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Hey, Hey Hockeytown

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The official website of the Detroit Red Wings needs to realize the NHL season has started. Why you ask? As I pointed out a week ago, they still maintain NHL games are being televised on ABC, ESPN & ESPN2! The Wings website has always lacked the most current NHL news, a perfect example is durng the NHL Draft, when all other team websites were updating as the picks were being made, the Wings still had a pre-draft story up on their site; 24 hours after the draft had taken place. Hmm, can we take a look at the Wings Entry Draft History? Geez, it looks like the 2005 Draft hasn't even taken place! Well at least they are trying to help out the bars and restaraunts around the Joe. Under the 'Interactive' menu on their site there it is 'Local food and Entertaiment, so what do you think is listed. One venue, the Hockeytown Cafe, which happens to be owned by the Ilitch Family. Is that the only place in the area? Not by my calculations, there are at least 15 such establishments, all closer to the JLA than Hockeytown is. Hey, Hey Hockeytown, this is embarrasing! Oh yes, it almost slipped my mind, but I did try to email the Wings through the website and received the following message: Your message with Subject: Fan Comments could not be delivered to the following recipients: DRWPublicRelations@hockeytown.com Please do not resend your original message. Delivery attempts will continue to be made for 2 day(s). They may want to try to fix that too!

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Why Not A Visor

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from the Toronto Sun,

The NHL says it is in favour of implementing a rule -- in conjunction with its close friends at the NHL Players' Association -- that would mandate eye protection in the league. The league has said that before and refused to implement it without agreement. The matter actually came up in the recent collective bargaining talks. The NHLPA didn't object to mandatory eye protection -- only a majority of its members did. So what did Maple Leafs rookie Carlo Colaiacovo do on Tuesday? He decided he no longer needed to play with a visor, which may explain why the Leafs chose to send him back to the Marlies yesterday. Never mind his playing ability, it may be his ability to think that they have to be concerned about. When asked about what affect the Sundin injury would have on him, Colaiacovo said: "Probably won't influence me."

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Money Due

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from TSN,

In the midst of the gddiness of a Renaissance hockey season that is only two days old, there is no escaping the harsh economic reality of the new NHL. And for members of the NHL Players' Association, it can be summed up in one word: escrow. TSN has reviewed opening-day NHL team payrolls and player salaries and has determined that when the players get their first pay cheque of this season on Oct. 15, at least 10 per cent of their salary, and perhaps more than that, will be withheld in an escrow account to ensure the league does not overspend on player costs.

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Warming Up

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from the CP via the Toronto Sun,

Joey Lee knows first-hand the importance of warming up before hitting the ice. "I've noticed over the last few years, the few times I was stupid enough to get on the ice without exercising, I pulled a muscle almost immediately," said Lee, 48. While kids and teenagers are not as prone to throwing out their backs when playing hockey, pre-ice warm-ups help NHL wannabes stay physically and mentally focused. "You want to get them warmed up, not so much for injury prevention, but so they are performing at their peak a little bit faster than they would be otherwise during a practice or a game," said Lee, who helps coach a team in Richmond Hill. Many experts are of the same opinion
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Sundin Could Miss 4-6 Weeks

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via the CP,

Toronto Maple Leafs captain Mats Sundin has a fractured lower orbital bone and could be out four-to-six weeks after taking a puck in the face in Wednesday's season opener, the NHL team said Thursday. Sundin lasted just seven minutes of the 4-3 shootout loss to the Ottawa Senators when he was hit in the face by the puck.

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The Maven Meets The ‘Rocket’

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from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,

When I first began following hockey as a kid, “The Rocket” Richard was beginning to emerge as the game’s most prolific goal-scorer. In 1945, the year of my Bar Mitzvah, Richard scored 50 goals in 50 games, a record that has never been matched. Being a Toronto Maple Leafs fan, I naturally regarded Richardian feats with fear and awe, but my admiration for the man never ceased, and as I grew older and began writing about hockey, I zeroed in on the Rocket whenever I could.
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Addidtion To Hockey Blog

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I have added a few links to the left sidebar. Live scoring and video highlights (video highlights requires a one time registration) from NHL.com and player statistics from TSN. If you think of anything else I should add, please let me know.

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OLN Hockey Webpage

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OLN has started establishing an NHL page on their website. A small improvement, but it is a start.

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Sid Fails

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from the Hammer,

"I don't know, I guess...I just expected more from Crosby," said Toronto Star hockey writer Damien Cox. "Sure, he demonstrated his exceptional lower body strength, as well as some amazing passing skills beyond his years, but he didn't bring the dead back to life, which is what I think everybody was expecting."

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A View From Across The Pond

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from the International Herald Tribune,

The National Hockey League's gain was Europe's loss as they finally dropped the puck on the ice again in 15 North American cities after a season wiped out by labor troubles and, above all, a failure by players to take their club owners and league commissioner Gary Bettman seriously. The players eventually got the message and the big pay cut, scrambling to accept a new agreement that instituted the salary cap they had vowed never to tolerate. The silver lining to the lockout was that many of them got to spend the season on the continent where they learned the game.

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