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Ottawa Taking Advantage Of New Rules

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from Shawn P. Roarke of Fox Sports,

The Ottawa Senators, under new coach Bryan Murray, have broken free from the chains that once held the team back. With new rules placing a premium on skill all over the ice, it was clear to see that these Senators were perfectly positioned to go for the goals. Murray — a man that has coached more than 1,000 NHL games and won more than he has lost — realized that immediately and seized the opportunity by flashing the green light to his skill players. "I think under Jacques, we were very much a team that played extremely well defensively," said Daniel Alfredsson, the team's captain. "And, as the years went on with Jacques, we got better and better offensively, as well, and were able to score more goals and capitalize on other teams' mistakes.

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TSN Player Rankings

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1. Simone Gagne 2. Daniel Alfredsson 3. Eric Staal 4. Dany Heatley 5. Peter Forsberg

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Kings Try To Sneak Player Thru Waivers

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The strategy is used as a bluff — or it was until this past week, when the Los Angeles Kings actually tried to slip a player back to the NHL after he started the year in Europe. His name was Yanick Lehoux, one of the Kings' top minor-leaguers last season, who decided to play in Switzerland over the summer. Lehoux was unhappy with his European experience, so he agreed to re-sign with the Kings and try his luck in the NHL. L.A. signed him, put him on waivers, crossed their fingers — and promptly lost him when the Phoenix Coyotes, a divisional rival, put in a claim for his rights.

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Fleury Back With Pens

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via the Pittsburgh Penguins,

The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury from their American Hockey League affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, it was announced today by General Manager Craig Patrick. To make room on the roster, the Penguins have placed goaltender Sebastien Caron on injured reserve. Caron was placed on injured reserve after suffering a strained quadriceps muscle in last night’s game in Atlanta.

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Look At The Good Side Of The Game

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Flyers Chairmain Ed Snider quoted from the Philadelphia Inquirer,

"This is going to sort itself out," he said. "So talk to someone positive for a change. Stop talking to the players and coaches and general managers who are complaining, and quote someone positive. "Because I love the way this is going. I was on the competition committee and this is exactly what we had in mind. Our sport is a sport of speed and skill and beauty, and our fans are finally getting a chance to see that. "They haven't been able to see that in a long time. People forget that. People forget that those kinds of comebacks were impossible 5 years ago, with the all the clutching and grabbing.

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Klesla Out For Six Weeks

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via the Columbus Blue Jackets,

The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed defenseman Rostislav Klesla on Injured Reserve due to a broken hand suffered in last night's 3-1 win over St. Louis, club President and General Manager Doug MacLean announced today. Klesla is expected to be sidelined for six weeks.

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Sinden Worries About A Tragedy On Ice

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from the Boston Herald,

“It’s the 5-on-3s,” Sinden said on Monday in Toronto, as he rode a bus to the Hockey Hall of Fame for Cam Neely’s induction. “There have been more 5-on-3’s in the first 15 games than I’ve seen in years. And they are somewhat dangerous right now, I mean seriously dangerous.” "The defensemen are getting forever to wind up,” Sinden said. “They’re going to kill someone standing in front with a shot. They’ve got forever to shoot, and they shoot it so hard and so high. Most shots are high. I’m telling you, I’m worried sick about it. I’m afraid it’s going to happen. Someone is going to get killed out there.”

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Who Plays For Canada

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

So Lemieux, Yzerman and Bertuzzi are no longer locks; Legace and Joseph are outplaying all Canadian-born goalies; Nash is likely out of the picture; and maybe Gretzky and Co. will have to take individual performances this season in the "new" NHL more seriously than past reputations. Or maybe not. Let the debate rage.

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Olympic Hockey Facility Near Completion

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from the AP via Canada.com,

The ice hockey arenas for next year's Winter Olympics in Turin are almost complete. Now, they just need to stop the ice from melting. NHL ice expert Dan Craig called the main Palasport Olimpico arena, with its excellent sight lines and huge entry hall, "state of the art," citing instruments that measure ice temperatures in eight different locations of the playing surface. However, a power outage three weeks ago at the secondary Torino Esposizioni arena caused paint to seep up through the ice, nearly causing the entire ice sheet to melt.

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‘Battleship’ Kelly Teaches Teamwork

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from the News Journal,

In his role of ambassador of hockey for the Philadelphia Flyers, Bob Kelly handles large gatherings of schoolchildren as deftly as he used to deal with opposing defenses in his 10 years as a left wing. "Basically, it's about teaching teamwork and what it takes to succeed as a team, having respect for each other, working together, and staying in school and getting an education," Kelly said. "We're just trying to send the overall message to the young kids."
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