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Shanahan Became Pro-Active

Brendan Shanahan in a tele-conference today mentioned he became pro-active in a search for a new team. He had a long coversation with Yzerman after game 6 in Edmonton, and both Steve and he felt, for different reasons, that the team wanted to turn the leadership over to the younger stars on the team. He decided to become active in searching for a team, and did talk to Montreal but thought it would be better for his family to live and play for the Rangers. more to come... update 1:51pm This tele-conference is ongoing so I am updating as it happens. Shanahan mentione the rules committee met over the summer and suggested a few minor changes that will go to a vot of the BOG soon. He also felt with better communication between the players and the refs, less penalties will be called. update 1:56pm, Brendan was asked why the Wings lost to the Oilers, he said he could go on and on about that. A big save and a big goal here and there by Edmonton was the difference, they got it and the Wings did not. I will have a transcript of the conversation later in the day. added 4:23pm, Q. Last year when the Wings lost to the Oilers, did you feel it was time for a new challenge, the old guard might be breaking up? BRENDAN SHANAHAN: Yeah, actually right after the Game 6, after the game, we went back and had a meal at the hotel. Steve Yzerman and I talked for quite a while. I think when you just finished losing, it's so fresh, you know to go home and not make decisions, let some time get in between there. I think we both agreed that we both had a sense that, for different reasons, possibly that was our last game as Red Wings. I wouldn't say the decision was made that night, but I certainly felt like the instinct for each of us was beginning at that moment.

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Eastern Conference Chatter

Scott Burnside of ESPN has a few questions for the teams in the East. Regarding the Flyers...

How long before "goaltending" and "controversy" end up in the same sentence in training camp reports? What's the over-under on the number of games talented Peter Forsberg plays this season? (We say 45.)
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Streaming Alert

Toronto’s Hockey station THE FAN 590 and Rogers Sportsnet are proud to announce the addition of HOCKEYCENTRAL AT NOON starting Monday September 11th at 12:00 p.m. The one-hour show features host Daren Millard and co-host Nick Kypreos discussing all the latest news from the hockey world.

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Everbody Smile

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

In covering this league, sometimes you get the feeling everyone involved is acting out a solemn duty, rather than enjoying the sport and each other. Score a goal, did you? Better remove that smile from your face, before somebody on the opposing team removes it for you. Angry with that ugly-looking knuckle-dragger on the other bench? Calm down, before you say something that’ll wind up in tomorrow’s newspapers – or, heaven forbid, another team’s bulletin board. That’s why it’s so difficult for the NHL to find traction among the mainstream media. Where other leagues have learned to cultivate and accentuate their star personalities, the NHL’s culture strongly encourages its stars to (a) shut up; and (b) get back in the corner while you’re shuttin’ up.
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OneGoal

Major stakeholders in the hockey world have unified to create the new nonprofit organization, OneGoal, which is dedicated to increasing youth participation in the sport of hockey. The organization's membership includes the National Hockey League (NHL), National Hockey League Player's Association (NHLPA), USA Hockey, Hockey Canada and the International Hockey Industry Association (encompassing most of the industry's equipment suppliers), as well as hockey rinks and retailers. Major brands such as Nike-Bauer, Reebok/CCM, Easton-Bell and Mission-ITECH, which usually compete for business, are also part of the coalition and are working together to create a broad-scale "invitation" to new hockey families, easing the beginner process. In addition to the vast marketing and personnel resources that these organizations bring to this initiative, OneGoal has already raised nearly one million dollars for its first year's efforts to reach out to its audience and increase youth participation in hockey. visit OneGoal... image

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Expectations

from the Buffalo News,

Scant days after the season ended, Sports Illustrated's Web site predicted the Sabres would win the Stanley Cup. Last week, the Sporting News did the same. "We're going to have that talk in training camp about expectations," Sabres goalie Ryan Miller said. "Expectations are going to be heightened. Managing that expectation is going to be a part of this season and it's going to be a part of building a legacy. "The fact we're being mentioned in that regard just reflects what we feel on the inside, that we should be prepared to contend."
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Always Remembered

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Every day, not just once a year when the world pauses in solemn silence, Mike Bavis grieves for the piece of himself that he lost when his identical twin brother died aboard United Airlines Flight 175, the second plane hijacked by terrorists and crashed into the World Trade Center. Today, it will be five years since what Mike calls "the accident" took the lives of Mark Bavis, fellow Kings scout Ace Bailey and hundreds of others aboard the four commandeered planes. Because anniversaries are convenient times to reminisce, the day will bring many memorial tributes. Politicians will speak, and tears will be shed.
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One Man’s Story

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

"Good morning ladies and gentlemen. Due to a security situation in the United States, our flight to St. John's is being diverted to Moncton." It wasn't your usual air travel glitch, but there seemed little cause for alarm that morning as I headed to the 2001 Maple Leafs training camp. Ignorant of what was transpiring just south of us, we were more dismayed with Air Canada than Al-Qaida, mildly cursing about ruined business schedules, missed connections and the bother to friends and relatives waiting in St. John's. My first concern was whether the "situation" would delay that evening's George St. pub crawl I'd planned with the National Post's Scott Burnside, who had flown east a day earlier.
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Rookie Watch

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

When the Penguins open the season on Oct. 5 at home against Philadelphia with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin anchoring the top two lines, they'll have a combined 81 games of NHL experience between them. Still, outside of Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau in San Jose, they may form the best one-two center ice combo in the league. While Malkin is the only rookie who safely can be labeled a sure thing to play in '06-07, there are several youngsters worth watching as training camps open this week. Here's a glimpse at some other prospects with no previous NHL experience that have a chance to start the season with the big club: Alexander Radulov, Nashville This gifted finisher was penciled in for a spot on Nashville's second line, but the recent signing of free agent J.P Dumont could put the kibosh on that. Still, he can be particularly effective on the power play and, given enough ice time, could turn in a season similar to the one Petr Prucha posted in '05-06.
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Hockey Brings Them Together

from the Palm Beach-Post,

New York healed a little more this weekend, taking along anyone who wanted to join in. A particular event was a simple one that even participants figured was "very minor" in scope. A bunch of guys got together through three days on three sheets of ice, laced up skates and played games. That they called this the first 9/11 Remembrance Hockey Tournament was the first clue that it wasn't very minor. Those men in helmets and gloves? Maybe they looked comfortable wearing them because that's what they work in, when they're pulling people out of blazing buildings.
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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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