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Report- Yzerman Expected To Lead Team Canada

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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Sources tell TSN Wayne Gretzky has indicated to Hockey Canada that he is willing to be part of the management team for 2010, he has made it clear he is not interested in reprising his role as executive director.

Sources tell TSN that Steve Yzerman is expected to be named executive director of the Canadian Olympic team.


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Nothing New With Shanahan Contract

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from Andrew Gross of the Record,

Curran said today there are other teams in the NHL still very much interested in Shanahan but added he is still only talking to Rangers general manager Glen Sather, though no offer has been made.

“It’s entirely up to Glen,” Curran said. “The whole situation is so unique. The reality is, it’s always been my experience in the past that a veteran player would have made his decision to go elsewhere, particularly when, like in this situation, there are so many other options to consider. It’s somewhat unique that the player has the determination that he wants to stay in one place and has maintained the patience that he has.”


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  Tags: brendan+shanahan

Niittymaki Out 4-6 Weeks

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from the Philadelphia Flyers,

Philadelphia Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren announced on Monday that goaltender Antero Niittymaki will be out for four-to-six weeks after having surgery on his left hip.

Q: What happened with Antero?

Paul Holmgren: “Last Friday, Antero had a small surgical procedure done on his left hip where he had some fluid drained and also some loose bodies that were in his joint. This was more of a clean-up process performed by Dr. Thomas Byrd at Baptist Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee.


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A Look At The East

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

As NHL training camps open up this week, we take a look at where each team stands. First up, our take, and questions, on the Eastern Conference.

Montreal Canadiens: Expectations are as high in Montreal for the coming season as they’ve been at any time in the past 15 years….

Burning questions:

• How does Price rebound from his meltdown in the playoffs?
• Are the Canadiens strong enough down the middle to compete with Pittsburgh and the New York Rangers, the other top teams in the East?

read on for the rest of the East…

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Six To Watch

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from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

In the spirit of Jack’s (Falla) love for the game, here’s a list of six NHLers, one from each of the league’s six divisions, I’m looking forward to watching this season:

Northwest: Kyle Wellwood, Vancouver. The NHL’s version of Droopy Dog bottomed out in his final season under the glare of life with the Maple Leafs, but in the more laid-back confines of British Columbia, he may rediscover – or just plain discover – the will to pay the price around the net and become something more than a tease of a talent. I’m not guaranteeing that’ll happen, but it’ll be fun watching him try. Or watching him not try.

five more to watch…

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Only Reason To Play - The Stanley Cup

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from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

“We’re being predicted to finish 15th in the conference and 30th overall in the League,” (Andy) Murray said. “Obviously a lot of people on the outside don’t feel that we’re going to take the next step.”

Then, Murray paused for a moment before adding, “but, what is the next step?”

When Murray thinks about the upcoming season and where he wants his young team to go, he thinks only of the Stanley Cup. That, he said, is the only reason to be in this game and to play the season.


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More HD?- Not For LA Area Teams

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from Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,

The Lakers have 35 games broadcast on FSN this coming season. Guess how many are in high definition? That’s right, all of them. As opposed to 10 each for the Kings and Ducks.

In trying to get to the bottom of this, I’ve yet to find a satisfactory answer. It’s not a Kings issue. They’re not the ones who make the call on this.


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Sundin’s Drive Is Gone

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from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

Sundin’s indecision and indifference has become downright boring. Imagine the fuss if we were talking about a superstar and not just a point-per-game guy. Don’t get me wrong; I’m certain the 37-year-old Swede could still help a number of teams, but let’s be honest; we’re talking about a player whose best years are long gone. And if his uncertainty about whether or not he’ll continue playing is any indication, you have to wonder if his heart will ever be in the game again.

read on

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Jagr Will Be Missed

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from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

Did they get better, though? The lasting memory of Jagr’s four-year Rangers tenure was him putting the team on his back for the final month of the 2007-08 and their brief playoff run. When Glen Sather decided to let Jagr head off to the continent, he let go a guy who can be as dominant as anyone in the league.

Jagr’s abilities as a leader weren’t as strong, but his quirky sensibility and penchant for funny, self-deprecating comments served a purpose in a locker room that had very few loud corners. Sean Avery, the loudest of them all, is gone too, and Brendan Shanahan may not be back at this late date….

And when there’s adversity, as there always is during an NHL season, Jagr won’t be there to crack a joke or shoulder the blame and attention.


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Goodbye To Jack Falla

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from Fluto Shinzawa of Bruins Blog,

One of my daughter’s treasures is a toy Montreal Canadiens goalie stick.

Two years ago, several days after Hana was born, she got one of her first birthday presents. My friend Jack Falla had mailed the stick, on which he inscribed, in his unique and horrendous handwriting, the following message: “Retaliate first. H. Shinzawa #1.”

The stick captures everything about the man. His passion for hockey. His affinity for goaltending. His admiration for Montreal, the city more so than its hockey franchise, and his exploration of French-Canadian culture. His mastery of language. Most of all, his love for children and friends and connecting in a human way in which he had no equal.

Jack had a heart attack and died early Sunday morning.

read on

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