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A Prediction Game

From Paul Kukla at NHL.com,

I predict five players will reach the 50-goal plateau [this] season. (How many players do you think will reach 50 goals? Bonus points if you name them.)

Alex Tanguay will find his offensive game again in Montreal and reach 43 goals to lead the Canadiens. (Name a player on a new team that will lead their team in goals scored.)

Jean-Sebastien Giguere will lead the league in shutouts. (Your prediction?)

The Detroit Red Wings will win the Presidents’ Trophy. (Anyone care to go with another team?)

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Sundin Update

Mats Sundin was on Leafs Lunch on 640AM in Toronto. 

He is not at the point to make a decision on his NHL career.  He had hoped during the summer he would get a clearer picture, but stated he is not there yet.

Probably will not make a decision by the time training camps open.  Does not have a time line for his decision.

He has been working out but not skating on a regular basis.  Again, not sure of what he will do yet and hopes people respect he is not at the point to where his career is headed.

added 12:49pm, Sundin stated he has not even looked at team options yet.  Wants to decide if he is even going to play first.

Update 3:15pm ET: At AM640,

Sundin said despite offers from several clubs the decision of wether or not to play is still the biggest hurdle.  Sundin also didn’t rule out a return to the NHL halfway through the season.

Audio available here.

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Report- Quinn Named Canada’s Junior Hockey Coach

from the Hamilton Spectator,

Pat Quinn will be given his 10th major international coaching position tomorrow.

Sources close to the scene told The Spectator this morning that the former Toronto Maple Leaf coach will be named Tuesday as the coach of Canada’s national junior hockey team for the 2008-09 world junior championships, to be held in Ottawa over the Christmas holiday.

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Dreger Will Host Leafs Lunch

via AM640 in Toronto,

TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger has signed on as the new full-time host of Leafs Lunch!

Darren is the TSN Hockey Insider on the network’s NHL and international hockey coverage. He is a Gemini Award nominee and has been selected twice by The Hockey News as one of the game’s 100 most powerful and influential people.

Listen to Leafs Lunch with Darren Dreger TODAY from Noon - 1pm.

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Capitals Retiring Mike Gartner’s #11

from the Washington Capitals,

The Washington Capitals will retire Mike Gartner’s No. 11 jersey at a pregame ceremony before the team’s game against Toronto on Sunday, Dec. 28. Gartner, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame who ranks second in Capitals history in goals (397), assists (392) and points (789), will become the fourth player in Capitals history to have his number retired.

“Capitals fans have fond memories of Mike Gartner flying down the right wing and scoring goals at the Capital Centre,” said Capitals chairman and majority owner Ted Leonsis. “This is a fitting tribute to one of the elite offensive players in the history of the game who was a crucial member of the first Capitals playoff teams.”

“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized by the Washington Capitals and to join the distinguished company of my fellow teammates Ivan Labre, Rod Langway and Dale Hunter,” Gartner said. “I look forward to the upcoming evening in December and sharing those fond memories with my family and those fans in attendance.”

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Watch a video tribute of Mike Gartner below…

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Leafs Cupboard Is Bare

from the The Spin, the blog of Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Can’t say this is a bad trade for the Leafs, and can’t say its a good one that will help significantly. It certainly shouldn’t be heralded as any great achievement, for having to move McCabe is really a sign of failure for both the team and player after he was signed to his lucrative contract and managed to play out only two of the five years in Toronto before finding it impossible to play in Toronto any longer. Mike Van Ryn is four years younger and the Leafs gain some salary cap flexibility, although with the club’s payroll now at $46 million and the cap at $56.7 million there didn’t seem to be an urgent need to chop salary.

It’s the final nail in the coffin of the comfy cartel that was the Muskoka Five, but more than anything, its another piece of intriguing evidence on the manner in which the Leafs have struggled terribly to manage assets in the post-lockout era.

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Morning Line

Q: Do you root for any Canadian NHL teams?

A: Well, back when I was a kid I went by the philosophy that they all were Canadian teams, because they all were filled with Canadians. Now they’re all Finnish teams. Everybody’s named Ruutu. Growing up my favourite team was the Boston Bruins, although in my era of the Maple Leafs it was Davey Keon, and the Canadiens were Cournoyer, Beliveau, Pocket Rocket, Mahovlich, all those guys. But with the Bruins, it mostly was a Bobby Orr thing. Bobby Orr was just God. And Pie McKenzie, I liked him. Phil Esposito was a great cherry-picker. It was kind of old-school, you know?

-Michael J. Fox as he enters Canada’s Walk of Fame.  You can read more of the Q & A from Bill Harris of the Toronto Sun but not much more hockey talk.

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Tanguay Gets His Wish

from Pierre Durocher of Sun Media,

“Twice last season I asked the Flames to trade me, and Montreal was on my wish list both times,” he said, vowing to carve a permanent niche for himself in his home province.

“I’m 28 and this is my ninth NHL season, so I’m very happy to be here.”

Tanguay acknowledges he ran into trouble last year in Calgary with a meagre production of 58 points (18 goals, 40 assists), down from 78 and 81 points tallies during his two previous seasons.

Coach Mike Keenan used him on a defensive line with Craig Conroy and Owen Nolan which did not please him at all.

“I thought they traded for me from Colorado because I could generate offence,” Tanguay said with a bitter smile.

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Too Much For Meszaros

from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding,

Even those of us who believes that defenseman Andrei Meszaros is a good fit for the Tampa Bay Lightning believe they paid too much to get him.

While Meszaros has the most potential of anyone included in the deal between Tampa and Ottawa, it’s my assessment that the Senators have spun a bad situation into a good deal for their hockey club.

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NHLPA Investing Sugden Situation

from Lindsay Kramer at Syracuse.com,

Former Syracuse Crunch enforcer Brandon Sugden is getting closer to finding out which teams are keeping him from getting a chance at the NHL.

Sugden said Monday the NHLPA is working the case for him. And it turns out four teams actually said no to his return, not three. Two votes came in after the deadline, one was no and one was no comment. I love that no comment one.

Sugden was going to try out for the Islanders this preseason. But before he can sign a deal with an NHL component he has to get approval from all 30 teams. That’s because when he left the Crunch two seasons ago he termed it a retirement. He then immediately joined the Quebec League.

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This is a follow-up story that appeared on August 27th.

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