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Peca Wants To Help A Team With The Cup

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from Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News,

It’s hard to imagine that no one could use Peca’s experience and grit. He’s a two-time Selke winner as the league’s top defensive forward. He’s gone to two Cup finals. He’s played for six NHL teams, four in the last five seasons.

Peca is one of those players whose intangibles make any team better. No one plays tougher for his size. That’s the problem. The word around the league is that Peca hit so hard, for so long, that there’s little left to give.

“I do hear that,” he said. “It’s in the back of your mind. But then you find a real purpose to play again. My sole purpose is to try to win a championship. That’s my motivation, to win a Stanley Cup. I don’t want to play just to play and have a job or make money. I want to be in a position to win, or a position that’s going to be great for me and my family.”

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Jimmy Howard Finally Arrives

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from Chris McKosky of the Detroit News,

“There are people out there who think (Howard) is a washout,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “But I like to bring goalies along slowly because I know how important that position is. I don’t want to go through growing pains with a 23-year-old. I am trying to avoid putting players in the NHL and have them learn how to play pro hockey while we’re losing.”

Holland feels Howard’s apprenticeship is over, as do general managers throughout the league. Holland said he had to deflect a lot of interest in Howard at last year’s trade deadline.

“I just had to keep working hard,” said Howard, who says he never felt the organization bailed on him. “I never had a bad meeting with Ken. It was always positive, so I knew in the back of my mind that I’d be up here one day. Now the door is open and I have to walk right through.”

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Phoenix Owner Wants More Money From The NHL

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from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

Saying the NHL needs to come to its senses, lawyers for Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes urged the league to sweeten its offer for the bankrupt Phoenix Coyotes, by about $80 million or so.

That’s roughly the difference between what the NHL is willing to pay ($140 million, all figures U.S.) to keep the team in Phoenix and what Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie is willing to pay (212.5 million) in his bid to move the team to Hamilton.

“The real decision to be made here is hardly a contest: $212.5 million from PSE (Balsillie’s company) and $140 million from the NHL,” said a brief filed by Moyes’ estate lawyers. “(The NHL) is $80 million short of the ticket to buy this team.

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Nothing New On Kessel… Yet

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from Kevin Paul Dupont of Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,

KITCHNER, Ont.—Toronto GM Brian Burke and Boston GM Peter Chiarelli, both of whom will be in attendance here at rookie camp on Monday, reported no developments on the Phil Kessel front.

Burke made a deal on Saturday to reacquire a second-round draft pick, triggering alarms that he might be readying an offer sheet for Kessel, a restricted free agent.

‘‘Nothing…yet,’’ Chiarelli wrote via email when asked if there were any news pertaining to the 21-year-old Kessel.

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How Do You Like Your Wings?

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from Japers’ Rink,

Hockey’s Greatest Teams lists the ‘97 Red Wings as one of the fifteen greatest teams of all time.  I can’t say I agree, but it raises a question:  Of the stellar puck-moving Wings squads, which is the best?

continue to compare the rosters and vote on which team was better…

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Should Bodychecking Be Allowed In Women’s Hockey?

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from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,

The GM Place crowd of nearly 7,000 roared with approval when Canadian players Gillian Apps and Becky Kellar slammed opponents into the boards in the first period of their game against the United States on Wednesday. But the cheers turned suddenly to jeers after the referee’s whistle, as the Canadians sulked to the penalty box.

The Norwegian referee made the proper call in both instances, yet, to the crowd and to a small but growing number of critics inside the women’s game, the penalties appeared to contravene the spirit of hockey. With the sport struggling to build a fan base, some insiders are beginning to ask whether the time has come for women’s hockey to amend its rules and allow bodychecking.

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The Financial Issues Of Sergei Fedorov

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from M.L. Elrick of the Detroit Free Press,

After the bank came for his Maybach, his Maserati and his two Ferraris, Sergei Fedorov went after the bank.

But Peoples State Bank isn’t the only lending institution Fedorov has accused of wronging him.

The Russian hockey hero and former Red Wing All Star claims Citizens State Bank and Sterling Bank also concocted schemes to get him to pay off loans they issued to Joe Zada, a former friend whom Fedorov has also sued.

Marc Beginin, one of Fedorov’s attorneys, claims the various banks conspired with Zada to make Fedorov pay off more than $10 million in loans taken out by Zada.

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Alcohol No Longer Part Of The Game

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from Doug Fischer of the Ottawa Citizen,

Jimmy Devellano doesn’t want anyone to think of him as a saint.

In 1988-89, when he was general manager of the Detroit Red Wings, Devellano accompanied at least six players—a third of his roster—to Alcoholics Anonymous or drug counselling meetings.

He’s never heard of another GM who’s done that, especially during the offseason, which is when he escorted a young Sheldon Kennedy to AA meetings.

“I needed that like I needed a hole in the head,” says Devellano, now the Red Wings’ senior vice-president. “Spending your summer with recovering alcoholics is no picnic when you don’t have a drinking problem yourself.”

Nor was he particularly happy to make sure Bob Probert, Petr Klima, Steve Chiasson, Joey Kocur and one or two other problem players made it to their meetings.

But Devellano says he did it because he was being paid to win hockey games, and sober and straight players gave him a better chance to achieve that.

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Training Camp Preview

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from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

To prepare you for the return of The Boys of Winter, here is Sun Media’s NHL training camp preview…

CALGARY FLAMES:  Mike Keenan gets the boot as coach. In comes Brent Sutter, brother of Flames GM Darryl Sutter. Welcome to hockey’s version of All in the Family. Calgary had better get off to a good start or it might be a bit uncomfortable when the Sutter clan congregates around the table for Christmas dinner.

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
: With the Bulin Wall now in Edmonton, can Cristobal Huet be The Man to lead this talented squad to a Stanley Cup?

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS: Can rookie sensation Steve Mason avoid the sophomore jinx?

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The Latest Heatley Talk

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

“Basically, what I’ve said (to other teams) is just tell me what you’re willing to do, I’ll talk to you and we’ll go from there and we’ll make a decision one way or another. But, I can’t say I’m overly optimistic now.”

League sources say the San Jose Sharks and New York Rangers both remain interested, but neither side is close to deal. It’s believed if the Senators are going to make a deal with San Jose, they want Joe Thornton in return.

The Sharks don’t want to move Thornton and have never offered centre Patrick Marleau, either. Another league executive told Sun Media yesterday that “discussions are quiet on the San Jose front and they might resume during training camp.”

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

As for the Hawks, rumors started Friday and into Saturday that they might be interested in trading for disgruntled Ottawa Senators winger Dany Heatley.

So far this is only a rumor, and it hasn’t been reported anywhere. Funny, I sat near GM Stan Bowman at Friday’s White Sox game and he was working his Blackberry most of the night. Maybe it was just typical GM stuff.

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