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Sinden Steps Down- Now A Senior Advisor

from the Boston Bruins,

Boston Bruins legend Harry Sinden announced today that he is stepping down from his position as President of the team and moving into a role as Senior Advisor to club Owner Jeremy Jacobs. Sinden will remain as an Alternate Governor for the Bruins on the NHL’s Board of Governors. “The timing is right to make this transition at this time, as I have been moving away from the day-to-day operations of the team and the building in recent years into more of an advisory capacity,” said Sinden. “We have strong and capable leadership in place throughout the organization, beginning with Peter Chiarelli, who is in charge of all aspects of the hockey operations. With Peter now settled in Boston, I initiated discussions with Mr. Jacobs on changing my focus and he agreed with me that this is the right time to formalize the direction in which we have been moving for some time.”
continued added 6:25pm, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman today released the following statement regarding the announcement that Harry Sinden is stepping down as president of the Boston Bruins to become Senior Advisor to team Owner Jeremy Jacobs: “There is no scale that can measure the weight of Harry Sinden’s contributions to our game, no gauge that can calibrate the passion Harry feels for the National Hockey League and his beloved Boston Bruins. There also is no way we can offer appropriate thanks for his more than four decades of dedicated service. We wish Harry well in his new role and encourage him to keep his cell phone handy; no doubt it will continue to ring often with requests for his insight.”

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Great Team Sport

from ic Wales,

Skaters rush around a small ice pad, wielding long sticks, crashing into each other, occasionally exchanging punches, and trying to blast a rock-hard piece of rubber past a heavily-padded goalkeeper. It may sound like Dirty Sanchez meets Jeux Sans Frontieres, but this is serious stuff, one of the world's great team sports - ice hockey. Fast, colourful and aggressive, it's a thrilling spectacle. And the old adage "I went to a fight last night and a hockey game broke out" is becoming outdated, now that authorities - even in North America - are clamping down on fisticuffs.
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Just Like That, Dupont Is Gone

from Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News,

Now, just like that, Dumont is gone, yet another pro athlete leaving town just as we were getting to know him. The Sabres walked away from his $2.9 million arbitration award, leaving Dumont to shop himself to the highest bidder. In the minds of those kids, I imagine, their hero was the one who walked away. That's the bitter reality of the NHL nowadays. You can't pay everybody, especially when the bulk of a talented young roster hits the market just as a new economic system sends salaries skyward. It's hard for fans to accept, hard for the general manager, too.
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Canes Champions Club

from Raleighing.com,

Some amenities for Champions Club include gourmet pizza, pasta, salads and an open grill. Each Champions Club ticket holder will receive four drink vouchers - redeemable for draft beer, wine or non-alcoholic beverages at the private, 45-foot, full-service Champions Club bar at the Ledge Lounge bar or through In-Seat Service. Every ticket holder will have a reserved seat assigned to them in the Champions Club. HDTVs throughout the Club will ensure that nobody misses a minute of the action.
read on....make sure to check out the fly-over video and all this for $125 a game. Very impressive!

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Jagr Needs That Tax Form

from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Jaromir Jagr considers his former accountant the Six Million Dollar Man. The former Penguins star sued Richland accountant Gary Schick on Tuesday, demanding he turn over a tax form that was supposed to be filed with the IRS in 2003. The lawsuit, filed in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court, claims that if Jagr does not get the form, it will cost him $6 million. "Whatever I had, I turned over to his attorney or his new accountant," said Schick, of Harmony, Butler County. "I don't know what I can fight here. I turned it all over."
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Desjardins Set To Retire

from ESPN,

Longtime Flyers defenseman and former captain Eric Desjardins will announce his retirement Thursday, a team source told The Philadelphia Inquirer. Eric Desjardins The veteran, slowed by a series of injuries in the last several years, was not offered a contract by the Flyers this summer. And so the 37-year-old has opted for retirement.

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Report- Sinden To Retire

via RDS (translated),

According to what our colleague Renaud Lavoie learned, an important page of the history of Bruins of Boston will be turned tomorrow. President Harry Sinden will announce his retirement Wednesday at the time of a press conference after 17 seasons at this station.
continued A big thanks to KK member and hockey blogger Wicked Bruins Girl who posted the pointer in the KKF.

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Legace Should Play With A Chip On His Shoulder

from St. Louis Today,

Once again, Blues president John Davidson proved he is serious about putting a competitive team on the ice this season. He signed free-agent goaltender Manny Legace to a free-agent deal Tuesday, summoning the longtime Red Wing to compete with incumbent Curtis Sanford for the starting job. This move is a no-brainer. Although Sanford did a splendid job under tough circumstances last season, he was the only battle-tested goaltender on the roster. He is also coming back from a major knee injury.
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The Mouth Finally Finds A Home

Posted by Bill Houlihan It's been a few days since my first rambling bit of prose here at the Korner. A variety of reasons have delayed my return: vacation and an incredibly slow couple of days in the hockey world. But, that changed slightly today when Manny Legace signed with St. Louis, traditional whipping boys of the Wings. As we've all pointed out several times in other venues, Manny was the scapegoat when Edmtonton dispatched the Wings this Spring. And deservedly so. His mouth had turned a typically mild-mannered room against him, and it didn't just start after letting in 3 third-period goals in the clincher. Manny's mouth started to do him in during the lockout when his occasional rant made its way into the papers. His instinct to find the nearest nest of microphones didn't end with the lockout. If he wasn't jumping the chain of command (Babcock) and going straight to the media with his claims that he was "ready to start" after an injury, then he was admitting to anyone who'd listen that he lied to the Wings trainers and coaches about his condition to get back in the lineup. Hiding injuries is one thing, but admitting that you pulled a fast one on the organ-I-zation is another.

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Legace To St. Louis

from the Detroit News,

It took awhile, but goalie Manny Legace finally landed a job. Legace signed a one-year contract (terms weren't immediately available) Tuesday afternoon with the St. Louis Blues, where he'll compete for the starting job with Curtis Sanford. "It's a good fit for me," said Legace of the Blues, who've added forwards Doug Weight (Warren), Bill Guerin, Martin Rucinsky and Dan Hinote, and defenseman Jay McKee through free agency this summer. "I'm excited about the moves they've made, and the excitement they've created. It's a good city, a good sports city, and I'm excited about what the future holds."

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