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• From Copyranter comes what they believe are the worst hockey ads ever made. "The horrifically Photoshopped things are for the Hamburg Freezers (maybe the dumbest hockey team nickname ever), who play in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga. Not for Sissies? Deutschlanders, stick to soccer, S&M, and oompah bands." [Copyranter, via JP]

• Tough one for the Buffalo Sabres: Jason Pominville(notes) has failed another neuro-pysch test despite practicing with the team and "feeling" OK after his concussion. [Sabres Edge]

• After breaking his hand in an AHL fight, Sheldon Souray(notes) thinks that he would have been criticized for not fighting: "If you come down here and you act like you're not committed or you act like you shouldn't be here, that's going to show on the ice. That's one thing I wanted to come here and make sure these guys knew is that I'm in it with them." [Patriot News]

Antti Miettinen(notes) of the Minnesota Wild has a concussion, and Todd Richards is now calling the Dustin Brown(notes) hit that caused it a "dirty" one." [@Russotrib]

Mike Comrie(notes) of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Married a pop star. Has a family that's loaded. Is now a fourth liner for the Pens. Said Coach Dan Bylsma: "He has not brought what he brought in training camp, as you noted, and that's something we're looking for him to add. He'll be used on the power play and other spots to be able to do that for us." [Penguins]

Marc Savard(notes) is getting closer to returning to the Boston Bruins lineup, which means the Bruins are getting closer to having to clear cap space. Said Peter Chiarelli: ''If we have to warehouse someone in the minors, we'll do that." [Bruins Blog]

• Good piece on the Philadelphia Flyers knowing when to fight rather than just being a bunch of Dan Carcillos out there. [On The Flyers]

• NHL.com offers this report on shootouts: "The first three weeks of the new season have yielded just 10 shootouts in the first 136 games played -- a huge comedown from last season, when there were 23 in the same number of games. Project those early numbers over a full season and there would be about 90 shootouts in 2010-11, less than half of the record 184 that took place last season." And if you ever wondered about the subtle difference between the average NHL.com reader and everyone else, "yes" is running at about 70 percent in the "Do you like the shootout?" poll. [NHL.com ]

• Is there any stopping Tim Thomas(notes) when Tim Thomas is stopping everything? [Barstool]

• Interesting stuff about the Washington Capitals this season from the Post: "Last season, the Capitals consistently got off to fast starts in games. They tallied more first-period goals (92) than any other club and were first to score in 52 of their regular-season contests.  In the small sample that is the first 10 games of the 2010-11 season, the Capitals have scored first just three times (against Atlanta twice and Ottawa) and recorded four first-period goals. " [Capitals Insider]

• The Titanic New Jersey Devils place Mark Fraser(notes) on injured reserve. [NJ.com]

• Steve Dangle's 5 Pool Non-Picks That Drive you to Drink. [Leafs Space]

• Terrific piece by Pierre LeBrun on Ray Emery's(notes) comeback from a radical hip surgery that usually leaves doctors wondering about whether a patient would walk again, let alone lace up the skates. [ESPN]

• Ryan Kennedy says good call by the New York Islanders in sending Nino Niederreiter(notes) back to the WHL. [THN]

• Chatting with the Phoenix Coyotes' director of media relations. [Pond Rocket]

• The National Post Popcorn Panel offers a few kernels on "Score: A Hockey Musical." [NP]

• The empties in Dallas on Thursday night (via 5Holeblog) in the Dallas Stars' 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings, which happened during Game 2 of the Texas Rangers in the World Series. Wrote Mike Heika: "The announced crowd of 11,306 was the smallest regular-season attendance since the team moved to American Airlines Center. Part of the reason was because of the Rangers playing in Game 2 of the World Series." [Fort Worth Star Telegram]

• Making the argument for announcer-less, "natural sound" TV broadcasts of hockey games. [Nucks Misconduct]

• Don Brennan with the latest in a career-long series called "straining a premise." [QMI]

• From the NHLPA: "On Monday, November 1st, Mrs. Laureen Harper will join Ottawa Senator Chris Phillips(notes) and Ottawa Police Chief Vern White to help load donated hockey equipment bound for Hall Beach, Nunavut. Representatives from Ottawa-based Project North, the NHLPA Goals & Dreams fund, and First Air will also be on hand.  Heidi Langille, National Aboriginal Role Model 2010 and representative of the Ottawa Inuit Children's Centre will receive the equipment on behalf of the community." This will all take place at First Air Cargo Facility at 100 Thad Johnson Private, Gloucester, ON.

• Attempting to convert a new hockey fan into being a Habs fan. Worth it for the appalling Islanders sweater on the post. [The Active Stick]

• The Hockey News presents its Norris Trophy Watch, including the absurd, stat-whoring notion that Ryan Whitney(notes) should be ranked ahead of Zdeno Chara(notes). [THN]

• Pensburgh with a look at hockey apps. [Pensburgh]

• Finally, the NHL wishes you a Happy Halloween by intercutting shots of trick goals with treats like candy. Which sure beats their greeting from 1989, which was 30 seconds of Clint Malarchuk.

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