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NHL Moving Slowly When It Comes To Brain Injuries

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Pro football and hockey have never been that honest about it. They’ve hidden behind tradition and testosterone, portrayed ugly moments as isolated incidents.

Now, that approach has backed up on both sports in such a way that neither can ignore the problem of blows to the head and brain injuries.

The best they can do is continue to attempt to drag their feet and preach “caution.”

Brain injuries are not only widely prevalent, it’s clear there are players in both of these great team sports who are trained to create physical contact in a way that optimizes the possibility that an opponent will suffer from brain trauma.

They don’t even think it’s wrong.

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A Little Early To Mention Leafs & Playoffs

from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,

After five games, the Leafs have nine of them now, a nice jump out of the starting gate that, if the effort and attitude that has led to it continue, will be huge when the playoff math starts to get interesting.

That’s right, just five games into the season, we are going to use Maple Leafs and playoffs in the same sentence.

Ridiculous? Perhaps, given the sample size is still a little light at just five games and the book on the new, improved (and fast) Maple Leafs is rapidly circulating around the NHL.

Relevant? You can make a case for it.

Again, with a caveat that it is only five games, you can make the argument that the Leafs need only to play .500 hockey the rest of the season to make the Eastern Conference playoffs for the first time in what then would be six seasons.

We will round down and say, for example, that Ron Wilson’s crew wins 38 of their remaining 77 games. With the nine points they have right now, that gets them to 85, plus whatever they accumulate in overtime or shootout losses.

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Quiet week in Montreal

It’s a pretty quiet week in Montreal, given that the Canadiens don’t play until Thursday night. The most notable move today in practice was the insertion of Tom Pyatt on the wing with Scott Gomez and Brian Gionta, as Jacques Martin searches for reliable scoring from his second line. As you may recall, the Habs have already had Benoit Pouliot and Travis Moen in that spot over the Canadiens first five games. While the line hasn’t been particularly effective, as a fan I question Martin’s line juggling this early in the year - and one thing in particular concerns me. More than anything, I am worried by Martin’s use of Benoit Pouliot.

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Afternoon Line

“I accept the decision of the NHL…but I disagree with it. I was pretty shocked at the fact I got suspended, let alone for 3 games.”

“They want to send a message and obviously they did… I really don’t understand it but I have to accept it, I guess.”

-Shane Doan of the Phoenix Coyotes on his 3 game suspension.  The quote is via a Dave Vest tweet.

added 3:51pm, More is coming in from Doan via Dave’s tweets, so make sure to visit his Twitter feed.

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Keeping The Goalies Happy On Long Island

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

How Gordon handles this goalie tandem will be a situation that bears watching all season long. Anyone who has been around Roloson, for example, knows that he wants the net every night. Its his makeup. Gordon will need dexterity in handling that.

“It’s one of those things I can’t control, I can’t control who’s playing and who’s not playing,” Roloson said Monday. “For me to focus on that and mentally worry about it, it’s only going to affect my play. So I can’t focus on that. Everyone wants to play, of course. You want to be in there. But it’s one guy in net and there’s two guys on the team. You can’t control that.”

DiPietro played in 13 games over the past two seasons. He sounded Monday like he was ready to roll with the punches no matter what coach Gordon’s decisions would be.

“Listen man, one percent of the entire world gets to be a professional athlete and I’m one of them,” DiPietro said. “I feel truly blessed [and] lucky. As far as taking positives out of what’s happened, I can’t tell you how much of the little stuff you take for granted when you’re here. When you’re away from the game, you get a chance to see how truly lucky you are.

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Are There More Challenges Ahead Regarding The Coyotes Purchase?

from Rebekah L. Sanders of the Arizona Republic,

On Saturday, Chicago businessman Matthew Hulsizer, who began talks for the team in late summer, flew in for the game, a sign that talks were going well.

Speaking for the first time publicly to The Republic from a private suite at the game, Hulsizer explained why he had agreed to the NHL’s purchase price, expected to be $165 million or more, including team losses from last season.

“Buying a hockey team is like buying a piece of art,” he said. “You don’t do it to make a lot of money. You do it because you love it.”...

Anthony LeBlanc, whose Ice Edge Holdings group of partners could become a minority owner, chimed in Monday.

There “appears to be real light at the end of the tunnel,” he said….

The NHL and Glendale say their preliminary agreements with Hulsizer are oral. Setting words to paper could present more challenges.

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Pavelec Practices

from Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

Ondrej Pavelec started breaking in a new chest protector Tuesday.

His old one was cut off at the hospital 11 days ago when he lost consciousness and collapsed minutes into the Thrashers season opener.

“I was so excited to go back [on the ice] and see how it would go,” Pavelec said after taking part in half a team practice. “It was pretty good. It was only 30 minutes but I felt good.”

After a battery of tests, over days, doctors concluded that Pavelec fainted and subsequently hit his head on the ice. The goaltender said Tuesday that doctors have not determined the cause of the fainting spell.

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Sweater Ads

from Ian Walker of the Vancouver Sun,

Advertising is everywhere. You’ve got the tried-and-true methods like billboards, newspapers, the Internet, television—you get the idea. And the unconventional -inside bathroom stalls, on poop bags and celebrity branding, for example.

Not to be outdone, is the ‘Are You Kidding Me?’ approach—like the single-mother from Utah who had the name of a casino tattooed on her forehead for $15,000.

So we shouldn’t be surprised to hear the Vancouver Canucks are selling advertising space on the team’s practice jersey this season. They won’t be the first -the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks and Northwest Division-rival Calgary Flames are already taking advantage of the new revenue stream.

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This doesn’t bother me, but if I see an ad on a game sweater, well that would be a different story.

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Markov Not Ready For Return

via Louis Jean of Sportsnet,

Montreal Canadiens’ defenseman Andrei Markov told reporters on Tuesday he is not ready to return to the line-up.

The Russian blueliner was hoping to resume play on Thursday against the New Jersey Devils but says he doesn’t feel strong enough. Markov underwent reconstructive knee surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee during the off-season. No timetable has been set for his return.

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Top Goals And Saves Of The Week

First the goals, then the saves below…

added 2:12pm, added hits of the week too.

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