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Judging from the bloodshot eyes seen around the editorial department this morning, The Hockey News’ 60th Anniversary party in Toronto last night was a resounding success.

Thanks to NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, wrestling star Trish Stratus, CBC journalist Elliotte Friedman and everyone who came out for making it a night to (faintly) remember.

• After winning their first three games of the season, the Washington Capitals were making me look good for picking them as a sleeper team in the Eastern Conference. Since then, they’ve lost 10 of 12 games, making me look less than good.

Like every team in the league, the Caps still have time to turn their year around. However, should their skid continue, it is quite possible coach Glen Hanlon could take the fall. That would be a shame, given the respect a number of Washington’s players have expressed for the man, but that’s also a cruel reality of professional sports.

• Speaking of coaches on the hot seat – Tampa’s John Tortorella may have recently received his 1,769th vote of confidence from Lightning GM Jay Feaster, but with top defenseman Dan Boyle returning to the sidelines to deal with his severe wrist injury, there doesn’t look to be much winning relief in sight for a team that’s been victorious in just two of its past 10 games and still hasn’t won a single game on the road.

Feaster can deny the possibility of change ‘till he’s blue in the face, but if the losing continues, sooner or later, team ownership is going to step in and force his hand.

And the sooner Doug MacLean’s ownership group assumes control of the franchise, the sooner Bolts fans can expect that change to happen.


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