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Canadiens Plan Their Centennial

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from the Montreal Canadiens,

The Centennial celebrations will provide a unique opportunity for Canadiens’ fans across Quebec and throughout the world to honor the team’s heroes and builders of yesteryears and relive the great moments that shaped the Canadiens’ rich history.

The first initiative will take place on October 15, on the Canadiens’ 2008-09 home opener with the unveiling of the Ring of Honor celebrating the 44 players and 10 builders enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame. A few days later, on October 20 fans will be treated to the first of twelve Centennial Jersey Nights featuring Canadiens players donning the first of six vintage jerseys.

read on plus a photo gallery…

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The Same With Sundin

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from the CP,

Training camps are now open around the NHL and the regular season will get underway in less than two weeks. Even still, Sundin feels no added pressure to decide whether he wants to play again or not….

“There’s always going to be a hockey itch with me,” said Sundin. “I love the game of hockey. It’s been the biggest part of my life my whole life.

“The question that I don’t really have the answer for anyone at this point is whether or not I’m ready to play at the highest level and compete at the National Hockey League level. ... It hasn’t changed with training camps starting and all that.”

more

This should once again answer some emails I received over the last four days.  Some guy who wants only “hits” on his website was claiming something was about to happen with Sundin.  As I told some of you in a response, “don’t believe it.”

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Nedved A Long Shot To Make The Rangers

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from Andrew Gross of the Record,

“The camp is so short and there are only so many games,” said Nedved, who scored a goal and was named first star in the Rangers’ 2-1 win over the Ottawa Senators on Monday night at Madison Square Garden. “I’m not in the position where I could say I’ll play good next month because, next month, I’ll be playing somewhere else.”

Most likely, that will be with Liberec in the Czech league, which reached an agreement with Nedved to allow him to try out for the Rangers.

Nedved knew his chances were slim given general manager Glen Sather and coach Tom Renney’s desire to make the Rangers younger and faster.

read on

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Sharks Extend Murray

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from the San Jose Sharks,

San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the team has signed defenseman Douglas Murray to a four-year contract extension.

“Douglas has proven to be a critical defenseman for us and we’re happy that he’s shown this commitment to the team,” said Wilson. “He brings an ingredient of toughness in addition to the rest of his game that is a definite asset to this organization. He’s shown tremendous growth over the last few years and we look forward to that continuing.”

continued

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Afternoon Line

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The city of Detroit is a study in contrasts, as the NHL’s Red Wings are almost a textbook example of how to run a team over the past 10 years, while success has been all but impossible for the Lions to find in this decade.

-David Carroll of TSN.  Read on if you care, all Detroit Lions talk…

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A New Look

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The beta version of the new NHL.com!

added 1:55pm, NEW YORK (September 24, 2008)„Ÿ The National Hockey League (NHL) today unveiled the new NHL.com, a completely re-designed and re-programmed media portal that gives fans everywhere a personalized, all-access pass to their favorite NHL team and players. The new NHL.com fully leverages the League’s assets in digital content and video to deliver multiple layers of programming that deeply immerse fans in the NHL experience.

“NHL.com is a key element in the League’s continued growth, and these advancements highlight the emphasis we’re putting on digital content and platforms, while also serving our fan base in new ways,” said NHL Chief Operating Officer John Collins. “The new NHL.com brings our fans to places inside the game that they have never been before.”

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Good First Impression

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from Stan Fischler of Game On,

OK, so the Rangers were trumped, 3-2, by the Lightning in Tampa Bay on Tuesday night. Big deal.

Wanna know what’s good about that? It didn’t cost New York a thing in the standings and the Lightning wound up with an invisible two points. In real life, that’s equated with zilch.

I can name you almost a dozen positives…

NIK ZHERDEV – Don’t know where the booshwah about his laziness comes from, but he sure looked galvanized throughout in Florida. He’s playing to his size (6-foot-2, 197 pounds), is hitting and was thoroughly “involved,” as they say in the broadcast booth.

WADE REDDEN – It will require time, but there’s no question that the Ottawa expatriate will be a significant asset on the backline.

more

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All Vinny

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from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

SN: Was there an element of redemption there after losing the captaincy and getting it back?

Lecavalier: Yeah. It feels great. When they told me, I was excited. It really motivates me to—you have a letter on the sweater; it’s extra motivation.

SN: So what are guys saying about Barry Melrose behind the bench so far?

Lecavalier: From what I hear, he’s very, very positive. You would think a guy after 15 years would make a few mistakes, but guys told me he was right on with the lines and he was very aware of what was going on on the ice. Guys are really happy. I’m excited to play for him.

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Enstrom Extended By Atlanta

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via Ben Wright of Blueland Blog,

Short of pulling off a blockbuster trade, it’s the biggest move Don Waddell could possibly make heading into the season. Tobias Enstrom just signed a 4-year extension with the Thrashers, keeping in an Atlanta uniform through the 2012-13 season.

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“Live” Rumors

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from Puck Daddy at Yahoo,

At 1 p.m. EDT, we’ll discuss capology, Mathieu Schneider’s options, Kyle McLaren, Marian Gaborik, the latest injury news and the plight of Brendan Shanahan with our expert panelists Lyle “Spector” Richardson of Fox Sports and David “Dave” Pagnotta of The Fourth Period.

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