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Hey, Hey, Hey, A New Hockeytown

from Ross McKeon at Yahoo,

But back to the task at hand: Choosing a new destination we can call Hockeytown, USA. Taking into consideration attendance, fan loyalty, a cozy relationship between the team and its region, a city that’s just right for the NHL, and our choice is pretty clear. Saint Paul, Minn., home of the Minnesota Wild, fits the bill.

Buffalo, Long Island, Denver, Boston, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia have all had their moments both recently and long ago, but the rejuvenated market in Minnesota gets our vote.

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Tocchet Learns His Fate Today

from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,

Embattled Phoenix Coyotes assistant coach and former Flyer Rick Tocchet is expected to have his 20-month suspension lifted by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman at a 1 p.m. news conference today in New York.

This would allow Tocchet to return to his role as assistant coach of the Coyotes.

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Update 1:37pm ET: (by Alanah)

On the NHL’s teleconference today, Attorney Robert J. Cleary discussed the depth of his investigation of Rick Tocchet.  He explained his findings (being released in a written report today) are consistent with the findings of the NJ Attorney General’s office, stating, “We found no evidence of betting on hockey by any NHL player or personnel.” 

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman then formally announced that Tocchet will not be eligible to work again within the NHL until at least February 7, 2008—that would be a 2 year total suspension.  His reinstatement requires he is (1) not involved in gambling—legal or illegal—at any time; and (2) that he is treated for gambling addiction.

Bettman stated he reserves the right to revisit the issue of Tocchet’s reinstatement in February if he feels he hasn’t complied with these conditions.
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*time of post originally 12:20pmET

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Good, Bad & Ugly

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

As every player on a sub-par NHL team is saying these days, it’s still early in the season and there’s still a lot of hockey yet to be played. But it’s never too soon to start identifying and analyzing some of the good, bad, and ugly surprises of the 2007-08 campaign.

THE GOOD

The Canadiens
Yeah, this is the team I believed would plummet to the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings this year.

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October Stars

NEW YORK (November 1, 2007)—Detroit Red Wings left wing Henrik Zetterberg, Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Pascal Leclaire and Calgary Flames right wing Jarome Iginla have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for October.

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“Watching” Tim Taylor

The camera followed Tim Taylor into surgery as he attempts to make a comeback after hip surgery.

Make sure to click the Tim Taylor tag for more stories on Tim…

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Avery A Game-Time Decision

from the NY Post,

Avery tested his shoulder as best he could when he took a run into the boards late in practice. Afterward in the locker room, he held his arm above his head and rotated the shoulder to show that his range of motion is not a problem.

“I think that [hit] was a good test - I got hit pretty hard - so we’ll see how it feels in the morning,” Avery said. “It’s sore, but I just don’t think that’s going to go away.

“I think Tom has a pretty good balance when dealing with me,” Avery said of his coach. “It’s his call and I think he can just gauge it by looking at me.”

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Wrong Way For Canucks

from Grant Kerr of the Globe and Mail,

...He can’t recall offhand, though, a season when the Canucks lost five of their first six home games, which Vancouver did last month at GM Place.

“It’s a place where you can go in the right direction or the wrong direction, and we’ve gone in the wrong direction,’ Linden said yesterday after a practice in which the Canucks worked on defensive assignments.

“You don’t want to let it snowball,” he added. “You want to fix things and get comfortable. The longer you struggle, you kind of build up that mental side of things. You want to break that down as soon as you can.”

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Top Fighters

from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

5. D.J. King
Blues
Height, weight: 6-3, 230
Scouting report: Considered one of the game’s top up-and-coming fighters.

read on for the other four…

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“Changing” Lines

from the Mercury News,

Why don’t NHL coaches give forward lines more time to jell? Why can’t coaches be more patient?

“Patience,” Detroit Coach Mike Babcock said, “is an interesting thing. My mother had lots and I have none.”

“In a perfect world,” Dallas Coach Dave Tippett said, “you could just put your lines together and everybody does their job and it just flows right and you win all the time. That’s a perfect world, that’s not reality.”

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The Promotional Tour

from the International Herald Tribune,

(Troy) Crowder, whose on-ice scraps with top heavyweight Bob Probert of the Detroit Red Wings became the stuff of legend, made the journey to Bangkok, Thailand — along with some 400 hockey players from around the globe — to contest the “Land of Smiles” international ice hockey tournament.

While ice sport and the balmy Thai climate may seem an unlikely combination, hockey has blossomed in this steamy Southeast Asian nation.

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