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How Are You Handling Your Hockey Summer?

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My blog today at NHL.com,

Over the last 10 months, I have been in hockey mode 24/7 and looked forward to a little break from the action. But the more I look for that break, the harder it is to find.

Friends just tell me to stay away from anything hockey—don’t visit the Web, don’t watch the NHL Network, don’t listen to NHL Home Ice. Go on vacation, go to the beach or go fly a kite.

If only they knew it is much easier said than done!

continued and I asked for people to email me with their stories.  Surprised over 50 emails received so far. I may have to do another article on this topic.

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Blue Jackets Need A Puck Moving Dman - How About Zubov?

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from Rory Boylen of The Hockey News,

With about $10 million in cap space still available, the Jackets could turn to the trade market and target teams who are up against the cap.

Rumors suggested GM Scott Howson was in talks with San Jose about acquiring Christian Ehrhoff, but Sharks GM Doug Wilson wasn’t interested in the return of Jason Chimera. Not yet, anyway.

Tomas Kaberle of the Leafs comes to mind, but with the price GM Brian Burke is asking, I’m not sure the Jackets should go down that road. It’s not time to be so aggressive as to trade away a blue-chip prospect, so Columbus should be eyeing an option where it doesn’t have to give up a valued asset.

To me, the perfect fit is soon-to-be 39-year-old Sergei Zubov.

more

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  Tags: sergei+zubov

Six Minute Hockey Fix For The Day

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Watch the top ten goals from the 2008-2009 season!

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Tavares Signs His Entry Level Contract

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The Islanders signed John Tavares to a three-year entry level contract on Wednesday. Tavares was selected by the Islanders first overall in the 2009 National Hockey League Draft.

“It’s an exciting time for the Islanders organization as we develop our young talent into a contender,” said Islanders General Manager Garth Snow.  “John provides another important piece to help us achieve our ultimate goal of winning a Stanley Cup.”

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So, What Do You Think?

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Picture via Schuyler Baehman of the NHL at twitpic where you can find more pictures from Fenway.

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  Tags: winter+classic

Can Anyone Sing O Canada In St. Louis?

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via CTV BC,

Prior to Tuesday night’s game, Grammy Award-winning singer Sheryl Crow performed the Star Spangled Banner at Busch Stadium.

But she didn’t sing O Canada—and neither did anybody else. Instead, an instrumental version of Canada’s national anthem was piped through stadium speakers.

After the game, the 28-year-old Morneau told reporters that Major League Baseball could have handled the situation better.

“I wasn’t very impressed with that to tell you the truth,” he said Tuesday night. “You figure they could find somebody to come and sing the song. They have a hockey team here, the Canadian teams play here.

“It’s something that didn’t really go over too well. I think if it happened the other way around, if they were playing in Toronto and they did that, it would have been a lot bigger deal. But nothing you can do about it.”

added 11:53am, Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail chimed in too…

It’s simple, really: national anthems have no place being played before sports events. This isn’t the 40s. It is an anachronistic sop to feeble-minded nationalism.

more and thanks to Garry Sears for the pointer from his Twitter....

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  Tags: justin+morneau

The All-Unsigned Team

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from Steve Zipay of Blue Notes at Newsday,

This group might beat some bottom feeders, no?

Tanguay—Sundin- Sykora
Williams -Lang—Afinogenov
Pyatt-Malhotra-Satan
Bertuzzi-Betts-Grier

more

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Hey AO, How About The Stanley Cup?

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from RussiaToday,

Ovechkin was playing as goalie in the first half, but couldn’t keep the net untouched. In the second, Ovechkin appeared as a forward, determined to upset the Sochi clerks. And he managed to do it, sending the ball in the high left corner of the net after a perfect distance shot. However, this time around, it wasn’t about the winner or the loser, and the result took a backseat.

After the match, Ovechkin made sure to praise Russia’s efforts in securing the 2014 Winter Olympics.

”I’m very proud of my country. I’m proud of Sochi for winning the bid to host the Olympic Games,” said Ovechkin, adding that his “own focus next season is on the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.”

more on the soccer match Ovechkin participated in….

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Welcome Back To The NHL Man

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via Main Line Media News,

New Flyers goalie, Ray Emery, talks with Jabari Young on returning to the NHL, African-Americans in hockey, and even kicks a freestyle rap about helping the Flyers win a Stanley Cup.

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Strange Day In Chicago

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from Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Tribune,

It was a bizarre day on Madison Street, with Stan Bowman, son of Hawks’ pay-no-attention-to-the-man-behind-the-curtain senior adviser Scotty Bowman, being elevated from assistant general manager to general manager. Tallon was dropped from GM to senior adviser.

And then there was Hawks Chairman Rocky Wirtz weighing in on what Stan Bowman brings to the job that Tallon couldn’t.

“He’s 36, Dale’s 58,” Wirtz said. “We always want younger people, so what he brings is a system in place to get better. It’s nothing that Dale was doing, but also Dale’s at the tail end of his business career. I’m at the tail end. I’m 56. I want my son and cousins to do better than I am. I have a son who’s 32. I hope they are constantly pushing me.

“We constantly want to bring younger people up in the organization. We don’t want a bunch of players that are 42 years of age on the ice. There’s a reason for that.”

Paging Dale Tallon: Your attorney is on line 2 talking excitedly about an age-discrimination suit.

read on

added 10:14am, from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Sentiment - bordering on outrage - best describes how many NHL people responded to the news of Dale Tallon’s dismissal as general manager of the Chicago Blackhawks.

However, anyone shocked by this move by team president John McDonough didn’t pay attention to the constant speculation of Tallon’s demise at varying points of the season.

continued

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