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Thrashers Building A Dynasty

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from Fox Sports,

Throughout the history of the NHL, it has been proven that every dynasty and dominant team has had assets from its farm system to draw from. You can look at the Canadiens in the 1970s, the Islanders and Oilers in the '80s and the Red Wings and Devils in the '90s for proof. For Atlanta Thrashers general manager Don Waddell, it made perfect sense to follow a similar blueprint. After seven years at the draft table, the Thrashers are beginning to see their draft efforts pay dividends. The main reason that the Thrashers are headed in the right direction is that they have not squandered any of their first-round picks. At this point all of them have panned out so far and they have some depth from the later rounds, as well.

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Fighting Down 42%

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from the CP via TSN,

The message has been clear for hulking Ottawa Senators forward Brian McGrattan since the first day of training camp. If he wants to play in the NHL, he's going to have do more than just throw his fists. "If you only fight, there isn't a job anymore," McGrattan said Monday from Ottawa. "I have to work for my ice time and prove myself in other areas. "Our team is a fast team, a good-skating team. If you're not sharp in those areas, you're not going to play." Fighting in the new-look NHL has dropped 42 per cent since 2003-04, the last time the league had a season.

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Shawn Roarke Takes Us Around The NHL

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from Shawn P. Roarke of Fox Sports,

Periodically, it's good to clean out the notebook from countless games and practices, giving attention to those observations — both good and bad — that have slipped through the cracks. -Toronto's Bryan McCabe is not the second coming of Bobby Orr, trust me. Contrary to some reports out of Toronto, combined with some very kind words about McCabe from Boston's Brian Leetch — a teammate of McCabe's last year — the Leafs' defenseman is nothing more than a slightly above-average defenseman. -For those of you that thing New Jersey's problems begin and end with the injury to goalie Martin Brodeur, think again. -Speaking of tough guys, it's almost impossible to comprehend that Peter Worrell is slogging his way through the low minors. Not too long ago, Worrell was among the most feared fighters in the NHL.

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Elisha Back At It

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Ms. Cuthbert continues to update her blog on a regular basis. I think she is enjoying it.

When do you stop and say "enough is enough"? How are we supposed to know when to let tradition continue or let fate be our guide? I personally don't let habit or superstitions get in the way of my everyday life. Yet, somehow when it comes to hockey, I am constantly bombarded with thoughts that maybe if I continue doing this or that, my single actions will affect the game and I'll make the guys win!! I'm insane ... or am I?
more, and in case you don't know who she is, this may help (will open wmp video)

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Serious Relocation Talk- 2008

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The real test for the "new" NHL will come in 2008 or 2009 when some of the teams in non-traditional markets — think Florida, Tampa Carolina, Atlanta, Phoenix or Nashville — find they still cannot make it work financially, even with a new, owner-friendly CBA; that the only thing that fills a building in the southern States is winning; and that no team can bank on winning all the time. After three years of the new CBA, if the Panthers are still awash in red ink; or the Hurricanes; or the Predators; then that is when the issue of shifting one or more troubled franchises could move to the front burner. In the meantime, it'll be up to the financial movers-and-shakers in Winnipeg, in Kansas City — and yes, even in Toronto — to get their balance sheets and their bid books in order.

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Bidding War

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The National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players' Association are conducting a unique auction of game-worn jerseys with all proceeds going to World Vision to further support those affected by Hurricane Katrina. The jerseys were worn by the players in the first period of their opening night home game of the 2005-2006 NHL season. The jerseys, donated by Reebok, feature a one of a kind embroidered patch located on the top right chest, emblazoned with the "NHL NHLPA Cares Katrina Relief Fund" logo.
The Sidney Crosby Jersey is up to $2610.00 but this auction goes until November 29th. Should be interesting to follow this for the next couple of weeks. Any ideas what jersey will get the highest bid? more

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Around The Rink- ESPN Style

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Critics quickly toss out Atlanta, Nashville and Carolina as teams that ought to get the heave-ho. Yet early into this season, those teams have regularly outdrawn teams in so-called hockey markets like Chicago, Long Island, New Jersey and Buffalo. The Isles, winners of four straight Cups from 1980 to 1983, have averaged 12,948 through their first eight home games. They have one sellout and couldn't manage to sell out against the crosstown rival Rangers. The Devils, winners of three Stanley Cups since 1995, have failed to sell out a single home game. In Buffalo, the Sabres are averaging 15,711 through nine home games and boast two sellouts (against Montreal and Toronto), along with an embarrassing announced crowd of 8,552 against Washington. And then there's Original Six member Chicago, which has one sellout and three home dates with fewer than 13,000 in attendance.

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POW- Kovalchuk And Turco

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via NHL.com,

Atlanta Thrashers left wing Ilya Kovalchuk, who posted eight points (six goals, two assists) in three games, has been named the NHL's Offensive Player of the Week for the period ending Sunday, November 13. Dallas Stars goaltender Marty Turco, who backstopped the Stars to three victories in four games with a 1.97 goals-against average, .932 save percentage and one shutout, has been named the League's Defensive Player of the Week.

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Kovalev To Have Knee Surgery

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via the CP,

Star scorer Alexei Kovalev of the Montreal Canadiens will undergo knee surgery Tuesday in Pittsburgh. Habs GM Bob Gainey was to address the media at the Bell Centre later Monday.

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St. Louis Breaks Finger

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the St. Petersburg Times,

The Lightning's troubles got worse Sunday. Defending league MVP Marty St. Louis will miss two to four weeks after breaking his left ring finger during practice at the St. Pete Times Forum. St. Louis raced off the ice, dripping blood from his hand after being struck by a shot from defenseman Darryl Sydor during a power-play drill.

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