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Phaneuf With His Side Of The Story

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from Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald via the National Post,

Go ahead. Call Calgary Flames defenceman Dion Phaneuf a coward for refusing to drop the gloves in the aftermath of his vicious open-ice hit that sent New York Islanders forward Kyle Okposo to hospital.

Tell Phaneuf he violated the unwritten NHL code by declining the many challenges to fight from Okposo’s teammates.

People have the right to their own opinions, Phaneuf said. But so does he.

“I felt it was a clean hit,” Phaneuf said Friday, a day after he laid out Okposo during the Flames’ 5-4 pre-season win over the Islanders. “That’s part of my game. I have to play that way.”


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  Tags: dion+phaneuf, kyle+okposo

How The Air Charter Deal Was Worked Out

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from Jane Taber of the Globe and Mail,

Here’s what went down: Transport Minister John Baird and Air Canada’s chief operating officer Duncan Dee were working closely together, realizing that their only window of opportunity to fix the issue before the start of hockey season was during the 90-minute meeting between the two leaders. Air Canada is one of the biggest air-charter suppliers to NHL teams.

Some heavy-hitters weighed in, including former U.S. ambassador to Canada Gordon Giffin (an Atlanta Thrashers fan) and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman .

Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon was also working the phones trying to push Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to have the State Department push the Department of Transport to the table, says a source. And it took a lot of pressure from the NHL for U.S. officials to realize that their hockey teams were affected, too.


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Report- Bruins/Leafs Working Out Trade For Kessel

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added 8:43pm, Since Darren Dreger broke the news, let’s go to his story…

The drama surrounding Phil Kessel has finally come to an end as the Boston Bruins have traded their disgruntled sniper to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for a 1st and a 2nd round pick in 2010, and a 1st round pick in 2011 pending a trade call which is currently underway.

Kessel and the Maple Leafs then quickly agreed to terms on a new five-year, $27 million deal.

continued and below you can check how this story broke early this evening…

added 10:!6pm,

Brian Burke, president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Friday evening that the team has obtained the rights to restricted free agent forward Phil Kessel from the Boston Bruins.  In exchange, Boston will receive the Maple Leafs’ first-round draft picks in 2010 and 2011 and their second-round draft pick in 2010. Kessel and the Maple Leafs agreed to terms on a multi-year contract following the trade


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  Tags: phil+kessel

All About Concussions In Hockey

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Signs, symptoms and playing safe!

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Afternoon Line

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Ken Hitchcock on how visiting teams are ushered around Xcel Energy Center: “It’s quicker getting through Canadian customs.”

via Michael Russo’s Twitter....

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  Tags: ken+hitchcock

Afinogenov Will Be An Asset In Atlanta

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

In my mind, Atlanta Thrashers GM Don Waddell made a nice move this week by inviting the 30-year-old winger for a tryout. Why not?

“He’s had a couple of tough years with some injuries and that, and he wasn’t playing as much as he was,” Waddell told ESPN.com on Friday. “But he’s 30 years old. You look at a guy with his skill and skating ability and his track record, it’s a no-lose situation for us.”

Credit Afinogenov’s agent Don Meehan, a veteran of the business, for finding what should be a good fit for his client.

“I think it’s a great move by Atlanta,” Meehan, the head of Newport Sports, told ESPN.com. “I think, at the end of the day, they’ll be pleased with him. He’s a great character person who has always been well-liked by his teammates.

“He’s a great athlete and he’s in great shape. He’ll be a great asset for them.”

read on

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  Tags: maxim+afinogenov

60 Goals For Heatley?

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Craig Custance of the Sporting News in a Q & A with Ray Emery…

Q: When you watched what went on with Dany Heatley this summer in Ottawa did you sympathize with him? Could you relate?
A: Yeah, it’s tough. You kind of bring it upon yourself, and I did, too. But he’s a competitive guy who voiced his opinion. I think the worst part about it all was how it came out, you know? But I think it’ll work out for both sides. They got a couple good players and I know Heater is going to have a crazy year this year.

Q: You think so?
A: Yeah, over 60 for sure.

Q: Over 60 goals? You’re calling it?
A: I’m calling it.

more from Emery

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  Tags: dany+heatley, ray+emery

Lester Patrick Trophy Recipients Announced

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NEW YORK (September 18, 2009) – Hockey Hall of Fame center Mark Messier, New York Rangers goaltender Mike Richter and Detroit Red Wings Senior Vice President Jim Devellano have been named recipients of the 2009 Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to hockey in the United States.

The award, one of the most prestigious in hockey, was presented to the National Hockey League by the New York Rangers in 1966. It honors the memory of Lester Patrick, who spent 50 years in hockey as a player, coach and general manager and was a pioneer in the sport’s development.

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  Tags: jim+devellano, mark+messier, mike+richter

Dinner With Gordie

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from Evan Weiner at NHL.com,

Gerry Hart was a pretty good player with the Flin Flon Bombers of the Western Canada Junior Hockey Association, so good that he was a WCJHA first-team defenseman in 1967-68. Flin Flon had a really good team that season—featuring Bobby Clarke, Reggie Leach and Hart. Still, Hart was small and even though he scored 22 goals and racked up 290 penalty minutes in his final junior season, that didn’t guarantee him anything.

Hart ended up in the Detroit Red Wings’ training camp in 1968 and found an unlikely friend.

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  Tags: gerry+hart, gordie+howe

No Suspension For Phaneuf

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Hit was reviewed…no suspension will be given. Reasons: wasn’t late, was not targeting head, did not launch or leave feet before collision

-Elliotte Friedman via his Twitter.

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  Tags: dion+phaneuf

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