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Keeping An Eye On Foppa

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via the Rocky Mountain News,

THE SEEN: Hockey hunk Peter Forsberg and Janet Elway (not together) at the Sting concert at Red Rocks on Tuesday.

Yes, hockey news is hard to find today!

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Should The Oilers Go ‘Old School’

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from Dave Staples at The Cult of Hockey,

Patrick LaForge, the Oilers president, recently told Dan Tencer of 630 CHED that the Oilers would be announcing a new third jersey for the 2008-09 season, likely in August….

Katz’s vision for the team is to be an elite squad, one that competes deep into the playoffs every year.

So maybe it’s time to bring back some of that old time Oilers style, a take-off on the Oilers classic uniform of the early 1980s done up in the modern uniform style.

more

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Top Venues

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from Habs Inside/Out,

Sports Illustrated has asked its writers to pick their favourite venues.

Michael Farber chose the Forum. In recalling the ghosts, Farber writes:

They were in the rafters with the retired jerseys, stampeding with the fans when the doors opened before the game so they could get a good spot in the standing-room section, hanging out in the cramped corridors where they were getting two-packs-a-day’s worth of second-hand smoke during intermissions…

I am pointing you to the Habs Inside/Out page where you can get the link to the Farber story and also see the only picture of Howie Morenz’s funeral at the Forum…

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Canucks GM Feels They Are A Playoff Team

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from Jim Jamieson of the Vancouver Province,

...Gillis was asked if there was any progress on a new contract for two-thirds of the Canucks’ first line—Daniel and Henrik Sedin—who are entering their final contract year before becoming unrestricted free agents.

Gillis said he’d started working on an extension already. “We hope to get it concluded in the not too distant future,” Gillis said. The Sedins’ agent, J.P. Barry, however, told The Province on Tuesday that there had been little progress on that front.

The new GM said he believes with the player moves he has made so far, he feels the Canucks are “a couple of pieces away from being a very competitive team.” He said he’s confident the Canucks can be a playoff team this season.

more on the Canucks…

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Fight Time

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from Daniel Carcillo as told to Steve Greenberg of the Sporting News via MSNBC,

Here are his 10 tips for surviving and thriving as a middleweight fighter…

Even a bleeder has to have thick skin

I know hockey fights supposedly are about showing up — not who wins and who loses — but when you get beat up, it’s pretty tough to swallow. It’s embarrassing, especially when it happens in front of 18,000 people and the 40 guys on both benches. Bouncing back is the biggest thing. It’s like being a closer in baseball.

more

Update 3:18pm ET (alanah): Just a quick FYI about this article—bear in mind that it was originally published back in May. MSNBC picked it up without noting the original publication date.

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They Could Be Good

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from Allan Muir of Spots Illustrated,

Consider a slew of recent signings, such as Tom Gilbert (six years, $24 million), Brent Seabrook (three years, $10.5 million), Shea Weber (three years, $13.5 million), Ryan Whitney (six years, $24 million) and Matt Carle (four years, $14 million). That’s a lot of scratch for a group of players whose games aren’t yet fully on track. So what exactly are teams buying with these deals?

In simplest terms, they’re speculating.

Wideman, who could walk the streets of all 30 NHL cities unmolested even while wearing his Bruins jersey, might seem an unlikely candidate for that kind of scratch, but he actually epitomizes the type of player who is earning this sort of contract.

more

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All Jack Johnson

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from Inside the Kings,

(Jack) Johnson is back home in Michigan enjoying his summer and took a few minutes to talk about his first full season in the NHL…

Question: It seemed at times last season like you might have been holding back a little, playing things conservatively, that at any moment we were going to see some end-to-end rushes or bone-jarring clips like we have seen on YouTube that made you semi famous. Were you in fact holding back a bit last year?

Johnson: I was just kind of feeling things out, and yeah, there were times where I felt like I was holding back and hesitating a little bit. I think it is all about getting some confidence a getting a feeling for the game. It is a lot harder coming in to this league as a defenseman than it is for a forward. The mistakes you make as a defenseman are magnified than when you make them as a forward.

much more

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Wings Sign Darren Haydar

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from the Milton Canadian Champion,

Still reveling in last month’s Calder Cup title win with the American Hockey League’s Chicago Wolves (affiliate of Atlanta Thrashers), Darren Haydar has signed with the Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings.

Expected to be made public today (Wednesday), the one-year, two-way deal will see the 28-year-old Milton right winger make $525,000 if he sticks with the big club.

read on

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Ducks Extend Carlyle Contract

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The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed head coach Randy Carlyle to a two-year contract extension. Carlyle had one year remaining on his original contract and is now signed through the 2010-11 NHL season. Per club policy, financial terms were not disclosed.

“In our view, Randy is one of the top coaches in the NHL,” said Executive Vice President/General Manager Brian Burke. “We’ve had an aggressive, hard-working club each of the past three years, largely due to his influence. He’s clearly been paramount to our success since taking over the reins.”

“Working in Orange County for owners such as the Samuelis is a privilege, and I’m honored to be able to continue representing the Ducks,” said Carlyle. “I’m thankful for the great relationship I have with Brian Burke and our hockey staff and expect more success in the future. We fell short of our goal last year and it’s time for us to respond.”

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All Messier

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from Dan Rosen at NHL.com,

Mark Messier is sitting on the sidelines these days, enjoying the early stages of his new life as a retired NHL legend. Even still, few of the game’s legends are as tuned in to today’s NHL as Messier.

He’s opinionated. He’s eloquent. He’s passionate.

NHL.com was lucky enough to hear Messier be all those things and more in an exclusive phone interview Monday morning. We asked him about free agency, the Detroit Red Wings, the Hockey Hall of Fame, the Winter Classic and a whole lot more….

NHL.com: Does four Cups in 11 years and having a core group of players — Nicklas Lidstrom, Kris Draper, Kirk Maltby, Darren McCarty and Tomas Holmstrom —  playing on all four championship teams make the Detroit Red Wings a dynasty?

MM: You have to really respect what they have been able to do for a long period of time, without having great draft picks. To call it a dynasty — I don’t know.

much more...

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