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Another Bad Night For Huet

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from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,

On a night when the Hawks dominated much of the game offensively, Huet allowed 2 deflating goals, including one that needed to be seen to be believed.

With the Hawks trailing 3-2 midway through the third period, Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas fired one from inside the red line around the glass that deflected toward the goal, bounced and hopped into the net between Huet and the post.

Huet also let Toby Petersen beat him with a slap shot from past the right circle near the boards in the second period that rang down the boos from the sellout crowd.

“I can blame only myself,” Huet said. “The third goal (by Petersen) is bad. It can’t happen. Right now I feel bad because I feel I let the team down. I know I can play way better than that.

“Obviously, I really looked bad tonight and I didn’t help the team.”


added 10:19am, Not the best video quality, but check out the last goal Huet gave up last night below…

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Sunday Morning Talk

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via Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

• Ron Wilson’s off-season goal was to cut down the Maple Leafs’ goals against and fix their terrible penalty killing. How is that working out?

• Of course, Brian Burke is saying he would make the Phil Kessel trade again, even knowing what he knows now about the Leafs. What’s he supposed to say? That he wouldn’t make it?

• When Jason Blake had his breakout year with the Islanders, the top five scorers, along with him, were: Miro Satan, Viktor Kozlov, Mike Sillinger and Alexei Yashin, four of whom no longer playing in the NHL and one who may be next.

• You have to be smart to be lucky and lucky to be smart: How else to explain the Red Wings draft choices of stars Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and Nicklas Lidstrom after picking Carl Steen, Kent McDonnel and Bob Boughner in the previous rounds of those drafts. Combined NHL goals scored by the players chosen before the Big Three: 15, all by the current Windsor Spitfires coach.

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Coaching Changes Ahead

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The indications are Laviolette has already received interest from a couple of teams that might want to make a change. GMs can’t afford to waste time because with the compressed schedule, a team could easily be out of the playoff race by mid-November.

That means struggling teams are going to be quick to pull the trigger.

The Maple Leafs (Ron Wilson), Islanders (Scott Gordon) and Wild (Todd Richards) are all off to slow starts. Richards was just hired and Wilson has been given a vote of confidence. There’s a lot of talk that Gordon might be on the hotseat.

Another team to keep an eye on is the Thrashers.

They’re playing well right now, but if they stumble, coach John Anderson will feel the heat from GM Don Waddell, who might need to get the team back into the playoffs to keep his job

read on for more rumors…

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Is Theo Fleury Telling The Truth?

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Fleury suggests that because he was such a high-profile player having such a good 2000-01 season for the Rangers (29 goals, 37 assists for 66 points in the first 51 games), physicians Dr. Brian Shaw and Dr. Dave Lewis conspired to undermine the program on his behalf by overlooking his series of “dirty” tests.

Thus, he essentially charges that the program was a sham and that the physicians and counselors who supported him throughout his many ordeals were co-conspirators.

See, this is what Fleury did and still does. He takes people down with him. He now takes the program down with him just as he took the Rangers down with him when he was suspended on Feb. 28, 2002, for the remainder of the season for drug- and alcohol-related issues for what apparently was a 14th failed drug test that was one too many for the program to bear.

more plus other hockey topics….

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This One Had To Feel Good

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Max Afinogenov of the Thrashers scores against his old team, the Buffalo Sabres tonight.

added 10:54pm, Alexei Kovalev of the Senators with a goal tonight against the Canadiens can be watched below…

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  Tags: alexei+kovalev, maxim+afinogenov

‘Grapes’ With Numerous Topics

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Don talks numerous topics on Coach’s Corner including Senators, Leafs, Phil Kessel and Marc Savard.

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Report- Kovalchuck Contract Decision May Be Coming Soon

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from CBC Sports,

A decision by Atlanta forward Ilya Kovalchuk on his future is coming soon.

The impending Thrashers free agent will decide in the next few weeks whether he will re-sign with the club or choose to test free-agency, according to analysts Pierre LeBrun and Elliotte Friedman on Hockey Night in Canada’s Hotstove segment on Saturday.

“That could happen in the next couple of weeks. [There are] a lot of positive feelings coming out of Atlanta,” LeBrun said. “But there’s a team in the [Kontinental Hockey League] … that I think would love to get its hands on him.”

That team is Russia SKA Saint Petersburg, operated by KHL president Alexander Medvedev. If Kovalchuk moves back to Russia, it would be the biggest coup so far for the fledging super-league.


added 10:33pm, Also discussed on the Hotstove was the salary cap for next season may be flat or go down around 1M.  Also discussed Marc Savard is a UFA on July 1, 2010 and rumors are out he is headed to Toronto.

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Valeri Bure In The Wine Business

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from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

For 15 years, Bure has been a collector of wine. He has traveled France and Tuscany, and on a visit to Napa, met Josh Peeples, who has his own wine label—Jacquelynn.

Peeples took Bure under his wing. In came famed winemaker Luc Morlet, and today, Bure has his own label, Bure Family Wines, which is produced at Chateau Boswell in St. Helena, Calif.

Last Sunday, I joined Wild TV announcers Dan Terhaar and Mike Greenlay on a tour of the cave and cellars. We saw the sorting of the grapes, the beginning stages of fermentation and the barreling, where wine will sit in 59-gallon white oak barrels for 15 to 20 months.


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Chicago Saving Cap Money Any Way Possible

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from Chris Kruc of the Chicago Tribune,

Each day the Hawks aren’t playing a game, (Jack) Skille is being reassigned to Rockford of the AHL. On game days the winger is recalled and joins his teammates on the big club. Because Skille, the Hawks’ top pick (seventh overall) in the 2005 draft, still is playing under his entry-level contract, he is not exposed to waivers and there is no limit to how many times the Hawks can reassign and recall him.

Each day Skille, 22, is not on the active roster, the Hawks do not have to pay him his NHL salary (he does get his minor-league salary) and they save money under the cap. It’s believed the Hawks save about $6,000 each day Skille isn’t on the roster.


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Columbus Extends Kris Russell

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed defenseman Kris Russell to a three-year contract extension, General Manager Scott Howson announced today.  As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.

Russell, 22, has registered four goals and 28 assists for 32 points and 42 penalty minutes in 137 career games with the Blue Jackets. He notched 2-19-21 and 28 penalty minutes in 66 games with Columbus last season.

        “Kris is an important player for us, not only in the present, but in the future,” said Howson. “We believe he has just scratched the surface of his potential.”

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