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Sidney Crosby on The New NHL and a few other topics…

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Enough Fighting

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from Ian Winwood at the Guardian Unlimited,

Let’s imagine that you’re an American family, off to enjoy an evening of sport. Better yet, let’s imagine you’re a Canadian family - much more poster friendly. “What do you fancy going to see tonight, eh?” asks Dad, from somewhere in the Toronto suburbs. “Wow, I know!” says Mom. “Let’s go and see the Maple Leafs play! They’re up against the Montreal Canadiens. We might get to see them beat someone half to death!” “By a man using his bare fists?” ask the kids. “You betcha!” answers Pop. “Yay!” they all yell. “Hooray!”

read on on why Ian wants to ban fighting…

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Modin Out With Groin Tear

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from Puck-rakers,

Left winger Fredrik Modin has a small tear in his groin. That’s what the MRI revealed yesterday. Modin is expected to miss 7 to 10 days.

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Hartley Fired

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from TSN,

After six straight losses to open the season, the Atlanta Thrashers have fired head coach Bob Hartley. General Manager Don Wadell will take over behind the bench on an interim basis until a replacement can be hired.

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Rehab For Havlat

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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Chicago Blackhawks winger Martin Havlat will undergo rehabilitation on his injured shoulder and will be out of the lineup for about four more weeks.

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Trade Talk

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Spector has all the trade and signing talk today…

Yvon Pednault reported during last night’s Montreal-Florida game that the Canadiens and Calgary Flames might be talking about a swap of Alex Kovalev for Alex Tanguay. Scouts from the Calgary Flames were apparently in attendance, possibly to scout Kovalev, who used to play for Flames head coach Mike Keenan in New York…

read on

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Backstrom Adjusting With Help From Nylander

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from the Washington Capitals,

Watching Nylander darting about in the attack zone, curling off in sharp tight circles to elude defenders and protect the puck, you wonder how hard it would be to play on a line with him. Backstrom is picking up the art of playing with the slick Swedish center.

“I try to be close with him on the ice, so he can pass to me and I can pass back,” says Backstrom. “After a couple [practices] and games, I think I can read what he is going to do. We can know each other, that’s not a big problem. I think that is going to be good.”

As a rookie playing a strange position (left wing) in a strange country and on a smaller ice surface than he is used to, Backstrom is growing accustomed to his new environment both on and off the ice.

read on

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Belfour In Sweden

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Eddie Belfour has arrived in Sweden.

You can watch the video (will open wmp video) of the press conference.

thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…

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Paul Kelly’s Plan

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from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

Speaking Tuesday from Boston, where he is in the process of trying to inform his clients of his impending move to take this job if hired, Kelly indicated that if people are thinking the NHLPA is in the process of “hiring a junkyard dog who wants to open everything up with the NHL just for the sake of creating confrontation, they are sadly mistaken.”

At the same time, the days of the patsy Saskin are over.

...“I was flattered when the [headhunting] firm first called me to see if I’d be interested and the more and more I’ve learned, the more and more I want to do this. I would say my interest in this has mushroomed over the past couple of weeks.

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Is Paul Maurice On The Hot Seat?

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Maurice has a serious hockey problem on his hands: The Leafs, through seven games, are getting fine goaltending, killing penalties well—two things they didn’t have a year ago—but are giving up goals against in mind-boggling numbers.

Numbers that indicate this roster may be ill-suited to compete at the NHL level.

Numbers that indicate this coaching staff may not be able to fix what is wrong.

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