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The Summer Of Mark Bell

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from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

Surrounded by drug addicts, wife-beaters and other convicted felons, Mark Bell quietly picked up pieces of garbage out of the tall grass under the sweltering California summer sun.

It was, he admits, as far removed from the pampered lifestyle of the National Hockey League as you could get.

For 11 weeks this was Mark Bell’s life. Every morning, he would report to a California correctional facility to learn of that day’s assignment. It might be cleaning up litter. Or it could involve landscaping duties. Whatever dirty job he was assigned, he did it.

“It humbles you,” Bell said yesterday. “It gives you humility. More than anything else, that is probably the biggest change in me.”

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Trade Value Of The Top Players

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from Scott Cullen of TSN,

In Tuesday’s column, I set out the parameters for ranking the Top 50 NHL players in terms of trade value.

After listing numbers 50 through 26 in the first installment, there’s little need for more preamble before getting right into the top 25.

#25
Player: Miikka Kiprusoff
Position: G
Team: Calgary Flames
Age: 31
Contract Expires: 2014
Salary Cap Hit: $5.833M
Comment: His numbers have declined every year he’s been in Calgary, but Kiprusoff has won 121 games over the last three seasons and is still in the upper echelon of NHL goaltenders.

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Looking At The Russian Players

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from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

They speak a different language, hail from a different culture and employ different strategies on the ice, so maybe it’s no surprise that many North American hockey players say it can be challenging to figure out their Russian counterparts….

“I always found that the Russians were just a different breed,’’ said Predators broadcaster Terry Crisp, who coached Russian great Sergei Makarov while with the Calgary Flames. “I don’t know if you’d call it pride or what, but I found when I was coaching that if you piqued that pride, they’d get a little upset. I don’t think the skins of Russians are as thick as other guys.’‘

more

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The Risk Of Playing

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from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Calgary Herald,

Deciding what’s an acceptable risk of danger when suiting up for an NHL contest will be the key should the case proceed to trial, says a source with a legal background and knowledge of the situation. The source, who requested anonymity, told the Herald any trial will likely come down to the issue of what level of risk Moore assumed that night by simply suiting up against the Canucks in Vancouver.

The source feels Bertuzzi and the NHL will try to make the case that, by playing despite the threats of violence, Moore accepted a higher level of risk.

more

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Morning Line

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“He’s probably getting to the point where he’s just about ready to run his own team.”

-Ken Holland on Steve Yzerman in Sporting News Today (may require free registration)

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They’ll Be Back

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from Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal,

While Mats Sundin and Joe Sakic have kept half the civilized hockey world holding its breath over their play-or-not-to-play decision, we’ll unequivocally assert that each will return to the NHL for 2008-09. The reason is as obvious as a $6 million contract. Who’s kidding whom? These guys love the moolah – and attention – as much as Sean Avery and Alley Oop Ovechkin.

If either of them packs it in, it’ll be the upset of the half-century; roughly equivalent to the shrinking of Patrick Roy’s ego.

many more NHL bits…

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Another Hollywood Guy Interested In A Hockey Team

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from the Palisadian-Post,

From courtroom sitcom Night Court to courtroom reality television Judge Judy and Judge Joe Brown, Larry Lyttle developed viable concepts that have endured on the increasingly fickle television airwaves….

Lyttle spent eight years as vice president of creative affairs for Warner Bros. Television until 1990. While a development executive, he launched such shows as Murphy Brown, Life Goes On and China Beach. But it all began with a sitcom called Night Court….

The next year brought Growing Pains, which also ran till 1992 and was ABC’s answer to NBC’s popular Family Ties when it started.

“Everyone thought it was a total joke,” Lyttle remembers. “Then it became the number-one show on TV.” Growing Pains, of course, made a TV star out of Kirk Cameron, and, in its last season, introduced America to a young actor named Leonardo DiCaprio….

“There are a lot of things I want to do,” Lyttle concludes. “A few years ago, a few of us tried to buy the [NHL team] Pittsburgh Penguins. I’d like to purchase a hockey team. I have a passion for sports.”

more on his career…

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Hockey Quebec Gets Tough

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from the CP via Yahoo,

Young hockey players in Quebec are going to think twice about using their hockey gloves as boxing gloves in the wake of strict new penalties announced Wednesday to curb on-ice violence.

Hockey Quebec is targeting unsportsmanlike behaviour such as fighting, checking the back of the head and verbal abuse in the minor leagues.

Players who fight, instigate, or jump into an on-ice brawl as a third combattant will be suspended for two games on a first offence. A second offence puts the player out for four games and means a trip before a disciplinary committee.

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Old School- Alex Delvecchio HHOF

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“I wanted to prove to my dad that I could play in the NHL.”- Alex Delvecchio

from The Ace of Sports,

I interviewed Red Wings Hall-of-Famer Alex Delvecchio at his Birmingham-based business on Monday. I must first say that he was one of the nicest, most accommodating people I have ever met, and it was an amazing experience getting to interview him.

read on where you can listen to the interview.

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Too Many Wings

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from Jim Parker of the Windsor Star,

Holland said he spoke earlier this month with Pat Morris, who is McCarty’s agent, and told him to take the month to try and find a one-way deal with someone else.

“We’ll still have a two-way offer available at the start of September,” Holland said.

There are still a couple of other deals Holland has to work out. He expects to meet next week with veteran defenceman Chris Chelios, who has already stated he’ll be back another year. Restricted free agent defenceman Kyle Quincey also has to agree to terms.

“We’re going to have 27 or 29 players (signed) and only 23 on our roster,” Holland said. “We’ve got some tough decisions to make, but it’s a good situation to be in.”

more on the Wings…

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