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Stars Of The Month

Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller, Atlanta Thrashers left wing Ilya Kovalchuk and Anaheim Ducks defenseman Scott Niedermayer have been named the NHL's 'Three Stars' of the month for October.

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Leafs Lunch- Campbell Wants Leafs GM Job

Bill Watters on Leafs Lunch mentioned that Colin Campbell turned down the Flyers GM job. What is interesting is Watters stated Campbell wants the Leafs GM job. The pressure is always on John Ferguson Jr. added 3:29pm, from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

I believe Colin Campbell turned down the Philadelphia Flyers job because he would rather work for the St. Louis Blues and his friend John Davidson when Larry Pleau’s contract as general manager expires at the end of the season. In fact, at the Memorial Cup a good source from the Ontario Hockey League whispered in my ear that Kitchener Rangers coach Peter DeBoer was on his way to joining the Blues as an assistant coach because Campbell had offered him an assistant coach position.

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Musictown Vs. Hockeytown

from George Johnson at ESPN,

These whacky Preds actually believe they can contend for the Stanley Cup. A team from Music City, USA. And why not? The last two franchises to hoist the hallowed mug, the Lightning and Hurricanes, aren't exactly located in traditional hockey hotbeds. After a jittery opening three games, Barry Trotz's boys have stepped on the gas and rediscovered their groove. With the Stevie Y-less, Shanny-less Detroit Red Wings revamping and the title of Hockeytown very much a debatable one these days, the Predators, built on speed and sass, are a perfect fit for the new NHL, the upwardly mobile yuppies of the Central Division.
more...on the Preds...

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Good Goal Kid, Now Get Out of Here

Guest Submission by Joe Pelletier You will have to excuse Dallas Stars rookie Louie Eriksson for breathing a sigh of relief after the NHL’s opening night. Eriksson was a “bubble player” during training camp. The rookie had played well enough to stick with the Stars for game one, but rumours persisted that he would be sent down to the farm team should he not get off to a good start. Eriksson must have expected he had bought himself a little slack when it came to sticking in the big leagues. Eriksson did about all you could a coach could ask for that night. He scored his first NHL goal in his first NHL game. However it was not enough. The next day he was banished to the AHL’s Iowa Stars. Good goal kid. Now get out of here.

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All Over The Ice

from Loose Change at the Hockey News,

The Pittsburgh Penguins choosing to keep junior eligible prospect Jordan Staal on the NHL roster means the average age of the team is now 12.4. In addition, nine players in the lineup do not have driver’s licenses. Six players have paper routes. And four players are still nursing. To me personally, Anze Kopitar will always be the traditional Klingon greeting from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (usually said prior to an epic battle or when someone on the Space Station was “about to get some”.

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Surgery Possible For Bertuzzi

from the Sun-Sentinel,

Panthers winger Todd Bertuzzi is considering surgery on his lower back and will make a decision by the end of this week, his agent, Pat Morris, said Tuesday. Morris said Bertuzzi has received two epidurals to subdue pinching pain that has spread from near a disc in his back down to his buttocks and right leg. Neither was effective.

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The San Jose Pumpkins?

Actually, the Sharks are running an auction for charity on these one of a kind sweaters. image

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Home Depot Relationship Continues

TORONTO (November 1, 2006) - The National Hockey League today announced the renewal of a multiyear agreement with The Home Depot Canada, the country’s largest home improvement retailer. "We are thrilled to continue our partnership with The Home Depot Canada, which, through innovative and unique programs, has allowed hockey fans across the country to demonstrate their great passion for the game," said Ed Horne, President, NHL Enterprises. "I am sure our loyal fans will continue to enjoy and participate in the unique promotions that The Home Depot Canada has planned to celebrate the game of hockey.” “Our partnership with the NHL is such a natural fit for us. Our customers and our associates, like all Canadians, are in love with the game of hockey,” said Annette Verschuren, president of The Home Depot Canada. “Partnering with the League has provided our company with so many ways to be innovative in the marketplace, and we plan to leverage both our brands to bring more exciting opportunities to customers and hockey fans alike.”

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Message From Above

from the Calgary Sun,

Flames GM Darryl Sutter has a message for his struggling offensive players: Find your top-end form immediately or youngsters may be taking your place in the lineup. "Their record and their performances speak for themselves. I've seen them play four of nine (games)," Sutter said as Flames players trickled out of the dressing room for their three-game road trip beginning tonight. "The one thing you know for sure about those kids is they're winners and they're good competitors and that's not something they've learned in the last two weeks. "The adjustment they (must) make as first-year players playing pro hockey is to become good pro players. At the same time, they're very similar players to some of our high-end players in here, so if somebody's struggling here, their opportunity should be now."

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Side Bet

Hopefully KK readers can help with this email request I received yesterday...

Perhaps you can help. I'm a baseball fan and enjoy the game of mound-ball when watching a ball game. keeps my guests entertained ... each puts a buck into play and if the ball at the end of the inning rests on the dirt of the mound, the holder of the pot wins. I hope you might know of some similar fun for hockey games. thanks.
So, do you participate in any such "hockey games" or know of anything this person can do to add a little more excitement to the game?

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