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Sutter lays into sputtering Flames

Tuesday, 11.22.2011 / 10:07 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

DETROIT -- Some might've called it a diatribe. Others may have described it as a long, slow burn.

In reality, Calgary Flames coach Brent Sutter's impassioned 20-minute post-practice media session on Tuesday at Joe Louis Arena was both of those things -- and then some. In fact, fictitious sports agent Jerry Maguire might even call it a "mission statement," because a sizeable part of it was that, too.

It consisted of about 3,500 words, sounded at times like a self-empowerment speech and likely included the word "team" at least a couple hundred times. It also included a definitive statement that illustrated Sutter's – and the Flames' front office – frustration with the lingering struggle against complacency that has Calgary (8-10-1) sitting 13th in the Western Conference with nearly a quarter of the season gone.

"You have to sacrifice a little bit for the betterment of (the team), and that's what we're asking the whole group to do and that's what we need to do," said Sutter, a full 13 minutes into his "greater good" mantra. "To be quite honest, I'm not asking them to do it anymore. I'm demanding it has to be done. And that's just the bottom line, because it's been something that has been ongoing. Since Day One coming here I noticed it and I told (reporters) that (Monday) night – and we have to cure it. It's the only way that we cure that."
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Crosby motivated by desire to return to previous level

Tuesday, 11.22.2011 / 4:41 PM / NHL Insider

Alan Robinson - NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- On the day after his awe-inspiring return to the NHL, Sidney Crosby found himself involved in a friendly practice day argument over a stack of magazines.
 
Don't think Sid the Kid isn't Sid the Competitor, too?
 
Barely 12 hours removed from a beyond-dazzling comeback that provided an adrenaline rush-like jolt of excitement around the League, Crosby lost the Penguins' end-of-practice shootout drill on Tuesday.

Or so coach Dan Bylsma ruled. Crosby argued that James Neal shot out of turn and that he deserved another shot. Crosby didn't get it, despite his argument to the contrary.
 
Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury's take on the matter: You lost, now pay up.
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Crosby's return a night to remember

Tuesday, 11.22.2011 / 12:13 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

PITTSBURGH -- There were 18,571 people that walked through the turnstiles at Consol Energy Center on Monday night. They probably ought to put their ticket stubs in safe places.

"That's not how I would have played my first game, I know that," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said while shaking his head and smiling.

Sidney Crosby's return to the NHL after a 10-and-a-half-month layoff turned into the kind of night that hockey fans everywhere will tell their grandkids about.

If someone in the future asks them where they were when Crosby came back and put up 4 points in a 5-0 win over the New York Islanders, odds are they won't hesitate to give an answer with extreme detail, no matter if they were elated or deflated.
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Players tweet about Sid's return

Monday, 11.21.2011 / 8:05 PM / NHL Insider

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Hockey fans aren't the only ones excited about the return of Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby.

Several players from around the League have expressed their amazement of Crosby, who already has a goal and an assist in Tuesday night's game against the New York Islanders.

Here's what they had to say.
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Players excited about start of Gaglardi regime

Monday, 11.21.2011 / 3:52 PM / NHL Insider

Steve Hunt - NHL.com Correspondent

DALLAS -- Fans of the Dallas Stars are clearly glad to see Tom Gaglardi officially introduced as the franchise's new owner at a Monday afternoon press conference at American Airlines Center.

But there is another group that is equally excited to see someone in place at the top of the Dallas organization for the first time in several years -- the Stars players.

Gaglardi met with the team for the first time as owner just before the Stars took the ice for their morning skate, and almost immediately the players were impressed with his passion for the game and the incredible amount of positive energy he exuded about taking the reins.
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Bruins' Bergeron knows what Sid is going through

Monday, 11.21.2011 / 2:41 PM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

MONTREAL – If there is one player who could have some semblance of an idea of what Sidney Crosby is going through in the final hours before making his comeback from a 10-month concussion recovery, it would be Patrice Bergeron.

The Boston Bruins center was Crosby's linemate on the gold medal-winning Canadian team at the 2005 World Junior Championship, and he was his teammate on the 2010 Olympic gold medal-winning Canadian team as well.

So he was a natural person for Crosby to turn to for support, because Bergeron had his own frightening recovery from a concussion he suffered Oct. 27, 2007, costing him the rest of that season.
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Teammates and foes discuss Crosby's return

Monday, 11.21.2011 / 2:20 PM / NHL Insider

Alan Robinson - NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Penguins forward Steve Sullivan, perhaps more than any other player on the ice, knows what Sidney Crosby will be going through physically in his first NHL game in more than 10 months.
 
But only Crosby himself knows what will be going through Sidney Crosby's mind, according to Sullivan.

And, for Sullivan, it is how quickly Crosby adapts mentally in his return to the sport he was dominating a year ago that will likely determine how soon No. 87 plays like, well, Sidney Crosby.
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DeBoer admits beating Panthers would be special

Monday, 11.21.2011 / 1:47 PM / NHL Insider

Alain Poupart - NHL.com Correspondent

SUNRISE, Fla. -- New Jersey coach Peter DeBoer had no problem admitting Monday night's game at Florida had extra meaning for him.

DeBoer, who was fired the day after the Panthers ended their 2010-11 season, will be coaching against his former team for the first time. 

Moments after the Devils won at Tampa Bay on Saturday night, DeBoer said about facing the Panthers, "I'd like to win that one for a lot of reasons."
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Sidney Crosby blog

Monday, 11.21.2011 / 10:07 AM / NHL Insider

NHL.com Staff

Still quiet here at CEC
11.21.11 10:07 a.m. ET

PITTSBURGH -- The Zamboni is just finishing it's morning sweep of the ice and now one guy is on the ice with a squeegee. The nets are stationed near the half-walls, waiting to get put in their proper places.

Overall it's still relatively quiet here at Consol Energy Center. It won't be for long.

Sidney Crosby is expected to take the ice with his teammates for the Penguins morning skate in about 25 minutes.


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New-look Wild rise to top of NHL standings

Sunday, 11.20.2011 / 11:07 PM / NHL Insider

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Heading into the 2011-12 season, much of the focus in the Northwest Division was rightfully on the Vancouver Canucks, who won the Presidents’ Trophy for the 2010-11 season, sat atop the Western Conference throughout the playoffs and advanced to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final last spring.

By Halloween, the focus had shifted to the young and thrilling Edmonton Oilers, who quickly erased the memory of back-to-back dead last finishes by racing to the top of the division behind recent No. 1 picks Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Taylor Hall.

Not a whole lot was said during this time about the Minnesota Wild, apart from the occasional mention of the trades executed over the summer that brought Dany Heatley and Devin Setoguchi from the San Jose Sharks, or that they had a new coach in Mike Yeo. But after finishing out of the playoff picture each of the past three seasons, the Wild registered on few hockey fans’ radars.
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