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Nashville Holds Closed-Door Meeting

from the Tennessean,

“I’m at a loss for words,’’ Predators captain Jason Arnott said. “We played hard the last two games and not one of us showed up tonight.

“It was an embarrassing game and we’ve got to go home and look at ourselves in the mirror, come back and be ready to compete. We’ve got a lot of soul-searching to do.’‘

more on the Preds after losing to the Kings 6-0.

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Oilers’ Pitkanen Out 4 Weeks

From TSN,

Sources tell TSN that Edmonton Oilers’ Joni Pitkanen will undergo knee surgery which is expected to keep him out for four weeks.

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Standing Ovation for Smyth

From the CP,

Ryan Smyth, the former Edmonton Oiler, made good on his prediction Tuesday just before he faced off for the first time against his old team since his shocking trade eight months ago.

The mullet-haired left winger, now with the Colorado Avalanche, became teary-eyed as he lined up in pre-game ceremonies, watched a one-minute video tribute of his 11 seasons with the copper and blue, and received a 30-second standing ovation from the 16,839 fans at Rexall Place.

It wasn’t a weeper to rival the saddest of sports sob stories, “Brian’s Song,” but it had its moments.

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Updated 3:30am ET:
Smyth’s comments in the Denver Post:

“It was a nice tribute to me and my family by (the Oilers). It’s quite an honor to come back to the city where you started your NHL career and be recognized like I was tonight,” said Smyth, who went scoreless in the game. “The fans were great to me, and I really appreciate that.”

added 5:53am by Paul, The first 55 seconds or so of the video (below) shows the ovation Smyth received from the Oilers fans.
Update 1:41pm ET: More commentary from John MacKinnon at The Edmonton Journal.

 

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  Tags: colorado+avalanche, edmonton+oilers, ryan+smyth

George Does Detroit

Several days ago, I was invited to a press conference for the OneGoal hockey show, which will be taking place on November 9-11 at Cobo Hall in Detroit, MI.  OneGoal, the show’s sponsor, is a grass-roots hockey program with strong ties to the NHL, NHLPA, USA Hockey, Hockey Canada, and several equipment manufacturers, and its goal is to increase participation in yout hockey programs.  OneGoal also sponsors the November trade show so that the profits made from said event, which will be open to the public for the first time, go back into promoting youth hockey.

As most of you know, the Detroit Red Wings’ PR staff (and the ever-present John Hahn) prefers not to acknowledge the existence of bloggers, so I headed down to Joe Louis Arena fully expecting to be welcomed at the security desk, have my credentials checked, and then be told to leave the building.  I figured, what the hey, I’m going to see the Queens of the Stone Age at 6, and if worse comes to worse, I’ll have five hours to kill in my favourite city on the planet.

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Meehan Issues “Notices of Libel”

from TSN,

Lawyers representing Toronto-based player agent Don Meehan have issued ‘‘notices of libel’’ against Detroit Red Wing player Chris Chelios and an unspecified number of media outlets.

‘‘We have sent out notices alleging libel to Mr. Chelios and various media,’’ said Meehan’s lawyer, Graham Smith of Goodman’s law firm in Toronto.

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added 6:08pm, from the Hockey News,

Chelios said after learning the news Tuesday afternoon that he was misquoted and has “accused Don Meehan of nothing.

“It was always, ‘If he undermined the union’ and ‘If he acted inappropriately,’ ” Chelios said. “If there was any miscommunication in my quotes…I haven’t accused him of anything and I spoke to (the reporter) from the Free Press about it. He hasn’t been accused of anything by me.”

more

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Chicago Home Game on the TV Schedule

From Barry Rozner at the Daily Herald,

Even if you don’t already have tickets for the Blackhawks’ home game Nov. 11 against Detroit, you will be able to see the match.  On TV. 

Yes, a home game on TV.

The franchise begins a new era on that Sunday at 6 p.m., when Rocky Wirtz broadcasts a home game on local television.

A team source is “99 percent’’ certain that will be the first home game shown on CSN, the first of roughly 5-7 home games the rest of this season.

Wirtz would have done it sooner and would have done more if it could have been managed logistically, but it’s pretty late in the game to get more than that number of high-definition home contests on TV in 2007-08.

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Having Fun with the Rangers

In honor of tonight’s game between the Penguins and Rangers, Empty Netters at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has posted what they think is the best NYR video to be found on YouTube. (So go check it out.)

Meanwhile, I think I have a pretty strong challenger for that honor.  If you ask me, this one should win the prize:

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*hat tip to GGower.com.

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Line Of The Day

from the LA Times,

This one, in the Ottawa Sun, involved the Kings listening to offers for forwards Alexander Frolov and Dustin Brown in exchange for a goalie.

“There’s no basis to that,” Kings Coach Marc Crawford said Monday after practice in El Segundo. “Everybody, reporters and probably coaches alike, try to fantasize about trades. They’re exactly that—they are fantasies. That trade would never happen. Ever.

“It’s a fabrication by somebody saying, ‘That might work. They need a goalie. And boy, who could we get that’s young and inexpensive?’ And those are the names. They look at the salary chart and say, ‘These guys are inexpensive. That makes sense.’ But it really doesn’t.”

more on the Kings (reg. req.)

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ESPN Top Plays

For the week of October 15th - 21st.

Impressive…

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No To Foppa

from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

Why the Senators would want anything to do with Forsberg in the first place is mystifying because – read this out loud a number of times if you have to – Forsberg is nowhere near being the player he once was. He plays on the perimeter and while his vision and passing skills are as sharp as ever, his body is broken down and he literally cannot be counted upon from one game to the next.

read on and a it looks like Belfour has some back problems again…

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  Tags: ottawa+senators, peter+forsberg

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