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The Flyers Philosophy By Bob Clarke

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from Alan Bass of The Hockey News,

The Flyers have consistently been a tough team to play against throughout its history, owning the NHL’s second-best all-time winning percentage behind the Montreal Canadiens. Clarke attributes that to the tremendous support of owner Ed Snider.

“We were allowed to spend the money, we always tried to win,” Clarke said. “We didn’t do what Pittsburgh did; lose seven years in a row so they could get good. They did it twice, in fact. They went through six or seven different owners. We’ve had one owner.”

Clarke finds the strategies of some current teams appalling when considering the way other organizations have built competitive teams.

“It’s somewhat embarrassing that three of the last teams (in the 2009 playoffs) missed the playoffs six or seven years in a row; Washington, Chicago, and Pittsburgh,” he said. “Now they’re good and the teams that try to win all the time get penalized. Our philosophy has never changed since 1967.”

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thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…

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All Pronger

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Pronger recently chatted with Sporting News Today hockey writer Craig Custance about his work with the NHLPA, his fit in Philadelphia and facing Sidney Crosby.

Q: While we were covering your playoff series against Detroit, somebody pointed out that they thought you toned down your game. Has there been an evolution in your style of play as you’ve gotten older?

A: No, I don’t think so. There’s a time and place for a lot of things. I had a shorter temper but you mature, get older, have kids and you understand yourself a little better – what buttons to push, what buttons not to push and things of that nature. You are going to evolve, learn how to play the game better….

Q: One of your jobs will be to make life tougher on Sidney Crosby in front of the net. Will you be sending a message to Sidney the first time you play the Penguins?

A: I don’t know, I don’t [send messages] most of the time - sometimes I do. Most of the time, it’s my job to clear the front of the net and let the goalie see the puck - whether it’s [Crosby] or whoever. I don’t need to tell you what I’m going to do or if I’m going to send a message, that’s how I play….

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The Value Of A Fighter

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from Carl Bialik of the Daily Fix at the Wall Street Journal,

On Puck Prospectus, Gabriel Desjardins tapped into the fan-generated database at hockeyfights.com to find out when fights happened last season, and who was deemed by voting fans to have won each tussle. Then he cross-referenced each fight with what happened in the rest of the game, when players were focused on scoring goals instead of landing punches. The result: A fight’s winner boosts his team’s goal differential by 0.07 over the next 10 minutes.

That may suggest that it’s good for the goons to drop the gloves more often, but few hockey pugilists win more than half the time — and for each who does, there’s another who’s a habitual loser.

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Afternoon Line

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“You want to be an example with the way you carry yourself.  I’m representing the Phoenix Coyotes, the NHL, and all hockey players who played before me. And you want to communicate that message to the younger players. When you ask the media, they’ll say hockey players are the easiest to get along with—and it’s our job to continue that.

“I think it’s really important to help out the new guys on the team. Maybe the most important thing you can do as a captain is make sure every player knows you appreciate him and what he does.”

-Shane Doan of the Phoenix Coyotes.  Much more on Doan from John McGourty of NHL.com.

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Babcock On Team Canada Orientation Camp

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from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

If you think Canadian hockey fans are swept up in an Olympic frenzy now, Team Canada coach Mike Babcock wants you to remember one thing: You ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

Just wait until Canada’s roster is announced, Babcock told NHL.com, and you’ll really see a nation of hopeful nitpickers, naysayers, pundits and prognosticators.

“I’m glad I coach in the U.S., honestly,” Babcock added. “It’s just going to go crazy.”

Speculation about who will make the team figures to run rampant until the roster is made public in December. The chatter will pick up steam next month when Calgary becomes the center of the country’s hockey universe for four days as Canada holds its orientation camp Aug. 24-27.

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Anyone Else Getting Tired Of The Balsillie Spin?

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from CBC Sports,

The NHL’s rejection of Jim Balsillie’s application to purchase the bankrupt Phoenix Coyotes is the latest attempt by the league to prevent another team in Canada, the Canadian billionaire’s spokesman, Bill Walker, told CBC’s Newsworld….

“I think that hockey fans can judge what this is really about in terms of the NHL trying to block Canadians from having a seventh professional hockey team in Canada,” Walker said.

read on

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  Tags: jim+balsillie

Talking Arbitration & Buy-Outs

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Writers from The Hockey News discuss the Zherdev arbitration and some of the recent buy-outs.

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GettingTo The Bottom Of The Heatley Situation

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from the Universal Cynic,

As the Dany Heatley deadlock rolls on, tiny cracks are beginning to appear in the vault of silence that surrounds the truth. The presentation to the public has always been that this is a beef between head coach Cory Clouston and No. 15. But few have found that so-called reason to be totally plausible….

In short, based on what I’ve been told by my sources, I’m starting to lean towards the where-there’s-smoke-there’s-fire side of this situation. History has unfortunately proved that to be the case when it comes to the Sens.

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Tough Decision Ahead

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I take threats seriously.  From the Twitter of iwocpo,

My arbitration hearing’s coming up soon. Kukla better shape up or i’m Klessel bound. I have no scruples. A mercenary blogger.

Well, what should I do?

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Balsillie Gets Blasted

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from Bruce Arthur of the National Post,

...sources familiar with the meeting told the Post’s Theresa Tedesco that it was a remarkably contentious affair, with governors taking turns lambasting Balsillie for his failings, real or imagined.

Sources told Tedesco that during the 90-minute meeting, deputy commissioner Bill Daly peppered Balsillie with questions about his withdrawal from buying the Pittsburgh Penguins for US$185-million in 2006.

Former Nashville owner Craig Leipold, now the owner of the Minnesota Wild, accused Balsillie, who offered US$238-million for the Predators in 2007, of using the team’s trademark without permission, and of destabilizing the already-fragile hockey market in Nashville by selling season tickets in Hamilton….

Sources also told Tedesco that George Gillett, the outgoing owner of the Montreal Canadiens, hammered Balsillie for telling a French-language newspaper in November of last year that the Canadiens were for sale, claiming that Balsillie’s comments destabilized the franchise and directly contributed to Montreal’s failure in the playoffs.

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