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Foote Eager For Return To Playoffs

Via the Rocky Mountain News,

Foote, who wears the "C" as Blue Jackets captain, is one of three players on the team to have won a Stanley Cup. The others are former Detroit Red Wings rival Sergei Fedorov and Fredrik Modin, who won a championship with the Tampa Bay Lightning. "Colorado was special," Foote said. "We were lucky."
Hey...he said it, not me. Continue reading

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Bolt GM: Blame Players, Not Coaches

Via the St. Petersburg Times,

Feaster reiterated the importance of the current four-game road trip in determining if player moves, and perhaps cutting payroll, will be needed. And he dismissed Tortorella's comment that in his fourth full season his voice sometimes falls on "deaf ears." "Then we ought to get the deaf and dumb out," Feaster said. "If that's the case, I wish they'd identify themselves to me and let me move them on. I'd rather see them gone than a hell of a good coach.
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Brutal Night For Flyers

Jeff Carter and Randy Robitaille each went down with ankle injuries. Peter Forsberg got tossed then pouted his way past reporters. Oh...and the Flyers got spanked. Not the best night in Philly. But, hey, they're still thinking playoffs. Philadelphia joined Minnesota as the second team in two days to institute an April-like code of silence regarding injuries.

Meanwhile, a new injury policy is in place under the regime of interim general manager Paul Holmgren: secrecy. Late in the second period, the club informed reporters that Carter had a "lower-body injury." Stevens would not elaborate, but Carter broke the policy himself. He said that he has a swollen left ankle and that X-rays were negative. Robitaille, who was tripped by goalie Johan Holmqvist late in the game, was not available to be interviewed.
Read more on the state of the Flyers

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What Can You Do In 20 Seconds?

At the beginning of the season, the National Hockey League announced that the duration of TV timeouts would be increased by 20 seconds. Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun writes this morning that coaches are putting that extra time to good use.

It's a gold mine," said the Maple Leafs' Paul Maurice. "It's seems like a very small detail," said the Atlanta Thrashers' Bob Hartley, "but that two-minute timeout, rather than a minute or a minute-and-a-half is a huge difference." In Maurice's case, it's the reason Mats Sundin's ice time has increased so dramatically this season. In Hartley's case, it's the reason Ilya Kovalchuk is third among NHL forwards in average ice time with 22:22.
More from Strachan

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Leafs’ Ferguson Wants His Wing Games

Via the Toronto Sun,

John Ferguson will arrive at the general managers meetings next week looking to add more Red Wings, Flames, Oilers and Canucks to his team's diet. The Maple Leafs GM will push for a revamped schedule, one that would see Toronto play those aforementioned teams more than the current two times every three years. "I will champion the cause to offer a greater variety of opponents at the Air Canada Centre, with an eye toward providing additional Canadian content, as well as attempting to rekindle the traditional Detroit-Toronto rivalry," Ferguson said last night via e-mail.
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October Ratings Revisited

William Houston of the Globe and Mail goes into detail on the NHL ratings, both in the U.S. and Canada...

A demographic breakdown helps shed light on attitudes toward the revamped game. The male 25-to-54 demo is down 9 per cent. This group is made up of people accustomed to the old NHL. Clearly, not all of them are sold on the new. However, the 18-to-49 male audience is up 11 per cent and the 18-to-34 male audience shows a whopping increase of 40 per cent. If, as the numbers seem to show, young males like today's hockey, that's good news for the NHL.

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The Good & Bad Deals

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

It's too soon to know with any certainty whether offseason moves will pay in the long run, and yet there are early indications that some NHL teams are benefiting significantly from what they did this summer. Here are 10 offseason moves that are paying off: 6. The Petr Principle: The Anaheim Ducks cast off Petr Sykora last season, and the New York Rangers didn't seem very upset about letting him go. The Edmonton Oilers signed him for $2.9 million and he's tied for seventh in the NHL scoring race. He's another offensive weapon for a team that has enviable depth at forward.
read on for the rest... plus some deals that weren't so good...

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Luongo Getting Plenty of Work

Easiest job in hockey? How about backing up Roberto Luongo? Canuck second-stringer Dany Souborin has played in only one game this season, and it doesn't look like he'll be seeing action any time soon.

Luongo will start his seventh straight contest Thursday night when the Canucks take on the Wild in Minnesota. "Right now, with the way the schedule is and no [back-to-back games], Luongo is the guy," Vancouver head coach Alain Vigneault told reporters Wednesday, adding that he has no plans to use Sabourin in the coming weeks.
More from the CBC Postscript: Another little item you might want to keep your eye on? The gambling habits of a certain Vancouver blogger. Rest assured she's keeping close track of Roberto's record.
Anyway, I hereby agree to get this tattoo IF Luongo can actually play over .500 hockey by mid-season. If he’s winning more than he’s losing after game #42 in January (Luongo, not the Canucks), I’ll do it. And if Luongo doesn’t pull it off? I get nothing but the satisfaction of not wearing this idiotic tattoo for the rest of my life. (Geezus… the things I do for hockey.)
Go here for a reminder of her wager and to see the alleged "art".

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Jump On The Pens Bandwagon

from Pierre McGuire at NBC Sports,

Get on the ride now. Get on before it is sold out. The Pittsburgh Penguins are rolling and after their overtime win in Los Angeles on Wednesday night they are officially the best early-season story in the league. With the Penguins you go into every game wondering what you are going to get, and you leave feeling as if you were really entertained. How has all this happened and will it last? The answers, in order, are: "hard work" and "yes.''

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Playing The HD Game Again

As a KK member points out, if you depend on INHD to broadcast the Vs. HD game of the week, you're viewing time may be delayed. This tape-delay stuff has to stop!!! image

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