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Devils Rely On Old Names

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Lozo of NHL.com,

No, you can’t flip on HBO and watch “The Larry Sanders Show” while it’s still in its prime. Sorry, but O.J. Simpson is not on trial for double homicide. And you’ll be extremely disappointed if you turn on your radio and expect to hear “Gangsta’s Paradise” by Coolio in heavy rotation.

You can’t blame Devils fans for any of these transgressions, because for the past two offseasons, their favorite team has partied like it’s 1995.

Picture it—Newark, 2008. Lou Lamoriello gave free-agent contracts to Brian Rolston and Bobby Holik, two veterans who were fresh-faced kids on the Devils’ first Stanley Cup winner in 1995. Holik was a disappointment last season, and Rolston’s numbers were limited by a lingering high-ankle sprain.

Fast-forward to this offseason, and it’s like Lamoriello fired up the time machine again.

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Bowmeester Happy With His Choice

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from Derek Van Diest of the Edmonton Sun,

He spent six seasons with the Panthers, who were eventually forced to deal his negotiating rights to Calgary when it became apparent he wasn’t going to re-sign in Florida.

The Panthers were keen on keeping Bowmeester on their blue line, but his decision to leave was more than financially motivated. As was his desire to play in Calgary.

“It’s different, only because hockey is more of a focus here,” he said. “In Florida it’s sometimes a battle to get people out to the games and it’s something that’s not really natural down there.”

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All Kessel Can Do Is Wait

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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

For now, after logging three NHL seasons, Kessel is waiting to see where his career path leads, along with his pay scale. He remains an unsigned restricted free agent, the sole Boston regular still not to have a deal in place with the season opener (Oct. 1) only six weeks on the horizon.

Kessel, noting the possibility that his next NHL game may not be with the Black and Gold, said he fully expects to have a new contract in place before the start of the season. And although he categorized his negotiations with Boston at a “stalemate,’’ he also said he was not disappointed by the talks between his agent, Wade Arnott, and Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli.

“Because, obviously, it is a business, too, for [the Bruins],’’ he said. “It’s kind of like we are at a standstill and I don’t now what is going to happen, to tell you the truth. I think it can go either way at this point.’’

Asked how he would like to see it resolved, he said, “Obviously, you would like to stay, but you don’t know if it is going to work out in the end. My only thing is, you want it to go sooner [rather] than later . . . you know, if you are not going to be there, [or] if you are . . . it is easier on you [to know] where I am and where to go.’’

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Excuuzi?  He’s Coming Back…Book It

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

It ain’t just Jimmy D now boy.  Nope.  Tick Tock’s in on it too and it’s looking more and more like the great divider is headed back to Hockeytown.

MLive

General manager Ken Holland confirmed Monday the club is negotiating with free-agent forward Todd Bertuzzi.

“We’re talking to him,” Holland said.

Holland declined further comment, but a league source said the club offered Bertuzzi a one-year deal worth $1.5 million for next season, and that there is a strong indication that a deal will get done this week.

More on this tomorrow.  My gut reaction:  Holland wants him back. He was popular with the leadership on the ice.  If he’s healthy he can be effective.  All other issues aside, if that’s possible, he could be a positive.

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Bertuzzi Offered 1yr - $1.5M Deal With Wings

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Greg Brady of 640am in Toronto, and ex-WDFN employee in Detroit, notes on his Twitter-

DRW has put a tasty 1-yr/1.5m offer up for Todd Bertuzzi. Since no one else is beating down his door, take it, Bert! Cheap real estate!

added 11:42pm, from Michael Zuidema at Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings could be poised to welcome another former player back to town.

General manager Ken Holland confirmed Monday the club is negotiating with free-agent forward Todd Bertuzzi.

“We’re talking to him,” Holland said.

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Evening Line

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“I had a little bit of a wake-up call this summer, realized I’ve got to be a bit better. I’m going to demand a lot of myself going there, and prove that it was a good signing for them.”

Bruins defenseman Derek Morris.  More from Morris by Jim Gintonio of Ice Chips at the Arizona Republic.

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Andrew Peters Looking For Work

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from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

Andrew Peters knows there’s still a place for enforcers in the NHL. He also knows Buffalo isn’t one of those places.

The Sabres’ designated tough guy for the last five seasons has resigned himself to the fact he won’t be back for a sixth.

“I don’t even know if there’s been a discussion with Buffalo and my agent at all,” Peters said by phone Monday. “I know that there wasn’t up until July 1, and I don’t think there has been one since.

“It’s unfortunate, but I’ve enjoyed my time here. I’ve loved my time here. I’ve been through good times and bad, with successful teams and not-so-much. I’ve made some lifelong friends and played with some unbelievable guys. If that’s what I come out of hockey with is great friendships and 200 games in the NHL — more than I ever thought I’d play — I did it with a great organization.”

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The Team Canada Sweater

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from CBC,

The jerseys feature a large maple leaf crest in the centre on either a red or white background. Inside the crest are smaller maple leaves representing the gold medal counts for Canada’s men’s, women’s and ice sledge hockey teams, and a nod to the traditional Team Canada image of a hockey player and stick.

But the design also includes a thunderbird and an eagle — two powerful First Nations symbols — supporting and protecting the central maple leaf. A small Nike swoosh appears above and to the left of the maple leaf.

more including a picture…

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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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