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Teams Showing Interest In Babchuk

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from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

I’m up in Traverse City, Michigan for the Red Wings annual prospect tournament. It’s usually a great place to get a look at some of the better prospects in the league, and I’ll have more later in the week on some of the young players. But I’ve spent most of the day today talking to coaches and GMs, trying to gather information for our NHL season preview in Sporting News Magazine.

During a conversation with Carolina GM Jim Rutherford about the Canes, the conversation shifted to the future of defenseman Anton Babchuk. Babchuk is coming off a 16-goal season but the restricted free agent rejected Carolina’s one-year offer. He changed agents, from Jay Grossman to Don Meehan and wants to play in the NHL next season. It won’t be with Carolina, but Rutherford said he sees a solution to Babchuk’s situation before training camp.

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Women’s Canada Cup Medal Round

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The medal round of the Women’s Canada Cup has been played in Vancouver, British Columbia this weekend.  For preliminary round results look here

In the semi-finals, USA met Finland and Canada met Sweden.  Here are the results:

USA 4 Finland 0  This was a re-match of the only preliminary round game that USA lost.  This time they had a better game.  Meghan Duggan scored a hat trick for the US team, with Gigi Marvin assisting on each of the goals.  Jocelyne Lamoureux added the other US goal.  Jessie Vetter stopped 19 Finland shots for a shutout.  Noora Ratty was in goal for Finland.

Canada 7 Sweden 2  The outcome of this game was never really in question.  Canada took a 6-0 lead into the dressing room at the end of the second period.  Emotions got a little out of control and a couple near brawls occurred.  In the third period, Sweden managed to get on the scoreboard but it was too little too late.  Hayley Wickenheiser and Sarah Vaillancourt each scored two goals for Canada.  Kim St Pierre was the winning Canadian goalie.  Isabelle Jordansson and Danileja Rundqvist scored the Swedish goals.  Sara Grahn was in goal for the losing Swedish effort.

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Proven Goalie Needed In Chicago

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from Ross McKeon of Yahoo,

It’s hard not to get sucked into the hype, but it’s really hard to be considered a top-flight Cup contender without a more proven goalie so that’s where the Hawks fall short. Chicago will finish second in the division again, slip to between fifth or sixth in the conference and won’t last long in the postseason.

more on Chicago….

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Kadri Gets Relief From Religious Observance

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from Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun,

Being a first-round draft pick of the Maple Leafs comes with enough pressure. Nazem Kadri didn’t need any more heading into his first NHL rookie camp this week.

Fortunately, a potential controversy that could have involved Kadri, the seventh overall pick in June, has been cut off at the pass, and all the 18-year-old forward has to worry about here this week at the Memorial Auditorium is playing hard and impressing the Leafs.

This year’s rookie camp is scheduled at the same time as the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, an annual observance that calls for practising Muslims to refrain from eating, drinking, smoking or anything considered ill-natured, from dawn until sunset.

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Sbisa Welcomes The Opportunity With The Ducks

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from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Luca Sbisa was surprised when the Flyers traded him to the Ducks in June as part of the blockbuster Chris Pronger deal.

“It took me a couple of days to let it settle in,” the 19-year-old defenseman said. “I thought I had a great time in Philly. But after a couple of days I got more and more excited and I saw the opportunity I would have here.”

His last doubts faded when he arrived in Southern California without a place to stay and was taken in by Bobby Ryan. “He just got his house the day before I moved into his house, so there was no furniture. We had to go buy a blow-up mattress,” Sbisa said, laughing. “But that’s how good of a guy he was.”

Sbisa, born in Italy and raised in Switzerland, later found a place to live in Newport Beach.

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Peca Wants To Help A Team With The Cup

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from Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News,

It’s hard to imagine that no one could use Peca’s experience and grit. He’s a two-time Selke winner as the league’s top defensive forward. He’s gone to two Cup finals. He’s played for six NHL teams, four in the last five seasons.

Peca is one of those players whose intangibles make any team better. No one plays tougher for his size. That’s the problem. The word around the league is that Peca hit so hard, for so long, that there’s little left to give.

“I do hear that,” he said. “It’s in the back of your mind. But then you find a real purpose to play again. My sole purpose is to try to win a championship. That’s my motivation, to win a Stanley Cup. I don’t want to play just to play and have a job or make money. I want to be in a position to win, or a position that’s going to be great for me and my family.”

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Jimmy Howard Finally Arrives

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from Chris McKosky of the Detroit News,

“There are people out there who think (Howard) is a washout,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “But I like to bring goalies along slowly because I know how important that position is. I don’t want to go through growing pains with a 23-year-old. I am trying to avoid putting players in the NHL and have them learn how to play pro hockey while we’re losing.”

Holland feels Howard’s apprenticeship is over, as do general managers throughout the league. Holland said he had to deflect a lot of interest in Howard at last year’s trade deadline.

“I just had to keep working hard,” said Howard, who says he never felt the organization bailed on him. “I never had a bad meeting with Ken. It was always positive, so I knew in the back of my mind that I’d be up here one day. Now the door is open and I have to walk right through.”

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Phoenix Owner Wants More Money From The NHL

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from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

Saying the NHL needs to come to its senses, lawyers for Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes urged the league to sweeten its offer for the bankrupt Phoenix Coyotes, by about $80 million or so.

That’s roughly the difference between what the NHL is willing to pay ($140 million, all figures U.S.) to keep the team in Phoenix and what Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie is willing to pay (212.5 million) in his bid to move the team to Hamilton.

“The real decision to be made here is hardly a contest: $212.5 million from PSE (Balsillie’s company) and $140 million from the NHL,” said a brief filed by Moyes’ estate lawyers. “(The NHL) is $80 million short of the ticket to buy this team.

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Nothing New On Kessel… Yet

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from Kevin Paul Dupont of Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,

KITCHNER, Ont.—Toronto GM Brian Burke and Boston GM Peter Chiarelli, both of whom will be in attendance here at rookie camp on Monday, reported no developments on the Phil Kessel front.

Burke made a deal on Saturday to reacquire a second-round draft pick, triggering alarms that he might be readying an offer sheet for Kessel, a restricted free agent.

‘‘Nothing…yet,’’ Chiarelli wrote via email when asked if there were any news pertaining to the 21-year-old Kessel.

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How Do You Like Your Wings?

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from Japers’ Rink,

Hockey’s Greatest Teams lists the ‘97 Red Wings as one of the fifteen greatest teams of all time.  I can’t say I agree, but it raises a question:  Of the stellar puck-moving Wings squads, which is the best?

continue to compare the rosters and vote on which team was better…

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