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Shanahan Will Be In Camp

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from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

There is enough interest around the league in Brendan Shanahan that the veteran winger is already looking forward to training camp and his 22nd NHL season.

But agent Rick Curran wouldn’t say on Monday if Shanahan and the Devils were getting close to a deal. Shanahan, 40, is an unrestricted free agent….

Curran said he didn’t know if a decision on Shanahan’s future would happen in the next few days or weeks, but said the future Hall of Famer would be reporting to an NHL training camp. He will not have to wait until mid-season before being signed, as he did last season.

a little more...

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Where FA Goalies Could Land In The 2010 Season

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from Brian Duff at The Hockey News,

Biron did suggest he feels the Islanders will surprise a lot of teams this year and he hopes to be a part of that. But the interesting angle in all of this is where Biron believes/hopes he will end up next year as a No. 1.

Here’s a look at the teams that, barring contract extensions between now and then, will have their No. 1 goalies coming up for free agency, restricted and unrestricted, next July….

Dallas Stars – Marty Turco turns 34 this August and is coming off a terribly disappointing season. Two in a row might spell the end for him with the Stars.

San Jose Sharks – Evgeni Nabokov’s contract runs out. Depending on the 2010 playoffs, it could be time for dramatic change.

St. Louis Blues – If Chris Mason follows up last year’s strong second half with similar numbers, it would be hard to imagine there would be an opening here.


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All Kinds Of Different Numbers

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from John Kreiser of NHL.com,

If, as the saying goes, every picture tells a story—well, so do a lot of the numbers we never think about.

Here are a few of the more interesting NHL facts and figures involving position players that you might not have known:

Ready, aim fire—In 2008-09, Alex Ovechkin became only the second player in NHL history to take more than 500 shots on goal in a season….

Where did he find the time?—Players who pile up lots of penalty minutes are rarely big scorers—among the 15 most-penalized players in 2008-09, only St. Louis’ David Backes (31) had more than 20 goals….


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An Embarrassing Chapter In NHL History

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from Tripp Mickle of SportsBusiness Journal,

“I’ve got to tell you,” said Del Biaggio, who’d bought the Nashville Predators from Leipold in late 2007, “I lied to you.”

“What are you talking about?” Leipold asked.

Weeks later, after he returned from France, Leipold learned exactly what Del Biaggio meant, and just how far those four words had taken him.

The young, relatively unknown venture capitalist from San Jose had made one of his first confessions of guilt in what would be one of the most embarrassing recent chapters in NHL history.

read on & thanks for the pointer to everyone here...

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The Walleye Mascot

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from Mark Monroe of the Toledo Blade,

He may be a fish out of water, but the ice suits him just fine.

“Spike” the yellow walleye will be unveiled today as the mascot for Toledo’s new hockey team that begins play in October. The costumed mascot with the mischievous gap-toothed grin will greet the public for the first time at the Mud Hens game at noon at Fifth Third Field.

“Spike is our most enthusiastic fan,” said Scott Jeffer, assistant general manager and director of marketing for the Walleye. “He’s our head cheerleader.”

The yellow walleye will wear an oversized version of the team’s jersey and will don a hockey helmet. Spike’s home is “The Fish Pond” at the new Lucas County Arena downtown.

continued and checkout the official Toledo Walleye site too…


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Plans For Gretzky

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from CBC Sports,

One of the groups interested in keeping the Phoenix Coyotes in Arizona has offered some unique ideas on how it would proceed with the club.

In a letter of intent submitted Friday to Arizona bankruptcy judge Redfield T. Baum, Ice Edge Holdings said that Wayne Gretzky would play a significant role with the Coyotes under its ownership.

“Ice Edge is seeking to solidify the Team’s relationship with its managing partner and head coach, Wayne Gretzky, and intends to offer Mr. Gretzky the opportunity to participate … as a major shareholder of the newly constituted Coyotes franchise,” the group said in its filing….

The letter of intent also said that the presence of the all-time NHL scoring leader hasn’t been fully maximized in the club’s dealings with potential corporate sponsors.

It’s in sharp contrast to the bid for the Coyotes officially submitted by Friday’s deadline by a group led by Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf.

The Reinsdorf bid details the assumption of 170 contracts, including those of Coyotes players and management. Conspicuously absent from the list is Gretzky.

read on

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Axelsson Signs With Frölunda

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from .Frolundaindians.com (translated),

Frölunda Hockey Club and forward Per-Johan “Pebben” Axelsson has signed a contract for four seasons.


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Talking Hockey

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I was a guest on a podcast this afternoon hosted by Crash the Crease.  Then Lyle Richardson joined in on the hockey talk after my segment was complete.

You can listen to it here.

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Do You Consider Derek Morris A #2 Dman?

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from James Murphy at NESN,

Both Chiarelli and head coach Claude Julien have stressed the importance of a quick transition game, mobility and that first defensive pass out of the zone. And with the addition of Morris, Chiarelli believes he has completed his plan of putting together a blue line that excels in those areas. Despite losing some physical presence with the trade of Aaron Ward and departure of Shane Hnidy, Chiarelli thinks Morris can bring the right combination of skill and size and maybe even join captain Zdeno Chara on the club’s top defensive pairing.

“We feel we’ve added a No. 2 defenseman to our mix,” said Chiarelli. “We feel we’ve upgraded. He’s a guy who brings more skill to our lineup. He can retrieve pucks, he can get to pucks and he can compete. I really like the makeup of our defense now.

read on

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On The Farm With Brent Sutter

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from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Turning off the gravel range road upon reaching the Sutter family mailbox, the first thing you’re greeted by are a pair of donkeys the kids gave Brent Sutter one Father’s Day.

Winding your way up along a tree-lined driveway he had paved using bonus money from his first year in Chicago, you soon approach impeccably kept garden beds that soften the family homestead he longed to return to each of the last two winters.

After parking amidst the handful of cars driven by wife Connie, daughter Brooke and his two sons, you see a sturdy pickup truck with a suitcase in the passenger seat—a clear indication which vehicle the well-traveled Flames coach uses.

It’s Sunday morning and aside from a gentle breeze ruffling the trees, all is quiet, including a 10-year-old German Shepherd named Dakota, which is sleeping next to a cowboy boot-shaped planter on the farmhouse stoop.


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