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April 16, 2012

April 16, 2012

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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OVERTIME FOLLOW-UP

In our Jan. 16 issue THN senior writer Ken Campbell wrote a column asking Graham James to return the Man of the Year Award THN gave him in 1989. Much to our surprise, we received it in early March after James had read Campbell’s column and reached out to New York Rangers scout Tom Thompson, asking him to send back the award to our Toronto office.…

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THN INBOX

Clear As Mud Why doesn’t the NHL make their standings easier to interpret? Just call a loss a loss and a win a win. Ottawa is 3-1-2 against Buffalo and Buffalo is 3-1-2 against Ottawa. Talk about confusing. Through my non-rose-shaded glasses, both teams are 3-3. Distribute points however you want, I don’t really care, I just want to look at the standings and know if they are a winning club or not. Matt Wallace, Smiths Falls, Ont. Topsy Turvy Top 50 I cannot understand why Evgeni Malkin was No. 6 in your NHL’s Top 50 As Selected By The Players issue (March 19). He is on pace to win the Art Ross and finish second for the Rocket Richard. It boggles the mind how a player that good can be ranked lower than…

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Patience Pays for P-A

Not long ago, P-A Parenteau was weighing the pros and cons of taking his talents to Europe, wondering whether his NHL opportunity would ever come. Drafted by Anaheim in the ninth round (264th overall) in 2001, he was wedged in the American League, unable to convert solid production into full-time NHL employment. But he stuck it out and has now found success as the worker bee on the Isles’ top line alongside John Tavares and Matt Moulson. And as an unrestricted free agent this summer, the right winger is on the verge of signing his first multi-year contract. Turns out staying was the right decision. “Europe was something I thought about in the minors when I turned 25 or so,” said the 28-year-old Parenteau, who spent parts of seven seasons in the…

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LAST MINUTE OF PLAY

TAYLORKITSCH vs. JOHN CARTER Former British Columbia League junior player Taylor Kitsch plays John Carter in Disney epic. TEAM Langley Hornets (2001-02) Thark Army (2012) POSITION Forward American Civil War Army Captain LOCATION British Columbia Mars OPPONENTS Salmon Arm SilverBacks Two oversized apes BOX Spent 36 minutes in penalty box $30-million opening at box office FATE Career-ending knee injury Defeats the Zondangian Army THEY’RE FROM Where? The matchup between the L.A. Kings and Detroit Red Wings March 9 marked the first time two Slovenians played against each other in an NHL game. Mursak’s Wings won 4-3. CROSSWORD By Larry Humber Answers available in the next issue and at THN.com/xword ACROSS 1 Where the Panthers prowl 4 St. ___ State has NCAA hockey 7 ___-inflammatory medications are used by ailing players 8 Site of the 2003 Heritage Classic 10 Islander forward from St. Paul 12 Ryan ___ is an Oiler once again 13 Courage 14 Rene Robert was a ‘French ___’ member 18 Flounder, like…