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Morning Line - Helene Elliott And Kevin Allen

Pronger is bright and has credibility because of his achievements as a Cup winner, five-time All-Star and two-time Olympic gold medalist, but allowing him to work for the NHL while still being paid by the Flyers is too big a conflict of interest to be ignored. The NHL should be commended for bringing former players into the disciplinary process. But not this former player while he’s still on a team’s payroll.

-Helene Elliott of the LA Times where you can read more on this topic.

Pronger is a well-spoken, insightful athlete and he has the same commanding presence off the ice as he had on. A rugged player his entire career, Pronger clearly will be able to understand what the accused players were thinking when they committed the act that got them in trouble. This is someone who will bring plenty of experience and wisdom to the office.

Anyone who thinks that hiring Pronger to work in this department is a bad decision simply doesn't know him well enough.

-Kevin Allen of USA TODAY where again you can read more on this controversial hiring.

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Brian Burke On Fighting

from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun,

Burke, who’s been mostly silent since pledging to remain in the background as the chief hockey executive of the Calgary Flames, had no problem Thursday arguing the need for fighting in hockey as a purely practical matter.

Whichever end of the P.C. spectrum you may favour, what Burke said in a telephone interview from Toronto is pretty much undeniable.

“What cracks me up is, the disarmament treaty is all in the East,” he said. “I don’t understand it, because you get to the (L.A. Kings-New York Rangers) finals, and what is the one thing that leaped out at you? The Rangers were too small.

“In the West … I mean, we’re going into St. Louis tomorrow. Big, ugly team. You play Anaheim, they’ve always been big and ugly, now they’ve added Kesler, who’s not big and ugly but he’s a grumpy, hostile player. Then you go up to San Jose, they’re historically one of the biggest teams in the league … I said this in a speech the other night: size and toughness, they’re not optional in the West.”

The movement to eliminate fighting, Burke says, is coming from outside the game, not inside.

“The amount of fighting has been significantly reduced, that’s a good thing. We don’t have bench-clearing brawls, we don’t have three-hour games,” he said.

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What Chris Pronger Will And Will Not Do With The DOPS

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,

He will not offer input on incidents involving the Flyers, just to be safe – just as Patrick Burke does not offer input on incidents involving Brian Burke’s team, the Calgary Flames. What about incidents involving other Metropolitan Division teams or even other Eastern Conference teams? Will his Flyers connection cloud his judgment?

“No,” Pronger said. “Absolutely not.”

Why should anyone trust him?

“They don’t have to trust me,” Pronger said. “They can gauge by what I do. But at the end of the day, I’ve got to be honest with you, none of this is my call. Stephane Quintal is the head of the player safety department. He’s the one that ultimately makes the decision. I’m not going to be able to go in there and make them do what I want.”

This could be a great story. Pronger knows what it’s like to be suspended, but he also knows the pain of brain trauma. Asked if his experience with concussions gives him a new appreciation for player safety, he said: “I think it does.” He started to talk about his lingering symptoms. But then he stopped.

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All Sidney Crosby

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

With the Penguins coming into Toronto to face the Leafs on Saturday, the Sun sat down with Crosby for a one-on-one looking back — and ahead — on his prestigious career. Without further ado, we present the fourth edition of Sidney Crosby: Unplugged.

First off, are we to assume that your healing wrist is fine after your three-point night against Anaheim on Thursday?

“I feel great. Healthy. Ready to go.”

You’ve taken a pretty good pounding in the first nine seasons of your career, including concussions. There actually have been claims that, even as you approach the prime of your career, your body is breaking down. How do you address those allegations?

“I don’t know. It’s not really up to me, I’m going to try to play the same way. I don’t know how you avoid that. I mean, you want to play in the Olympics. You want to play in the playoffs. And everything that goes with it. So, I’d much rather be harder on my body and competing than being on the outside looking in watching in April. If that’s a tradeoff, then I’ll take it.”

You’ve taken a physical beating during the playoffs, a time when opposing teams seem to target you even more than normal. How do you deal with that?

“I don’t think you are going to avoid that. I think that’s just the nature of it. It’s a different game, the playoffs. They don’t seem to call those games the same as they do in the regular season. You just have to deal with it, find ways to get through it and find ways to create. It’s team toughness. It’s picking your spots. It’s sticking together. There’s really no set rule....

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Coyotes sell majority share to Andrew Barroway

From the Phoenix Coyotes:

AGREEMENT REACHED FOR ANDREW BARROWAY TO BECOME MAJORITY OWNER OF THE COYOTES

Friday, October 10, 2014

GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- The Arizona Coyotes announced today an agreement to sell 51 percent of the Arizona Coyotes franchise to Andrew Barroway. The sale and ownership transfer is subject to approval by the NHL's Board of Governors. Once the transaction has been approved and closing has occurred, Barroway will begin to serve as the Coyotes Chairman and Governor.

"This is truly a dream come true for me and my family," said Barroway. "I am extraordinarily grateful for the opportunity of a lifetime and look forward to working and solidifying a strong partnership with the Club's current ownership group.

"As a group we are committed to serving our fans with a new level of excellence and our collective goal is to put a competitive team on the ice every season and, one day, win the Stanley Cup."

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Evening Line - Michael Russo

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Chris Pronger Joins The Department Of Player Safety

NEW YORK (Oct. 10, 2014) -- Five-time NHL All-Star, two-time Olympic gold medalist and Stanley Cup champion Chris Pronger has joined the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety, NHL Senior Vice President Player Safety Stephane Quintal announced today.

The second overall selection in the 1993 NHL Draft, Pronger ranked among the League's most decorated stars over his 18-season playing career with the Hartford Whalers, St. Louis Blues, Edmonton Oilers, Anaheim Ducks and Philadelphia Flyers. He was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team with the Whalers in 1994, won the Hart Trophy (League MVP) and Norris Trophy (best defenseman) with the Blues in 2000, captured the Stanley Cup with the Ducks in 2007 and led the Oilers and Flyers to the Stanley Cup Final in 2006 and 2010, respectively.

Pronger appeared in five NHL All-Star Games, served as captain for three clubs (Blues, Ducks and Flyers) and recorded 698 points (157 goals, 541 assists) in 1,167 regular-season games from 1993-94 through 2011-12. Internationally, the Dryden, Ont., native skated for Canada at the IIHF World Junior Championships (1993), World Championships (1997) and in four consecutive Olympics (1998, 2002, 2006 and 2010), winning gold in 2002 and 2010.

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Matt Duchene On Colorado’s 5-0 To Minnesota Last Night

from Nick Groke of All Things Avs,

Avs center Matt Duchene said Colorado didn’t see the train coming before it ran them over on Thursday.

“We just weren’t ready for last night,” Duchene said Friday after a gym workout. “We didn’t know what was going to hit us. We played terrible.”...

“That was a clinic for them last night,” Duchene said. “They absolutely dominated us. They probably deserved to win 8-0.”

Duchene managed just one shot on goal in his 19 minutes and 56 seconds on the ice at Minnesota. And he shouldered some blame for the rout, saying nobody, it seemed, wanted to take charge on against the Wild.

“Everyone has to take responsibility for their own game and not pass the problem off to their teammates and their linemates,” Duchene said. “A lot of us didn’t want the puck last night. There were a lot of times we passed the problem to somebody else.”

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That Damn Cannon

from Allison Lukan of FoxSports Ohio,

A cannon isn't something that goes on an everyday shopping list, but when the Columbus Blue Jackets decided they wanted one for Nationwide Arena, nothing was going to hold them back.

"In August of 2007, we got the message that the team wanted a cannon," said Mike Todd, who has served as the team's in-game arena host since 2003. "It had been tossed back and forth if we should get it or not to match the Civil War theme, and eventually they decided to go ahead."

Through an Internet search, a potential vendor was found. Todd and then-director of game operations Kimberly Kershaw packed their bags and headed to meet Chris Olson, who built cannons for Civil War reenactments, in Pontoon Beach, Ill., about fifteen miles northeast of St. Louis.

"We pull up to this place, it's out of the way, off a gravel road and there's an older gentleman who looked like a Civil War soldier himself," Todd said. "He said, 'Yeah, I build cannons and I've got one here if you want to take a look at it.'"

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Keep An Eye On These AHL Rookies

from Josh Weissbock of Shnarped,

Fans have been watching their top prospects develop over the last year or two and are now anxiously waiting to see how they perform at the next level.  Most players end up with a stopover in the AHL for some development before getting a shot with the big club.  Typically the players who perform well at the NHL level have performed well at lower levels; we’ve identified a number of potential AHL rookies who have had success in the past and will get their first chance at a full season in American Hockey League.

As October begins most hockey leagues in the world have started their regular season with one of the last holdouts being the American Hockey League (AHL).  The AHL has a very dependent relationship with the NHL teams as the majority of rosters in the AHL are those that have been assigned by NHL clubs to their AHL affiliates.  Changes in the NHL, through injury or trade, can quickly have a ripple effect that exponentially grows in magnitude to the effects in the AHL.  Rosters are very dynamic and players may not spend an entire season in the AHL especially if they are performing well.

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