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My goal this season, get a non-hockey fan involved in the game.  Read all about it at my NHL.com blog today.

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Pouliot Losses Drivers License

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from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

Wild center Benoit Pouliot has lost his driver’s license for a year after being found guilty of drunken driving Monday in an Ontario court room.

Pouliot, 22, was also fined $1,828 for operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration level over the legal limit and refusing to provide police with a second breath sample.


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Yotes May Play A Few Games In Saskatoon

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from Cory Wolfe of the StarPhoenix via the National Post,

Ice Edge Holdings—which submitted a US$150-million offer for the NHL team last week—recently placed holds on five dates at Credit Union Centre with the intention of staging five regular-season games in Saskatchewan.

Even if Ice Edge wins a Sept. 10 auction for the ailing franchise, the NHL would still have to ratify the Saskatoon schedule, which sees the Coyotes playing the Montreal Canadiens (Nov. 12), Columbus Blue Jackets (Dec. 21), Nashville Predators (Jan. 21), Edmonton Oilers (Feb. 8) and St. Louis Blues (March 2).

The plan is aimed at boosting gate revenues, but an Ice Edge spokesman insisted Monday that his group is not eyeing Saskatchewan as a future home for the Coyotes.

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Rock Solid Renegades Win Youth World Championships (Under 12 Division)

Blog: KK Members Blog By 007devils007

A group of Barrie’s best young ball hockey players captured the first ever Youth World Outdoor Ball Hockey Championship.

The Rock Solid Renegades, comprised of players from the Barrie Ball Hockey Club’s Progressive 9-11 and PeeWee divisions, traveled to Brampton during the weekend of August 28th to 30th in their quest to claim the Under-12 division title.  Barrie teams also competed in the Under-15 and Under-18 divisions.

The youth tournament weekend was the first of three event weekends over the next six weeks as part of the “ballhockey.com” 14th Annual World Outdoor Ball Hockey Championships.  Over the past 14 years, the Worlds have expanded to include Men’s A, B, and Over 35 divisions along with Women’s A and B tournaments.  Teams travel to the tournament from all over North America, including far flung locations such as San Diego, Vancouver, Boston, Pittsburgh, Washington, New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Montreal.  In addition to the new youth divisions, 2009 will mark the first ever Co-ed World Outdoor Championships.  This is the first year as that the “Worlds” have expanded over three themed weekends: Youth – August 28-30 at the Brampton Ball Hockey Club; Women’s & Co-ed – September 25-27 at the Niagara Ball Hockey Club; and Men’s – October 2-4 at the Barrie Ball Hockey Club.  By the time the Men’s tournament wraps up, more than 100 teams from all over North America (which translates into more than 1500 participants) will have competed for more than $30,000 in prizes.


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Addressing The Issues

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from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,

There will be issues for second-year coach Todd McLellan, who promises to get some Sharks veterans out of their usual comfort zones even more so than last September, when he installed his own system that worked marvelously for 82 games and then fizzled.

There will be issues with former captain Patrick Marleau, subject of much finger-pointing and trade scuttlebutt. Marleau might not have been asked to drop his no-trade clause, but you can bet he was asked whether he wanted to stay with the team. His statement that he wants to stick around and “prove the naysayers wrong” needs to be validated by him at every practice and every game.

There will be issues with Joe Thornton. Will he be more like the snarling player we saw in the last couple of playoff games against the Ducks? Or will he keep his emotions buried under the surface? Unbelievably, the buzz from Canada’s Olympic camp is that Thornton is on the bubble for making its team. That’s an insult to Thornton’s achievements — but he knows that a fast start with the Sharks will lock up the roster spot.

There will be issues with Evgeni Nabokov.


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Chasing Luongo

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from Jason Botchford of the White Towel at the Vancouver Province,

A bizarre day of Roberto Luongo contract conjecture, fuelled by unconfirmed Internet rumours, exposed the media as a little desperate and a lot sloppy.

How bad did it get? The Vancouver Sun was actually duped by a fake Twitter account supposedly belonging to “Bobby Lou” which proclaimed: “The rumours are true we’ve reached an agreement. Very happy to be a Canuck long-term.”  The account has long been known as a fake but was used to confirm signing rumours, which have been circulating for months, were true.

A headline on the Vancouver Sun Web site late Monday night read: “This Tweet just in: Roberto Luongo locked up.”

Meanwhile, the real Luongo, who was not in Vancouver, told people his deal was not quite done but he remained “very confident” it would be soon.

The day began with a Sportsnet report titled “Luongo, Canucks agree on extension.” The story got huge play even though it didn’t provide much in the way of new information.


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Paul Kelly Didn’t Deserve This

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from Damian Cox of the Toronto Star,

Or, more precisely, Kelly got fired because somebody convinced the 30-player executive committee that he hadn’t done enough in less than two years on the job and therefore couldn’t be trusted to lead the next collective bargaining battle.

Those who successfully plotted against him breached constitutional procedures, fudged internal reviews and used a variety of dirty tricks worthy of Watergate to finally triumph at 3:30 a.m. yesterday.

What self-respecting organization fires a key executive at 3:30 in the morning?

If there’s a single smart player on the executive committee, they’ve already figured out they’ve made an awful mistake by being convinced to axe a good man, thereby putting their futures in the hands of Machiavellian suits they wouldn’t trust as teammates.

Maybe that’s why more than 50 players spent yesterday lobbying Kelly’s right-hand man, the widely respected Glenn Healy, to stay on after his colleague Pat Flatley quit in the wake of Kelly’s ouster.


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from Directv,

Comcast, the largest cable company in the U.S., owns Versus. They regularly try to charge us amounts well in excess of what is fair and reasonable to carry the programming they own. Their reason is obvious: they want to stifle competition from DIRECTV. Comcast’s unfair terms undermines DIRECTV’s ability to offer our customers the best possible value. If we simply accept these terms, we would have to absorb the unreasonable costs Comcast wants to charge us, and in turn we will be forced to increase the rates our customers pay. We do not want this to happen. In fact, Comcast has forced us to remove Versus because we would not accept the terms they demanded.

We are currently in contract negotiations and will continue to work with Comcast until the matter is resolved. Rest assured that we are making every effort to ensure that you continue to be satisfied with your service.


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We’ve Heard These Type Of Stories Before

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from the Globe and Mail,

A report by the former auditor of Bear Mountain Resort – a massive golf, hotel and commercial and residential project near Victoria headed by Canadian Len Barrie – has accused the Tampa Bay Lightning co-owner and other senior members of the complex’s management team of misappropriating funds.

The Victoria accounting firm of Norgaard Neale Camden Ltd. made the report to Bear Mountain’s executive committee last January and then resigned as the auditor on April 15 because it felt some financial transactions were illegal and because Bear Mountain’s directors did not take action.

Some of those transactions, according to the report, involved at least $2.5-million that Mr. Barrie, a former NHL-player-turned-owner, used to pay for his part of the Tampa Bay Lightning. The report raised questions about more than $25.8-million paid to Mr. Barrie or companies under his control going back at least two years by the partnership that owns Bear Mountain.


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Denver Backs In: #10 On the A2Y Rivalry Depth Chart

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Part one in a series to determine the Red Wings’ greatest rival.
Denver is the exception.  Of all the teams in the Top Ten, they’re the only team who offers exactly zero threat to the Wings, the only team that is actually getting worse from year to year.

As a genius said in our preview post yesterday, the only thing the Dive are any good at is sucking.

But because of March 26, 1997….they made the depth chart.  And in true Dive fan fashion? They got on there ass-first.

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