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Philippe Boucher Retires

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from TSN,

With a Stanley Cup championship finally under his belt, Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman Philippe Boucher had decided that the time is right to step away from the game…

“I have always admired athletes that have retired as champions and I am humbled to have the chance to count myself among them,” said Boucher. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank my teammates, my coaches and the organizations I played with over the years.  I am going to miss being with the boys.”

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Waddell Would Like Kovalchuk Contract Settled By The Time The Puck Drops

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from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding at USA TODAY,

Clearly Waddell wants to havet Kovalchuk signed before the season because he becomes an unrestricted free agent next summer. When he faced a similar situation with Hossa two seasons ago, he went into the season without a new deal and Waddell was unable to convince him to sign. Waddell had to deal him at the trade deadline.

  The Thrashers have also pondered signing free agent Nikolei Zherdev, although Waddell declined to say where that stood. My guess is that Zherdev could get his best deal in the Kontinental Hockey League.

more on the Thrashers…

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All Vinny Lecavalier

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from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

Q: Are you surprised you’re still here?

A: Not really, no. It got intense, but to tell you the truth, I didn’t really know. They were just rumors to me.

Q: Is life without trade rumors a relief?

A: I was just tired of talking about it; people coming up to me. I left for a few weeks and it felt good after the season. I didn’t want to hear anything about anything. I wanted to have a little break. Obviously, when I went back to Montreal (before the draft), that started again. But since July 1, it’s been pretty low key. It’s very nice.

Q: How do you feel about the team going into camp?

A: I’m feeling very good. You look at the defensemen we have. By getting these veteran guys who have a lot of experience, it all starts there. They have more experience in the zone and playing defensively. They can get the puck out, which will help us offensively. To get those big defensive guys, it’s going to change the look of the team, definitely.

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Ted Lindsay Sounds-Off On Kelly Firing

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from TSN,

“That was the biggest scam job, execution, that I’ve ever seen in my life.”

This was how Hockey Hall of Famer and former NHLPA builder Ted Lindsay described the evalution and subsequent firing of former NHLPA executive director Paul Kelly in an interview Thursday with TSN’s Darren Dreger and Bill Watters on AM 640 Toronto Radio.

Lindsay was in Chicago last week for union meetings that resulted in Kelly’s dismissal and, though he sat in on few of the discussions, said he was dismayed by what he did see.

“I was thinking, boy, this is really a cruxifiction of Paul Kelly that’s going on.”

continued & you can listen to the whole Lindsay interview at am640.

added 2:33pm, Pierre LeBrun of ESPN has more from Ted.

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  Tags: ted+lindsay

NHL Stars Will Appear At NHL Store Next Week

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NEW YORK (September 3, 2009) - NHL stars Chris Pronger of the Philadelphia Flyers, Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins and Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals will appear at the NHL Powered By Reebok store in New York City next week in anticipation of the upcoming NHL® season. Both events are open to the public and media.

On Tuesday, September 8, Pronger and Thomas will sit down with ESPN the Magazine’s EJ Hradek for a Q&A session discussing the upcoming NHL season and their thoughts on playing in the 2010 Bridgestone/NHL Winter Classic® on New Year’s Day at Fenway Park.

On Wednesday, September 9, Ovechkin will celebrate the launch ofthe highly-anticipated hockey title, NHL 2K10,by offering fans an exclusive opportunity to be among a select group to pre-order the video game directly from the cover athlete. The Capitals star will personally ring up a limited number of fans who pre-order NHL 2K10 and play against a number of pre-determined contest winners in the Nintendo Wii version of the game. Please visit store for Official Rules. More details on each event are below.

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Healy Resigns From NHLPA Post

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via Darren Dreger of TSN,

Sources tell TSN Glenn Healy has resigned as director of player affairs for the NHLPA.

Healy informed interim executive director, Ian Penny of his decision this afternoon.

Healy was tightly linked to Paul Kelly who was fired early Monday morning during PA executive board meetings.

Details to follow…

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Morning Line

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At its best, hockey is speed and skill and intense rivalry where you can barely sit in your seat if you’re in the arena or dare to sneak to the bathroom when you’re at home watching on TV.

You dare not miss a thing.

At its worst, hockey is played by lawyers in backrooms far away from the ice bickering about salary caps and entry-level compensation or, horror of horrors, restricted free-agency regulations.

There’s way too much talk about the NHLPA in the news these days. Sadly, that spells stormy weather on hockey’s horizon.

-Scott Russell of CBC Sports.  More from Scott…

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Dan Wood Will Be Talking Hockey

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from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

As the Ducks announced Aug. 24, I am leaving the Register in order to serve as the color analyst on the team’s radio broadcasts. It is a tremendous opportunity, one I am very excited about, but there are still pangs of sadness after having spent nearly 30 years, more than half my life, as a professional sportswriter. Nearly a third of that time was at the Register.

A lot has changed in the newspaper business since I began in 1980, much of it in the past two or three years, and not all of it for the better, in my humble opinion. Still, my love for newspapers is matched perhaps only by my love for hockey, and I wish nothing but the best for the industry and my many longtime, dedicated colleagues who continue to steadfastly embrace the idea, and the importance, of responsible, credible journalism

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I introduced myself to Dan during the Ducks/Wings playoff series this past season.  He seemed like a nice guy, one you wish you had more time to talk with but that was not the case.  Good luck Dan and I will be listening.

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Will The Canucks Best Player Deliver a Stanley Cup?

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from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province via Faceoff.com,

Well, as much as the contract represents a home run for the Canucks, it’s still yet to be proven that you can win in the new-world NHL with a goalie as your best player. That’s been the case since the lockout. It was certainly the case again last season. And if it’s the case going forward, what does it say about the Canucks’ chances?

Last season, for example, five of the top-10 goalies in save percentage played for teams which failed to make the playoffs and the only one who appeared in the final four was Chicago’s Nikolai Khabibulin. The results were a lot more encouraging in goals-against average where eight of the top-10 goalies made the playoffs. But, again, Khabibulin was the only goalie to appear in a conference final.

Now look at the goalies who made the conference semifinals. Luongo was the biggest name there followed by Khabibulin. The others were a mixed bag which included Chris Osgood, Jonas Hiller, Tim Thomas, Marc-Andre Fleury, Simeon Varlamov and Ward.

We’re not saying goaltending isn’t important in the NHL. Far from it. We are saying, however, there are a number of ways to fill that position.

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Bill Daly Discusses Numerous NHL Topics

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from NHL HomeIce,

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly spoke to Scott Laughlin on Hockey This Morning regarding several issues including the Coyotes situation, Versus TV battle with DirecTV, and the ousting of Paul Kelly as the NHLPA Executive Director.

continue to listen to the interview…

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