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Not Much Was Expected

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from Elliotte Friedman of the CBC,

Monday afternoon, hours before he did colour on the Dallas-Detroit radio broadcast – he works for the Stars now – Hull reminisced about his career in the team’s hotel. It is The Headliner on Saturday’s pre-game show, and my biggest regret is that we just didn’t have time to include everything. Hull said other than believing he was good enough to play in the NHL, didn’t have enormous expectations. He was glad to be traded from Calgary, not because he didn’t like the city, but because there was no room on the roster for another right winger. “When Terry Crisp told me, I tried to hold back, but I couldn’t prevent the smile from coming to my face,” he said.
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Saturday Morning Odds and Ends

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Despite traffic you wouldn't believe, Bubba's attempts to sabotage me several times across Tennessee, evil speed traps in Virginia and an amazing display of navigational ineptitude, I can happily report my safe arrival in Washington, DC. Having been here a little over 24 hours, you'd think that my presence in the seat of government would automatically give me some sort of insight into Andres Lilja's claims that he's being "politically" blackballed by the Wings. Alas, no. More on that in a moment.

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Datsyuk Tries New Stick

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Pavel Datsyuk brought out the new Reebok 9KO stick last night. Notice the holes in the shaft which makes it 20% less wind resistant than other sticks. image

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Lilja Considering The Trade Route

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from the Detroit Free Press,

Friday's game against the Wild was Lilja's 13th appearance in 24 games. Lilja told the paper it doesn't seem to matter if he plays several good games in a row, he still doesn't get to play regularly. Lilja said it would be easier to take if he got an explanation, but said he doesn't think he's gotten any. Lilja told the paper there are "political reasons" for the decision not to play him regularly. Asked by the paper what this means, Lilja replied, "I know it sounds strange, but that's how it is." Lilja went on to say that if things remain the same, he may consider asking for a trade in January.
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Leopold Ready To Play

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from the Rocky Mountain News,

Five months after becoming a member of the Avalanche, barring an unforeseen setback, the 26-year-old defenseman will put on sweater No. 44 and make his season debut tonight against the Vancouver Canucks at General Motors Place in Vancouver, British Columbia. Leopold, who has been recovering from surgery for a sports hernia, was officially activated Friday from the injured reserve list. "I'm excited to get back out there," he said. "I've been around the guys. I've been on road trips. It's been fun being around, but of course I want to play. I want to get my chance."
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One Tough SOB

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from Morris Dalla Costa of the London Free Press,

...But things have changed for the Detroit Red Wings great. They've changed a great deal from his personal life to his health to his business life. The good news is that after a difficult time, they appear to be changing for the better. "There were some awful times," Howe said this week from his home outside Detroit. "I always thought I was a tough son of a bitch, but I'm on these pills for my heart. You never think you're getting old . . ." Howe is now 78. He holds the record for most games played in the NHL. He's second in goals and third in total points.
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Columbus Now Competitive

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from the Calgary Sun,

Don't call the Columbus Blue Jackets a pushover. At least not anymore. Since new head coach Ken Hitchcock was hired last week, the team has lost two one-goal games and defeated the Minnesota Wild 5-3 while competing at a much higher level than they did coming out of the gate with a 5-13-2 start under Gerard Gallant.
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Wanna Do It

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from the blog of Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

About a week ago, Phoenix Coyotes enforcer Georges Laraque worried that the role of fighters is nearing extinction in the NHL. Well, based on his conduct Thursday night against Los Angeles, it can't come soon enough. While wearing a televison microphone for the game, Laraque inadvertently made a mockery of his chosen art and completely undermined the dogged efforts of those who maintain that fighting has an important part in the sport.
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Around The League

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from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,

•Exactly what did Dan Cloutier accomplish in Vancouver that made Marc Crawford want him in L.A.? It's a question that should have been asked long before they offered Cloutier, who has a league-worst 3.67 GAA and .868 save percentage, that two-year, $6.2-million contract. •From the Life Isn't Fair File: Florida goalie Alex Auld lets in one goal in 125 minutes of regulation and OT over two games, and loses them both: 1-0 in regulation to Atlanta, 1-0 in a shootout to Montreal.
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Whitney Steps Up

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the News & Observer,

Without Stillman, Whitney's role and production have increased in his second season with the Canes. He ranks second on the team, and 15th in the NHL, with 29 points (nine goals and 20 assists). "You could tell, given Cory's status, that Ray came in here with the thought that he was going to be the guy," Erik Cole said. "And he has been. He has been really good for us."
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