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Devin Setoguchi explains what went wrong during his time with the Flames

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"First off, I have to say thanks to Calgary anyway. They gave me a chance. I told them going into camp that I was straight, I was going to stay sober for the year and not drink. That lasted all of a couple weeks. There’s a lot of things that went on there that were all me and my problems. I didn’t really take advantage of an opportunity with a team like Calgary. That was tough for me because I had a lot of expectations. I had a good summer of training but not quite as good as I have had this summer. I just went in there and had a crappy attitude. It was the coach’s fault, and then it was the guys’ I was playing with fault. Once I got sent down, it was everybody else’s fault. It was never my fault, and that’s when things turned bad. There was a lot of things in my head that I just needed to clear up; personal problems."

Devin Setoguchi, via Sportsnet 590, as transcribed by Maple Leafs Hot Stove. The quote in question is about seven minutes into the interview.

The good news for Seto is he's recognized his problems. Hopefully, he'll be able to find the spot in Toronto he couldn't hold in Calgary.

New Jersey honours Johnny Gaudreau

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"It’s crazy, just 5, 6, 7 years ago, I was too small to play here, too small to play there and as the years went on I kind of just ramped my game up a little more, a little more, and tried to prove a lot of people wrong. And thankfully it’s gotten me to where I’m at today and I’ve been really fortunate."

via The Daily Journal. Johnny Gaudreau, at just 21 years of age then, was inducted into the All-Sports Museum of Southern New Jersey - the youngest to ever receive such an honour.

Mark Giordano named first star of the week

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Giordano led the NHL with seven points (2-5-7) to power the Flames (9-5-2, 20 points) to two wins in three contests. He opened the week with 1-1-2, including an assist on Sean Monahan's overtime winner, in a 4-3 triumph over the Washington Capitals Nov. 4. Giordano followed that up with a pair of assists in a 5-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning Nov. 6. He then capped the week with 1-2-3, matching a career high for points in one game, in a 6-4 win over the Florida Panthers Nov. 8. The 31-year-old Toronto, Ont., native currently has 4-7-11 during a six-game point streak, including multi-point performances in each of his last four outings (one game shy of the club record for a defenseman). Giordano also leads all blueliners with 5-13-18 in 16 games this season; he is just the fifth defenseman since 2005-06 to record at least 18 points through his team's first 16 games of the season.

Courtesy of NHL.com

Flames assistant GM Jay Feaster says a visit with the doctor last week got the gritty centre...

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Flames assistant GM Jay Feaster says a visit with the doctor last week got the gritty centre cleared for "light" skating, but Langkow is still unable to take contact or even lift weights with just a few weeks remaining before training camp opens at the Saddledome. "It's hard to say exactly a timeline on it, but I think we're hoping that it's ready for camp," said Nathan Zaseybida, Langkow's agent. "Over the last couple of weeks, he's had big improvements, and that's pretty typical with the injury. It's just a sensation that he's having that needs to pass." "...Everyone's being kind of extra cautious and making sure everything's 100% before we put him back on the ice taking contact." - An update on the condition of centre Daymond Langkow via the Calgary Sun's Steve MacFarlane

http://www.calgarysun.com/sports/hockey/2010/08/27/15165406.html

Pelech looked down. His arm was puffy, swollen and dark blue from the shoulder all the way down to...

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Pelech looked down. His arm was puffy, swollen and dark blue from the shoulder all the way down to his hand. Looking back, Pelech remembers feeling his arm go numb in the second period. But he simply figured the funny, tingly sensation came from a pinched nerve or a minor burner. Dr. Reg Peters, an emergency room physician, was working the game that night. He took one look at the blue appendage and ordered Pelech to go straight to the Abbotsford hospital. - Matt Pelech recalls the discovery of a blood clot that threatened his career and his life in a candid interview with the Herald's Vicki Hall

http://www.calgaryherald.com/health/Battling+blood+clot+puts+hockey+into+perspective+Flames+Pelech/3428594/story.html

In the first big trade of the NHL offseason the Habs have settled on a goalie. Habs send Jaroslav...

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In the first big trade of the NHL offseason the Habs have settled on a goalie. Habs send Jaroslav Halak to St Louis for D Lars Eller & F Ian Schultz

http://sports.nationalpost.com/2010/06/17/canadiens-send-halaks-rights-to-st-louis-report/

"He fills a role. I like Eric Nystrom, but fourth-line players on the first of August are $600,000...

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"He fills a role. I like Eric Nystrom, but fourth-line players on the first of August are $600,000 players. "You have to prioritize. If you can get a star by spending that extra $300,000 to $400,000, that’s what you do." - Sutter on Nystrom On qualifying Kris Chucko: "He had an injury filled year, he’s trying to reload again." On potential buyouts: "It’s not for public disclosure, but obviously, we didn’t do it today."

http://www.calgaryherald.com/sports/Sutter+heads+draft+search+scoring/3158560/story.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

"Last season was not much to write home about, and this lack of success motivates me. One wants to...

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"Last season was not much to write home about, and this lack of success motivates me. One wants to show one’s worth it." "The Sutter brothers, people with a lot of credibility around the NHL, wanted me there. But the team began coming together by about the middle of the season only. We weren’t playing bad hockey, in fact, we were fighting for the playoffs until the final rounds. It didn’t work out, and everybody’s hoping next season will be better. I mean, we’ve got a great team. The goalie is outstanding, the defence and the forwards aren’t too shabby, either. I just hope I’ll get enough chance to show my stuff and contribute." "First and foremost, I will do my utmost to show the Calgarians I still have got what it takes, and then? We’ll see. I’m beginning to feel homesick a bit. It may very well happen that, once I’m done in Calgary, I’ll seriously consider coming home. Not only for professional reasons, personal reasons, also." - Ales Kotalik in an interview with the Edmonton Journal

"He wasn’t anywhere near as good as he had to be for us to win, but he’s a young player. We forget t...

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"He wasn’t anywhere near as good as he had to be for us to win, but he’s a young player. We forget that. This is his first year. I get frustrated with him. I expect more, because I’ve seen him give more." -Playfair on Backlund, who scored one goal and eight assists in thirteen playoff games.

A psychiatric report says former NHL hockey prospect Daniel Ryder, who was declared unfit to stand...

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A psychiatric report says former NHL hockey prospect Daniel Ryder, who was declared unfit to stand trial after he was charged with armed robbery in January, is fighting severe mental illness. CBC has obtained documents from the province's Mental Health Review Board that say Ryder had a serious psychotic episode in the fall of 2009 and his history of psychosis and mental illness started when he was 19. The report also said Ryder, the younger brother of the Boston Bruins' Michael Ryder, has a history of substance abuse, with alcohol and marijuana. ...Daniel Ryder began seeing a psychiatrist in St. John's six months before the robbery. The report says Ryder is responding well to treatment with a different anti-psychotic drug, but his progress is described as slow. ...Ryder is still a significant risk to public safety. He is allowed out of the Waterford hospital on passes in his family's care. Not surprising and very sad, I hope he keeps getting the help he needs to get better.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/newfoundland-labrador/story/2010/04/22/nl-ryder-report-422.html#ixzz0lrqee4Cz