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A New Day For Boston

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from the AP via CBS4Boston,

"It's a new day," Jacobs said. "We've got a new coach, a new general manager. I think we have credible people in all those positions. Time will tell how good they are." Jacobs, whose son Charlie is becoming more involved in running the team, said he liked Sullivan and O'Connell but realized that the team couldn't go on doing things the old way. Chiarelli takes over a team that signed Chara, one of the top free agents on the market, along with forwards Marc Savard and Shean Donovan. Phil Kessel, the fifth player chosen in this year's draft, is also in camp after deciding to leave Minnesota after his freshman season. "We've got a significantly strong group of new players that I think have heightened the excitement of everyone that works here, everyone that's going to play here," Jacobs said. "It was time for a change."
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Why Bob

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from the CP via TSN,

Vancouver Canucks general manager Dave Nonis says Bob Clarke's actions in signing centre Ryan Kesler to a US$1.9 million offer sheet make no sense. The Canucks were caught off guard earlier this week when the Philadelphia Flyers general manager signed the restricted free agent to an offer sheet. "Philadelphia didn't do anything wrong in this process," Nonis said Friday at the Canucks training camp. "Bob Clarke is free to do whatever he wants in signing free-agent players. He didn't break any rules, as he's told the world. "But I don't understand it. To sign a player to a deal, at far more than what he would normally sign too, knowing full well we were going to match the offer ... To me that doesn't make any sense."
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Putting Out The Fire

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from Spector at Fox Sports,

Once again, the speculation is on what New Jersey Devils GM Lou Lamoriello will do to pare down his payroll, heightened by the opening of training camp and the start of the NHL season only three weeks away. And once again, the "Scott Gomez on the block" rumors are kicking around cyberspace. You know, with the exception of his rookie season, rumormongers have considered Gomez trade-bait in every season of his NHL career.
continued Maybe Spector can address the Brian Gionta to Detroit rumors too. I have had enough of those emails today. added 11:59pm, Spector did answer...
The Rumor: Brian Gionta to the Detroit Red Wings. Why it's Stupid: Why are most cyberspace-generated NHL trade rumors nowadays stupid? Two words: salary cap.
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Looking At The Preds

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from Robert Picarello at Fox Sports,

Nashville will ice two very good offensive lines this season with Arnott and Vasicek at center, Kariya and Erat on the left side and Sullivan and Dumont on the right. The Predators' top four on defense is long on speed and offensive talent with Timonen and Zidlicky adding considerable pop from the blue line and Hamhuis and Suter the lynchpins for the future. The pieces should fall into place this season and see the Predators battle the Red Wings for the top spot in the Central Division all season.
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Fishin With Stanley

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Bubba at CanesCounty found a very interesting Stanley Cup story...

Here is a cool cup journal type story that probably won’t make it to the official Cup Journal. Hurricanes video coordinator Chris Huffine chose to take the Cup bass fishing with him on Falls Lake. ESPN was supposed to tag along and film the story, but cancelled the trip.
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Tour The NHL

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Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail covers a huge amount of topics including...

If you were the St. Louis Blues right now, wouldn't you be at the head of the line, making inquiries to Carolina for defenceman Jack Johnson, the third overall pick of the 2005 NHL entry draft, who opted to stay at the University of Michigan for his sophomore season, despite another overture by the Hurricanes to get him to turn pro?
read on...and on the previous pages, he breaks down the Pronger trade...

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How They Spent Their Summer Vacation

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from Steven Noble of the Hockey News,

It’s commonly accepted most NHLers spent their off-seasons golfing, but Brendan Witt and Tim Thomas are not most NHLers. Their hobbies are a little more adventurous, and on two particular occasions, almost deadly.... Both Witt and Thomas said what they love most about their respective hobby is being at one with nature. Apparently, that includes being a part of the food chain.
read on added 3:31pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
They gathered, mostly on Wednesday mornings this past summer because, as Paul Kariya explained, it was the one day of the week when he and his California-based National Hockey League peers generally didn't lift weights in the off season. Instead, they came together just off the beach at San Clemente, near Kariya's off-season home. It'd be him and Rob Blake and Glen Murray and Sean O'Donnell and all the others too, paddling out past the break, taking in the sights, timing their rides just so and sometimes, even doubling and tripling up on a wave if they could manage it.
continued...nice headline too...

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Balsillie Denies Interest In Pens

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from the Waterloo Record,

Research In Motion Ltd. co-chief executive officer Jim Balsillie this morning denied a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article that says he wants to buy the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team. The Post-Gazette quoted unnamed sources familiar with the sale process as saying Balsillie is the front runner to buy the team from the current owners, who have been soliciting bids.
continued added 4:32pm, Now this from the CP via the Toronto Star,
A source close to the team also confirmed to The Canadian Press on Friday that Balsillie, whose stock in the technology company he helped build is worth about $1 billion, was the front-runner and that "it's going in the right direction." Balsillie, who declined comment to the Pittsburgh newspaper, was revealed as the secretive Canadian bidder who nearly signed a letter of intent with the Penguins in mid-July, the Post-Gazette reported. He apparently wanted to move the team to Hamilton, Ont., and backed out when he realized it wouldn't be simple to do so. Now he's back in the hunt after Hartford real-estate developer Sam Fingold failed in reaching a purchase agreement following his letter of intent in late July. It's not clear what Balsillie intends to do with the Penguins. The NHL has not showed any interest in seeing the Penguins move.
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The Previews

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NHL.com starts off their season previews with the Anaheim Ducks. TSN has a fine preview section up with a breakdown on every team.

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Colaicovo Taken Off The Ice

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via James Mirtle,

Carlo Colaiacovo, who has battled postconcussion symptoms since January, had to leave the ice after taking ill during the first day of Toronto Maple Leafs training camp, the Fan 590 reported this afternoon.
Stay tuned to James, I am sure he will have an update as soon as possible.

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