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All Craig Leipold

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Let’s Play Hockey does a Q & A with Minnesota Wild Owner Craig Leipold…

LPH: There have been media reports of a possible lockout/strike when the current CBA expires which stems from the unrest within the NHLPA ranks, what are your thoughts?

CL: We have a great relationship with their union. There may be some unrest within the NHLPA. The NHLPA cannot do anything for two years when the existing CBA expires. The current issues with the Players Association have nothing to do with the current CBA or ownership.

LPH: The Phoenix Coyotes’ situation seems to be ever changing, do you believe they will play in Glendale, AZ all season?

CL: Yes. I believe they will be playing NHL hockey in Glendale, Arizona, this year.

LPH:  Any news on the National TV front?

CL: The NHL and VERSUS made a commitment to each other. The NHL likes VERSUS. Other opportunities may come up in the future and we will take a look at those broadcast opportunities at that time.


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Near The End Of The Line

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from CBC Sports,

It could be the “last chance saloon” for a number of veterans still holding out hope of drinking from the Stanley Cup.

NHL training camps open in full this weekend, and tryouts have been extended to a number of players currently without a contract.

They range from those who’ve been integral on Stanley Cup winners (Darryl Sydor) to former No. 1 goalies (Dan Cloutier, Manny Legace) to reliable point-per-game players (Jason Allison).


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All Fantasy Talk

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Rocky Bonanno of NHL.com answers emails from the fans…

Is Claude Giroux poised to be a fantasy steal this year, or what? Based on his 27 points last year in only 42 games as a rookie, can he make it to 60 or 70 points this year, especially if he manages to get significant time with Jeff Carter and/or Daniel Briere?...

Would you take 21-32-53 from Giroux? That is my projection, and I read recently that Giroux will play mostly with Briere. Sixty to 70 is a bit much with Briere, Carter, Scott Hartnell, Mike Richard and Simon Gagne higher on the depth chart. You’d do well to tab Giroux in the 15th round of a standard 10-team league.

many more Q & A’s…

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Mike Danton Gets Parole

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from TSN,

Former NHL player Mike Danton was granted full parole on Friday morning and will be out by Monday or Tuesday at the latest.

Danton, a native of Brampton, Ont., pleaded guilty in 2004 in the U.S. in a failed murder-for-hire plot that allegedly targeted David Frost, who went on to become Danton’s mentor and agent.


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Heatley In The Coming Days, Weeks Or Months

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

So you wonder if, at some point, the San Jose Sharks will take the same desperate steps as the Edmonton Oilers did back in the middle of the summer and in a very public way say thanks but no thanks to a possible trade for Dany Heatley.

Until that happens, the rumour mill will probably continue to churn – as it did Thursday night, when ESPN reported the completion of a three-way trade involving the Sharks, Ottawa Senators and the Los Angeles Kings, a deal that was roundly denied all around.

Still, one can imagine that Senators general manager Bryan Murray will be feverishly working the phones for the next 24 hours to make something happen – on the grounds that trading Heatley in advance of training camp is the surest way to limit the disruptive effects of the drama on the team’s 2009-10 season.


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Travel Gets Worse

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I have written in the past about travel problems for the western teams, but it looks like things will be even worse than usual for the Western Canadian teams this year (Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver).  The US Government has banned Canadian charter flights from flying from point to point in the United States.  This ruling is an attempt to protect American jobs.  Typically, an NHL team has a contract with a particular airline (most likely Air Canada if it is a Canadian team) that they use for charter flights throughout the season.  They are flown to all of their games and other events.  Since teams often have extended road trips with multiple road games in the US, they often require flights between US cities.  In the past an exemption to this law had existed for Canadian sports teams and entertainers traveling in the US. 

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Day 2 In Phoenix Court

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Follow along at TSN and CBC.

You can also follow these people on Twitter for updates throughout the day.

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Hasek A Possibility For Czech Olympic Team

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from CTV Olympics,

Dominik Hasek and Jaromir Jagr headline the list of 60 players under consideration for the Czech Republic’s 2010 Olympic men’s hockey team.

Hasek, who came out of retirement this month, is one of eight goaltenders who will compete for a spot on the team. Florida Panthers netminder Tomas Vokoun, who beat Russia in the bronze medal game in 2006, is likely the leading candidate for the starting role.

The 44-year-old Hasek, who retired from the Detroit Red Wins in 2008, is making a comeback with Pardubice in the Czech Extraliga this year. In the season opening game, he stopped 33 of 34 shots in a 2-1 shootout loss.


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Hanging At The White House

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from Dmitry Chesnokov at PuckDaddy,

As I chatted with ESPN’s EJ Hradek on the footsteps of the White House, a Secret Service agent recognized him and approached to talk some hockey. It turned out that the Secret Service agent was from Florida, and he was a huge Florida Panthers fan.

But most of all, he was a Barry Melrose fan.

EJ decided to help the Secret Service fan and dialed Melrose’s number only to reach his voicemail. The Secret Service agent didn’t mind. He just left a message: “Barry, I am huge fan. I love the mullet!”

I asked the agent if hockey is ever on TV at the White House. He said: “President is a baseball and basketball fan.”

read on

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Confidence Not An Issue For Wings

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from Chris McCosky of the Detroit News,

“It took a long time to get over it, I’ve got to be honest,” forward Dan Cleary said. “Just like sleeping, anytime that you’re resting, you’re sitting there and all you think about is that game, losing it. I really don’t even talk about it that much. I try not to talk about it. Every time I see a Pittsburgh picture, I have to look away.

“Honestly, it’s really hard for me.”

Obviously, motivation won’t be an issue as the Wings open training camp here Saturday. Neither will confidence be an issue.

“For sure we are going back to the Stanley Cup Finals,” forward Tomas Holmstrom said. “And if it would be Pittsburgh, we’re going to beat them for sure.”

read on

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