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School Kids Keeping Canadian Soldiers’ Spirits Up

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For those of you who haven't been there, Afghanistan is not the most pleasant locale these days. Students attending Holy Trinity Catholic School in Guelph, Ontario are well aware of that and doing what they can for Canadian Soldiers supporting the Global War on Terrorism. Via the Guelph Mercury News,

All 394 students at Holy Trinity Catholic School are writing letters and crafting drawings for Canadian troops in Afghanistan so they'll receive them in time for Remembrance Day. John Mifsud, 13, keeps the troops up-to-speed on the NHL season and the Raptors' season, which recently kicked off. "They might want to know about their favourite team. . . . They might not have the channel there," he said.
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Higgins Out Six Weeks

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via TSN,

Montreal forward Chris Higgins will miss six weeks of action to heal a suspected sprained left ankle. The Canadiens' scoring leader, who has eight goals and five assists in 13 games, is scheduled to see a doctor today. He has to wait for swelling to abate for a proper diagnosis to be made.

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Kolzig Glad He Stayed In DC

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Remember at the '04 deadline when Olaf Kolzig was rumored heading pretty much everywhere but Jersey? He does. And he's happy he wasn't dealt. From Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun via Slam,

"You can ask for a trade and go to a contender. You are not guaranteed to win," said Kolzig, who was almost traded to Ottawa at the deadline in March, 2004. "Your odds improve dramatically in the short term, but you also lose a little bit of stature as well. I've been here 17 years now. I've built up some status in the organization and when you get traded you lose that. I just thought: 'You know what, it's a rarity for guys to start and finish with the same team. Why not try and win it here with the team that drafted you?' I think that would be the ultimate if we could do it in the next three to four years."
More from Bruce Garrioch, including what he expects to come out of the GM meeting.

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Bill Daly Is The Real Deal

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While at the Lester Patrick Awards Luncheon yesterday, I had the opportunity to chat will NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly for about five minutes. I walked away thinking if Gary Bettman ever decided to leave the NHL, Bill Daly should walk right into that position, with no questions asked. In my conversation with Bill, I first thanked him for returning every email I have sent his way regarding clarification on NHL questions I have had along with KK readers. We also discussed the game itself and how it has settled in nicely, especially after recalling all of the questions many of us had a year ago at this time. He seemed sincere about the reaction of the fans who visit sites like Kukla's Korner and knows it is so important to retain the core hockey fans and keep them as happy as possible. A funny moment at the luncheon was a Detroit TV sports anchor approached me about interview opportunities with the "NHL bigwigs". I told him the best interview would be with Bill Daly, he looked at me and wanted to know who Bill Daly was. I just shook my head and walked away. My NHL.com blog regarding the Lester Patrick Award is up at NHL.com if you care to read it.

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Nolan Calls Out Islanders

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from Newsday,

"That was worse than a clunker," Nolan said of the Islanders' second straight home loss that dropped their record to 6-6-2. "The most frustrating part was that we seemed to quit. You can get 'outskilled,' but when you quit, that's another story. "When they got up 3-1, we looked like we didn't want to fight back . . . We played so well in Jersey that we thought it was going to be easy."
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HDNet Now Available In Canada

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Rogers Cable Communications Inc., today announced a carriage agreement with HDNet to distribute the channel as part of its high definition programming line up. "We're thrilled to be launching HDNet in Canada on Rogers Cable," said Mark Cuban Chairman and Co-founder of HDNet. "This launch means that Canadian viewers will now see the highest quality HD programming around, including original programming, investigative news, great original movies and hard hitting sports." HDNet NHL Hockey Schedule

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Give And Take

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from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,

If the Maple Leafs either miss the playoffs or go out early, their fans can then switch their allegiance to the team they help the most -- the Nashville Predators. In Gary's Game, the idea is that if you build a strong team, you get penalized. The effects already have been seen in Colorado and Philadelphia, and are showing signs of having their impact in Detroit. Thanks to the salary cap and the revenue-sharing, the National Hockey League's successful teams are penalized.
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Cheechoo Fighting Slump With Focus On D

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Via the San Jose Mercury News,

Jonathan Cheechoo, the reigning Rocket Richard Trophy winner, has gone without a goal in six consecutive games, but he is mostly concerned about his defense. Sound like convoluted logic? Allow Cheechoo to explain: ``They can live with you if you're not scoring,'' the Sharks right wing said. ``But if you're not scoring and getting scored on, it's really tough for the coaches to put you out there.''
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Wild Dads Along For West Coast Trip

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From the St. Paul Pioneer Press,

The team is staying three days at an oceanfront resort in Huntington Beach, so there will be time to soak up sunshine, catch up on life experiences and break bread with fellow NHL fathers from Europe and North America. "There are events in your life that are very special, and I believe this will be one of them," said Marc Fernandez, the father of the Wild's No. 1 goalie, Manny Fernandez. "I didn't even discuss it when he called me and asked whether I wanted to go. I said you're asking a blind man if he wants to see."
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Playoff Format To Change?

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Ross McKeon of the San Francisco Chronicle says it's being considered,

The way it would work is to have the Nos. 1 versus 8 and 4-5 first-round matchups from each conference in the top half of separate brackets, and the 2-7 and 3-6 finishers make up the bottom half of separate brackets. Thus, in the conference semifinal, the winners of 1-8 and 4-5 meet as do the winners of 2-7 and 3-6. We're a little baffled why the idea even would arise, especially considering the Stanley Cup playoffs are the best thing the attention-starved league has going.
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