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Ottawa May Have The Next All-Star Game

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The NHL’s best of the best could be coming to Scotiabank Place next season.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman will be in Ottawa for a Sept. 15 luncheon at the Chateau Laurier, along with Senators owner Eugene Melnyk and GM Bryan Murray.

League sources say Bettman could also use the forum to confirm the Senators and City of Ottawa will host the NHL all-star weekend for the first time—from Jan 26-29, 2012.

That would coincide with the 20th anniversary of the Senators re-entry into the league in 1992-93. In February, more than 25 teams made bids for the 2011-12 all-star weekends.

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Corruption Scandal Surfaces In Sochi

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from the AFP at Yahoo,

The chief of a top contractor building infrastructure for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in the Russian city of Sochi has been fired in a corruption scandal, its holding company announced Monday.

Ivan Kuznetsov, CEO of the Transstroi corporation, which belongs to the Basic Element holding company of leading Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, was dismissed for stealing shareholders’ money, Basic Element said.

A statement from the holding company gave no further details on the nature of the alleged violations but said the funds involved amounted to tens of millions of dollars.

“Funds misappropriated from shareholders amount to hundreds of millions of rubles ($1 is 30.6 rubles),” the holding said in a statement.

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  Tags: 2014+winter+olympics

Preparing For Camp In Traverse City

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from Greg Gielczyk of the MorningStar,

This marks the 13th year the Red Wings have come up to Traverse City for their annual training camp.

Recent construction of two National Hockey League-size locker rooms – which will be used for the Prospects Camp, the Red Wings and the Traverse City North Stars when the pros have left – are just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak.

Adjacent to the home team’s locker room is a trainer’s room as well as a coaches’ office.

Visiting scouts will be accommodated by a new lounge that later will be used as a rented suite to bring in more revenue for the arena.

“We have scouts coming in from all over the country, not just the eight NHL teams that are here,” said Centre I.C.E. Executive Director Terry Marchand.

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Keep Your Night Job Guys

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Duncan Keith threw out the first pitch at Wrigley field yesterday and then was joined by Dave Bolland for ‘Tale Me Out To The Ballgame”.

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  Tags: dave+bolland, duncan+keith

Toronto Won’t Help Out The Devils

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from Greg Brady of the Brady Blog at Fan590,

I know Leafs fans are hoping THEY can be the team like Atlanta and Toronto did, to hope to exploit the Devils’ “issues” before the regular season starts, but though Brian Rolston would help the Leafs’ offence, there’s no financial wiggle room without sending something back.  Count on the Islanders or St. Louis or Colorado to be the team to take on an overpaid Devils veteran, but there’ll be an asking price.  Future Devils like Nick Palmieri, the very underrated Adam Henrique, or even Vladimir Zharkov, who should make the Devils roster out of camp, are going to be in discussions.

No one’s scratching Lou Lamariello’s back without a reciprocal snuggle here, especially after the circus the Kovalchuk signing ended up becoming.

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Labor Day Thoughts

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via Adam Proteau tweets,

Happy Labor Day to all who understand value and triumphs of unions & see past all attempts to vilify notion of strength in numbers.

Happy Labor Day, Ted Lindsay, Bill Gadsby, Fern Flaman, Gus Mortson & all (incl. Doug Harvey & Carl Brewer) who fought for @nhlpa

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What Changed?

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from The Universal Cynic,

Bloggers should be allowed in the press box if they dress without affiliation (i.e. no team gear), do not cheer, and are barred from asking players questions in the dressing room. (If you get the impression that I’m not hot on the idea, you’d be right.) The question still remains—why the hell do all of you want access, anyway? For years, many bloggers insisted that being being allowed behind closed doors wasn’t necessary. Everyone was content to play Bill Simmons. What changed?

more and other topis too…

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Morning Line

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“We used to beat the Canadians more than we beat Czechoslovakia. And I can say that it was a lot harder to play against our Eastern European neighbors. They were extremely talented and still are. And they were always coming up with new ways of trying to beat us. We always had to think when we played them, while with Canada, we knew if we could match them physically – we would win,”

-Vyacheslav Fetisov via RussiaToday.

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What Was Willie Mitchell Thinking?

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from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

...it seems he’s had another blow to the head, what with the quote he gave our Jim Jamieson on Thursday upon the news of the ultimatum the league gave the Players Association on the Ilya Kovalchuk and Roberto Luongo contracts now thankfully settled.

Quoth Mitchell: “We have a big gap in our union where you have the star player and the blue-collar player. All those top-end guys are getting paid more and more and the bottom-end guys are getting less and less. Maybe if we come to something more level, it might help the rest of our union.”

Now we know what he was driving at but the question is, when did Mitchell become a socialist and when did he start quaffing the Bettman Kool-Aid? No wonder the owners are in such great shape if this is the quality of understanding of the CBA at the player-rep level.

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Ohlund Wants A Big Part In The Lightning Plans

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from Erik Erlenssson of the Tampa Tribune,

Ohlund said that while he looked like a wounded warrior for good portions of last year, he played without limitations.

“I had a few issues, but it wasn’t something big and when I stepped on the ice it never bothered me, it probably took more toll on the trainers than me,” Ohlund said.

The summer didn’t bring an end to the ailments, however, as Ohlund had a minor procedure done to repair some damage to the articular cartilage on his right knee that had him walking around with a brace for a short time.

He downplayed the procedure just as he refuses to use those issues as any kind of an excuse for how his season unfolded.

“I wasn’t … I just had a bad year last year and obviously didn’t play the way I wanted to, but I have no excuses,” he said. “I’ve been around long enough to know that when you have a bad year, you walk around grumpy for a couple of weeks after the season and then you move on.

“I feel great now, I’m excited to be back here and I want to be a big part of getting this team back on the right path again.”

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