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Another GM Candidate For The Leafs

from Scott Morrison at CBC,

...But what about Jimmy Rutherford?

OK, he has a job as general manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, who won the Stanley Cup a couple of seasons ago. But in the world of high finance anything is possible. Money talks and the Leafs have plenty of it.

Rutherford would be a perfect fit in Toronto. He played in Toronto and understands how dreadful the teams have been and how horrible the drought has become.

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RBK Jerseys Here to Stay

Stephen Harris at the Boston Herald was the originator of some controversy yesterday when he noted:

According to sources in the B’s dressing room, Reebok has been unable to correct problems with the new jerseys introduced this season across the NHL and will replace them at the company’s expense with new uniforms made of the old materials.

This morning, Harris reports differently:

NHL senior vice president for communications Bernadette Mansur called about what she said were inaccuracies in a note here yesterday about the troublesome new Reebok jerseys.

Mansur said there will not be an across-the-board, leaguewide replacement of the shirts, which many players say tend to hold sweat inside, leading to drenched gloves. She said there are many players who have no problem with the new apparel, while those who want the replacements will get them.

Further, she said, the new shirts will not be made from the same material as in years past. They will have a new-performance fabric on their front half, with the back unchanged.

 

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  Tags: jerseys, rbk

“Iggy’s” Fast Start

from the Calgary Sun,

...Heading into tonight’s contest against the Colorado Avalanche with six goals and 16 points in 10 games—his best career start to a season—Iginla is the toast of the town.

“You’re trying to improve at the start of the year, knowing from you heckling me that it’s not always happened,” he said yesterday with a laugh. “So you try to improve and do things differently.”

It’s something of a misnomer that Iginla is known as a slow starter. He’s collected at least seven points to start each of the last seven seasons, and reached double digits four times in that spell.

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  Tags: calgary+flames, jarome+iginla

NHL Network & DIRECTV

On channel 215 this morning…

Buffalo Sabres @ Florida Panthers on October 26, 2007 available as part of the NHL Sneak Peek.

NHL Network HD coming soon to DIRECTV.

The same message on the sub 215 channel but replace HD with SD.

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  Tags: nhl+network

Report- Danny Markov Signs In Russia

You see, I have sources too… Danny Markov has signed a two year agreement with Dynamo Moscow of the Russian Superleague.

The email from the source is much appreciated.

added 9:34am, Reported salary is $1.8 million after Russian tax.  More on this as it develops.

update 12:16pm, from the CP via TSN,

Veteran defenceman Danny Markov has signed a two-year deal with Moscow Dynamo, his agent Jay Grossman confirmed Friday.

Grossman would not say but it’s believed the deal is worth around US$4 million. The contract has an out-clause that lets him return to the NHL next summer.

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  Tags: danny+markov, russia

Ducks Need To Shoot For A Playoff Berth

from Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

The Ducks are optimistic that Getzlaf, Rob Niedermayer and even Bertuzzi and Schneider will be back in the lineup relatively soon. Still, there are significant issues, especially with the shortage of offensive-minded forwards. It seems that the best-case scenario for the Ducks is to just try to hang in there, nail down a playoff berth, which is by no means a sure thing, and hope they can get things together in time for a post-season run.

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The Other Teams In The Central

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

As (Andy) Murray said, “I thought there was parity there last year, too, between Chicago, Columbus and St. Louis. The only difference is that the parity is at a higher level.”

The three teams were a collective 79-77-21 after their coaching changes last season. They are 15-11-1 this morning. The Central Division is no longer comprised of Detroit, Nashville, Curly, Larry and Moe. The Stooges are gone.

As Hitchcock said, “Somebody has to make the playoffs other than Detroit. Whether you get a second- or a third-place team in the playoffs, it’s going to be somebody.

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  Tags: chicago+blackhawks, columbus+blue+jackets, st+louis+blues

Rick Nash Highlight

From Rusty Miller at the AP,

It was the type of move a player usually tries late in a long practice. The right situation presented itself in a game for Columbus’ Rick Nash, however, and it will undoubtedly be a staple on all the highlight shows.

Nash scored in his fifth straight game, this one an almost indescribable goal on a shot between his legs…

Watch the video…

 

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  Tags: columbus+blue+jackets, rick+nash

Ouch

By popular request tonight, here’s the scrap in Boston featuring Zdeno Chara and David Koci.  And while Koci’s face looks like he was in a car wreck after the fight, it’s worth remembering he only broke his nose a few nights ago fighting Wade Belak, so that might be the primary cause of the mess. 

From HockeyFights.com:

addd 8:38am Friday by Paul, The ESPN view of the fight…

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  Tags: boston+bruins, chicago+blackhawks, david+koci, fighting, zdeno+chara

Americans Looking Strong for 2008 Draft

From Kevin Allen at USA Today,

Based on early season reviews, there seem to be four to six Americans with strong first-round potential, led by 6-7 defenseman Tyler Myers of the Western Hockey League and Boston University center Colin Wilson. He is the son of Carey Wilson, who played 13 seasons in the NHL with Calgary, Hartford and the New York Rangers.

Myers is a native Texan whose family moved to Alberta because his dad worked in the oil industry. Right now he’s probably rated in 10 to 16 range, but some believe he has a chance to be another Pronger.

more… looking at Myers and others.

Also, Kevin Allen’s blog looks at various top 2008 prospects today.

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