was effusive in his praise of Zherdev, who had two goals last night. "I imagine (Gallant) feels the same way I do," Gretzky said. "When you have the puck, you can do whatever you want with it. "It’s when your team doesn’t have the puck — whether you’re Nikolai Zherdev or Mario Lemieux — that you have to be willing to conform to the team system. "When you’re young, you don’t always understand that. After you spend a few years in the league, that’s when you start to embrace that." Did coaches ever tell Gretzky to dump the puck? "They may have," Gretzky said. "But I didn’t hear them."

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Two Hot Goalies

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from the Calgary Herald via the Star Phoenix,

Both are home-grown draft picks -- Nabokov, a ninth-rounder in 1994; Toskala, a fourth-rounder in 1995 (Miikka Kiprusoff, a fifth-rounder in 1995) -- and both remain Sharks property through the 2007-08 season. "Unbelievable. Probably the best tandem in hockey, you know," said winger Mark Smith. "No matter who's back there, we know they're going to get the job done. A great deal in having them as the last line of defence. They're out there stopping pucks, doing whatever they do. It's a beautiful thing." And as far as on-ice adjustments, depending on who's starting, it's apparently minimal. "One's Russian, one's Finnish," laughed McLaren. "That's about it."
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Which Goalie In Montreal

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from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

Goaltender controversy? Not in the Canadiens dressing room, says David Aebischer, who appears to be the favourite to start tomorrow night when the Canadiens face the Flyers in Philadelphia. "Some people might want to talk about it, but it doesn't exist in this dressing room," Aebischer said when asked about the internal rivalry between himself and Cristobal Huet. "We're teammates and we're both working hard to play our best. At the end of the season, we'll be able to look back and see who plays the most."
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