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Naslund On Forsberg

from Duffer’s Dabbles at the Windsor Star,

Vancouver Canucks captain Markus Naslund is good friends with fellow Swede Peter Forsberg and he isn’t buying any of the recent speculation that Forsberg could be back in the National Hockey League by Nov. 15, with Philadelphia and Colorado listed as supposed landing spots for the former Hart Trophy winner. “I haven’t talked to him since the summer, so I don’t know where he’s at,” Naslund said. “I know he’s back skating (with MoDo of the Swedish Elite League), but I don’t think he’s going to make a decision anytime soon.”

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Money-Making Leafs

from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,

Internal financial statements show MLSE generated profit of $83 million on revenue of $383 million in the year ended June 30. The internal documents also show the company forecasts a profit of $105 million by 2011 on revenue of $477 million. Over the same period, ticket revenue is expected to increase 30 per cent, to $166 million.

The documents also reveal that, for every dollar Maple Leaf Sports generated in fiscal 2007, 21.8 cents was profit. (By contrast, Royal Bank of Canada, the country’s largest bank, reportedly had a profit margin of 13.3 per cent for its last fiscal year.)

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Start Counting Shootout Goals

from Allan Muir at Sports Illustrated,

After proving through two full seasons to be arguably the most compelling part of the regular season, it’s time to talk about taking the training wheels off the shootout. Old-schoolers arguments to the contrary, it’s not just a skills exhibition. And it’s not a sideshow. This puppy ain’t going back to the pound. It’s time to start treating it like part of the family.

And that means recognizing the shootout winner as a legitimate goal in the stat column.

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Facebook Imposters

from CBC,

Ottawa Senators forward Mike Fisher says he discovered through friends that someone on Facebook — a website where people set up profiles and exchange messages and photos — was posing as him.

“You know, they were e-mailing people, saying they were me and it wasn’t,” Fisher said….

A number of other NHL players have also complained that people are subbing for them on Facebook. Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson has several sites as do other players including Toronto Maple Leafs captain Mats Sundin, Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla and Flames forward Alex Tanguay..

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The Conacher Soap Opera

From Neil Stevens at CP,

Hockey was in Brian Conacher’s blood, still is, and always will be.

At age 66, he weaves a fascinating tale of his life in and around the sport in his new book, “As The Puck Turns.”

“The story is not as much about me as it is my journey,” he said during an interview. “I always felt hockey played out as a soap opera.

“I had the title well in advance of ever putting pen to paper.”

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Leafs Hysteria

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

...But what happens if you dispense with all the hysteria and hype surrounding both stories and apply the realities of today’s NHL — with its salary cap and entry-draft regulations — to Sundin and Tavares?

Are there any practical applications to be found that might actually advance the Leafs’ cause, now or in the near future? Or is it really all pie-in-the-sky?

For starters, consider the Sundin story, which gathered momentum after Toronto radio host (and former Leaf assistant general manager Bill Watters) suggested that the time was right to trade the team’s all-time scoring leader.

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The Hockey News: Speaking with Adam Proteau

imageAdam Proteau of The Hockey News has recently co-written a book with Ken Campbell, The Top 60 Since 1967: The Best Players of the Post-Expansion Era.

The Hockey News magazine has, for over sixty years, delivered the authoritative word on the premiere puckhandlers of our generation. In The Top 60 Since 1967, they’ve assembled a panel of experts to celebrate the top 60 players of the NHL in the modern era of hockey — the 40 years since NHL expansion. A detailed analysis accompanies each player, along with photos and statistical charts. Will Wayne Gretzky trump Bobby Orr for the number one position? How does Mario Lemieux stack up? And what about Patrick Roy, Phil Esposito, Sidney Crosby?

Today I talked with Adam about his book, future changes at The Hockey News, and things going on around the NHL—you can hear it on the player below. (*or download this mp3 audio file, if you prefer)

 

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All Dirty

from David Amber at ESPN,

This week’s “10 Degrees” counts down the 10 dirtiest incidents.

10. May 29, 1996: Claude Lemieux’s hit from behind on Kris Draper

He has as many Stanley Cup rings as Wayne Gretzky, but Claude Lemieux’s legacy is often tied to a hit that sparked one of the NHL’s best rivalries, something Colorado and Detroit fans will never forget.

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Early Beliefs

from Spector at his Fox Sports Blog,

Who would’ve believed:

Mike Cammalleri of the LA Kings would be the league’s leading goal scorer? As of this writing he leads all scorers with ten goals. He’s an emerging talent and could be poised to become a big star. Right now, he’s outshining teammates Anze Kopitar and Alex Frolov, as well as more big name “snipers” like Vincent Lecavalier, Dany Heatley, and Alexander Ovechkin.

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Countdown Starts In Nashville

from the Tennessean,

Today is the last day for Nashville Predators buyers and Mayor Karl Dean to reach a deal on a new Sommet Center lease, but no one seemed confident Tuesday about the prospects.

If the mostly local buyers group doesn’t reach a city deal today, there won’t be enough time to get public approval before an Oct. 31 deadline for exclusive negotiations with owner Craig Leipold. Leipold could then talk to out-of-town buyers.

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