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Monday, October 01, 2012

"We Did Not Discuss Core Economic Issues, As Was The Plan, We Discussed Health And Safety, Drug Testing, Including More Discussion Of Drug Testing, Medical Care Etc. Also A Number Of Things In The CBA Legal Area Of Player Movements." - NHLPA special counsel Steve Fehr said after meeting for five hours with the NHL yesterday.

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

"It’s As Fun A Game Of Shinny And More Intense Than Most I’ve Ever Watched." - StrrTribune's Wild beat writer Michael Russo on watching his first Golden Gophers practice.

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

"I Think He's Terrible, Guys Are Falling All Over The Place When He Does Their Skates, So He's Not Touching Mine." - Pens' Matt Niskanen on teammate Matt Cooke's skate sharpening expertise during lockout.

Thursday, October 04, 2012

"...a Player Who Might Have Made The Marlies Will Head Down To The Leafs’ ECHL Affiliate, And Somebody There Will Get Bumped To The Central Hockey League, And A Player Hoping To Play There Won’t Have Work At All." - The Star's Damien Cox on the trickledown effect of the lockout.

Friday, October 05, 2012

"If The Owners Truly Cared About The Game And The Fans, They Would Lift The Lockout And Allow The Season To Begin On Time While Negotiations Continue." - NHLPA Union head Donald Fehr belittling the owners’ loyalty to their patrons.

Saturday, October 06, 2012

"If I’m A Fan, I Want My Hockey. And I Am Not Really Sure I Care Who Is Right And Who Is Wrong, I Just Want It Fixed, I Understand That. I Respect That. I Am A Fan. I Want My Hockey. And It’s Something That Drives Us 24/7 To Try And Get It Right." - Gary Bettman.

Sunday, October 07, 2012

"Tonight Was Great For Christian From A Confidence Standpoint, Last Year He Never Played At The Pace He Needed To Play With And Have A Little Bit Of Tenacity. He Looks Like He’s Got A Little Bit More Of That." - Gophers' head coach Don Lucia on previoulsy unheralded Sophomore Christian Isackson's play and hat trick.

Monday, October 08, 2012

"I Thought There Was A Lot Of Rust - Lots Of Good Effort - That Probably Was Expected, I Thought The Sharpest Part Of Our Game Was Offensively, Not A Lot Of Cohesion Defensively." - UND head coach Dave Hakstol after his team beat Univeristy of Manitoba in an exhibition game Saturday.

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

"The NHL Has Owned The Coyotes Since 2009, And Glendale Has Paid The League $25 Million For Each Of The Past Two Seasons To Run The (Jobing.com) Arena." - The Phoenix Business Journals' Mike Sunnucks.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

"I Enjoy Playing Here, I Feel The Trust And I Feel Comfortable." - Alexander Ovechkin on playing in the KHL - and earning $3 million less than he does in the NHL.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

"The Average Height And Weight (in ECHL) Doesn’t Compare To That Of The NHL. The General Awareness Is Even Farther Off, And As Much As I Hope They Just Cruise Through Their Opponents And Have Fun, It’s Not Impossible To Foresee A Few Guys Getting Hurt." - Backhand Shelf's Juston Bourne on NHLers playing in the ECHL.

Friday, October 12, 2012

""I Hope To God One Day He Leads The NHL In Scoring. ... But I Don't Care How Many Points He Scores And How Many Championships He Wins And How Many Millions He Puts In The Bank, I Know For A Fact He'll Always Be Good Ol' Humble Nick Bjugstad." - Brian Skrudland, Florida Panthers director of player development.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

"Let’s Just Say That While I Didn’t Find KHL Hockey To Be Completely Abhorrent, I Also Saw No Reason To Ever Watch It Again Except For The Fact That There Are A Few Handfuls Of NHL Players In The Mix." - Backhand Shelf's Ryan Lambert.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

"I Think They Should Start Taking Polls After Thanksgiving When People Have Had A Chance To Actually Play A Game. ...Some Teams Are Going To Get Rated Higher Than They Should And Others Lower Than They Should Because You Really Don’t Know." - Gophers' head coach Don Lucia on preseason NCAA D1 polls.

Monday, October 15, 2012

"(He) Was Outstanding Alongside Nate Schmidt. He's Big, And He's Ridiculously Mobile. Like, Ridiculous." - The Star Tribune's Mike Russo describing Gopher freshman Brady Skjei.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

"It Was Men Against Boys" - Chris Chelios describing the Minnesota Gopgers' domination of his sons' team, the MSU Spartans.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

"The Play Was Reviewed And The Call On The Ice Stood, No Goal. No More Than Five Minutes After The Game Their Stick Boy Had 3,200 Rubles, The Equivalent Of $100, Delivered To Our Room" - Flames' goalie Jeff Glass regarding his on-ice 'shake on it' bet with Kings' Alexander Frolov in a recent KHL game.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

"It Really Started Drawing A Crowd But It Wasn’t An Unruly Crowd, ...Usually You Bring The Cup In And You Get That Whole Thing. But This Was Different. Everybody Understood Why They Were There, So They Were Respectful. It Was Pretty Special." - Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi on bringing The Cup to the 9/11 Memorial with family members of Kings scouts who were killed when Flight 175 flew into the World Trade Center.

Friday, October 19, 2012

"Just Rest Assured That The NHL Hasn’t Cornered The Market On Dysfunctional Management" - Montreal Gazette's Dave Stubbs on Swiss Ambrì Piotta club's handling of Max Pacioretty.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

"The KHL Is Not A Realistic Business Project, There Are Only Four Or Five Good Businesses In The Whole League." - Roman Belyaev, marketing manager for Metallurg Novokuznetsk, a city of 600,000 people tucked away in central Siberia.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

"In My Opinion, The PA Has Done A Poor Job Of Accurately Explaining How Their Proposals Function And How Close They Are To What The League Has Proposed On The Financial Side Of Things." - The Globe and Mail's James Mirtle.

Monday, October 22, 2012

"The Excuses Are Coming In From The NoDak Fans Fast And Furious. Yes UND Was Suspension Depleted. Still No. 2 Team In Country, Right? Yep." - Chris Peters on No. 2 UND's loss to a so-so Alaska Nanooks squad.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

"For The Fans That Keep Asking, There Is No Comeback In The Foreseeable Future. I Miss The Game. It Has Given Me Everything I Have Today." - Boston Bruins centre Marc Savard, twenty-one months after suffering his latest concussion.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

"There’s One Silver Lining In The Black Cloud Of The NHL Lockout. Not So Many Players Getting Their Brains Scrambled By The Assorted Infractions Of Blood And Mayhem Over Which The League Clucks, Scolds And Wags Its Apparently Impotent Finger." - Stephen Hume, Vancouver Sun columnist.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

"I Just Want To Remind The Owners And The Players: You Guys Make Money Because You've Got A Whole Bunch Of Fans Out There Who Are Working Really Hard. They Buy Tickets. They're Watching On TV, Y'all Should Be Able To Figure This Out. Get This Done." - President Obama.

Friday, October 26, 2012

"Does Not He Understand What Olympics Are? Let Him Read Books. Let Him Study History. They Stopped Wars In Ancient Greece For The Olympics. Wars. And He Can Not Stop His League For Two Weeks? This Is Nonsense." - Alex's Ovechkin's Mom, Tatyana On Bettman's Olympic Stance.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

"I’m Shaking My Head Every Time I Wake Up ...Nobody Is Crying Poor Here, And I Think It’s Hard For The Fans To Understand That. But It’s About When There’s A Problem We Have To Fix It All The Time And They Don’t Want To Take Responsibility, Too." - Marty St. Louis.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

"We Had Some Defencemen Who Played Like Peewee Hockey Players, But They're Not Under The Microscope Like The Goaltenders." - Leaf's Coach Ron Wilson (Mixing A Small Amount Of Words At Best).

Monday, October 29, 2012

"I Think We've Given Sergei A Pretty Good Chance So Far And It Hasn't Panned Out Maybe The Way We've Wanted It To. It's The National Hockey League, The Best League In The World, And The Tempo From Exhibition To Regular Season Is Obviously Not The Same" - Canucks coach Alain Vigneault On Media Darling Sergei Shirokov.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

"The Oil King Prospects Will Continue To Receive The Support And Training Assistance Of The Edmonton Oilers’ Staff Simply Because They Share The Same Building. And It Probably Doesn’t Hurt That The Oilers Staff Have A Little More Time On Their Hands..." - Oil Patch's Lisa McRitchie.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

"...When The NHL Cancels The Winter Classic And, As The Free Press's Helene St. James Has Noted, Pulls Its Rink From Comerica Park, It Will Have Declared Nuclear War Upon Not Only The NHLPA, But Also Its Most Fervent Fans--and Business Partners." - The Malik Report's George Malik.