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"When a crusher thinks he is a rusher, he is soon to be an usher."

Broadcaster Harry Neale on physical players who try to switch to playing a finesse game

"He's always telling to me to use my slapshot. Even if someone is in the way, because if you hit them, odds are they're not going to want to block it again."

St. Louis rookie Erik Johnson on advice he received from Blues VP Al MacInnis

"He looks like we should be dropping him off for his first year in high school. But he can receive the puck, process what's available and make a play as fast as anybody I've ever seen since Gretzky."

Blackhawks assistant general manager Rick Dudley on baby-faced rookie Patrick Kane

"I do think we're like the poor man's Yankees. They don't want to see us win anymore, because we've been up there (on top) so long."

Owner Mike Illitch on resentment of his Red Wings' dominance of the Western Conference

"I just am not going to apologize for being one of the best defensive teams in the league."

Dallas Stars GM Doug Armstrong on his club's reputation


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