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Hitchcock In the Shadows

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

The NHL season stretches for 1,230 games over six months, and the landscape of the league is constantly shifting in fits and starts, sometimes dramatically. Upon this first day of a new month, here is a look at the initial time-lapse photographs of 2010-11. The first snapshot includes Ken Hitchcock.

Hitchcock has been wending through western Canada, putting his eyeballs on assorted NHL and major- and minor-junior teams. He has also been catching up on his reading, focusing on the game and its place in Canadian culture and poring through the work of hockey/cultural writers such as Ken Dryden, James Duthie and Roy MacGregor.

“I’ve spent so much time in the U.S. over the past two decades,” Hitchcock said, “I needed to catch up on being Canadian.”

On one hand, the Blue Jackets’ deposed coach and erstwhile scout appears only on the periphery of the first snapshots of the season. But he is edging toward front and center. A number of teams - New Jersey, Ottawa, Anaheim and Buffalo, among others - broke slowly in October. There are rumblings of coaches who might have to worry about job security. As soon as something opens, Hitchcock will be mentioned as a potential candidate. Already, his name has floated over Minnesota.


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