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“Hey, I’m not happy about the way we’re playing.  You guys got all these questions why this guy’s playing with this guy, and this guy, this guy . . . we’ve lost three games in a row and we haven’t played well in either of those three games. It’s time for a wakeup call. We need a push here — and that’s from every guy in the room.

“Every person in that room is accountable. And we need everyone to play better than they have.”

-Flames Coach Brent Sutter via Scott Cruickshank of Flames Insider.

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Friday Hockey Talk

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Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun of ESPN go split-screen and discuss numerous NHL topics on this Friday afternoon.

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Blues Get A Point Against Phoenix, Look Good Doing It

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from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

The Blues took a step Thursday night. It was a small step, for sure, but progress nonetheless.

They got a point at Phoenix, reaching overtime against the Coyotes before losing on Ed Jovanovski’s goal. This was not the desired result, of course, but every point matters in the frantic Western Conference race this season.

Andy Murray’s team looked like its old self through the middle portion of the game. The Blues pressed the action and stayed after the puck.


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Yotes Win - You May Too

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GLENDALE, ARIZONA – Phoenix Coyotes President and Chief Operating Officer Douglas Moss has announced that the team is launching a new marketing initiative for the 2009-10 hockey season.  The new “Join the Pack” theme is dedicated to strengthening the relationship between the Coyotes organization and its fans.

“For the last few years, we have referred to ourselves as ‘One Pack’ to signify the unity within the Coyotes organization,” said Moss.  “In addition, Head Coach Dave Tippett, in his first meeting with the team, encouraged the players to embrace a ‘Pack’ mentality on the ice. 

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Attendance Talk

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from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

But the league is whistling in the dark if it can’t see the trouble spots. The Nashville Predators have had crowds of 12,179 and 13,103 for their past two home games. The Tampa Bay Lightning has about 5,000 empty seats for every game and the league’s most promising team, the Columbus Blue Jackets, had a crowd of just 13,280 for their second home game of the season.

Even in Ottawa, the Senators have failed to sell out three of their four home games this season.

But nothing matches the ugly numbers in Phoenix. Thank goodness the Coyotes are at least competitive this season, but even that might not prevent the numbers from getting even uglier.


The NHL for years has started slow in attendance in some areas, the question that has yet to be answered is will it pick-up as the season progresses.

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Who To Blame In Toronto

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from Spector at Fox Sports,

The stumbling start of the Toronto Maple Leafs has Toronto fans and media whipped up into a near-panic over the club’s performance and lamenting the few options available for management to improve the situation.

Most pundits appear to have absolved Leafs general manager Brian Burke for his club’s struggles but their apparent willingness to give Burke a pass has drawn criticism from one of their one.

Author and former Toronto Globe and Mail columnist William Houston has in his retirement started up a new blog called “Truth & Rumours”. In his inaugural post Houston not only blames Burke for what he considers poor decisions on the part of the Leafs general manager but also scolds the Toronto sports media for their unwillingness to criticize Burke after spending months praising him.


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Hasek’s Goal - Vancouver 2010

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from Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News,

Returning to hockey after a one-year “retirement,” Hasek is currently ranked seventh among Czech League goaltenders with a .916 save percentage. He boasted eight wins through 12 games and a 2.52 goals-against average. But statistics aside, perhaps his most important asset is intimidation.

Hasek’s gold medal performance at the Nagano Olympics was so transcendental, an opera was created in the Czech Republic to celebrate he and his teammates’ stunning victory. A 2-1 shootout win over Canada in the semifinal was followed by a 1-0 shutout of old nemesis Russia to clinch gold – and both efforts have given Hasek a lot of cred with his peers.

“I heard he’s playing pretty well back in the Czech League,” said Colorado’s Milan Hejduk, a teammate of Hasek’s on that 1998 gold medal squad. “He’s always been an excellent goaltender. Maybe it’s going to be a big (Olympic) comeback. Even at his age, he’s still kicking it.”


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Why Didn’t Fleury Talk Earlier?

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from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

Theoren Fleury is getting lots of credit, lots of sympathy and, presumably, lots of money for baring his soul with his sordid tale of sexual abuse at the hands of his former coach Graham James.

But Fleury would have commanded a lot more respect if he stepped forward in 1996 when former teammate Sheldon Kennedy was the first player to blow the whistle on James’s predatory behaviour.

If he had come forward then, Fleury might not have seen his career dissolve in a haze of alcohol, drugs and other destructive behaviour.


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FTW: JJ From Kansas

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And we didn’t even have to use any of the tie-breakers.  Of the nearly 100 entries, JJ was the only KK member to predict that Brian Rafalski would score the season’s 19th goal.  For that, he’s won two free passes to the Legends Game in Toronto.

Email me and we’ll determine means of delivery.

Great effort last night.  I have exactly zero doubt that the Wings performance was tied directly to our choice of Live Blog featured artist.  More to follow.

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Extensive Knee Surgery Ahead For Mike Van Ryn

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from TSN,

In a season already filled with bad news, the Toronto Maple Leafs received another helping on Friday.

Defenceman Mike Van Ryn is expected to announce that he has decided to undergo extensive knee surgery which could potentially spell the end of the 30-year old’s NHL career.


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