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Leafs Coach Thinking Next Season

from Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun,

Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson held a meeting yesterday to suggest summer vacation plans.

Essentially, Wilson reminded his players that the organization will expect them to report to training camp next fall in much better shape than last year—and that means they’ll be given off-season training regimens to follow, which will be probably be more intense that what they’ve had in the past.

“I want to keep hammering this point home until everybody realizes what’s going to be expected of them this summer,” Wilson said yesterday, following practice at Lakeshore Lions Arena. “This isn’t, ‘Thank God we got through the season and I’m taking two months off, and you’ll see me on the beach in the Bahamas.’ No. We’re talking right now about making sure that everybody understands the importance of conditioning and taking care of themselves.”

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Zherdev Salary Demands May Be Lower Than Expected

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

There’s an unintended consequence to Nikolai Zherdev’s disappointing production that, unlike the winger’s mediocre 19-31-50 numbers, actually stands to benefit the Rangers.

Barring a goal-scoring spree over the final 14 games, which the Blueshirts would more than welcome, the impending 24-year-old Group II free agent will not be in position to hit a salary arbitration home run should he fail to reach a contract agreement with GM Glen Sather before July 1.

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Fighting Not Part Of The Wings Game

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

They will have no tough guy in the lineup today when they visit the Blues. While their toughness is often questioned, particularly after physical games in which they surrender several goals, such as Thursday’s 6-5 shootout loss to Calgary, the Red Wings don’t believe it is an issue.

“People always look for weaknesses in our team. If people want to point to that as being the weak part of our game, I think we’re doing all right,’’ defenseman Brad Stuart said. “When you get into the playoffs, the further along you go, the less important that stuff gets. The most important thing is to stick up for yourself and each other. I don’t think we have any problems there.’‘...

“I’m playing hockey,’’ Franzen said. “It wouldn’t be very smart to fight if you’ve never fought before. If you’re (up against) a guy who fights on a regular basis, he’d probably break my skull because I’ve never fought.’‘

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How To Attract & Keep Players In Edmonton

from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey,

It might be a helluva good idea for the Oilers to rent out some beautiful houses on the river valley, houses with great views of the city, near good schools, so that when new veteran players come to town, they can be rapidly set up in excellent quarters, nearby to their teammates.

How about the team buying up some houses in Daryl Katz’s neighborhood? Then the players and their kids can go for a dip in that his pool. That might even have kept a society lady like Lauren Pronger happy….

Over-paying any player is the new dread disease of NHL management. Why couldn’t all the Oiler contracts be so fine as Hemsky’s $4 million a year deal? I know there are reasonable answers to this question, but it’s also an issue that haunts the Oilers, a franchise that is pressed right up against the top end of the cap, but isn’t pressed right up against the top end of the standings.

Some NHL hockey bosses, such as Ken Holland, spend dozens and dozens of hours with their top prospects, impressing on them the lessons they will need to learn if they are going to make it as good people and good players. If an NHL exec isn’t doing this, if it’s not out there constantly teaching and mentoring these young draft picks, that NHL team is squandering its talent base.

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Henrik Sedin’s Version Of The Spin-O-Rama Last Night

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Former Tampa Bay Lightning Owner Bill Davidson Passes Away

from Drew Sharp & Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press,

Six months after he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, Detroit Pistons owner Bill Davidson died Friday at the age of 86.
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Davidson became majority owner of the Pistons in 1974. He also owned Palace Sports & Entertainment and the WNBA’s Detroit Shock. He owned the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning until 2008.

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Sather Bails Out Pocklington

from CBC,

Peter Pocklington, one-time owner of the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers, was expected to be released on bail Friday after the former coach of the team said he would put up the bail.

In a California courtroom, Glen Sather put up $1 million piece of property as security to allow Pocklington to be released on bail.

Pocklington has been in jail since being arrested on bankruptcy fraud charges on Wednesday.

continued and more on this topic at TSN.

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How The NHL Awards Show Ended Up In Vegas & Would A Team Make It There

from Ray Slover and Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

The Maloof family’s business interests include big-league professional sports, but SN’s Craig Custance reports George Maloof has not been approached by the NHL about a potential NHL franchise in Vegas.

“We’ve never had that conversation,” he told Custance. He also said that nobody has spoken to him about the Phoenix Coyotes, which is in the process of being sold.

That said, Maloof thinks the NHL could work in Las Vegas.

“Vegas would be a great market for a basketball or an NHL team,” Maloof told Custance. “Is this a testing ground? I don’t know. I think this is an event that the community is real excited about.”

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Will The Money Be There For UFA’s?

from Scott Cullen of TSN,

Amid all the financial doom and gloom coming out of the GM Meetings in Naples, Florida this week, it seems like an appropriate time to look ahead to this summer’s free agent market, when teams will be forced to make a lot of tough decisions.

Here’s an early look at the unrestricted free agent market:

Marian Hossa, LW, Detroit - Signing a one-year deal with the Wings seemed a little risky at the time and seems that way even more with the prospect of a shrinking salary cap in years to come. Nevertheless, Hossa’s done his part, scoring 34 goals in 61 games.

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OHL Suspends Jordan Nolan For 20 Games

from the CP via the Toronto Star,

The Ontario Hockey League has suspended Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds forward Jordan Nolan for 20 games.

The OHL announced the decision Friday after conducting a review of an incident in last Saturday’s game between the Greyhounds and Plymouth Whalers.

The incident resulted in a head injury to forward R.J. Mahalak. He was not seriously hurt. Nolan was given a two-minute minor for instigating, a five-minute major for fighting and a game misconduct for being the aggressor of an altercation.

The 19-year-old is the son of former NHL coach Ted Nolan.

Watch video of the incident below…

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