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Pre-Season NHL Network Schedule

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from NHL.com,

NEW YORK – Live NHL hockey returns to NHL Network in the U.S. and Canada on Monday, Sept. 14th, when the New York Islanders and Vancouver Canucks open the NHL pre-season schedule at 10:30 p.m. ET from Terrace, B.C., winner of the Canada-wide Kraft Hockeyville contest. The game is the first of ten live pre-season games appearing on NHL Network U.S. and six on NHL Network Canada in anticipation of the 2009-10 NHL regular season, which opens Thursday, Oct. 1.

continue for the full pre-season TV schedule for both the US and Canada…

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All Andy Murray

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Blues coach Andy Murray answers questions from the fans…

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

I just wanted to know what opening the season in Sweden means to the organization. What the Pro’s and Con’s may be from your point of view.  Thanks and keep up the good work!!!

Andy Murray:  First of all, it’s what the league scheduled for us. So, if I’m feeling negative about it, I’m not creating the right atmosphere for our team. I can only talk about the positives. I think it’s great for team building, for our team to get to know each other. We’re going into hostile territory because it seems like half the Red Wings are Swedes. They’re going to be heavily favored in both games by the experts, and I’d like nothing better than to walk out of their with four points. We’ll play them any place in the world.

more questions answered…

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Comrie Signs With Oilers

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General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms with centre Mike Comrie on a one-year contract.

added 6:25pm, from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

His agent Ritch Winter said he was talking to three other teams seriously about signing Comrie, who turns 29 on Saturday. Two, he said, “were slam-dunk playoff teams.” The Oilers certainly aren’t; they’ve missed the playoffs three straight years but Comrie felt coming back to where it all started was best for him.

more and deal is for $1.25M…

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Who To Avoid In Your Fantasy Draft

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from Dobber at PuckDaddy,

For DobberHockey’s inaugural Puck Daddy Blog, it’s only fitting I kick things off with a countdown.

Now that we’re into draft season—and I love being negative—let’s run though 10 guys who I won’t be taking in a draft this year.

10. John Tavares, New York Islanders

To explain… I’m not an idiot (just ask my mom). Of course he is a top player to own in a keeper league and he’s a pretty good one to own in a one-year league. But to be able to select him in the draft you will have to beat out the prospect geeks. These are the ones who will be drafting Ryan Ellis in the ninth round of a one-year league to be their No. 3 defenseman.

read on

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“Z” OK

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via Elliotte Friedman’s Twitter,

Wings on Zetterberg: “Good news, negative result on the MRI. Diagnosis is a mild muscle strain…day-to-day.” You can breathe again, Kukla.

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All Håkan Andersson

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from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,

NHL.com: Was there ever a time when you needed to switch gears because an unsuspected pick was made right before yours?

HA: “Sometimes we go by a list that we put together, but I still remember the year (2004) we drafted Johan Franzen. The name higher on our list at the time was Alexander Edler. But Vancouver made a trade when they realized we were likely going to take him since they didn’t have a third-round pick. We knew Vancouver was interested in Alex, but we felt pretty safe since they didn’t have a third-round pick. But then we heard the announcement that a trade was made and I said to Jim Nill, ‘This is it, Vancouver is trading for a pick just before us and they’re going to take Alex.’ So we waited and Vancouver did it. So Jim and I regrouped and said ‘Ok, what’s the next name.’ That was Johan Franzen, so we took him.”


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Air Canada Sues Obama Administration

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from Cary O’Reilly of Bloomberg via the Financial Post,

Air Canada, the country’s largest carrier, sued the Obama administration over a directive that bars the carrier from providing charter service to professional ice hockey and basketball teams.

In a letter dated Aug. 11, the U.S. Transportation Department directed Air Canada to cancel all of its season-long sports charters, citing concern about “cabotage,” or the prohibited carriage of passengers or cargo by a foreign airline solely between points in the U.S., according to the lawsuit filed in federal court in Washington.

With the National Hockey League season about to get under way, Air Canada said that the directive has caused “massive confusion and concern” among hockey teams.


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Kessel Takes A Stance

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from Kevin Paul Dupont of Bruins Blog,

Phil Kessel has made it clear that he doesn’t intend to negotiate any longer with the Bruins, his Toronto-based agent in recent days informing the Boston front office that the right winger’s priority instead is to sign a free-agent offer sheet with one of the league’s 29 other teams.

All of which doesn’t necessarily mean that Kessel’s days in the Hub are numbered.

The Bruins, per CBA rules and guidelines, still reserve the right to match any offer sheet Kessel signs, and if they choose to match they are only prohibited from trading Kessel for the first year of his new deal.

‘‘No comment,’’ Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli responded via e-mail early this afternoon when asked about Kessel’s latest stance on negotiations.


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Surgery For Pitkanen

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from Paul Branecky at CarolinaHurricanes.com,

Defenseman Joni Pitkanen is set to undergo a minor knee procedure today to repair torn cartilage in his knee.  The injury will sideline him for approximately 2-4 weeks.

According to Hurricanes’ Head Trainer and Strength and Conditoining Coach Pete Friesen, Pitkanen suffered the injury while doing leg presses in Finland over the summer.  He attempted to skate through the discomfort at the RecZone earlier this week, but a later MRI showed a small tear.


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Hey, How About Some Credit Here!

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from Andrew Stoeten of The Score,

ESPN’s Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun have teamed up this week and churned out the hardest-hitting piece of hockey journalism of late July.

Hockey’s answer to Woodward and Bernstein actually got Alexander Ovechkin to say—on record!—the same exact things he said in a Russian interview about six weeks ago, when he threatened to quit the NHL if the league and IIHF don’t have an agreement in place that would allow its players to play in the 2014 Olympic games in Sochi, Russia. (It’s, in fact, the interview you see below—the one we posted here on July 29th.)

Then they wrote a whole story on it. Blockbuster!!!

Burnside and LeBrun even got some reaction to this old news!


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