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October 26, 2009

October 26, 2009

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Sylvain Couturier has been given job security. “That’s a big vote of confidence from their part for sure,” he said after signing a 10-year contract extension as Acadie-Bathurst GM. “I wasn’t worried because I had other options after this season, but I didn’t want to go anywhere.” Couturier’s contract was set to expire in June of 2010. His new deal runs until June of 2020; by then he will have worked 17 years for the Titan. “I’m looking forward to continuing to work hard to build a winner here and make this a championship team,” the 41-year-old said. The Titan finished worst in league attendance last season, averaging 1,705 fans per game. Couturier’s contract is a step towards to stabilizing the franchise for sibling owners Stephane and Annie Morrissette.…



WHO’S THAT GUY? There’s no doubt goalie Jonas Gustavsson was the most acclaimed signing of a Swedish player by Toronto this summer. But lost in all the ‘Monster’ mania sweeping through Hog-town was the inking of 29-year-old center Rickard Wallin, a teammate of Gustavsson’s with Farjestads in the Swedish Elite League last year. Wallin, 29, impressed coach Ron Wilson throughout training camp with his defensive play, not to mention his penalty-killing skills. He’s not the flashiest guy, but Wallin is a capable two-way role player. Wallin had a brief stint with Minnesota from 2002-04, compiling 10 points in 19 games. He was drafted 160th overall in 1998 by Phoenix.…



WHO’S THAT GUY? Donning a Red Wings jersey can have a rejuvenating effect on those who have struggled else-where. Players such as Dan Cleary and Mikael Samuelsson bounced around for several years before realizing their potential in Detroit. Right winger Patrick Eaves hopes to follow that same path after being traded by Carolina, bought out of the last two years of his contract by Boston and signing a one-year deal with the Wings over the summer. Eaves, 25, is a great skater and forechecker with some offensive upside. The Wings like Eaves’ skill and potential, but he started the season as a spare forward and is competing for a spot in the lineup.…