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• Dan Steinberg, Hockey Maven Part 1: HBO has unveiled a new logo for "24/7" featuring the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals that swaps out the black and gold design the show has used in the past for one that downplays the Steel City colors and adds Capitals blue and red. (Looks orange here, but we're assuming it's gold.) Now, if only we can figure out why the home team in the Winter Classic is listed first ... [DC Sports Bog]

• Dan Steinberg, Hockey Maven Part 2: Gary Bettman dances the Hora at his son's wedding. Mazel Tov! [DC Sports Bog]

• Ducks Blog asks: Would you prefer Ryan Getzlaf(notes) of the Anaheim Ducks or Joe Thornton(notes) of the San Jose Sharks on your team? And while were all ready to goof on the rampant homerism on a Ducks blog literally named Ducks Blog for choosing Getzlaf, Thornton is running away with 87 percent of the vote. [Ducks Blog]

• No Martin Brodeur(notes) at practice today for the New Jersey Devils, but both the goalie and coach John MacLean are optimistic his "bruise" won't keep him out against the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday. Devils? Optimism? HA! [Fire & Ice]

Toronto Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson on calls for his head: "I don't even talk to Brian (Burke) about stuff like this. It suddenly switched from Lindy Ruff to me overnight and it's always coming out of Toronto. There is some coach in the league that we're talking about and I get asked not just about my own situation, but every other coach who is losing a couple of games and it always seems to come out of Toronto, not from the city where the coach is struggling a little bit." [Sun Media]

• Scott Burnside of ESPN looks at the coaches-in-waiting for NHL gigs, rating Ken Hitchcock as the biggest name followed by Michel Therrien, Bob Hartley and Craig MacTavish. [ESPN]

Marian Gaborik(notes) of the New York Rangers made it through his first contact drill after injury rehab and could return to the lineup until his next injury on Thursday. [Rangers Rants]

• Spector on the future of Alex Semin, who goes unrestricted next summer for the Washington Capitals. Spector on his playoff swoon: "Another sub-par playoff performance, particularly if it's a contributing factor in another early post-season exit by the Capitals, will likely spell the end of Semin's tenure in Washington." Could Semin (gulp) get $8 million on the open market? [THN]

• The Chicago Blackhawks have assigned forward Jeremy Morin to the American Hockey League's Rockford IceHogs. [Chicago]

• The Blackhawks are going camo again for Veterans Day. Finally, Fernando Pisani(notes) won't be the only one invisible any more! [Blackhawks]

• In the latest edition of Linus Omark(notes) Is Better Than You, the Edmonton Oilers prospect and Oklahoma City player scored five goals and added another in the shootout last night, helping him earn player of the week accolades in the AHL. [NewsOK]

• Thanks to injuries, Blake Wheeler(notes) is moving to center for the Boston Bruins and is generally pumped up about it. [Big Bad Bruins Blog]

• Also from the Bruins: Brian McGrattan(notes) has been waived. Which shouldn't be fodder for Chris Neil(notes) or anything. [NESN]

• Meanwhile, the Bruins adjust to life without David Krejci(notes). [Bruins Blog]

Brent Johnson(notes) is sick. Well, we've known that for weeks with the Pittsburgh Penguins, but now he's actually ill. Evgeni Malkin(notes) continues to feel discomfort on the ice as well; needs more borscht! [Pensburgh]

Chris Thorburn(notes) of the Atlanta Thrashers on the things he can't live without. Interesting answers apparently not on the list.

Philadelphia Flyers forward Ville Leino's(notes) hip is bothering him, but his "nice" point total is not. [Broad Street Hockey]

• Ken Campbell with the 10,000th "Teemu Selanne, still go'in strong at 40!" article of the young season. [THN]

• The Royal Half offers another excruciatingly bad NHL.com Punday. [TRH]

• Nerd-gasm: Pension Plan Puppets with a terrific look at the impact of special teams in the NHL on the standings. Spoiler Warning: "60 of 80 teams that make the playoffs residing in the top 16 of the PP+PK rankings. That's 75 percent of teams." [PPP]

Vancouver Canucks left wing Raffi Torres(notes), Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Mathieu Garon(notes) and St. Louis Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak(notes) have been named the NHL's 'Three Stars' for the week ending Nov. 7. No truth to the rumor that Torres's torrid start is part of a larger campaign to make Sabres fans feel terrible, considering he was a zilch for them late last season. [NHL]

• Finally, members of the University of Minnesota celebrate in somewhat embarrassing fashion:

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