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from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

It is as if Twitter was made for hockey debate and hockey jokes, breaking trades and goofy gifs.

Players, reporters, analysts, bloggers, fans, nerds (and, don’t kid yourself, there is crossover between all of these groups) thrive on the hockey head’s timeline.

We decided to help you round out your follows for the NHL’s 2014-15 season, a mix of newsbreakers, keen observers, jokers and guys who know what they’re talking about because — guess what, basement dweller? — they’ve actually played the game.

Surely you’re already following a few of these tweeters, but there are some on here you might want to give a whirl.

Note 1: We steered clear of beat writers. There are too many awesome ones to list. And if, say, you’re a Minnesota Wild fan not already following @Russostrib, you’re doing it wrong.

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Appreciate the mention!

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The Winnipeg Jets Are Not As Bad As It Seems

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from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press,

Has it already gone sideways? Five games in? Maybe. It will now take a four-game winning streak to climb above .500 and it won't happen on this homestand. With Carolina, Tampa Bay and Colorado still to come before the Jets hit the road next, the best this group will be able to call itself is .500 when they climb on the charter for Long Island and the now-incredible Islanders.

"You're trying to get things going the right way. Looking at your record isn't really productive," said Jets captain Andrew Ladd, who has one assist on the season. "You want to start simplifying and doing the little things properly and that will lead to results."

Ladd insists the Jets are better than a 1-4 team.

"We know there's a lot more in here and this is a time to help each other out and build your teammates up. To try and stay positive. But that doesn't mean you can't be pissed off at the results," he said. "It's OK. People can ask (if we're a bad team.) That's part of playing in the market we're in. We're going to be under a lot of scrutiny. That's part of being a pro, blocking that out and sticking together and knowing what we have in here and having confidence in that."

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The CHL Lawsuit

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from Robert Cribb of the Toronto Star,

An unprecedented class action lawsuit striking at the economic foundations of junior hockey in Canada alleges the Canadian Hockey League and its teams “conspired” to force young players into signing contracts that breach minimum wage laws.

A statement of claim filed in a Toronto court Friday and obtained by the Star, seeks $180 million in outstanding wages, vacation, holiday and overtime pay and employer payroll contributions for thousands of young players given as little as $35 a week for practices, games, training and travelling that could add up to more than full-time hours.

The league and its teams “conspired and agreed together . . . to act in concert to demand or require that all players sign a contract which the defendants knew was unlawful,” the claim alleges. “Such conduct was high-handed, outrageous, reckless, wanton, deliberate, callous, disgraceful, wilful and in complete disregard for the rights of the (players).”

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The Habs/Bruins Rivalry

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from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,

...more often than not, the Bruins play right into the hands of the Canadiens. They see that fluttering red cape with the CH logo, and they lower their heads and charge.

Why don’t they ever learn? Well, if there is such a thing as wanting to win too much, the Bruins do. They have decades of paranoia wired into their system. They have lost so many times, in so many ways, that they buy into all that Don Cherry “da game is rigged” nonsense, and they end up finding new and creative ways to lose.

Fans here will never buy into this, but Lucic is an intelligent, thoughtful, complex guy. But put a CH jersey in front of him and his Mexican combo platter is about a taco short. Claude Julien might do well to bench him next time out, because in his zeal to turn some unlucky Hab into roadkill on the highway of life, Lucic inevitably trips over his own skate laces and makes a fool of himself.

It’s all part of what has to be the greatest rivalry in North American sports at this juncture in history: the Habs vs. the Bruins.

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The overnight report: trade rumors; on the follow-on rink, Weiss, Mantha and ‘the week ahead’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings have a very busy week ahead: the Wings head to Montreal to play the Eastern Conference-leading, 5-and-1 Canadiens (who defeated Colorado 3-2 two days ago) on Tuesday, the Wings host the Penguins on Thursday (Pittsburgh's 3-and-1) and the Wings head to Philadelphia on Saturday the 25th (Philly's 1-2-and-2).

At today's practice, the Wings hope to hear good news about Johan Franzen (leg spasms), Jimmy Howard (groin; his 48-hour IR status expires today) and Pavel Datsyuk (shoulder, slated to return Saturday), but the team received its customary Sunday off after sweeping this past weekend's home-and-home series against Toronto.

Yes, as you might expect, Sunday's crop of articles included some Red Wings-related trade rumors from the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch, and I'm sure that the Toronto Sports Talk Radio gang will get right back to work playing up the Babcock-to-Toronto scenario today...

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TSN, Sportsnet: Flames to sign T.J. Brodie to 5-year extension today

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Per TSN...

The Calgary Flames are expected to complete a contract extension with defenceman TJ Brodie on Monday.  The deal is believed to be for five years, in the range of $23 million, according to TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie.

The 24-year-old has three goals and four assists in seven games this season for the Flames, as well as a plus-5 rating.

The Flames selected the Chatham, Ontario native with the 114th pick in the fourth round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Brodie made his NHL debut during the 2010-11 campaign and posted a career best four goals and 27 assists in 81 games last season.

And Sportsnet:

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Red Wings prospect news: Bertuzzi stars in battle against Paterson; Melen posts 2 assists

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Sunday was a "relatively quiet" day by weekend prospect standards. However:

In the KHL, Adam Almquist finished at -1 and played 21:38 in Severstal Cherepovets' 3-2 shootout win over Avtomobilis Yekaterinburg;

Alexander Kadeikin (or Kadeykin, depending on how you transliterate his name) didn't play in SKA St. Petersburg's 3-2 OT win over Avangard Omsk;

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The Marketing Campaign Begins In Brooklyn

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from Allan Kreda of the New York Times,

The Islanders opened with four straight wins for just the third time in franchise history, and that momentum to begin their last season at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum — despite their first loss at Pittsburgh on Saturday — made Brett Yormark happy.

Yormark, the chief executive of the Nets and Barclays Center, the Islanders’ new home starting next fall, could not ask for better timing to embark on an extensive marketing plan to attract new fans in Brooklyn.

On Monday, Barclays Center will begin a “Brooklyn Scores” campaign through direct mail, social media, cable television commercials and print advertising to persuade potential fans in the city’s most populous borough to try live hockey next season. About 20,000 direct mailers — 75 percent in Brooklyn with the rest in Manhattan and Queens — will be sent out periodically over the next four months, with an emphasis on season-ticket sales.

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Video- He “Just Wanted To Look Up To Someone”

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via Hometown Hockey,

Most Canadian boy’s dream of one day playing in the NHL, even Jermaine Loewen has that dream. Born in Jamaica, Jermaine was adopted by a family in rural Manitoba at the age of 5. Got his first pair of skates at age 6, played his first hockey game at 10 and remarkably made the Kamloops Blazers at the age of 16. He hasn’t been drafted into the NHL yet but Jermaine’s rise in the hockey world is certainly dream like.

 

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Evening Line - Thomas Vanek

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The Wild lost today to the Kings 2-1.  The Wild had 41 shots at Jonathan Quick while the Kings had only 16 on Niklas Backstrom.

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