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Inside Hockey

The Inside Hockey Radio Show this week features host James Murphy with co-host Todd Carroll.  They’ll be joined by guests Jim Nill (Detroit Red Wings), Jim Cummins (Fox Sports Arizona),  Conor McKenna (TEAM 990), plus Bob Snow and Shawn Roarke of NHL.com.

The show is on the air from 2-4pm ET on NHL Hockey Ice XM 204 and on TEAM 990.  You can call in at 1-877-645-6696 or email radio@insidehockey.com.

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Live from Wayne Gretzky’s

At 4pm ET you can tune into Live From Wayne Gretzky’s.  This week, hosts Gord Stellick & Doug McLean talk to Bob Clarke in the studio, and are scheduled to hook up with Phil Esposito and Brian Burke over the course of the show.

The show can be heard online or by local radio via these stations:  XM 204 NHL Home Ice, Fan 590, and others.

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Roster Moves Made By Ducks

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has recalled defenseman Brett Festerling from the Iowa Chops, Anaheim’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL). In addition, the Ducks have reassigned goaltender David LeNeveu to Iowa.

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Oh…This Is Gonna Be A Tough One

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Update:  It’s 1647 EST and two votes separate Boston, Aerosmith and the J. Geils Band.  I can’t even describe to you the tension in my house right now.  So, I"m leaving the poll open until 1845.  It’s going right down to the wire. 

Third game in four nights, on the road, 24 hours after a home game?  Classic Gary. Ass move. Classic.  Way to get the most of out of your Original Six opportunities LG.

But I’m not concerned with that now.

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Breaking Down The Burke Drafts

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star,

Those calling, or hoping, for new general manager Brian Burke to ratchet up the Maple Leafs’ rebuilding process by dumping veterans for draft picks, might be wise to tone down their enthusiasm.

During his years in Vancouver, Burke and his staff were not exactly draft day geniuses.

We all know that the entry draft is a guessing game at the best of times; an educated guessing game but a crap shoot nonetheless. And twice during his time heading up the Canucks, Burke completely crapped out on draft day.

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Toronto will officially introduce Burke today at 2pm ET and you can watch at the Leafs site.

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Showcasing Schneider

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,

But if the Canucks are truly into outside-the-box thinking, as the new regime purports, than Roberto Luongo’s groin injury should be viewed as an opportunity for Vancouver’s head coach to break with convention and make an organizational statement.

That statement: “Cory Schneider is our No. 1 goaltender.”

While Luongo’s injury realized Vancouver’s worst fear, and while backup Curtis Sanford has played well in relief, this window provides a rare chance for the Canucks to either build up Schneider as a valuable trade asset or groom him as Luongo’s eventual replacement.

That means playing Schneider, a 22-year-old rookie and former first-round draft pick who has yet to log a single minute in an NHL crease, while Luongo mends his wounds. It means giving the kid a string of games to show he belongs in the NHL right now.

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Rookies With A Little Seasoning

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from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

Brassard is winning 51.3 percent of his faceoffs, compared to 42.5 in 17 games last season. Hitchcock attributes Brassard’s success as one of this season’s top rookies to the fact he took the correct path to the NHL.

Brassard, 21, played four seasons of junior hockey. He spent most of last season in the AHL. This season, the coaching staff is putting him in position to succeed in the NHL.

When you look at which rookies are struggling this season and which are playing well, there’s a common theme. Rookies like Brassard, the Chicago Blackhawks’ Kris Versteeg and the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Mikhail Grabovski (the top rookie scorers) all spent considerable time in the AHL honing their skills.

It’s not only on the ice, it’s stuff like managing money, managing free time and playing professional hockey without the pressure that comes from being a highly hyped young NHL player.

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At A Loss With Another Loss

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Five for Fighting,

We went down to the locker room and this was the scene: Guys like Krys Barch, Toby Petersen, Matt Niskanen, James Neal, Loui Eriksson… those were the ones remaining (wait, sorry, Sergei Zubov was in there, too). Now Marty Turco did come out, as did Darryl Sydor, but otherwise, most were cleared out by then.

Just don’t know what you can say at this point. There’s no building on positives with this group. They get behind and they fall apart. Coach Dave Tippett said this team needs its goaltender first and foremost:  “Everybody has to do their part. Certain players we expect a lot more from, and it starts in goal with marty. Right now with our lineup, we just have to have good goaltending to give ourselves a chance.”

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Theodore Gets His Revenge

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from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,

Theodore was lights out, stopping all 28 shots he faced to beat Montreal and settle an old score against his former team. The 32-year-old goalie was the No. 1 star of the game for the first time as Cap, earned his first shutout as a Cap, and got his first standing ovation as a Cap….

Carbonneau on Theodore: “He was good. He was lucky at sometimes but sometimes you make your luck. He made the save when he had to, but we didn’t really test him.”

more on the Caps 30 victory over the Canadiens last night…

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All Is Not Well

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The survival of the New York Islanders hinges on an arena deal that may be compromised by tightening U.S. credit markets.

The Coyotes’ future in Phoenix is threatened by the plight of owner Jerry Moyes’ trucking firm, Swift Transportation, during an economic slowdown.

The Atlanta Thrashers are in court daily, mired in an ownership tug of war that threatens to de-stabilize the franchise.

A 27 per cent share of the Nashville Predators is tied up in the William (Boots) Del Biaggio bankruptcy hearing….

Against this mounting evidence, amid the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, commissioner Gary Bettman recently reported a sunny forecast for the gate-driven National Hockey League, buffeted by increased attendance in October and brisk ticket sales in many markets.

Looking forward, the picture isn’t so cheery.

read on

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More Equal Than The Others?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Uh oh.  This may get interesting, and we may be looking at a sure indicator as to who will be leaving when The Decision needs to be made by our hero Tick Tock Kenny Holland. 

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