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...not getting enough players on a call for a vote suggests there are still too many guys who can’t see beyond the end of their respective noses. This is a story that doesn’t resonate for many fans. Sadly, it doesn’t seem to resonate with enough players, either.

-Scott Burnside from ESPN writing about the NHLPA.  Many more hockey notes from Scott…

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TSN Power Rankings

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Rangers, Penguins and Coyotes in the top 3, read on for the rest.

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Stars Of The Week

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NEW YORK (October 19, 2009)—Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, Colorado Avalanche goaltender Craig Anderson and Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin have been named the NHL ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Oct. 18.

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Bruins Will Be Rooting For Kobasew

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from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

The three ramifications: it puts every Bruin on notice that their early season malaise has consequences; it clears Kobasew’s $2.33 million hit off the cap this year and next, creating space either for an immediate deal to bolster the sagging blue line or possibly to extend center Marc Savard; and it gives Claude Julien a chance to juice the roster with a couple of hungry minor leaguers in Brad Marchand, Vlad Sobotka and Guillaume Lefebvre, all of whom were called up from Providence. It’s not a shot at Kobasew’s effort to suggest that this deal was all about addition by subtraction for the Bruins.

And maybe that’s all it was. But it wouldn’t be a surprise to hear that his former teammates will be rooting for Kobasew to provide a big boost to the Wild. At least enough of a lift to keep 29th-ranked Minnesota ahead of the last place Toronto Maple Leafs…the team whose first-round pick the Bruins own this summer.

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Milbury Keeps Talking

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from William Houston of Truth & Rumours,

The problem is, outside of Cherry and also Al Strachan, you are unlikely to hear a Hockey Night commentator criticize anyone in a position of NHL power.

  The worst for this is Mike Milbury who is outspoken only in the sense that he passionately defends the establishment. If ever in his TV career Milbury has made a comment that ran counter to the official thinking of the NHL or club officials, we missed it.

  He likes fighting and thinks opponents of fighting are girls. He thinks the NHL Players’ Association inflicted the worse atrocity known to mankind by firing executive director Paul Kelly, whom, the guess here, was viewed by the NHL’s hierarchy as the perfect guy to be ensconced as the players’ leader.

  Milbury’s toeing the company line, of course, would have absolutely nothing to do with his hope and aspiration of getting back into the NHL as a coach or general manager.

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Teaching Our Youth

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from USA Hockey,

In our first episode you’ll hear Doug Wilson, former NHL hockey player and current general manager of the NHL’s San Jose Sharks, discuss how parents and coaches can encourage youth athletes to focus on three main principles - effort, learning and bouncing back from mistakes.

click to listen...

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Trying To Establish The Value Of Bobby Ryan

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from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

The Ducks are dealing with a shaky present following a bad home loss to St. Louis but at some point this season or afterward they’ll have to address their future with Bobby Ryan.

ryanart1Ryan is making $765,000 in the final year of his original three-year entry level contract. There have not been any discussions between the winger and Ducks management but Ryan’s agent, Mark Guy, said his client is open to getting an extension done during the season.

“I don’t know if there’s any kind of imminent time line to it,” Guy said.

The 22-year-old Ryan can become a restricted free agent in July if a deal isn’t worked out before then. Naturally this season is important as the Ducks wonder if he can follow up his 31-goal, 57-point rookie campaign that made him a Calder Trophy finalist.

General Manager Bob Murray would not comment on any contract discussions with Ryan, though he did say that he wants to see what the big winger does in his second full season.

continued

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Wild Struggling

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from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

This week, the Wild might have to start up the “Save the Season” campaign because a hole—a large one—already has been dug.

Realists could have predicted a slow start to this season.

New coach. New players. New philosophy. Heavy road schedule. Often times, that equates to early-season struggles.

But even the biggest skeptics couldn’t have predicted the Wild would be swept on its five-game, 11-day road trip out west. The Wild only has the sheer incompetence of the winless Toronto Maple Leafs to thank for not being dead last in the NHL.

Of course, 29th isn’t a whole lot better.

read on

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Bryzgalov At The Top Of His Game

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from John Kreiser of NHL.com,

Bryzgalov has won five of his six starts this season; he allowed just one goal in the loss. Overall, he’s surrendered seven goals in six games—only three on 73 shots while going 3-0-0 last week—and already owns shutouts at Pittsburgh and San Jose, where he won 1-0 in a shootout last Monday.

Through the season’s first 2 1/2 weeks, Bryzgalov is off to the best start of his career, with a 1.14 goals-against average and a .953 save percentage—both tops among regular goaltenders. He’s also the only netminder with more than one shutout.

more hockey notes…

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Is Vokoun A Proven Goaltender?

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from Jay Feaster at The Hockey News,

Shortly after the 2006-07 season ended in another first-round playoff exit for the Tampa Bay Lightning, I began receiving calls from Predators GM David Poile offering to solve our goaltending problem by trading Tomas Vokoun to us.

Poile had been told to slash payroll and was looking to move high-dollar contracts. He suggested that our cross-state rival, the Florida Panthers, might also be in the hunt for a No. 1 goalie and if we didn’t make the move we could find ourselves facing Vokoun six or eight times a year in our division.

While we had goaltending problems in Tampa at the time, we were not interested in Vokoun. Our pro scouts were not sold on Vokoun’s ability to win a championship and thrive under big-game pressure and his contract was too rich for us, both in real dollars and available cap space.

continued

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