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“During the summer you look at teams and Phoenix is a team that I thought maybe would be a good fit for me because of my skill-set.  I’m a good centerman on face-offs and I can handle myself defensively and I’m pretty creative on the power play. Those are things I’m going to try to show them at camp and in exhibition games and make the team.”

Kyle Wellwood who accepted an invitation to Coyotes training camp.  More from Dave Vest of Coyotes.com.

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The Dan Ellis Twitter Talk

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from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

The Tampa Bay Lightning has no written policy regarding what players can or cannot say on their social media pages or twitter accounts. Safe to assume, though, the team likely will reiterate to goaltender Dan Ellis that he has to be a bit more careful.

Cyberspace went a little bonkers Monday night after Ellis on his twitter account, @33dellis, complained about the 18 percent of salary that, in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement, all NHL players lose to escrow, and how, despite signing a two-year, $3 million contract with the Lightning, “I am more stressed about money now than I was in college.” That after last month getting into a debate over how players deserve the money they get because they are “specialists.”

Not only did Ellis’ twitter account light up, but twitter users began a trending topic called DanEllisProblems that mocked him and on Wednesday evening was still a going concern. The Internet was full of commentary, most of it negative.

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Robyn Regehr Talks About The Trade Rumors

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from Vicki Hall of Flames Insider at the Calgary Herald,

Has he been approached by management to waive his no-movement clause? “I’m not going to get into that,” he said. “That’s just part of sports. That’s the way it is.”

But does he want to leave?

“I would like to win here in Calgary,” he said. “That’s my first option. That always has been. I’ve made that fairly clear not only with talking about it, but also with the actions that I’ve done. Things like re-signing here in Calgary to an extension at the time and not going to the open market.”

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Who Said This?

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“I do expect the critics to say because we’re in a transition, we’re not going to be expected to do as well. But our team, the way it’s built, and with such key and character players. and the goalie we have, if we get in the playoffs we can contend for the Cup. So now we have to figure out a way to get in.

“We’ll be a strong team and we’ll compete hard to make the playoffs. And if in fact we can do that, then we’ll contend for it.”

get the answer...

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Another Veteran Still Waiting For A Phone Call

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from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,

Unrestricted free agent Jason Williams continues to work out and prepare for the season at home in London, Ontario. Even if he has no idea where he’s going to play this season.

Coming off a season in which he only played 44 games because of a broken leg, the former Red Wings forward is hopeful that his waiting will come to an end in the next couple weeks.

“There’s nothing concrete, but we have interest from a couple different teams,” Williams told Sporting News. “I’m hoping I can find out this week.”

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NHLPA Search Committee Could Recommend Fehr Today

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from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

The coronation of Donald Fehr as executive director of the NHL Players’ Association could receive a significant boost during a conference call this afternoon.

It would mean Fehr, who has been an unpaid advisor with the NHLPA for months and has been coy about his intentions for the top job, could become an official candidate and the frontrunner for the job as early as today.

It’s possible during the call the search committee will formally submit Fehr’s name for the vacant executive director’s job and recommend that he be hired. The executive committee, which is comprised of the 30 player representatives, would then hold a vote on whether or not to put the matter to a ratification vote of the full membership during training camp.

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Retire #7 In Chicago?

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from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles at the Chicago Daily-Herald,

Chelios was a dominant Hawk from 1990-99. While those teams never won a Stanley Cup, they were powerhouse clubs with Chelios the nasty backbone. He won two Norris Trophies during his time in Chicago and rarely lost battles.

Certainly the Hawks will honor Chelios at some point with a Heritage Night, but the bigger question is should his No. 7 be retired and hung from the rafters?

I get the feeling this is going to be a split decision with fans.

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LeBrun Back From Vacation, Starts Thinking

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

...the NHL season is around the corner and it’s time to get back to work. I leave you today with five early thoughts:

1. Mike Comrie could be one of the best under-the-radar signings of the summer. For $500,000? He may perhaps be the best bang for the buck, as well. He’s a smart player and will find a way to make plays with No. 87 if that’s the way the Penguins choose to deploy the wing/center.

2. Absolutely love what new GM Steve Yzerman is doing in Tampa Bay. The Lightning will make the playoffs in the East this season (I’ll also predict a 90-point season for Vincent Lecavalier).

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Franson Signs With Nashville

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Nashville, Tenn. (September 8, 2010) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed defenseman Cody Franson to a two-year, $1.6 million contract.

        Franson, 23 (8/8/87) posted 21 points (6g-15a) in 61 contests for the Predators a season ago, becoming just the second rookie defenseman in franchise history to hit the 20-point mark (Dan Hamhuis, 2003-04), tying for fourth among first-year blueliners in points, and ranking third in goals. The 6-5, 213-pound native of Sicamous, B.C., also led all rookies and ranked second on the team in plus/minus rating (+15), and paced all rookie defensemen in game-winning goals (3) in 2009-10. Franson played in four of Nashville’s six postseason games this past spring, notching his first career playoff point/assist in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals vs. Chicago.

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Kaberle Clears The Air

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from Jonas Siegel of 640Toronto,

Tomas Kaberle says there are no issues between him and Ron Wilson.

Following a wild summer of trade rumours, speculation and remarks from his father skewering his relationship and future with the coach, the four-time all-star finally set the record straight.

“I don’t agree with everything my father says,” said Kaberle. “That’s normal, like I don’t agree with everything with my coach, but especially when you’re losing you get into some arguments. That’s good. I’ll take it as a challenge.”

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