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Bertuzzi Offered 1yr - $1.5M Deal With Wings

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Greg Brady of 640am in Toronto, and ex-WDFN employee in Detroit, notes on his Twitter-

DRW has put a tasty 1-yr/1.5m offer up for Todd Bertuzzi. Since no one else is beating down his door, take it, Bert! Cheap real estate!

added 11:42pm, from Michael Zuidema at Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings could be poised to welcome another former player back to town.

General manager Ken Holland confirmed Monday the club is negotiating with free-agent forward Todd Bertuzzi.

“We’re talking to him,” Holland said.

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Evening Line

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“I had a little bit of a wake-up call this summer, realized I’ve got to be a bit better. I’m going to demand a lot of myself going there, and prove that it was a good signing for them.”

Bruins defenseman Derek Morris.  More from Morris by Jim Gintonio of Ice Chips at the Arizona Republic.

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Andrew Peters Looking For Work

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from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

Andrew Peters knows there’s still a place for enforcers in the NHL. He also knows Buffalo isn’t one of those places.

The Sabres’ designated tough guy for the last five seasons has resigned himself to the fact he won’t be back for a sixth.

“I don’t even know if there’s been a discussion with Buffalo and my agent at all,” Peters said by phone Monday. “I know that there wasn’t up until July 1, and I don’t think there has been one since.

“It’s unfortunate, but I’ve enjoyed my time here. I’ve loved my time here. I’ve been through good times and bad, with successful teams and not-so-much. I’ve made some lifelong friends and played with some unbelievable guys. If that’s what I come out of hockey with is great friendships and 200 games in the NHL — more than I ever thought I’d play — I did it with a great organization.”

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The Team Canada Sweater

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from CBC,

The jerseys feature a large maple leaf crest in the centre on either a red or white background. Inside the crest are smaller maple leaves representing the gold medal counts for Canada’s men’s, women’s and ice sledge hockey teams, and a nod to the traditional Team Canada image of a hockey player and stick.

But the design also includes a thunderbird and an eagle — two powerful First Nations symbols — supporting and protecting the central maple leaf. A small Nike swoosh appears above and to the left of the maple leaf.

more including a picture…

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Sharks Without A Captain At This Point

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from David Pollak of Working the Corners at the Mercury News,

“Who will be our captain? Who will be our assistants? At this point I can’t give you that answer?

You can’t or you won’t?

“I won’t and I can’t,” McLellan said. “I want to see who’s stepping up to the front. When training camp starts on Sept. 12, you may walk into my office and say who’s your captain and I’ll probably tell you I’ll let you know when we know.

“At this point, nobody’s our captain,” he said. “We don’t have assistant captains. The discussion is ongoing and when we determine that, then we’ll make those announcements.”

McLellan would not totally rule out the possibility of the C ending up back with Marleau — but it has been made pretty clear for weeks now that the front office and/or coaching staff wanted a change.

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NHLers Survive The Weekend

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from the Soo Today,

The rain was fierce, the terrain was unforgiving and the bugs were plentiful, but that didn’t stop challengers from enjoying the Les Stroud Hockey Pro Survival Challenge this past weekend in Hornepayne, ON.

Les Stroud, the NHL’s Kris King, and Brad May challenged 17 of their friends to the ultimate survival weekend to raise funds for the King’s hometown hockey arena, desperately in need of repairs.

“In our weekend challenge, we got soaked by the rain and sometimes swampy conditions, were worried the fire might never light, and got lost for a while heading out of the bush,” May commented. “It was extremely demanding, and I respect Les a lot for having survived hostile conditions for seven nights.”

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Kane Talks A Bit More On The Cab Incident

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from Chris Kruc of Icing at the Chicago Tribune,

A subdued Patrick Kane met with the media following the opening practice of the 2009 U.S. Men’s Olympic orientation camp Monday. After reading a prepared statement earlier in the day, the Blackhawks winger later discussed his Aug. 9 arrest following an altercation with a Buffalo cabdriver.

“I haven’t really told anyone my side of the story to be honest with you,” Kane said. “The only one who really knows is my lawyer and my family. That’s about as far as it goes. [I want to] move on and try to get over this. It’s been very supportive from a lot of people. It’s times like these maybe you can live and learn and find out who your true friends are at an early age.”

Kane was one of 34 NHL players at the camp at Seven Bridges Ice Arena in Woodridge, which is the first step toward determining the 23-man roster for the 2010 Winter Olympics team in Vancouver.

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Aaron Downey Trying To Get Kids On The Ice

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from Chris Halliday of The Orangeville Banner,

Known inside certain National Hockey League (NHL) circles as Aaron ‘one punch and he’s Downey’, the Honeywood native is doing anything but knocking kids off their skates.

In fact, Downey, his brother Trevor Downey and friend Shawn Kilshaw of Montreal are trying to place as many youth into Canada’s minor hockey system as possible. Three years ago, the group founded the House9 Hockey Foundation, a charity which aims to help underprivileged youth pay for minor hockey registration fees and equipment.

“Hockey is an expensive sport and what a privilege it is to play. But many don’t have the opportunity,” Aaron said. “We’ve always wanted to do something, a way to put kids into hockey and House9 is what we came up with.”

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Afternoon Line

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“I don’t know any other sport that closes its door for 2½ weeks in the middle of the season.  What I’d like to see is this become a Summer Olympic Games [sport]....”

-Brian Burke speaking about the Olympics as it relates to Ice Hockey.  More from Burke at the Globe and Mail.

added 5:14pm, from Mick Kern of NHL Home Ice,

But whatever you do, leave the sport of hockey in the Winter Olympics.  If the NHL teams and players wanna take their puck and go home, let them.  We don’t need any more manufactured drama, nor does the league need to shut down its product during two weeks of the worst month of the year.

Then again, having NHL stars play in the Olympics means there’s no NHL All-Star Game that season.

Hmm, let me reconsider this.

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Roster Issues In The West

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from Spector at Fox Sports,

With the training camps of the NHL’s 30 teams due to begin in less than a month’s time the general managers will be preparing to evaluate their rosters to determine their strengths and weaknesses.

Some teams, however, could head into training camp with some glaring weaknesses that have yet to be addressed. In the first of a two-part look at the Western Conference teams we examine their respective roster needs.

Anaheim Ducks: Unlike most of the teams on this list the Ducks appeared to sufficiently address their needs during the offseason. They added second-line offensive depth by bringing back Joffrey Lupul and signing free-agent center Saku Koivu. They’ll miss defenseman Chris Pronger’s physical two-way play but replaced him with more blueline depth by re-signing James Wiesniewski and acquiring Nick Boynton and Luca Sbisa.

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