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Proteau's Blog: First impressions

• Quote of the day comes in Mark Spector's National Poststory about Sergei Samsonov's stint with the Oilers last season:

“I introduced myself,” said Edmonton coach Craig MacTavish, “and he said, ‘I'm Sergei, I don't kill penalties. I just want to get that out there.' ”

Yikes. Good luck trading that guy, Bob Gainey.

• People have talked about Sean Avery's marketing potential in New York City, but it's clear he's already been neutered by the hyper-conservative NHL establishment.

“There's certainly been times when I wanted to be opinionated about things, but I just don't think it's worth it at this point,” Avery told the New York Times. “I certainly haven't changed my beliefs, I just don't share it with you guys as much.”

If I'm an NHL marketer and I read that quote, I'm suddenly a very depressed NHL marketer. In a league that desperately needs exposure, Avery's colorful opinions – at least, his non-xenophobic ones – should be encouraged, not repressed.

• Twenty-six NHL teams played Tuesday night. Twenty-two of those teams had at least 25 shots on net. Two of the four that didn't: New Jersey and New Jersey West (Minnesota). It's not a coincidence, people. I'm Adam, and I just wanted to get that out there.


FEEDBACK:

If your going to knock the Devils shots on goal on Tuesday why don't you knock the Sabres for their 17 shots on goal on Saturday. Better yet what about the 6 hooking penalities they took in the game. Can you say clutch and grab?

- Sean

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