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I May Ban NHL 12 From KK

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How can this happen?

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Eating The Right Way

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from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

To break up the roughly three-hour bus ride from Calgary, Alberta, to Edmonton on an Avalanche road swing in the 1990s, the entire team once stopped at a fast-food burger chain called Harvey’s. More than a hundred greasy but delicious burgers were greedily consumed by players, most accompanied with fries and washed down with soda pop.

Now, if the Avs were to pull over the team bus for a bite to eat, it probably would at a Whole Foods and a trip to the organic section. Tofu burgers, anyone?

With today’s NHL full of younger, faster and fitter players, teams are placing a bigger emphasis on diet and nutrition than in the past. The Avalanche, in fact, has added a local nutritionist to its payroll for the first time in team history this season. Avs coach Joe Sacco said NHL teams are looking for any edge they can get, even from the dinner plate.


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The Bloodbath In The Maritimes

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from Bruce MacNab at the Chronicle Herald,

Seventy-five years ago, a bloodbath between the Boston Bruins and the Montreal Maroons nearly marked the end of a six-game series scheduled for the Maritimes. And this was only the first game of the tournament.

Following the game, Maroons Manager Tommy Gorman threatened to call off the 1936 pre-season contest. “Anyone who witnessed the game in Saint John could see that Boston started the heavy checking,” he complained.

Boston manager Art Ross disagreed, and fired back. “It wasn’t the Maroons players who had to be carried from the ice. It isn’t the Maroons management that has to pay a $350 dentist bill for (Teddy) Graham’s teeth.”

Once cooler heads prevailed, the series continued. But Art Ross ordered his Bruins to wear their protective headgear for the rest of the games. It may have been the first instance of an entire NHL team wearing helmets.

continue especially if you enjoy some famous names of the past…

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Tootoo Tackled His Demons

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From Ken Wiebe via Slam Sports:

The end result saw Tootoo enter the NHL’s substance abuse program last December and emerge with a clearer mind and an improved game.

“He’s got his life in order,” said Predators head coach Barry Trotz. “He’s had a lot of demons and a lot of things that get in the way. If you’re your life and your head is not clear, then it’s just full of clutter. You don’t have the motivation, you don’t have the instinct, all of those things. He couldn’t grow as a hockey player anymore.

“When he came back, I thought he had the best stretch of his career. Not only is he still a force with the physical contact and as a tough, game-changing type of guy. But those skills that we knew he always had, are starting to come to the forefront. He’s capable of producing a lot, he’s capable of being a higher contributing guy in our lineup and he wants to do that. He’s very proud of the fact he had to change his life and it’s not really easy.”

So what was it that led the 28-year-old Tootoo to realize that he needed to get help?

“There comes a point in life where you have to take a few steps back and reevaluate your whole situation,” said Tootoo, whose older brother Terrence committed suicide in August of 2002.


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Talking Realignment

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Lost in the frenzy of speculation regarding the potential for dramatic realignment beginning next season was the simple fact that it will take a two-thirds vote from the Board of Governors to approve changes to the current setup.

There is no reason whatsoever that the 10 teams in the Patrick and Adams, uh, the Atlantic and Northeast (ugh), to approve changes in alignment or the schedule that would mandate more travel than the eastern corridor clubs currently undertake.

There is no reason for Washington, Carolina, Tampa Bay or Florida to accept changes that would mean dramatically more games in different time zones.

Look, we get it. There’s more of a burden on clubs in the west. There’s dramatically more cost built into the travel budget. Perhaps the league could create a fund to equalize expenses.

But the suggestion that there is somehow an avenue to create geographic balance is just plain foolish, or there is an appetite in Montreal, Toronto or Ottawa to join an all-Canadian division that would demand more trips per year to Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary is not bounded on reality.

read on for more topics, including the “Shanahan Standard” and Kyle Turris…

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Late Evening Line

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A lingering thought here is that someone, or maybe even a few people, had to see who tossed the banana peel. We live in a time when virtually everyone carries cellphones that include cameras. No one saw it? No one took a picture? No one in the house that night was able to come forward with an image of the idiot, or his name?

Nowhere on a printed ticket to any sporting event does it ask the seat-holder to play Barney Fife. I get that. But part of maintaining a decent environment is the need to speak up when someone in the stands is too drunk or too ignorant to be tolerated.

To remain silent in such instances is to play enabler. Speaking up won’t guarantee that it will stop. Remaining silent, though, guarantees that it will continue.

-Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe.  More on this topic plus additional hockey talk.

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Video- HNIC Remembers The Tragic Summer Of 2011

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What’s Going On With Doughty And Top American Players

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

• Still don’t understand Dean Lombardi’s stance on Drew Doughty. With Doughty, he has a Stanley Cup contender. Without him, he has nothing close. The Los Angeles Kings general manager went on radio to say he can’t afford to overpay Doughty. He said this, having committed $8 million US this season to Simon Gagne and Dustin Penner. It’s not that he can’t pay Doughty more. It’s that he won’t ... Some Kings people, by the way, think this contract negotiation has gotten personal. The Kings say they won’t pay Doughty more than they pay Anze Kopitar, who used to be a client of Don Meehan’s. Meehan is now insisting that Doughty be paid more than Kopitar.

• Almost from the moment Mike Modano announced he was retiring, the discussion began: Who is the best American hockey player ever? And where does Modano fit on that list?...

If I’m ranking, it would be 1. Leetch; 2. Chelios; 3. LaFontaine; 4. Modano; 5. An oldtimer, Frankie Brimsek. He won the Vezina Trophy twice while playing for the Boston Bruins and the Stanley Cup twice in the the late 1930s, early ’40s. All of my top five are in the Hall of Fame, or will be.

a few more hockey notes…

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Oilers Could Use Puck-Moving Defenseman

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from Jim Matheson of The Cult of Hockey,

Last year, the Edmonton Oilers’ rallying cry was “where’s the face-off man?” but this year it’s “where’s the puck-mover?”

Without Ryan Whitney, it’s painfully obvious that the Oilers No. 1 need is somebody to get the puck to Taylor Hall and Co for the quick breakout. There are too many Oiler defenceman into the double-clutch mode, not willing to risk a headman pass even if the worst thing that happens is an icing and a face-off in their end.

There are two offensive blueliners looking for work right now–Chris Campoli (Chicago) and Bryan McCabe (Rangers)–but for now the Oilers are staying with what they’ve got and that’s ample grit. They’ve got Theo Peckham, Andy Sutton and Ladislav Smid but they could certainly use a fully-ready NHL offensive defenceman who can put up more than, say, 25 points.


Brett Lebda is available too…

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Afternoon Line

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via andrewxedge tweet,

@FriedgeHNIC I’m not a huge fan of your television work, but I really respect the fact you didn’t leave HNIC like so many others.

via Elliotte Friedman tweet,

@andrewxedge thanks, I think

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