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Are The Flames Built For The Stanley Cup

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Calgary Herald,

Like the stock market, the Flames do not do autumn. Wall Street has Black Thursdays, and so do the Flames. Stocks plummet and so does the stock of the Flames. Eventually, things are expected to turn around for both (or so my broker assures me). So why should this fall be any different from the previous four seasons—when Calgary had just six wins after 15 games? They’re tied for first in the Northwest, a game above .500. They’ve had a six-game win streak.

Then why does something that sounds good feel so bad to the fans of the Flames? In large part, it’s because the Flames are not built to flirt with .500. They are—in the words of their president, their general manager and their head coach—a team built to win a Stanley Cup.

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The New Age Canucks

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from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,

Thirty years later as the general manager of the Vancouver Canucks, Gillis intends to make sure that no Canucks player feels as he did during the transition period from amateur to professional. No matter how unconventional the method — a goaltender as captain, individual nutrition programs, biorhythm bracelets to measure sleep patterns — the former player and player agent is consumed with putting players into the optimal position to succeed….

Because the Canucks travel extensively, Gillis commissioned a military sleep expert and had the players wear biorhythm bracelets to measure their waking and slumbering hours during an early-season trip. With the bracelet feedback, the team will know which players sleep after games, who sleeps on the plane, and how long they sleep. Ultimately, the data may be used to determine roommate pairings, practice times on the road, and the optimal times to fly into and out of cities.

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Melrose On His Firing

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Evening Line

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“Well, it’s like I said, it’s the “New NHL,” they want scoring, they’re supervising these referees…And, I mean, just compare it to basketball; how many times do you see a team get in foul trouble, you know, once they get up a bit? It’s almost like it’s controlled to a certain extent by the referees, the officiating, and the supervisors, so…I mean, it’s not like they’re keeping it a secret—they’re telling the referees to call penalties…”

-Chris Chelios.  More at SnapShots…

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Some A2Y Advice?  Revel In Your Abandon…It’s A Heartbreaker Of A Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Petty…by a landslide.

Uncle Mike warned us he would.  He told us what the rotation would be.  And he’s doing it again.

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A Different World

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from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,

“I’m really happy here,” said (Andrei) Loktionov, a native of Voskresensk, Russia. “I miss my home, for sure, but I want to be here with the team and make the adjustment to the hockey here.”

Again, take a moment. Put yourself in Loktionov’s skates. Imagine abandoning your family and friends, leaving your comfort zone in the dust, all in order to pursue your dream. And by the way, you’ll be doing all this while still young enough to attend high school.

“I can’t imagine going the other way, how hard it would be,” said Nelson Emerson, player development coach of the Los Angeles Kings, the club which selected Loktionov 123rd overall in the 2008 National Hockey League entry draft. “A kid going to a city that he knows nothing about. Doesn’t know any of his teammates. Doesn’t know the language.

more on Loktionov who is playing for the Windsor Spitfires…

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Fixing Rinkside View

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from Frozen Royalty,

...in response to the tremendous outcry and what appears to be pressure from the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks, FSW/PT executives Tom Feuer and Steve Simpson were in serious damage control mode on Wednesday and Thursday, stating that they will be “fixing” the rinkside view broadcasts, starting with the Kings vs. Ducks high definition telecast on Sunday, November 16.

In stories by the Daily News, Los Angeles Times and Orange County Register, Feuer and Simpson spoke of the changes viewers can look forward to starting on Sunday. Kudos to FSW/PT execs for finally listening to the fans…

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Brandon Sutter Has No Memory Of The Weight Hit

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from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

He has no memory of the hit. As for the game itself, there are only a few remaining images but nothing specific. Carolina center Brandon Sutter was knocked unconscious by a crushing Doug Weight hit on October 25, suffering a concussion.

He returned to action for Wednesday’s loss to Washington, sooner than many expected following the hit that sent him to the hospital. But there was no doubt, his head clear and the headaches gone, that it was time.

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“I started practicing with no contact and I felt fine,” Sutter told sportingnews.com. “That was my cue that I was ready to go. I was anxious, I feel like I was back 100 percent.”

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Let The ‘C’ Be Seen

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Vancouver Sun,

You’ve spoken - more than 2,200 of you - on whether Vancouver Canucks star goalie Roberto Luongo should be allowed to wear the captain’s C on his jersey during NHL games.

The Vancouver Sun will present this petition to National Hockey League headquarters in New York next Tuesday.

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Woops….Sorry About That Barry

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Man…we gave it back to Barry last night and next thing you know he’s dumped in the round file.  I guess Tampa wanted more of a character guy, someone who could really set an ethical example, a toe-the-line law abider.

“As for Rick Tocchet, we think this is a great opportunity for him and we believe he’s the type of coach who can take the team to the next level. Our players have a great deal of respect for him.”

Yep. Us too.  A great deal.

I remind you of this comment from last night’s Live Blog.

Melrose needs to remember he’s not a “commentator” anymore.  TB’s gm (Feaster?) must be happy like a puppy to hear his mulleted coach refer to Holland (or anyone else) as the “best gm in the league.”

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