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It’s Called Practice

from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

It wasn’t even the skating. Richards opened up the practice by gathering the troops and laying into them for last night, in particular the lack of winning battles. And in a profanity-laced screamfest, he told the team that they’d battle in today’s practice until they “get it.”

I immediately wrote on Twitter to get ready for a nasty practice, and boy, did I swing for the fences and connect with that hanging curveball.

Players nearly came to blows a half-dozen times. Cal Clutterbuck and Justin Falk. Cal Clutterbuck and Guillaume Latendresse. Cam Barker and Kyle Brodziak, who nearly got into it during Wednesday’s practice. The one today, Richards had to break up himself. Greg Zanon and Brad Staubitz, and the loudest of them all, Nick Schultz just lit into Staubitz verbally and for a very long time after one nasty exchange….

It was unbelievably physical, so much so, that I joked on Twitter that Pierre-Marc Bouchard, who watched with his mouth probably ajar, likely got a setback simply by watching the battles. It was that unbelievably intense.

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Playing For Paul Maurice

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

His teams have been up and down but there’s one thing that’s never changed with this man. His reputation among those who’ve played for him is nothing short of magical. There are guys on his team who have so much respect for him they claim privately that they’d almost take a bullet for him, and even the guys he says he’s handled poorly over the years don’t complain.

How does a coach who’s had teams that are up and down like the sun in Phoenix from year to year maintain such a reputation with his players while others with better personnel and much more success aren’t thought of in nearly such a good light? Two reasons according to Maurice.

“My wife says I talk about everything in two parts,” says the 43-year-old, who was the youngest active coach in the league when he started at 28 back in 1995.

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Drop Dish

from Daryl Reaugh at DallasStars.com,

Dear Dish,

I’m gonna hit you content distribution clowns with what is known as the compliment sandwich.

When I first signed on with you I did so because you offered every available broadcast of NHL games, sometimes as many as 3 separate feeds of the same game. This pleased me because certain broadcasts, well, how do I put this, are just freaking unwatchable. I applauded your full coverage and extra satellite time.

That was the bottom piece of bread in our little hoagie.

Here come the slices of screw you, up yours, and French kiss my balloon knot.

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  Tags: dish+network

Kaleta Fined For Attempting A Headbutt

via TSN,

Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta has been fined by the NHL for his attempted headbutt on the Devils’ Travis Zajac on Wednesday in Buffalo.

Late in the first period, Kaleta and Zajac clashed in front of the New Jersey bench. Kaleta leaned in towards Zajac and tried to make contact using his head. He missed and was pushed over by Zajac, who was then assessed a minor penalty for roughing.

You can watch the attempted headbutt below (scroll to the 1:15 mark)...

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A Breath Of Fresh Air

from Jamie Baker at Sharks.com,

Joe Thornton could have waited to become an unrestricted free agent next summer and used that leverage to increase the salary he will make for the next three or more years.  But that’s not what Joe wanted.  
 
Joe taking more money can handcuff an organization and limit its ability to sign other players, typically depth players.  You see folks, Joe is greedy.  He wants to win!  To win means signing for a bit less so the whole is greater than the parts. 
 
Ask anyone who really knows Joe Thornton and they’ll say Joe is generous to a fault.  I think Joe is smart and knows that his generosity will pay off with more wins and a better shot at winning the Stanley Cup.
 
In a tough economy, Joe respects the working class people that come to watch him play.   He didn’t need to disrespect them by jumping ship and going to a different team to make an extra million or two a year.
 
This was Joe’s deal with his agent and brother John overseeing the legalities of it.   John let his client do what was right for him, the organization and ultimately hockey.  Ilya Kovalchuk and his agent were not looking out for hockey with their ridiculous contract demands this past summer.  With negotiations looming between the Players Union and the NHL, Joe’s signing is a breath of fresh air for the game of hockey.

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Hawks-Sabres Hype Was More Bark And Less Bite

You have to wonder if all of the pundits who trashed Colin Campbell for allowing the suspension of Niklas Hjalmarsson to end in time for the Blackhawks-Sabres rematch are feeling a little silly right now.

The Sabres went into Chicago last night and concentrated more on playing hockey and less on exacting revenge.  So much less that they even took a flyer on engaging Hjalmarsson in the typical obligatory early first period now-this-will-settle-things fight.  Patrick Kaleta was credited with two hits, and there were no fighting majors in the game, which Chicago won 4-3.

This turn of events comes as no surprise to the many wise hockey fans who have seen these situations too many times before.  For all of the hype that precluded the rematch, this game had all the makings of - well, just another hockey game.

For starters, Campbell had sent out a warning to Kaleta and his teammates that the Wheel of Discipline was still in service and that he wouldn’t be afraid to spin it harder.  And second, it’s no secret around the league that the Sabres collectively just don’t have the personality for such ugly fisticuff-filled affairs.

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  Tags: buffalo+sabres, chicago+blackhawks, colin+campbell, niklas+hjalmarsson, patrick+kaleta

Save Of The Night

Ty Conklin with the glove save…

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Get Your Tickets

from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,

Hockey -like any business -is based on supply and demand, and business is obviously booming in many NHL markets. But selling tickets in other NHL cities isn’t so easy. There were six teams last season that failed to fill 80 per cent of their seats: Florida (78.7), Tampa Bay (78.4), the New York Islanders (78.1), Colorado (77.5), Atlanta (73.4) and Phoenix (68.5).

With that in mind, I decided to do a little Internet surfing to see what kind of offers are available on team websites. Here are some of more interesting ones:

Tampa Bay: The Lightning is offering a Family Pack for all regular-season games. For $56, you get four tickets, four hotdogs and four sodas.

Islanders: On Long Island they have a Birthday Celebrations package in hopes of attracting young fans and their parents. For $199 you get eight tickets in the upper mezzanine, along with party invitations, a visit from Sparky the mascot and a customized birthday picture on the scoreboard.

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Give The Rookies Some Time

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

If you isolated on Taylor Hall on Thursday night at Xcel Energy Center, after some time, you might have thought, “This guy’s supposed to be the second coming of Mark Messier?”

What people forget is the first coming of Mark Messier scored 12 goals and 33 points his first season in the National Hockey League.

As Steven Stamkos showed two years ago, it takes even the best of the best time to adjust when making the gigantic leap to the NHL as a teenager.

Hall, the Edmonton Oilers’ future stud, will learn quickly that the stuff he got away with as a junior superstar no longer works at this level.

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All Sergei Bobrovsky

from RussianHockeyfans,

Russian rookie Sergei Bobrovsky is surprising many with his play in the NHL for Philadelphia Flyers. In this interview with the press club of his former team, Metallurg Novokuznetsk, Bobrovsky talked about his new life in Philadelphia, about the sensations of the first game and about his mask.

RussianHockeyFans.com offers you a translation:

How are you doing with the English language?

Bobrovsky: “I wouldn’t say that I have big problems with it. I get what they say me, but it’s hard to talk myself. My team mates are good guys, there is a great atmosphere. In such an environment I don’t feel myself out of place because of the language. I arrived three weeks before the training camp’s start and they assigned an English teacher to me and I studied almost every day. Now that the games are started there is no free time and I cope with the language myself. I have to go nowhere, all the people around me talk in English!”

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