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New Jersey Devils, Toronto Maple Leafs Hoping To Continue Strong Starts

The New Jersey Devils and Toronto Maple Leafs: two non-playoff teams from a year ago, both off to hot starts in 2011-12. In the end, which team will put together a better year?

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Why Do Hockey Players Fight?

Arron Asham beat up Jay Beagle last night. I enjoyed watching it. You probably did too. And that's the only reason why fighting still exists in ice hockey.

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Blue Jackets, Avalanche Play Invisible Game Thanks To Silly Versus Exclusivity Rules

If a game is played and there's no television there to capture it, does it even really happen? That happened on Wednesday night between the Blue Jackets and Avalanche, and it's all thanks to TV...

NHL Realignment: Hockey Should Look To NFL, MLB Model To Solve Problems

The NHL will likely announce realignment in December. In order to solve travel and economic imbalance, the league should shift to a model that mirrors the NFL and MLB.

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NBA Lockout Provides Golden Opportunity For Several NHL Teams

The NBA has canceled part of its season, and with no hope in sight for a resolution to their lockout, now is the time for NHL teams to capitalize on the absence of their biggest competitor. For...

The 'Return' Of The Winnipeg Jets: Wait, There Was A Team In Atlanta Before?

Winnipeg Jets fans are excited to have NHL hockey back in town, but let's get one thing straight: Just because they're named the Jets, it doesn't mean that the same team is back. The Jets play in...

Don Cherry Wants Your Life To Be Ruined, NHL Player

Don Cherry is old, and he has outdated opinions. This is common, and in many ways, he's probably similar to your grandfather. But your grandfather doesn't have influence and an international media...

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NHL Opening Night: Five Things To Watch, From Banner Raisings To Jaromir Jagr

After three and a half months of waiting, NHL hockey is finally back on Thursday night. Many eyes will be on Boston as the Bruins celebrate last year's Stanley Cup victory one more time, but there...

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Rushing Young Prospects Into The NHL, And Why Teams Do It

NHL teams are faced with tough decisions when 18-year-old prospects try to push their way onto pro rosters. The options are few, and many NHL teams make hasty calls that can negatively impact...

NHL Realignment Should Consider Television Interests, Include Canadian Division

Most NHL realignment proposals take into consideration what the teams want. In the first edition of the Morning Skate, we argue that we really should take into consideration with television wants.

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