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from The Hockey News,

Picture this: It’s August, 2005, and you’re a customs employee at the U.S.-Canada border in Sarnia, Ont. A long-haired, bespectacled man gets out of a 14-foot U-Haul truck and walks toward you. He looks familiar, but you can’t connect a name to the face. “Do you know where I’m supposed to go?” he says. When you examine his paperwork, you see he’s in possession of several Hanson Brothers bobblehead dolls. One thousand, six hundred and twenty of them, to be exact.
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Gamer Alert- Take On Aucoin

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via Hockey Fights.com,

NHL All-Star and Chicago Blackhawks team captain Adrian Aucoin will hit the ice against gamers in NHL 2K6T as part of the latest Xbox Live® "Game with Fame" session. Fans can look for the gamertag aucoingwf on Friday, October 21 from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. ET to test their Xbox® skills against the 2004 "Hardest Shot" winner.

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Sakic & Blake Will Be UFAs

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from the Denver Post,

In a move to clear salary cap space for this season, the Avalanche has declined to pick up the options for next season on the contracts for Joe Sakic and Rob Blake - meaning both can become unrestricted free agents. Sakic and Blake would have earned close to $7 million each had their options been picked up. Based on age and length of NHL service, they will be eligible to become unrestricted July 1. They could avoid that scenario by signing extensions with the team before then.

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Oilers Trying To Mesh

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from the Edmonton Sun,

Are the Edmonton Oilers about to Heritage Classic themselves? Is Craig MacTavish's team already in the process of doing - in and around the latest larger than life event, the Paul Coffey/Wayne Gretzky game - what they did following the outdoor game played before 60,000 fans by sewering their season? Are the Oilers about to blow another Battle of Alberta before it begins? Are they headed down the road to handing the Calgary Flames 11 of 12 points or even more now that they play eight instead of six?

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Igniting Their Teams

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from the London Free Press via Slam,

Of all the surprises unwrapped in the first two weeks of the NHL season, few expected the New York Rangers to look good and Eric Lindros to look great. The previous brittle and boring Boys of Broadway, who haven't made the playoffs since Mark Messier sported some hair and Jaromir Jagr owned the world's biggest mullet, are off to a rocket start since big-league hockey decided it would be smart to play games and make money again. In their first seven contests, the Rangers won four and lost three by a single goal, including two in overtime.

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Why OLN

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The frustration of NHL fans grows daily and I receive about 10-15 emails a day asking if anything is being done about the problems fans have trying to watch the OLN broadcasts. from the NY Times,

If you're a Cablevision or a DISH Network satellite subscriber who looked forward to watching National Hockey League games on OLN, you've fallen victim to an anti-fan policy that boggles the mind. The games you've expected to see since last Monday have been replaced by other programs on OLN - which, until making its deal with the N.H.L., was known largely for carrying the Tour de France - because its parent company, Comcast, wants to boost the number of its own subscribers. But do you deprive Cablevision and DISH viewers of what they were expecting so you can pursue the goal of rapidly increasing the number of subscribers?

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The New NHL “Game”

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from the Journal News,

Jaromir Jagr, fresh off explaining how his stick managed to snap in half during his failed shootout attempt, started reminiscing about the bad old days of defensive hockey — like, for instance, in 2003-04. "Did you like it?" Jagr said, before extolling the virtues of the league's new emphasis on offense. "I like (this). There's a lot of chances." The season is only three weeks' old, but the effects of the NHL's crackdown on obstruction are plainly clear, perhaps never more so than in the Islanders' 3-2 shootout victory over the Rangers last night at Madison Square Garden. The teams conclude their home-and-home series tonight at Nassau Coliseum.

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Sundin Passes Eye Test

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from the Toronto Sun,

Mats Sundin, for now, does not need laser eye surgery. That was the diagnosis after the Maple Leafs captain spent yesterday in New York, undergoing tests with renowned eye specialist Dr. Stanley Chang. "Mats had thorough tests and all in all it was extremely positive," Sundin's agent, J.P. Barry, said. If there is a need for the laser surgery, it will be for drainage of the retina in Sundin's left eye. "That's something to decide in the next four or five days, and it would be done to speed up the healing process," Barry said. "The only immediate issue is the draining of the fluid."

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Nashville Helped By New Rules

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from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

When free agent Paul Kariya opted to sign with the Nashville Predators last summer, it was akin to a political candidate receiving a major political endorsement. As much as the Predators wanted Kariya's talent, they also appreciated that Kariya's decision would be viewed leaguewide as a highly respected player putting his stamp of approval on Nashville as a desirable place to play. "He didn't change the look of the Predators," Nashville right wing Scott Walker says. "He just makes the look better."

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Yashin Must Step Up

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from Newsday,

Yashin said "no" last night when asked if he got any assurances from Islanders owner Charles Wang that the team wouldn't buy out his contract and join the post-lockout scramble across the NHL for free-agent talent. "And because I had no control over that, I just didn't worry about it," Yashin said. Still, this should be the year Yashin - a favorite of Wang - either has to come up big for the Islanders or he's told to move on when the second buyout rolls around. For the five years he's been here, Yashin hasn't been a bust. He says all the right things. But he's maddeningly inconsistent, even tepid. They don't know what to expect from him game to game. Yet Islanders management keeps heaping more responsibility on him anyway.

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