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How Do You Hold Your Stick

from Nancy Koenig's blog at NHL.com,

Mellanby reminisced about his first game, which really occurred on March 22, 1986 with the Flyers. He was 19-years-old, awaiting his first shift. Coach Mike Keenan did not like the way he was holding his stick while sitting on the bench. "He told me to turn my stick around," Mellanby said, walking across the locker room to grab a twig for the purpose of demonstration. "I'd been holding it this way (blade up) my whole life, so I switched it back by mistake and he came down the bench and kicked me. "Holding it this way (blade up) told him you weren't ready to play." Mellanby was asked if he'd ever heard that before. "No. And I've never heard it since, except from him."

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12th Edtion Of The NHL Carnival

The Acid Queen will be the hostess for the upcoming NHL Carnival. She is looking for some specific input and you have until the 29th of October to submit your article.

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Calling Out The Play-by-Play Guy

from the Denver Post,

Anybody got any quiet pills? The television duo for the Colorado Avalanche could use a double dose. Doug McLeod is in his first year as the Avs' play-by-play man on Altitude, replacing John Kelly. You have to love his enthusiasm but he's letting story time get in the way of his main job - telling us what's happening on the ice, with players' names. Would it kill him to mention occasionally who's skating on which line?

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Hitchcock Challenges Primeau

from the Courier-Post,

The coach and the captain had a lengthy meeting in the coach's office and when Primeau emerged, he bobbed and weaved around the nature of the discussion. "It was pointed and direct," Primeau said. "He didn't really include anybody else. The conversation revolved around my role and my responsibility. It was directed at me. He was not questioning my work or my ethic, but challenging me."

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Shanahan Flourishing Under Babcock

from the Detroit Free Press,

"He's moving his feet, and he's involved physically," Mike Babcock said Wednesday. "All that other stuff is just cake. If he does those two things -- actually, if he moves his feet, he skates -- everything goes his way. That's the big challenge for him: Don't stand around. Don't watch. Get involved." "This is the best I've seen Brendan skate in a number of years," Holland said. "He's been big and strong and winning physical battles, going to the front of the net, backchecking. This is the best all-around he's played."

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Jagr Prefers North American Captain

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

"Within the team itself, I don't think the nationality of the captain makes a difference; we all respect one another on this team no matter what country we're from," Jagr said following a 75-minute practice meant to prep the Blueshirts for tonight's Garden match against the Islanders. "But I think because of all the communication with this community involved, a North American is best. "That's just my opinion, of course."

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The Ovechkin Files

from the Toronto Sun,

Let me explain the way Alexander Ovechkin's mind works. The Washington Capitals super rookie is reading a book but he doesn't quite have the English skills to describe what it's about. Turn your left palm toward you and put it at eye level, fingers up. Now put your right hand against your left, finger on finger, pointing to the left thumb. Open your fingers. "It's about a guy who kills people," Ovechkin said, "about life, ah, what's the word ...?" "In prison?" "Yes. Prison." Look at your fingers again. Bars. In the trade, they call that imagination.

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Flyers Have Speed Issues

from the Phildadelphia Inquirer,

There have been whispers throughout the NHL the past few weeks that the Flyers might not be built for the new, high-speed game. The Flyers' coaches have heard it, and so have some of the players. After the loss at Montreal Tuesday night, the questions are at least worth considering. Throughout most of the 3-2 overtime loss, the Flyers appeared to be a step behind the speedy Canadien forwards, and after the game coach Ken Hitchcock actually used the term "foot-speed issues."

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Boo Bertuzzi

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

If so inclined, boo Vancouver winger Todd Bertuzzi tonight to your heart's content. Yet focusing on and portraying the high-decibel widespread booing of Bertuzzi as cathartic expressions of disgust can obscure two more important issues tied to his mugging of Avalanche forward Steve Moore. The first issue is: What has the sport learned? Answer: Not much. Other than that players shouldn't talk about plans for vengeance in front of cameras or tape recorders, leaving an audio and video trail for lawyers. Second issue: How has the culture of the game been affected? Answer: Not at all.

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Twins Being Watched

from 24 Hours Vancouver,

Not since Pamela Anderson, perhaps, has there been a more discussed pair in this part of the world than Daniel and Henrik Sedin. They have been called the Bobbsey Twins by Don Cherry, the Sedin Sisters by Neil McCrae, overrated, underachieving and soft.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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