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“It was a little bit of a shock, but you look at it as a great opportunity go out and prove I can still do what I can do.”

“It’s a no-brainer for them (the Sharks). That’s somebody they targeted and you’re going to have to give up things to get things. To be part of that deal, I’ve got to go to Ottawa and show them they didn’t make a wrong choice.”

-Jonathan Cheechoo on the trade to Ottawa.  More from Cheechoo from David Pollak of Working the Corners.

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Derek Dorsett Signs Extension With Columbus

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COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed right wing Derek Dorsett to a two-year contract extension which begins in 2010-11 and continues through the 2011-12 season, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.

Dorsett, 22, tallied four goals and one assist for five points with 150 penalty minutes in 52 games as a rookie with the Blue Jackets in 2008-09. He ranked second on the club and led all NHL rookies in penalty minutes and added 116 hits.

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Heatley A Shark

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from TSN,

Disgruntled forward Dany Heatley has gotten his wish.

The Ottawa Senators dealt the veteran forward to the San Jose Sharks for Milan Michalek, Jonathan Cheechoo and a second round pick.

continued

added 2:37pm,

San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the team has acquired left wing Dany Heatley and a fifth round selection in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for right wing Jonathan Cheechoo, left wing Milan Michalek and San Jose’s second round selection in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft

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  Tags: dany+heatley, jonathan+cheechoo, milan+michalek

Tortorella On Dubinsky

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via Steve Zipay of Blue Notes at Newsday,

On the first day of training camp, unsigned RFA Brandon Dubinsky was a no-show.

And John Tortorella was not happy.

“It’s stupid, ” the Rangers head coach said after 50-plus players went through a series of medical tests and wind sprints. “He’s a young man that needs to be here. I think a player needs to be with his teammates. I’m hoping he realizes that. I think his agent’s stupid….I think Dubi understands my feelings. I thought Glen (Sather) was very honest with Dubi a couple days ago—-I was privy to that conversation—-as a general manager and man-to-man as a friend.”

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  Tags: brandon+dubinsky, john+tortorella

Report- Heatley Deal Close

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via Bruce Garrioch of Off The Posts at the Ottawa Sun,

...this could be a three-way deal involving the Hawks, Sharks and Senators for Heatley.

Sounds like a deal is going to get done today if it can all be worked out.

 

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Caps Trying To Move Nylander To Europe

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via Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,

Michael Nylander has arrived, according to Coach Bruce Boudreau. But how long the veteran will remain in Washington is unclear. Boudreau acknowledged that Nylander and the Caps are actively seeking a deal to send the 36-year-old center to Europe.

“I hope it doesn’t become a distraction,” Boudreau said.

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Afternoon Line

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“It is something that I am going to deal with the best I can.  Being around the guys here helps with getting my mind off of things, but it is definitely going to be the biggest challenge for me. I’ve been through some hard stuff, but nothing compared to this. I’m going to tell you as the season goes along, but for now I am just doing the best I can.”

-Jose Theodore of the Washington Capitals speaking about the recent death of his infant child.  More on Theodore from Corey Masisak of the Washington Times.

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  Tags: jose+theodore

Fleury Officially Invited To Flames Camp

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Calgary, AB - Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today that Theoren Fleury has been invited to attend the Flames 2009 Training Camp on a try-out basis.

“Once we determined that Theoren was training to our standards and the League permitted his return to on-ice competition, it wasn’t a hard decision for us to provide him with this opportunity,” said Sutter. “In the history of our franchise, he is among the top players all-time and regardless of what happens; he can finish as an active player. This is a day-to-day thing and we will develop our expectations over the course of training camp.”

“I am both thankful and very excited to be given this opportunity by Darryl and the Flames organization,” said Fleury. “I intend to come to camp today with a strong work ethic, a positive attitude and to be treated like any other member of the group.”

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  Tags: theo+fleury

Stars Looking For Quick Start

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from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

“We’ve done a lot of talking and a lot of planning, and we believe it will go smoothly,” Crawford said as he prepared to return to the ice after a year away from coaching. “I can tell you this: The juices are really flowing right now and we can’t wait to get out there.”

Crawford isn’t alone. The NHL has the shortest training camp of all sports, and last season the Stars sort of waded into September after making a trip to the Western Conference finals in 2008. The result was a slow start, an awful season and an eventual change of GM and head coach.

This year, the players said they expect a quick start.

more

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Predators Admit Interest In Kessel

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from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

So it would only make sense that Nashville would have an interest in Boston forward Phil Kessel.

Predators General Manager David Poile confirmed as much on Friday, saying he’s talked with Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli and Kessel’s agent, Wade Arnott, in recent days.

“He’s a young player that scores goals,’’ Poile said, “and that’s very much of interest to us.’‘

read on

added 1:12pm, via Darren Dreger’s Twitter,

Two horse race for Heatley. San Jose and Chicago.

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  Tags: phil+kessel

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