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Dealing With Head Hits

from Mark Spector of the National Post,

Yesterday morning, as the highlight of Calgary defenceman Robyn Regehr's textbook body check on Montreal's Aaron Downey played over and over on the morning reels, so too did the aftermath, Parts I and II. On TV was Part I: Downey, his Betty Rubble eyes staring into nowhere, fully concussed and making his way to a waiting ambulance. He might play again next week. He might never play again. Part II played out at NHL headquarters, as the elephant in the boardroom shuffled his feet, and the question was raised once again: What are we going to do about hits to the head?
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Malkin’s Debut

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

He also demonstrated a frightening tendency to carry the puck into the middle and left himself vulnerable to big hits several times, narrowly sidestepping checks that could have put him on the sidelines again — or in the hospital, if they'd been delivered by ex-Devil Scott Stevens. In fact, Devils forward Patrik Elias — who played on a line with Malkin in Russia during the lockout — advised between periods that his ex-teammate "better keep his head up — because sometimes they'll find him here (in the NHL)."
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Goons Still Around

from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,

"If a team is down and comes out flat, right off the hop if you get a good tilt, I think it sparks emotion for the crowd and the team," said McGrattan. "I just totally disagree with everybody who is saying it's on the way out. I just don't believe that. I think the guys who are on the way out are the ones who can only fight. If you can play a good role on your team and be a good team player and add the quality of fighting, I don't think it's ever going to leave the game." Not to mention most of the guys who would qualify as tough guys are usually running around the rink trying to hit somebody. That's what they do and the game is better for it. Their presence pretty much assures most of the mayhem will be initiated and dealt with by them.
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Get Your Tickets

Last year Wings Senior VP Jimmy Devellanno told the Detroit fans the Wings had a season ticket waiting list of 16,000 people. What happened?

One of the Red Wings' Original Six rivals, the Toronto Maple Leafs, skate into Joe Louis Arena only once during the regular season. Due to the high demand for this game, a limited number of seats will be made available to those fans who take advantage of the 'Original Six' Plan. All you have to do is simply select a minimum of 6 single, individual seats* in any variation (6 to 1 game, 2 to 3 games, 3 to 2 games, etc.) and you can guarantee yourself two side-by-side seats** for the December 9 game vs. Toronto! Don't miss your opportunity to be a part of one of the most sought-after games of the season!

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Moose Talks

from TBM at NBC Sports,

Welcome to the post-lockout NHL, where getting as many teams into as many cities as possible has been sacrificed in the name of more divisional games. But not for much longer, puckheads. Sources are whispering in the Moose's big floppy ears that a change to the NHL schedule is coming next season. The league is getting a lot of heat from Western Conference clubs who simply aren't seeing enough of the Eastern teams, and so starting next season will cut some divisional games to ensure that all teams will play each other at least once a season.
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Refreshing Attitude

from the New York Press (alternative newspaper),

What’s so cool about the NHL is that we are witnessing it at a time when the players consider themselves stakeholders in the league’s survival. These athletes are committed to the game itself as much, or more, than they are to their own paychecks. They take immense pride in the product they put on the ice, night in and night out. Once the public gets a good look and listen to these guys, they’ll find a refreshing attitude—a true love of the game—that’s seldom found in other pro sports.
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Design A Mask

Canadian youngsters 18 & younger are invited to design the Team Canada goalie mask for the 2007 World Junior Championship in Leksand and Mora, Sweden. NHL goaltenders José Théodore and Manny Fernandez former gold medalists for Team Canada, will judge the entries. image

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Two Weeks Into The Season

from Shawn P. Roarke at NHL.com,

Here are a few observations from the first 14 days of the season: * Dallas goalie Marty Turco is off to a scalding-hot start this season. Plus, he is one of the most well-spoken athletes in our game today. In fact, his own coach, Dave Tippett, called him the most normal goalie he has been associated it, a compliment all goalies should aspire to. * Where are the fashion police when you need them? The concept of wearing unfashionable -- sometimes downright ugly -- articles of clothing as a badge of honor is reaching epidemic proportions in the NHL.
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Flyers Put Three On Waivers

via TSN, The Flyers have waived Nolan Buamgartner, Niko Dmitrakos, and Petr Nedved. added 1:27pm, That is about $4.2 million worth of salaries... Nedved (2.35M), Dmitrakos ($675K) & Buamgartner ($1.2M)

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Life After The Trap

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

...Like the notion that the Wild have completely changed their style of play now that they've acquired high-profile talented players Kim Johnsson, Pavol Demitra and Mark Parrish. They haven't. Or the belief Lemaire would still rather have his players never leave their own zone, and if they must, they leave one at a time and only for a moment. He actually doesn't mind if they leave the zone as long as they come back. Further, there is no truth to the rumor that Lemaire signed his extension on the condition that his players don't give up an odd-man rush for the next six months. But the thing about urban legends is that, well, they become legend or take on the appearance of fact. Lemaire knows that.
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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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