October 12 2012 01:05PM

This one will be short, I promise. - Also, we tried to link the orginal theme, but Youtube would have none of it. So in keeping with the theme of the article, new Dallas it is!

The Dallas Stars are one of those teams that most people don’t really think about anymore. We used to. Especially here in Edmonton. Since around 2008-2009 it seems like nobody has really paid much attention to them except in the area of bankruptcy and the decision not to trade Brad Richards.

So what exactly is happening in Dallas now?

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Latest at the Hockey Writers: a chat with Heat coach Troy G. Ward

Ryan Pike
October 12 2012 10:35AM


A year ago, veteran minor league coach Troy G. Ward inherited the position of head coach of the Abbotsford Heat from departing bench boss Jim Playfair. An assistant for one year with the Heat under Playfair, Ward gained a bit of familiarity with the club and its players and set right to work developing a winning strategy.

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Steve Dangle
October 11 2012 07:29PM


Hey all! Steve Dangle here. Fellow Nations contributer Andrey Osadchenko and I have started making highlight packs in English for the KHL youtube channel this season. Like them? We can make it a regular feature here at the Nations. 

Anyway - one of these games features Nail Yakupov who scored a goal, an assist, and a pretty hilariously blatant dive.


Nail Yakupov's goal and assist were not enough as Slovan downs Neftekhimik.

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FGD: Apparently The Season Starts Today?

October 11 2012 06:50PM


Well boys and girls, it's that time again: OPENING NIGHT HAPPY FUN TIME! Your Calgary Flames take on their classic foes, the Vancouver Suckiest Sucks Who Ever Sucked, and I don't know about you, but after what seemed like an especially long postseason, I could not be more excited for some down home professional hockey, the way it's supposed to be done.

Just as an aside, does it seem like all those exhibition games just didn't happen? I'm sure the Flames did pretty well, but I just can't remember how any of those games ended.

So here we are, opening night. The season is born anew like Gaia breathing the first breath of spring, ridding us of winter's frosty bite (looks outside...snow. Hmmm, that's weird). Hope springs eternal. Optimism abound. Not making the playoffs last year is a thing of the past, it's onwards and upwards. We're all starting at zero today, friends, and anything can happen over these next 82 games.

That said, it seems like no one is buying tickets for the game. It seems like the Saddledome faithful do not fancy the Flames chances this year, and are apparently boycotting something. Don't know what that's about.

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Five things: Well this stinks

Ryan Lambert
October 11 2012 10:33AM

1. The Alberta Labour Board just screwed everything up

Well, today was supposed to be the Flames' first game of the season but instead we have this stupid lockout to deal with. Gross and yucky, I agree. Things got very little help from the Alberta Labour Board, which was like, "No this lockout is legal league-wide if it's legal anywhere, so deal with it."

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