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Honest, it’s almost hockey season

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…

NHLPA Head Paul Kelly Fired

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.

Gregor: it’s good to be back

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

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…

Zack Stortini As A Fighter

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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FOK: He who signs the cheques makes the rules

As much of a surprise as all this talk about the Edmonton Oilers having an interest in Mike Comrie should be, it isn’t if you allow for the likelihood that owner Daryl Katz has been influencing decisions on the hockey operations side of the business since he took ownership of the team.

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Mike Comrie signs with the Oil?

Now we don’t disagree with Robin Brownlee about anything – ever. It’s not because we are scared of him, but more we are scared of the things he would do to us if we ever angered him. Sure we love a good drive by shooting as much the next guy, but we are far too…

Veteran Coaches

The hiring of Wayne Fleming continues a trend that we’ve seen with Steve Tambellini: a preference for veterans in the coaching position.

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Criteria for buying an NHL team

With all the craziness yesterday about the NHL formally submitting a bid for the Phoenix Coyotes, I found myself wondering what, exactly qualifies someone to submit a bid for an franchise.

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Go time

For many folks the last 30 days were an ordinary August like many others. Relaxed summer fun, while we wait for the new season to begin and for Dancing with the Stars to end. But to us August 2009 will stand as our quarter life crisis that caused us to quit our job before it…

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Schremp vs. Reddox vs. Potulny vs. Brule in the AHL

Much has been made by some fans over the order in which Craig MacTavish gave minutes to forwards who the Oilers called up from the AHL in 2008-09. In order of games played, they ranked as follows: Liam Reddox: 46 Gilbert Brule: 11 Ryan Potulny: 8 Rob Schremp: 4 I haven’t included J-F Jacques since…