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The Best Prospects

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from the Calgary Sun,

Sure, it’s easy to say the Chicago Blackhawks drafted a couple of potential stars in Patrick Kane—the first overall draft this year—and last year’s No.-3 pick Jonathan Toews.
But can anybody say the ‘Hawks have a better group of up-and-comers than the Los Angeles Kings, who boast Jack Johnson, Thomas Hickey and Jonathan Bernier in their stable?
Or the Washington Capitals with Nicklas Backstrom, Semen Varlamov and Karl Alzner?

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Nashville Looks Within To Replace Sullivan

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from the Tennessean,

We’re close to the cap and with the depth we have with our younger forwards, I think the coaches, management and scouts would like to see what we have,’’ Poile said. “We’d like to see if some guys can play a higher role in our organization.
“(But) if there’s an opportunity that presents itself, I’d present it to (current owner Craig Leipold) and or the new owners.’‘
Don’t expect that to happen in the near future.
“This is a tough time to make a deal,’’ Poile said. “There aren’t too many free agents to date and most clubs are pretty comfortable as to how they’re going to start the season.
“If there are going to be deals, it’s usually after training camp or the first month of the season, when there are injuries or certain guys aren’t playing as well as teams had hoped when they put together their depth charts.’‘

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The Top 50 Players

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from the Puck Stops Here at Fox Sports,

The Hockey News Top 50 player list is out and I want to respond to it (as I did last year) by listing my top 50. I believe these are the 50 players I would most want to build a winning hockey team right now. As The Hockey News (THN) did, I will consider Scott Niedermayer and Teemu Selanne likely retired and thus not include them. I have also included comments for the top 10 players and any players omitted in The Hockey News list.

continued... Agree?  Who is at the top of your list?

added 9:13pm, Spector also touches on this topic at his Fox Sports blog.

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Belfour Confirms Playing In Sweden

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There has been some doubt if Eddie Belfour was really going to Sweden this fall to play.
The Vail Daily had a story about some NHLers gathering for some conditioning this past week and Eddie was there…

Belfour, donning his signature mask with an eagle — he’s been long known as Eddie “The Eagle” — looked sharp in net during drills, and was his always-competitive self. At the other end of the ice, a goalie with a similar style moved around the pipes. Dayn Belfour, who plays Junior “A” in Canada, got a chance to work alongside his father at the end of Friday’s session in a shootout. As Eddie left the net after stopping a shot, he skated to Dayn for a quick chat.
“We wanted to stop everything so we’d win,” Eddie said.
The Belfour’s came up on top.
In October, Eddie, the sure-to-be future Hall-of-Famer, will be heading to Sweden, where he’ll play for Leksand, a second division team in the Swedish Elite League.
“I’m looking forward to the challenge and opportunity,” he said.

Sounds like Belfour is indeed heading to Sweden.

added 10:21am on 8/27/97, A limited translation from Leksandsif confirming Eddie in Sweden,

The previous season played he 58 games in Florida Panthers in NHL.
This autumn, he plays pursues Leksand’s IF.
This season gets the hockey audience in Sweden possibility to make more detailed acquaintance and to take part of an off the sport’s really big profiles over time.
Curse” Eddie The Eagle” Belfour has typed on for Leksand’s IF.
- I see the as a renown that few to play for a so classic klubb as Leksand, says you when we sheep a chat with him.

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Lord Stanley We’re Comin’ After You!

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from Sharkspage,

A friend passed along the song “Cheechoo Tameu” from local San Jose ska band, the Whiskey Avengers. It is an infectious tune, with a verse of good old hockey game thrown in for good measure.

read on and listen to the tune, pretty catchy!

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Looking At The Canadian Teams

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from TSN,

Over the past week, SportsCentre filed look-ahead reports for Canada’s six NHL teams, getting you primed for the start of training camp. Now follow it up with TSN.ca’s Canadian six-pack, an online synopsis with all the reports on where your favourite Canadian team is headed this season.

read on for reports on all the Canadian teams in the NHL…

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HNII

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

METULLA, Israel—On Hockey Night In Israel, Sherry Bassin walks out the back of the Canada Centre, turns left, turns right and then points up the hill past the barb-wired fence.
“See that,” he says with emotion, his eyes searching up the hill. “That’s Lebanon. That’s the Hezbollah flag. That’s how close we are….
“One game, in the recent world (B) championships, Jean Perron felt sorry for the goalie,” said Canadian businessman Sid Greenberg, one of the tournament founders and patrons. “He pulled Gusin early in the third period, after the 97th shot against.”
“I didn’t take him out because he was playing badly,” said Perron. “He was playing amazing. I just didn’t want to get him killed.
Perhaps the largest name on the Canadian roster was Benjamin Rubin, best known as the Quebec junior player who is attempting to find balance between religion and a career in hockey.

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The “Good Guy” Image

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from Erin Nicks at the Ottawa Sun,

Here’s the reality: Despite Canada’s fervour for the NHL, very little outside information about a player’s off-ice life ever sees the light of day in the mainstream media, unless it’s presented in a highly sanitized version.
Undoubtedly league traditionalists and myopic observers prefer it this way.
It helps to preserve the NHL’s “good guy” image of players from small towns with good families who were raised proper. Regardless of the perception, the truth is some players do engage in activities or behaviour that is hardly pedestal-worthy….
The next time said player is in the penthouse or doghouse, just remember there’s always more to a tale than the rehearsed responses given—which could suddenly make that “gossip” far more relevant than you originally thought.

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Flames Roster Close To Being Set

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from the Calgary Sun,

For a rookie, trying to find a hole in the Calgary Flames roster to wedge into isn’t easy.
There are no spots vacant for defencemen, with the top seven signed and all but one—rising star Dion Phaneuf—signed to one-way contracts.
Among the forwards, there is a glimmer of hope, but it certainly isn’t a huge opportunity.
Take a peek at the forwards already inked to contracts and you’ll see 11 on one-way contracts and another, David Moss, who scored at a 20-goal pace last season.

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The Greatest Game

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from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

But every time a new great game comes along, that New Year’s Eve game has managed to remain “The Greatest Hockey Game Ever Played” point of reference.
And the New Year’s Eve game in the Montreal Forum in 1975 still has a phenomenal “I was there” value. So if I have to pick a game, as was the assignment for this series, why not claim this game?...
Outside the Forum, scalpers were asking $150 for a pair of tickets an hour before game time. That was an insane amount of money to pay to go to a game at the time. Those of the standing room-stuffed crowd of 18,975 who paid that kind of money had no complaints.
What made this game great was that, in the end, it turned out to be about the glory of the game. Hockey that night, in the building which was the cathedral of the sport, was, with apologies to the Brazilians and soccer, The Beautiful Game.
The Montreal Canadiens and the Soviet’s Central Red Army ended up in a 3-3 tie.

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