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Daly: Fans Like Sked As-Is

from David Pollack of the Mercury News:

[Dave Nonis's] public outburst was nothing that league officials hadn't heard privately, according to NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly. ``We're aware of his concerns,'' Daly said. ``I certainly understand them and appreciate them, but they don't represent the majority of the teams in the league.'' Still, he added, ``if there are ways to make the schedule better, we would pay attention and seek to make it better. It's just identifying those ways.''

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Mum’s Already The Word in Minnesota

Here's a complaint we don't usually hear until playoff time. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports this morning that the Wild are too tight-lipped when it comes to injury disclosure.

It's only November, but playoff lexicon is now in the daily vocabulary of injury disclosures by the Minnesota Wild. Diagnoses such as "lower-body soreness" typically are reserved for postseason injury reports. But the team said Wednesday it would start classifying injuries to its players in the vaguest terms while forbidding them from commenting about theirs or teammates' injuries the rest of the season.

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Calder Competition For Malkin

Via the Pittsburgh Post Gazette,

But just as Ovechkin had to hold off the Penguins' Sidney Crosby, Calgary defenseman Dion Phaneuf and New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist to win the Calder last season, Malkin appears to have some strong competition in 2006-07. One push could come from teammate Jordan Staal, the 18-year-old who beat the odds to stick with the Penguins.
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Progress For Stillman

Via the Raleigh News and Observer,

As the Carolina Hurricanes' recovery continues from offseason shoulder surgery, he took a step forward that had nothing to do with his physical state and everything to do with his mental state, traveling with the team for Wednesday's game against the Atlanta Thrashers, his first road trip of the year. "It has been tough," Stillman said. "If you're only going to miss a game or two, it's OK. But for me to sit here and know that there are months and months of rehab to be done, watching games is very hard for me."

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Players Cautious to Avoid McCarty’s Plight

Via the Detroit Free Press,

Many Wings players said Wednesday that his situation shows the importance of knowing who is managing their money and what is being done with it at all times. "If you put yourself out there and put yourself in that situation, there's certainly people that are going to want to take your money," forward Kris Draper said.

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Malkin Scores

via the AP,

Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin became the first NHL player in 89 years to score goals in his first six games, beating Los Angeles goalie Dan Cloutier with a wrist shot 8:29 into the first period Wednesday night. The 20-year-old Russian matched the mark shared by Joe Malone, Newsy Lalonde and Cy Denneny, who each scored in their first six games during the NHL's inaugural season in 1917-18.

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Belfour: “No alcohol involved.”

The CP, citing a report in today's Palm Beach Post, is featuring a rebuttal from Eddie Belfour.

"I don't even know why we're talking about it," Belfour told the Post, adding "there was no alcohol involved whatsoever." But the night resulted in fellow Panthers goalie Alex Auld needing stitches. Belfour told the newspaper Auld was hurt later while they were "horsing around" in the hotel lobby. "They have the marble floors there, and they're slippery," Belfour said of the hotel lobby. "We were just horsing around with each other, I dropped my bottle of water and we all slipped. Alex hit his head when we fell down."
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Sabres Work As A Unit

Ryan Miller participated in an NHL tele-conference today...

Q. Hey Ryan, just wondering, with such an emphasis on offense in the league. So many teams are having trouble keeping it under 3, 3 1/2 goals against. What's been the key to your team's team defense, especially on a team that's known for such wide open play? RYAN MILLER: I think it's just, one, that we have I don't think we’re wide open it appears to be wide open, but we have a responsible man when we're forechecking to allow our defense to interact. We work as a unit. I think that that's the case for our team being wide open, but also responsive. Also in our own zone we do a good job of supporting each other in the shooting lanes. So I think Marty and I definitely benefit from a situation like that.

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Reviewing October

National U.S. Television Ratings On Versus Show Big Gains Over 2005-06 The NHL on Versus averaged a .3 national household cable rating and 182,465 total households, up 50% and 22%, respectively, from the same time last year. There have been dramatic increases in key demographics, such as Men 18-24 (up 189%), Men 18-34 (up 40%) and Men 18-49 (up 11%). NHL Posts Second-Highest October Attendance Figure In History Highlighted by Buffalo's 41% increase to 18,690 and Carolina's 29% surge to 17,782, the NHL posted the second-highest October attendance figure in its 89-year history, attracting an average of 16,537 fans.

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LaFontaine Still Helping

from Brian Cazeneuve of Sports Illustrated,

LaFontaine continues: "Hockey players spend time on exercise bikes, but we are not built to run and swim. There are times I think I spent 15 years as a pro athlete. I don't need this. But what gets me through training or those moments when you cramp up a little bit is the thought that, okay, there's a greater cause here. Kids are worrying about much more the sore muscles and I'm telling them to keep going." Even in retirement, the man who scored over a thousand points in a brilliant NHL career is still racking up valuable assists.
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