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Looking At Attendance

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

Across the league, attendance is up 1.2 per cent from last year, but a close look at the numbers indicates commissioner Gary Bettman’s boast about a healthy league might be a tad optimistic. While attendance through Nov. 10 is up 1.2 per cent, the entire increase is because of a phenomenal turnaround in Chicago….

The only good news when you look at the struggling franchises in Long Island, Nashville, Florida, Atlanta and Columbus is that there is no shortage of teams that would look good down the line in Winnipeg, Hamilton, Kitchener-Waterloo or Quebec City.

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Are The Flames Built For The Stanley Cup

from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Calgary Herald,

Like the stock market, the Flames do not do autumn. Wall Street has Black Thursdays, and so do the Flames. Stocks plummet and so does the stock of the Flames. Eventually, things are expected to turn around for both (or so my broker assures me). So why should this fall be any different from the previous four seasons—when Calgary had just six wins after 15 games? They’re tied for first in the Northwest, a game above .500. They’ve had a six-game win streak.

Then why does something that sounds good feel so bad to the fans of the Flames? In large part, it’s because the Flames are not built to flirt with .500. They are—in the words of their president, their general manager and their head coach—a team built to win a Stanley Cup.

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The New Age Canucks

from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,

Thirty years later as the general manager of the Vancouver Canucks, Gillis intends to make sure that no Canucks player feels as he did during the transition period from amateur to professional. No matter how unconventional the method — a goaltender as captain, individual nutrition programs, biorhythm bracelets to measure sleep patterns — the former player and player agent is consumed with putting players into the optimal position to succeed….

Because the Canucks travel extensively, Gillis commissioned a military sleep expert and had the players wear biorhythm bracelets to measure their waking and slumbering hours during an early-season trip. With the bracelet feedback, the team will know which players sleep after games, who sleeps on the plane, and how long they sleep. Ultimately, the data may be used to determine roommate pairings, practice times on the road, and the optimal times to fly into and out of cities.

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Melrose On His Firing

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Evening Line

“Well, it’s like I said, it’s the “New NHL,” they want scoring, they’re supervising these referees…And, I mean, just compare it to basketball; how many times do you see a team get in foul trouble, you know, once they get up a bit? It’s almost like it’s controlled to a certain extent by the referees, the officiating, and the supervisors, so…I mean, it’s not like they’re keeping it a secret—they’re telling the referees to call penalties…”

-Chris Chelios.  More at SnapShots…

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A Different World

from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,

“I’m really happy here,” said (Andrei) Loktionov, a native of Voskresensk, Russia. “I miss my home, for sure, but I want to be here with the team and make the adjustment to the hockey here.”

Again, take a moment. Put yourself in Loktionov’s skates. Imagine abandoning your family and friends, leaving your comfort zone in the dust, all in order to pursue your dream. And by the way, you’ll be doing all this while still young enough to attend high school.

“I can’t imagine going the other way, how hard it would be,” said Nelson Emerson, player development coach of the Los Angeles Kings, the club which selected Loktionov 123rd overall in the 2008 National Hockey League entry draft. “A kid going to a city that he knows nothing about. Doesn’t know any of his teammates. Doesn’t know the language.

more on Loktionov who is playing for the Windsor Spitfires…

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Fixing Rinkside View

from Frozen Royalty,

...in response to the tremendous outcry and what appears to be pressure from the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks, FSW/PT executives Tom Feuer and Steve Simpson were in serious damage control mode on Wednesday and Thursday, stating that they will be “fixing” the rinkside view broadcasts, starting with the Kings vs. Ducks high definition telecast on Sunday, November 16.

In stories by the Daily News, Los Angeles Times and Orange County Register, Feuer and Simpson spoke of the changes viewers can look forward to starting on Sunday. Kudos to FSW/PT execs for finally listening to the fans…

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Brandon Sutter Has No Memory Of The Weight Hit

from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

He has no memory of the hit. As for the game itself, there are only a few remaining images but nothing specific. Carolina center Brandon Sutter was knocked unconscious by a crushing Doug Weight hit on October 25, suffering a concussion.

He returned to action for Wednesday’s loss to Washington, sooner than many expected following the hit that sent him to the hospital. But there was no doubt, his head clear and the headaches gone, that it was time.

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“I started practicing with no contact and I felt fine,” Sutter told sportingnews.com. “That was my cue that I was ready to go. I was anxious, I feel like I was back 100 percent.”

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Let The ‘C’ Be Seen

from the Vancouver Sun,

You’ve spoken - more than 2,200 of you - on whether Vancouver Canucks star goalie Roberto Luongo should be allowed to wear the captain’s C on his jersey during NHL games.

The Vancouver Sun will present this petition to National Hockey League headquarters in New York next Tuesday.

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Handling The Goalie Situation In New Jersey

from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

Devils coach Brent Sutter insists he is looking for a way to diffuse a potential goaltending controversy by making no promises to either Kevin Weekes or Scott Clemmensen….

“To me, we’re taking it game by game,” Sutter said. “I don’t want to sit and say and if things go well tonight he’ll be the one tomorrow night. I don’t know that. Or if he doesn’t play well…

“It’s a controversial thing and I don’t want it to be a controversial thing. To me it’s who do we feel in every game gives us a chance to be successful? We have a two-goalie tandem here. That’s what we have. It’s not a one-goalie situation and a backup. It’s two goalies and we’re trying to get the best no matter who’s playing.”

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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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