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Didn’t See This Coming

from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding,

What we didn’t see coming in the first three weeks of the NHL season:

1. New Jersey Devils owning the league’s worst record of 2-7-1

2. Last season’s NHL Rookie of the Year Tyler Myers (Buffalo) sitting at minus-9.

3. Last season’s Hart Trophy winner Henrik Seden (Vancouver) with no goals in his first nine games. He’s also a minus player.

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Keep Your Nose Clean

from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

Before heading to San Francisco, players were scheduled to hear the annual message from the league to keep their noses clean away from the rink.

“Just don’t put yourself in vulnerable positions,”  said Joe Thornton, summing up the message about to be delivered. “They’ve been doing it ever since I was in the league. It’s my 13th go-around and some guys’  first, but it’s good that they do it.”

The message is an evolving one, Thornton suggested, because of technological advances — cell phones with cameras, for example.

And, yes, if you’re thinking of that incident in Vancouver last season with Patrick Kane, John Madden and another Blackhawk cavorting around shirtless in a limo, that is the kind of moment the league wants to avoid.

more on the Sharks…

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News from the Farm: 10/28/10

It’s time once again to have a look toward the future by recapping the week that was for the Southeast Division’s AHL affiliates. We’re on track this week, with much less to catch up on than our debut last Thursday, so this should go much more smoothly.

Let’s get to it then, News from the Farm:

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Every Point Counts In The Central

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The NHL standings Thursday morning revealed five of the eight playoff spots in the Western Conference were held by Central Division teams.

Nashville, Detroit, Chicago, St. Louis and surprising Columbus have all strongly jumped out of the gates this season.

“If every team in the league played every team an equal number of times, you might have five teams in the Central making the playoffs,” St. Louis Blues power winger David Backes told ESPN.com on Tuesday.

Unfortunately for those Central Division teams, the NHL’s unbalanced schedule requires six games against each divisional foe.

“As the schedule is, we’ll probably end up beating the crap out of each other and knocking each other off and end up with three of four teams making the playoffs in my estimation,” Backes added. “We need to strive to win those division matchups and make sure we’re separating ourselves from everyone else.”

continue for more on the Blues as the face the Predators tonight…

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Hossa Out A Couple Of Weeks

via a tweet by Adam Jahns,

#Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa is out a couple weeks with an upper body injury.

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Pandolfo Still Wants To Play

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

It’s nearly a month in the NHL season and former Devil Jay Pandolfo doesn’t have a job yet, but he’s still hoping to play in the league in 2010-11 and fight off the thoughts of retirement creeping into his head.

Pandolfo, who will turn 36 on Dec. 27, was bought out – at his request – from the final season of his contract (he was due to make $2.5 million this season) with the hope of catching on with another NHL team and playing a more regular role after being a healthy scratch for the Devils in the playoffs last season.

So far, it hasn’t worked out.

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Burke’s Madness

from Chris Richards of the Deep End at the Vancouver Province,

Nobody manipulates the media and uses it to motivate his team quite like Brian Burke. While Gillis employs sleep-tracking methods, dietary controls and cutting edge training techniques, Burke takes the old school approach and threatens people with their jobs to make them play to their full potential. Two weeks in to the season and Burke is already bandying about trade rumours to reporters, saying he has had a couple very “solid” offers recently. This is all presumably to light a fire under his team after they dropped a couple of contests following their ridiculously successful start to the season. Nothing to get a team motivated like the fear of getting shipped to Carolina.

In the past I have been critical of Burke’s methods. You don’t see any other GM in the league on the highlights as much as Burke, probably not all of them combined, and after awhile it seems like he is doing some of the yapping to feed his own ego.

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Afternoon Line

“It’s definitely an honor to be able to play with him.  My first year I’d get a little nervous playing with him. I don’t know why. It was intimidating a little bit, not knowing him that well.

“Now I feel comfortable with him.’’

-Brad Stuart, defenseman for the Detroit Red Wings, on being Nick Lidstrom’s defense partner.  More on the Wings from Ansar Khan of Mlive.

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Start Using Havlat

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

On a night when the Washington Capitals and their star-studded lineup make a rare appearance at Xcel Energy Center, more eyes might be on Martin Havlat than Alex Ovechkin.

That’s because on Wednesday, the Wild winger’s agent went on the attack over the way his client has been used since signing a six-year, $30 million contract with the Wild.

Agent Allan Walsh said he believes Havlat can be a marquee player in Minnesota, but Walsh said Havlat’s productivity has been inhibited because the Wild is using him in a “purely secondary role.”

Walsh’s comments put coach Todd Richards and General Manager Chuck Fletcher on the defensive Wednesday—one day after Richards and Havlat had what Fletcher called a “productive meeting” regarding these very same issues.

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Sabres Could Use a Heist or Two

Rewind to three weeks ago:  The 2010-11 season is about to commence, and your friends over at Psychic Freaks Network get a few premonitions right for a change.  The crystal ball shows the Sabres completing their first 10-game segment with a winning road record, Derek Roy on pace for a 90-point season, and Tyler Ennis delivering pretty much as advertised and battling for the lead in rookie points.

If you’re a Sabres fan you’d be guessing first place on Halloween and hearing pundit predictions of a 40th franchise anniversary party with a happy ending, right?  After further review, you might want to throw that crystal ball in the trash along with the Brett Hull trading card your prankster friend got you for your birthday.

Given all of the above, plus the fact that Thomas Vanek, Tim Connolly and Drew Stafford are each on pace to exceed their respective goal totals from last season, how does this team find itself wallowing near the bottom of the pack at 3-6-1?

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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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