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Can The Leafs Follow The Correct Re-building Path

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from Damien Cox of the Spin at the Toronto Star,

The concepts, objectives and goals around the Maple Leafs are like shifting sands, more now than ever before. Clearly, much has changed in a calendar year, and while Ron Wilson was clearly being honest and straightforward through his “wins and losses don’t matter” mantra for the season, that’s not going to be easy for proud, veteran players to ingest before an 82-game season even starts.

It’s a little different than “Win One for the Gipper” or “You Gotta Believe.”

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The ‘Up’side Of Hockey

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from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

“It’s almost like the NHL, at least from the cap and players’ standpoint, are aside and apart from reality,” Leonsis said. “And I just hope everyone in pro sports realizes how blessed we are that salaries are going up, franchise values for the most part are going up and revenues are going up. That’s not what’s happening in the real world.”

All of which confirms what I have thought all along. The lockout was not about getting costs in line or keeping ticket prices affordable. It was about one thing – franchise values. Even if Gillett is not making as much money as before the lockout, the man who bought the Canadiens and the Bell Centre for $250 million when nobody else wanted it, has watched the value of his asset skyrocket.

And even if the Capitals continue to lose money, Leonsis acknowledges his franchise is worth more now. The only problem is that Leonsis says he never intends to sell the Capitals.

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The Captain’s Role

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from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

A handful of NHL clubs will begin the 2008-09 season without a captain.

Does this mean the time-honoured hockey tradition of displaying the C on a jersey has lost its lustre? Not according to coaches and managers, who believe having a captain or true leader is as important as ever.

Rewind to the past three springs. A big part of the Stanley Cup victories by the Detroit Red Wings, Anaheim Ducks and Carolina Hurricanes was because of the leadership provided by captains Nicklas Lidstrom, Scott Niedermayer and Rod Brind’Amour, respectively.

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Sather Has Decisions To Make

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Sather has postponed a decision on roster cuts just as he has postponed a decision on Brendan Shanahan, who continued to skate at the club’s practice rink throughout the Rangers’ successful European tour. Now, every day the GM procrastinates, it costs the team cap space.

Did consecutive 2-1 wins in Prague this weekend against the Lightning convince the GM that No. 14 has no future on Broadway?

Did the weekend convince him that Petr Prucha, who would have been a scratch had the opener been played anywhere but the Czech Republic, belongs, or will the $1.6M winger bounce in and out of the lineup while separated-at-birth forwards Fredrik Sjostrom and Dan Fritsche get the chance to take that spot?

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Khabibulin’s Agent Negotiating With KHL

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from Chris Kuc of the Icing blog at the Chicago Tribune,

Tallon and the Hawks remain in a holding pattern with Khabibulin as they wait for his agent, Ron Grossman, to negotiate with the Russian Kontinental Hockey League. A decision on whether the sides work out a loan agreement or Khabibulin stays with the Hawks will be decided by Wednesday at 3 p.m., when the Hawks have to turn their roster into the NHL.

more on the Blackhaws…

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Sutter Coaching His Way

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from Tom Gulitti of the Record,

(Brent) Sutter says general manager Lou Lamoriello didn’t hire him to coach like those who preceded him here. That’s why you won’t see the Devils sitting back in the neutral zone during even-strength situations anymore.

“I wasn’t hired and [told], ‘You’ve got to coach this way. That’s the way we’ve coached here for the last …,” Sutter said.

“No, it was, ‘We want this new blood. We want another perspective on how the game is played.’ “

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Berard Has Russia Option

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Craig Custance at the Sporting News Today reports UFA defenseman Bryan Berard would like to play in the NHL this season but going to Russia to play is an option.

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Opening Games In Europe A Money Grab

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from Gary Loewen of the Toronto Sun,

The NH(S)L, the National Hockey Savings and Loan, and its chief banker, Gary Bettman, have cashed in on another opportunity to sell officially licenced league paraphernalia….

I hate to hammer you over the head with a reminder that sports is a business, but taking a few of the top NHL teams and creating a few truly interesting matchups in Stockholm and Prague instead of, oh, I don’t know, Canada, isn’t just business, it’s monkey business. It’s Bettman monkeying with our game for the sake of a few extra kronors.

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Wings Trying To Trade Quincy

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

General manager Ken Holland said Monday he has been working the phones in an effort to make a trade before Thursday’s regular season opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Joe Louis Arena.

An NHL source confirmed the Red Wings are attempting to deal defenseman Kyle Quincey.

more on the Wings…

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Yotes Attract Fans With Food

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from Russell Brooks of PhoenixCoyotes.com,

Fans watching a Coyotes game in a luxury suite inside Jobing.com Arena this season have good reason to arrive early….

“I am lucky enough to have access to beef that almost no one has access to,” said Choate, who is a gold member of the Certified Angus Beef Board. “I want to provide the best dry-aged beef available to the people at Jobing.com Arena. When you come here, you are getting something special that you are not going to be able to go to Westgate or Scottsdale and receive.”

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