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All About The ‘C’

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from Damien Cox at ESPN,

For the sport of hockey in North America, this is a major cultural change, yet it has happened quietly, as though it was inevitable given the large number of marquee players from Sweden, Russia, Finland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Holding the captaincy in hockey is largely a ceremonial role, yet it also carries heavy significance. Officially, wearing the "C" gives only that player access to speak to officials, yet for decades it has been viewed as a title that gives that player, whether a scorer or a checker or a defenseman, special responsibility for the success or failure of the team.
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Yahoo Streaming Schedule

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I heard from Yahoo today and received a two week streaming schedule. They only schedule in two week blocks and attempt to pick the best game available at the time. Yahoo plans to include a schedule on their main hockey page sometime this year, in the meantime you can view the schedule at KK. I am also trying to find out the IP limitations on this stream and once I have the correct answer, I will post it. Tue 17-Oct 7:30 PM Dallas at San Jose Thu 19-Oct 7:30 PM Pitt at NY Isles Sat 21-Oct 10:00 PM Detroit at Edmonton Mon 23-Oct 8:30 PM Vancouver at Dallas Wed 25-Oct 7:30 PM San Jose at Detroit Sat 28-Oct 8:00 PM Los Angeles at Dallas All times are EDT. added 3:13pm, The Yahoo stream is available only to the following... Territory & Rights * USA and respective territories and possessions * Local Markets based on zip codes provided by NHL (which I believe means the local game will be blacked out)

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Waiting & Waiting For A Big Trade

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

It prompted the question: Is the NHL blockbuster deal, alive and well, after all? And if so, can we expect to see more of the same this season? According to one NHL general manager, the answer is a resounding no — and here's his rationale, communicated last week as I was doing my Saturday Satellite Hot Stove checks and mentioned how slow things were around the league. His not-so-sympathetic answer was to laugh and say: Get used to it. His message was that in the second year of the new collective bargaining agreement, general managers had a much better sense of how to run their businesses — and more and more were turning to that long-established bastion of the salary-cap world, the National Football League, for guidance.
more On a side note, the Doc told me I do have the flu, get rest and try to recover. I am going to take him up on the "rest" part- will try to update throughout the day but don't count on it. I need some sleep badly.

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Esche On Hitchcock

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from the Courier Post,

Flyers' goalie Robert Esche is scheduled to make just his second start tonight in Buffalo. But his mouth apparently is in midseason form. Asked Monday about Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock's decision to start him against the Sabres, Esche said, "I don't try getting in his head, that's for sure. It's an empty place." Hitchcock grew red-faced when told of Esche's comment and could only come back with the reply, "Tit for tat."
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Ducks & Shootouts Don’t Mix

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from the OC Register,

Built largely on speed and skating ability, the Ducks hold an advantage over most opponents with the increased open space during four-on-four overtime. That edge swings the other direction in the shootout. Ducks shooters are a combined 10 for 40 over two seasons, while opponents are 16 for 39 against goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who has been in net for every Ducks shootout. "The shootout has been a thorn in my side for a long time," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said Monday. "I beat my head against the wall with it - I guarantee you - more times than you would like to think about." Is it time, then, to start forcing the issue in an effort to steer clear of shootouts?
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Ted Leonsis Responds To Rumor

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Yesterday Stan Fischler wrote this...

An investor checking out potential NHL team purchases tells us that there have been subtle overtures made regarding the possible sale of the Capitals.
This morning I received an email from Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis...
I want to be perfectly clear---there has been no discussion --ever--about my selling the Caps--there has been no outreach--there would be no interest. I intend to own the team for a long long time--perhaps til I die. The rumor that you report--is third hand from an unnamed source that made it up.
That clears up any questions you may have!

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KK- Limited Day

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For about the last six hours, I have been fighting some type of bug. Right now I am feeling terrible and need some sleep. Sorry for the limited updates but I will try later in the day after getting some rest. update 9:09am, Heading to the doctor in about 10 minutes. I think I have a nice case of the flu. Pounding headache, sore, etc....

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Sens Looking At Perreault

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Is Yanic Perreault the answer for the Senators? That's what John Muckler is trying to decide. The Senators GM confirmed to the Sun yesterday that he's toyed with the idea of signing the unrestricted free-agent centre, but isn't sure where he'd fit on the club's roster. Perreault, 35, had 57 points --22 goals and 35 assists -- with the Predators last year, but is still recovering from off-season abdominal surgery.
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Goal Scorers Score Goals

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from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

"One thing that hasn't changed," former Canadiens centreman Peter Mahovlich says "is that winning still is the biggest fun part of the game. In my time, we did stupid things, but we loved to win. "Scoring goals was and is fun, winning is better," added Mahovlich, who's been a pro scout with the Atlanta Thrashers in recent years. "Just like our guy ... he loves to win and gets a big kick out of scoring goals." "Our guy" is Ilya Kovalchuk, the first Russian to be drafted No. 1 overall in NHL history.
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Attendance Figures Noted

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from the LA Times,

The Kings announced a five-year low in attendance on Thursday. The same night, the Chicago Blackhawks announced a crowd of 8,008. On Monday, the Colorado Avalanche had its sellout streak of 487 consecutive games come to an end and the New York Islanders announced a crowd of 9,431. The Ducks, considered a Stanley Cup contender, announced a crowd of 12,579 on Wednesday, and crowds in Washington, Atlanta and St. Louis have also been down. "It's a couple weeks into the season and any speculation would be premature," Bettman said at the Kings' game against the Detroit Red Wings that had an announced crowd of 17,417, the smallest to see the Red Wings play at Staples Center.
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