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NHLPA Tries To Rebuild Itself

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The NHLPA has a checkered history.  Most recently, they were broken by the NHL owners in the 2004/05 lockout where a salary cap and cost certainty were instituted.  Paul Kelly has taken over the union and wants to build its power back.  Ideally, the NHLPA has to be a strong unified group that is willing to fight for the players when needed and the players have to believe that joining in the fight is beneficial to them.  In order to do this he has created an NHLPA Advisory Board.  It has eight members who include some high profile people.  Its initial membership will be Buzz Hargrove, George Cohen, Ken Baumgartner, Steve Larmer, Ron Lloyd, Dan O’Neill, Ron Pink and Ian Troop.

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Afternoon Line

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“From an ownership level we look at the long term,” we want to be absolutely competitive, super competitive each and every year.

“If you asked us if you were to pay for a Stanley Cup team this year, but you were to be lousy for the next five years, would you do it? The answer from the ownership point of view, absolutely not.

-Leafs co-owner Larry Tanenbaum.  More by Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star.

added 2:13pm, from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Tanenbaum said Yzerman, a vice-president of the Red Wings who is learning the hockey business under general manager Ken Holland, need not apply. He said the Leafs will not be hiring a second consecutive rookie GM, given the team’s decline under John Ferguson, who was fired last January.

“Steve needs to be a general manager some place (else),” said Tanenbaum, who stopped by the Leafs’ practice on Thursday. “We don’t want a rookie.”

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Feel Lucky? Head To NYC

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from NHL.com,

The NHL Powered By Reebok store in New York City will celebrate its first anniversary and the start of the 2008-09 NHL season by hosting a free NHL Face-Off 2008 Fan Festival on Friday, October 10 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.  As part of the celebration, Honda will give away a 2009 Honda Fit Sport automobile to one lucky fan on-site at the event, and the NHL will award a trip for two to the 2009 NHL Winter Classic at Wrigley Field in Chicago through an online contest.

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The ‘Hot’ Team In Dallas

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from Tim MacMahon of the Dallas Stars Blog at the Dallas Morning News,

I’m a basketball fan who hasn’t watched a whole lot of hockey, but I better brush up on power plays and such. As a professional bandwagon hopper, it looks like I’ll be spending a lot of time with the Stars this winter.

That certainly doesn’t mean I’ll voluntarily stay out of the Mavericks’ locker room, but I sense a shifting of the local bandwagon fans from NBA to NHL.

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Broken Nose For Lidstrom

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The AP via Mlive reports Nick Lidstrom suffered a broken nose last night.

Update 2:44pm ET: Via TSN:

Nicklas Lidstrom suffered a broken nose on Wednesday night and the Red Wings expect him miss at least three games, reports the Detroit Free Press.

Head coach Mike Babcock spoke to the newspaper on Thursday morning regarding the injury to his captain.

“He’s got a broken nose, but everything’s fine,” Babcock told the Free Press. “I mean, he got hit in the head with a puck, and so he’s not feeling good today - he didn’t even come to the rink today; he’ll be back here tomorrow and then he’ll be rolling in no time.”

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A New Season For Jason Blake

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from James Murphy at NHL.com,

After a tumultuous first season in Toronto both on and off the ice, Maple Leafs forward Jason Blake has found a new lease on life and his career. Blake took time recently to discuss his up-and-down season, what he learned from the experience and how he plans on using these lessons both as a hockey player and a person.

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Ovechkin’s ESPN The Magazine Cover Shoot

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from Eric Adelson of ESPN,

Today I am president, so there is no speed limit!”

The crowd roars with laughter as Alex Ovechkin grins. No, this isn’t a frigid January Inauguration Day on the Capitol steps, just a key-to-the-city event on a steamy June afternoon at the Wilson Building a few blocks away. No, Ovechkin isn’t a politician or an elected official or even an American citizen. He’s just a 23-year-old hockey player from Moscow.

Not that he doesn’t have political cred.

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A look inside ESPN The Magazine’s NHL Preview issue photo shoot.

Watch the video below…

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Dealing With Two Number 1’s

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from Brad Boron at ChicagoBlackhawks.com,

“They’re both number ones,” Tallon said. “They’re both excellent; they’re both qualified and it gives us a chance to win every night. In the discussions we’ve had with them, they seem to want to battle for the job. That will be a positive.”

While they may be fighting for minutes in the crease, Huet and Khabibulin share a mutual respect for one another.

“Cristobal seems like a really nice guy,” said Khabibulin. “I think it’s going to be fun to work with him.”

“I think [Khabibulin’s] a great goalie and it’s great that we have this tandem,” says Huet.

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Burke Thinking Young For 2010 US Olympic Team

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from the Colorado Springs Gazette,

The days of Chris Chelios, Keith Tkachuk and other grizzled veterans roaming an Olympic-size sheet probably will give way to a youthful but physical crop of players capable of holding their own on an NHL surface.

“We’ve got to move forward,” said Burke, GM of the Anaheim Ducks and former GM of the Vancouver Canucks and Hartford Whalers. “The team we’re going to put on the ice in 2010 in Vancouver has to be a different team.”

Most consider the U.S., sixth-place finishers at the world championships in May in Canada, a medal contender for Vancouver because of an influx of young talent.

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Looking At Gaborik

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from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

So chances are when all is said and done, with all those forces working on him, Gaborik will swallow his personal feelings and sign. But if he doesn’t, that’s when it really gets to be fun.

There’s no way Minny trades him to Vancouver. That almost certainly won’t happen given they’re in the same division. But if the team taking him in a deal can’t re-sign him, he may well consider coming here next year to meet up with old buddy Demitra. Gaborik probably wouldn’t mind playing with Marian Hossa either, but Hossa will also be a free agent next year and going for big money, so any team that wanted to pair them would have to be laying out a minimum of $18 million for the next five or six years.

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