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Day 2 In Phoenix Court

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Hasek A Possibility For Czech Olympic Team

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from CTV Olympics,

Dominik Hasek and Jaromir Jagr headline the list of 60 players under consideration for the Czech Republic’s 2010 Olympic men’s hockey team.

Hasek, who came out of retirement this month, is one of eight goaltenders who will compete for a spot on the team. Florida Panthers netminder Tomas Vokoun, who beat Russia in the bronze medal game in 2006, is likely the leading candidate for the starting role.

The 44-year-old Hasek, who retired from the Detroit Red Wins in 2008, is making a comeback with Pardubice in the Czech Extraliga this year. In the season opening game, he stopped 33 of 34 shots in a 2-1 shootout loss.


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Hanging At The White House

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from Dmitry Chesnokov at PuckDaddy,

As I chatted with ESPN’s EJ Hradek on the footsteps of the White House, a Secret Service agent recognized him and approached to talk some hockey. It turned out that the Secret Service agent was from Florida, and he was a huge Florida Panthers fan.

But most of all, he was a Barry Melrose fan.

EJ decided to help the Secret Service fan and dialed Melrose’s number only to reach his voicemail. The Secret Service agent didn’t mind. He just left a message: “Barry, I am huge fan. I love the mullet!”

I asked the agent if hockey is ever on TV at the White House. He said: “President is a baseball and basketball fan.”

read on

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Confidence Not An Issue For Wings

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from Chris McCosky of the Detroit News,

“It took a long time to get over it, I’ve got to be honest,” forward Dan Cleary said. “Just like sleeping, anytime that you’re resting, you’re sitting there and all you think about is that game, losing it. I really don’t even talk about it that much. I try not to talk about it. Every time I see a Pittsburgh picture, I have to look away.

“Honestly, it’s really hard for me.”

Obviously, motivation won’t be an issue as the Wings open training camp here Saturday. Neither will confidence be an issue.

“For sure we are going back to the Stanley Cup Finals,” forward Tomas Holmstrom said. “And if it would be Pittsburgh, we’re going to beat them for sure.”

read on

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Talk Of Theo Fleury Signing With The Flames Organization

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from Eric Francis of the Calgay Sun,

Where there’s smoke, there’s usually Heat.

In this case, that’s the Abbotsford Heat, which is where Theo Fleury may very well be destined.

On a day in which the former NHL star met with league commissioner Gary Bettman in Phoenix to get the final word on whether he’ll have clearance to play, rumours swirled, suggesting the Calgary Flames will give Fleury a tryout.

Yes, starting Saturday when the club’s veterans check in for physicals, a 5-foot-6, 41-year-old former concrete worker who hasn’t played for six years may be in their midst.

However, given the Flames’ youth movement and Fleury’s obvious deficiencies, he won’t be there long, as the ultimate goal would be to send Fleury to Abbotsford, where the controversial mighty-mite will help sell a ton of tickets for the club’s new AHL partner.


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Penguins Visit The White House

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Back Home Again

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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

“Home sweet home,” laughed Comrie, who turns 29 today. “This decision just feels right at this time in my life… I’m older, more mature and before when I played here, it was a little overwhelming and I didn’t embrace it as well as I should have.

“I felt I had to get away ... but I got chills walking back into this rink.”

Perhaps local fans will cut Comrie some slack, and not boo him every time he touches the puck. That’s what they did when he played with the Coyotes.

Only one former Oiler, Chris Pronger, has infuriated locals more. Edmontonians don’t forget when a player doesn’t want to play here.


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Report- Sundin Negotiating With Canucks

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from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

The 38-year-old Swede is said to be in negotiations with the Canucks and could sign a contract valued in the neighborhood of $2 million to be the team’s second-line centre. Vancouver may be prepared to make a trade if it is necessary to fit Sundin under the salary cap, if necessary.

“Mats enjoyed his time in Vancouver last season and is looking forward to playing with the team this year,” a source told Sportsnet.ca.


added 9:55am, from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Well, here’s a news flash, the odds of Sundin playing at all are very slim.

Retirement is a safer bet than Sundin resigning with the Vancouver Canucks, or any other NHL team.

JP Barry, Sundin’s agent responded to a report Sundin is in negotiation with the Canucks with a strong denial.

“There have been zero negotiations with Vancouver or any team for that matter,” Barry told TSN.


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How Kessel To Leafs Could Work

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from Damian Cox of the Toronto Star,

It’s believed he wants to join the Leafs and he’s already familiar with Burke and head coach Ron Wilson through his association with the U.S. Olympic program.

But the fact he doesn’t want to play for the Bruins doesn’t necessarily make it any easier for the Leafs to get their mitts on him.

For starters, the B’s can match any free agent offer sheet for Kessel, something Chiarelli has said he would do. The Bruins’ GM is apparently no longer crazy about dealing Kessel inside the Northeast Division, and Kaberle can no longer be included in any trade proposal now that his no-trade clause has kicked in again.

Burke and Chiarelli have held trade talks and it’s believed the Leafs are willing to pay more for Kessel than the compensation required if he were signed to an offer sheet. If a contract offer came between $3.9 million and $5.2 million per season, the Bruins would receive first-, second- and third-round draft picks as compensation.


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Morning Line

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“If the CEO of IBM has leadership issues, trust issues, issues in the office, it’s a no-brainer. You pull the trigger because it’s not working, it’s very frustrating. The last thing you want is turmoil. It would be great if everything ran well and people were happy. Even if things weren’t great, it would have been easy to say, ‘Let’s leave it alone and let them figure it out.’ But that would be far from doing the right thing.

“We made the decision to take the high road and not air our dirty laundry. We decided to do things in a professional manner ... I’m not into he said/she said. I was in the room. I know the facts. When we present our teammates with the facts they’re very supportive. That’s all that matters to me.”

-Andrew Ference of the Boston Bruins on the firing of Paul Kelly.  More from Ference by Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail.

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