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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

"Turns Out This Mittelstadt Guy Is Pretty Good." - Minneapolis-based writer Eric Vegoe feigning surprise over Gophers freshman and 8th overall NHL (Sabres) draft pick Casey Mittelstadt. Mittelstadt had a goal and three assists in Minnesota's tune-up against the University of Alberta.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

"I’ve Never Understood Why Young Guys Just Don’t Understand That I’ve Got Some Things To Do Before You Start Going Down This Road. That’s Me. That’s The Way I Think. Some Of The Entourages Around These Guys Think Differently." - Columbus coach John Tortorella on Josh Anderson and his agent.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

"He’s A Hard-edged Player, If A Guy Plays That Way, And He Has Played That Way Throughout His Whole Career, Though, At Some Point Things Break." - NBC analyst Pierre McGuire discussing the trajectory of Zach Parise's career.

Friday, October 6, 2017

"If You Watched That Game And Still Don't Think Connor Is #1 In The World I Got A Good Eye Doctor & A Good Shrink To Sort You Out." - Former NHLer Matt Kassian On Connor McDavid.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

"When You And Your Friends Order Another Round In The Coming Years And Someone Suggests A Game Of Trivial Pursuit All-Star Sports, Remember The Name James Neal - He Just Became An Answer" - Ed Graney of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

"The Reports Regarding The Demise Of Alex Ovechkin’s Elite Sniping Ability Appear To Be Greatly Exaggerated." - NBCSports' James O'Brien on Alex Ovechkin’s latest historic feat: hat tricks in consecutive periods.

Monday, October 9, 2017

"I Think The First 3 Games, We’ve Rolled Four Lines Pretty Consistently & With All The Guys We Have Who Can Skate [quickly], & With The Skill We’ve Added, I Think That Helps Keep Us Fresh For The 3rd Period & Allows Us To Continue To Push & Push & Push." - Flyers right winger Wayne Simmonds - whose goal 44 seconds into overtime lifted the Flyers to a 3-2 win Saturday against the injury-riddled Ducks.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

"From My Side Of Things, There’s Absolutely No Politics Involved, Hopefully It Stays That Way. It’s A Visit That We’ve Done In The Past And It’s Been A Good Experience But It’s Not About Politics That’s For Sure." - Sidney Crosby on visiting the White House.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

"I Think That Puck's Still Sitting Back Up There, Not A Lot Of Guys Can Stop That Puck In This League. Hell Of A Goal." - Blackhaws goalie Frederik Andersen on Auston Matthews OT winner Monday night.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

"The Head-scratching When It Comes To Vegas’ Roster Moves Doesn’t End With Shipachyov, As Tuch And Theodore Were Likewise Waiver-exempt Players Who Were Demoted Ahead Of The Season, Though Tuch And Theodore Have Suited Up In Both Of The Wolves’ Games." - The Hockey News' Jared Clinton talking about the Golden Knights' early season decisions.

Friday, October 13, 2017

"The University Of Minnesota Has Compiled A League-best 54-19-7 Record Since The Big10’s Inaugural Season In 2013-14. Minnesota Has Won The Regular-season League Title Every Year In That Span, Plus WCHA Titles In 2012 And 2013, The Latter Shared With SCSU" - Trevor Squire of the Pioneer Press.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

"At Times During His Tenure, Mike Babcock Has Blamed The Tough Stretches In Toronto’s 82-game Grind On The Team’s Status As A Ratings Draw Co-owned By A Pair Of Telecommunications Behemoths, Bell And Rogers." - Dave Feschu, Sports Columnist for the Toronto Star writing about the Saturday night Leafs tradition fading away.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

"...So, At The Core Of Every Decision Made About Concussions Is A Singular Understanding: No Hits To The Head – No Excuses." - Ken Dryden on how you fix hockey's concussion problem, in one easy step.

Monday, October 16, 2017

"Connor McDavid Blew Everyone Away When He Showcased His Speed On Opening Night. And The Scary Part? He Might Not Even Be At His Top Speed." - The Hockey News' Ken Campbell.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

"While Bellows Won't Wow You With His Quick Skating Ability, Bellows Does Some Solid Board Work In An Effort To Win Loose Pucks... I Think It Is Safe To Say Bellows Will Get Better As The Season Goes Along." - Regan Bartel, the veteran radio voice of the Kelowna Rockets on Edina, MN native and first round pick of the NHL's New York Islanders, Keiffer Bellows.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

"It’s Tough Seeing Him, He Wants To Play So Bad And He Works His Butt Off So Hard To Get Into Shape And To Get Ready For The Season, And Then This Happens. Now He’s Just Grinding It Out Trying To Have A Good Day And Feel Good About Himself." - The Wild's Ryan Suter on injured friend and teammate Zach Parise.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

"Goalie Union, You Know, Gordie Was An Old Goalie. Growing Up Outside Of Kingston And The Tragically Hip Being Such A Big Part Of My Life For Over 25 Years Now. I’ve Got To Know Some Of The Guys Over The Years." - Flames netminder Mike Smith says Gord Downie’s passing will be felt throughout NHL.

Friday, October 20, 2017

"They Had The Old Chicken Wire Mesh Around The Rink, And They’d Spit At You Right Through It, I Gave A Fan A Butt End Right Through The Wire Because There Was A Hole In The Fence And You Could Do That Without People Seeing." - Retired NHL player and GM Lou Nanne, who played three seasons for the Univeristy of Minnesota Gophers, talking about the University of North Dakota Winter Sports Building.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

"WHL Defenceman, Specifically, Need To Learn That Even Though An Opponent Is Vulnerable, That Hit Can't Be Made With The Likelihood Of It Being A Check To The Head. In The Old Days, It Was 'tough Titty' If You Had Your Head Down. Those Days Are Over." - Regan Bartel, the veteran radio voice of the Kelowna Rockets.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

"Sorry, Dinosaurs, But The Days Of Defencemen Lurking Near Their Blueline, Then Stepping Into The Neutral Zone And Drilling An Unsuspecting Forward Are Over, Even If There Isn’t Contact With The Head." - WHL expert and blogger Gregg Drinnan.

Monday, October 23, 2017

"Everything He Does On A Daily Basis Is Something That You Can Learn From, To Have Him A Phone Call Or Text Away Means A Lot. He Has Shown An Incredible Amount Of Support For My Brothers, Sister And I Even With His Crazy Travel Schedule." - Colorado College freshman Nick Olczyk discussing his father, Ed Olczyk - the senior Olczyk is the U.S. Hockey Hall of Famer and NBC sportscaster battling colon cancer.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

"The Pleasures Of The Game Are All About The People In It, And There Are Few People In It More Universally Liked And Admired Than Eddie Olczyk. It Naturally Follows Wednesday’s Return [to The NBC’s Game Analyst’s Chair] Was As Heartwarming As It Gets." - The New York Post's Larry Brooks.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

"A Lot Of People Weren’t Expecting Us To Win This Game, Chicago Is A Hell Of A Team. We’re Playing A Minor League Goalie. But We Played A Confident Game. Everybody Played Defense. Everybody Played Offense. Everybody Played In The Neutral Zone." - Gerard Gallant, head coach of the Vegas Golden Knights after defeating the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

"...So While This Golden Knights Team Has Been Truly Irresistible In October, The Front Office And Fan Base Might Be Wise To Stat Cheering For A Crap-out At The Tables Come November" - The Hockey News' Matt Larkin noting that the Golden Knights may be winning too much for their own good.

Friday, October 27, 2017

"Have The Coyotes Considered Just Leaving Clayton Keller Out There For The Whole Game? It Could Work..." - NHL Draft and prospects analyst for ESPN, Chris Peters.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

"We Saw The Alex Ovechkin Take Off His Winter Jacket And Hat And Give It To A Homeless Man He Passed On The Street. Wow! #gooddeeds" - Tweet from The Sequel Cafe in Winnipeg yesterday afternoon.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

"It’s Something That If You See A Guy [who’s] Almost Naked Out There In That Kind Of Temperature I Think Every Human Can Do Something," - Alex Ovechkin, who purchased a sweater, coat and hat for the shirtless [Winnipeg] man, who didn’t recognize him but was nevertheless blown away by the gesture.

Monday, October 30, 2017

"I Love It When There’s A Lot Of People Watching Hockey, Especially When Football Is On." - Minnesota Wild coach Bruce Boudreau commenting about the 2,500 fans watching his team practice at the Bloomington, MN Ice Garden for rare public Wild workout - while a Minnesota Viking game was in progress.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

"You Obviously Know Guys Who Played, Past And Present. I Work Out With A Bunch Of Guys From BC Back Home In The Summertime. I Don't Know If I Was Really Welcome There, You Always Remember That Rivalry. It's Cool." - Minnesota Wild forward Charlie Coyle, a Massachusetts native who played two years at Boston Univeristy, talking about the Terriers' rivalry with Boston College.