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A Flyers Primer

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from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

Here is a primer for the Flyers’ preseason camp, which starts today at the Skate Zone in Voorhees.

B is for goalie Marty Biron. Which Biron will we see? The one who had an up-and-down regular season, or the one who was scorching hot in two of last season’s three playoff series?

N is for no-star lineup. Despite reaching the NHL’s final four last season, the Flyers aren’t getting much national respect. The Hockey News picks them to finish fourth in the East, and it lists just two Flyers, Briere (No. 42) and Richards (No. 49), among the league’s top 50 players.

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It’s That Time- Prove Your Worth In Exhibition Games

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from Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters,

While Stamkos, the first overall pick in this year’s draft, is easily the biggest and most intriguing name to watch out for on Tampa Bay’s roster tonight, Koci could provide the most entertainment. He’s a fighter and he’s battling for a roster spot on a team with a ton of NHL-caliber forwards. Plus, he’s the guy who bloodied the knuckles of Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara last season with… well… uh… his own blood.

So should Koci cross paths with Godard, a guy who’s not afraid to tangle with anyone, things could get interesting.

more on the game tonight…

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The New Bertuzzi

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from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

The reading when Todd Bertuzzi stood atop the scale was 226 lb.

It’s been a few years since the Calgary Flames forward played at that weight.

“Uhh, I think in midget or pee wee,” he said. “I had a good year then, so ...”

New city. New team.

New Bertuzzi? At least physically.

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Excitement Grows In Edmonton

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from Derek Van Diest of the Edmonton Sun,

“Being around the game as long as I have, I know enough to know that we have a really good chance to do some great things this year,” MacTavish said….

“That’s why we’re all excited. Everybody is healthy, the young players have developed, we have lots of depth in virtually every position. We’re all very curious to see what we’ve got.”

In Erik Cole and Lubomir Visnovsky, the Oilers have brought in a couple of players capable of generating the same impact Peca and Pronger had.

more on the Oilers…

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Coach Bowman - The Early Years

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from Don Barrie of the Peterborough Examiner,

The Petes’ third coach in three years was 24-year-old Scott Bowman.

Coach Bowman, not one for keeping his concerns in-house, publicly admonished rotund defencemen Dave Besse by sitting him out until he lost some weight. He then lambasted the entire team in the newspaper for their poor home record: Eight wins in the first 15 games.

In a mid-season incident, George Montague, told by Bowman to serve a bench penalty, refused, threw his stick and gloves onto the ice then grabbed a bunch of sticks from the rack and threw them on the ice. He then stormed off to the dressing room. I guess he didn’t want to do it!

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Numminen Glad To Be Back

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from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

Numminen went through the physical process again Friday in HSBC Arena. This time, he didn’t skip a beat.

“It’s special to be back. It’s an exciting day,” Numminen said. “I’ve been waiting for this. I feel good. I feel strong. I feel comfortable. I feel healthy. I feel normal. So everything’s going well.”

The defenseman had no problems with either the physical or the rigorous on-ice testing he and the Sabres underwent on the opening day of training camp. He knew he’d be fine. He recently visited his doctors at the Cleveland Clinic and passed their tests, too.

Next up is proving that a 40-year-old can return to the NHL after nearly a full year away.

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Looking For A Captain In Vancouver

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from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,

Defencemen Willie Mitchell and Mattias Ohlund, as well as centres Henrik Sedin and Ryan Kesler, were frequently alternates towards the end of a non-playoff season. All are candidates to ascend to captain this year.

Mitchell previously wore a ‘C’ with the Minnesota Wild, a team that rotated its captain every month or so. But both Mitchell and forward Pavol Demitra, a free-agent addition from the Wild, said a permanent captain was preferred.

“I wasn’t a big fan of it,” Mitchell said. “You have your group of leaders and, it’s just my personal opinion, but I don’t think it gives the letter [the] respect that it deserves if too many people wear it.”

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Toronto May Go The Rotating ‘C’ Route

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from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star,

“Not one minute have I worried about who the captain is or whether that’s an important issue right now. It’s not. This team has to learn how to play. It’s not about the captain or all this other stuff,” said Wilson, holding court after his players had gone through testing and medicals.

“We’re going to do it as a group. I don’t think the team is looking for one guy to lead them out of the mess the last few years have been.”

The C, in concept anyway, will instead stand for committee. Wilson said a possibility is to have a pool of four to eight players from which the captaincy is awarded on a rotating basis. It might also stand for confidential, since there’s no guarantee the fans will know who’s been designated as the captain for a particular game.

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A Clear Picture

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from Ben Wright of Blueland Blog,

The prospects and younger players arrive later and spend more time sitting around waiting for turns in tests and in the photography line. That’s where you overhear the best stories and comments.

Several younger players were concerned about their complexions for the pictures. Makeup wasn’t offered since we have great graphic artists who can clean up just about anything, but it was still the cause of stress for some guys. One player who I won’t name had a pretty big blemish on his forehead and was cracking jokes about it. As he was getting his picture taken half a dozen other players gathered around the monitor to see just how bad it looked in the pictures. Let’s just say it’s a good thing our graphics guys are world class.

more on the Thrashers…

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A Battle They Can’t Afford To Fight

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In the NHL today, it is clear that good teams are built by obtaining the rights (via draft or otherwise) to young talent that will mature into stardom and retaining that talent through free agency.  It is not possible to build successfully through free agency.  As a result of this, it is extremely important to sign up your talented restricted free agents as painlessly as possible to deals that keep them happy with the organization, so they will want to remain there in their unrestricted free agency years.  The team that has done the worst job of this over this summer is the Los Angeles Kings.  They waited most of the summer to resign restricted free agents Jarret Stoll and Brad Richardson and have not yet signed Patrick O’Sullivan.  In fact, O’Sullivan has been asked not to attend Los Angeles Kings training camp until a deal is done.

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