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The Wandering Scotsman

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from Gareth Edwards of the Edinburgh News,

He is a sporting legend who is still virtually unknown in his hometown of Edinburgh.

The first Scotsman ever to win a place in Canada’s Hockey Hall of Fame, Charlie “Chuck” Gardiner is still regarded as a local hero in Winnipeg, where he first made his name in the sport….

He went on to become one of the game’s pre-eminent goal tenders during the 1920s and 30s and was known as the “Wandering Scotsman” as he used to charge down strikers.

He rose to NHL stardom with the Chicago Blackhawks and his greatest achievement came in 1934, when he led the Blackhawks to their first triumph in the Stanley Cup.

Just a few weeks later, however, on 13 June, 1934, he died of a brain hemorrhage brought on by a tonsil infection he had been fighting. He was only 29.

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Rod Phillips Ready For The Season

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from David Staples of The Cult Of Hockey,

On the NHL Network’s online broadcast of the Oilers-Flames game on Wednesday night, (Rod) Phillips started to roast referee Chris Lee about halfway through the first period and didn’t let up. Lee did give the Flames two two-man advantages in the first, but there might well be some concern that Phillips’ response wasn’t exactly in proportion, not that the nutbar Oiler diehards like me who actually watch the game online would care about his bias.

Indeed, we love Phillips for it.

“It doesn’t matter how long you see the game, when you see bad officiating, it just ruins it,” Phillips said of Lee. “This guy has just started off the game absolutely horrendously.”

Free speech, alive and well on the radio.

“He’s obviously an American Hockey League referee and you should be surprised to see him in the NHL this season because he’s not ready,” Phillips then said of Lee.

read on

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Morning Line

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Anybody find it a coincidence that Sean Avery is unable to “suit up” for practices and preseason games due to a knee injury at the same time Fashion Week ‘09 is exploding onto runways in New York?

-via Daryl Reaugh of Razor With An Edge.

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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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