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More On The Heatley Grievance

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Publicly, the NHL’s position – on the rare occasions when commissioner Gary Bettman will discuss the NHLPA’s trials and tribulations – is that the league believes a strong union is good for business.

Deep down, it is hard to imagine they truly believe that. Otherwise, would they have not have discouraged Sens owner Eugene Melnyk from filing a complaint that seems like a sure-fire loser, given that Heatley – whatever you may think about him asking for a trade after negotiating a no-movement clause - did not technically breach his contract….

In some ways, the NHL has inadvertently done the players a favour by heading down this path. Just in case the players association required further evidence of the need for strong leadership heading into the next CBA talks, this pre-emptive shot across the union’s bow can only reinforce that belief.

And the NHLPA does have one card to play – the option of extending the CBA to 2012, or for an extra year beyond the original six-year term, to prepare for the battle that lies ahead.

That extension, you’d think, is as good as done…

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Will Mike Green Make Team Canada?

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from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

Completely unprovoked, Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau spent Tuesday morning lobbying for defenseman Mike Green to make the Canadian Olympic team.

“If I’m Stevie Yzerman, I’m looking at him as one of your top pair,” Boudreau said.

According to people that follow the Capitals closely, it’s the first time Boudreau has publicly made a pitch on Green’s behalf. It’s also an about face from last spring, when after the playoffs were over Boudreau admitted his disappointment in Green’s overall effort through 14 postseason games.

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  Tags: mike+green, team+canada

There Goes Some Income

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from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

In case you haven’t heard, the Fort Lauderdale law firm RRA isn’t having a very good week.

One of its founders is accused of bilking hundreds of millions of dollars from the firm and from clients. He flew to Morocco (apparently to avoid extradition) but returned to Lauderdale yesterday.

So what does this have to do with hockey?

Well, RRA is a huge sponsor of South Florida sports teams including the Dolphins, Heat and of course, the Panthers.

Word is the team is trying to separate itself from the scandal. I’m also hearing the law firm hasn’t paid off the team for its signage and sponsorships since it’s so early in the season. And now, with the firm’s funds down to about $500,000, that’s a check that isn’t coming.

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Osgood Has Been Better

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from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,

“Actually Ozzie’s been much better,” Holland says. “His attitude, his work habits, his conditioning. He’s challenging shooters more. Really he’s in a different place than he was at the same time a year ago.”

Bottom line: Holland, who spends on skaters and not goalies, has no plans (or cap space) to tweak his goaltending.

more on the Wings and some Kessel talk plus Kari Lehtonen may be available when he recovers from back surgery…

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A Look Back At The 2009 Winter Classic

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Many of you know I don’t watch movies, but I think this is

John Cusack

(it is Brendan Leonard) narrating a video of the Wings/Blackhawks Winter Classic from last season.

Good video about the atmosphere at Wrigley and please tell me if I am correct about Cusack.

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  Tags: john+cusack

Dane Byers Gets A Game Suspension

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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

The New York Rangers-Vancouver Canucks brouhaha in the third period of Tuesday night’s game has players from both teams on the NHL’s discipline docket.

Rangers forward Dane Byers was assessed an instigator penalty in a fight with Vancouver’s Tanner Glass in the final five minutes of the game (18:50 of the third period) and that calls for an automatic one-game suspension and a $10,000 fine for Rangers coach John Tortorella.

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OHL Supsends Michael Liambas For The Year

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Toronto, ON - The Ontario Hockey League today announced the results of its review of an incident which occurred in the game played in Kitchener on Friday, October 30th, 2009 between the Kitchener Rangers and the visiting Erie Otters.

The incident in question involved player Michael Liambas of the Erie Otters who was assessed a match penalty for boarding as the result of his hit on Kitchener Rangers player Ben Fanelli who sustained an injury to the head on the play.

In making the announcement as the result of the review, Commissioner David Branch stated that…”players must understand they shall be held accountable for their actions.  We must all work towards improving the level of respect players have towards opposing players and the game in general”.

“It is the position of the Ontario Hockey League that player Michael Liambas of the Erie Otters Hockey Club be suspended for the balance of the 2009-10 playing season including playoffs”.

added 1:48pm, In case you missed the video of the hit earlier, I have added it below..

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  Tags: michael+liambas, ohl

Don’t Look For A Home-Town Discount For Semin

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from Dmitry Chesnokov at the Examiner,

I decided to ask Semin’s agent, Mark Gandler, a few questions about his client’s contract negotiations. “Yes, we started the process and have exchanged ideas,” - Gandler told me today. He did admit that it was “impossible to predict” if a contract will be signed before the Olympic break, as the negotiations are at a “very preliminary” stage right now. But Gandler did say that “it’s clear that the Capitals want to see Alexander in their line-up.”

I asked Gandler if there was a possibility Semin would be traded at the deadline if both sides cannot find a compromise by March. “You don’t trade one of your best players from a play-off team to another play-off team. It is self defeating,” - Semin’s agent replied.

And finally, a lot of fans believe that Semin might give a “discount” to the Capitals. I wondered if this could become an issue in the negotiations. Gandler’s reply was firm: “I don’t believe in discounts.”

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HHOF Spotlight- Steve Yzerman

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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal via Faceoff.com,

At the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, Team Canada trainers were draining his aching right knee of fluid and shooting the leg full of painkiller so he could get his skates on, never mind race up and down the ice. He wanted to play, so he did, but it was agony, at times, after his knee was scoped three weeks before the tournament.

“I played two pre-tournament games in Montreal and Minnesota and had no swelling. I told Wayne (Gretzky, Olympic team boss)I was fine, then the first tournament game it got sore against Sweden. Then, against Germany, the knee became really painful and it just progressed,” said Yzerman.

“I don’t know if I willed myself to play, but I said, ‘Oh, boy, I’ve made this commitment. I can’t bail out now. I knew I had to work through it as best I could.”

read on plus Dave Gross of Camwest News Service takes a look at Stevie too…

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  Tags: hhof, steve+yzerman, team+canada

Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“He’s a great player.  I was lucky enough to play with him in World Juniors. He’s got a lot of skill. He’s a dangerous player out there.”

“He’s making a strong case for the Olympic team.  He deserves all the credit he gets.”

-Sidney Crosby on Corey Perry.  More at Ducks Blog from Curtis Zupke.

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  Tags: corey+perry, sidney+crosby

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