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The 13 biggest, most notable NHL team impact moves of 2013

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Patrick Roy, Nathan MacKinnon and Joe Sakic restored hope to the Colorado Avalanche in 2013.

Trio Grande: Patrick Roy, Nathan MacKinnon and Joe Sakic restored hope in Colorado. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

By Allan Muir

Change, for lack of a better word, is good. It brings focus to an organization. Keeps a room fresh. Creates competition. Brings a team closer to its goal. Gives the fans reason to believe … if not now, then next year.

Here’s our list of the 13 most noteworthy, impactful changes that were made during the course of 2013.

MORE: 13 best players | Hits | Goals | Games | Memes | Tweets | Weird moments | Most painful |

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  • Published On Dec 27, 2013
  • Top Line: Patrick Kaleta can learn from Matt Cooke; priciest tickets; more links

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    Matt Cooke is leading the Minnesota Wild in scoring.

    Once hockey’s most hated man, Matt Cooke of the Wild has turned the other cheek with great success. (Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • If Patrick Kaleta truly wants to change his game, Matt Cooke is ready to help. Anyone notice that Cooke is leading the Wild in scoring this season . . . and has yet to pick up a single penalty?

    • Kaleta is appealing the 10-game suspension he was handed for his head shot on Jack Johnson. I’d love to hear him make his case, wouldn’t you?

    • Maybe Cooke could point Max Lapierre in the right direction as well. The St. Louis Blues forward apologized on Wednesday for his hit on Dan Boyle, but that gesture is unlikely to have any impact on his Friday meeting with Brendan Shanahan and the player safety boys.

    • Tuukka Rask on facing ex-teammate Tim Thomas for the first time tonight as the Panthers visit Boston: “Maybe we’ll fight or something.” Yeah, he was kidding. Probably.

    Forbes went to all the trouble of putting together a slide show to rank the NHL’s most expensive tickets. The nice pictures almost take away the pain of these prices.

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  • Published On Oct 17, 2013
  • Buffalo Sabres commit to Ron Rolston as head coach

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    Ron Rolston is the head coach of the Buffalo Sabres.

    Buffalo coach Ron Rolston now has to ponder if he wants new assistants. (Marianne Helm/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    There won’t be many Buffalo Sabres fans left slack-jawed at the news that the team has removed the “interim” from Ron Rolston’s title and made the team’s head coach for next season.

    Rolston, who stepped behind the bench in February when Lindy Ruff was let go after more than 14 seasons on the job, did nothing during the stretch run to prove that he wasn’t up to the task. The Sabres, who were 6-10-1 when he took over, finished on a 15-11-5 kick. Not good enough to make the playoff cut in the Eastern Conference, but enough of an improvement to suggest that he could be part of the solution.

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  • Published On May 07, 2013
  • Ryan Miller may not be the only Buffalo Sabre on the trade block

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    By Allan Muir

    The crew over at Sportsnet generated a lot of online buzz between periods on Tuesday night when Nick Kypreos suggested that the Buffalo Sabres had planted the For Sale sign and would “dearly love to move” Ville Leino and Ryan Miller.

    OK.

    First, Leino is going nowhere. The Sabres could package him with their 2013 first rounder — a likely top-five pick — and ask for nothing more than Gary Bettman’s phone number in exchange, and they still wouldn’t find a taker. No team is going to assume the four years and $18 million remaining on a deal for a player who scored eight goals last season and has yet to play in 2013 due to a hip injury. That albatross will remain around GM Darcy Regier’s neck for as long as he’s allowed to steer this ship.

    As for Miller? The moody netminder has been rumored to be on the block before. So what’s different now?

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  • Published On Mar 13, 2013


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