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Kings Name Lewis Asst. Coach

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from the LA Kings,

The Los Angeles Kings have named Dave Lewis as Assistant Coach and have promoted Jamie Kompon to Assistant Coach and Director of Amateur Development, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi and Kings Head Coach Marc Crawford announced Tuesday. Lewis joins Mike Johnston (Associate Coach), Kompon, Nelson Emerson (Assistant Coach), Bill Ranford (Goaltending Coach) and Chad Smith (Strength and Conditioning Coach) on Crawford’s coaching staff.

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The Younger Sutter

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from the Vancouver Province,

UFA, Russia — At street corner stores here everywhere they sell Babushka dolls which are a set of similar wooden dolls of decreasing sizes that are placed one inside another inside another.
They have something similar in Canada — the Sutter family. Two of them are in Russia to take part in the Super Series and the similarities run deep. Both are acting like pros, both are playing to win and both are enjoying their last few games together before they go their separate ways in hockey to try to make marks in the NHL.
Team Canada head coach Brent Sutter has long been reluctant to talk much about the special relationship he has with his assistant captain, who is also his son, Brandon Sutter.

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For “Em

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from Barry Melrose Rocks,

It’s safe to say that the New York Islanders are all for class participation. From their famous Blog in a Box, to the numerous fan articles that they publish through various mediums, there’s no doubt that they love to hear what the public has to say. In another very unique move, the Islanders have acquired an internet fan forum to become the team’s official message board/fan forum/gripe fest for their website.

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Let’s All Gather In One Place

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from the Hockey News,

“I saw that all the local pros and top junior and collegiate players were skating at different arenas and at various ice times,” Vastamaki said. “I thought of bringing them all together under one roof to make the best possible summer scrimmage league in Thunder Bay and also give these guys a venue where they could actually challenge and improve themselves.”
This year’s Pro Camp headliners include all four Staal brothers; Eric, Jordan, Marc and Jared, along with Taylor and Tom Pyatt, Patrick Sharp, Trevor Letowski and Alex Auld.
Pittsburgh’s Jordan Staal, in his third summer at Pro Camp, said the scrimmages are a fun and very competitive way to tune up over the summer.

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Fill Rexall Place With “Hometown Heroes”

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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Officially, it’s the Edmonton Oilers vs. the Chicago Blackhawks on Nov. 24 on Hockey Night in Canada.
But really it’s Tickets for Troops night, a first for the National Hockey League. The Oilers hope the entire building will be full of what they call their “hometown heroes.”
The Oilers hope to fill Rexall Place with armed forces personnel and their families stationed at CFB Edmonton by asking their season ticket customers to turn back their ducats for that game, in appreciation of the soldiers’ efforts.

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Columbus Moving In the Right Direction

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from E.J. Hradek of ESPN,

The Jackets are a long way from making a serious run at the playoffs. In the past, MacLean wouldn’t or couldn’t accept that fact, leading to several ill-fated “quick fixes.” If Howson stays true to his word and focuses on the big picture, the Jackets can begin to move in the right direction.

more on the Blue Jackets…

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Calling Fischler’s Bluff—Chelios Won’t Lead Another PA Revolt

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by George James Malik

As Paul noted on Monday, the inestimable Stan Fischler had some choice words for Chris Chelios, who Fischler believes will succeed Ted Saskin as the NHLPA’s chief executive:

One hopes that some good will come of the Sheila Block-Union probe, which is due for a public revelation next Thursday. If the finger is pointed at Ted Saskin it will be old news. Chris Chelios insists that Block’s report will confirm the hiring of Saskin as the head of the Union was not within the guidelines of the NHLPA’s constitution. What really matters is where the Union goes from here. You can bet that if Chelios becomes the new, chief Association power broker there will be another civil war in two years. …

Ol’ Comrade Stan is barking up the wrong tree in looking to unleash his hatred for the PA upon Chris Chelios. 

Chelios never intended to run the NHLPA—first, and foremost, he’s very busy both managing two successful restaurants and playing hockey for the Detroit Red Wings, which he plans on doing so for at least a few more years.  Moreover, he never wanted to stage another lock-out—Chelios wanted to get Saskin’s butt kicked out of office, and he wants the NHLPA to act and operate as an honest, open, and accountable union.  That’s all. 

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The Tops With A Twist

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In my NHL.com blog today, I choose players who fit in some categories I have come up with.
It is a spinoff of the recent Top 50 Players most of us have read.

added 5:31pm, A reader just submitted a whole new set of categories…

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Memories Of 1987

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from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

I still have the shoes I wore that night.
And I still get goose bumps every time I see a replay of Mario Lemieux go high glove side to clinch the 1987 Canada Cup.
Almost 20 years to the day after sitting in Hamilton’s Copps Coliseum as a teenage fan to witness my generation’s version of the Paul Henderson goal, memories of the greatest game I’ve ever seen linger like the smell of the cheese-stained Nikes I bought just before the game.

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Blue Jackets Plan To Suspend Svitov

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from the Columbus Dispatch,

No one in the Blue Jackets organization has spoken to center Alexander Svitov in the 10 days since his plans to play this season in Russia were brought to their attention via the Internet.
And the club isn’t yet sure of its next step.
“We’re still considering everything,” Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson said. “You can try and fight it (in the Russian court), but you’re not going to have any success in their legal system, just as they haven’t had any success in the (North American) court system….
The Blue Jackets will place Svitov on the suspended list in September when training camp begins. They won’t have to pay his $1 million salary this season, nor will he take up a roster spot or count against the salary cap.
“At some point, we’ll be within our rights to suspend him for the year,” Howson said.

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