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Waiting For A Chance

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from the Simcoe Reformer,

NHL tough guy and local hockey hero Ryan VandenBussche is training hard and waiting -- waiting to see how he heals from neck surgery, waiting for a decent contract offer from a big-league club, and waiting for a court date on charges of assaulting police. VandenBussche, 33, is undaunted. The unsigned free agent says he believes he still can play in the NHL. He is optimistic and upbeat but also realistic about the future of his career. As general managers peruse the free agent market this summer, “players like me are on the back burner,” he acknowledges.
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This One Got Me

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Headline: Phoenix swoop for Gomez quicky click to read: Manchester Phoenix have signed Canadian left-winger Robin Gomez for the 2006/07 Elite League campaign.

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Now What?

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from the Niagara Gazette,

Darcy Regier is like that yodeling mountain climber on “The Price is Right.” Unwillingly, he keeps churning up the hill, waiting for the music — and the spending — to stop. Hasn’t happened yet. Thursday’s news that the Sabres conceded defeat in the Daniel Briere arbitration ruling, deciding to pick-up the shifty centerman’s $5 million salary for one season, brings Regier closer to the mountain’s edge. Next stop, he and that pick-ax are headed for a nose dive.
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Report- Weinrich To Retire

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from Maine Today,

Defenseman Eric Weinrich, a veteran of 19 National Hockey League seasons, is expected to join the Portland Pirates' coaching staff. Weinrich, who lives in Yarmouth, was unavailable for comment Thursday night. However, Portland Pirates Coach Kevin Dineen confirmed Weinrich, who grew up in Gardiner and played at North Yarmouth Academy and the University of Maine, has been hired by the Anaheim Ducks to be one of his assistants.
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Hummmm

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from the Edmonton Journal,

Oilers centre Shawn Horcoff and ex-Oilers tough guy Georges Laraque, now of the Phoenix Coyotes, added two, one-hour sessions of hatha yoga a week to their rigorous off-season training at the Body by Bennett fitness studio in downtown Edmonton. They get around the humiliation factor by doing their yoga work a deux -- just the two of them and their instructor, Breanna Johnson. "Yoga is no longer seen as a sissy, weak-kneed, wimpy workout," Bennett said. "We used to call it flexibility training and we realize now that 10 minutes of stretching just won't cut it. "You need to invest in it just as you would your strength elements." In the New NHL, mobility, quickness and skill are golden, so players all over the league are tweaking their workouts to de-emphasize simply pounding on the muscle mass
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Weird- Oh

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Mke Chen must be very bored. He tagged me and now I have to answer five weird things about me. 1. I once raced my slot-car on a national TV show and won a case of candy bars. 2. My father was one of 19 chlidren, yet I am the only male living to carry on the family name. 3. I can name the top 30 goal scorers of all-time, in order! 4. I can blow tiny spit bubbles out of my mouth, yes they float right out. 5. I am blogging about hockey in this heat!!! I've tagged DC Sports Chick because I am interested in her answers, A2Y Guy (sailors have great stories) and Christy since I know she is around.

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Remembering Those Nicknames

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from Tom Layberger of Sports Illustrated,

The Great One, Mr. Hockey, The Rocket and The Golden Jet are among the best nicknames in the history of professional sport. Images of Wayne Gretzky, Gordie Howe, Maurice Richard and Bobby Hull are conjured up by simply referring to their famous monikers. While those four nicknames will forever have their place, there have been several colorful nicknames throughout the great history of the National Hockey League.
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Pens Hire Lange For Radio

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from the Pittsburgh Penguins,

The Pittsburgh Penguins Thursday reached an agreement with Mike Lange as their radio play-by-play broadcaster for the 2006-07 season. Mike Lange Lange has called Penguins games on either radio or television for 30 years, having started with the club as its radio play-by-play voice in 1974-75. He received the Foster Hewitt Award from the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001.
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Full Disclosure

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from Terry Frei of ESPN,

It's time for full disclosure. And that doesn't mean -- well, at least not necessarily -- all National Hockey League owners releasing their tax returns, providing a list of everything else they own, and detailing what they knew about Enron and when they knew it. Get all the salary-cap figures in the open. Let everyone easily play along at home, screaming at general managers about cap numbers as if we're watching a contestant on "Wheel of Fortune" trying to buy a "U" when the puzzle shows:
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St. Louis Blues: Marketing For Dummies

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Hello KK Readers! My name is Alanah Downie and a few of you may know me from Vancouver Canucks Op Ed. Paul has graciously invited me to post here along with a couple other hockey bloggers. However, it is my understanding that I am the ONLY west coast blogger in the house, so consider me your source of all that is good and pure in the world of Kukla's Korner. And please feel free to comment or email me at vancouvercanucksoped (at) gmail.com for any reason. Thanks! ______________________ I've been thinking about writing this for a while, but then got busy with things and forgot temporarily. But today I got a new reminder, via this video. If you can, watch this first (38 secs) then I'll explain more. See the "average Blues fan" picking up autographs:

Now, this little piece (and more) of so-called Average Joe Fan footage was produced by The Blue Revolution, which is a public relations propaganda(?) site created by the St. Louis Blues in June. Which would be fine, except that it makes every effort to appear to be a fan-created blog. I first found out about this website when reading Sidearm Delivery a few weeks ago, and was pretty shocked that any NHL team would do something this foolish. The NHL itself has shown signs of trying to create better relations with their fans in the past year, but then a team like the St. Louis Blues officially sanctions nonesense like this? Let me be clear: it's cool that the Blues want to build an interactive site for their fans, but it's NOT cool that they're dressing it up as a fan-run blog. The perspectives on that site filter through their own head office, and a page like "The Fanifesto" is highly misleading, since the Blues themselves are creating and editing this so-called 'fans rights' (or whatever) page. And furthermore, it is intentionally misleading. An example of this "blogger's" words are: "I'm just one Blues fan and the idea of The Blue Revolution is to include all fans." Uh huh. Right. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch certainly refuted that when they pointed out this comment by the president of the advertising agency that created the site:
"The intention was to make the site look like fans did it. If you come out initially and say this is the Blues' Web site, it would become very commercial."
The truth is, it IS commercial, and an NHL team agreeing to create something deliberately misleading is extremely bad form. It is staged publicity, and Blues fans deserve better. Hockey fans are very internet smart (just consider how much fan-created hockey media there is) and St. Louis seems to be treating them like children. If they wanted to get in on the grass roots with Blues' fans, why not work with the Blues fan websites out there? They've got a huge built-in fan base right under their own noses, but it seems like they don't want to interact with those fans at all. Perhaps because it's much easier to manipulate them at The Blue Revolution than it is to answer to them directly. Clearly they wanted to create a grassroot viral marketing type thing with this site, so I'm just giving them what they asked for. And it looks sleazy from where I'm sitting, St. Louis. Use your head.

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