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October 31, 2011

October 31, 2011

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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Invitation Only For NHL Vets

Like a slew of other seasoned NHLers, Steve Staios found himself without work as the calendar called on September. The veteran D-man waited all off-season for a deal, but nothing materialized… except tryout offers. “I never expected to find myself in that situation,” Staios said. “I thought if it ever came to the point where I only had a tryout then that would be it.” The Islanders had approached Staios earlier in the summer with an offer to come to camp, but the 38-year-old waited to see if anything else came up. Come the fall, and without a contract, his agent urged him to reconsider, as did Isles coach Jack Capuano. “He said if I came in and played well, I’d earn a spot,” Staios said. “He made no promises. He just…

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Miller Making Plans For May

The way last season ended, it’s no surprise Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller is rarin’ to go this fall. The last time we saw the 2010 Vezina Trophy winner, he was on the wrong end of a Philadelphia Flyers barrage that saw the lanky Michigan State product give up four goals in slightly more than 40 minutes of play en route to the Sabres bowing out of the first round of the playoffs in seven games. “I want to get our team off to a good start,” Miller said. “Do whatever we can to get ourselves into a position where we can take advantage and win a championship.” There’s that ‘C’ word again. Buffalo’s tremendous off-season has elevated hopes in Western New York and on top of the additions of Robyn Regehr…

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POLLRESULTS

If cap space wasn’t an issue, would you want Sean Avery on your team? No 85% Yes 15% Which of these coaches do you think will be the first to be fired? Ron Wilson, Tor 33% Bruce Boudreau, Wsh 17% Joe Sacco, Col 14% Pete DeBoer, NJ 10% John Tortorella, NYR 9% Scott Arniel, Clb 8% Paul Maurice, Car 5% Todd McLellan, SJ 4% Vote on polls from everything top to bottom in the world of hockey at thehockynews.com…

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CBA WATCH

DAYS UNTIL EXPIRATION THE 2011-12 CAMPAIGN is the final year of the NHL’s current collective bargaining agreement. And while there isn’t a sense of impending labor armaggedon as there was prior to the 2004-05 cancelled season, a number of important issues bear watching –and The Hockey News will do just that with regular coverage of the CBA and negotiations on a new deal between NHL team owners and the Players’ Association. There already are some labor-related effects being felt in NHL circles. For example, teams no longer can take advantage of the so-called “performance bonus cushion” allowing them to roll over any bonus money that causes them to exceed the salary cap to the following season. Until a new collectively-bargained agreement is finalized, teams cannot spend a penny more than the $64.3…