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Alfie Wants To Know

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from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen,

Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson wants to reach out to Dany Heatley and find out why the disgrunteled winger wants to be traded.

“I want to, because I want to know — it’s all speculation from you guys (media), from myself and from everybody. Dany hasn’t spoken publicly about it. Nobody really knows how everything came to be.

“Was it a process throughout the end of the season that he thought, ‘I would like to do something else,’ or one day I woke up and needed a change. I’m not sure. So, I would definitely like to talk to him. I’ll keep trying to reach him, no question.”

Alfredsson spoke to Ottawa reporters Tuesday on a conference call from Paris, where he is attending NHL Players Association meetings.


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Kings Shooting For The Playoffs

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from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

The Kings conducted a conference call late Monday in which fans were able to call in and pose questions to General Manager Dean Lombardi, assistant general manager Ron Hextall, team captain Dustin Brown and new acquisitions Ryan Smyth and Rob Scuderi.

Some interesting tidbits emerged:

Hextall, asked about the expectations for next season, was straightforward. “Quite frankly, I fully expect to be in the playoffs, but we’ve got some work to do to fill our team out,” he said. “Obviously, in training camp our guys have a lot of work to do. I think you go into every season with your goal to make the playoffs and I think for our club this year it’s realistic.”


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Caps/Habs Game At Olympic Stadium

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from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

The Montreal Canadiens’ regular-season game at Olympic Stadium is expected to be on the agenda when the 2009-10 NHL schedule is released tomorrow.

The final tinkering to the 92nd NHL regular season will be made in the next 24 hours, but a league source indicated yesterday that a Habs home game against the Washington Capitals and star sniper Alex Ovechkin “is still in the mix for late November.”

The indoor game at Olympic Stadium is expected to be contested on Nov. 28 or the previous Saturday to help commemorate the Canadiens’ centennial celebrations that will conclude on Dec. 5 with a match against the rival Boston Bruins at the Bell Centre.


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Media Everywhere

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from Howard K. Brodwin of Marketing: Sports at MediaPost,

I grew up reading the latest issues of The Sporting News and SPORT, getting lost in the minutiae of The New York Times sports section, and watching Warner Wolf “go to the video tape.” ESPN’s arrival in 1979 signaled a major shift in sports media, and the early ‘90s ushered in the “sports jungle” and the rise of sports talk radio.

But now reporters aren’t the only ones who can comment on a late-inning rally, break news about a trade or evaluate draft picks. Today, everyone in sports is the sports media ...

...To a large degree, the power of blogging lies in the feedback channel, the great community discussion. It’s this collection of distinctive voices that sets blogs apart from “traditional media.” They might be opinionated, controversial, and oozing with sophomoric humor, but whether you agree with their takes or not, they’re uniquely genuine.

read on

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The Tough Guy Tour

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from the Sault Star,

Sault Ste. Marie is expected to host the first annual NHL Tough Guy Tour later this year, an anti-bullying campaign aimed at eradicating bullying from communities across the country, The Star has learned.

The event, which will feature former NHL heavyweights Bob Probert, Marty McSorley, Stu Grimson, Wendel Clark, Troy Crowder, Dave Schultz, Tiger Williams, Dennis Bonvie, former NHL goalie Billy Smith and locals Ken Belanger and Jeremy Stevenson, will help raise money and awareness for the fight against bullying.


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Devils Go Backwards

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Past is prelude and we’ve seen this movie before. The Devils aren’t simply going back to Jacques Lemaire to coach the team that Brent Sutter walked out on. They are going to be going backwards—backwards into the neutral zone, backwards in the standings.

Lou Lamoriello’s decision to hire Lemaire 11 years after the end of a first five-year term that put the Devils on the NHL map but ultimately ended in underachievement is a misplaced reach into the past.

The future belongs to coaches who can, have and will adapt to a game that is evolving into a showcase for offensive talent, risk/reward attack, and creative, puck-possession teams. Lemaire, though, is wedded to the past.


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Len Barrie Needs $10M By Friday

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from Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times,

Another chapter in the story of the Lightning’s bickering owners will play out this week, as Len Barrie has a Friday deadline to come up with $10 million to prove he can continue funding the team.

The deadline was imposed by commissioner Gary Bettman, who has ordered the participants to not speak on the issue.

Bettman acted during a June meeting in his New York office when he demanded Barrie and co-owner Oren Koules settle their financial and philosophical differences about how to build the team.

Barrie must come up with cash or an irrevocable letter of credit from a financial institution payable to the NHL. The money is to cover his share of the team’s projected losses for the fiscal year that began July 1 and provide an additional cushion.


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  Tags: gary+bettman, len+barrie

Window Closing On Heatley Trade

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from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,

Sources indicated yesterday that while Heatley refused to waive his no-movement clause on June 30 and agree to a deal that would have sent him to the Oilers, he has not “officially” rejected Edmonton as a destination.

But an NHL source indicated yesterday the Oilers’ patience is wearing thin to have Heatley agree to a deal and they could give up and move on perhaps as early as today.

At this point, the Oilers appear to be the only viable trade option. With Edmonton out of the picture, returning to Ottawa and an ugly reception from fans could be the Heatley camp’s only option.

read on

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Report- Tallon Done As GM In Chicago

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from Josh Mora of CSNChicago,

Late Monday night sources told me the Blackhawks had fired Dale Tallon as GM and replaced him with Assistant GM Stan Bowman.  With Rick Dudley already gone to Atlanta this off-season, it means that the Blackhawks have turned over virtually their entire front office since John McDonough came in as president, with Bowman being the lone exception.

First, some thoughts about Bowman.  Stan is a very sharp guy.  Though his background is the financial side, rather than the player/scouting side, he’s been around hockey all his life.  (He was named after the Stanley Cup for Pete’s sake!)  He’s been involved in the decisions about on-ice personnel since I’ve been around the team.  With Stan, the club is in good hands going forward.

But how Stan ascends to the general manager’s position, and how it became available in the first place, betrays big political maneuverings in the front office.  Those kinds of things are never healthy—not when those conflicts are ongoing, and in the end they aren’t healthy for those who survive the conflict.  These kinds of manifestations of petty jealousies are worrisome for a franchise that has had so much going in the right direction.


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New Jersey Devils Hire Coach Jacques Lemaire

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While I think it was a mistake for the New Jersey Devils to wait this long before hiring a coach, they got out of that situation in the best possible way by hiring Jacques Lemaire as coach.  Jacques Lemaire is my pick as best coach in the NHL.  Lemaire has had successful stints as coach of the Devils in the 1990’s and the Minnesota Wild.  He won coach of the year in both stops and won the Stanley Cup in his New Jersey stint.  He is one of the few coaches in the NHL who can consistently get results out of his team that are better than their talent level.

New Jersey has not been an organization that is friendly to coaches under Lou Lamoriello’s management.  They cycle through a coach every year or two.  The Devils coach is treated like a disposable part.  On two occasions the coach has been fired at the end of the season, when things appear to be going well, in order to try to shock the team into a big playoff run.  It last happened unsuccessfully when current coach of the year Claude Julien was fired in 2007.

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