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Toronto Area Needs Another Team

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

A second team in the metropolitan Toronto area would galvanize all the Leaf haters into one faction and presumably, put them squarely behind the new team, in the same way the New York Mets came along at the start of the 1960s to give New York baseball fans an alternative to the Yankees. If anything, the presence of a second team in Toronto would only enhance the franchise — by adding one more natural geographic rival — and if they ever met in the playoffs, it would represent great drama, a Gardiner Expressway series between the downtown Leafs and the Mississauga-based newcomers.
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Lindros Refreshed In Dallas

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from Terry Frei at ESPN,

"It's all refreshing, it's all new to me. The city of Dallas is a wonderful place to play. It's a great organization. The practice facility is fantastic, with great ice down there for being so hot all the time. Really, the ice is fantastic, which in turn helps in our practices and our skill level." That statement might seem predictable and mundane. But here's what is striking about Lindros. As he talked about the practice ice, there was genuine excitement in his voice. Practice ice! And this from a man with a reputation for dispassionate, guarded detachment when in the spotlight. We are rooting for him.
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Perfect For Each Other

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from Chris Russell at the Sporting News,

Critics said last year that the NHL was wrong -- and that might be a kind description -- for jumping to a little-known network. However, as I said then, the NHL in my opinion made a great move to find a new cable home. The NHL needed Versus, and the network needed the NHL. It's a marriage that was good for both. For example, on Wednesday afternoon, there was a block of pregame programming that included a show called "Soul of a Champion" on Devils great Martin Brodeur, a show dedicated to Game 7 of the last year's Stanley Cup finals and a show that featured the travels of the Stanley Cup during the offseason.... You might construe this as a programming plug for Versus, but, more important, it proves the NHL struck a brilliant deal. The league is getting more than just game coverage, which is all it got from ESPN in the last few years of its deal. On Versus, the NHL won't get put on the back burner. The NHL got a network that is growing and hungry, and reliant on the league, to some degree, to be a cornerstone of its programming.
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Fan Law

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from Jay Russo at ESPN,

Fan Law: The eyebrows of TV analysts can not be bigger than their foreheads. That means you Tie Domi. You can have a face like Borje, but not the eyebrows of Andy Rooney. For more styling tips, please see Mr. Melrose. Fan Law: The actual banner-rising-to-the-rafters moment should not be longer than a two-minute minor for roughing.
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Hockey Pool Still Open

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Last week we introduced a great new hockey pool for fans everywhere. The prizes are awesome, the pool is free and easy to join and the only risk? You might actually win something! You can jump straight into the pool here -- it'll take you only a couple minutes to join. Or you can read more about the prizes and rules here. This pool is open to join and to adjust your rosters until next Wednesday, October 11th. After that there's nothing left to do but hope for the best and start into the trash talk... and I know you're all good at that! (*just drop me a comment or PM if you have any problems.)

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The Focus Is On The Game

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from John MacKinnon of the Edmonton Journal,

Can a relaunched NHL suffer a sophomore jinx? Not likely, you'd think. Too much diversification in the portfolio, the on-ice possibilities too rich to be brought low by some off-ice hiccup or other. Certainly, Year 1 of the New NHL was such a smash success -- goal scoring up, attendance up, fighting majors cut nearly in half, shootouts a boffo artistic success (hey, there Marek Malik!), Stanley Cup final a seven-game thriller -- that even the industry grouches had little to mutter darkly about. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, on the other hand, was about as giddy as his Type A personality permits on the eve of the league's 89th regular season.
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Americans Don’t Care

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from Canadian Business Online,

American TV viewers have been tuning out since the mid-1990s. It can't be the product any more. Hockey is more exciting than ever, the broadcasts are of good quality and don't have annoying gimmicks such as the glowing blue puck, and there are some marquee young players in the league. Yet Americans still don't care. And that makes the business of professional hockey less certain than it should.
read on... A blanket statement saying "Americans still don't care" is a kick to my stomach!

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Customized Jersey Delivered To Your Seat

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via the San Jose Sharks,

Starting November 2nd against the New York Rangers, you will be able to choose a jersey from the Sharks Store or at any of the Merchandise Stands throughout HP Pavilion, request a favorite player’s name and number, and your customized jersey will be delivered to your seats, or pick it up after the game.
A great idea... do other NHL arenas offer a service like this?

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In The Booth With Marty ‘Freakin’ McSorley

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from the Mercury News,

His first week on the job, the Sharks' new TV analyst is chatting with a fan as they walk from one rink to another at the team's practice facility. They exchange pleasantries, talking about the joys of watching young players compete for jobs at training camp. Then she takes a good-natured jab, welcoming him back to San Jose and wishing him well -- "even though my husband and I used to call you Marty Freakin' McSorley.''
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Chara With The “C”

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Boston Globe,

So yesterday's announcement that the Bruins had officially bestowed the captaincy upon Chara (and that Bergeron and Murray would be assistant captains) came as no surprise to any puckhead, even those woozy from Zamboni exhaust. "Just the leadership, the presence, what he brings every night," coach Dave Lewis said. "I don't think it matters to him whether it's on the road or at home, he'll play the same way. He wants to play against a team's best players. He wants to contribute defensively, offensively, in all critical areas. "I think he's capable of doing all that. Leadership qualities, trainingwise, dedication, commitment -- all those things are important for an organization. It's nice to be able to have a guy you can look to who brings those elements."
read on...and for the trivia and history buffs, Chara is the 3rd Slovakian born player to wear the "C"...

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