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Predictions: Northeast Division

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I am continuing with my pre—season predictions today by looking at the Northeast Division.  Here are my West Division picks.  The Northeast Division has produced the East Conference regular season champion for the past three seasons and each year it has been a different team (Ottawa in 2006, Buffalo in 2007 and Montreal in 2008).  That says that this division has some good teams and should be able to challenge for the division lead again.

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How The Game Has Changed

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Hermann of Newsday,

Thinking back a decade or so, Guerin said, “The game was a little more carefree. Now there’s a lot more at stake. There’s more money at stake for the players, a lot more money at stake for the owners, for the coaches, for everybody. You see guys backchecking like crazy. Every game is important now. Now, if you have a bad stretch in November, your season could be over.”

Devils forward Bobby Holik, who debuted with the Hartford Whalers in 1990, said the league still is growing into its new offense-first era. He is happy that tight-fitting jerseys are gone and physical play is making a comeback.

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I still think he’ll come back around December. Where? To be determined. His heart remains in Toronto, but if the Leafs are already out of it come that time, he’ll need to cut the cord. Keep an eye on the Rangers and Flyers.

-Pierre LeBrun of ESPN on Mats Sundin.  More from LeBrun and Mats, but we have heard it before…

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Thrashers Goalie Prospect Refuses Demotion

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from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

Ondrej Pavelec, the top prospect in the Atlanta Thrashers organization, will not be reporting to the AHL his agent told Sporting News….

Allan Walsh, Pavelec’s agent, said the Thrashers organization didn’t keep promises given to the young goalie when he signed with the team, so he wants out….

Walsh said he wouldn’t have had a problem if Pavelec had been given an honest opportunity to make the team and gotten beaten out. But he said the young goalie was never given a fair chance to the roster, something he said was part of the agreement with Atlanta.


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The Influence Of The European Player In The NHL

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Playoffs Within Reach For Yotes

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from Paolo Boivin of the Arizona Republic,

Maybe it’s the Zamboni fumes clouding better judgment, but postseason inclusion no longer sounds far-fetched thanks to a blueprint that hints this team has a much better sense of direction. By trading Nick Boynton and Keith Ballard for Olli Jokinen, the Coyotes acquired a No. 1 center without giving up their best offensive talent. Other decisions, including nurturing young talent instead of banking on fading stars, should begin to pay dividends this season.

No storyline is more intriguing than the potential of top line Mueller, Doan and center Jokinen.

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Are Buffalo Fans Still In The Game

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from Jason Kay of the Hockey News,

In places such as Chicago, Anaheim, Atlanta, Columbus, Boston, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay and Washington (and all of Canada, of course) there is a belief among our correspondents that excitement is high in the markets they cover, never mind this is prime time for MLB playoffs, the NFL season is in full swing and the global economy is in a free-fall.

However, a couple lines in one of the stories triggered alarm bells for me. Call it my DEW (Distant Early Warning) sensor going off, but I have a modicum of concern for a team in hockey’s heartland: the Buffalo Sabres.

“Buffalo just doesn’t seem as psycho about the Sabres,” writes our contributor John Vogl.


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Saturday Hockey Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

The Inside Hockey Radio Show is back this week with host James Murphy and new co-host Todd Carroll, as they take listeners inside the NHL, AHL, NCAA and CHL.

Their lineup this week features Kevin Greenstein (Inside Hockey) Brian Daccord (Stop it Goaltending), Dave Schneider (Zambonis), Bob Snow (NHL.com), Patrick King (Sportsnet.ca), Louis Jean (Rogers Sportsnet), and PJ Stock (CBC’s Hockey Night In Canada and Team 990)

The show broadcasts from 2-4pm on NHL Hockey Ice XM 204, on The Team 990 in Montreal, and 1120 AM WBNW in Boston. It can be heard online at Team 990 or Money Matters Radio.  To chime into the show, you can reach them at 1-877-645-6696 or 1-877-NHL-6696, or email radio@insidehockey.com.

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Family Comes First For Hockey Playing Family

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from Rob Miech of the Las Vegas Sun,

The five Hunter boys unanimously decided to quit playing hockey a year ago to help their sick father with the family’s 11,000-acre farm in Shaunavon, Saskatchewan.

Planting wheat, peas and lentils, maintaining combines and other machines, hauling grain, shoveling bins, picking rocks and spraying chemicals—among other chores—demanded 18 hours a day.

Before reporting to Las Vegas to try out for the Wranglers, who opened camp Friday morning at the Las Vegas Ice Center, Luke Hunter again was called home by his father, Lorne.

“I got there at 10:30 at night, we worked until 1:30 in the morning and then I rose at 5:30 a.m.,” Luke Hunter said. “We didn’t finish until 3:30 in the morning. It’s harvest time. It’s a full-time job. A lot of hands are required.”


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Gaborik Contract Talks Go Nowhere

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from Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune,

Marian Gaborik’s long-term future with the Wild never has been more uncertain.

General Manager Doug Risebrough told the Star Tribune on Friday that he does not expect to sign Gaborik, who is one season from unrestricted free agency, to a contract extension by the start of the season.

“Not making any headway,” said Risebrough, who last month said it would be prudent to sign Gaborik, the team’s all-time leading scorer, to an extension by next Saturday’s season opener. “I was trying to do something before the season. It’s not happening. ... It’s not going to happen by the start of the season.”

Asked if he’ll react by putting Gaborik on the trading block, Risebrough said, “That, I’ll have to determine.”

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