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The First Quarter Went So Fast

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Where did the first quarter of the NHL season go? If you're the Columbus Blue Jackets, St. Louis Blues or Philadelphia Flyers, you could quite rightly say it went up in smoke. Or if you're Anaheim, Buffalo or Atlanta, you'd say that it went by like a dream. With the first quarter in the rearview mirror, it's time to look at what transpired and what's to come. With just eight wins in their first 21 games last season, the San Jose Sharks looked like they'd be playoff toast before they acquired Joe Thornton in late November. The Sharks tore through the last three quarters of the schedule and Big Joe won the Hart Trophy.

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Behind The Scene

from the Sun-Sentinel,

Never let them see you sweat might be the operative phrase for those who squeeze into the FSN Florida production truck outside of BankAtlantic Center for every Florida Panthers home game. What resembles organized chaos to the casual observer is actually a practiced, coordinated effort designed to deliver an enjoyable viewing experience. Only those behind the scenes understand the hours of prep work required for a three-hour hockey broadcast, which always includes a live half-hour pregame show, Panthers Tonight, with host Craig Minervini.
read on

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Chicago Fans Have Their Say

from the blog of Steve Rosenbloom of the Chicago Tribune,

The man who couldn't wait to get rid of Brian Sutter because he didn't like the way Sutter coached young players now apparently couldn't wait to save his own backside by firing his hand-picked coach who couldn't coach the GM's young players who can't play. The only thing I know for sure is that the people in the Hawks organ-I-zation won't rest until they have killed the interest in hockey in every fan in Chicago.
more...and the Chicago fans chime in...

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Brule Gets His Chance

from the Columbus Dispatch,

Brule’s situation under Hitchcock has changed, that much is clear. "I don’t really have a say on (whether Brule goes back to juniors) or not," Hitchcock said. "But right now, we need Gilbert on the ice more, not less. "Our goal is to play him more and more. I don’t know where he was before with playing time, but we want to get him to a point where he can play key minutes every night and contribute." Brule, a soft-spoken 19-year-old with a flat-line face, broke into a wide grin when asked about the recent turn of events.

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John Shannon Answers NHL Fans’ Broadcasting Questions

Several weeks ago, Kukla's Korner asked hockey fans to submit questions and comments to John Shannon, Sr. Vice President of NHL Broadcasting. After your enthusiastic response, Mr. Shannon addressed as many of your concerns as possible, and you can find his response below. This will be an ongoing monthly feature on Kukla's Korner. To ask a question or make a comment regarding NHL broadcasting of games, please follow this link. In about a month or so, Mr. Shannon will respond to them.

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Ask John Shannon- Part 2

The questions and comments many of you had for John Shannon, Sr. VP of Broadcasting for the NHL can be found in this KK blog post. Mr. Shannon would like to do this on a monthly basis and again gives you the opportunity to ask a question or make a comment regarding the NHL broadcasts. Please review the previous questions and try to avoid asking the same question. If you are not a KK member, all you need to do is input your name, an optional email address if you wish, enter your comment or question, fill in the captcha and hit submit. Please do not email the question to me, I will only email you back and direct you to this blog post.

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Holmqvist Has Arrived

from the Tampa Tribune,

Johan Holmqvist flashed his glove above his head and snared Jason Spezza's wrist shot from 25 feet out in midflight. With the puck secured in his glove, Holmqvist held his arm in the air just long enough to get noticed. Though there was only 8.5 seconds left on the clock when the Lightning goaltender snagged the puck out of the air with Tampa Bay ahead by a pair of goals, the dramatic pause certainly put an exclamation point on a 3-1 victory against Ottawa. At that instant, maybe more so than at any other time since Holmqvist wore a Lightning jersey this season, he announced his arrival on the NHL stage following a two-year absence from North America.

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Boston Goalie Admits Trip To AHL Was Good For Him

from the Boston Globe,

For the last three weeks, Hannu Toivonen has forsaken his $532,000 NHL salary and all its perks -- charter planes, first-class hotels -- for the smaller paychecks and weary bus travel of the AHL.... "It was the right thing to do," said Toivonen, recalled to Boston Sunday, after his first practice back with the big club yesterday. "I wasn't playing well. It's as simple as that. No excuses -- I just wasn't good enough. That's the bottom line. I had to get better.

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Flyers Thinking Playoffs

from the Courier Post,

With six teams to climb to get into playoff position, logic tells you the Flyers are staring at their first playoff no-show in 13 years. The players aren't listening to that logic, saying they have 58 games to prove they belong in the postseason. "As a team I think we thought that all along," said Flyers captain Peter Forsberg, who has found at least a temporary answer to his skate problems with additional foam padding. "Everybody else wrote us off. We knew we could play better than we did in the beginning and we've shown that lately. "But it is a long way to go. We have a lot of points to catch up, but I don't think anybody in this dressing room wrote the season off. We're 10 points behind first place in the division (actually 11), so it's not that far."

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The Windtalker Hockey News

from the Winnipeg Sun,

A new national newspaper based in Winnipeg is out to prove that there's more to Aboriginal hockey in Canada than Jonathan Cheechoo and Jordin Tootoo. While the new Windtalker Hockey News certainly won't ignore the stories of Cheechoo, a Cree sniper who led the NHL in goals last year, and Tootoo, the first Inuit to play in The Show, the paper will go well beyond the pros to report on up-and-coming junior stars, as well as telling real-life stories of what the spotlight and life on the road can do to young players.

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