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Edmonton Fans “Pathetic”; Hockey’s “Only A Game”

By Bill Houlihan Oh, and according to Jamie Fitzpatrick of Pro Ice Hockey, those raising funds in Alberta (yes, all of Alberta...Calgary fans are now donating, as well) are "misguided."

What's the most pathetic aspect of this pathetic story? That so many people take a hockey game so seriously? Or that so many can find no better use for their charitable dollars? (The article notes that nobody expects MacTavish to accept the money, which will ultimately go to charity. One blogger suggests the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. Ha-ha.)

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Would Nedved Fit In Ottawa

from the blog of Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,

Interesting to note that apparently the Philadelphia Flyers have recalled centre Petr Nedved from the minors in the hope somebody will claim him. The Senators are in the market for a second-line centre and Nedved, when he’s motivated, would fit the bill.
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No Decision On Schedule

According to the CP, the NHL general managers could not come to an agreement on the schedule issue. They will continue to talk and have some time since the BOG would have to approve any change and they don't meet until December. update 4:15pm, recap of the GM meeting by David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail...

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Chances Slim For Fischer Return

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Jiri Fischer hasn't ruled out a return to hockey, but he realizes the odds are slim. Fischer, who suffered a cardiac arrest nearly a year ago on the Red Wings' bench, said Tuesday a comeback hasn't been on his mind as much as people might expect.
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VP Al

from the St. Louis Blues,

St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that future hall-of-fame defenseman Al MacInnis was named Vice President of Hockey Operations. “We are honored to name Al as Vice President of Hockey Operations,” said Davidson. “His knowledge and awareness of the game are well respected in the NHL. He is a first class person and will play a major role in our quest to build a winner in St. Louis.”

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A Couple Of Moves

Jaci at Wicked Bruins Fan reports Hannu Toivonen was assigned to Providence today. TSN reports Nedved has been recalled by the Flyers, in hopes a team will claim him.

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Player Development Takes Time

Steve Wozniak of the South Bend Tribune,

Marc-Andre Fleury was supposed to be the savior of Pittsburgh hockey when he was drafted first overall by the Penguins in the 2003 NHL draft. But rather than let the teenager develop further in junior hockey, the Penguins threw him to the wolves in desperation for an immediate winning turnaround. And the wolves, of course, ate him alive, pummeling the overwhelmed rookie and sending the Penguins to another losing season in 2003-04. [...] Pittsburgh realized it had made a mistake in trying to rush perfection, with then-general manager Craig Patrick saying, "We thought it was best for him to go back to his junior club, considering our circumstances, and put him in a situation where he's got a chance to win some championships."
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Secrets Of The Summit Series

Another fine submission from KK member Joe Pelletier.

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Almost any Canadian over the age of 40 can tell you exactly what he or she was doing on September 28, 1972. That day Paul Henderson scored the winning goal at 19:26 of the final period of the 1972 Summit Series to give Canada a 6-5 victory over the Soviet Union. For a moment Canada stood still and then, as the red light flickered behind Vladislav Tretiak, a nation's hearts filled with joy--and relief. "Here's a shot. Henderson makes a wild stab for it and falls," legendary television announcer Foster Hewitt breathlessly described. "Here's another shot...right in front. They score! Henderson has scored for Canada!" As Hewitt's words described "the goal heard around the world," millions of Canadians danced and hugged in a scene that was reminiscent of the celebrations at the end of World War II. Never has a single sporting moment given so many Canadians a sense of unparalleled nationalism. To say that the story has been told a million times would be a gross understatement. September 2002 marked the 30th anniversary of the famed series. The story was probably told a million times in that month alone. Like most great stories, there are always bits and pieces of the story that escape into obscurity.

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Answers Don’t Come Easy In Boston

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Coach Dave Lewis keeps looking up at the scoreboard, as he has for much of this forgettable young season, and we can't help but wonder if he's looking for an ad for a cheap flight back to Detroit. Twelve games into this all of a sudden not-so-new NHL season, the Bruins are 4-6-2 and the sole occupants of 14th place in the Eastern Conference.
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School Kids Keeping Canadian Soldiers’ Spirits Up

For those of you who haven't been there, Afghanistan is not the most pleasant locale these days. Students attending Holy Trinity Catholic School in Guelph, Ontario are well aware of that and doing what they can for Canadian Soldiers supporting the Global War on Terrorism. Via the Guelph Mercury News,

All 394 students at Holy Trinity Catholic School are writing letters and crafting drawings for Canadian troops in Afghanistan so they'll receive them in time for Remembrance Day. John Mifsud, 13, keeps the troops up-to-speed on the NHL season and the Raptors' season, which recently kicked off. "They might want to know about their favourite team. . . . They might not have the channel there," he said.
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