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Laraque the “Toughest in the League”

From the Canadian Press,

Several NHLers consider Laraque the league’s top heavyweight and make sure to give the six-foot-three, 245-pounder ample space.

“He’s probably the toughest in the league,” says Ottawa Senators enforcer Chris Neil. “He’s strong, he’s powerful. It’s one of those things where you watch his fights, meanwhile, when he’s out there on the ice, he’s coming after you, so you’ve got to be aware.”

Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla, no stranger to the rough stuff, agrees.

“I wouldn’t want to get caught in a line brawl with him,” he says with a smile.

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  Tags: fighting, georges+laraque

Thinking Radical Changes

from Kevin Maney at Portfolio,

Put every game on line live, supported by ads and free. Store them on line so if I can’t get to a screen until 30 minutes after the game starts, I can start watching from the beginning—or I can watch hours later. Use a Hulu or Kyte type of strategy so fans can seed NHL games around the Web, on blogs and Facebook pages and so on. The No. 1 priority should be getting games in front of eyeballs and becoming the league that excites the digital generation.

That would be a truly daring, radical strategy. In fact, it’s what Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis told me he’d do if he were starting the NHL from scratch today.

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Afternoon Line

“There are times when we choose our challenges, and there are times when they choose us. It’s what we do in the face of those challenges that determines who we are and what we will become.”

-Travis Roy.  More from and about Travis at the DakotaStudent.

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  Tags: travis+roy

Isbister Not Going To Binghamton

via Sportsnet,

Brad Isbister’s time with the Ottawa Senators organization has come to an end. The veteran forward did not report to the Binghamton Senators, despite being assigned to the AHL farm club last week.

Isbister remains under contract with the Senators, but the NHL club will loan him to a European club for the rest of the season if his agent can work out a deal.

If Isbister fails to land a job elsewhere, the Senators will likely suspend him.

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  Tags: brad+isbiste

Still Lots of Questions About Melrose

From Scott Burnside at ESPN,

Still, there is a consistent belief in the hockey community that the decision to hire Melrose after a 13½-year absence from the coaching scene runs somewhere between risky and foolhardy.

“That’s a big question mark for them,” national hockey analyst and former NHL netminder Darren Eliot said recently.

Other hockey sources, including current NHL general managers, questioned Melrose’s ability to stay current on trends in penalty killing, power plays and defensive schemes.

One of the Lightning’s new owners, former NHLer Len Barrie, rolls his eyes at the oft-repeated questions surrounding the team’s coaching choice.

read on for more on Melrose, plus his history with his assistant coach Cap Raeder.

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  Tags: barry+melrose, cap+raeder

Finger Out With Foot Injury

from TSN,

Defenceman Jeff Finger, who has only played one pre-season game, will likely miss the first week of the season as a foot injury is taking longer to heal than originally expected.

The 28-year old, who signed a four year deal worth $14 million with the Leafs in the summer, suffered the injury in the Maple Leafs pre-season opening game against the Sabres.

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  Tags: jeff+finger

Safe Predictions

from Loose Change of the Hockey News,

You’re here for predictions. You want someone bold to lay their renowned reputation on the line with some brazen declarations. Lucky for you, I like making predictions. And lucky for me, I’m not renowned.

You won’t hear Loose Change joining all the other talking heads in parroting that the Red Wings are (oh golly) “the team to beat.” Personally I think the team to beat is the Minnesota Wild. Any team wearing a god-awful jersey like that deserves a good beating.

I see 16 teams qualifying for the playoffs (no more, no less), no later than April 7th. Kansas City will not be one of them.

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Chelios Out With Bone Fracture

from TSN,

It appears that Red Wings’ defenceman Chris Chelios injury is worse than originally anticipated as the three-time Norris trophy winner will miss at least the next six weeks with a fractured bone in his leg.

The 46-year old Chelios sustained the injury while blocking a shot during Tuesday’s game against the Canadiens.

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  Tags: chris+chelios

Point Leaders

Just in case you were wondering who is leading the point standings for the pre-season.  Stats thru 10/1/08

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Avery Goes Off On Cherry

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

NHL tough guy Sean Avery reopened his feud with Don Cherry this week by stating the CBC commentator knows next to nothing about hockey.

“He’s a stable as far as Canadian hockey goes,” Avery said during interview on the CBC’s The Hour. “And I grew up watching Coach’s Corner, and he serves a purpose.

“But he really does not know shit about hockey.

“He knows, like, unnecessary facts about putting Sears catalogues on your shin pads.”

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  Tags: don+cherry, sean+avery

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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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