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Could Sundin Play In Sweden

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from Linda Mankefors at the Hockey News,

Here’s another one: Mats Sundin returns to his mother club Djurgarden IF. Hold your breath, it’s only one rumor of many.

Is there one rumor about Mats Sundin that holds a truth? It is honoring for Swedish hockey a 37 year old veteran still creates so much interest that the whole National Hockey League and its followers is holding its breath where he will land. Well you might end up disappointed. I was talking yesterday to a person inside the Swedish Icehockey Organization who said Mats already has made up his mind, it’s only a matter of missing details.

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Snow Wants A Coach That Will Grow With The Team

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from Greg Logan of Newsday,

Former Los Angeles Kings coach Marc Crawford and current Islanders assistant Gerard Gallant are among the final candidates expected to be interviewed over the next three days, according to an NHL source….

Except for Quenneville, all the other candidates have shown their interest in the Islanders’ job. Snow has made it clear that he’s seeking a long-term partner willing to focus on developing a contender by playing the young prospects and building through the draft.

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Sounds Like It Is Getting Serious

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from the Sunday Star Times (New Zealand),

Rachel Hunter must be keen on this one - she’s bringing him home! The 38-year-old bombshell has been dating 26-year-old Canadian ice hockey star Jarret Stoll for two years and when she comes back to New Zealand in a few weeks with her kids Liam and Renee, he’ll be coming with them.

The pair are rumoured to have bought a house together in LA and Rachel has even been talking about more babies.

According to friends, Jarret is a lovely guy and absolutely besotted with her, while she’s been quoted in New Idea saying: “I think I would like more children. I wouldn’t want to adopt though. I think I have two years left to have a child naturally if I want to.”

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From Wall Street To Phoenix

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

When you make a living working on Wall Street, these stories can be useful.

So he watched as guests explained the dramatic changes they had made in their lives to find dream jobs. And it got Sulliman thinking.

When he wasn’t raising five daughters with his wife, Barbara, he was selling commercial insurance….

Sulliman confided in Maloney, who is now his brother-in-law. He said he wanted to get back in the game. He’d coach anywhere. Junior hockey. College hockey. He didn’t care; he just wanted back in the game.

Sulliman still had plenty of connections and planned phone calls to current general managers such as Lou Lamoriello and Paul Holmgren.

Maloney told him to wait. He didn’t say why—just wait.

“(Maloney’s) a chess player; he’s always thinking ahead,” Sulliman says.

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Columbus Invites Matvichuk To Camp

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Puck-rakers,

The Blue Jackets have invited defenseman Richard Matvichuk to training camp as a non-roster tryout. The team is still awaiting word on whether the 35-year-old Matvichuk will accept.

He most notably made two Stanley Cup finals appearances with Ken Hitchcock in Dallas in 1998-99 and 1999-2000, but has played in only one NHL regular-season game in the past two years.

Matvichuk missed all but one game of the 2006-07 season recovering from back surgery. Last season, he played 42 games with New Jersey’s AHL affiliate Lowell, contributing a goal and three assists.

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Jason Baird Could Use Some Help

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from Ryan Kennedy of the Hockey News,

A career minor leaguer, Baird recently signed on to play with the Muskegon Fury of the International League, but he will likely never suit up for them.

On July 17, Baird was working a summer job as a landscaper in Youngstown when the riding lawnmower he was steering exploded, engulfing the 27-year-old father of three in flames. Baird received third-degree burns to more than 70 percent of his body and the weeks since have seen the gritty winger in and out of surgery and fighting for his life.

Like a lot of kids in North America, Baird was keeping his dream of playing hockey for a living alive by doing what had to be done. If he could only earn about $500 a week, he would take a job in the summer and make up the income that way.

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Not Impressed By Sharks

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from Ryan Garner of the Vallejo Times-Herald,

Two months from the start of the NHL season I’m trying to see the logic in the San Jose Sharks’ recent offseason moves, but I just can’t.

Crafting a Stanley Cup-winning team carries a high degree of difficulty; almost as difficult as touching your ear with your elbow. Sharks general manager Doug Wilson deserves credit for molding a competitive roster, but his latest moves indicate a growing sense of desperation that could have adverse effects on the franchise for years to come….

In short, when you consider what the Sharks have given up to stabilize a defense that wasn’t the team’s most pressing need to begin with, Doug Wilson took the incredibly long way around to make the team worse down the road, limit his salary flexibility, and sacrifice more of the future in pursuit of the Sharks’ first Stanley Cup.

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Travelling Road Show

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from Ned Powers of the StarPhoenix,

Former National Hockey League defenceman Jason Woolley is coming to the Saskatoon Exhibition with a show he likes to describe as “hockey’s version of Disneyland.”

The exhibit is called Hockey Canada Fanfest, assembled in a 20,000-square-foot area, complete with Hockey Canada memorabilia and trophies, major graphic displays and seven inter-active games.

“The interactive components are like nothing you’ve seen before. For those who want to test their competitive urges, they will get all they can handle in our high-tech world,” says Woolley.

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Mark Your Calender

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Province,

The organizing committee for the 2010 Winter Games has released a detailed schedule of events for the Olympics and Paralympics….

The final sport event of the Games, the men’s gold-medal hockey game is set for Feb. 28 at 12:15 p.m. (PT) at General Motors Place.

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Sens Need Some ‘O’ On Their ‘D’

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from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Citizen,

Look no further than the last two Stanley Cup champions to see what every coach preaches: Successful teams get offence from their defence.

The Red Wings’ “Top 6” (Nicklas Lidstrom, Brian Rafalski, Niklas Kronwall, Brad Stuart, Brett Lebda and Andreas Lilja) combined for 209 points during the 2007-08 regular season. And that’s with missing 49 games between them.

The year before, the Ducks were the beneficiaries of 206 points from six of their most- used blueliners (Scott Niedermayer, Chris Pronger, Francois Beauchemin, Sean O’Donnell, Joe DiPenta and Kent Huskins).

The Senators stack up like peanuts to coconuts by comparison.

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