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How Do You Like Your Wings?

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from Japers’ Rink,

Hockey’s Greatest Teams lists the ‘97 Red Wings as one of the fifteen greatest teams of all time.  I can’t say I agree, but it raises a question:  Of the stellar puck-moving Wings squads, which is the best?

continue to compare the rosters and vote on which team was better…

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Should Bodychecking Be Allowed In Women’s Hockey?

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from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,

The GM Place crowd of nearly 7,000 roared with approval when Canadian players Gillian Apps and Becky Kellar slammed opponents into the boards in the first period of their game against the United States on Wednesday. But the cheers turned suddenly to jeers after the referee’s whistle, as the Canadians sulked to the penalty box.

The Norwegian referee made the proper call in both instances, yet, to the crowd and to a small but growing number of critics inside the women’s game, the penalties appeared to contravene the spirit of hockey. With the sport struggling to build a fan base, some insiders are beginning to ask whether the time has come for women’s hockey to amend its rules and allow bodychecking.


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The Financial Issues Of Sergei Fedorov

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from M.L. Elrick of the Detroit Free Press,

After the bank came for his Maybach, his Maserati and his two Ferraris, Sergei Fedorov went after the bank.

But Peoples State Bank isn’t the only lending institution Fedorov has accused of wronging him.

The Russian hockey hero and former Red Wing All Star claims Citizens State Bank and Sterling Bank also concocted schemes to get him to pay off loans they issued to Joe Zada, a former friend whom Fedorov has also sued.

Marc Beginin, one of Fedorov’s attorneys, claims the various banks conspired with Zada to make Fedorov pay off more than $10 million in loans taken out by Zada.


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Alcohol No Longer Part Of The Game

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from Doug Fischer of the Ottawa Citizen,

Jimmy Devellano doesn’t want anyone to think of him as a saint.

In 1988-89, when he was general manager of the Detroit Red Wings, Devellano accompanied at least six players—a third of his roster—to Alcoholics Anonymous or drug counselling meetings.

He’s never heard of another GM who’s done that, especially during the offseason, which is when he escorted a young Sheldon Kennedy to AA meetings.

“I needed that like I needed a hole in the head,” says Devellano, now the Red Wings’ senior vice-president. “Spending your summer with recovering alcoholics is no picnic when you don’t have a drinking problem yourself.”

Nor was he particularly happy to make sure Bob Probert, Petr Klima, Steve Chiasson, Joey Kocur and one or two other problem players made it to their meetings.

But Devellano says he did it because he was being paid to win hockey games, and sober and straight players gave him a better chance to achieve that.


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Training Camp Preview

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from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

To prepare you for the return of The Boys of Winter, here is Sun Media’s NHL training camp preview…

CALGARY FLAMES:  Mike Keenan gets the boot as coach. In comes Brent Sutter, brother of Flames GM Darryl Sutter. Welcome to hockey’s version of All in the Family. Calgary had better get off to a good start or it might be a bit uncomfortable when the Sutter clan congregates around the table for Christmas dinner.

: With the Bulin Wall now in Edmonton, can Cristobal Huet be The Man to lead this talented squad to a Stanley Cup?

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS: Can rookie sensation Steve Mason avoid the sophomore jinx?


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The Latest Heatley Talk

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

“Basically, what I’ve said (to other teams) is just tell me what you’re willing to do, I’ll talk to you and we’ll go from there and we’ll make a decision one way or another. But, I can’t say I’m overly optimistic now.”

League sources say the San Jose Sharks and New York Rangers both remain interested, but neither side is close to deal. It’s believed if the Senators are going to make a deal with San Jose, they want Joe Thornton in return.

The Sharks don’t want to move Thornton and have never offered centre Patrick Marleau, either. Another league executive told Sun Media yesterday that “discussions are quiet on the San Jose front and they might resume during training camp.”


via Tim Sassone of Between The Circles at the Chicago Daily-Herald,

As for the Hawks, rumors started Friday and into Saturday that they might be interested in trading for disgruntled Ottawa Senators winger Dany Heatley.

So far this is only a rumor, and it hasn’t been reported anywhere. Funny, I sat near GM Stan Bowman at Friday’s White Sox game and he was working his Blackberry most of the night. Maybe it was just typical GM stuff.

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Predators Concerned About Their Penalty-Kill Unit

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from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

Only three times in 10 seasons have the Predators finished below the league midpoint in penalty-kill success rate. Nashville posted the league’s third-best success rate in both 2006-07 and 2007-08, and the Predators were 10th-best in the NHL last season.

But they will face some challenges in maintaining a strong penalty kill this season, after losing defensemen Greg Zanon and Greg de Vries, as well as forwards Vern Fiddler and Scott Nichol.

Zanon led the team in penalty-kill time and finished with the third-most shot blocks in the league, while Fiddler and Nichol finished third and fourth, respectively, on the team in average penalty-kill time.

“They are all significant losses because we were a pretty tight unit for two years,’’ Predators associate coach Brent Peterson said. “Guys are just going to have to step up and learn how to do it. We’ve got some good candidates. It’s no different than the situations we’ve been in before — we have to develop other guys to do it.’‘


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Leafs Make A Move That Gives Them Offer Sheet Material

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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

The Toronto Maple Leafs today re-acquired their own much-travelled 2010 second-round pick from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Toronto’s third-round pick in 2011 and a 2011 second-round pick that was previously acquired by Toronto from Calgary.

Why would the Leafs effectively pay a net price of a third-round pick to get a second-round pick in the 2010 draft instead of the 2011 draft?

Well, the move now gives Toronto their own first, second and third-round picks in the next NHL entry draft, which is the prerequisite for any team that would want to submit an offer sheet on a top restricted free agent player this summer.


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All Manny Malhotra

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from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers at the Columbus Dispatch,

Q: You’re still without a contract, an unrestricted free agent. What’s the outlook for you heading into 2009-10?

A: I’m like a lot of guys around the league, waiting for that right opportunity. It’s frustrating, obviously. We’d like to be settled. We’d like to know where we’re going to be at this point, but there’s no sense rushing into situations.

Q: Do you have offers on the table right now?

A: There’s a lot of things that have to take place. Other moves that have to go down before they open up.

Q: Any regrets about not signing here when the Blue Jackets were talking to you in late June, before free agency?

A: We stressed over and over the fact that we wanted to be here. There were a lot of issues: that we were part of the community, that we had friends outside the game, that I knew my role in the dressing room and on the ice. Those things ... I don’t know how many times I said I wanted to be here. That part about it is frustrating….

more including some NHLPA talk…

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Luongo Will Earn His Pay

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from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

Every time Luongo would have a game in which he wasn’t miraculous, out would come the usual charges that he’s never won anything, never committed to any organization, didn’t or might not like the city, wants to be dealt to Montreal or isn’t good enough.

Further, there is the Ken Holland strategy always lurking in the background whereby because Detroit has had the mainstay of their resources tied up in defenceman Nick Lidstrom, who is utterly dominant at his position, that a team might not be able to win with a goaltender being highly paid and the dominant player on a roster.

We’ll see how the Wings and this view of the world make out when Lidstrom retires.

And every time one of these skeletons would come out, it had to bother Luongo, who is sufficiently passionate about playing the game that he was named captain of the Canucks even though it was somewhat inconvenient for the team to do it.


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  Tags: roberto+luongo

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