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Part 2 of an interview with John Tortorella…

from Stan Fischler of Game On,

This is John’s team and he has an obligation to mold it, not only in his image and philosophy but also with the players he believes will best serve the Rangers interests.

Tortorella is emphasizing what the Canadiens called Firewagon Hockey, when Montreal won five-straight Stanley Cups between 1956 and 1960. He wants speed and more speed; along with as much youth as possible. Betts apparently does not fill that bill, admirable as his defensive skills may be.

In a nutshell, Orr has won a ridiculously high and long contract from the Maple Leafs simply because GM Brian Burke is building a behemoth roster. Brashear is a better fighter than Orr and skates faster. There was no way Glen Sather should have paid crazy bucks for Orr nor a long-term deal befitting a Sid Crosby.

As for Tortorella, he was typically candid about each of the trio, showing a sincere appreciation for the contributions of Betts and Orr while explaining the importance of the Brashear import.

“I really liked Bettsy,” said Torts. “He was really good for us on the penalty-kill and on face-offs.”

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Tuesday Is An Important Day For Islanders Fans

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from Netminder at Islanders Blogger,

If there was ever a time for Islanders fans to show their pride, it is tomorrow. The future of the New York Islanders starts August 4th at Hofstra University.

From Lighthouseli.com. Lighthouse supporters, we need you. The long awaited public hearing has been scheduled by the Town of Hempstead, and Tuesday, August 4, 2009 is the day we’ve all been waiting for. The meeting will be at 9:30 a.m. at the John Cranston Adams Playhouse on the campus of Hofstra University.

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U.S. Olympic Hockey Camp Open To The Public

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I’ve received some emails lately with people asking about tickets to the U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Orientation Camp.  Here is your answer…

from NHL.com,

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Orientation Camp will be open to the general public on Monday, Aug. 17, and Tuesday, Aug. 18, at the Seven Bridges Ice Arena in Woodridge, Ill.

Admission is free and on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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The Battle Continues

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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

The City of Glendale and the NHL served notice that Monday afternoon’s emergency hearing in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court will be a major brawl, with the city asking the court to find Phoenix Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes and his lawyers in contempt of court for disclosing confidential information and the NHL calling into question Jim Balsillie’s character.

In its declaration, the NHL said the league’s governors found Balsillie, the co-CEO of Research In Motion, “lacks the good character and integrity required” by the league’s constitution and by-laws. Earlier, the Balsillie camp charged that this was a charade created by the league because it did not want to see the Coyotes relocated to Hamilton and that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has a personal bias against Balsillie.

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Team Russia Olympic Camp Roster

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from the IIHF via Universal Sports,

The Russian Ice Hockey Federation has named 38 players for their Olympic Summer Camp from August 29 to September 1 in Moscow. The KHL and the NHL contribute with 19 players each.

continued and the compete roster is listed below…

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Closing The Book On Hudler

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from the Detroit Free Press,

Red Wings general manager Ken Holland confirmed today that Jiri Hudler will earn $2.75 million in the first year of a two-year arbitration award and $3 million in the second year. Holland said he learned of the arbitration ruling on Saturday afternoon.
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The two sides had been working toward an agreement in the days leading up to the arbitration hearing and Holland was satisfied with the outcome.

“We thought we had a good chance to win a salary in the high 2s in year one, but based on the comparables, the second year was going to be a number in the 3s,” Holland said.

“He’s obviously going to Russia because it’s an opportunity for a financial windfall,” Holland said. “But right now his plans are to come back to the NHL and to come back to the Wings.”

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Loving The Game

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from Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy,

Welcome to Puck Daddy’s August series, “5 Reasons I Love Hockey,” which will feature famous fans, infamous fans, bloggers, traditional media ... a plethora of puckheads. Our pitch was simple: We wanted five things that either made them a fan or that keep them watching hockey. As you’ll see every weekday until the end of the month, the reasons range from the sublime to the ridiculous. First up, a man who needs no introduction, even though we’ll give him one: Baba Booey..

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Burrows Accused Of On-Ice Incident

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from TSN,

Vancouver Canucks forward Alex Burrows could be facing charges for an on-ice incident in a Montreal summer league game.

According to a report on RDS.ca, an investigation is underway in response to a complaint filed on July 21 that states Burrows violently struck the face of a goaltender with his stick during a game at the Excellent Ice Arena in Kirkland, Que.

The report said the family of the goaltender, 19-year old Koray Celik, would not comment about the incident on the advice of lawyers.

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Recchi Continues To Help Bruins

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from John McGourty of NHL.com,

Perhaps the biggest contribution Recchi made last season was helping Bergeron rediscover his skills. Bergeron, who suffered a serious head injury in 2007 and another lesser concussion in December 2008, looked like his old self when teamed with Recchi.

If Bergeron returns to the form that saw him score 70 points in two straight seasons from 2005-07, it would have an effect similar to signing one of the top available free agents this summer. Recchi thinks it can happen.

“You can see Bergeron is regaining his confidence,” Recchi said. “When you go through what he’s been through the past 1 1/2 or two years, it’s not easy. But I think he’s back to being the player everybody has seen in the past. He’s holding onto the puck and playing with strength. He’s a great two-way player.

“It’s fun to see him getting back to health and it’s fun to play with him. I’m just trying to support Chuck and Patrice by going to the areas that they need me to go.”

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Maybe Hamilton Should Find A New Dance Partner

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from Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail,

As much fun as it is watching Gary Bettman squirm - comfort the afflicted, afflict the comfortable, you understand - I’m getting the impression it’s almost time Jim Balsillie gets new legal advice or, at least, a new hobby.

After NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly sent the Hamilton Spectator an e-mail message saying: “This is all about Jim. At some point Jim has to look in the mirror and start taking responsibility for his actions. Hamilton is a great hockey town with passionate hockey fans. But it may be time for the city to come to the realization that it married the wrong spouse.”

Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger told the paper he would have some advice for the Blackberry Baron. “One is not going to be successful if you continue down the same path that has not succeeded in the past,” Eisenberger said.

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