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Darryl Sutter’s Days In Japan

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from Evan Weiner at NHL.com,

Believe it or not, Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter didn’t have what it took to get an NHL deal after he was done playing in junior. Sutter was an 11th-round pick of the Chicago Blackhawks in the 1978 draft, which really meant that Sutter had very little chance of ever donning a Blackhawks uniform in a regular-season game.
Sutter decided that his best career move would be to forego signing with Chicago and try his luck elsewhere.
In Sutter’s case, that elsewhere was in Japan. He signed with Iwakura Tomakomai of the Japan National League and for Sutter, it was the best career move imaginable.

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NHL Addresses Integrity Issue

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from Ken Campbell at the Hockey News,

Although the chances of a gambling scandal surfacing in hockey are probably much less than in basketball, the NHL is actively taking steps to further prevent the possibility of a Tim Donaghy situation from happening in its league.
The league has already sent a memo to the NHL Officials’ Association saying that it wants to meet to see what further steps might be needed to prevent an on-ice official from doing what Donaghy is alleged to have done, betting on his own sport’s games and passing information on to others who are involved in betting.

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Travis Moen Brings The Cup Back Home

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from the Southwest Booster,

Grinning ear-to-ear Moen expressed his feelings in between photos with his friends, neighbors, and fans.
“It has fulfilled a childhood dream to be able to win the Stanley Cup and bring it back to my home town. It has been something special and it is great for the community.”
Moen’s older brother, Brant, who runs the family farm, echoed Travis’s sentiments.
“I always believed that my brother would win the cup, but seeing it drive into the farm this morning made it all real. It was almost unbelievable to see the Stanley Cup on the Moen family farm.”

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Roy Agrees To Contract With Buffalo

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from WGR,

Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier announced today the Sabres have agreed to terms on a six-year deal with restricted free agent center Derek Roy. Terms were not disclosed. Roy was scheduled for NHL arbitration today in Toronto.
“Derek is a solid young player who will only continue to improve,” said Regier. “He will play an increased role for our club, and we look forward to having such a quality player in our organization for many years to come.”

added 10:53am, from the CP via TSN,

The Buffalo Sabres have avoided salary arbitration with Derek Roy, re-signing the forward to a US$24-million, six-year deal.

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Nashville Group Close To Submitting Bid

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from the Tennessean,

From all indications, a proposed local ownership group is getting very close to putting a deal together to purchase the Predators from Craig Leipold. An announcement could be forthcoming by early next week.
Unlike a previous failed negotiation process between Leipold and Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie, it is likely that any deal between Leipold and a group headed by Nashville entrepreneur David Freeman would require the prospective buyers to put down a significant non-refundable deposit as a show of commitment.

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Redden Happy In Ottawa

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from Ian Mendes at Sportsnet,

“I knew that Bryan had talked to a few teams at the draft, but it surprised me at the time,” Redden told Sportsnet.ca from Kelowna, B.C. “He never came to (my agent) Donnie Meehan or myself and asked if I wanted to be moved.”...
“We’ll see what happens as the year goes. I know (Murray) has some decisions to be made with the free agents that will be coming up on our team,” he said….
“One thing that remains though, is that I have a no movement clause in my contract,” he continued. “So if he wanted to move me, I would have to okay it. I am happy there and am looking forward to this season. Especially after getting to the finals last year, I feel we can get there again.

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Just Jammin’

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from the Daily Pilot,

Mark Smith, the center for the San Jose Sharks, stood on the stage in a dark corner of the Blue Beet Café, strumming an acoustic guitar and belting out lyrics in a demented, nasal whine.
“I’m drowning in my own self-loathing,” he sneered over a pulsating beat provided by his two-man band. “But it feels so good/Just like it should.”
In his black T-shirt and jeans, the lead singer of the Vinyl Trees was barely recognizable as a hockey player. Two of his friends — Dustin Penner of the Anaheim Ducks and Joffrey Lupul of the Philadelphia Flyers — blended with the crowd in plain clothes. The Blue Beet was populated Thursday night with superstar athletes, but the night was about camaraderie, not competition….
Penner, who has spent numerous seasons facing Smith on the court(?), came to the show as an admiring fan. During the summer months it became easier to relax with the opposition.

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Talk Advertising Opportunities With Bossy

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from the Long Island Business News,

If you want a Bossy-autographed hockey stick, it will run you about $520 through sports memorabilia giant Steiner Sports, where an autographed puck will cost about $90. But if you want an autographed skate, you can’t get it at any price. “I never signed skates,” the great shooter said.
But you can get one for free, if you’re one of the 100 lucky Long Island businesses that recently received an autographed skate and a letter from Bossy requesting a meeting to discuss Islander advertising opportunities. The skates have gone “to the top businesses on Long Island who currently don’t have a relationship with us,” said Islander spokesman Chris Botta, listing such Island powerhouses as Sbarro, Sleepy’s, Riverhead Building Supply and Harbor Footwear.
Bossy characterized the promotion “as a stab in the dark.”

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Class Is In Session

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from John Ryan at the Mercury News,

Gary Bettman, the commissioner of the only major sport* not in crisis, gives a seminar on Managing From The Top. Attendees: Bud Selig, Roger Goodell and David Stern.
(*It was major once.)
OK, listen up, dillweeds, because I don’t have all day. I have a league to run, not a penal colony or a chemistry class. And it ain’t easy making this NHL thing do what it do.
As I see it, y’all have one big problem: ESPN. I turn on that network and what do I see? Baseball Tonight. NFL Live. NBA Shootaround. Every day! That’s a lot of time to fill. They have to obsess over everything, good and bad.

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Don Cherry Comes To The Aid Of The Staal Brothers

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from Joe Warmington of the Toronto Sun,

Don Cherry has jumped over the boards and taken the gloves off in defence of the Staal brothers, saying the media coverage of their arrest was “unfair” and “ridiculous.”
And the coach is throwing some of his punches at us at the Sun, for which he has traded in his usual thumbs up into a definite two thumbs down.
“I am very disappointed in the Sun because I always thought of it as very fair and not a trash tabloid,” he said last night from his cottage near Kingston. “But what you did to those kids by putting their mug shots on the front of the paper was really low.”

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