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Refreshing Attitude

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from the New York Press (alternative newspaper),

What’s so cool about the NHL is that we are witnessing it at a time when the players consider themselves stakeholders in the league’s survival. These athletes are committed to the game itself as much, or more, than they are to their own paychecks. They take immense pride in the product they put on the ice, night in and night out. Once the public gets a good look and listen to these guys, they’ll find a refreshing attitude—a true love of the game—that’s seldom found in other pro sports.
much more...plus the anti-hockey guy...

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Design A Mask

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Canadian youngsters 18 & younger are invited to design the Team Canada goalie mask for the 2007 World Junior Championship in Leksand and Mora, Sweden. NHL goaltenders José Théodore and Manny Fernandez former gold medalists for Team Canada, will judge the entries. image

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Two Weeks Into The Season

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from Shawn P. Roarke at NHL.com,

Here are a few observations from the first 14 days of the season: * Dallas goalie Marty Turco is off to a scalding-hot start this season. Plus, he is one of the most well-spoken athletes in our game today. In fact, his own coach, Dave Tippett, called him the most normal goalie he has been associated it, a compliment all goalies should aspire to. * Where are the fashion police when you need them? The concept of wearing unfashionable -- sometimes downright ugly -- articles of clothing as a badge of honor is reaching epidemic proportions in the NHL.
much more

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Flyers Put Three On Waivers

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via TSN, The Flyers have waived Nolan Buamgartner, Niko Dmitrakos, and Petr Nedved. added 1:27pm, That is about $4.2 million worth of salaries... Nedved (2.35M), Dmitrakos ($675K) & Buamgartner ($1.2M)

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Life After The Trap

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

...Like the notion that the Wild have completely changed their style of play now that they've acquired high-profile talented players Kim Johnsson, Pavol Demitra and Mark Parrish. They haven't. Or the belief Lemaire would still rather have his players never leave their own zone, and if they must, they leave one at a time and only for a moment. He actually doesn't mind if they leave the zone as long as they come back. Further, there is no truth to the rumor that Lemaire signed his extension on the condition that his players don't give up an odd-man rush for the next six months. But the thing about urban legends is that, well, they become legend or take on the appearance of fact. Lemaire knows that.
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The Season Has Started

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The new NHL commercials are now available... Crosby in the shower and Turco in the back seat... image image

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Sabres Jersey Is #1

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from Dan Steinberg at his D.C Sports Bog,

Someone from the NHL, who knows of my love for merchandise sales figures, just e-mailed to tell me that the new Sabres jersey is the No. 1 selling jersey on NHL.com, and that since the new logo debuted in September, Sabres stuff has accounted for 10 percent of all sales on NHL.com. Also note that, from Sept. 23-Oct. 16, sales of Buffalo Sabres merchandise was up almost 900% compared to the same period a year ago.
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On The Same Page

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from Hockey Refs,

The National Hockey League keeps the 30 NHL franchises under the new jurisdiction, while the IIHF enforces low-tolerance among the 64 member federations. This is also the first season that all top-7 European leagues will follow the same guidelines, which will make it so much easier for the 14 referees who take part in the IIHF Referee Exchange Program. Although we are happy with the new era, we are perfectly aware that we are far from perfect. This is still a learning phase for the national associations, the leagues, the players, officials and referees. Probably the most important message to get across is that this is not about zero-tolerance, as many reporters like to describe this because it happens to be a catchy phrase.
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The 286th Pick

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from the Star Tribune,

In the history of the NHL, Wild defenseman Kim Johnsson is unarguably the most successful player taken last in the entry draft. The New York Rangers chose Johnsson with the 286th and final pick of the 1994 draft. It was probably more luck than ingenious scouting that got Johnsson to the Rangers. A few years ago, former Rangers General Manager Neil Smith said he almost literally scanned the list of available candidates, closed his eyes and pointed. "I never saw the kid play before," Smith said a few years ago. "I didn't know the name. I just pulled it out of a hat. "It was the last pick in the draft in Hartford and I only had a few thoughts. I was thinking, 'Are all our bags packed up? And what time's the party starting so I can get a beer?' "
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Arnott Stands Out

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from the Tennessean,

But considering the franchise has more than $8 million invested in the four newcomers, it's safe to assume that management and coaches are making evaluations in every minute of every game. "The fact that we're 2-3 after five games means it's not the kind of start we wanted," Predators General Manager David Poile said. "But it always takes some time for individuals to adjust positionally and team-wise. I'd say we're not yet hitting on all cylinders, but hopefully the best is yet to come.'' From a numbers standpoint, Arnott has been the most prominent of the new players, having posted five points in five games.
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