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Sunday, September 21, 2014

"He’s Got Things You Can’t Teach, He Can Just Score And Make Those Little Plays In Tight. Bottom Line, He Can Put The Puck In The Net." - Gophers' head coach Don Lucia on his leading scorer in 2002-03 & 2003-04 - the newly minted Minnesota Wild player Thomas Vanek.

Monday, September 22, 2014

"I've Been Really Pleased With Thomas So Far. I Have A Whole New Appreciation For His Skill Level And How Smart He Is. I Mean, He's Thinking Usually Two Or Three Plays Ahead. So That's Been Fun, And He's Been Working. ...He Reminds Me A Lot Of Myself." - A self-deprecating Wild head coach Mike Yeo discussing first impressions of Thomas Vanek.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

"We Couldn’t Stay Up Late At Home, But If We Were Out Skating On The Rink, We Could Stay Up As Late As We Wanted." - Toronto's Jake Gardiner looking back on the influence of his father's rink and time spent with his brother and their friends..

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

"...And In Maybe My Favorite Contract Dispute Story Of All Time, The Canadiens Once Forced A Reluctant Jean Beliveau To Finally Sign With Them By Buying His Entire League." - DownGoesBrown.com's Sean McIndoe on the Habs' purchase of the QSHL to make Jean Beliveau a professional, and under the terms of his B-form, obliged to come to the Canadiens..

Thursday, September 25, 2014

"No One's Surprised To Hear That Kessel Didn't Spend His Summer Doing Incline Presses And Running Uphill While Dragging A Parachute. He's Always Been Seen As A Modern-day Brett Hull, A Scoring Savant Rather Than Someone Whose Life Revolves Around The Game." - Sports Illustrated's Allan Muir on Phil Kessel's statement that he skated 10 times over the summer.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Saturday, September 27, 2014

"The Players Came To Us And Talked To Us About Wanting To Clamp Down On Diving, And Embellishing, And What They View As Kind Of Cheating The Integrity Of The Game, With Respect To That Going On On The Ice, The Unsportsmanlike Conduct Nature Of It." - NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly on the league's approach to flopping.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

"Donna, If I’ve Got Two Years To Live, I Can’t Sit Here And Watch You Cry Every Day. This Is Just Life. This Is How It’s Going To Be." - J.P. Parise to wife Donna after learning he had Stage 4 lung cancer.

Monday, September 29, 2014

"Whether You Think It’s A Fad Or The Future Probably Depends On Whether You’re A Poet Or An Accountant. But May I Remind You — Accountants Run The World." - Montreal Gazette Sports columnist Jack Todd on whether or not hockey analytics are here to stay.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

"I’m Looking At People Losing Their Homes, Their Loved Ones, Everything They Have. ...When You Put It Into Perspective, [hockey] Is Still A Sport. ...when People Are Losing Their Lives And Limbs, And When You See That, It Puts Everything In Perspective." - Ukraine native Ruslan Fedotenko on impact of Russian soldiers and Russian-backed Rebels in his home country.