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Playing It Safe With Gaborik

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Marian Gaborik did not participate in the on-ice sprints due of a tender groin. This is not related to previous hip problems.

“We just want to be careful,” Tortorella said. “We don’t want to do anything stupid. We want to get him ready for the regular season.”

read on for the latest on Dubinsky and some talk about Zherdev offering to return to the Rangers…

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Resign Wayne

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from Scott Bordow of the East Valley Tribune,

Had Gretzky been successful in a suit and tie, it would behoove the Coyotes to wait on him. But let’s face it: He’s been a disaster as an executive and marginal as a coach. The Coyotes have yet to make the playoffs under his tenure.

Is that entirely his fault? Of course not. But he had the loudest voice in the organization and the biggest stick. He has to take responsibility.

More than likely, the legal battle between NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and Balsillie will drag on for months. The players will suffer, the fans will suffer, the organization will suffer.

Gretzky’s resignation won’t solve any of that. But the last thing the Coyotes need right now is another distraction.

Do the right thing, Wayne.

Walk away.

more

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  Tags: wayne+gretzky

Questions For The Kings

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from Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,

How would you answer the questions? What are you most excited, eager and/or anxious to see/hear about in training camp? 

WILL THE RUMORS END?

Don’t count on it. In June, “confirmed” reports had the Kings trading for defenseman Chris Pronger. This week, they supposedly acquired forward Patrick Marleau. Both reports turned out to be little more than rumor babble, but given that the Kings have a deep pool of talented prospects, it’s no surprise to hear them attached to every wacky trade rumor. The rumors are unlikely to die down unless Alexander Frolov, due to be an unrestricted free agent next summer, signs a contract extension during training camp. If the Kings add anything before the start of this season, it’s likely to be a veteran defenseman, not a forward.

IS THIS THE YEAR?

Since the end of the 2002 season, Kings fans have waited to see a playoff game. Dean Lombardi is entering his fourth season as the Kings’ general manager, and while the pieces of his plan seem to be falling in place - the Kings have an ever-improving young defense and a stable of talented young goalies - the Western Conference is tough, deep and balanced, and the Kings need to show that they have enough offense to make a big jump from last season’s 14th-place finish in the West.

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Niedermayer Talks Ducks Changing Defense

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from Curtis Zupke of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

Can the Ducks build off last season’s run to the conference semifinals with more new faces?

“That will create more challenges, but that’s what this time of year is for,” Niedermayer said. “We’ll try and get on the same track as quickly as possible. We have a good group of guys that were there last year, and a couple of new guys sprinkled in, but I don’t think it will be a problem.

We’re going to be younger back there, but in some ways maybe that’s a good thing. Everybody’s going to have to take more responsibility. Obviously those two guys played an important role on this team the past few years.”

On another topic, Niedermayer said brother Rob is home in British Columbia and staying in shape in the hope of catching on with a team.

more plus Scott has a few kind words for Pronger…

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Late Afternoon Line

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“It was a little bit of a shock, but you look at it as a great opportunity go out and prove I can still do what I can do.”

“It’s a no-brainer for them (the Sharks). That’s somebody they targeted and you’re going to have to give up things to get things. To be part of that deal, I’ve got to go to Ottawa and show them they didn’t make a wrong choice.”

-Jonathan Cheechoo on the trade to Ottawa.  More from Cheechoo from David Pollak of Working the Corners.

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Derek Dorsett Signs Extension With Columbus

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COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed right wing Derek Dorsett to a two-year contract extension which begins in 2010-11 and continues through the 2011-12 season, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.

Dorsett, 22, tallied four goals and one assist for five points with 150 penalty minutes in 52 games as a rookie with the Blue Jackets in 2008-09. He ranked second on the club and led all NHL rookies in penalty minutes and added 116 hits.

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Heatley A Shark

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from TSN,

Disgruntled forward Dany Heatley has gotten his wish.

The Ottawa Senators dealt the veteran forward to the San Jose Sharks for Milan Michalek, Jonathan Cheechoo and a second round pick.

continued

added 2:37pm,

San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the team has acquired left wing Dany Heatley and a fifth round selection in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for right wing Jonathan Cheechoo, left wing Milan Michalek and San Jose’s second round selection in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft

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  Tags: dany+heatley, jonathan+cheechoo, milan+michalek

Tortorella On Dubinsky

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via Steve Zipay of Blue Notes at Newsday,

On the first day of training camp, unsigned RFA Brandon Dubinsky was a no-show.

And John Tortorella was not happy.

“It’s stupid, ” the Rangers head coach said after 50-plus players went through a series of medical tests and wind sprints. “He’s a young man that needs to be here. I think a player needs to be with his teammates. I’m hoping he realizes that. I think his agent’s stupid….I think Dubi understands my feelings. I thought Glen (Sather) was very honest with Dubi a couple days ago—-I was privy to that conversation—-as a general manager and man-to-man as a friend.”

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  Tags: brandon+dubinsky, john+tortorella

Report- Heatley Deal Close

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via Bruce Garrioch of Off The Posts at the Ottawa Sun,

...this could be a three-way deal involving the Hawks, Sharks and Senators for Heatley.

Sounds like a deal is going to get done today if it can all be worked out.

 

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  Tags: dany+heatley

Caps Trying To Move Nylander To Europe

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via Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,

Michael Nylander has arrived, according to Coach Bruce Boudreau. But how long the veteran will remain in Washington is unclear. Boudreau acknowledged that Nylander and the Caps are actively seeking a deal to send the 36-year-old center to Europe.

“I hope it doesn’t become a distraction,” Boudreau said.

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