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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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  Tags: patrick+kane, team+usa

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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  Tags: aaron+downey

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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  Tags: brian+burke, winter+olympics

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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Canucks Sign Sergei Shirokov

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

Vancouver, B.C. – Vancouver Canucks President and General Manager Mike Gillis announced today that the team has signed right wing, Sergei Shirokov. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Shirokov, 23, recorded 41 points (17-24-41) in 56 games with CSKA Moscow of the KHL in 2008-09. He has also appeared in two World Junior Championships as a member of team Russia in 2005 and 2006. In 12 games played over two tournaments, Shirokov registered 13 points (7-6-13).

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Take A Break - Read A Book

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from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated,

With all the information available these days, I took an unexpected detour in my review and analysis of the NHL rosters as they take shape with training camps looming. No Twitter or Facebook for me this past weekend as I perused a book sent to me about Mr. Hockey himself, Gordie Howe.

The book is titled Nine: A Salute to Mr. Hockey Gordie Howe and it’s a collection of quotes and stories chronicling the life and times of his inimitable career. My first impression was how times have changed—not so from a hockey standpoint, but from an information perspective.

Young fans today have point-and-click access to all they need to know about their current heroes. Thumbing through Nine, I recalled reading and re-reading a book on my hero, Roger Crozier. I checked it out of the school library ten times or so—a self-proclaimed record way back in the third grade. My point being: information was scarce, hard to come by, and certainly not as timely as it is today.

Way back when, I gleaned info on players from newspapers, Sunday paper magazines and, of course, the back of my precious hockey card collection.

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Here is the KK affiliate link to Nine: A Salute to Mr. Hockey Gordie Howe at Amazon if you are interested.

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  Tags: gordie+howe

Prospal Signing Official

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New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent forward Vinny Prospal.

“Vinny is a highly-skilled player with good offensive instincts and the ability to play on the wing or at the center position,” stated Sather.  “We think he will give us added flexibility and brings a veteran presence to our lineup.”

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  Tags: vinny+prospal

Keith Acton Surprised By Lottery Winnings

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via YorkRegion,

Maybe it’s an omen of a lucky season ahead.

Keith Acton, an assistant coach with the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs and co-owner of Stouffville’s Boston Pizza, came into a lucky windfall last week after taking home $98,500 in the Aug. 5. Lotto 6/49 draw.

Mr. Acton, a former NHL player, said he had to check his ticket a few times.

“I didn’t believe I won at first,” he told lottery officials.

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  Tags: keith+acton

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