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The Captain’s Role

from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

A handful of NHL clubs will begin the 2008-09 season without a captain.

Does this mean the time-honoured hockey tradition of displaying the C on a jersey has lost its lustre? Not according to coaches and managers, who believe having a captain or true leader is as important as ever.

Rewind to the past three springs. A big part of the Stanley Cup victories by the Detroit Red Wings, Anaheim Ducks and Carolina Hurricanes was because of the leadership provided by captains Nicklas Lidstrom, Scott Niedermayer and Rod Brind’Amour, respectively.

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Sather Has Decisions To Make

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Sather has postponed a decision on roster cuts just as he has postponed a decision on Brendan Shanahan, who continued to skate at the club’s practice rink throughout the Rangers’ successful European tour. Now, every day the GM procrastinates, it costs the team cap space.

Did consecutive 2-1 wins in Prague this weekend against the Lightning convince the GM that No. 14 has no future on Broadway?

Did the weekend convince him that Petr Prucha, who would have been a scratch had the opener been played anywhere but the Czech Republic, belongs, or will the $1.6M winger bounce in and out of the lineup while separated-at-birth forwards Fredrik Sjostrom and Dan Fritsche get the chance to take that spot?

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Khabibulin’s Agent Negotiating With KHL

from Chris Kuc of the Icing blog at the Chicago Tribune,

Tallon and the Hawks remain in a holding pattern with Khabibulin as they wait for his agent, Ron Grossman, to negotiate with the Russian Kontinental Hockey League. A decision on whether the sides work out a loan agreement or Khabibulin stays with the Hawks will be decided by Wednesday at 3 p.m., when the Hawks have to turn their roster into the NHL.

more on the Blackhaws…

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Sutter Coaching His Way

from Tom Gulitti of the Record,

(Brent) Sutter says general manager Lou Lamoriello didn’t hire him to coach like those who preceded him here. That’s why you won’t see the Devils sitting back in the neutral zone during even-strength situations anymore.

“I wasn’t hired and [told], ‘You’ve got to coach this way. That’s the way we’ve coached here for the last …,” Sutter said.

“No, it was, ‘We want this new blood. We want another perspective on how the game is played.’ “

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Wings Trying To Trade Quincy

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

General manager Ken Holland said Monday he has been working the phones in an effort to make a trade before Thursday’s regular season opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Joe Louis Arena.

An NHL source confirmed the Red Wings are attempting to deal defenseman Kyle Quincey.

more on the Wings…

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Yotes Attract Fans With Food

from Russell Brooks of PhoenixCoyotes.com,

Fans watching a Coyotes game in a luxury suite inside Jobing.com Arena this season have good reason to arrive early….

“I am lucky enough to have access to beef that almost no one has access to,” said Choate, who is a gold member of the Certified Angus Beef Board. “I want to provide the best dry-aged beef available to the people at Jobing.com Arena. When you come here, you are getting something special that you are not going to be able to go to Westgate or Scottsdale and receive.”

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Taking the Dressing Room on the Road

From Mike Ulmer at Maple Leafs.com

imageThe Leafs Nation Mobile Fanzone will put fans first.

“I think the dressing room is an inner sanctum people don’t get access to,” Hosford said. “ It’s something where people can feel what it’s like to actually be there. That’s why we wanted to replicate it and take it out into the community for all the people who are such a big part the Toronto Maple Leafs.”

The Leafs Nation Mobile Fanzone will be driven to locations all over the GTA over the next six days. Some of those events will include Leaf players and alumni handing out Leafs gear. Everyone gets free swag as well as a walking tour of the rolling room.

more here plus a video feature

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Hollweg Gets First Suspension Of The Season

from the Globe and Mail,

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Ryan Hollweg has been suspended for the first two games of the regular season.

The suspension is tied to a hit from behind during a game last week and for two similar incidents last season when he was a member of the New York Rangers.

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added 5:24pm, Official NHL release on the suspension below…

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Wings Interested In Shanahan?

from Sam Weinman of Rangers Report,

While Shanahan’s agent, Rick Curran, told me just now that the door with the Rangers hasn’t been closed, he also said there remains considerable interest from teams around the league, including “a couple of general managers that would raise a few eyebrows.”

One of those teams is presumably the Detroit Red Wings, where Shanahan spent nine seasons before signing with New York.

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ESPN Picks

The ESPN ‘Experts’, David Amber, John Buccigross, Scott Burnside, Linda Cohn, E.J. Hradek and Pierre LeBrun make their division, conference, Stanley Cup and individual awards predictions.

Wings fans won’t be happy!

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