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“You want to be an example with the way you carry yourself.  I’m representing the Phoenix Coyotes, the NHL, and all hockey players who played before me. And you want to communicate that message to the younger players. When you ask the media, they’ll say hockey players are the easiest to get along with—and it’s our job to continue that.

“I think it’s really important to help out the new guys on the team. Maybe the most important thing you can do as a captain is make sure every player knows you appreciate him and what he does.”

-Shane Doan of the Phoenix Coyotes.  Much more on Doan from John McGourty of NHL.com.

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Babcock On Team Canada Orientation Camp

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from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

If you think Canadian hockey fans are swept up in an Olympic frenzy now, Team Canada coach Mike Babcock wants you to remember one thing: You ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

Just wait until Canada’s roster is announced, Babcock told NHL.com, and you’ll really see a nation of hopeful nitpickers, naysayers, pundits and prognosticators.

“I’m glad I coach in the U.S., honestly,” Babcock added. “It’s just going to go crazy.”

Speculation about who will make the team figures to run rampant until the roster is made public in December. The chatter will pick up steam next month when Calgary becomes the center of the country’s hockey universe for four days as Canada holds its orientation camp Aug. 24-27.

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Anyone Else Getting Tired Of The Balsillie Spin?

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from CBC Sports,

The NHL’s rejection of Jim Balsillie’s application to purchase the bankrupt Phoenix Coyotes is the latest attempt by the league to prevent another team in Canada, the Canadian billionaire’s spokesman, Bill Walker, told CBC’s Newsworld….

“I think that hockey fans can judge what this is really about in terms of the NHL trying to block Canadians from having a seventh professional hockey team in Canada,” Walker said.

read on

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Talking Arbitration & Buy-Outs

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Writers from The Hockey News discuss the Zherdev arbitration and some of the recent buy-outs.

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GettingTo The Bottom Of The Heatley Situation

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from the Universal Cynic,

As the Dany Heatley deadlock rolls on, tiny cracks are beginning to appear in the vault of silence that surrounds the truth. The presentation to the public has always been that this is a beef between head coach Cory Clouston and No. 15. But few have found that so-called reason to be totally plausible….

In short, based on what I’ve been told by my sources, I’m starting to lean towards the where-there’s-smoke-there’s-fire side of this situation. History has unfortunately proved that to be the case when it comes to the Sens.

more

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Tough Decision Ahead

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I take threats seriously.  From the Twitter of iwocpo,

My arbitration hearing’s coming up soon. Kukla better shape up or i’m Klessel bound. I have no scruples. A mercenary blogger.

Well, what should I do?

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Balsillie Gets Blasted

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from Bruce Arthur of the National Post,

...sources familiar with the meeting told the Post’s Theresa Tedesco that it was a remarkably contentious affair, with governors taking turns lambasting Balsillie for his failings, real or imagined.

Sources told Tedesco that during the 90-minute meeting, deputy commissioner Bill Daly peppered Balsillie with questions about his withdrawal from buying the Pittsburgh Penguins for US$185-million in 2006.

Former Nashville owner Craig Leipold, now the owner of the Minnesota Wild, accused Balsillie, who offered US$238-million for the Predators in 2007, of using the team’s trademark without permission, and of destabilizing the already-fragile hockey market in Nashville by selling season tickets in Hamilton….

Sources also told Tedesco that George Gillett, the outgoing owner of the Montreal Canadiens, hammered Balsillie for telling a French-language newspaper in November of last year that the Canadiens were for sale, claiming that Balsillie’s comments destabilized the franchise and directly contributed to Montreal’s failure in the playoffs.

more

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Devils Should Know About Shanahan’s Decision By End Of Next Week

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from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

It will be Brendan Shanahan’s call.

The Devils want the veteran winger, but general manager Lou Lamoriello told me on Thursday that Shanahan will make the decision as to whether he will re-sign with the club. An unrestricted free agent with interest from other teams, Shanahan is expected to make his decision by the end of next week.

So what is the holdup?

“I wouldn’t say it’s financial,” Lamoriello explained. “I want to make sure this is what he wants. He has other opportunities. Brendan is very meticulous, very professional. He has other opportunities and he’ll make the decision.”

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Sale Of Panthers On Course

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from Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald,

Panthers ownership is close to signing a purchase agreement to sell the team to a New York-based publicly held company that would keep the team at BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise.

But the deal is still a few months from closing.

The Panthers are working on finalizing a contract to sell to Sport Properties Acquisitions Corp., which was created last year to raise cash to buy sports teams, stadiums and other entertainment properties.

A couple of issues must still be resolved, but the deal is on track to be completed.

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Jason Williams Talks

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Jason was just on the Bill Watters Show on 640am in Toronto.

Bits and pieces from the conversation…

Asked how the search for a new team is going…  Trying to be patient, letting things work out.  Lot of guys still out there, teams have tightened up a bit and they are waiting to see if they can get them a little cheaper.  He said he would love to go back to the BJ’s, love their direction, but they haven’t offered him a contract.

He said he received one offer, from the Wings a couple of weeks ago.  They know what he wants and a deal could get done, but ball in their court now.  Just waiting it out.

He had a great time in Detroit, first class all the way and still lives in the area.  Wouldn’t be too bad to back there for him.

A little disappointed when he left, the way things happened.  Got hurt on a hit from Torres and felt the Wings sort of gave up on him at the time when he was traded.  It happens in the business.

He said he has gotten some advice from Brendan Shanahan over the summer and Shanny told him play in an established hockey market.  Jason was asked about Shanny’s plans and he said if he were a betting man, he stays with the Devils.

added 6:20pm, You can listen to the interview here.

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