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The Fehr-to-the-NHLPA saga seems to have been resolved, or has it? With the vote on accepting Fehr apparently going to the membership, most of the media coverage centred on Fehr’s fearsome reputation as at the Major League Baseball Players Association.

But key Fehr elements have been missed so far by the media. First, the supposedly implacable Fehr settled a collective bargaining agreement with MLB in 2002 without any work stoppage - and well before the eleventh hour. Second, we have yet to see the report commissioned by the NHLPA about Paul Kelly’s dismissal released to the press. Is Fehr’s role in the midnight massacre discussed? Before players vote, should they not see the contents of the report that was delayed at Fehr’s suggestion?

-Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail.

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NHL Ownership & Sports Book Don’t Mix

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from Kaja Whitehouse of the NY Post,

Hedge fund bigwig Phil Falcone is bucking the odds in his bet to be the new owner of Hooters Casino Hotel, the Las Vegas venture launched in 2006 by founders of the popular restaurant chain.

Falcone, who runs the $8 billion New York hedge fund Harbinger Capital Management, bought the casino’s troubled $130 million senior loan, putting him in a prime ownership position for when the casino seeks bankruptcy protection, sources tell The Post.

But there’s a glitch: Falcone isn’t allowed to own the casino.

The investment guru and avowed hockey nut—who skated for Harvard in college—made a mint shorting toxic mortgages in 2007 and used a small slice of that fortune to buy a 40 percent stake in the NHL’s Minnesota Wild.

Now Falcone faces this blind-side hit: The NHL restricts owners from owning a casino with a sports book, and Hooters operates a sports book.

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A sixteen-round shoot-out and a bizarre evening at the Red Wings’ prospect tournament

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By George Malik

If only receiving Mike Babcock’s patented Death Stare from one Chris Chelios was the highlight and low-light of my evening.  On Sunday night, at the Red Wings’ prospect tournament, the Wings rallied from a 3-1 deficit thanks to an incredibly astute time-out and set of line changes from Grand Rapids Griffins coach Curt Fraser, tying the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-3 before finally succumbing 4-3 to the Bolts in a ridiculous mockery of a skills competition, a.k.a. sixteen round shoot-out.

I’m typing this hoping that my computer does not spontaneously combust, because I’ll need it to chronicle a Monday practice that half the Wings’ prospects didn’t think they’d have to begin with—which was part of the problem on a night where negative reinforcement inspired frustrating results.

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Bob Barlow- The Oldest NHL Rookie At Age 34

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from Tom Hawthorn of the Globe and Mail,

After a long apprenticeship, Mr. Barlow stepped on the ice on Oct. 12, 1969, as the oldest rookie in NHL history. Seconds later, he was on the scoresheet by firing a 30-foot shot past Bernie Parent of the Philadelphia Flyers.

A photograph captured him with both arms in the air in celebration, his toothless grin evidence of a lifetime spent trying to dodge pucks and sticks.

“Took the puck to the bench, told [coach] Wren Blair, ‘What’s so hard about this league?’ ”

As his teammates laughed, Mr. Barlow added, “Why didn’t you bring me up a little sooner?”...

Every month, he gets an NHL pension cheque. The total: $5.16.

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Pat Quinn Still Has The Passion

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from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Pat Quinn isn’t asking Steve Tambellini for much. Or, for that matter, for anything more than a man of his stature in the game deserves.

“Steve has his whole organization, and I hope he sees where I can fit in and do (something meaningful). I don’t want to carry bags,” Quinn said on Sunday afternoon, addressing his job status for the first time since he said he was blindsided by his firing as head coach on June 22.

As another hockey season dons, and rookies from five NHL teams hit the ice here in B.C.‘s interior, Quinn sat next to Tambellini in the stands of the South Okanagan Events Centre discussing his future with the Oilers. With one year left on a deal he signed to coach the team, both know the post of senior advisor could mean anything, really.

For now, Quinn just wants it to have some substance.

“I don’t want to go off in the sunset yet,” the 67-year-old grandfather said.

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“Happy” Happy

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from Chuck Pleiness of The Oakland Press,

Jiri Hudler is glad to be back.

Back home in Hockeytown.

“I’ve got a history from here before,” said Hudler, who returned to Joe Louis Arena for the first time since signing a two-year, $10 million contract to play in Russia last season. “I missed it. I’m glad to be back.”

Hudler, who arrived in Detroit on Friday, did not take part in an informal skate Sunday, but was in the locker room chatting it up with a handful of players and re-familiarizing himself with his surroundings.

“It feels great,” Hudler said. “I can’t get enough of this feeling right now.

“It’s great being around the guys,” Hudler added. “It’s unbelievable. I’m so happy to be back. I’m thrilled. It feels like I never left.”

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Bounce Back Year For Boyes

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from Darren Pang of Blues.com,

Here’s what I have learned over the years when it comes to streaky goal scorers (and I had a few guys on my teams that would go dry for weeks and then light it up for 2 months): Confidence. Reassurance. Tell them to have fun with the puck and let ‘er rip. You also reinforce the other details like backcheck hard, block a shot and take a hit to make a play.

For Brad Boyes, last season will prove to be his worst as a pro. It will never be like this again, I will guarantee you that. His hands, vision and care for the game are too strong for the disappointment he endured last season.

He lives in Toronto, a mecca of hockey passion, in the offseason. You think he wants to answer the same questions from family and friends next summer about the season? Not a chance.

Nothing like a little pressure to test your character.

more topics on the Blues…

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A short Sunday practice for the Red Wings’ prospects and one sock-less coach

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By George Malik

As the Red Wings are hosting their eight-team prospect tournament here in sunny Traverse City, they enjoy the privilege of practicing in the latest time slot available, 11:30 AM.  The teams on the shorter end of the stick have to rouse themselves out of bed for practices that begin at 8:30, 9:30 and 10:30, but the Wings are locked into that 11:30 slot, for both their own benefit and that of some otherwise bleary-eyed fans.  The games are similarly staggered, with the earliest-practicing teams playing at 2 or 3 PM, with games staggered up to the Wings’ marquee match-up at 7:30. 

So what does all this time-keeping bologna have to do with my mid-day report?  Well, despite the fact that the Wings are playing the Tampa Bay Lightning’s prospects at 7 instead of 7:30 on a Sunday night, they only practiced for half an hour—with Chris Chelios on the ice for the first time as a member of the “coaching” staff—which was slightly weird, but not as weird as noticing that Mike Babcock wasn’t wearing socks.

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Brind’Amour’s Position Defined By The Hurricanes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

RALEIGH, NC – Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that Rod Brind’Amour has been named director of forwards development for the team. Brind’Amour, who officially retired from hockey on June 30, 2010, is responsible for working with all forwards in the Hurricanes system, including drafted players in the Canadian major-junior hockey leagues, ECHL and American Hockey League (AHL). In addition to his work with the team’s prospects, Brind’Amour will also spend time on the ice with the Hurricanes’ NHL players during training camp and throughout the season.

“It is important for our team to have its most-accomplished players like Rod stay with the organization,” said Rutherford. “Rod is already displaying the same work ethic and dedication in his new role as he did with us as a player.”

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

” I found that I liked hockey players very, very much..

“I didn’t envision working for another union, but when you represent professional athletes for as long and as intensively as I have, you get a lot of enjoyment and satisfaction out of it.”

-Donald Fehr, who is close to being named Executive Director of the NHLPA.  More on Fehr from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal.

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