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Marleau Playing With Confidence

from Jim Wilkie of ESPN Fantasy Hockey Blog,

The new coach, who shares Saskatchewan roots with Marleau and has known his dad from when the Sharks captain played junior hockey in the WHL, has taken a patient approach with Marleau while he adapts to McLellan’s new system. So far at least, McLellan’s communication style has been a better motivator than the blunt criticism of former coach Ron Wilson, who was fired after last season’s second-round loss to the Stars.

“He just looks so strong and he has a lot of confidence,” Thornton told the San Jose Mercury News about Marleau. “You can tell. When you play with confidence the sky is the limit for guys like that.”

read on and more fantasy talk…

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Canucks Plan To Get Their Game Back Against Detroit

from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

Are the Canucks that fiery team who started off the season guns blazing, or are they the team critics warned fans about back in July, the one that won’t have enough skill to compete? It’s a plate-half-full, half-empty question, and the answer depends entirely on how hungry you are.

“We had basically been on a high since the first preseason game. We started getting loose. We were too loose [Monday],” Henrik Sedin said. “After that loss, everyone seems hungrier, refocused, re-energized. We aren’t as loose any more.

“Thursday’s is a big game for us and we are going to show if we can come back from a big loss like that.”

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Down On The Leafs

from Ian Winwood of the Guardian,

The part of me that wants to get this column written so that I can go to bed is tempted to say it would be good for hockey were the team to once more find their mojo. But I’m not sure this is at all true; in fact, I’m not sure that it would be good for anyone other than Toronto were Toronto to once more find their mojo. The NHL needs the Maple Leafs, but it needs the Los Angeles Kings and the New York Islanders too; it doesn’t need them to be successful, it just needs them to be.

If it sounds like I have a downer on the Leafs then, well, that might be true. But perhaps it would be truer to say I have a downer on the element of their fanbase that believes that success is a divine right and that can neither accept nor understand the fact that this ain’t necessarily so.

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Proper Treatment May Have Saved Cherepanov

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

What was the cause of death?

Russian authorities have publicly stated the 19-year-old Cherepanov died of a pre-existing condition known as “chronic ischemia,” which in layman’s terms is a lack of blood flow to the heart.

Doctors here in North America, though, are skeptical that was the cause of death.

“I would say it’s highly unusual, virtually unheard of, for an elite 19-year-old athlete to have chronic ischemia,” said Dr. Anthony Colucci, the Detroit Red Wing team physician and emergency room doctor who saved the live of Jiri Fischer when the former Red Wing defenceman, like Cherepanov, collapsed on the bench during a game on Nov. 21, 2005.

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added 12:01pm, from the CP via TSN,

MOSCOW - Family, friends, teammates and thousands of fans paid their last respects Wednesday to Alexei Cherepanov, the 19-year-old rising hockey star who died after suffering heart problems during a game outside Moscow.

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After Eight Years In The Minors, MacIntyre Gets His Shot

from Robert Tychkowsky of the Edmonton Sun,

Steve MacIntyre has been waiting his whole life for this game.

He rode a lot of buses, jammed his six-foot-six frame into a lot of commercial airplane seats and traded punches with more hungry tough guys than he cares to remember for this chance.

So, while most people wouldn’t consider a road tilt in Anaheim and a possible fight with George Parros to be the best day ever, it’s going to rank right up there for the big-hearted 28-year-old.

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Pictures & Videos Tell The Story

I always enjoy the pictures and videos Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters finds.  Today we have a picture of Flyers and Penguins fans drinking together and the goal calls from Mike Lange.

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Captain Serious

from Anne E. Stein at ChicagoBlackhawks.com,

Last season, rookie Jonathan Toews was known by teammates as “Mr. Serious.” This season, thanks to being named the third-youngest captain ever in the National Hockey League, his nickname’s been upgraded: The Winnipeg native is now known as “Captain Serious.”

“I love it when I hear him called ‘Captain Serious’ because it’s so true,” says his mom, Andrée Gilbert. “Just recently I read an article quoting the hockey coach from Shattuck-St. Mary’s who coached both my sons. He said that hockey-wise they’re very similar, but Jonathan plans his days three or four years ahead of time, and David [drafted by the New York Islanders this year] flies by the seat of his pants. Jonathan’s been serious and dedicated since he was very young.”

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Ducks Prospect Attacked By Michigan Football Player

from Dan Arritt of the LA Times,

Steve Kampfer, a fourth-round pick of the Ducks in 2007, remains hospitalized in Ann Arbor, Mich., after he was attacked by a University of Michigan football player early Sunday morning.

Kampfer, 20-year-old defenseman on Michigan’s hockey team, was thrown head first onto the sidewalk after he and a friend were confronted by a group of young men, university police said. A Ducks spokesman said that Kampfer suffered a fractured skull.

more Kings and Ducks talk

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Morning Line

“I’m sure the mandate on other teams, what they’re saying is, ‘Just move your feet, get inside and they’ll take penalties.  I don’t think we’re working anywhere near hard enough. We’re not working in the tough areas to get enough done.

“I can’t point to one area where I’d say we’ve been satisfied, but I know these guys have it in them. We’ve worked hard before, and that’ll be a staple of our hockey club. We’ll outwork teams.”

-Ducks coach Randy Carlyle after losing to the Kings last night.  More on the game from Dan Wood of the OC Register…

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Colorado Management Takes Some Heat

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

So where are we now? We’ve got a team that is 0-3, one that has allowed 13 goals and blown all three games in the third period, that’s where. You’ve got a starting goalie with a saves percentage worse than a drunk preacher, and a team that has zero confidence in him. No, nobody has explicitly said that, and never will. But it’s the truth.

Budaj is a good kid, who wants to succeed and his teammates do like him. But liking someone and having confidence he’ll make the tough save in the really tough moments of a hockey game are two separate things.

The fact is, this team is a mess right now, and I lay the blame at the feet of a management group that, based on its off-season decisions, seemed to lose their minds over the summer.

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