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Schneider Clears Waivers

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According to Darren Dreger on Leafs Lunch, no team put a claim in for Schneider.

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All Bettman And Daly

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from NHL PR,

Following yesterday’s NHL’s September Board of Governors meeting yesterday in Toronto, Commissioner Gary Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly met with the media to answer questions.  Among the topics discussed: the Alexander Radulov situation; the absence of an NHL-IIHF player transfer agreement; the North American economy and its possible impact on the NHL, and the possibility of expansion.

continue for the transcript…

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  Tags: bill+daly, gary+bettman

The Vishnevski Plan

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from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Lamoriello also cleared up some things concerning defenseman Vitali Vishnevski, who is playing in Russia, but remains Devils’ property.  The Devils retain Vishnevski’s NHL rights and his average salary ($1.8 million) will continue to count against the team’s cap until the regular season begins, though the team is not paying him. When teams trim their rosters before the regular season opens—and players begin being paid their salaries—then Vishnevski will come off the team’s cap.

more plus some other Devils talk, including Lamoriello not interested in claiming Schneider…

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Hanlon In Finland

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from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,

Europe, however, proved to be a completely different proposition. He became interested the minute he heard from Jokerit, soon after Doug Shedden left the Finnish club to take a coaching job in Switzerland.

“I thought Europe would be a real good option,” Hanlon told NHL.com.

But he wasn’t sure his family would agree. Hanlon was at a stage in life where their input was as important, if not more so, than his professional ambition.

“There was a discussion and a lot of it was family driven,” Hanlon said. “We felt a 56-game season and busing to most road games was a good situation. At this stage, we want to be together as a family. So we were ready to give this a try.”

read on

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Morning Line

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“He is a Canadian broadcast legend.  I used to tell Bob that if the players took the game as seriously as he did, the games would be much better.

“He taught me to take the job seriously. My duties were to try and get him to laugh by the time the night was over.”

-Harry Neale on Bob Cole.  More from Neale at the Toronto Sun.

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  Tags: bob+cole, harry+neale

Expansion Wasn’t Even Discussed

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from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

...despite the apparent fascination, expansion was not a topic on the agenda at the NHL board of governors meeting in Toronto yesterday.

“We like our 30 teams now and we don’t feel this an appropriate time to do it,” commissioner Gary Bettman said. “What the future may hold, I’m not prepared to predict, but it’s not on the agenda.”

When an appropriate time for expansion arrives, Bettman was asked, would the NHL first investigate Europe or North America.

“I know there has been a lot of speculation about going to Europe,” he said. “The fact is anything is possible. We don’t have plans yet or maybe never to put franchises on the continent. We think endeavours in Europe are important because 30 per cent of our players come from Europe, but our first priority is here in North America.”

more from the BOG meeting yesterday

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Dates To Remember

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2008-2009 CRITICAL DATES CALENDAR
(subject to change)

September
12 Opening Day of Rookie camp
16 Opening Day of NHL training camp for NYR, OTT, PIT, TB
19 Opening Day of NHL training camp
20 Pre-season schedule begins
23 Kraft Hockeyville Game, Roberval, QC (Buffalo Sabres vs. Montreal Canadiens)

Continue Reading »

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Senators Stress Team Identity

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from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,

Hartsburg was brought in this summer after Murray finished last season behind the bench following the firing of former assistant-turned-coach John Paddock at the end of February. The Senators were in free fall and Emery’s chronic lateness became a recurring sideshow.

“We want to be a good team. We’ve got some great players, but now it’s about being a good team,” said Hartsburg, who was to have a meeting with the players last night to tell them what was expected of them this season. “People sacrifice in some areas and people doing things maybe they don’t like to do, but enjoying it even though they don’t like it. That’s how you become a tight group.”

more

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As Long As They Can Play

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from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

With his world-wide prospects officially opening their bids for Devils jobs yesterday, coach Brent Sutter denied suggestions he leans toward North American players and away from Europeans.

“That’s nonsense. That’s not true,” Sutter told The Post. “Decisions are made on players. It doesn’t matter where they’re from.

“It has zero to do with it. I look at the team. It doesn’t matter what nationality they are. It’s not true.”

continued

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  Tags: brent+sutter

Cammalleri One Of The New Guys In Calgary

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

“We had guys, to be quite honest, after March 1 we didn’t know they were on our team any more — and they were pretty high-profile guys,” Sutter said bluntly. “From a personnel standpoint, I think we’ve lacked those tough-area guys the last couple of years, which nobody talks about. Everybody wants to talk about skill. We went to more skill after the lockout; and we had more skill, but maybe we didn’t have enough of a compete level at the top end of our team.

“I think we can work with these [new] guys. They want to play here. They’re good-sized kids who can skate and score dirty goals. I like that about them.”

Cammalleri saw the move to Calgary as an opportunity for a fresh start.

more

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