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Jarome Arthur-Leigh Adekunle Tig Junior Elvis Iginla Interview

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from ESPN,

On Dec. 19, 1995, the Calgary Flames traded away former playoff MVP and fan favorite Joe Nieuwendyk to the Dallas Stars for promising teenager Jarome Iginla. At the time, the move was heavily criticized by both fans and media in Calgary. A decade later, it's a different story. Iginla, 28, is arguably the biggest star to play for the Flames. In this week's edition of "Facing Off," Iginla talks about how his upbringing has helped him find success in Calgary.

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NHL Wrong To Censor Coaches

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

If the NHL is truly as good and terrific and really neat as they would have us believe, then they should be big enough to stand up to a little negative feedback — instead of essentially muzzling an entire league, because in the new NHL, there never should be heard a discouraging word.

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How Do You Hold Your Stick

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from Nancy Koenig's blog at NHL.com,

Mellanby reminisced about his first game, which really occurred on March 22, 1986 with the Flyers. He was 19-years-old, awaiting his first shift. Coach Mike Keenan did not like the way he was holding his stick while sitting on the bench. "He told me to turn my stick around," Mellanby said, walking across the locker room to grab a twig for the purpose of demonstration. "I'd been holding it this way (blade up) my whole life, so I switched it back by mistake and he came down the bench and kicked me. "Holding it this way (blade up) told him you weren't ready to play." Mellanby was asked if he'd ever heard that before. "No. And I've never heard it since, except from him."

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12th Edtion Of The NHL Carnival

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The Acid Queen will be the hostess for the upcoming NHL Carnival. She is looking for some specific input and you have until the 29th of October to submit your article.

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Calling Out The Play-by-Play Guy

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from the Denver Post,

Anybody got any quiet pills? The television duo for the Colorado Avalanche could use a double dose. Doug McLeod is in his first year as the Avs' play-by-play man on Altitude, replacing John Kelly. You have to love his enthusiasm but he's letting story time get in the way of his main job - telling us what's happening on the ice, with players' names. Would it kill him to mention occasionally who's skating on which line?

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Hitchcock Challenges Primeau

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from the Courier-Post,

The coach and the captain had a lengthy meeting in the coach's office and when Primeau emerged, he bobbed and weaved around the nature of the discussion. "It was pointed and direct," Primeau said. "He didn't really include anybody else. The conversation revolved around my role and my responsibility. It was directed at me. He was not questioning my work or my ethic, but challenging me."

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Shanahan Flourishing Under Babcock

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from the Detroit Free Press,

"He's moving his feet, and he's involved physically," Mike Babcock said Wednesday. "All that other stuff is just cake. If he does those two things -- actually, if he moves his feet, he skates -- everything goes his way. That's the big challenge for him: Don't stand around. Don't watch. Get involved." "This is the best I've seen Brendan skate in a number of years," Holland said. "He's been big and strong and winning physical battles, going to the front of the net, backchecking. This is the best all-around he's played."

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Jagr Prefers North American Captain

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

"Within the team itself, I don't think the nationality of the captain makes a difference; we all respect one another on this team no matter what country we're from," Jagr said following a 75-minute practice meant to prep the Blueshirts for tonight's Garden match against the Islanders. "But I think because of all the communication with this community involved, a North American is best. "That's just my opinion, of course."

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The Ovechkin Files

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from the Toronto Sun,

Let me explain the way Alexander Ovechkin's mind works. The Washington Capitals super rookie is reading a book but he doesn't quite have the English skills to describe what it's about. Turn your left palm toward you and put it at eye level, fingers up. Now put your right hand against your left, finger on finger, pointing to the left thumb. Open your fingers. "It's about a guy who kills people," Ovechkin said, "about life, ah, what's the word ...?" "In prison?" "Yes. Prison." Look at your fingers again. Bars. In the trade, they call that imagination.

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Flyers Have Speed Issues

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from the Phildadelphia Inquirer,

There have been whispers throughout the NHL the past few weeks that the Flyers might not be built for the new, high-speed game. The Flyers' coaches have heard it, and so have some of the players. After the loss at Montreal Tuesday night, the questions are at least worth considering. Throughout most of the 3-2 overtime loss, the Flyers appeared to be a step behind the speedy Canadien forwards, and after the game coach Ken Hitchcock actually used the term "foot-speed issues."

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