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The Belfour Incident

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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

For a real goaltender controversy look south to Florida, where the Panthers are trying to slam the door shut on an incident in which one of their goaltenders, former Leaf Ed Belfour, was admittedly responsible for having their other goaltender, Alexander Auld, taken to the hospital for several stitches over his right eye in the wee hours last Friday. Belfour is no stranger to wacky incidents involving late nights, early mornings, bars and the police, all of which were present when a night out for a group of Panthers at their hotel on Long Island, N.Y., turned sour. Nor is it unknown for him to have a prickly relationship with the other goaltender on his team.
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The Goalie Mask

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from John Bishop at BostonBruins.com,

Halloween is the perfect time to talk about masks -- specifically goalie masks. Starting in goal for your Goulish Gremlins, Jason Vorhees. It might be a little sad to the noble wearers of such equipment that perhaps the most famous goal mask of all time belongs to the fictional malicious malcontent of the Friday the 13th movie series, Jason Voorhees. And it's his modified facial protection that has scared more moviegoers than just about any accoutrement, that is probably the most recognizable piece of hockey equipment of all-time.
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Arnason Steps Up

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from the Rocky Mountain News,

As recently as a week ago, an Ottawa Sun report labeled it the "worst trade deadline acquisition" in Senators history, referring to the March 9, 2006, deal that fetched Tyler Arnason from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a prospect and a second-round draft pick. Ouch. Eight months later, based on his play with the Avalanche in the first 11 games of the season, Arnason could be forgiven if he smirked just a little bit about that derogatory critique.
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Don’t Expect Hitch In Phoenix

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from the Arizona Republic,

Gretzky vehemently denied rumors that former Philadelphia Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock would soon join the Coyotes in some capacity. "The only thing I've said to Ken was to come out and spend a few days with me and get away and play some golf and watch some hockey out here if he wanted to," Gretzky said. "As far as him coming on board with us, (the answer is) unequivocally no."
more on the Yotes "hard" skate yesterday and Roenick wants the team to come together... added 11:42am via the Philadelphia Inquirer,
It is looking more and more likely that Hitchcock will end up behind the bench in Phoenix, with Wayne Gretzky moving upstairs.
Someone is wrong!!!

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Hatcher Must Go

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from the Trenton Times,

And like the Mets, who saw Mays retire after the 1973 season, the Flyers need to let Hatcher go. It won't be an easy pill to swal low. Hatcher is only 10 games into the second season of a four-year, $14 million contract he signed after the lockout. Putting him on waiv ers -- where he likely would go unclaimed -- would save the team $3.5 million against the salary cap this year. The hard choice comes this summer. The Flyers can let Hatcher spend the next two seasons skating for the Phantoms, or they can buy out the remaining two years of the deal. That move would save on Comcast-Specta cor's internal budget, as the team would only have to play two-thirds of the remaining $7 million. But the cap hit would be about $1.17 million a season for four seasons, as under league rules that remaining two-thirds amount stays on the cap for twice the remaining life of the contract.
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Banned For Life

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from the Oswego Daily News,

Brandon “Sugar” Sugden, of the Syracuse Crunch hockey team, candidly described how he was banned for life from the sport he loves because drugs and alcohol took over his life.... “I drank and broke curfew every night,” he said. Today he realizes, “There is nothing good going to come from going out and getting drunk.” As for drugs, he says, “Just don’t do them. They’re horrible. I wish I had never done drugs.” He first tried cocaine when he was 21 while in Cincinnati. The next year, he brought coke with him to training camp. “It’s something you train your whole life for and then you go and do something stupid,” he recalls. He got kicked off the team; but he continued to do coke, he said.
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No Moves For Columbus

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from the Columbus Dispatch,

"I don’t think we’ve gotten a total feel for this team yet, with (Fedorov) just coming back (from a shoulder injury) and getting into shape," MacLean said. "I don’t want to do anything right now, because I really like the make-up of the team. And the coaches like the makeup of our team. "I’m talking to different teams, but no more or less than usual, and our start to the season has nothing to do with it. Honestly, I’m not looking to do anything right now." How long will MacLean stay in waitand-see mode? The Blue Jackets, with only 19 goals in nine games, are one of the NHL’s lowest-scoring clubs.
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All Alone

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from James Duthie of TSN,

Quick, kids, name the most useless, irrelevant position in sports. Point After holder for the Buffalo Bills? Valid, but no. Post-Season Ticket Coordinator, Kansas City Royals? Close. Personal Trainer, John Daly? Sorry. Try NHL Goal Judge. Oh sure, once upon a time he was Da Man! Any goal the referee didn't see clearly, it would be all up to him. His thumb and that little red-light button would decide the outcome of many a game.
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Middle Of The Pack

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from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,

The easy thing to say is they are a work in progress, these Senators, but the more accurate description is they must progress in their work. Where have you heard that before, huh? Despite some improved play lately, the same flaws keep cropping up -- too much individualistic play, not enough patience -- though not as often, and Senators coach Bryan Murray is starting to sound like he's about had enough.
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Koharski Sidelined

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from HockeyRefs,

NHL referee Don Koharski is out for about a week after a puck hit his face Saturday, sources said. Koharski, 50, was overseeing a game between the visiting New York Rangers and Phoenix Coyotes when a puck deflected into his face in the third period. The game, which ended in a 7-3 loss for Phoenix, was finished by referee Tom Kowal and linesmen Brad Kovachik and Tim Nowak.
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