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Byfuglien Enjoying The Defensive End

from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

This is no Jekyll and Hyde. This is certainly no Sybil. This is Dustin Byfuglien, a man as simple and straightforward as his name is baffling: Try “buff-lynn” …

And yet, consider the twists: Born to a mother of Norwegian heritage and an Afro-American father, raised in the United States but came to Canada to play his sport, drafted as a defenceman, blossomed as a forward, returned to defence.

And happy as a clam.

“I kind of cracked a smile,” said the man challenging for the NHL lead in scoring by defence when he was told earlier this summer that he would be changing positions.

So improbable did such a change seem that, in some tallies, his 13 points on four goals and nine assists have been listed under leading scorers forward rather than defence, where he has been playing all fall for the surprising Atlanta Thrashers…

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Head Shots Draws The Attention Of The GMs

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The All-Star Game is getting a facelift and overtime may or may not get one, too, but the meatiest part of Tuesday’s NHL’s GMs meeting was once again head shots.

“It was probably the most important aspect of [the meetings],” Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier said.

An air of frustration and confusion has surrounded the NHL’s new rule banning blindside hits to the head (a.k.a. Rule 48), but the consensus message from the 30 GMs and assistant GMs to the league’s head office was, “Stick with it.”

“Definitely,” Atlanta Thrashers GM Rick Dudley said. “In general, we feel the league is doing the right things to protect the players in that situation. You have to protect them, and you have to do it without changing the basic structure of the game, and I think that’s been done.”

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Report- Looking For Someone To Run The Dallas Stars

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

The group of lenders who are serving as the owners of the Stars are seriously considering naming an interim president to help guide the team, according to a source close to the sale of the team.

The move could be seen as a sign that the lenders are content to run the team for the remainder of the 2010-11 season, but the source said it’s more a matter of doing what’s best for the Stars in the event a sale does not happen….

Four people have been approved by the NHL to look at the books of the team and study a possible offer to buy the team, but Calgary oilman Bill Gallacher has dropped out of the process after spending most of the summer studying a potential sale. The three remaining potential buyers have not been able to come close to meeting the price that would satisfy the lenders, who took over the team after Hicks Sports Group defaulted on $525 million worth of loans that were used to purchase and run the Stars and the Texas Rangers.

Several people close to the sale say that open dialogue continues every day but that neither side is close to finding a price that makes everyone happy.

That means the lenders could continue to run the team for the remainder of the season in hopes that either a strong run in the playoffs or a change in the economic environment could entice buyers to raise their bids.

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Video- Carolina’s Captain Talks

Eric Staal discusses the Canes start, how he deals with being the captain and also mentions Jordan Staal will be visiting Carolina this week to clear his head a bit.

Edmonton visits Carolina tonight.

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Video- Best Of The Week

The top goals, hits and saves from the past week in the NHL.

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Afternoon Line

“I know you get a certain window as a coach to win, and I know I’m in that window.  The core group has been with me five years. This is our window. It’s our time.”

-Vancouver Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault.  More on the Canucks from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun.

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Kyle Quincey Out With Concussion

via Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

The Avalanche leads the NHL in a category it would rather not: most players out with concussions.

The Avs got more bad medical news today when it was learned defenseman Kyle Quincey will be out indefinitely with a concussion. He becomes the fourth Avalanche player to be sidelined with the injury, joining Adam Foote, Kyle Cumiskey and Peter Mueller.

“I can’t put my finger on that injury. It’s just one of those things that’s part of the game,” Avs coach Joe Sacco said. “I can’t put my finger on any reason why they’re happening.”

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Is It Soul-Searching Time For Lamoriello?

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

As Lamoriello followed the drills on the ice, he knew the team he has built is at a crossroads. And if he is honest, Lamoriello sees that he, too, is at a crossroads.

“I take full responsibility,” Lamoriello told ESPN.com. “I put those people on the ice. Certainly we’re not happy with where we stand. The good news is that we have time to correct this.”

No “Pollyanna,” Lamoriello acknowledged a turnaround won’t come from thinking good thoughts. It will take work and it won’t be easy. When it was suggested he is a man who has been around long enough not to panic at a slump, even one as ugly as this, he smiled.

“I’m not a patient person,” he said.

In the coming days, Lamoriello will have to do some soul-searching and decide whether he has made the right decisions with team personnel and his head coach, longtime Devils player, John MacLean.

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What’s Wrong With Simon Gagne?

from Joe Smith of the St. Peterburg Times,

Gagne has seen several doctors, including local neurologist Ed Grant, and though he said there doesn’t appear to be any symptoms related to concussion, they’re still trying to get to the bottom of what’s wrong before he can move forward.

“We’re still not quite sure what’s going on,” he said.

Head athletic trainer Tommy Mulligan said the next step is a nerve conduction test today to make sure the nerve patterns are properly coming out of the neck. Mulligan said an MRI of Gagne’s cervical spine showed some fluid in the back of his neck, but they believe that’s from an old injury while Gagne was with Philadelphia, and not a cause for his current symptoms.

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Fighting Stars

Penguins GM Ray Shero was asked today about Sidney Crosby fighting?

How do you feel about the stars of the game fighting?  Are you concerned about an injury or do you feel it is a good way to ‘fire up the team’?

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