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NHL On Versus Begins Thurdsay

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NEW YORK, N.Y. (September 29, 2009)-VERSUS, the exclusive cable television home of the National Hockey League (NHL), kicks off its fifth year of NHL coverage on Thurs., Oct. 1, with a must-see night of hockey featuring three of the best teams during last year’s regular season.  Opening night will also showcase NHL superstar Alexander Ovechkin’s season debut and the Colorado Avalanche honoring 20-year NHL veteran Joe Sakic by retiring his jersey.  The double-header begins with a clash between Eastern Conference titans when the Washington Capitals visit the Boston Bruins at 7 p.m. ET, followed by the Avalanche hosting the San Jose Sharks at 10 p.m. ET.

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NHLPA Discusses Events Leading To Kelly Firing

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from Darren Dreger of TSN,

The NHL Players’ Association held a conference call on Monday night which consisted of the player representatives and full membership.

A source said the call wasn’t contentious at all and the group talked about the procedure and events leading up to Paul Kelly’s firing and was asked to take the discussion back to their teammates for further analysis.

No NHLPA staff, advisory board members or even ombudsman Buzz Hargrove were allowed to participate in the 2 1/2 hour meeting.

Another conference call will be held on October 4, at which point the executive board will recommend how to handle Kelly’s firing.

If the board feels Kelly was fired with just cause, then the remainder of his contract may not be honoured. If that were to happen, it’s believed Kelly would swiftly challenge this decision legally and a new fight will begin.

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Can The Wild Get Out Of The Gate Quickly?

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from Rachel Blount of the Star Tribune,

If the Wild is to return to the playoffs after missing out last season, it cannot afford to get out of the gate slowly. Still, it’s impossible to predict just how soon this promising roster can get Richards’ system into its bones—and rid itself of the defense-first style that had become as natural as breathing. Center Mikko Koivu and left winger Andrew Brunette haven’t played a game yet because of injuries, and Pierre-Marc Bouchard, James Sheppard, Benoit Pouliot and Shane Hnidy also have missed valuable ice time.

When they haven’t skated, the coaches have been teaching them the fine points of a more aggressive, attacking offense by diagramming plays on a board and showing them video. But such a philosophical shift requires repetition in the crucible of competition in order to lock it in. Richards hopes his players’ experience and savvy can help them get up to speed quickly, particularly with the major changes on special teams.

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Bloggers Preview The West

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from SlapShot at the NY Times,

We’ve recruited a new passel of independent bloggers to join our crew from last spring, and here they are, just in time for Thursday’s N.H.L. season openers. Below, the Western contingent of our Hockey Night in Blogdom gang takes a team-by-team, snide-remark-by-snide-remark look at the season ahead. Entries appear in order of their clubs’ finish in the regular season. Behold the future!

Sean Payton of Anyone but Detroit
Will the Avs be better or worse than last year, and where will they finish?

The Avalanche will be better — they finished 15th in the West last year so there is nowhere to go but up. I’ve got them finishing 13th, ahead of Nashville and the mess currently known as the Phoenix Coyotes.

What team would you most like to see fail this year, and why?

The name of my blog is “Anyone but Detroit” for a reason. The reason I want to see Detroit fail this season? Todd Bertuzzi is now a Red Wing.

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How Much Longer Will Owners Support Bettman?

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Richard C. Powers is the associate dean and executive director of MBA and Master of Finance program at the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.

from Richard Powers at the Toronto Sun,

As we await the decision on the fate of the Phoenix Coyotes, there is an interesting angle to the story that should be front and centre—why does the NHL continue to push its southern U.S. strategy when everything seems to suggest it hasn’t worked?

More to the point, how has NHL commissioner Gary Bettman managed to keep his position despite numerous problems and fiascos south of the border? In just about any other job, he would have been turfed out with last week’s salad.

Let’s examine the facts. Phoenix is just the tip of the iceberg.

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Great Siblings

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from Tom Jones of the St. Petersburg Time via ScrippsNews,

Here are our picks for the best sibling athletes of all time.

1.Phil and Tony Esposito
A no-brainer. How much better can you get than two Hall of Fame brothers? Phil was one of the most prolific scorers in NHL history. Tony is among the greatest goalies and a pioneer of the now-common butterfly style of goaltending.

6. The Sutter brothers
In sheer number, these siblings are unmatched. An incredible six Sutter brothers made it to the NHL. They are Brent, Darryl, Brian, Ron, Rich and Duane. Most were considered hard-working pluggers, but Brent and Brian each scored more than 300 goals. The six combined to play more than 5,000 NHL games and win six Stanley Cups.

read on but no other hockey brothers mentioned.  I do wonder if he has heard of the Richard brothers though?

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The Globe Arena Is Ready For NHL Hockey

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from Jeremy Rutherford of the Morning Skate at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

After many hours and lot of manpower, the ice surface at the Globe Arena is ready for Friday and Saturday’s game between the Blues and Red Wings….

The one difference is the height of the glass on the side boards. They are roughly two feet shorter than the regular glass at Scottrade Center. That could come into play if a team is penalized for shooting the puck over the glass in the defensive zone, which requires a delay-of-game penalty.

more plus a video Jeremy shot of the Globe Arena…

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We’re Watching Shootout Goals

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All-time shootout goals courtesy of TSN.

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Blue Jackets Get Their Power Play Point Man

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from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

Yesterday, less than a week before the season opens, Howson got his man. The Blue Jackets acquired Stralman, 23, from the Flames for a thirdround draft pick in 2010.

“Anton fits a critical need on our roster,” Howson said. “He’s got puckmoving ability and power-play potential. He’s a right-(hand) shot, too, which is a nice bonus.

“He’s still a young player in the league, so he has a lot of upside, too.”...

“I was kind of shocked by the trade. I was really surprised,” Stralman said. “But it feels all good. I feel it’s a great opportunity for me.

“I’m not really aware of the situation in Columbus, other than to say it’s a really young, talented team and Rick Nash is a superb player.”

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Paul Stastny’s Time

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from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

He’s just a kid to some, but Stastny is the Avs’ highest-paid player and the one the Avs will most rely on in the 2009-10 season, which starts Thursday. That’s OK. Stastny is used to growing up fast.

“It comes with the territory. I know what’s expected of me here, but I expect as much or more from myself,” he said. “We’ve got a younger team now, and I know I need to be an example to some of the younger guys. But I’m excited about it. I got to learn from some great players before me, so I hope to do some of the same things to other guys.”

Stastny will start the first year of a five-year, $33 million contract this season. He is eager to prove he’s worth the money and to make people forget about last season. Injuries limited him to 45 games, and he had the worst point production (11 goals, 36 points) of his three-year career.

“I think everyone wants to kind of throw away last year, but at the same time remember how bad it was and use it as a reminder we don’t want it to be that way again,” he said. “I learned a lot last year, even though I didn’t play much.”

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