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All Robert Lang

from Kevin Mio of the Montreal Gazette,

When you walked into this famous dressing room for the first time, what were your thoughts?

“It’s fun. Like I mentioned Detroit, and it is very similar to that. It’s an old arena and you have the old pictures, the same as here. You have the old players with the current ones, so it’s a good blend.”

The Canadiens are the fourth Original Six team you have played for, after Boston, Detroit and Chicago. How does this compare with the others?

“Detroit was very good, as far as the history there and all that stuff.

Chicago was a little bit different, but it was a really young team, so it was just a little different feel on the team. It wasn’t necessarily bad, but it was just a lot of young guys and a rebuilding process. And then here, obviously, you have history on every corner and then it’s the centennial year on top of that, so it’s very exciting.”

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Handle With Care

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Early-season struggles put immediate pressure on ex-ESPN analyst Barry Melrose to put some wins together after being the hand-picked, surprise coaching choice of owners Oren Koules and Len Barrie, and, not surprisingly, Melrose chose to lean on veteran players early, leaving Stamkos with as little as 6:05 of ice time.

Stamkos, along with the rest of the team, hasn’t produced much offence, and through seven games the 18-year-old has yet to record his first NHL point.

Sending him back to the Sarnia Sting of the OHL is out of the question after all the pre-season fanfare. Giving him more and more playing time is now the plan.

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No More Head Hits

from Sean Gordon and Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

“The league has to do something,” Carbonneau said after practice yesterday. “This makes no sense to me. Blows to the head shouldn’t be part of hockey.”...

But whether the hits were clean according to the rulebook isn’t the issue for Carbonneau; the risk of serious injury is.

“People said [Sutter] had his head down, but he didn’t have the puck,” Carbonneau said. “I think there’s a lack of respect out there.

“I’ve held a gun in my hands before, but I’ve never used it to shoot anyone. It’s the same thing on the ice.”

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Zubov Not The Savior For The Stars

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Zubov is working out on his sore hip and is expected to play his first game of the season Saturday in Boston. His return could help settle a team that is allowing a league-worst 4.22 goals per game.

But while Zubov can do a lot of things in a lot of areas, the Stars have to be better throughout the lineup if they hope to snap out of an early-season slump that has them 3-4-2 after nine games.

“He’s an elite-level defenseman who will give you 25-plus minutes a game and play in all situations. So, yeah, he can have a positive impact for us,” coach Dave Tippett said.

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Dealing With DiPietro

from Greg Logan at On the Islanders Beat,

The Islanders have done their best to shroud the issues surrounding goaltender Rick DiPietro’s health in mystery, obfuscation and misdirection. They issued a statement last night that was like a skeleton picked clean of any meat by buzzards.

“Lower body injury”… “unrelated to previous injuries”…“day-to-day pending assessment and treatment.”

I’d ask them to define what they mean by “unrelated to previous injuries,” but trying to get a straight answer is like trying to see Major Major in “Catch-22.” You only can go in to see him when he’s out.

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A Look At Weird Hockey Injuries

from Greatest Hockey Legends,

Here’s a look at the top ten weird hockey injuries.

Mikael Renberg

While with the Maple Leafs Renberg acquired a blister on his hand from tying his skate laces.

No big deal, right? Well later the blister became infected and soon Renberg was seriously ill and hospitalized with a dangerously high fever. Doctors were able to treat the infection and normailize his temperature. Doctors later revealed that if the treatments were unsuccessful they were seriously considering amputating his hand in order to save his life.

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Islanders Going for the 70s Look

From the NY Islanders:

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The Islanders unveiled their new alternate uniform Monday night at an Islanders Business Club event prior to the start of their game against the New York Rangers. The new uniform, which is reminiscent of the ones the Islanders donned in the mid-1970s, is royal blue with white numbers and letters, outlined in orange.

The Islanders will take the ice in the new uniforms for the first time on Saturday against the Montreal Canadiens on “Throwback Night,” sponsored by Modell’s. The Islanders will wear the new uniform a total of 15 times this season.

See the photo gallery here.

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Evening Line

“Al (Strachan) is sort of like a spaghetti salesman.  Al just throws so much against the wall and hopes something sticks. … It’s total lies.”

-Lightning coach Barry Merose on Al Strachan.  More on the Lightning at the St. Petersburg Times…

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Two Words - Salary Cap

from Tim Sassone at Between The Circles,

Now the Hawks are rumored to be one of the teams interested in Ottawa center Jason Spezza, who is said to be on the block.

Spezza is a nice player, but he’s going to make $8 million a year through 2013. The question is, could the Hawks take on that salary with Brian Campbell set to make $7 million for the next seven years and Toews and Kane’s deals up in two years? They’re going to get somewhere in the neighborhood of $6.5 million a year each.

And the Hawks also have Duncan Keith to pay soon and he’s going to require at least $5 million, likely more.

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Attendance Woes In Atlanta

from Mike Knobler of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

Attending a Thrashers game at Philips Arena this season has been a lot like riding an airline was 20 years ago: The seat next to you might very well be empty.

Announced attendance for the first four home games averaged 13,943, down 1,342 per game from the first four games of last season. The Thrashers have announced two crowds of fewer than 12,000 people, the lowest attendance in more than four years. And the announced attendance, the number of tickets distributed, has been thousands higher than the number of people in the seats.

Thrashers general manager Don Waddell blames the schedule, the economy and a wait-and-see attitude among fans disappointed by last season and unsure what to expect from 2008-09.

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