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Very well written and informative post. I think I'm a little... past my prime, lol to think about this stuff but this is really encouraging for the kids. Good job here.

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Also, I forgot to mention, if you have any interest in blogging for things other than specific teams, there are always spots open for those looking to do fantasy blogs, power rankings, general news and recap blogs, that sort of thing.

Everyone is welcome!

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Thanks to everyone who applied, we've filled many spots in the last week, but we still have a few vacancies open. The following teams are still available, and we will not turn anyone away from at least consideration, even if their team is not on the list:

- Atlanta Thrashers
- Los Angeles Kings
- San Jose Sharks
- Minnesota Wild
- Edmonton Oilers

You can definitely see on the site what's covered and what's not, even beyond these teams, so PLEASE don't hesitate to contact me if you're interested.

Moreover, TCL is looking to expand its reach into the world of junior hockey. If you're a fan of a team in the QMJHL, OHL, WHL or even amateur hockey in the United States (collegiate system, for instance), or just a league or junior hockey in general, contact me for more information on what we're looking for.

My e-mail is of course still prax@thecheckingline.com. I look forward to hearing from you soon!

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I'll be watching the hockey game. But typically my Thursdays involve Grey's Anatomy, and then watching the later airing of The Office.

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I'm sincerely hoping Grey's anatomy is because of the fiancée Tongue

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lol it is, but it's quite addicting now.

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I'm not too keen on the title, sounds like a porno... would have preferred "The Dark Knight Returns" but I can understand if Nolan wanted to stay away from the comic as well as the obvious comparison to "Batman Returns".

Also not surprised that Riddler isn't the villain but I think Nolan would have done a great job of him. From what I understand it will be one female and one male villain (female will also likely be a love interest). Hope they stay away from Catwoman and Poison Ivy, but Talia Al Ghul would be pretty cool if they tie it in with Batman Begins. I've heard Tom Hardy will be playing the male villain, and I really have no idea who he would be cast as, but he's a good actor.

I'll be first in line to see this though, that's for sure.

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Look forward to seeing this one. It sucks the Riddle won't be a part of it as I was excited in reading rumours of Joseph Gordon-Levitt getting the role and after his performance in Inception, that would have been awesome. Mr. Freeze was also denied from the movie, so it's at least great to see Nolan pursuing villains that have not necessarily been covered in the previous film installments in the 90s. I guess they are going with another Inception star of Tom Hardy, which could be decent. Suggestions have him playing Det. Harvey Bullock.

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Worst title ever

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Quote:

Ever since the news broke that Tom Hardy had been cast in The Dark Knight Rises people have wondered what role he would play. Fans across the internet have come up with a lot of ideas, from a Gotham cop, to the main villain. The following information is a rumor, and should be treated as such.

I’ve heard that Tom Hardy is in fact going to play the villain. My source strongly believes that Hardy is going to be playing Hugo Strange. This is the first bit of information from this person that I’m publishing, however they have been accurate in the past. For example, this person told me weeks before the recent Christoper Nolan interview that The Riddler would not be appearing in the film. They also mentioned that Rachel Weisz and Anne Hathaway were in the running for the lead female role a couple of weeks before Deadline posted their list. Given their track record so far, I wanted to post this Hardy news that I received via email. Again, this should just be taken as rumor. I’m posting this for the sake of discussion since we’ve hit a dry spell with The Dark Knight Rises news. What do you guys think? Would you like to see Hugo Strange as the villain?

Read more: http://batman-news.com/2010/11/16/rumor-is-tom-hardy-playing-hugo-strange-in-the-dark-knight-rises/#ixzz15ZqMlLj8

I'm down with that.

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That would be pretty cool. He was great in Inception and I can see the connection.

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I think Avatar 2 will actually be huge only for the fact that it's called Avatar 2. Much along the lines of Spiderman 3, which, despite it's horrible acting, was a huge movie just because it's Spiderman and Venom was finally in a film. Avatar will rape the box office simply from people loving the first one. More 3D technology coming with crazy blue people.

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Damien Cox added to the list Smile

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Here's the Rypien incident:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NrPP2CnidI

Bob McKenzie says he's getting minimum 5 games and for the moment he's "suspended indefinitely" pending a hearing with Gary Bettman (yup, the big boss).

As for the Canucks themselves, I think it's just a matter of a slow start... there really is no reason for this. Sure, Burrows is injured, but they're incredibly deep both at forward and at defense and I guess it's just a matter of chemistry and getting things together honestly.

I honestly think they're going to have a season like the Pens did when they won the cup... really slow start, maybe even outside of the playoff picture in December-January, then they'll make some sort of move and steamroll through everyone... whether that means the coach's job is in jeopardy, we'll see.

(on a side note, I thought it was hilarious to see Latendresse complaining on the bench like a little girl lol)

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I know there's no room in the game for what happened with the fan, but maybe the NHL needs to recognize that some arenas don't protect the players from the fans well enough to prevent these types of events. I'm sure the fan is equally at fault for what was said, and if a player is able to push a fan from a section where fans should simply have no contact opportunities whatsoever with the players (for player safety) then maybe this is as much the league's lack of ability to eliminate the possibility of a player-fan contact. It's unacceptable what Rick Rypien did, but it's equally unacceptable that it even had the opportunity to occur.

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On further watching the video more, the kids did NOTHING. Rypien proved to be somewhat disgraceful there.

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Rypien suspended indefinitely

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^ Pending the hearing. That was expected. Final suspension hasn't been handed out yet.

I don't know about further protecting the fans or players or who ever though. Rypien just shouldn't do that shit.

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I love it when people modify Wikipedia: Rick Rypien (born May 16, 1984 in Coleman, Alberta) is a non-professional ice hockey player and professional piece of trash for the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League (NHL). A piece of garbage player, Rypien has also played for the Canucks minor league affiliate, the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Even if the fan said anything, that still doesn't justify what Rypien did. When fans climb a dasher or start throwing things, thats a different story. This "kid/ Teen fan" ( The guy doesnt look too old to me ) probably called him a pussy while clapping but even then it doesn't justify it. What if this fan is a minor and Rypien hit him?

I do hope the Wild organization comps these guys.

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Someone upresed the photo and labelled the logos he could make out.

(click to enlarge)

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Toronto has 1 and a half good forward lines. They'll need more depth at forward if they want to do any damage imo.

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My flyers are deep on O and D, but philly being philly, goalie will be the achilles

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Isn't hockey fuckin awesome, go habs go