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Samsonov Will Rebound

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette via Canada.com,

Samsonov is a stranger to me, but his numbers aren't. The Canadiens acquired him at great expense to light a fire under Kovalev, but the question I've got to ask is why someone blessed with as much talent as Kovalev needs anyone to juice up his offence. It would have been a lot cheaper to buy a mirror for Kovalev. Samsonov's condition isn't terminal. Give him a little time and he'll find his way out of this early-season downer. The good ones always do.

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Down Goes Fedoruk

Derek Boogaard with a nasty right last night! image added 12:23pm, from the Star Tribune,

One punch later, and Fedoruk would be rushed to the hospital with what the team called a facial injury. Wild players said the right side of Fedoruk's face caved in when Boogaard clobbered him. "It was disgusting," defenseman Kurtis Foster said. "I can't believe he got up."
update 9:45pm, via Sports Ticker,
The Anaheim Ducks placed left wing Todd Fedoruk on injured reserve Saturday, one day after he suffered facial lacerations in a loss at Minnesota. Fedoruk, who will return to Anaheim for further evaluation, has registered three assists in 10 games this season. He also has 36 penalty minutes, placing him second on the team.

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Kasparaitis Looking Over His Shoulder

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

"I've been a little bit uptight. I have not been myself since I've been back in the lineup," Kasparaitis told The Post after yesterday's practice here in preparation for tonight's match against Wayne Gretzky's Coyotes. "It's been very stressful reading in the papers about the possibility of being put on waivers. I have the feeling that I'm competing for a job every night, and I think that's been affecting the way I play and why I'm trying to be so careful not to make a mistake.
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Less Penalties

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun, Referees aren't yet ready to put away their whistles, but are tooting less frequently so far in Year 2 of the National Hockey League's re-launch. Through the first 142 games ending Thursday night, an average of 11.8 power plays per night were recorded, down from 13.4 in the same span last year when 700 players and coaches encountered mass culture shock. Not only is there a bit more leg room in the penalty box, but the dirty looks and choice invectives en route to the sin bin slowly are being replaced by blank looks of resignation. After 1,230 games of adhering to the new standards and two months of playoffs, players have realized there will be no quarter given. more on the NHL including more teams interested in Perreault...

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All Sabres

from Sports Illustrated,

Here's the scary part. Ask Ruff or any of the players and to a man they'll admit that they have only played their best hockey in spurts, such as the two periods in which they lit up the Flyers for nine goals last week. Ruff harps on overpassing, players not spreading out the ice as they speed through the neutral zone, line changes that could be a tad quicker, risky defensive-zone passes. You name it, he finds the rough among the diamonds. Yet that raised standard is an indication of how far the Sabres have come.
much more...Sabres fan heaven, the rest of the NHL can read and learn...

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Digging Deep In The Media Guides

from the CP via Slam,

The first job new Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo had was selling shoes in his dad's shoe store, and teammate Kevin Bieksa says watermelon is his favourite food. Sharks defenceman Josh Gorges grew up in Kelowna, B.C., and his dad owns a Dairy Queen, and teammate Steve Bernier's pet peeve is all the fighting in the world. Jessica Simpson is Flyers forward Simon Gagne's favourite actress, Sandra Bullock is preferred by Coyotes' Ed Jovanovski, Eva Mendes catches the eye of the Kings' Mike Cammalleri and Charlize Theron is the favourite of Nashville's Jason Arnott.
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HDNet Alert

HDNet has picked up Saturday's Buffalo-Atlanta game. Play-by-play announcer Judd Sirott and color analyst Larry Murphy will call the game as the Sabres go for an NHL-record 11th consecutive win to start the season.

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Oh Mac

via TSN,

Calgary Flames winner Darren McCarty, who filed for bankruptcy in April, is auctioning off some of his most cherished possessions. C. B. Kaye & Associates will be conducting the auction on November 5th in Fraser, Michigan. Among the items listed for auction were the three Stanley Cup rings McCarty won as a member of the Detroit Red Wings, two replica Staney Cup trophies and various jerseys, photos and other momentos of McCarty's career.
You can view the items here...

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Rivers Back Home

from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Thirteen years after the Blues made Rivers a third-round pick in the 1993 draft, and seven years since he was claimed by the New York Islanders in the waiver draft, Rivers, 31, returned to St. Louis on Aug. 18 on a two-way contract. "Well, the last couple of years have been weird, especially with the lockout year," Rivers said. "I had a pretty good year in Detroit before the lockout. Then I came back to Detroit with a new staff, and they had other people in mind. So, I don't think I got any chance there."
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Attention NHL

from Terry Frei at ESPN,

Kolzig said he "totally" understands the frustration over seeing Ovechkin only once every three seasons. "It's the same for us," he said. "It's always a nice change of pace to get away from the East Coast and come out to some great cities like Denver and Phoenix and L.A. and Vancouver. When you're only doing that once every three years, and Raleigh [four] times and Sunrise, Florida, players can get stale, so I can understand their frustration. I hope they go back to the old format."

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