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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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FN Weekend Open Thread – Let’s Play (EA) Hockey!!!!

    Saturday nights, historically, has been owned by Hockey Night In Canada, and with good reason. Since 1952, the CBC flagship has graced our flickering television sets with the likes of Maurice Richard, Bobby Hull, Gordie Howe, Phil Esposito, Bobby Orr, Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, and Aaron Gavey, while we, the hockey mad gluttons…

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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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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…

Leland Irving joins Heat on a try-out

    The Abbotsford Heat announced this morning that goaltender Leland Irving has been added to the club’s training camp roster. The Calgary Herald’s Vicki Hall reported on Twitter that Irving has signed a professional try-out agreement with the the AHL club.

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How I Spent My Lockout Vacation: Matt Stajan

      The year is 2012. The month is…let’s say December. The NHL lockout is now over and behind us and we never have to think about it again for another seven years. We all survived that Bristol Palin poker celebrity cruise show that aired on Sportsnet every night in place of NHL broadcasts….

Five things: The first of many all-NCAA editions

1. An introduction and discussion point So Tuesday morning was Hockey East Media Day, which is a chance for various members of the local college hockey media to meet and speak with players and coaches from the league’s 10 member schools for the first time since the season ended. Hockey East, you’ll recall, is the…

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Random Thoughts – 4th Liners, 10 Points and $400M Insurance

    Sorry Flames fans – there’s is just no Flames news to discuss at this point. The team isn’t embroiled in an arena scandle, there’s no pre-season games to discuss and things have only just started for their prospects in junior and overseas. Luckily there are a few things interesting bits and pieces floating…

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Your Graphical Guide to the NHL Barnyard

If you’re anyting like Detroit Red Wings’ Senior VP of Barnyard Operations, Jim Devellano, it’s sometimes hard to tell elite hockey players apart from the rest of the herd. But never fear, the handy chart above should help you out if you ever get into a pinch. Now, far be it from me to judge a Lester…

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Now I Got Worry: The Flames Ain’t Playin’ Hockey (REDUX!)

(Whoops.  I meant to add a whole ton more to this piece before I published it.  Now it just feels incomplete, so I’m adding everything all anew.  If you read this before, read it again.  I promise it will be better – BoL) I don’t know if any of you out there have noticed, but…

Meet the Heat: Who the heck are these guys?

    On Friday, the closest thing that we’ll get to a Calgary Flames training camp kicks off. But it won’t be in Calgary. Instead, it’s far, far away in Abbotsford, British Columbia, as the Abbotsford Heat begin camp for the 2012-13 season. But who, exactly, are these guys? Most of them are Flames draft…

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Alarmism: What’s the Worst Case Lockout Scenario? (Hint: It Involves More Lockouts)

    I don’t necessarily believe this will happen. I certainly hope it doesn’t. But having a second lockout in consecutive CBA negotiations and the possibility of another cancelled season give rise to worry for a specific worst-case scenario: that this process – this absurd ridiculous asinine CBA process – is doomed to repeat itself. Sure, it’s…