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Islanders Interested In Tortorella

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from Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune,

Former Lightning coach John Tortorella could be in line to take over the vacant head coaching position with the New York Islanders.

The Islanders have contacted Tampa Bay seeking permission to speak to Tortorella, the Tribune has learned. The Lightning have granted the Islanders their request to talk to Tortorella.

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Morning Line

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“The power of $10 million times two might have more impact than the Olympics,” MacLean said.

But MacLean had some bad news for Canucks fans.

“I’m hearing if it’s not Toronto, he might retire. But good luck Mike (Gillis), I hope you get him, you guys need him.”

=Doug MacLean on Mats Sundin.  Watch Doug as he discusses more NHL topics at Sportsnet...

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Miller Signing Put Sabres Back In The Game

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from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

The contract extension was critical on many fronts. For once, it didn’t take the Sabres an hour to make minute rice. The deal was done 18 days after they were eligible to begin negotiations. There were no lowball offers, no botching of tentative agreements, no animosity, no jerking around a star player, no distractions.

It was a grand departure from business practices that led to Chris Drury and Daniel Briere bolting, Brian Campbell getting traded and the franchise landing on its ear. By golly, maybe they’ve finally learned their lesson.

Miller wanted to remain here. The Sabres showed they were committed to keeping him. Everybody’s satisfied.

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Report- Flyers Extend Lupul

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via TSN,

According to the Team 1260 Radio in Edmonton, Lupul has agreed to terms on a four-year extension with the Philadelphia Flyers. An announcement is expected to be made on Monday.

Last season, Lupul scored 20 goals and added 26 assists for 46 points in 56 games with the Flyers. He added four goals and six assists in 17 playoff games.

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Toews Named Chicago Captain

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from the Chicago Blackhawks,

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that center Jonathan Toews will serve as the team’s captain during the 2008-09 regular season, making him the third-youngest player to earn that distinction in the history of the National Hockey League.

Toews (20 years, 79 days) joins Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby and Tampa Bay Lightning center Vincent Lecavalier as the one of the youngest players in professional hockey to captain his club. Crosby assumed his role at 19 years and 297 days, while Lecavalier took on the captaincy for the Lightning at 19 years and 330 days.

“Jonathan deserves this honor, he is a tremendous individual and a wonderful leader on and off the ice,” General Manager Dale Tallon said. “He has experience in captaining teams from his World Junior appearances and guys follow his lead in our locker room.”

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League Integrity Not An Issue

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

The unwritten rule of the NHL ownership club is no secrets, or, at least, no secrets from the big guy. When Tom Hicks (Dallas) and George Gillette (Montreal) decided to go in on a little soccer team called Liverpool, they weren’t bound by the rules to tell Bettman, but they did regardless because it was the right thing to do.

ESPN.com has learned, that is all going to change come fall, when owners will be instructed by the NHL to reveal their financial relationships with other owners. It probably should have been done before and the errors in judgment from AEG and Leipold in the Del Biaggio mess revealed that flaw in a way that embarrasses themselves as much as the NHL.

Had Leipold or AEG bothered to tell Bettman what they were doing, one has to believe the deal would have been put on hold regardless of how badly Bettman and the rest wanted the sale done. The integrity of the league and Bettman’s leadership demands it, and given his handling of the Samueli matter, we are prepared to accept that.

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Evening Line

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But as Katz settles in as the NHL’s newest owner, he would be wise to remember the immortal words of Groucho Marx who said, “I don’t care to belong to a club that accepts people like me as members.” The NHL is filled with scoundrels, cheats and liars, all led by a pint-sized czar, a former lawyer no less. Some NHL owners seem to live by another of Marx’s rules: The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made.

-Andy Holloway of Canadian Business

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Whatever You Say Ted

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via Ted’s Take,

Yesterday was quite the day. Check out SnagFilms now. Drive around it; watch some films; snag one and embed it into your page. It is easy to do. And thousands of people are doing so with tens of thousands of folks already watching films. Let’s build a new way to watch films together.

I have taken the advice of Mr.Leonsis and embedded a video below called, New England Hockey: Life at the Rink.  It is about 8 minutes long and very enjoyable.

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Wings Could Win In Different Ways

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from the Vernon Morning Star,

Supported by an awesome top-four defensive core and forwards who are committed to blocking shots and picking up their checks, Osgood noted one major difference from the ‘97 team he backstopped.

“They’re both great teams. Our team this year was just a tenacious team. We never really get rattled anymore. We played our game-plan and our style of play. This team could win games in different ways than other teams did. We could win in the trenches, 2-1 games, a tough, ugly game that we couldn’t before.

“That’s the difference. We were able to win the ugly games and the physical in-the-trenches games like maybe before we couldn’t. That’s why we won, we were capable of winning any way the other team wanted to play.”

more from Osgood as he prepares for a Cup visit next week…

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Afternoon Line

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“The Vancouver offer and the time that Mike (Gillis) has spent with Mats is important,” Barry told TSN.  “But ultimately Mats has to decide to play and that is the first step here.”

via TSN where you can read more about Sundin…

People had him being traded and signing with a team after the first day of this year’s NHL Draft, but as you can read, he is still undecided if he even wants to play.

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  Tags: mats+sundin

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