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Sunday, October 2, 2016

"I Know The Edmonton Oilers' Brand At This Point Is Basically "Making Small Children Cry Uncontrollably" But This Seems A Little Too On The Nose. Oiler Fans Have Already Christened The God-forsaken Beast "Meth Cat"." - Sean McIndoe on the Oilers' new mascot 'Hunter'.

Monday, October 3, 2016

"[Auston Matthews] Might Not Move Up The Depth Chart In Training Camp, But Would It Be Surprising To See Him In The Mix To Be Toronto's No. 1 Center By The All-star Break? It Would Not Be." - CBSSPORTS.COM's Chris Peters.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

"With Such A Deep Talent Pool, It’s Almost Impossible To Handicap The Calder Trophy Race, Though No Matter What, It’ll Be A Lot Of Fun To Watch The New Kids On The Block Trying To Cement Their Status As NHLers." - SI.COM's Daniel Friedman on the NHL's incoming rookie class.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

"Some Scouts Worry About Him Going Back To High-school Hockey For His Senior Year At Eden Prairie In November, Not Unlike What Riley Tufte (DAL) Did Last Season. Middlestadt Is Committed To The University Of Minnesota." - Sportsnet's Jeff Marek on Casey Mittelstadt. The Minnesota high schooler is ranked sixth in the recent Central Scouting 2017 NHL draft report.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

"We Didn’t Like How We Ended Last Year." - Big Ten Goaltender of the Year and Minnesota Gopher sophomore, Eric Schierhorn.

Friday, October 7, 2016

"They're Out Of The Playoff Race By February. And You Know What That Means: It's Time For Another Round Of "Trade Pending UFA Jarome Iginla To A Contender." Let's Hope It Goes A Little Smoother Than Last Time." - Sean McIndoe's 2016-17 Colorado Avalanche prediction.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

"...And Granato Is, In Fact, A Student, Working Toward His Bachelor’s Degree In Human Development And Family Studies. But He Is Also The First-year Hockey Coach At One Of The Country’s Most Historically Successful Programs." - The NYTimes' Gary Santaneillo writing about past University of Wisconsin star Tony Granato - to become the Badgers’ new coach, he had to agree to get his diploma..

Sunday, October 9, 2016

"It's Hard To Destroy A Safe." - Wild coach Bruce Boudreau discussing his moving nightmare - which includes a fishy story and video footage.

Monday, October 10, 2016

"I Realize It Looks Like The Guy In The Suit Doesn't Know What He's Doing, But I Prefer To Think He's Just Really Busy And Doesn't Have Time For This Crap. "Drop The Puck? Sure, There You Go, Dropped. Where's The Door, I've Got Stuff To Do."" - Sean McIndoe writing for Vice.com about last week's #beyondakward puck drop for the KHL's new team in Beijing, HC: Kunlun.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

"There Are Only Three Women’s Teams In The Chinese Taipei Ice Hockey Federation Women’s League So We Are Short Of People," - Jae-Yu Huang of the Chinese Taipei Ice Hockey Federation discussing ice hockey in Taipei City during a World Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend event.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

"The Best Player In The League? That Might Actually Be Selling McDavid Short. The Question Is How Good He Can Be. Better Than Crosby? In The Yzerman/Sakic Zone? Maybe Even The Gretzky/Lemieux Range? At This Point, Nothing Is Off The Table." - DownGoesBrown.com's Sean McIndoe, who also notes that 'Barring a significant injury, it's all but impossible to imagine McDavid not having a dominant career'.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

"Brett Hull's Record For Goals Scored By An American In The NHL Is Safe For Now. ...Auston Matthews Is Still 737 Goals Behind." - ESPN's Pierre LeBrun.

Friday, October 14, 2016

"He's A Man. He's 19 Years Old, But He Acts Like He's 27, He's Got Great Maturity. If You Meet His Mom And Dad, You're Thoroughly Impressed With The Kind Of People They Are And The Respect He Has For His Mom And His Sisters." - Maple Leafs' head coach Mike Babcock commenting on Auston Matthews.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

"Yes, They’re The Relatively New Kids On The Block And It’s Not Fair To Pick On The New Kid. But The Sun Devils, In Two Games, Have Already Been Whistled For 148 Penalty Minutes." - Paual C. Weston for USCHO.com.

Monday, October 17, 2016

"If You’re Mike Johnston, You Have To Be Pretty Pleased These Days. You’re 8-3-0 And Your East Division Trip Is Over. Your Team, Which Was Supposed To Struggle To Score, Also Has Bagged 50 Goals. Oh, And G Cole Kehler ...is 6-1-0," - WHL watcher extraordinaire Gregg Drinnan (@gdrinnan) on the Portland Winterhawks' bench boss & GM.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

"When I Played My First Game I Was More Worried About Surviving And Staying In The NHL. For Him To Come In Under The Microscope In This Day And Age, With So Much Media And Being In Toronto, The Mecca Of Hockey, [it Was] Something Really Special." - Maple Leafs rookie Auston Matthews gets Wayne Gretzky's stamp of approval.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

"What Possesses Someone To Be In A Rink For More Than 400 Games Per Year?" - WHL Scout Mike Fraser prefacing his story.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

"I’ve Always Been Interested In The ECAC, Especially Watching The Last 14 Years How The League Has Grown And Progressed. I Think About The Fact That Some Of These Programs Continue To Be In The Hunt For National Prominence." - St. Lawrence head coach Mark Morris, who was hired at St. Lawrence on May 3 following Greg Carvel’s departure for Massachusetts.

Friday, October 21, 2016

"[Wisconsin Is] Already Playing A Much More Open Game ...and [will Be] A Lot More Fun To Watch... Michigan May Be Joining The Modern Ranks Of Playing Boring, Defensive Hockey." - sbncollegehockey.com's Chris Dilks pointing out that the Wolverines and Badgers seem to have adopted each others' recent approach to the game.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

"The Best Athletes In History Have Played On The Edge. ...Imagine The Fear And Hesitation A Coach Could Bring Out In A Gymnast, A Golfer, A Ski-jumper Or One Of Those Crazy Half-pipe Athletes If Their Last-second Advice Was, “Avoid Mistakes.”" - Jack Blatherwick encouraging youth coaches to not 'copy the robotic, fearful leadership from higher levels of hockey'..

Sunday, October 23, 2016

"My Only Concern With The Game Today Is These Guys Are So Big And So Fast And We're So Open, Look At The Injuries We Have... I Think Somehow, We've Got To Slow The Game Down A Little Bit, And The Only Way You Can Do That Is Put The Center Line Back In." - Bobby Orr.

Monday, October 24, 2016

"It's Education. I Bet For Most Of The Families Whose Players In The Past Left For The Greener Pastures Of Private Schools, It Wasn't Necessarily A Hockey Decision Only. More Often Than Not I Suspect It Was An Education - And - Hockey Decision." - Minnesota Hockey Magazine writer Pete Waggoner commenting that the biggest hurdle high school hockey in Minneapolis has to overcome isn't the hockey..

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

"At TD Garden In Preparation For Tuesday’s Game Against The Boston Bruins, Bruce Boudreau Held A Remedial Session Of Sorts. Once Again, He Tried To Jam Certain Facets Of His System Into The Brains Of His Wild Players." - Michael Russo of the Star Tribune.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

"We Suspect That The New York Rangers Shooters Will Be Salivating Today At The Prospect Of Facing The Bruins Tonight At Madison Square Garden." - The Boston Herald's Steven Harris commenting on the Bruins' young goalie Malcolm Subban after he was pulled early again.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

"Ben Bishop May Have Lost Some Teeth There. ...Not Often You See That Happen With An NHL Goalie." - The Globe and Mail's James Mirtle tweeting the other night about the Lightning’s Ben Bishop having two front teeth knocked out after a puck to the mask.

Friday, October 28, 2016

"You Don’t Expect A 19-year-old Young Man To Come In In Our Situation And Score 50 Goals, If He’s Responsible And I Can Trust Him Out There And If He Can Play Both Left Wing And Center, I Think That’s A Real Good Thing For Him" - Wild coach Bruce Boudreau on the team's 19-year-old forward Eriksson Ek.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

"And Now There Are Only Two Non-Ivy League Teams Left Unbeaten. Lake Superior State. Ohio State. ...Just As We All Predicted." - College hockey journalist Brad Elliott Schlossman getting his ironic on.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

"What’s Next, The NHL Adopting The CHL Memorial Cup Plan And Holding The Stanley Cup Final In Las Vegas Where, As The Host City, The Knights Of The Desert Would Be Automatic Qualifiers?" - Larry Brooks of the New York Post opining on 'most favored' Las Vegas owner Bill Foley.

Monday, October 31, 2016