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Theo Wants To Return To The NHL

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Fron Darren Dreger of TSN,

Sources tell TSN Theoren Fleury is attempting a comeback and wants to play in the NHL again.

After playing senior hockey last season, Fleury decided in February he was fit enough to give the NHL another try, so he hired a personal trainer and has been working diligently since.

Those close to him say he didn’t leave the National Hockey League the way he wanted, which is fueling his desire to return.

The 41-year-old has been sober for almost four years and has been skating daily in Calgary in the hope that an NHL team is willing to invite him to training camp.


added 8:14pm, On March 13th 2009 on AM 640 Toronto, Theo Fluery was interviewed on the Bill Watters Show w/ Greg Brady about if he had any interest in making a comeback after good friend Claude Lemieux attempted one.  Watters informs Theo that he should give it a try!!  Theo responds with “It has crossed his mind, and You never know!”

Thanks to AM640 in Toronto for passing on the audio to KK.

added 9:28pm, from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun (Saturday edition),

You can bet everyone around him is supporting his decision to take one last run at the big time.

However, like most athletes, somewhere along the way he’s lost sight of the reality of father time.


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Start Saving Your Money

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from Premiere Sports Travel,

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Can The NHL Stop Balsillie?

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from Bob McCown at Fadoo.ca,

Almost by definition, lawyers are optimists. Even in the darkest hour, they must continue to believe they will win; that the case they have presented is worthy of victory.

It comes as no surprise that Richard Rodier is confident when the dust finally settles in the Phoenix Coyotes’ bankruptcy proceeding, his client, Jim Balsillie will prevail.

You see, Rodier isn’t just an attorney in this matter. He is, in fact, the architect of Balsillie’s desire to own an NHL franchise in Southern Ontario.

Some years ago, he convinced the RIM boss that the National Hockey League would encounter big problems if forced to defend itself in anti trust proceedings. Rodier told Balsillie that if they were able to get their hands on a team, any team, that the League would ultimately not be able to prevent them from moving it.


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Does Anyone Want Afinogenov?

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via Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

No word yet on the future home of Maxim Afinogenov, but the erstwhile Sabre is skating with Dynamo Moscow of the Russian league. There are rumors of two or three NHL teams desperate enough for offense that they’ve given him some consideration (including the Islanders and Rangers) but it’s hard to believe either John Tortorella or Scott Gordon would put up with his extended periods of non-involvement. Odds are he’ll find somewhere to float in Europe.

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The Wings Run May Not Be Over

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from Edward Fraser of The Hockey News,

There are a few things I mildly disagree with in THN’s official picks, which are currently being revealed day-by-day HERE, but there’s one selection in particular that had my chin-gruff dusting the floor: The Detroit Red Wings.

I don’t want to spoil the surprise by saying exactly where the closest-thing-we’ve-had-to-a-dynasty-since-the-Oilers is slotted, so I’ll simply say I don’t believe The Hockey News, and many other punditry troupes, are giving the Wings the respect they deserve.

Lest we forget Detroit is home to a squad that was one victory away from a back-to-back Stanley Cup parade and its fifth NHL championship in the past 12 seasons. And there’s nothing the Winged Wheel has lost – or any other Western Conference team has added – to make me a firm believer the Lidstrom-led legion isn’t still the cream of the West’s crop.

read on

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Sidney Celebrates

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Today’s Phoenix Situation News

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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

An army of lawyers will be piling up the billable hours in the coming weeks, as all sides in the fight over the Phoenix Coyotes prepare their battle plans for the hearing and sale set for Sept. 10 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

No one connected with the major combatants – the NHL, the City of Glendale, bidder Jim Balsillie and current Coyotes majority owner Jerry Moyes – wanted to talk about their plans yesterday, but the major issues are hardly a secret.

When Judge Redfield T. Baum holds a scheduling hearing next Tuesday to set dates for the filing of various arguments and objections, as well as examinations for discovery, Balsillie’s lawyers are expected to ask for the right to grill NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly in advance of the franchise’s sale.


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Half Dressed Dan Belisle

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from Diane Armstrong of the Timmins Times,

At one point in his career, Danny was known as the “Half Dressed NY Ranger”. Then 23 years old, he was called up to the Rangers to make his NHL debut. After his first four games, he had scored two goals as a rookie. Game five was at Madison Square Gardens. Just as he finished dressing up, Alf Pike, the Ranger’s coach, told him to take off his equipment as he wouldn’t be playing. Off came the jersey, pads, pants & skates and back on went his dress shoes, suit, shirt and tie. Then Pike returned and said “Put your equipment back on,” so Dan put on all his gear. The scene was repeated with another change of clothes. Danny was just finishing for the third time when Pike came back and said “You might not be playing after all, so get half dressed.”

I did tell you that Danny had an impish sense of humour. He donned his skates, socks, pads and hockey pants. Above the waist he wore a white shirt, tie and suit jacket. When Pike returned, Danny said, “I’m half dressed coach, and ready to go either way.”

Alf Pike was not amused. Danny never played another shift in the NHL.

more on Dan Belisle including his appearance in Slap Shot…

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Expectations Are High In Chicago

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from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

A successful spring led directly into a whirlwind summer for the NHL’s newest “it” team, but the Chicago Blackhawks remain on strong footing despite the somewhat surprising change at the top from Dale Tallon to Stan Bowman.

“It’s fair to say expectations are high,” Bowman, the Blackhawks’ new general manager, told NHL.com. “I like our team.”

There’s a lot to like, what with the additions of Marian Hossa, John Madden and Tomas Kopecky to last season’s Western Conference Finalists. Bowman’s task now is to keep it all together.

How he plans to do that seems to be the biggest question around the Blackhawks today.


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Flyers Coach Talks About Recent Changes

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from Jacob Robinson of the Expositor,

Any significant needs the team lacked in two straight playoff exits at the hands of the Pittsburgh Penguins were hopefully addressed this summer with the acquisitions of defenceman Chris Pronger and goaltender Ray Emery.

Both players have been controversial at times in their careers, but Stevens believes that the “City of Brotherly Love” will welcome the duo with open arms.

“Adding a veteran guy like Pronger, I think, is an ideal fit,” Stevens said in a telephone interview. “He’s great at both ends of the rink, he’s got an attitude, he plays with a bit of an edge and (has) great leadership qualities, he’s won a Stanley Cup before. If you had a checklist on a player, you’d check everything off where he’s concerned. He brings so many things to your team.”

With Emery, the Flyers are giving the much talked about goalie a second chance in the league. Emery was cut loose by the Ottawa Senators in 2008 and played in Russia’s KHL last season.

“I feel good about Ray,” Stevens said. “I think Ray is going to be great. I think he’s a real fiery guy, I think he’s anxious for this opportunity and I think we’re a good fit for him and he’s a good fit for us.”

“We feel like we’ve made some good changes on our team, so this is a real important year for us.”

more from Stevens…

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