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Luongo Still Bitter

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from the Miami Herald,

Luongo still feels bitter toward the Panthers, saying they made him out to ''be the bad guy'' during the past negotiating period. Florida had been trying to get Luongo to sign a long-term contract, although Luongo's agent publicly said his client only wanted a one-year deal. With Luongo facing unrestricted free agency after this coming season, the Panthers didn't want to go into another season with uncertainty and rumors swirling around their franchise goalie. On the day of the trade, however, Luongo said he told the Panthers he would sign a four-year deal with the team. According to Luongo, he wanted $1 million more over the course of the contract than was offered.
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Sens Interested In Axelsson

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

While Senators GM John Muckler has most of his roster in place as the Sept. 14 start of camp draws closer, sources say it's anything but completely set and he and could be making a pitch for Boston Bruins left winger P.J. Axelsson. A former teammate of Daniel Alfredsson with Frolunda during the lockout, Axelsson also played on a line with the Senators captain when Sweden won Olympic gold in Turin last February. Still, it's doubtful the Bruins will trade Axelsson -- who recently signed a three-year, $1.85 million (all figures US) deal with Boston this summer -- because he has played a big role with the club.
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Malkin Intends To Sign In Early September

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from Darren Drager at TSN,

Evgeni Malkin has spent the past week in Los Angeles preparing for his first NHL training camp. I'm told Malkin expects to sign with the Pittsburgh Penguins in early September, following the Labour Day long weekend, and fully intends on being on the ice when the Penguins open rookie camp on September 7th. At least that's the plan Malkin, the Penguins and the NHL is following.
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Tanabe Lunches In Carolina

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from the Triangle Business Journal,

Is former Carolina Hurricanes defenseman David Tanabe returning to the team? Tanabe, who recently became an unrestricted free agent when the Boston Bruins exercised their "walk-away" option, was seen having lunch at Restaurant Savannah with Hurricanes General Manager Jim Rutherford and Coach Peter Laviolette on Friday. Tanabe was awarded $1.275 million, one-year contract by an arbitrator on Aug. 3. The collective bargaining agreement made it mandatory for the Bruins to sign Tanabe at that amount within 48 hours or set him free.
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What Would Friday Be Like…

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...without hearing from Brett Hull! From the Dallas Stars,

What can the league do to try and make the game more marketable on television? They have to market the personalities. They need to get some people on television that will say something and give you a direct point of view from someone who really knows the game. We need a little more "hoop-la". It's not always the game. It's what's around the game these days that will help.
more Q & A with Brett...

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Franzen Signs

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from the CP via the Globe and Mail,

The Detroit Red Wings have re-signed forward Johan Franzen to a three-year contract. The 26-year-old Swede was eligible for unrestricted free agency in July 2008 but the Wings got him signed through the 2008-09 season. "Johan had a very good rookie season in the NHL," Wings GM Ken Holland said in a statement. "He was a big part of our penalty killing, provided us with a physical presence and played very well in the playoffs. Moving into his second NHL season and beyond, we're hopeful he can gain some confidence and increase his contribution in the scoring department as well."

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Making The Best Of The Schedule

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from Terry Frei at ESPN,

This arduous "trip" is the NHL's three-year scheduling cycle after the lockout and the dark season. One season down, two to go. At least. So now the trick is to make the best of it, and I mean everyone -- league officials, media, players and fans. That calls for more than ever treating the divisions as rump leagues within the NHL, and at least attempting to play to the "strengths" of this format. Heck, maybe those of us who hate it can be won over.
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On the Hockey Blogs

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By Alanah Downie Abel to Yzerman was tired of the August hockey doldrums, so he started a big fight the other day. Now, the Detroit media is in an uproar. (Coincidence? Maybe not.) And speaking of media, at the Toronto Star blog The Spin, Damien Cox fires some shots off at the NHLPA for their association with former player agent David Frost. In Florida, Bolts Mag welcomes new goalie Marc Denis to town, but expects other fans might take a while to warm to him. (Goalies can be a touchy subject in Tampa... and everywhere else, I suppose.) And check out Hockey Analysis where David turns his analytical attention to the world of really stupid trade rumours and those that spread them. Heather of So Very Obsessed is getting hyped about training camp in Boston, and runs down some recent transactions in the Bruins' system. (While you're there, check out Heather's photos -- she maintains a great archive of her own work.) Or if you need more general updates on junior hockey, visit the Junior Hockey Blog for links to a pile of stories that'll keep you reading all day. The Battle of Ontario's Leafs' fan has high hopes for this coming season, specifically: "I’m somewhat optimistic that this year we will be provided with more of a battle and not the “rape and pillage of lower Ontario” that we witnessed last year." There's also a handy summary of the off-season transactions in both cities. Andrew's Dallas Stars Page considers whether Pat Quinn is about to be offered a consulting job in Dallas, and if he is, is this an advance warning for coach Dave Tippett? (IMHO, Pat Quinn getting a job anywhere is advance warning for someone in the building. Be afraid, Tippett.) The Sidney Crosby Show is showing a new Reebok ad which features -- not surprisingly -- Sidney Crosby. And finally, the Acid Queen has a theory about how the Carolina Hurricanes really won the Stanley Cup. Watch the video she links to, then imagine Mike Commodore participating in this ritual. Then spend your entire weekend trying to block that image from your mind. Have a great weekend, all! Updated: Aug.26 10:45 EDT

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Cup Do’s & Dont’s

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from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Cam Ward went bowling with it, Ray Whitney flew it to his golf course in Victoria and Doug Weight was reduced to tears by it. "I've seen grown men cry many times," said Mike Bolt yesterday. Bolt is one of two full-time Stanley Cup keepers.
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They’re Still Available

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from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

"I've told everyone along the way that Anson won't be a bargain," said his agent, Pat Brisson. Brisson says the former Vancouver Canucks winger has plenty of patience, even to the point that he is willing to wait beyond the start of training camp or the regular season. "In our game there are a lot of injuries," Brisson said. "And I might get a call on Sept. 20 or Oct. 1 when a team has a player who blew out his knee, and at that point, the price may go up. I mean that Anson needs to be paid what he is worth."
read on...plus Dumont looking at teams primarily based on lifestyle, a city that's a fit for his family rather than just economics.

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