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Making The Call

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from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

Today, the NHLPA will hold the first of two huge conference calls. (The second is scheduled for next Sunday.) Any player can join the discussion. And, if they are truly serious about the future of their association; truly upset about Paul Kelly’s firing, there will be a huge turnout.

What’s clear is that canning him at 3 a.m. – as staunch union supporter Chris Chelios repeatedly asked everyone to sleep on it – made Kelly a sympathetic figure. (By the way, credit to Chelios and Shawn Horcoff for facing the media when both their teams voted against firing Kelly.) Initially, several players who disagreed with the process said they still felt the reasons for firing him were sound. Now, that rationale is under attack.

continued plus links discussing the Eastern Conference…

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Darren Dreger Of TSN Talks Conferences

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The West…

Watch the East below…

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Ryan Kesler Too Busy To Answer His Phone

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The NHL 2K10 hockey moms want answers, but Ryan Kesler is too busy playing video games.

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Your Hockey Fix At Noon

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With the return of NHL Live today, we now have three options to follow:

NHL Live- NHL Network and on XM/Sirius

HockeyCentral on Fan590 in Toronto, 12p - 2p ET

Leafs Lunch on 640am in Toronto, 12p - 1p ET

I usually watch NHL Live and tune in to both HockeyCentral and Leafs Lunch.  Yes, hockey is back!

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Destination Unkown For Forsberg

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Peter Forsberg is slated to play his third game for Modo in the Swedish League on Monday, but it may be his last one with them. That’s because any player who plays a game in Europe past the start of the NHL’s regular season must then clear waivers if he wishes to return to the NHL. Forsberg, who had yet another foot surgery in May, has no clue at this point whether or not he’ll attempt an NHL comeback, but he might as well keep the option open for now.

more notes from LeBrun…

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Salary Issues Facing Chicago

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from Spector’s Hockey,

Pierre LeBrun reports agent Pat Brisson, who represents Chicago Blackhawks stars Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, has quietly begun contract talks with Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman. Toews and Kane are slated to become restricted free agents next summer and would be tempting targets for offer sheets.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: As LeBrun points out the Blackhawks have too many good players and not enough cap space. The ‘Hawks already have over $42 million committed to twelve players for next season, and Toews and Kane will be seek considerable raises after this season. A conservative estimate is it could cost the Blackhawks between $10-$12 million per season to retain those two. Something’s gotta give in Chicago after this season and it won’t be Kane and Toews.

more plus additional player talk…

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Tough Time To Break A Hand

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from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,

The good news is Jannik Hansen won the fight. The bad news is he could be lost for 4-6 weeks or longer with a broken hand.

The worst part is the regular season starts Thursday.

Hansen’s right hand was grotesquely misshapen after a fight with former Vancouver Giants’ junior Gilbert Brule during the Canucks’ 5-4 pre-season overtime loss Sunday against the Edmonton Oilers.

“Obviously, it’s not very good timing,” Hansen said. “It’s very swollen. I’m not quite sure how bad it is.”

continued and watch the fight below…

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Going Out On A Limb?

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from Damian Cox of the Spin at the Toronto Star,

Somehow, the Maple Leafs will make the playoffs.

There, I said it. Now it will almost certainly haunt me for the next seven months.

Maybe it’s just a change of pace after predicting non-playoff campaigns over and over in recent years.

But suggesting a Leaf playoff berth certainly isn’t about logic. There are gaping holes in this Toronto lineup that can’t be denied.

But you can bet on an improved sense of team identity to help Brian Burke’s Leafs, and let’s face it, the mediocrity of so many Eastern Conference teams leaves the door wide open for any club able to put together a 93-95 point season.

continued

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Babcock With Numerous Topics

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Exhibition season, prospects, outlook for the regular season, trip to Sweden and the Detroit Lions are some of the topics Mike Babcock discussed last night.

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Contracts May Save A Few Oilers

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from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,

  If it was as simple as the best guys win, Quinn hinted that some of last year’s players might not be this year’s players.

“I’m watching how they play, do they compete?,” he said. “I know some of them have skill, I watch them in the morning, but some guys are really morning glories. They can dance and do all the pretty stuff in the morning skate, but when the other team comes in and you drop the puck, it changes.”

In this day and age, however, cutting a veteran means moving a contract, and that takes place at the management level—coaches are almost bystanders in the selection process. As much as Quinn would like to believe his eyes and not his ears, his hands might be tied.

“The selection does involve management, they have the last call all the time,” he said, admitting “there’s not a solid agreement on the 14 forwards.”

Fernando Pisani and Marc Pouliot, coming off sub-par years, are on the limp while Sam Gagner, Andrew Cogliano and Robert Nilsson haven’t stood out like everyone had hoped, but there are reputations, upsides and contracts to consider.

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