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Great Intentions

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

But even as Renney was talking about the good intentions, even as he was expressing confidence in the composition of his team and in the additions that were made in the offseason, the coach noted that the club's stutter-step of a start might, in part, be due to the absence of, "people who are not here. "We miss the galvanizing presence who brings people together," he said. "Expectations were so low [last year] that we had different people help circle the wagons. We're searching internally for that." If the Blueshirts are searching for a galvanizing force, perhaps they'll even find it before Jaromir Jagr gets carted off the ice for good.
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CBA Hinders Sens

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

John Muckler says no team has been hit harder by the NHL's new collective bargaining agreement than the Senators. "It's the nature of the beast now. These contracts and unrestricted free agency are going to happen to everybody," Muckler told a Toronto radio station. "They've happened to Ottawa more than any other team since the lockout because of the quality players that we had and because of the slide (in age before unrestricted free agency) that was given to the players coming out of the lockout. That really hurt us because it put some of our players into unrestricted free agency (following the 2005-06 season)."
more added 7:43am, from the Vancouver Province via Canada.com,
Still, since the nuclear winter of '04-05, some truths have emerged that now form a new NHL orthodoxy. The most valuable person in your organization, for example, might be your chief amateur scout. If you're going to spend money, spend it on your homegrown talent and not other teams'. And if you're looking to improve your team via trades, don't bother. As for the rest of it, well, as much as everything seems to have changed for the Canucks, their payroll this season is $43.7 million US. In '03-04, the season before the lockout, it was $42.1 million

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Holmgren Answers Questions

from the Philadelphia Inquirer via the Mercury News,

Q: What about the goaltending situation? Western Conference people tell me you've called about (San Jose's) Vesa Toskala. A: Not true. I don't know at what point prior if Bob (Clarke) did, but not to my knowledge. Q: Is goaltending an issue? A: No. With John coming in, he had a meeting with Robert (Esche) the other day, and I know Robert wanted that. They said it was a good meeting. We'll see. We have two goalies and I believe they are both good goalies, but we have to sort it out.

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Network Should Pick Up Hitchcock

from Kara Yorio of the Sporting News,

It's been (what?) two days since the Flyers cleaned house and there hasn't been an announcement that Ken Hitchcock is now a TV analyst. What's the matter with NHL-showing stations in the U.S. and Canada? This man is made for analysis. OK, he's probably made to be behind the bench, but he would be fantastic behind a mike.

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The Missing Link

from the blog of Mike Creigen, player for the Knoxville Ice Bears,

Gaetz decided he was going to put on a bit of a show for his fans and maybe strike some fear into the hearts of the opposing team. In the words of coach Bermingham, “ this guy Link Gaetz was a monster man, and crazy. I remember him skating down into our end during warm-up while we were taking shots on goal and just taking our net and pushing it down the ice back down to his end!!”
more...5th paragraph... image

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Notes From Clarke

from Loose Change at the Hockey News,

Truth be told, Bob Clarke is a big softie at heart. As he announced he was stepping down from his General Manager position, he took one final opportunity to close the many open doors he had opened during his career.... To those who haven’t read the terribly wordy transcript in The Enquirer or seen the tear-jerking finale on The Oxygen Network, read on.. “To Ken Hitchcock: Who would have thought that both of us would be out of a job on the exact same day? You’re a great coach and I know you’ll resurface somewhere. Oh yeah, keep the mustache shaved off. It makes your cheeks look puffy.”
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Faith & Patience

from Ted's Take, the blog of Caps owner Ted Leonsis,

Our first round pick from last year is excelling in a very tough league in Sweden. Nicklas Backstrom leads the league in points and is Top 10 in face-offs. As one scout told me, "he is wise beyond his years with the puck".
continued image picture via NHL DraftNET

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Propaganda Poster

image update 1:53pm, from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

The hearing for the Evgeni Malkin case has been set for Nov. 9. That's when a U.S. District court in New York will hear the arguments from Russian club team Metallurg Magnitigorsk, as it attempts to block Malkin from playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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Zamboni Commercial Takes The Gold

Since its debut almost a year ago, MasterCard Canada's "Zamboni" advertising campaign has captured the imagination and hearts of thousands of Canadians, and last month, two of the ads - Career and Closer to the Game - captured an International AME Gold World Medal for marketing and creative strategies in the Banks/Financial Services/Insurance category. "We wanted to tell a story that Canadians would be familiar with, but at the same time, put an unexpected, unique and of course - Priceless - twist to it," said Tammy Scott, Vice President, Brand Marketing, MasterCard Canada. "Winning an AME Gold World Medal is terrific validation of our ability to creatively tell a story backed by recognition from the best marketers around the world. We're very proud to be seen as leader in creative and strategic marketing."

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Average Wings

from Damien Cox at ESPN,

Soon, the Tigers won't be a smoke screen for the Red Wings, who went on a four-game western road trip last week and returned having scored just six goals, including three in their final three outings, all defeats. For more than a decade, the Wings have been one of the classiest squads in the league with a lineup that more often than not played gorgeous, puck-controlling hockey and featured dominant stars with magical talents. ...But beyond the points, there's a greater sense that the swagger has been lost in Detroit, that this is no longer a franchise that begins games with a one-goal lead just because the opposition knows it doesn't have the same talent quotient as the Red Wings.

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