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David Frost: Goodenow’s Good Old Boy

from the Toronto Sun:

Would Mike Danton be in prison today had the National Hockey League Players' Association properly protected his interests by never certifying David Frost as an agent? Would the former NHL player have found himself the central figure in a clumsy murder-for-hire plot involving Frost had his agent never been certified to be his agent? These questions linger unanswered -- still being asked by Danton's parents, still being wondered about by those within hockey circles -- while Danton remains behind bars in Fort Dix, N.J., serving a 7 1/2-year sentence while Frost awaits trial on numerous sexual exploitation charges in Ontario.
continued, and the CBC has archived its groundbreaking "Fifth Estate" reports online...

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Return At 45 For Larionov

According to the translation from a story that appeared in Sport-Express, Yotes assistant coach Barry Smith has talked to Igor Larionov about a return to the NHL. Larionov expects to give an answer by the end of the week but mentioned he would need a month to prepare... Translation...

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Living In The Past

via NBC10,

"I’m trying to send a message that a performance like that will not be tolerated. More important‚ when a team is playing as bad as we are‚ how do you evaluate new talent when you can't evaluate old talent? The whole damn team stinks,” Snider told reporters. We are going through an evolution," Snider said. Snider was specifically asked the current team's lack of physical play. His response seemed to harken back to the era of The Broad Street Bullies. "This may be the new NHL, but the old Flyers are going to come back," he said.
added 10:13am, Comcast-Spectacor Chairman Ed Snider on Wednesday sat down with Comcast-SportsNet’s Michael Barkann for an interview regarding the state of the Philadelphia Flyers. Listen to the interview... about 4 minutes long. Just a note folks, I thought I was over the flu, but last night was a night NOT to remember. So posts today will be sporadic at best. I need some rest and will grab it whenever I can.

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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.
read on...many more NHL topics discussed...

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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.
much more...plus the anti-hockey guy...

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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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