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The Kovalchuk Trade Talk Begins

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from Joe Haggerty of WEEI,

Kovalchuk’s agent Jay Grossman and Atlanta general manager Don Waddell are actively discussing a potential contract extension for the player who is the NHL’s leading scorer since the beginning of the 2001 season, but it wouldn’t be shocking if the Russian takes a wait-and-see approach before signing on the dotted line.

If the 26-year-old rugged scoring machine isn’t locked up by the Thrashers, then pay close attention to the Bruins’ interest level throughout the season after they stockpiled draft picks in the Phil Kessel deal. B’s GM Peter Chiarelli now has seven picks in the first two rounds of the next two drafts, and he owns five of the first 60 picks in next summer’s well-stocked draft rife with blue-chip talent.

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All About The Captaincy In San Jose

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from Mark Emmons of the Mercury News via the Santa Barbara News-Press, T

he letter is just a thin piece of embroidered fabric, a couple of inches long. It doesn’t look like anything special when pulled out of an equipment-room drawer.

But when stitched onto the uniform of a designated Shark, the ‘‘C’’ will be positioned on the upper left chest, right over the heart - fitting because a hockey captain is expected to have a huge one.

No sport has created a greater mythology around the role of captain. In other leagues, the position is a mostly honorary title like the players who handle the pre-game coin flip duties in football.

In hockey, it means something.

‘‘It’s always been that way and it always will be because our sport is different,’’ said Sharks defenseman Rob Blake, who was a longtime captain with the Los Angeles Kings. ‘‘There needs to be an ultimate voice in the room that everyone else responds to, and it belongs to the captain.’‘


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Brisebois Retiring Tonight

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from Dave Stubbs of Habs Inside/Out,

NHL veteran Patrice Brisebois, twice a member of the Canadiens, will bring his 18-year NHL career to a close when he announces his retirement tonight at the Bell Centre.


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Randy Jones May Be A Salary Cap Casualty

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from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,

With a 2009-10 salary of $3 million, Jones ranks fourth among Flyers defensemen, behind Kimmo Timonen ($7 million), Chris Pronger ($6.25 million) and Matt Carle ($3.5 million). But with Braydon Coburn ($1.4 million) and Ryan Parent ($765,000) due big raises after this season and Ole-Kristian Tollefsen and Danny Syvret pushing hard for roster spots on the blue line, Jones realizes he could become a salary cap casualty.

“Anything can happen,” acknowledged Jones, who is expected to be in the lineup tonight when the New Jersey Devils visit the Wachovia Center for the Flyers’ fifth of seven exhibition games. “It’s a whole new game with the salary cap.

“I’m not coming in looking at that. I want to work my butt off, crack this lineup and have a strong season for 82 games and into the playoffs. I’m not looking at what might happen or what could happen.

“People can look at (my salary) and that’s fine. Guys go through disappointing seasons and some rough patches and last season was one for me. It’s not like I don’t feel I can play in this league.”


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Panthers Must Prove They Can Win

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from Ethan J. Skolnick of the Sun-Sentinel,

So this column won’t move many. And even for the 10,000 or so who still give a puck, there won’t be much that Sexton could say to persuade them that his Panthers will fare better than the Panthers of Bryan Murray or Rick Dudley or Mike Keenan or Jacques Martin, all names with more pizzazz whose teams petered out prior to the postseason.

Nor did Sexton completely persuade me, either, not even with his perfectly sensible talk about building through the draft, continuing to remake the culture, trying to upgrade the “level of nastiness” and insisting that every acquired player passes “the character sniff test.”

He didn’t persuade me that Stephen Weiss will finally emerge as an 80-point front-line center, or that there’s enough added mobility on defense to compensate for Jay Bouwmeester’s absence, or even that “knock on wood, if we can stay healthy, we’re going to stay in the [playoff] hunt.” He didn’t persuade me only because, after all that’s not occurred under his predecessors, you must wear your trusty shield of skepticism whenever encountering a Panthers executive.


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NHL 10 vs. NHL 2K10

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The Gong Show Is Back

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from Damian Cox of the Toronto Star,

Six months ago, there was intense concern about fighting in the NHL and stiff new penalties.

Today, the gong show is back.

With Brian Burke’s brawling Maple Leafs among the clubs leading the way in an NHL pre-season filled with fisticuffs, hockey fans who remember the league announcing new rules against fighting last winter must be a tad confused.

Wasn’t there supposed to be a crackdown on dropping the gloves?


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The Wandering Scotsman

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from Gareth Edwards of the Edinburgh News,

He is a sporting legend who is still virtually unknown in his hometown of Edinburgh.

The first Scotsman ever to win a place in Canada’s Hockey Hall of Fame, Charlie “Chuck” Gardiner is still regarded as a local hero in Winnipeg, where he first made his name in the sport….

He went on to become one of the game’s pre-eminent goal tenders during the 1920s and 30s and was known as the “Wandering Scotsman” as he used to charge down strikers.

He rose to NHL stardom with the Chicago Blackhawks and his greatest achievement came in 1934, when he led the Blackhawks to their first triumph in the Stanley Cup.

Just a few weeks later, however, on 13 June, 1934, he died of a brain hemorrhage brought on by a tonsil infection he had been fighting. He was only 29.


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Rod Phillips Ready For The Season

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from David Staples of The Cult Of Hockey,

On the NHL Network’s online broadcast of the Oilers-Flames game on Wednesday night, (Rod) Phillips started to roast referee Chris Lee about halfway through the first period and didn’t let up. Lee did give the Flames two two-man advantages in the first, but there might well be some concern that Phillips’ response wasn’t exactly in proportion, not that the nutbar Oiler diehards like me who actually watch the game online would care about his bias.

Indeed, we love Phillips for it.

“It doesn’t matter how long you see the game, when you see bad officiating, it just ruins it,” Phillips said of Lee. “This guy has just started off the game absolutely horrendously.”

Free speech, alive and well on the radio.

“He’s obviously an American Hockey League referee and you should be surprised to see him in the NHL this season because he’s not ready,” Phillips then said of Lee.

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  Tags: rod+phillips

Morning Line

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Anybody find it a coincidence that Sean Avery is unable to “suit up” for practices and preseason games due to a knee injury at the same time Fashion Week ‘09 is exploding onto runways in New York?

-via Daryl Reaugh of Razor With An Edge.

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