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The Best of the Nation – 9.30.12

Photo: davidgsteadman/Wikimedia/CC BY-SA 2.0 Looking at a Roberto Luongo trade, the advantages for an NHL team that operates it’s own junior club, the craziness that awaits any NHL’er heading to Sweden for the lockout, Dan Cloutier’s return to the NHL, and more after the jump.

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LETS GET THE PARTY STARTED

The Oklahoma City Barons start rolling today, as coach Todd Nelson welcomes the most talented group in the club’s short history to the AHL. Let’s start with the introductions.

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A LOVING FATHER

In order for a movie to be considered great it needs to appeal to different generations. I’ve watched a few movies that I loved when I was 20, but today I don’t relate to them as much. A great movie, however, will be timeless and whenever you sit down and watch it will capture your…

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KATZ GETS IT RIGHT

Daryl Katz got it right today, and I believe Edmonton Oiler fans will be very pleased with his latest action.

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KLEFBOM RISING

It’s early, and we all know defensemen can rise and fall with the price of oil, but Oscar Klefbom has enjoyed an excellent start to his SEL season.

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ROAD TRIP

With no NHL in sight we decided to plan a road trip for hockey-starved sports fans. We only have 28 seats though, so if you want to go get in early. You will see Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle and the OKC Barons for two games and sandwiched in between you will enjoy an electric college football…

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The Russian Solution

Every so often, there’s a problem KHL teams face: they need to hire the services of somebody who has agreed to work somewhere else. That person can be a player or a coach, and listening to Dave King explain how he became a coach of a Russian team shows how the league typically handles such…

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CHLPA WANTS BETTER EDUCATION

With the NHL and NHLPA at odds again for the 2nd time in eight years many hockey people and fans have expressed their concern over the new CHLPA. Who is the CHLPA? What are their plans? The CHLPA has taken a beating for the past month. Some of the backlash was deserved due to their…

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COMPARING RECENT ARENA COSTS

Last October when Edmonton city council voted 10-3 in favour of the funding model for the new arena in Edmonton I thought it was a good deal. I was surprised at how some felt the city was actually get the raw end of the deal. Some felt the city was taking all the risks, with…

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What Magnus Paajarvi Needs To Do More Frequently

I’ve recently started re-watching Oilers games from last season, partly for a new statistical project and partly because I like watching hockey games and the AHL season hasn’t started yet. Anyway, watching the Oilers’ season opener, I was struck by the play of Magnus Paajarvi.

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THE ROAD TO AVONLEA

They’re dragging out the 1972 Series again tonight, this time G8 (they should show G1 too, perhaps give an idea about why Canada had a bad case of tightened sphincter 40 years ago today) and we’re hearing concern from Canadian television execs about "content" for the coming winter. Allow me to offer a few suggestions.