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Newark Notes

             Greetings from New York, where another gathering of the clans ended last night with little drama, at least relative to the buildup coming in. Of course, Canuck fans might quibble with that description, but their little psychodrama was very much the exception this weekend. After the jump, I’ll look…

Bourque to face disciplinary hearing

  The Flames’ woes on the road continued last night with a loss versus the Capitals, and further bad news might be just around the corner. Rene Bourque has a hearing with the Sheriff today, following a hit on Nick Backstrom late in last night’s loss.

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December 9th News and Notes

                 It’s time for another review of some of the items of interest from around the Nation and the league, as teams move into the middle third of the season. In this week’s overview, the Oilers hit a sour patch, the Canucks carry on without a couple of…

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November 24 News and Notes

                The quarter pole has arrived in the NHL season, and News and Notes is back to examine the state of affairs around the Nation and the league. In this episode, the Flames head for the bottom, the Oilers bounce back, and hockey’s best rejoins the action.

A Touch of Iginla

  There’s been plenty of talk this year about the level of effectiveness, or lack thereof, that we’ve seen from Jarome Iginla through the first six weeks of the season. The captain is wallowing in the depths thus far, with 9 points in 17 games, and a scruffy looking -10 next to his name. The…

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October 31 News and Notes

                   All Hallows Eve is here in all its glory, with children headed to the door this evening in search of treats their parents would never let them near any other night, and those same parents openly regretting the sugar rush they’re about to bestow on said…

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October 21 News and Notes

                  Another week has passed in the season, and with that, it’s time for another review of matters around the league. In this installment, the Canucks make the first significant move of the year, two first rounders appear on divergent paths, and the Leafs face life without…

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October 14 News and Notes

                  After a summer of sloth, our review of some of the recent events of note from around the league returns Nationwide. In this iteration of the round-up, the Flames snap out of it, the Oilers sleep through another night in St. Paul, and the Jets get…

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Hockey Prospectus 11/12: The New Normal

                   (link to buy) Amazon Link (Full disclosure: A few weeks ago, Timo Seppa asked me if I was interested in reviewing the latest iteration of Hockey Prospectus’ annual for the Nations’ audience. I accepted a free PDF copy of the book for review purposes, with no…

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11/12 NW Preview: Colorado

                 Our series of division previews continues with a look at the Avalanche.    10/11 finish: 68 points, 4th in the NW, 14th in the Conference Playoffs: none since 09/10 Key Players: Stastny, Duchene, Landeskog, Johnson, O’ Reilly, Varlamov Additions: Varlamov, Hejda, Landeskog Subtractions: Foote, Fleischmann  Cap Position:…

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11/12 NW Preview: Minnesota

                 As the season nears, Flames Nation begins its look ahead to the competition, such as it is, that the Flames will face in the Northwest Division. First up, the Minnesota Wild. 10/11 finish: 86 points, 3rd in the NW, 12th in the Conference Playoffs: none since 07/08…

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September 21 News and Notes

                 Training camp is in full swing, and that means that the proper business of hockey is underway, so a review of some of the news around the league is in order. In this week’s go-round, the Flames get the roster down to a more reasonable configuration, the…