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Lidstrom Selected Sporting News Player Of The Decade

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from Craig Custance & Steve Greenberg of the Sporting News,

Lidstrom is an anomaly—the first European-born player to win a Conn Smythe ( 2002) and the only one to captain a Stanley Cup champion (‘08). But the Swedish defenseman’s accomplishments cannot be trivialized. Twice in this decade—from 2001-03 and 2006-08—the 17-year veteran has three-peated as the winner of the Norris Trophy. In a word: ridiculous.

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Older Players On Tryouts

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from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

Right now, there are at least 15 veterans in NHL camps on tryouts, and (Brad) May is proof that all it takes is one phone call for that number to grow.

“We certainly had a lot more phone calls this year about guys,” Thrashers GM Don Waddell said. “With many more young players breaking in the league, it’s harder and harder for some of these players with experience to get contracts.”

NHL general managers can construct their rosters from a pool of elite players from all over the world, so the competition for roster spots is more intense then ever.

Teams also have learned the value of salary cap flexibility, which means a younger player on an entry-level contract is more likely to get a serious look than a longtime veteran making good money.

Plus, for small-market teams on a budget, one or two bad contracts can sink any chance of contending.

“There is a squeeze on the salary cap so you don’t want to commit to a veteran player. You can’t move a player like you used to,” Nashville Predators coach Barry Trotz said. “Smaller market … you have to live with your choices. If you sign a guy on a one-way deal making money, you know you can’t get rid of him.”

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Mike Richards Wired For Sound

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Mike Richards of the Philadelphia Flyers was wired for sound during a recent Flyers practice.

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Evening Line

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“Let me tell Andrew Ference, one defenseman to another, he should spend more time worrying about going to back to get the puck than to worry about Paul Kelly’s ability to do the job as head of the PA, said Park, who turned 61 years old in July. ‘‘When [Ference] was in junior, I assume he wasn’t going to college…so I ask, what makes him so [expletive] smart?! They had a guy like Chris Chelios in that room [in Chicago] who disagreed, told them to wait and think.

‘‘Maybe guys like Ference should take time to listen to guys who are older and smarter.’‘

-Hall of Fame Defenseman Brad Park on the comments Andrew Ference made about Paul Kelly.  More by Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe.

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  Tags: andrew+ference, brad+park, paul+kelly

Sharks Sign Manny Malhotra

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SAN JOSE - San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the team has signed center Manny Malhotra.  In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Malhotra, 29, recently finished his 12th NHL season, posting a career-high 35 points (11 goals, 24 assists) and as a plus-nine with the Columbus Blue Jackets.  He also finished fourth in the NHL in faceoff percentage among those who took at least 700 face-offs) at 58.0%.  He took 1380 face-offs last season, 13th most in the NHL. 

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Sean O’Donnell Suspended

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TORONTO (September 23, 2009) – Los Angeles Kings’ defenseman Sean O’Donnell has been suspended for the remainder of the Kings’ pre-season schedule and two regular season games as the result of a match penalty in a pre-season game against the New York Islanders, September 22, the National Hockey League announced today. 

At 16:37 of the second period, O’Donnell was assessed a match penalty for delivering a cross check to Matt Martin of the Islanders. 

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Report- Dave King Suffered A Heart Attack

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via Sportsnet,

Newly hired Phoenix Coyotes assistant coach Dave King spent Tuesday night in a Seattle hospital.

Unconfirmed by the Coyotes, a source told sportsnet.ca the 61-year-old suffered what was believed to be a heart attack in the dressing room prior to a pre-season game in Seattle against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Paramedics worked on King as he was taken away on a stretcher.

added 5:29pm, The Bill Watters Show on 640am reporting it may have been low blood sugar.

The best suggestion, let’s wait for an official word on this.

added 5:58pm, via Aaron Portzline’s Twitter,

Dave King’s wife Linda says the sportsnet.ca report of heart attack is “absolutely not true.” He was faint, but tests show his heart is fine

I have to say, pretty shabby reporting from Sportsnet.

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First I Have Heard Of This

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via the Arizona Republic,

Finally, if Glendale fails to secure a new partner by the end of 2009, the leading contender for relocation is Kansas City, which already has a sparking arena (Sprint Center) clamoring for an anchor tenant.

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Brad May Gets A Shot

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from Bruce MacLeod of Red Wings Corner,

If all goes well for the 37-year-old forward, he’ll wind up with a contract and a spot on either the Griffins or Red Wings roster.

May is not going with the Red Wings when they leave for Sweden, Sunday, according to Detroit vice president and general manager Ken Holland, May will not be offered a contract before then.

May can play for Grand Rapids without signing a contract, getting new 25-game PTOs (professional tryouts). But before he can play an NHL regular-season game, May needs a contract.

“I’ve been through a lot of different things, but I’ve never had a summer like this,” said May. “The phone wasn’t ringing off the hook. I wasn’t waking up to messages every day. This happened and it was right. Now it’s work. It’s out of my control. That’s what you have to do as a player, just show everything you have.”

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Lessard Suspended

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TORONTO (September 23, 2009) – Phoenix Coyotes’ forward Francis Lessard has been suspended for the remainder of the pre-season and three regular season games, as the result of a game misconduct penalty in a pre-season game against the Anaheim Ducks, September 18, the National Hockey League announced today.

The incident took place at 6:38 of the third period and Lessard was assessed a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct for a hit on Anaheim forward Ryan Donally.

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