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Are The Avs Interested In Foppa

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

Is something brewing between the Avalanche and the Philadelphia Flyers? If not, why were Dave Brown, the Flyers' director of player personnel, and team scout Al Hill in attendance at Saturday night's Avs-Nashville game? The Avs don't play Philadelphia this season. The Predators do, on Nov. 29, so their presence no doubt had something to do with that. However, it is highly unusual for a team to have more than one scout at a game.

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Yashin Stepping Up

from Newsday,

Explaining the difference from last season, Snow cited a play by Yashin in a 3-1 win Thursday in Philadelphia that snapped a two-game losing streak and sent the Islanders into a five-day schedule break on a positive note. Sami Kapanen ran Yashin into the boards, and he made sure to return the favor in spades. "To me, that play showed me he's more determined and that he's playing like a man possessed," Snow said of Yashin. "He made a point to track Kapanen down on the ice, not once, but twice, and buried him. Yash isn't just doing it with his goals or assists. He's leading by example by finishing his checks and playing with a little bit of a chip on his shoulder. When he brings that to the table, it makes him a dominant player."

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Decision For Sabres

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The Buffalo Sabres are likely going to make a choice next summer that has the potential to backfire on them. Daniel Briere and Chris Drury, who share the captaincy with the Sabres, are both scheduled to become unrestricted free agents in the off-season. Yes, the Sabres are focused on winning a Stanley Cup, but you can be guaranteed Briere and Drury are going to want raises from Buffalo GM Darcy Regier next summer.

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Stop The Hits To The Head

from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,

For the longest time Williams looked like a man in the grip of death. He was lying face up on the ice, but he was motionless. His arms didn't move, nor did his legs or even his hands. There was a growing pool of blood beneath his skull, and it was getting larger even in the moments when the trainers first rushed to his aid. For the longest time Williams had the look of death on his face, blood everywhere, eyes motionless and glazing over. You could see the fear freezing on his face. It went on that way for a long time, even as the frantically calm first responders fitted him to a body board and a head immobilizer and carefully lifted him into an ambulance that had backed up to the Zamboni entrance. You could feel it in the silence of the crowd. They didn't know if Williams was alive, dead or dying before their eyes and they were afraid. And you want to tell me that's a part of the game?
read on

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You Go First

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The great thinkers of the NHL convened in a Cooper-mini last summer and decided to give home coaches the option this year of going first or last in the penalty-shot skills competition that, by the way, already is wearing pretty thin as entertainment in its second go-round. Through Thursday night's games, home-team coaches actually had chosen to go first in 22 of the 32 shootouts. Their teams had gone 9-13. Home teams going second, meanwhile, were 8-2. Let's forget psychology for a moment. Let's instead deal with, oh, I don't know, facts.
more... and Brooks wants to know why Duff is going into the HHOF while others are not, plus questions why the NHL commercials are being run during hockey games...
Wouldn't it make more sense for the NHL to buy time, say, on NFL telecasts, to run that spot?

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NFL Style Trade Season

Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel quoting Jaques Martin on the lack of trades,

"I'm wondering if since the [salary] cap has been brought whether we're not going to a direction that's close to the National Football League," Martin said, referring to the rarity of trades in-season. "You may see scenarios where you'll see a lot more trades in the offseason, at the draft. "Every team has their own budget and cap to work with. What happens, once you fill up your roster, you have to work with your people. It's not like in the past where if you weren't happy with a guy or you had an injury, you could go and get somebody. Now it makes it more difficult. It's the same for every team, almost."

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Patrick Roy Winks at the HOF

George Richards of McClatchy Newspapers writes a summary of Patrick Roy's career as he gets set to enter the HOF:

"The wink?" he said. Oh yeah. The wink. In Game 3 of the 1993 Stanley Cup Finals in Los Angeles, the Kings were coming hard at Roy and his Montreal Canadiens. In overtime, Kings forward Tomas Sandstrom put a big shot on net with Roy making another spectacular save. The two made eye contact. An ultra-competitive, ultra-confident Roy simply winked at his opponent, sending a signal that no more pucks were getting past him.

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Andrew Raycroft and the Toronto Fishbowl

From Lance Hornsby at the Toronto Sun,

His good upbringing manifests itself every day that Raycroft goes under the spotlight in Toronto. After nine years of name goaltenders Curtis Joseph and Ed Belfour, the Leafs were grilled for giving up a first-round pick and three years at $6 million US for a relative 26-year-old pup, rated third on the Boston Bruins depth chart. But Raycroft might be the first Toronto stopper since Felix Potvin to actually be comfortable in this milieu. Unlike the sensitive Joseph or the surly Belfour, he came with a proven and formulated game plan for life in the Leafs fishbowl.

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How Bad Can It Get

Flyers up by one late in the 3rd period, full blown 3-0 after the Sabres dman falls at the blueline, and they miss the chance to put the game away. Sabres score about a minute later, game goes to OT and Sabres finish off the Flyers on a Briere pp goal. image

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Schedule Doesn’t Make Sense

from Bob Foltman of the Chicago Tribune,

As it is on so many issues, the NHL stands alone on topics in which it seems only to create controversy. Is there any talk ever about the schedule in any other sport? No, and if the NHL just followed the acceptable model that is already in place in the NBA, this would be a non-issue. Oops, there's that word, or rather, letters. NBA sounds the alarms to many "hockey people" that their sport is about to be taken over. Setting that ridiculous paranoia aside, why the NHL doesn't schedule its games in the same manner as the NBA is beyond mind-boggling. Consider: Both the NBA and NHL have 30 teams. Both have two conferences with three divisions in each conference. Both have playoffs based on conference seedings and both play 82 games. Somehow, the NBA finds a way for their teams to play every other team in the league home and home, while the NHL doesn't.

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