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How About Heatley To The Wild?

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from Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune,

(Bryan) Murray, who is extremely close with Fletcher after mentoring him with Florida and Anaheim, said Heatley has given him a list of teams. But if he works out a better deal with another team, Heatley will be pressured to make it work or he will remain in Ottawa.

Asked if he could add an expensive player such as Heatley or Vincent Lecavalier, Fletcher said: “I won’t talk specific names, but I think we could. But we’d have a lot of $500,000 players in key spots unless you could move another salary and create room that way. So there’s ways to do anything. But the higher the number gets, the less flexibility you have to fill other holes.”

And Fletcher said he believes the Wild must add a center, winger and as many as three defensemen via trade or free agency.

You can bet if Fletcher had the choice between re-signing Gaborik and trading for Heatley, he would choose Gaborik simply because it means not giving up assets.

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Setting A Drug Testing Standard

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Both Pierre LeBrun and Scott Burnside have been filing numerous stories out of Las Vegas the last few days.

I wonder if they can figure out a way to stay there while covering the NHL Entry Draft in Montreal?

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

It is rare for a professional sports league to have the opportunity to get out in front of scandal, to be able to insulate itself against the most damaging kinds of publicity and blows to its integrity.

Yet, that is exactly the enviable position in which the NHL and its players find themselves.

Now all the players have to do is to have the courage to ante up and embrace not just a more stringent drug testing policy, but also the most comprehensive in pro sports.

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Chelios Will Be Part Of Team USA In 2010

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from Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Chelios confirmed to ESPN.com on Saturday he’s been asked by team GM Brian Burke, also GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs, to join the team in some off-ice role. Burke told ESPN.com there are a number of great players who’ve played a significant role in U.S. hockey over the past decades, “but the greatest warrior of all was Chelly.”

“We haven’t refined his role. All I know is, I want him involved,” Burke said.

read on

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Would The Competition Committee Vote Down A 2nd Winter Classic Game?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

The event, tentatively slated for McMahon Stadium in Calgary for Jan. 1 after the Winter Classic game set for Boston’s Fenway Park, must be approved by the seven of 10 voting members of the competition committee.

Asked if he would instruct the five players who sit on the committee to vote against a second outdoor game, Kelly said he didn’t think that would be necessary.

“I don’t think I have to do that. I will tell you that last year when the competition committee met this issue came up and all five players and, in fact, all voting members of both sides of the fence did not support a second Winter Classic game,” Kelly said.

more on why a second game is being discussed…

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Talking Heatley In LA

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Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings was at a breakfast today which I believe fans attended and some asked the Kings management team questons…

Next question was from a young man asking about Dany Heatley. (Ron) Hextall addressed it and spoke in general terms about Heatley, not particularly about whether the Kings wanted him.

Hextall pointed about that Heatley asked to be traded from Atlanta (under circumstances that Hextall acknowledged were not ideal) then signed a big contract in Ottawa and asked to be traded shortly thereafter, with a list of teams that he would accept a deal to. Hextall said that such behavior ``raises red flags.’‘

read on for more questions…

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Bettman Talks With The NHLPA

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

In what can only be viewed as an attempt to keep labour unrest from heightening, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman addressed the annual summer players meetings, which wrapped up Saturday.

Bettman covered a broad range of topics, including the future of the Coyotes in Phoenix which remains one of the hottest topics in the industry.

“I explained exactly what happened and how we look at franchise issues and how this club wound up where it is and the fact we don’t believe it should be in bankruptcy and the fact having rules and enforcing our rules and procedures is vitally important,” said Bettman, who characterized his address as “a good, open candid dialogue.”

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added 7:54pm, from the CP via Sportsnet,

Everyone seemed satisfied after Bettman’s first-ever visit to these meetings.

“It was a big move on his part to come in here,” said Detroit Red Wings defenceman Chris Chelios, often a critic of the commissioner. “It was a respectful meeting. We weren’t going to do anything that was unprofessional. It took a lot for him to go out of his way and address the players.

“I just wish we had 700 guys in here to listen to him.”

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added 9:35pm, from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

“I didn’t keep count, but I would say that he probably faced in excess of 25 or 30 questions on a range of topics,” said NHLPA executive director Paul Kelly. “They were quite articulate. The guys did a good job.”

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Report- Molson Family Purchases Montreal Canadiens

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from RDS (translated),

The sale of the Canadian is now concluded.  According to the RDS has learned that the family would be the next Molson Canadian owner.

The cost of the transaction would be approximately $ 550 million.

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added 2:40pm, via Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The deal still needs approval from the NHL’s Board of Governors. The league needs to do due diligence on the sale and have a board vote, and a source said Saturday sale approval “will be sometime mid-summer at the earliest.”

French sports network RDS reported Saturday that the sale was worth $550 million, but a source told ESPN.com that the price was in excess of that.

added 6:19pm,

MONTREAL – George N. Gillett Jr and Geoff Molson announced today that they have reached an agreement in principle for the sale of the Gillett family’s interests in the Montreal Canadiens Hockey Club, the Bell Centre and Gillett Entertainment Group. They will hold a news conference as soon as the agreement is finalized.

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Headed To The HHOF On Tuesday

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from Brian Costello of The Hockey News,

When the Hall of Fame’s selection committee gets together Tuesday to select its 2009 inductees, it will have three easy decisions and at least one difficult one.

The easy decisions are for three of the four openings in the players category. Steve Yzerman, Brett Hull and Brian Leetch are clearly shoo-ins and make this year’s class one of the most memorable in decades. All three are first-time eligible this year and the debate among the 18 selection committee members won’t be long or spirited.

The fourth opening is the one that will spark plenty of dialogue. The other first-time candidates (retired three years from hockey) are Luc Robitaille, Alexander Mogilny and Dave Andreychuk.

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Mike Weir Asked Who Should The NYI Pick?

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via Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat,

“Boy, that’s a tough one,” said Weir, who counts former playmaking center Adam Oates among his friends and who has skated with the Washington Capitals in the past. “All I can go by is I watched quite a bit of the World Junior this year, and Tavares looked unbelievable. So, I’d have a tough time picking against him. I think any of those three…it depends on what the team’s needs are. I don’t know what the Islanders really need.”

Told they are the lowest-scoring team in the NHL, Weir said, “Well, I think Tavares would probably be a good pick.”

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Still No Coach In Calgary

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from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,

Although it seems a year, only a month has passed since Keenan paid for the sins of the many. Since the three-day-late media conference to address his dismissal, in which Sutter only half-joked he was, at that moment, the best replacement candidate, not a peep of comment from down Olympic Way.

Sutter’s Bonded Plumbing Service has ensured no leaks.

Which, naturally enough, has precipitated a flood of rumours. Most wild, a few wilder. One making the rounds had Sutter waiting until reaching Montreal to name the new coach, far from the prying eyes of the local camera-toters and scribblers and in keeping with his sense of humour.

Another insisted the GM had, as hinted at, taken over himself and just didn’t feel like putting out a release. Rumours then surfaced that someone had spotted Montreal Canadiens ex-coach Guy Carbonneau furtively entering and exiting the Pengrowth Saddledome wearing a skull cap and moustache, disguised as Bearcat Murray.

Well, there’s been no shortage of scuttlebutt.

The man still considered odds-on-favourite for the job, Brent Sutter, would rather talk about the appalling lack of precipitation up northwest a spell than the lack of news being surreptitiously filtered out of the Saddledome.

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added 1:03pm, from TSN,

Sources tell TSN that Brent Sutter is in the final stages on the details of an agreement to become the next head coach of the Calgary Flames.

He is expected to be named in the near future.

Should Sutter be named the new bench boss in Calgary, it would be due to New Jersey Devils GM Lou Lamoriello giving the club permission to speak with him, as Sutter owes the Devils a year on his contract.

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