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Leafs Would Like Toughness & Offense

from Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun,

“We always have concerns, but to me team toughness is more important than anything,” Fletcher said. “Would we entertain getting a tough guy at some stage? Sure, but only if he could fit in and play some hockey too.

“But we’re not out there pounding the pavement or making telephone calls to see if anything’s available,” Fletcher added. “I think we can handle ourselves.”

Fletcher reiterated that it is quiet on the trade front but he is open to deal for some offence, likely giving up one of the club’s inactive defenceman, probably Ian White, who hasn’t played a regular season game as of yet, or Carlo Colaiacovo, who has been a healthy scratch for five games in a row.

more on the Leafs who are not interested in Shanahan…

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Lunch On Bruce

from the Reliable Source at the Washington Post,

Six months ago, Kelly Black ran into the Washington Capitals head coach at Ballston Common Mall—where the team holds public practices—and invited him to join her kids and her best friend for lunch. “Can’t right now,” he told them. “Next time.”

Yesterday, 7-year-old Austin Black attended Caps practice with a hand-held sign: “Coach Boudreau: You promised lunch with me. Today is the day.”

continued

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  Tags: bruce+boudreau

Selanne Still Going Strong

from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

Just 11 games into the season, it’s clear Selanne has lost little in his stride or shot with six goals. He’s on pace for 44 goals after scoring three power-play markers Wednesday in a 5-4 overtime victory over the Detroit Red Wings.

With 558 career goals, Selanne is now 21st on the all-time scoring list, two ahead of Johnny Bucyk and just two back of Guy Lafleur.

“What impressed me [Wednesday] was that he worked like a dog, and you usually don’t expect a player in his late 30s to be your hardest-working player,” Ducks general manager Brian Burke said Thursday in a telephone interview

read on

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  Tags: teemu+selanne

Zherdev Getting Attention In The Big Apple

from Lynn Zinser of the New York Times,

After the Rangers celebrated their 3-2 victory, which gave them a 10-2-1 start, Zherdev shared few feelings. In his fifth N.H.L. season, Zherdev still speaks only a smattering of English. Still, he tried to get across what the move from Columbus to New York had done for him.

“I am very comfortable,” Zherdev said. “It is better here than Columbus. I am very comfortable.

“New team, new system, every game I try better and better.”

From all accounts, Zherdev has embraced the fresh start. He has scored five goals and possesses an electric quality on the ice. He has certainly enjoyed the club’s hot start, in contrast to the mediocrity of Columbus, which has never made the playoffs. And there, he had all the expectations that came with his high draft spot.

more

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  Tags: nikolai+zherdev

Just A Bad Night

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Took the night off from the rink and caught tonight’s Burgundy and Royal Blue tilt with the CBJ on the tube and, well, I’ll keep it brief, much like the B&RB’s hopes for victory in this one.

Can’t wait to hear Tony “It’s All Good” Granato’s assessment of this one on the House Channel. Hearing the men in the booth tonight, it was just a night of “great shots” and “tough luck” that done in your B&RB tonight, and, well, those things happen. Go get ‘em next time, boys!

continued

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Pronger Hit On Datsyuk

Head hit or not?  Keep in mind a delayed penalty on the Ducks (not on Pronger) was being called at the time of the hit.

Thanks to Puck Daddy for the video pointer!

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  Tags: chris+pronger, pavel+datsyuk

Cheevers Started It All

from the Windsor Star,

So simple, so symbolic.

With all due respect to the loud gargoyles, skeletons, rock stars, cartoon characters and city skylines which now protect the faces of today’s National Hockey League’s netminders, it’s Gerry Cheevers’ “stitch” mask which takes the cake as the coolest ever.

Picture the scene when Cheevers made his um, mark, on history, with the Boston Bruins.

The NHL was still coming out of the Original Six era, with old-school general managers and coaches gradually conceding that protecting their netminders’ faces from Bobby Hull-type slapshots was a good idea.

continued

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  Tags: gerry+cheevers

Fighting Lessons From Zdeno Chara

From Ron Spence at Crashing the Goalie,

What’s he learned the most about fighting in the NHL?

“The most important thing is to know what kind of fighter you’re fighting. It’s a good thing to know before you fight, if he likes to fight in tight, if he’s a righty, lefty, or both….”

So, he’s a student of the hockey fighters?

“Oh yeah, you get to know the people,” he nods. “You know when I watch for a couple of minutes, you get to know how they fight.”

read on

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  Tags: fighting, zdeno+chara

The NHL Hour with Bob Gainey

Montreal Canadiens Executive Vice President & General Manager Bob Gainey is the guest on the NHL Hour today, hosted by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. The show is on now, from 4-5 p.m. ET on XM Satellite Radio (204) and Sirius (208).

You can also listen live online at the NHL Network Online.

* While on the air, listeners can call into the show at 1-877-645-6696, or send questions/comments via this email address: nhlhour@nhl.com
**Archived shows available for download via podcast on NHL.com.

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  Tags: bob+gainey, gary+bettman

More Value Means Better Chance To Compete

from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,

Teams with greater revenue, even in a salary-capped system, have a better chance of competing at a higher level than teams that do not.

A classic example comes just from looking at the top and bottom of the Forbes list. The Leafs may not be good at what they do when it comes to the hockey operations, but they at least are not hindered by financial considerations when it comes to finding a new general manager or, should they choose, invest in scouting and development.

Compare that to the Phoenix Coyotes, a franchise the magazine estimates is worth $142 million and might be in need of new ownership or even relocation.

more and if you missed the Forbes value listing, you can find it here...

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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