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The Pressure Is On

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

NHL coaches used to live with their bags packed because they just never knew when they'd get to the rink and find the locks had been changed and some other guy was standing in their shoes behind the bench. Now, it's their bosses, NHL general managers, who have to peek nervously into their offices every day and hope they don't see the soles of someone else's feet propped up on their shiny desks. The pressure point has shifted to the men who assemble the talent and juggle the salary cap, appoint the scouts and meet with the owners when the ship starts to list. "The hangman's never far away in this job," Anaheim GM Brian Burke said. "It's a command job and the casualty rate is high for guys in that field."
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And I Quote…

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VCOE gathers quotes from around the NHL and a special "oops" for the Wings fans... added 9:29am, Sharkspage updates us on the Verus talk and takes NHL fans on a tour around the league.

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The Young Line

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from the Boston Globe,

At a creaky 24 years old, Brad Boyes is the graybeard of the Bruins ' No. 1 line. And at 21, Patrice Bergeron has become the mentor to soon-to-be 19-year-old Phil Kessel, the youngest of the threesome. "He had to live through the process of being a young, young player in a league," said coach Dave Lewis of Bergeron, "on a team with high expectations. I don't know if [Bergeron and Kessel] have talked much about that, but I think he can relate to the starting point for Phil. He knows where that starting point is. He's lived through that process."
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Party Time

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from NHL.com,

The stars of television and movies were part of Wednesday's gala NHL/FHM Game On Party, presented by COLD-fX, on Manhattan's West Side. Actors, actresses, VJs and ring announcers were just part of the crowd that rubbed elbows with NHL players and invited guests.
continued...pics, video, included too... image WWE ring announcer Lilian Garcia

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Sundin & Everyone Else

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from Steve Simmons at the Toronto Sun,

More than ever before Mats Sundin stands alone, not only as the oldest, richest and most decorated Maple Leafs forward, but as the only sure offensive player on a team clearly lacking in essentials. It is him and no one else. There is no real backup plan. The Leafs can spin this any way they choose in these meaningless moments they call pre-season, but it is ever apparent that this team is a sporting sandwich devoid of scoring meat.
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Pisani Remains The Same

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from the Edmonton Journal,

Steve Staios keeps looking for a sign from his dressing room neighbour Fernando Pisani. Bigger helmet? More bling? Any indication that it all went straight to his head. "I was hoping he'd change a little bit so I could get on him," laughed Staios. "Didn't happen. He's still the modest young Italian boy who lives down the street."
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Trouble Ahead For Canucks

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from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

The people who make a living as professional scouts for NHL teams had some interesting observations upon watching the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night against San Jose. And, after listening to a number of these observations, it became clear there might be a very good reason why this team could have problems scoring and perhaps even defending this year. They have lost a tremendous amount of straight-up physical strength from this lineup.
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Clarke Looking For A Goalie

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Less than 24 hours after the Flyers lost Antero Nittymaki for an extended period with a hip injury, there was talk Clarke made a call to San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson. League sources say the Flyers are interested in Vesa Toskala, who is scheduled to make $1.375 million this season and is battling Evgeni Nabokov for San Jose’s No. 1 job. While initial reports indicate Nittymaki could be gone for two months, there are whispers it could be even longer and it’s believed the Flyers want to make sure they have help for starter Robert Esche.
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Elias Normal Again

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from the NY Post,

There actually is some good news in this Devils training camp that is overshadowed by Lou Lamoriello's salary-cap quandary. Likely captain Patrik Elias said his first blood test since last season showed no signs of the hepatitis that cost him a half-season last year. "It's back to normal for the first time in more than a year-and-a-half," Elias told The Post. "That's good news."
continued...check out the NY Post's new website too...

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Boynton Deals With Diabetes

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from the Arizona Republic,

Nick Boynton vividly remembers how diabetes became part of his life in the summer of 1999, when he was 20 years old and working on his family's farm in Canada a few weeks before his first NHL training camp. "One day I just couldn't get out of bed because I was too tired, and my parents were starting to get (upset) because I wasn't making it to work," the Coyotes defenseman said. "It really just came out of the blue, and I got sicker and sicker."
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