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Markov Not Interested In Habs ‘C’

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from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

Defenceman Andrei Markov will not be the next captain of the Canadiens.

The Gazette has learned that Markov, who wore an “A” on his jersey as one of the assistant captains last season, was asked whether he wanted to wear the “C”, but told the Habs he wasn’t interested.


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Don’t Make It Personal Dubinsky

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Memo to Brandon Dubinsky: if Jeter and Rivera could wait their turn, so can you; if Jeter and Rivera could understand and live within the terms of their respective sport’s labor agreement, so can you.

If that means that Dubinsky, now entering the fourth day of his Ranger training-camp holdout, plays for less money this season than Enver Lisin, who is in for $790,000, then so be it. Jeter didn’t take it as a personal insult that he played for less than Sojo.


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  Tags: brandon+dubinsky

Playing For Contracts May Motivate Leafs

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Only four forwards (Jason Blake, Niklas Hagman, Mikhail Grabovski and Colton Orr) and four defencemen (Mike Komisarek, Francois Beauchemin, Luke Schenn and Kaberle) have contracts with the club for next season. No goaltenders are committed beyond this season, with Vesa Toskala poised to become unrestricted next summer.

Right now, there seems to be little urgency on the part of the hockey club to get any of these players signed, although it’s possible centre John Mitchell could be an exception. If Mitchell has the kind of season the Leafs hope he can have, he could demand significant dollars next summer, so signing him now might be the smart move for the Leafs.

Hockey idealism, of course, suggests all any red-blooded player wants to do is win a Stanley Cup, but of course, reality is different. Establishing full-time NHL credentials or achieving salary ambitions are understandably motivations for many players, which means playing through the final year of a contract sometimes motivates some athletes to deliver their best performances.


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Up Late?

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I will be on The Knee Jerks - Detroit Sports Talk with Eno and Big Al around 11:00pm tonight if you’d like to tune in.

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Update On The Air Battle Between Canada/U.S.

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from Susan Carey of the Wall Street Journal,

In a two-page order to Air Canada’s Washington lawyer, the DOT said the agency found the airline last year carried individuals on Bruins and Bucks charters who were transported within the U.S. and never carried across the border during the season, contrary to the DOT’s agreement with the airline.

Canada’s Minister of Transport, John Baird, fired back in a letter to Mr. LaHood demanding the DOT retract its decision, calling it “an unprecedented interference in the operations of the marketplace” and a “step backward” in the two nations’ history of collaboration.

This Canadian Transportation Agency retaliated by banning charter flights by U.S. carriers that require multiple stops within Canada. Miami Air International Inc., a U.S. charter carrier that has contracts with 10 NHL teams this season, had to arrange for a Canadian charter to make intra-Canada flights last weekend for the Florida Panthers, rather than carry the NHL team itself, said Ross Fischer, chief executive of Miami Air.


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Cheechoo Excited To Be On The Ice

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Jonathan Cheechoo answers questions from the media after his first day at Senators training camp.

thanks to to the Twitter of Erin Nicks for the pointer….

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Helm Out 2-4 Weeks

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via the Twitter of Bruce MacLeod,

Darren Helm hurt in shoulder/collar bone area. Out 2-4 weeks with sprain.

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Many Veteran Players Not Happy With Kelly Firing

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from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

The Kelly forces, which include a number of veteran players, maintain the firing was nothing more than a palace coup orchestrated by general counsel Ian Penny, advisory counsel board members Ron Pink and Ian Troop, former ombudsman Eric Lindros and interim ombudsman Buzz Hargrove.

They continue to feel that the meeting in Chicago where Kelly was dismissed was a sham and that Penny and Hargrove pressed them into a vote at 3:45 a.m. because they knew the result wouldn’t have gone their way had they had the benefit of sober second thought and a good night’s sleep.

Other revelations, which have come to light via sources close to the situation who spoke to The Hockey News on a condition of anonymity, include:

• Of the five players on the executive committee who voted against dismissing Kelly, four of them were Chelios, Shawn Horcoff of the Edmonton Oilers, Adam Burish of Chicago Blackhawks and Manny Malhotra of the Columbus Blue Jackets.


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  Tags: paul+kelly

Kopitar Ready For The Season

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from Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,

“I was here for three weeks,’’ Kopitar said of his work with the Kings’ training staff. “I feel I did everything in my power to prepare for this season.’‘

Kopitar said he wouldn’t shy away from high expectations for the Kings this season.

“Everybody is expecting the playoffs,’’ Kopitar said. “We have to put some pressure on ourselves. ... That’s just the way it is.’‘


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  Tags: anze+kopitar

Questions For Eastern Conference Teams

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Burning question: Are the Leafs really rebuilding? No. Burke admitted it publicly to ESPN.com in July, saying he wasn’t about to sit back and do a Pittsburgh or a Washington and wait five years for this team to get better. He’s retooling with a short-term window in mind. The Leafs could surprise this season and challenge for a playoff spot, but their lack of scoring is a glaring weakness.

read on for a snapshot question on every Eastern Conference team…

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