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There Is A Problem In Calgary

from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,

Whenever anyone wanders too close to a hot-button topic around a professional sports team, the instinctive reaction of all concerned is deny, deny! DENY!

Conveniently blame the media and try to solve the issue internally.

Airing dirty laundry in public being strictly taboo; deviating from the old ‘what’s said in the dressing room stays in the . . .’ mantra punishable by dismemberment, or worse.

Not that the captain should be singled out as the lone lamb to stubbornly stray from the flock, wander off from the safety-net system Sutter has painstakingly tried to install here since he became boss. But he is the showpiece, the star, the one they all look to. The example to follow.

This is an unspoken issue that simply has to be resolved. For the welfare of all concerned.

And if Iginla, as he steadfastly maintains, doesn’t actually believe there is a problem, well, that can only exacerbate said problem.


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Video- Bryan Little Out With Concussion

Little was hit by the Shaone Morrisonn of the Sabres last night.

via Ben Wright tweet,

Bryan Little will miss tonight’s game in St. Louis with facial lacerations and a concussion sustained last night.

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While Others Play, They Sit

from Dirk Hoag of On the Forecheck,

So let’s take a look with the guys who made at least 5 trips to the box “for the team” during the 2009-10 regular season. Across the league, there were 592 instances of this, about one every other game. The most common reason, by far, was for Too Many Men On The Ice penalties, but there were plenty of occasions where a player was thrown out of a game, and someone else had to serve his penalties….

Player Total


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Halak Doing Just Fine In St. Louis

from Dan O’Neill of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

His teammates have made the humble Halak feel at ease. And, oh, by the way, he has introduced himself by leading the club to a 5-1-2 start, shaking hands with consecutive shutouts over the last two games. You can call him “Jaro,” or you can call him “Zero,” just keep calling him.

“It’s been a combination of things, but Jaro’s been playing amazing,” forward Alex Steen said. “He’s been making key stops at big times. When we have a breakdown, he makes the save. He’s so sound, he doesn’t get stressed about it.

“There’s going to be shifts where you get on a carousel, where one bad thing after another happens. But he always has the same mentality back there. He’s just incredibly sound.”


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Colton Orr Will Skate With Pink Tonight

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Targeting Travis Moen

from Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel,

The last time the Panthers faced the Canadiens they were fighting mad after veteran forward Travis Moen repeatedly pummeled Florida’s top draft pick Erik Gudbranson while his hands were pinned against the boards by an official during a 6-2 preseason loss.

Gudbranson, 18, circled Saturday night’s regular-season rematch against the first-place Habs, however, he was sent back to juniors after his agent and the Panthers were unable to come to terms before the season opener.

“I’ve heard about that,’’ said Panthers enforcer Darcy Hordichuk, who was with the Canucks when the Moen-Gudbranson fight took place. “I’m sure that will change tomorrow. We’ll see how he likes it when somebody gets in his face. There wasn’t any need for that. That’s why I’m here to make sure stuff like that doesn’t happen.’‘

continued and if you don’t recall the fight, watch it below…

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Only One Stat Really Matters

from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

This movement began in the 1990s, when the NHL determined it might be able to move up in American sports coverage by providing more fodder for analysis. The league developed a game sheet that has, by last count, 22 separate mathematical measures for each player on the ice.

Some of the figures are valid – ice time, for example. Others are hogwash.

Not all faceoffs are won or lost. Anyone who has played centre knows that once in a while, you will tip off your linemates that you intend to go forward rather than backward, a play that will then count against you on today’s scoresheet. Perhaps half of faceoffs are neither won nor lost, though no calculation factors this in.

Giveaways and takeaways tend far more to be the result of a teammate’s effort or lack of effort than the player given credit for it. And as for hits, the count differs from rink to rink.

Perhaps the least helpful statistic, however, is shots, as they can vary as much as those coming from an AK-47 to a BB gun.


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In Buffalo, “C” Is For Cursed

How fitting that as we approach Halloween another soul is in the process of becoming an eternal resident of the Sabres haunted house of contentiously departed captains.

The Sabres blew an early 2-0 lead and lost 4-3 in overtime to the Atlanta Thrashers last night, but the big story in Buffalo is that Craig Rivet, who has worn the “C” since being elected by his teammates upon his arrival in 2008, was a healthy scratch for this game. 

Granted, it won’t be as big an item on the hockey airwaves as an Ilya Kovalchuk benching.  But in Buffalo, treatment of captains is kind of a sore subject.  Just ask the man who made the decision, coach Lindy Ruff, who as a player in 1989 was benched and in turn relinquished his captaincy, effectively ending his time as a player in Buffalo.

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  Tags: buffalo+sabres, craig+rivet, lindy+ruff

Get Ready For 14 Games In 6 Hours Tonight

Are the remote batteries fresh?

With 28 teams in action tonight, the odds are good you will be clicking channels, using the dvr and in some cases, have tv’s side by side.

Enjoy whatever game(s) you will be watching tonight.

Full schedule is below…

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Raising #27 To The Rafters In New Jersey

from Dave Lozo of NHL.com,

The New Jersey Devils will reportedly raise former defenseman Scott Niedermayer’s No. 27 to the rafters of Prudential Center at some point this season.

Niedermayer, who won three Stanley Cups with the franchise and one more with the Anaheim Ducks before retiring this past offseason, was at the Honda Center on Friday night to watch the game between his two former teams. The Devils haven’t confirmed the news reported originally by the Newark Star-Ledger—it was a surprise to Niedermayer when he heard it—but some of his former Devils teammates were excited to hear it.


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