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November 2, 2009

November 2, 2009

The Hockey News has been providing the most comprehensive coverage of the world of hockey since 1947. In each issue, you'll find news, features and opinions about the NHL and leagues across North America and the world.

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HOMETOWN ADVANTAGE

After a decade away from Anchorage, Jason Ryznar is back home. Hockey took the teenaged Ryznar to Ann Arbor, Mich., where he joined the U.S. national team development program and then spent four years with the University of Michigan. Following four AHL seasons and an eight-game NHL stint with New Jersey, the left winger is now with his hometown Alaska Aces, though he’ll miss time after breaking his hand blocking a shot. “It’s almost surreal being back and playing in rinks you grew up in and with a team you grew up watching,” Ryznar, 26, told the Anchorage Daily News.…

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POLL RESULTS

Which player’s injury will impact his team the most? Andrei Markov, Mtl 38% Daniel Sedin, Van 16% Johan Franzen, Det 15% Thomas Vanek, Buf 12% Phil Kessel, Tor 9% Sheldon Souray, Edm 4% Marian Hossa, Chi 3% Patrik Elias, NJ 3% SPIT IT OUT! GET IT OFF YOUR CHEST SEND US AN E-MAIL letters@thehockeynews.com OR LOG ON thehockeynews.com SEND US SNAIL MAIL Letters, The Hockey News 25 Sheppard Ave. W., Suite 100 Toronto, ON., M2N 6S7, Canada BONUS! All subscribers get exclusive access on thehockeynews.com to digital magazine archives!…

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Minnesota

GLUE GUY There’s a rough exterior to Mikko Koivu. Go near him after a loss and he’s liable to rip your head off. Go near him on the ice and he’s liable to skate through you to get the puck. “I’m not going to change as a player, I always will be a two-way player,” Koivu said. “I like that. I have a lot of respect for the players who do that, so I am not going to change that.” Away from the ice, Koivu is the type of guy that everybody wants to hang with. “He has that magnetism where everybody just kind of comes toward him,” former Wild defenseman Kurtis Foster once said. “They want to talk to him or hang out with him or be on his line. Everyone wants to…

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BAYDA TO THE MAX

For the first time since he turned pro in 2002, left winger Ryan Bayda spent the entire 2008-09 season in the NHL. The speedy Bayda played 70 games for Carolina and another 15 in the playoffs as the surprising Hurricanes reached the Eastern Conference final. Bayda, 28, wasn’t re-signed by the Canes and wound up in camp with the team that ended their season, the defending Stanley Cup-champion Pittsburgh Penguins, on a tryout. A two-way deal ultimately landed him back in the AHL with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, following previous stops in Albany, Manitoba and Lowell. He had 36 goals and 71 points in 76 games over his past two AHL seasons, with 40 points in 179 career NHL games. “When he comes down here, he doesn’t change his game,” said coach Todd Reirden. “He just has…