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Faith & Patience

from Ted's Take, the blog of Caps owner Ted Leonsis,

Our first round pick from last year is excelling in a very tough league in Sweden. Nicklas Backstrom leads the league in points and is Top 10 in face-offs. As one scout told me, "he is wise beyond his years with the puck".
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Propaganda Poster

image update 1:53pm, from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

The hearing for the Evgeni Malkin case has been set for Nov. 9. That's when a U.S. District court in New York will hear the arguments from Russian club team Metallurg Magnitigorsk, as it attempts to block Malkin from playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
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Zamboni Commercial Takes The Gold

Since its debut almost a year ago, MasterCard Canada's "Zamboni" advertising campaign has captured the imagination and hearts of thousands of Canadians, and last month, two of the ads - Career and Closer to the Game - captured an International AME Gold World Medal for marketing and creative strategies in the Banks/Financial Services/Insurance category. "We wanted to tell a story that Canadians would be familiar with, but at the same time, put an unexpected, unique and of course - Priceless - twist to it," said Tammy Scott, Vice President, Brand Marketing, MasterCard Canada. "Winning an AME Gold World Medal is terrific validation of our ability to creatively tell a story backed by recognition from the best marketers around the world. We're very proud to be seen as leader in creative and strategic marketing."

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Average Wings

from Damien Cox at ESPN,

Soon, the Tigers won't be a smoke screen for the Red Wings, who went on a four-game western road trip last week and returned having scored just six goals, including three in their final three outings, all defeats. For more than a decade, the Wings have been one of the classiest squads in the league with a lineup that more often than not played gorgeous, puck-controlling hockey and featured dominant stars with magical talents. ...But beyond the points, there's a greater sense that the swagger has been lost in Detroit, that this is no longer a franchise that begins games with a one-goal lead just because the opposition knows it doesn't have the same talent quotient as the Red Wings.
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Quoting the Hockey Blogs

By Alanah Downie This week I thought I'd do something a bit different from the regular "On the Hockey Blogs" feature. Here is a collection of quotes by bloggers from this past week, primarily chosen for their amusements. I would encourage you to follow the links as well -- there's always more where that came from.

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"[In] light of how the Kesler situation has backed Vancouver into a financial corner, it's somewhat endearing to see Bobby Clarke - finally - admit complete and total failure as a GM." The Yankee Canuck is a smart-ass. And lordy, how I do love a smart-ass.
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Colorado vs Montreal: "Theodore played bad, as did Abby, as did Skrastins, as did almost everyone. Stars of the game could have been defined as who didn't suck." Jerseys and Hockey Love goes with the plain-language approach when commenting on the night of Jose Theodore's unpleasant return to Montreal this past weekend.
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"I do... miss the kind of emotional play, the edge, the reckless abandon that led to the fighting. In other words, I was very much in favour of eliminating the gratuitous violence in the game, but I wanted to preserve the violence." Tom Benjamin offers up a lot of qualifiers about his love-hate relationship with fighting in hockey. A complex issue for many hockey fans and Tom's post provides food for thought.

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The Public & Paul

Little did I know what blogging at NHL.com would bring!

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Moreau- Surgery Very Possible

from the Edmonton Sun,

Moreau, who dislocated his right shoulder in the final minute of Saturday's 3-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings, met with team doctors yesterday and the news wasn't good. Indications are Moreau will need surgery to repair the damage. "It looks that way," Moreau said, asked if he's looking at a worst-case scenario. "We're not going to be able to repair it to get to the point where I need to be through rehab. "Surgery is a definite option right now and it's probably the most realistic one."
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Born In The Wrong Month

from the Toronto Star,

Your 14-year-old, December-born son has a gifted set of hands and a wrist-shot that gives opposing goalies nightmares. But, despite his larger-than-average parents, he hasn't hit his growth spurt yet and is dwarfed by some of the behemoths he plays against. He keeps getting cut from elite teams because coaches say, "He's too small." The scenario is far from theoretical. A new study shows that kids born later in the year are more likely to be filtered out of hockey at a young age, even though they will end up being as big and strong as the players who have birthdays earlier in the year. That latter fact is critical, because it suggests potential full-size stars of the future are skating out of hockey while still young and growing.
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Don’t Grow Up To Be An Enforcer

from the Edmonton Sun,

Laraque can read the writing on the wall in both official languages: As more and more teams eliminate the enforcer position from their payrolls, more and more players who fight for a living are now fighting to stay in the league. "I think they are becoming extinct," the 29-year-old said of his colleagues in the policeman's union. "I feel lucky that I've been in the league for nine years because in the next couple of years there won't be any. "I feel bad for the up and coming tough guys in the league who won't have a job. I can see in the future that there won't be any more."
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Preparing For Boos

from the Daily News,

He said what? This thought immediately came to mind after Halifax Mooseheads forward Garrett Peters took a powerful shot at the home-town fans following the team's dramatic 3-2 victory over the St. John's Fog Devils on Saturday night at the Metro Centre. "I want to know why the fans were cheering at the end, because we didn't win it for them - we won it for ourselves," the 19-year-old Peters told The Daily News after fans directed boos at the team in the second period. "We were playing our best game of the season, and they booed us."
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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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