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Steve Yzerman Talks About Going Into The HHOF

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One Big Mess

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from Martin Fennelly of the Tampa Tribune,

The Lightning offices are Yeehaw Junction, and the two leading yeehaws are so fouled up they needed to go to the principal’s office to figure out just who is in charge when it comes to team-related decisions. Yeah, a power struggle is just what the doctor ordered to send confidence right down your spine, isn’t it?...

Is this the beginning of the end?

I’m not against trading Vinny out of hand. Anyone can be traded. Hey, Wayne Gretzky was at very nearly the height of his Gretzky-ness. But the fear, the real fear, is that the Lightning, as run by Koules and Lawton, won’t get nearly what Vinny should command: a No. 1 defenseman, a scoring forward, assorted other players or prospects.

If you’re going to deal him, you better get the farm.

I’m not seeing it with these guys.

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Stoll Calls-Off The Wedding

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from the Daily Mail,

Model Rachel Hunter has been left devastated after her fiance Jarret Stoll cancelled their wedding just seven weeks before they were due to tie the knot.

Canadian hockey player Jarret, 27, suddenly called off their engagement by emailing guests informing them the August 14 nuptials were off.

Rod Stewart’s ex-wife, 39, has been left confused and heartbroken after Jarret failed to give her a reason behind the cancellation.

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Will Sutter Help Phaneuf Find His Game?

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from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,

Wanting to see what new head coach Brent Sutter can do for the Calgary Flames, excited fans can’t wait for the fall.

One Flame in particular will be an interesting study.

Being reunited with his Red Deer Rebels coach from his stellar days in the WHL, Sutter’s hiring might be the best thing to happen to Dion Phaneuf.

Preaching a ‘wolfpack’ mentality for his teams, Sutter hopes to instil a new level of leadership and accountability in the Flames locker-room.

Since exploding onto the NHL scene as a rookie under the guidance of Brent’s brother Darryl in his last year as both head coach and GM of the Flames, Dion has increasingly looked a little more like a lone wolf.

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Gretzky Remains Loyal To Phoenix

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from Rod Mickleburgh of the Globe and Mail,

In an interview yesterday with The Globe and Mail, Gretzky was asked about cost-cutting measures suggested by the suburb of Glendale, Ariz., where the Coyotes play their home games, to keep the team from moving.

Glendale’s austerity proposals include chopping Gretzky’s salary to $1.6-million and elimination of his 1-per-cent slice of club revenue.

Gretzky said he came to Phoenix 10 years ago to start something.

“And I love the city. ... It’s a great sports town. Whatever is going to make it work for the city of Phoenix, I’m 100 per cent behind it.”

Pressed as to whether that meant he was willing to look at a pay reduction, as suggested by Glendale officials, Gretzky replied: “Yeah.”

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Bruins Talk

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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Rumors persist around the league that Chiarelli will deal veteran pivot Marc Savard, who has one year left (at $5 milion) on his deal. Savard would have to waive his no-trade clause, which is something he likely would consider if it brought him closer to his children in Ontario. If Savard were dealt, it would mean greater offensive responsibility for the likes of Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci. It’s more likely that Chiarelli would ask Marco Sturm, with two years left on his deal (at $3.5 million per season) to waive his no-trade clause.

more on the Bruins…

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Wild Looking To Deal

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from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

Asked if Gaborik bought a home in Vancouver, Salcer (baborik agent) said, “I have no knowledge of that at all. I know nothing about that. Nothing.”

Asked if he’s had conversations with Gillis, Salcer said, “None.”

Chuck Fletcher wouldn’t comment on the Gaborik situation, other than to say he feels it important to keep everything close to the vest at this point.

“There’s nothing I can comment on with the whole Gaborik situation,” Fletcher said. “I’m just going to work through things and we’ll see how it plays out.”

However, he continues to have trade talks with several teams and is hoping to make a move or two in advance of or at the Draft itself. He continues to be entrenched in Dany Heatley talks, which besides the assets, would cost any team a $4 million signing bonus July 1 and then a $4 million salary during the season.

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Sutter Abandoned The Devils

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from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Two years later, Sutter is in Calgary and the Devils are looking for another coach with another personality that will require adjusting to and, possibly, more system alterations.

Brent Sutter did not fulfill his promise with the Devils. He abandoned them after two seasons in which he could not get them out of the first round of the playoffs. He had his reasons for leaving, but he abandoned them nonetheless.

So, there is reason for the players to be uspet with him for leaving them. It’s also understandable why owner Jeff Vanderbeek said he was left with a bad taste in his mouth by Sutter’s quick move to Calgary.

As GM, Lou Lamoriello’s job is to stay even keeled. Vanderbeek was a fan before he was an owner and, in some ways, he still thinks like a fan.

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A Little Miscalculation

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from Anna Mehler Paperny and David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

The NHL has been underfunding its players’ pension plans by millions of dollars, shortchanging widows over a number of decades, an Ontario Superior Court judge has found.

The decision means the league will have to top up its pension fund by as much as $30-million and may have to make retroactive payments to the widows of deceased players.

The suit, brought forward last year by the NHL Players’ Association, charged that errors in the calculation of pensions for players who died before 1986 meant their widows received as little as 10 per cent of the funds entitled to them.

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Hall Of Fame Inductions

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The annual Hockey Hall of Fame inductions occurred today.  They went as I predicted.  In are Brett Hull, Brian Leetch, Luc Robitaille and Steve Yzerman.  Also inducted was New Jersey GM Lou Lamoriello who enters as a builder.  He built a New Jersey team that has won the Stanley Cup three times.  All are well deserved choices.

Next year, the class may not be as strong.  There are two first time eligible players who I think deserve induction in Eric Lindros and Joe Nieuwendyk.  They will also look to past candidates who have been eligible for a few years and likely induct from that group due to a smaller class of first time candidates.  Doug Gilmour heads that group.  It is quite likely that four players will not be inducted next year.

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