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Roenick Talks Chicago

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from Bob Verdi of the Chicago Tribune,

Jeremy Roenick has numerous options for what to do with the rest of his life, including stage, screen and television. But he will clear a busy schedule for one particular job title, should it be offered.

“I began my career with the Blackhawks and should have ended it with the Blackhawks,” he was saying the other day from his home near Phoenix. “And there should have been no in between the Blackhawks. I should never have left. I didn’t want to leave. I loved Chicago and felt loved in Chicago.

“Anyway, I’ve seen what they’ve done for some retired guys like me. Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita, Tony Esposito, Denis Savard. They’re ambassadors for the club. I could go for that. As long as we’re at it, it would be cool if they retired my number, 27, too. I would be honored.”


Heck J.R. why not ask for the assistant GM job too?

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Report- Rangers Sign Prospal

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

As contract negotiations with Brandon Dubinsky have hit a speed bump, the Rangers have signed 34-year-old free agent forward Vinnie Prospal to a one-year, $1.1 million deal, The Post has learned.


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Nothing New On The Kessel Front

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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

(Phil) Kessel, who will turn 22 at the start of the NHL season, underwent shoulder surgery soon after the Bruins were eliminated by Carolina in Round 2 of the playoffs and likely won’t be ready to play until December. A restricted free agent without arbitration rights, he remains unsigned and has not said publicly what he wants to be paid in his next deal.

Meanwhile, Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli, who made the Kessel camp a requisite qualifying offer in June, remains hopeful that the sides can broker an agreement.

“Right now, there is nothing going on,’’ Chiarelli said. “This is a player that we still covet, and we’ll do anything to keep him - within reason, including matching an offer sheet and shuffling our roster around.’’

Kessel, with 66 career goals on his résumé, likely is being offered a deal in line with David Krejci’s new pact - three years at a $3.75 million average.

more plus other hockey notes…

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Were Changes Good For The Canadiens?

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from Larry Wigge of NHL.com,

Extreme makeover? Or did the Montreal Canadiens really improve themselves by adding three new forwards and two defensemen at the cost of letting their first-, third-, fifth- and seventh-leading scorers walk?

This is a touchy situation, especially after the Canadiens were expecting to celebrate the team’s 100th anniversary with a run for their first Stanley Cup since 1993 ... and instead stumbled down the stretch, replaced coach Guy Carbonneau and then bowed out in the first round of the playoffs to the hated Boston Bruins.


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Shawn Thornton With A Different Type Of Training

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from Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald,

It is an all-too-rare lovely summer day, but Bruins winger Shawn Thornton hasn’t exactly spent it on the beach or golf course. By late afternoon, he’s already had two tough workouts—skating in Wilmington, lifting weights at a gym in Charlestown—and his training is far from finished.

Next stop: The Ring Boxing Club on Commonwealth Avenue in Allston near Boston University. Thornton has been a regular at the gym this offseason, working with veteran trainer Tommy McInerney in an effort to improve both his conditioning and punching ability.

“It’s a long day, but hopefully it will pay off halfway through the season,“ Thornton said as he taped his hands for a sparring session with McInerney. “It switches up the monotony, too. It used to be I’d go for a run or whatever to get a sweat. Coming in here is a lot more fun than anything else I could do….”


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Talking Hockey On A Sunday Morning

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via Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

• Yes, the Maple Leafs have a big league defence and maybe strength in goal—although that has to be proven—but really, who is going to man the first two lines up front? Mikhail Grabovski? Alex Ponikarovsky? Ferris Bueller?

• Should the proposed new owners of the Florida Panthers ever complete the deal and get NHL approval, Neil Smith will be back as their general manager, hopefully for longer than the three weeks he worked for Charles Wang in Long Island.

• I see where Arturs Irbe, one of the great characters of recent hockey times, has signed on as goalies coach with the Capitals. What’s strange about this is Irbe was an old-school, odd-style goaltender, and he’s now teaching butterfly and puck movement, two things he couldn’t do himself.

• Brad May won’t be getting another contract from his old pal, Brian Burke, and isn’t likely to get work elsewhere, which basically means his NHL career has come to an end after 17 seasons and 1001 games.

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Messier Becomes An Apprentice

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Captain is back.

As an apprentice.

Mark Messier is rejoining the Rangers’ organization as special assistant to club president Glen Sather, The Post has learned. It will mark Messier’s first job in hockey—and first full-time job, period—since he ended his playing career following the 2003-04 season.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled with the opportunity to move back to New York with my family, to learn from Glen and to work for the Rangers,” Messier said yesterday by phone from the Bahamas. “I’m going to come in and get my feet wet and get an overview of how the business runs and how the team runs and take it from there.”


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Boys Will Be Boys

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from Stu Cowen of the Montreal Gazette via the National Post,

...All this allegedly over 20 cents for Kane, who earned $3.75 million US last season. Somehow, I don’t think this would have happened at 5 p.m.

But this isn’t the first time a young hockey star has found himself in trouble in Buffalo after 2 a.m.

During his rookie season with the Hartford Whalers in 1993-94, 19-year-old Chris Pronger - the No. 2 overall draft pick in 1993 - was arrested at 3:55 a.m. along with five teammates and an assistant coach after a bar brawl at Buffalo’s Network club. Pronger, like Kane, was younger than the New York State legal drinking age of 21.

But hockey stars don’t have to be in Buffalo - or be under 21 - to get into trouble after 2 a.m.


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30 Quick Hitters

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from Sam McCaig of The Hockey News,

Two months into the off-season and there’s still almost two months to go before the NHL regular season begins.

Here are team-by-team storylines to keep in mind as you sun it up by the sea. Or wherever you may be.

Dion Phaneuf, Jay Bouwmeester and Robyn Regehr. On the same team’s blueline. The Flames might not even need a goalie back there.

Get ready for the Habs’ yearlong “Centennial (Plus One)” celebrations.

They’ll win some, lose some…and see you in the final.


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Panthers Coach Wouldn’t Mind Adding Another Player

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from Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,

As for the roster the Panthers have right now, DeBoer didn’t sound like he feels the team MUST add another player. But with the ongoing speculation about Alex Tanguay and whether the Panthers can sign the unrestricted free agent winger, he certainly isn’t opposed to another by assistant general manager Randy Sexton.

“I don’t think there’s a coach in the NHL that wouldn’t mind adding another piece if it’s the right piece.”

“We see the weaknesses on paper of our lineup just like everybody else does. The reality of our situation is we’re not a cap team, and considering where we sit on the salary structure, I think we have a competitive team.”

more on the Panthers…

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