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No Suspension For Phaneuf

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Hit was reviewed…no suspension will be given. Reasons: wasn’t late, was not targeting head, did not launch or leave feet before collision

-Elliotte Friedman via his Twitter.

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Another Reason Pre-Season Games Suck

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The NHL pre-season schedule is packed with games.  107 pre-season games are played over 18 days.  That is an average of almost six games per night with each team playing an average of more than seven times.  Is this really necessary?  Players come to training camp in good shape.  In the salary capped era, the vast majority of team rosters are set by the contract structure of their players.  Most teams have at most one to two positions that may be available to be won in training camp.  The majority of competition in training camp and pre-season games is to win roster spots in the AHL and not the NHL.  The NHL season is enough of a marathon without tacking on an increasing number of pre-season games.  These are games that exist for the most part to make the NHL money.  Season ticket holding fans are forced to buy tickets to these games.  Many of these games are played in neutral sites that have no other access to NHL hockey, so the game will remain a hot ticket despite the fact it is an exhibition game.

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Watch The Heatley News Conference

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via NHL.com,

Dany Heatley, the newest member of the San Jose Sharks, will speak at an afternoon news conference today at 3:30 pm ET. The news conference will be aired live on the NHL Network and streamed live on NHL.com.

added 3:26pm, Watch the live stream below…

added 3:51pm, Conference over.

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When Will It Stop?

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from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

Who says pre-season games are meaningless? We’ve already had 40 fights in 20 friendlies – the vast majority of which are those staged bouts between two lunkheads whose next NHL game will require them to purchase a ticket – and one guy sent to the hospital with a head shot.

Yup, everything new is old-time hockey again.

The fights will always be there as long as the hockey establishment continues to dupe fans into thinking these dancing bear acts are actually an essential part of the game and as long as there are dancing bears willing to perform them.

Those will be there until someone’s career or life is ended and even then we’re not so sure that will be enough to make it stop.

continued plus NHL looking at Luongo contract too.

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Avalanche Honor Their Past

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DENVER – In conjunction with Pepsi Center’s 10-year anniversary, the Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club will launch its Alumni Association on Opening Night (Oct. 1) in a pre-game ceremony introducing Joe Sakic as the first of 10 honorees to be named throughout the 2009-10 season.

“We’re a proud organization with a great winning tradition and history,” said Kurt Schwartzkopf, Chief Marketing Officer. “This year we will celebrate our 10 years at Pepsi Center by announcing the Avalanche Alumni Association.”

In addition to Sakic, nine other members of Colorado’s 1996 or 2001 Stanley Cup championship teams will be honored throughout the season, including Adam Deadmarsh, Alexei Gusarov, Valeri Kamensky, Mike Keane, Uwe Krupp, Claude Lemieux, Curtis Leschyshyn, Shjon Podein and Mike Ricci.

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Koivu Knows Adjustments Must Be Made

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from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

“It felt a little odd the first time I put it on before the game. I was pretty nervous even though this was just a preseason game,” said the Finnish center, who signed with the Ducks as a free agent in July. “It’s a new situation for me after 13 years in Montreal and a different feeling.

“I’m glad the first one is over with and hopefully it’s going to be easier for me from here on and I’ll be more relaxed.”...

“It was more physical than in the East. Maybe that’s something that I have to get used to a bit more here in the West,” Koivu said.


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Bear Loose In Boston

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Eastern Conference Rankings

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Adam Proteau of The Hockey News with his Eastern Conference rankings…

14. Atlanta. Despite all the bluster about Ilya Kovalchuk signing a contract extension with Atlanta, it hasn’t happened yet. And that’s because the Russian superstar has seen this organization stink for too long to take management at its word that things will be different this year. This situation has Jay-Bouwmeester-playing-out-the-string-in-Florida written all over it. Enjoy Kovy while you can, Thrasher fans.

15. New York Islanders
. For the most part, I honestly like what Garth Snow has done since taking over as Isles GM. And I understand an NHL-high 582 man-games lost to injury led to many of the problems that made this organization the league’s second-worst goal-scoring crew and third-worst goal-preventing group last season. Unfortunately, the Islanders still are paying for too many past mistakes made by previous management to dream about a post-season berth, let alone climbing out of the Atlantic Division basement.


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Will Zetterberg & Bertuzzi Click?

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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Zetterberg, who was dealing with a tender groin during training camp, will make his exhibition debut tonight against the Rangers at Joe Louis Arena centering newcomer Todd Bertuzzi (6-3, 240) and Dan Cleary (6-0, 210).

“It’s going to be fun to play with Bert,” Zetterberg said Thursday. “He’s a great player. I’ve played against him many times, and he’s strong with the puck and is really skilled and a big guy. Most of the time with Todd, when he gets the opportunity he puts it away.”

Zetterberg has an excellent shot of his own, which he goes to regularly when he’s playing with Datsyuk. With two terrific finishers on the ice with him, Zetterberg is apt to look to pass more. “Now I’ll probably be the setup guy a little bit more,” he said. “That’s what happened last year when I didn’t play with Pav as much.”

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The Chances Of Kessel To Nashville Are Slim

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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

I don’t doubt the Nashville Predators have significant interest in Boston Bruins’ restricted free agent Phil Kessel.

And I don’t doubt, all things being equal, Boston would rather move Kessel to Nashville and the Western Conference than to the division rival Toronto Maple Leafs.

But here’s why Nashville, regardless of what it offers Boston, is at a serious disadvantage in the Kessel sweepstakes.

Kessel, it appears, wants to play in Toronto, not Nashville. And as long as that remains the case, Nashville can’t trade for him.


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