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Start Winning Boston

from the Eagle-Tribune,

So what would make any sane person - whether they’re a puck-loving hockey krishna or not - think that the Boston Bruins can turn around their decade-plus of lethargy and put more fannies back in the seats at the TDBanknorth Garden?

There’s only one way for that to happen: win games. Lots of games. The B’s open up at Phoenix tomorrow as part of a five-game road trip.

“Boston is a city that’s used to winners,” said center Marc Savard, who led the team in scoring by a wide margin a year ago with 96 points. “We have the personnel in place to do that. This is a team ready to win.”

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Milbury Impressive

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

On Wednesday night, Mike Milbury charged into the raging goaltending controversy in Toronto by stating that the Maple Leafs’ decision to start Andrew Raycroft in the opener instead of Vesa Toskala was “absolutely crazy.”

The move “plants seeds of doubt,” he said, in the Toskala, whom the Leafs paid a heavy price to acquire, presumably to be the starting goalie….

But, there was no disputing the quality of his work as a studio analyst on TSN game telecasts. He was excellent. He has a strong presence, is confidently opinionated and brings plenty of colour to his commentary.

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The Versus Promos

Sharkspage points out the NHL/Versus video promos our out on youtube,

The clips of Mark Recchi’s retirement, Briere’s wrist shot, Ray Emery’s pugilist mentality, and Eric Staal taking the ice are the best of the bunch. Game on.

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Niedermayer Mindset Hasn’t Changed

from Darren Dreger at TSN,

Niedermayer says his mindset hasn’t changed, adding that if it had he would have reported to training camp with his teammates and he would be in tonight’s lineup in Detroit.

Read into that what you will, however this future Hall of Famer won’t officially tip his hand, other than to say he will be present at the Ducks home opener a week tonight for the raising of the Stanley Cup banner and he doesn’t intend to drag this storyline much beyond that.

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All Jacques Martin

from Dan LeBatard of the Miami Herald,

Q | Philosophy to live by?

A | ``Fair and simple. Do right.’‘

Q | Most moved you’ve ever been by hockey?

A | ``Winning the gold medal in 2002 in Olympics with Canada. For 50 years, Canada hadn’t won. Coaching the best players in the game at the top of the sport and winning for your country. I didn’t cry, but it was very touching.’‘

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Phoenix Looking At The Big Picture

from the East Valley Tribune,

After years of thinking it was only a few free agents away from the postseason, Phoenix has committed to a long- term rebuilding process to give it a solid corps of young players for years to come. Highly touted forwards Peter Mueller and Martin Hanzal, both first-round picks, have already arrived. The pipeline to the future also includes forward Kyle Turris, the No. 3 overall selection this year, and two other prospects, defenseman Keith Yandle and forward Blake Wheeler, recently rated among the league’s top 50 prospects by The Hockey News.

New general manager Don Maloney admits the franchise’s change in philosophy will lead to some long nights this October and November, but he believes the team will be much better in February and March and that progression will carry over into next season and for many years after that.

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Dreams About To Come True For Edmonton Rookies

from the Edmonton Journal,

The tossing and turning started on Tuesday for Kyle Brodziak, and he has already played in 16 NHL games.

Andrew Cogliano didn’t know what to expect in the last hours leading up to his first NHL game. He didn’t know if he would be more jittery before he made the walk down the corridor, or during the anthem, or when he leapt over the boards for his first shift.

“This is what you dream of as a kid,” said Sam Gagner, the 18-year-old rookie forward with the freshly signed contract with the Edmonton Oilers.

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Dear Coaches:

Alan Ryder of the Globe and Mail has some advice for the coaches of the six Canadian teams…

Dear Mike:

I know you are new to Calgary. So I thought I might give you some insight into your Flames. You inherit a pretty good team, a playoff team. But the West is a tough conference, the Northwest is a tough division and it is important to get the most out of your guys to even ensure a playoff spot.

Something went wrong with the back end of the team last year. Goaltending is a fragile thing. Miikka Kiprusoff was not the same goalie as in prior seasons. I know this is a sensitive point, but he is no Roberto Luongo (who was the most valuable goalie in the NHL last season).

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Gomez Now In A Different World

from the Anchorage Daily News,

I got trapped by fans, and I basically got an autograph session going,’’ Gomez recalled, punctuating the story with his ever-present laugh. “I looked at my watch and it was 5:25, and I had to get hustling.

“It’s a different world here, man.’‘

But it’s the world Gomez has always craved.

Over most of his first eight years as a pro, he lived and worked and came of age in New Jersey. Continental Arena in East Rutherford is just an eight-mile drive from the Garden, but those rinks and the teams they house are worlds apart in terms of exposure and media buzz.

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Trying To Get To Know Max

from the Buffalo News,

Afinogenov is entering his eighth season with Buffalo, making him the team’s longest-tenured player. Yet most people, including his teammates, know next to nothing about him.

“Max is a bit of an enigma,” said Philadelphia Flyers goalie Martin Biron, who had been with the Sabres longer than anyone else at the time he was traded in February, leaving Afinogenov as the elder statesman. “He keeps things private. He doesn’t like to talk about his personal life.”

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