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from Terry Frei at ESPN,

Kolzig said he "totally" understands the frustration over seeing Ovechkin only once every three seasons. "It's the same for us," he said. "It's always a nice change of pace to get away from the East Coast and come out to some great cities like Denver and Phoenix and L.A. and Vancouver. When you're only doing that once every three years, and Raleigh [four] times and Sunrise, Florida, players can get stale, so I can understand their frustration. I hope they go back to the old format."
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Over The Boards- ESPN Style

from ESPN,

No one can ever say we can't get into a festive mood here at ESPN.com. We're getting into the Halloween spirit, just don't give us those damn candy corns. So, with the ghosts and goblins a few days away, we wondered what would be some of the more popular costumes in hockey. • Ryan Smyth, Edmonton Oilers: One of the Hanson Brothers, and he won't have to buy a wig.
much more...including what coach or GM is on the block and some info on the Flames...

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Malkin Helps Russian Girl

from the Pittsburgh Penguins,

This year, Natalia found out it was possible for Dasha to get an operation that would allow her to have a prosthetic arm. However, with Dasha’s father paralyzed during a street attack a few years ago, the family could not afford to travel to a Moscow hospital for medical testing and a medical procedure. Enter Malkin. The young star learned about Dasha’s situation through a newspaper ad seeking financial assistance for the family in his hometown of Magnitogorsk. Some people from Magnitogorsk donated some money and, when Malkin was alerted to the situation, he stepped in immediately – in a big way. Malkin paid for the family to travel to Moscow for Dasha’s tests. When it was determined surgery would benefit Dasha, Malkin stepped up and paid for the 350,000-rubel (approximately $13,461) procedure and covered the costs of the girl’s rehabilitation.
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Andreychuk Watching Sabres

from the Buffalo News,

Dave Andreychuk knows what it's like to have an extended perfect start to the hockey season. The former Buffalo Sabre was a part of that 1993-94 Toronto Maple Leafs team that originally set the record for the best start to an NHL year with a 10-0 mark. "I know the feeling they have, that everything is happening for them right now," Andreychuk said. "You know, it's a long year but obviously a good start always helps. "I think they've done some really good things in this organization as far as the talent they have. They're pretty solid right up and down their lineup and Lindy [Ruff] obviously has them all on the same page. . . . I'm looking for great things from them and I'll be watching them."
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J.R. Feels He Can Dominate

from the Arizona Republic,

"I'm not going to bail because things are bad," Roenick said. "I'm committed to this city, this team and Wayne (Gretzky). . . . I love this team. I would never ask for a trade or retire in mid-season. I couldn't do that to my players. That would be too much of a huge copout. If I couldn't do it physically, that's a different story. But I feel I'm at the point where I can dominate a hockey game with the puck."
In the same story, Don MacLean back in the NHL...

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More Changes Needed

from Kevin Noonan of the News Journal,

...But not now, because the fans know that this season is over even though it really just began. The last-place Flyers pretty much declared this to be a wasted year when they made those major changes just eight games into an 82-game schedule, and all of those empty seats on Thursday night confirmed it. So did the Wachovia Center's public address announcer -- during the first period, he urged the fans to buy tickets to upcoming games and be on hand "as a new era begins.'' But this isn't a new era, just a continuation of the old era with a couple of new faces. Heck, even those new faces aren't really new. And that's what the Flyers need -- new faces and new ideas and a new approach. That's why the first thing they should do is the same thing the Phillies did last year -- hire a proven general manager.
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Wild Point At Fernandez

from the Pioneer Press,

Every time the subject came up after Thursday's practice, Wild goalie Manny Fernandez was part of the discussion. Players and coaches pointed to Fernandez as the No. 1 reason the Wild lead the NHL in penalty killing, even though an improved defense has been just as crucial during the team's 8-1 start. "Our defense has been great back there, but it's also been a lot of goaltending," said Brian Rolston, the team's leading scorer. "And our guy is one of the best in the league."
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Rare Sighting

from CanWest News Service via Canada.com,

It was a hockey player, but a strange one. He possesses explosive speed, an equally dynamic shot, the ability to drive Colorado Avalanche defencemen through the glass and pucks into the net while prostrate, Ringo Starr's haircut from 1963, a double-black-diamond ski slope for a nose and a disarming smile through which he tells bad jokes in two languages. Witnesses in Burnaby, a suburb of Vancouver, were initially confounded by the subject's sudden appearance, but investigators were able to identify him as Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals. Naturalists were mystified how such a creature made it to the West Coast to play the Vancouver Canucks tonight at GM Place, but the migration was apparently caused by an imbecilic, short-sighted National Hockey League schedule that calls for players from the Eastern Conference to be spotted in each Western city only once every three years.
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Excuses

from the Chicago Sun-Times,

Ruutu, who went through Thursday's workout, might be recovered enough from a knee sprain to play Monday at Philadelphia. Yawney blamed the media for dwelling too much on the injuries, suggesting his healthy players could be using them as an excuse for poor play. ''You guys give them all the excuses in the world, with the people who are missing,'' Yawney said, ''but the fact of the matter is, this is the NHL and you're paid to play. It's a privilege to play in the National Hockey League. It's not a player's right.'' That was the point Yawney hoped he made with Thursday's workout.
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G’day Ducks

from Jeff Miller of the OC Register,

The Ducks' guest made his way around the locker room, shaking hands and posing for pictures and pretty much doing exactly what every other such visitor does on every other such visit. Except for one thing. Nery Romero talked differently. No one in this team's history, in fact, talked quite like he did, and this is a franchise with Finns, Russians and those burdened with the most cursed of accents - yes, New Englanders. "When I heard him speak, 'Wow,'" rookie forward Ryan Shannon said. "I knew he had come from a long ways away."
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