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The Breakaway: Two Devil-ish returns

by Shawn P. Roarke

--Wow! The returns of Jamie Langenbrunner and Colin White sure have made a difference for the Devils, haven’t they? Guess Martin Brodeur wasn’t as washed up as everybody suggested.

--Speaking of washed up, the obits for Mike Modano in Dallas might have been a little premature as well. He looks like he is in the prime of his career since shedding the burden of chasing the record for most career points by an American-born player.

--Congrats to Saskatchewan winning the Canadian Football League’s Grey Cup. Championship Sunday always is one of the best days on the sports calendar and CTN is more than a little sad that the game was missed live.

--Want to take a fun trip down a musical memory lane? Dig up the soundtrack to the 1993 movie Judgment Night and give that little masterpiece a listen. The collaborations between Helmet and House of Pain, Biohazard and Onyx and Slayer and Ice-T are classics not to be missed.

--Speaking of good listens, the NHL Live hour on XM with Gary Bettman this past Tuesday was a pretty good listen. You can hear the weekly show right here on

--The Russian team playing in the ADT Challenge tour through the Canadian Hockey League certainly is more serious than the team that represented the country in the Super Series. Russia earned a tie and a win against the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, played two close games against the Ontario Hockey League and routed the Western Hockey League, 5-1, in the first game of their two-game series.

--How exactly can Vincent Lecavalier be third among Eastern Conference forwards in All-Star voting? The center has been the best forward in hockey this year – hands-down – in CTN’s rather humble opinion.

--Only one forward in the West – Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg – has garnered more votes than Calgary defenseman Dion Phaneuf’s 111,000 votes. CTN guesses that Dion is bringing sexy back to the blue line.

--So the Philadelphia Eagles allow the New England Patriots to score 31 points in a Sunday night loss, and CTN is supposed to believe – according to the prevailing wisdom coming out of that game – that the Eagles have provided a blueprint to the rest of the NHL on how to beat the undefeated Pats? Come again?

--Brian Boucher – you all remember him, don’t you? –quietly is putting together a good season in the AHL. He is 8-4 with a 2.56 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage. CTN has to believe that there is a place for Boucher in the NHL this season. Right?

--There’s a new hockey league in town. The Mid-Atlantic League is billing itself as North America’s premier Single-A hockey league. The season started this month and features five teams – Wooster (Ohio), Jamestown (Pa.), Valley Forge (Pa.), Indiana (Pa.) and Mon Valley (Pa.) – playing a 125-game schedule.

--Word has it that a remake of Escape from New York is in the works. Snake Plissken, played by Kurt Russell in the original, is one of the best characters in movie history. Snake could play on CTN’s hockey team anytime.

--Goalie Marty Turco made a great point about the bigger-net debate this week, urging proponents of the radical move to watch practice and see how many goals are scored when players are given time and space to make their shot. In CTN’s humble opinion – and as a lapsed member of the goalie fraternity – the nets should not be made bigger.

--Here’s hoping Marty Havlat stays healthy. Two goals in his first game back from an injury that could have ended his season is a pretty special performance for a player that has made special performances his trademark.

--On the subject of comebacks, it is great to see Scotty Walker back in action for Carolina. Walker always has been one of CTN’s favorite players – ever since he was tearing up the AHL with the Syracuse Crunch.

--CTN offers a moment of loud noise to Kevin Dubrow, the lead singer of Quiet Riot. Dubrow died this week at the age of 52.

--CTN believes that both Paul Maurice and John Ferguson Jr. deserve better than what they have gotten recently in Toronto. Maurice, especially, is one of the classiest guys in hockey.

--Speaking of classy guys, here’s hoping that Glen Hanlon finds a new job soon.

--Nice to see Jon Klemm make his way back to the NHL. The veteran was biding his time in the AHL before he was called up by the Kings earlier this week.

--CTN’s favorite team from England, the Medway Madness, have a big game against Chelmsford on Saturday night. Here’s wishing the boys the best of luck!


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