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Finding That Fantasy Sleeper

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from Rocky Bonanno of NHL.com,

Welcome to the fourth and final part of your preseason fantasy preparation class. I highly doubt that any of the players below are going to singlehandedly win you a fantasy championship, but some possess the skill to give your squad that little something extra that could be the difference between third and first place.

Funny how in my 2008 preview, Jaromir Jagr was listed among the players who signed to play in Europe last season, but this year I’m calling him a sleeper to gamble on late in your fantasy draft. Jagr is only the ninth-leading scorer in NHL history!


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NHLPA Should Have Talked With Crosby Before Firing Kelly

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from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

He’s been voted the most powerful person in hockey by the Hockey News. He’s one of the few players whose name transcends the sport. His opinion matters, perhaps more than any player in hockey.

But when the NHLPA fired its executive director, Paul Kelly, on Monday, Sidney Crosby said he wasn’t consulted.

“I woke up the next day and saw the news like the rest,” Crosby told SportingNews.com.

That’s a huge lapse in judgment by the players on the executive board. It was a decision that happened in the middle of the night, so maybe they were sparing Crosby a 4:00 a.m. phone call.


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Chiarelli On Kessel

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from Matt Kalman of the Bruins Blog,

Chiarelli stuck to his guns about not commenting on ongoing negotiations — at least the specific negotiations. But the GM acknowledged that he thought Kessel’s agent Wade Arnott was “waging a bit of a media war.”Arnott was recently quoted as saying that there have been no talks.

And then Chiarelli decided it was time to explain his position on the situation with the restricted free agent. Chiarelli joked that he could “just give him a pailful of money and it will be done.” He went on to explain:

read on

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Wondering Out Loud

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• Instead of denying the claims of Paul Kelly and Glenn Healy, should the new regime of the NHLPA tell us what really was behind their decision to fire Paul Kelly?

• Why was Darren Dreger the only NHL media member in Chicago covering the NHLPA?  Did the Chicago media even know what was going on?

• “Invited to camp” may be in store for numerous NHL players who still do not have a contract for the upcoming season.

• Without the numerous hockey bloggers who continued to work during the summer, this period of downtime would have gone by much slower.

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Claude Julien Signs Multi-Year Extension

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from the Boston Bruins,

BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has signed head coach Claude Julien to a multi-year contract extension.  Per club policy, terms of the deal will not be disclosed.

Julien, who completed his second season with the Bruins in 2008-09, guided Boston to the Eastern Conference’s top record in the regular season, finishing 53-19-10 for 116 points. He was voted the winner of the 2009 Jack Adams Award, which is awarded “to the head coach who has contributed the most to his team’s success,” becoming just the third head coach in Bruin history to capture the award.


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Derick Brassard Extended

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via Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

Blue Jackets center Derick Brassard has signed a four-year contract extension, The Dispatch has learned. The club will likely announce the extension later this morning.

Brassard has one year left on his current contract, so the extension will carry him through the 2013-14 season. He’s expected to anchor the No. 1 line this season, with Kristian Huselius on his left and captain Rick Nash on his right.

added 9:49am, Portzline has now added numbers…

The contract has an annual salary cap hit of $3.2 million. Brassard will make $2.8 million in 2010-11, $3.0 million 2011-12, $3.3 million 2012-13 and $3.7 million in 2013-14, the final year of the contract.

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Have A Safe Labo(u)r Day Weekend

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Ah, the last long weekend before hockey starts.  When things get back to normal next Tuesday, training camps will be just around the corner and the excitement will be building.

Have a safe weekend and enjoy!

I will be around and updating as needed throughout the weekend.

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What Will Comrie Do?

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from Dan Barnes of the Edmonton Journal,

Mike Comrie is almost 29, a small forward whose skills, like his contract offers and salary expectations, are in obvious decline.

It should surprise no one that he is unsigned even as National Hockey League training camps approach. Players like him will forevermore enter September without contracts. Not valuable or young enough to secure a real offer and a cherished roster spot, yet not completely used up, his ilk occupies the humbling middle ground created by the restrictive nature of salary capanomics.

He might be one training camp injury away from a massive one-year deal. He might have to swallow his pride altogether and go somewhere on a tryout basis. And he might wait months for the phone to ring.


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A Look At Future UFAs

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

In San Jose, where goalie Evgeni Nabokov and center Patrick Marleau are both UFAs after the season, the Sharks must also proceed with caution.

“They’re homegrown people we have great respect for,” Sharks GM Doug Wilson told ESPN.com. “As we go forward this year, the key factor is to see with the economy and where the cap gets to next year.”

Nabokov isn’t the only veteran goalie that is UFA-bound after 2009-10. Marty Turco, who has played his entire NHL career in Dallas, is in a contract year and will try and bounce back after struggling at times last season. But with a new coach and new GM, the Stars will likely wait to see how the season starts before doling out new deals.

“I want to get off to a start here and see where we’re at,” first-year Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk told us. “It’s not just Marty, we’ve got a number of guys we need to sign next summer.”


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All The Best Ernie

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from Bill McGraw of the Detroit Free Press,

His voice was clear, his spirit strong, his words tinged with humor.

But legendary broadcaster Ernie Harwell had bracing news to deliver Thursday: He has a tumor in the area of the bile duct. It is incurable. Yet Harwell said he feels calm and prepared for what comes next.

“We don’t know how long this lasts,” Harwell said in a phone interview. “It could be a year, it could be much less than a year, much less than a half a year. Who knows?

“Whatever’s in store, I’m ready for a new adventure. That’s the way I look at it.”


Even though this is not a hockey related story, I am sure many of you will recognize the name or voice of Ernie Harwell.  Over the past ten years or so, I developed a friendship with Ernie and wish him the best.

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