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Players With Something To Prove

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from Jim Kelley at Sports Illustrated,

Here’s a list of those who have come to camp this week hoping, in some cases against hope, for another opportunity to find themselves worthy of a smile from the Powers That Be.

Martin Gerber and Alex Auld, Ottawa Senators

Or is it Alex Gerber and Martin Auld? The Senators will try to cobble a Frankenstein goaltender out of the bits of two still-young men who separately once held great promise but can’t seem to make the pieces of their game fit. The gods wreaked havoc with goalie Ray Emery’s head last season and had so much fun that they also messed with the minds of Gerber and, in the offseason, the defense that will play in front of him. Sens GM Bryan Murray brought in Auld to provide support for the always fragile Gerber, but Auld is a bit of a mind-games victim himself.

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Hatcher Will Start Season On Long-Term Injury

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from Ed Moran of the Philadelphia Daily News,

Hatcher’s name will appear on the roster for the first game of the season and then immediately be moved to the long-term injury list.

The move allows the Flyers to create some breathing room by subtracting his $3.5 million salary from the overall cap total and gives Hatcher time to continue trying to rehab his degenerated right knee.

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What They Really Mean

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from Loose Change of the Hockey News,

When you hear:

“I like the makeup of this team.”
It translates to: We really can’t hit or fight, which I think has a lot to do with that unexpected Revlon sponsorship.

Or…

“Patterson needs a couple of more weeks before he’s game ready.”
Translation: Patterson’s a whale. He sweats when he blinks.

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Erik Johnson Will Miss Opening Of Camp

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via the St. Louis Blues,

St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that defenseman Erik Johnson injured his right knee in a non-hockey related incident and will be sidelined for the first three days of training camp.

Johnson will be re-evaluated over the weekend and his status will be updated prior to Tuesday’s preseason game with the Dallas Stars.

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Carbonneau Talks

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Montreal Canaidens coach Guy Carbonneau took part in a tele-conference today…

Q    Could you talk a little bit about how Lang and Tanguay will fit into your team format?

GUY CARBONNEAU
: I think their style of play will fit really well. We proved last year that we can be a good solid offensive team. We’re a team that wants to use our speed. Maybe we’re not kind of like Detroit or Dallas that wants to be a puck control team. Not that we want to get rid of it. But we want to make plays to get the puck quick out of our zone and go into the offense. And I think those two guys are going to fit really well.

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NHL Live Returns Next Week

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As I mentioned last week…

from NHL.com,

NHL Live, the spirited, interactive talk show from NHL Radio dedicated to all things related to the National Hockey League, will return from its summer break on Monday, Sept. 22 at Noon ET, it was announced today.  The two-hour program can be heard live on NHL Home Ice XM 204.  Beginning Oct. 6, SIRIUS subscribers in the U.S. will be able to access NHL Live by purchasing NHL Home Ice and the NHL play-by-play channels as part of SIRIUS XM’s new “Best of Both” programming option, which features the top content available on satellite radio.  NHL.com will continue to offer audio and video simulcasts of NHL Live via NHL Network Online.

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Dealing With Tampa Bay

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from Rory Boylen of the Hockey News,

When I was thinking about what their trade negotiations for Meszaros with Ottawa GM Bryan Murray must have been like, I couldn’t help but think of one of my favorite skits from Saturday Night Live.

Len Barrie: Excuse me, sorry to interrupt your day of business. But I was just wondering something. I am Len Barrie, and this is my partner, Oren. We have too many forwards on our professional hockey team and we need a defenseman. Can you help?

Bryan Murray: Um, sorry, no. I’m not looking to make any moves at the moment.

LB: You must know we usually have lots of defense, because we have lots of money to spend. But both my partner Oren and I enjoy trying many things.

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We Can Make It Official Now

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from the Tampa Bay Lightning,

The Tampa Bay Lightning have named center Vincent Lecavalier as team captain, executive vice president of hockey operations Brian Lawton announced. Lecavalier, in his 11th year with the Lightning, previously served as captain during the 1999-2000 and 2000-2001 seasons. Alternate captains will be announced prior to the start of the 2008-09 regular season.

“Vinny has displayed exemplary qualities on and off the ice through out his career,” Lawton said. “He is a natural leader in the locker room and sets a great example for others by the way he competes night in and night out.  We are extremely proud to have him as captain of the Lightning!”

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NHL Notes - Maven Style

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Sorry I am a little late with this, but yesterday was a day spent on the upgrade…

from Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal,

• Few rookies have moved as swiftly as Patrick Kane. Chicago’s whiz-kid is one of four NHLers featured in national TV spots in the NHL’s new ad campaign. The others are Sidney Crosby, Henrik Lundqvist, and Dion Phaneuf. ...

• Vesa Toskala has taken exception to his bobblehead doll. As the punk-haired Finn notes: “This is like some kind of nerd. The hair needs to be more spiky, more messy.”…

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All Chris Pronger

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from Curtis Zupke of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

Q: There’s a blog entry on your Web site where you wrote, “We have been written off for dead by many members of the media and fans throughout the league.” Why would you think that people would write this team off?

A: It’s more who’s the hot team in the league. Everybody’s talking about Detroit. San Jose’s made all these moves. For us, it’s going to be pretty good. We were media darlings a couple of years ago. Last year with everything surrounding Teemu (Selanne) and Scotty (Niedermayer) we were kind of in the limelight again…To come in under the radar, I think’s going to be pretty good for us. We’ve had 4-5 months to get our heads screwed on straight after a disappointing end to last year.

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