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WELCOME BACK

The NHL set an all-time attendance record for the month of October by averaging 16,820 its return from the lockout. Rinks around the league were filled to 91.2 percent capacity with 23 of the 30 teams even or ahead of their 2003-04 gate numbers.

CHANGE AT THE TOP

Former NHL star Pavel Bure was hired as general manager of Russia's Olympic hockey team Tuesday after announcing his retirement as a player. Bure had 437 goals and 779 points in 702 career games with Vancouver, Florida and the New York Rangers.

HONORED

Detroit goalie Manny Legace was selected NHL Defensive Player of the Month for October on Tuesday, while Carolina center Eric Staal took the Offensive Player of the Month honors. Legace set an all-time record with 10 wins in October and had a 1.81 goals-against average, .925 save-percentage and two shutouts. Staal tops the NHL with 22 points (nine goals, 13 assists), while leading the Hurricanes to their best start in franchise history at 8-2-1.

SPEAKING

"There were some questionable calls on both sides, for Montreal and for us, but at that point of the game, I mean, it's a joke. I don't know, we're not supposed to complain about the reffing, but it's something that should be looked at. It's embarrassing and hopefully they fix it." — Florida's Chris Gratton after his tripping penalty in overtime led to Michael Ryder's game-winning goal in Montreal's 5-4 win on Tuesday night.