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Kolzig Retires

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TORONTO (September 23, 2009) – After 14 seasons, veteran goaltender Olaf Kolzig announced his retirement today from the National Hockey League.

Kolzig, 39, a two-time NHL All-Star (1998, 2000) and former Vezina Trophy winner (2000), appeared in a total of 719 NHL games, 711 of those with the Washington Capitals. His 303 career wins rank him 21st all-time among goaltending wins leaders. Olaf also posted a career 2.71 GAA along with a .906 save percentage and 35 shutouts.

“I feel very privileged to have had the opportunity to play the game of hockey at the NHL level for many seasons and I am grateful for everything the game has given me,” said Kolzig. “I would like to thank my family, all my teammates and the fans for making my time in the NHL so special.”

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The Importance Of Playing In The Olympics

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from CTV Olympics,

“If it’s my choice, of course I would play,” said Daniel Alfredsson who won gold with Sweden in 2006 in Turin. “I don’t know if I would go as far as saying I would play regardless but I think there’s a lot of factors that come into it. The NHL pays our salaries, they’re a big part of it.”

“Obviously for every hockey player the Olympics is a dream, especially if it’s held in your country.”

“I don’t know,” said Jason Blake, a member of the 2006 U.S. Olympic team. “Obviously that’s their decision at the end of the day. Obviously I got to go and I enjoyed it but at the end of the day, it’s the NHL’s decision.”

The 2010 Olympics have stirred up much national pride. (Ron) Wilson believes a few Canadian players in the NHL would opt to leave their team and play for their country in Vancouver if the NHL were not part of the Games.

“If the NHL said,‘this year no NHL player involvement’, then there would have been a few NHL players who would decide to play in the Olympics.”


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Cleary Getting Better, Zetterberg About The Same

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from Dana Wakiji of the Detroit News,

“We gotta get ‘em in the lineup, get ‘em going here,” coach Mike Babcock said. “It’d be nice to have Z (Zetterberg) and Cleary, too, and get rolling. It’d be nice to have some form of an NHL team. But you know what, I’ve been through this enough years to understand this. It’s every year. You just tape ‘er together and you get what you get.”

Although Cleary did not practice Tuesday, he said he was improving.

“Yeah, getting better,” Cleary said. “Skate (today).”

Zetterberg also stayed off the ice another day.

“Nothing worse, nothing better,” Zetterberg said. “(The weekend) is still a few days away. Hopefully I can be back then.”


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Is The Northwest NHL Worthy?

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from Chris Daniels of King5.com,

The Coyotes set up the game at Everett’s Comcast Arena, the first such exhibition contest in the region in more than a decade.

“We had a couple players that played here,” said Phoenix GM Dan Maloney. “It’s one of the best junior markets in the region.”

“I think it’s a wonderful market,” agreed GM Brian Lawton, his counterpart with Tampa Bay.

But both men say it’s above their pay grade to talk about whether the NHL would be interested in moving a team to the region, or holding exhibition games here on a regular basis.

“I think this whole Northwest area is ripe for an NHL team,” said Maloney, “whether it’s Seattle, Portland, here, between, good fans.”

“One day,” said Lawton, “you never know, it’s a great market, I think it would be wonderful.”

read on

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James van Riemsdyk Should Start The Season In AHL

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from Anthony SanFilippo of the Daily Times,

He has been touted as the next John LeClair, a big-bodied American power forward with a nose for the net.

His arrival has been greatly anticipated. He already goes by a nickname to most supporters — his initials, JVR.

He holds the promise of a great future. And considering the moves the Flyers made this offseason, bringing in veterans like Chris Pronger, a team-oriented grinder like Ian Laperriere, and an emotional goalie like Ray Emery, the organization believes that future is now.

Which is why van Riemsdyk would be better served starting the season in the American Hockey League with the Adirondack Phantoms.


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Who Plays With The Twins?

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from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

Monday night, Burrows lined up for his second preseason game in his accustomed spot with the Sedins, which is where he earned the lion’s share of his success last season.

Now, this is interesting because, for everything he accomplished over the final two months of the 2008-09 campaign, that spot hasn’t exactly been reserved for Burrows. Later this week, veteran Mikael Samuelsson will audition for the job. There is also some thought that training-camp sensation Sergei Shirokov will get a look there.

This, in turn, raises all manner of implications for both the Canucks and Burrows, and you can make the case it’s the most intriguing decision Alain Vigneault faces heading into the season. Right now, Burrows is saying all the right things when he’s asked about his situation, and you’d expect nothing less from the 28-year-old Montrealer.

You just wonder how he’d adjust to life in coach after flying first class for the last 30 games of last season.


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Montreal Greats Honored On Stamps

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from Doug Fischer at the National Post,

To mark the Montreal Canadiens’ 100th anniversary, Canada Post will issue for the first time a set of commemorative stamps containing moving images of the historic 500th goals of three of the team’s legends.

Using archival footage blended with sophisticated lens technology, the stamps feature two-to three-second clips that show Maurice Richard, Jean Beliveau and Guy Lafleur scoring their landmark goals. When the ultrathin plastic stamp is moved up and down or side to side, it provides the illusion of cinema-like movement.

Mr. Richard can be seen shooting the puck into the net and leaping with joy into Mr. Beliveau’s arms. Mr. Beliveau is seen deftly sliding the puck into the corner of the goal, while Mr. Lafleur rifles a shot into the goal before heading to the players’ bench for congratulations.


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Youngsters Impressing Leafs Coach

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from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

After many rejected nicknames, the winner came to Christian Hanson in a flash after he and Ryan Bozak and Viktor Stalberg just completed another high-energy shift.

“The Frat Pack,” Hanson said proudly. “You know, like Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack.

“We hadn’t come up with a good one yet. That’s your job (the media). Maybe we should hold a contest.”

Call them what you will—a Sun reader suggested Highway 86 in honour of their shared birth year—the Maple Leafs trio of NCAA grads has been one of the delights of camp for coach Ron Wilson.


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The Latest On The Lighthouse Project

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from Sandra Pettie of Newsday,

Although most of the questioning was polite, the developers - New York Islanders owner Charles Wang and developer Scott Rechler - appeared frustrated and at times ill-prepared for the questions about traffic, height of buildings and whether the developers would sell off parts of the project.

Town board members repeatedly asked for specific commitments, but the developers declined to make them. Instead, they extolled what they say are the project’s virtues - creating jobs, serving as a magnet for new industry and keeping young people on Long Island.

read on

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In The Field With Beliveau

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from Dave Stubbs of Habs Inside/Out,

The great Jean Béliveau has been celebrated in photo, film, documentaries, books and magazines.

His likeness has appeared on cereal boxes, bottlecaps, keychains and myriad other collectibles. He’s been immortalized in sculptures made of bronze, wood and ice.

But this, Le Gros Bill says, is the first time he’s been made of corn.

Chip and Tom Hunter, farming brothers in Florenceville-Bristol, N.B., have created a 600-foot-tall Béliveau atop a logo celebrating the Canadiens centennial in a six-acre field of feed corn.

continued with picture…

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