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Sens President Confident In Management Team

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Senators president Roy Mlakar told the Sun yesterday that he and Muckler had a telephone conversation with Melnyk before Monday's 4-3 OT loss to the Capitals in Washington and everybody is confident things will get turned around.... Asked about the futures of Muckler and Murray, Mlakar wouldn't get into specifics, but maintained it will be up to the club's management team to find the answers to the Senators' skid. "It's never been -- in my almost 11 years here -- a topic that I have ever commented on publicly," said Mlakar. "We have a very strong relationship and like to work out from within rather than react to comments of talk shows and public comments which, of course, people are entitled to have...."

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McGuire Back Between The Benches

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail:

TSN's Gord Miller and Pierre McGuire separated again this week. Miller got the broadcast booth and McGuire moved into the bench area at ice level. A divorce isn't planned, but who knows? Miller and McGuire are the first hockey play-by-play team to work apart. They tried it a few weeks ago for the Buffalo Sabres-Detroit Red Wings game at the Joe Louis Arena. They did it again Wednesday night for Edmonton Oilers-Red Wings and they will set up separately Friday for the Nashville Predators-Red Wings game at the Joe.

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Fewer Goals Reflect Conservative Coaching

from Kevin Allen of USA Today:

NHL goal scoring is down 6% as players seemingly have adjusted to the crackdown on restraining fouls that began last season. Even-strength goals are up by about 3%, but a 15% reduction in power-play chances means man-advantage goals are down by 102 from last season.
St. Louis Blues President John Davidson agrees players have adjusted, "but I think coaches have really adjusted." "I think we are seeing a lot being more cautious than they have ever been," Davidson says. "The sticks are down and there is much less hooking and holding, so the game has been much better in that regard. But coaches won't play run and gun. They are playing more conservatively. The coaches probably slow the game more than anyone else in my opinion."

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If The Skate Doesn’t Fit…

from the Trentonian:

The surgery Peter Forsberg had on his right foot last summer was supposed to permanently correct any and all problems he had that were hockey-related. Uh, not the case. See, Forsberg is having problems with the foot again, refusing to say it is 100 percent, and struggling to find a hockey skate that fits him properly. So, it was off to North Carolina again for the Flyers captain Wednesday, for a routine follow-up visit with Dr. Robert Anderson, the specialist who performed the surgery back in June.

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Jason Williams Stretchered Off Ice In Detroit

Jason Williams was just carted off the Joe Louis Arena Ice after a massive shoulder-to-jaw hit from Rafi Torres. Definitely a clean hit. Williams was talking as the medical team took him off, but his head was restrained...most likely as a precautionary measure. Update: John Hahn, Wing Director of Communications, just said Williams' condition is not serious. No loss of consciousness and he's under observation. image update 7:06am Thursday, David from the Ice Block gave me the heads up- video of the hit now on YouTube...

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Attention Michigan Comcast Subscribers With HD

Ken Daniels announced right before the drop of the puck tonight that Fox Sports Detroit wanted to welcome their newest HD viewers from Comcast throughout the state of Michigan. I did a quick hunt for the HD channel, no luck so far.

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Burn! 19-year old Puts Roy in Place

This is a weird story, probably best understood by Habs fans and maybe no one else. Patrick Roy, of French heritage, is claiming Canadien rookie Guillaume Latendresse is only with the big club because he's, well, French. Via TSN,

Roy has recently said that he thinks the only reason 19-year-old rookie Latendresse remains with the Canadiens is because he's a francophone, suggesting if he was named Smith or Brown he'd be back in the Quebec junior league. Latendresse scored his first NHL goal on Tuesday and was asked about what Roy has been saying about him. ''It's me who's supposed to be 19, not him,'' said Latendresse.
More Even more interesting is that Roy is focusing on nitpicking a teenager's reason for success rather than on the biggest weekend of his career. He'll be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday.

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Former Marine Mike Ilitch Supporting Vets

Another NHL team supporting our nation's veterans, via the Detroit Free Press.

Just in time for Veterans Day, Mike Ilitch, Little Caesars founder, plans to launch a program that would make it easier for American veterans to open their own pizza businesses. The Little Caesars Veterans Program offers a reduction on the franchise fee, credit on the first equipment order and financing. The offer is even better for disabled veterans, who would pay no franchise fee. Honorably discharged veterans will receive up to $10,000 in benefits toward starting a new Little Caesars franchise. Service-disabled veterans are eligible for up to $68,000 for starting a franchise.

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Slow Starters

from Gary Thorne at USA TODAY,

Calgary cannot score and its goaltending has been surprisingly mediocre. Philadelphia is a mess. Boston is shuffling goaltenders with little hope of anything. St. Louis, Columbus, Chicago and Phoenix are already in deep trouble with regard to any postseason hopes. It's tough to be thinking next year before the turkey has even been carved. Wayne Gretzky is suffering in the desert and without goaltending help, it will get hotter.
read what Thorne has to say about his good teams...

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NHL’ers Putting On The Shield

The Hockey News has a stat that's a sight for sore eyes:

A total of 301 players are wearing visors this season, an all-time high. In 2005-06, 244 skaters had visors; in ‘03-04, that figure was 227. This season, Colorado leads the way with 15 visored players.
The Red Wings are in the middle of the pack with 10 visor-wearing players, while the Bruins, Panthers, and Blues are on the low end with 7 visor-wearers per team. here's the list

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