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All Cam Neely

from Ian Walker of the Vancouver Sun,

Q. When was the last time you saw Ulf Samuelsson?

A. Well, we played Phoenix in Prague and I saw him from afar, which was good enough for me.

Q. Have you guys ever spoken?

A. No.

Q. Do you have an opinion on that day?

A. I think it’s been well chronicled, so let’s just leave it there.

more from Cam on numerous topics. 

If you don’t know what happened between Neely and Samuelsson, watch the video below…

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Is Contraction A Dirty Word?

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

The league still operates the Phoenix Coyotes, though a prospective owner emerged in Chicago businessman Matthew Hulsizer. If he thinks he can make it work there after the team drew 6,706 last Wednesday and 8,189 on Saturday, good luck to him.

There are ownership problems in Atlanta, in Dallas, where Tom Hicks has defaulted on loans and had to break up his sports empire, and in St. Louis, where the private equity firm that owns about 75% of the Blues has been trying to sell its stake since last spring.

Where ownership is stable, finances have not been. The Chicago Blackhawks claim to have lost money while winning the Stanley Cup last season. Ducks owners Henry and Susan Samueli say they’ve lost double-digit millions since they bought the franchise in 2005, and they’re not alone.

Bettman’s strength has been attracting corporate sponsorship, and league revenues topped $2.7 billion last season. But the NHL is still largely gate-driven, and attendance hit franchise-record lows of 9,802 last week in Columbus and 8,820 in Atlanta.


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Hurricanes Finally See Home Ice

from Paul Branecky of Hurricanes.com,

It was an adventure at times, but the Hurricanes appear to have survived the nightmarish schedule to open their season.

At 4-3-0, they aren’t setting any records after playing two games in Europe and five more across the home continent. However, they have built a foundation to take them through the more conventional part of their slate, beginning with Wednesday’s home opener against Washington.

“I think that coming off a road trip that was a very difficult schedule and having more confidence in yourself than when you left – we’re very happy about that,” said coach Paul Maurice. “I don’t know that being a game over .500 fires us up and that this is going to be easy for us, but I think it’s more a general understanding that we’re playing pretty good hockey, and if we keep improving in some areas we’ll be a good team.”

They weren’t necessarily heading in that direction after a 0-2 start to the North American stretch of the trip, but can feel good about the final three games of their world tour in San Jose, Los Angeles and Phoenix. They won two of those and had a very solid effort in the other, which was an encouraging sign given the flat 5-1 loss in Vancouver that immediately preceded them.


“You get to that point where your body just can’t feel any worse,” said Patrick Dwyer, summing up the loss against the Canucks. “You’ve got to just fight through it.”

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Video- Rypien Says He Is Sorry

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Ovechkin’s Life

from Dan Steinberg of D.C. Sports Bog at the Washington Post,

When you see the sort of photos that emerge from Alex Ovechkin’s offseason, you have a pretty good idea what goes on. Still, GQ decided to leave a little less to our imagination, sending a reporter out on the town with Ovechkin at one of his “main hunting grounds,” as the magazine puts it in its most recent issue.

The final scene—after hundreds of words about Ovechkin and the young women of Moscow—takes place in a skating rink, where Ovi brings two women, “Lera and Olesya, that he’s picked up at [a club called] Soho Rooms.”


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Not A Good Start For Niemi In San Jose

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

At the time of the signing, GM Doug Wilson cited Niemi as a key reason the Sharks were swept by Chicago in the Western Conference final. Would lightning strike twice for the long-suffering Sharks, who have never advanced to a Cup final let alone won a Stanley Cup, with Niemi in the fold? Well, so far it’s been more charred rubble than lightning as Niemi has been a major disappointment through the first couple of weeks of the season.

Niemi has lost three straight and lasted just 8:36 on Sunday as the Calgary Flames poured three past him in less than half a period. Overall, Niemi’s numbers look like this: 1-3 record, .854 save percentage and 4.49 GAA. In short, it looks like Antero Niittymaki may end up winning the starting job in San Jose by default.

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Babcock On The Kronwall Hit

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Anaheim’s Teemu Selanne called Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall a dangerous player for a hit he delivered on Saturday.

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock agrees. And that’s the way he wants him to be. But Babcock also said Monday that Kronwall is a clean player.

“I looked at the replay many times. (Kronwall) stepped up on him and got his shoulder in his chin. It’s a hockey play,’’ Babcock said. “I think one of the comments was Kronner’s dangerous. He is. That’s why we like him.

“I don’t think anything was outside the rules or the boundary of the game. Obviously, you don’t want anyone to get hurt. Teemu’s a Hall of Famer, one of my favorites. I don’t like to see him get bumped, but that’s the game.’’


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Afternoon Line

“John (MacLean) has done an exceptional job. I have no issue with him. Our record certainly isn’t what any of us like, but it has nothing to do with coaching.”

-New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello.  More on the Devils from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.

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Stars Of The Week

NEW YORK (October 25, 2010)—Calgary Flames left wing Rene Bourque, St. Louis Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak and Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos have been named the NHL ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Oct. 24.

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Markov Close To Returning

from TSN,

The Montreal Canadiens could have their top defenceman back in the lineup as soon as this weekend.

Andrei Markov was cleared for contact drills Monday and the club will seek final clearance from team doctors later this week. They are targeting Markov’s return for Friday or Saturday.


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