Honest, it's almost hockey season

Jean Lefebvre
August 31 2009 04:55PM

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On the eve of the month when business finally picks up in the NHL, let's bid farewell to a few topics that determined fans will now be able to forget about and concentrate on more important matters. You know, things like the No. 1 defence pairing in Abbotsford, Liam Reddox's potential linemates and the over-under for the number of times in the coming weeks and months that the words "Luongo" and "extension" will appear in the same story on the pages of the Vancouver Sun or the Province.

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NHLPA Head Paul Kelly Fired

Jonathan Willis
August 31 2009 01:06PM

Darren Dreger of TSN first broke the news that elements within the NHLPA were dissatisfied with Paul Kelly’s performance as the head of the NHLPA. At 3AM eastern time, Dreger passed on the news that the NHLPA executive board (made up of the thirty team representatives) had voted to terminate Kelly’s employment.

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Gregor: it's good to be back

Jason Gregor
August 31 2009 10:28AM

Mondays suck at the best of times, but this Monday, after two weeks of holidays, is surprisingly upbeat even after I forgot to check the pockets of my shorts and washed them with five lotto tickets and a pack of gum still inside. I guess I’ll be writing here for a bit longer.

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Springfield Falcons Scoring Numbers

Jonathan Willis
August 30 2009 11:49AM


I recently received an Excel file from Gabriel Desjardins (of Behind the Net). He’d run my quality of competition method for the entire AHL, and was sending me the results. He also included the 5-on-5 and 5-on-4 scoring breakdowns for all of the players; what follows is the even-strength and powerplay scoring for the Springfield Falcons forwards.

Also included are new Falcons Chris Minard and Kip Brennan.

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Zack Stortini As A Fighter

Jonathan Willis
August 29 2009 12:00PM

The nickname “Huggy Bear” has plagued Zack Stortini since he entered the NHL because of the style with which he fought. Lined up against men like Derek Boogaard and Andrew Peters – rather huge, frightening men – Stortini often resorted to grappling and wrestling. Towards the end of last season, though, things seemed to change.

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