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Hanlon In Finland

from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,

Europe, however, proved to be a completely different proposition. He became interested the minute he heard from Jokerit, soon after Doug Shedden left the Finnish club to take a coaching job in Switzerland.

“I thought Europe would be a real good option,” Hanlon told NHL.com.

But he wasn’t sure his family would agree. Hanlon was at a stage in life where their input was as important, if not more so, than his professional ambition.

“There was a discussion and a lot of it was family driven,” Hanlon said. “We felt a 56-game season and busing to most road games was a good situation. At this stage, we want to be together as a family. So we were ready to give this a try.”

read on

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  Tags: glen+hanlon

Morning Line

“He is a Canadian broadcast legend.  I used to tell Bob that if the players took the game as seriously as he did, the games would be much better.

“He taught me to take the job seriously. My duties were to try and get him to laugh by the time the night was over.”

-Harry Neale on Bob Cole.  More from Neale at the Toronto Sun.

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  Tags: bob+cole, harry+neale

Expansion Wasn’t Even Discussed

from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

...despite the apparent fascination, expansion was not a topic on the agenda at the NHL board of governors meeting in Toronto yesterday.

“We like our 30 teams now and we don’t feel this an appropriate time to do it,” commissioner Gary Bettman said. “What the future may hold, I’m not prepared to predict, but it’s not on the agenda.”

When an appropriate time for expansion arrives, Bettman was asked, would the NHL first investigate Europe or North America.

“I know there has been a lot of speculation about going to Europe,” he said. “The fact is anything is possible. We don’t have plans yet or maybe never to put franchises on the continent. We think endeavours in Europe are important because 30 per cent of our players come from Europe, but our first priority is here in North America.”

more from the BOG meeting yesterday

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Dates To Remember

2008-2009 CRITICAL DATES CALENDAR
(subject to change)

September
12 Opening Day of Rookie camp
16 Opening Day of NHL training camp for NYR, OTT, PIT, TB
19 Opening Day of NHL training camp
20 Pre-season schedule begins
23 Kraft Hockeyville Game, Roberval, QC (Buffalo Sabres vs. Montreal Canadiens)

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Senators Stress Team Identity

from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,

Hartsburg was brought in this summer after Murray finished last season behind the bench following the firing of former assistant-turned-coach John Paddock at the end of February. The Senators were in free fall and Emery’s chronic lateness became a recurring sideshow.

“We want to be a good team. We’ve got some great players, but now it’s about being a good team,” said Hartsburg, who was to have a meeting with the players last night to tell them what was expected of them this season. “People sacrifice in some areas and people doing things maybe they don’t like to do, but enjoying it even though they don’t like it. That’s how you become a tight group.”

more

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As Long As They Can Play

from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

With his world-wide prospects officially opening their bids for Devils jobs yesterday, coach Brent Sutter denied suggestions he leans toward North American players and away from Europeans.

“That’s nonsense. That’s not true,” Sutter told The Post. “Decisions are made on players. It doesn’t matter where they’re from.

“It has zero to do with it. I look at the team. It doesn’t matter what nationality they are. It’s not true.”

continued

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  Tags: brent+sutter

Cammalleri One Of The New Guys In Calgary

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

“We had guys, to be quite honest, after March 1 we didn’t know they were on our team any more — and they were pretty high-profile guys,” Sutter said bluntly. “From a personnel standpoint, I think we’ve lacked those tough-area guys the last couple of years, which nobody talks about. Everybody wants to talk about skill. We went to more skill after the lockout; and we had more skill, but maybe we didn’t have enough of a compete level at the top end of our team.

“I think we can work with these [new] guys. They want to play here. They’re good-sized kids who can skate and score dirty goals. I like that about them.”

Cammalleri saw the move to Calgary as an opportunity for a fresh start.

more

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  Tags: mike+cammalleri

Performance Bonus Cushion Is Gone This Year

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Now all this salary cap stuff is far too complex for you and me to digest in the next minute or so, but all you really need to know is this - Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Cam Barker are going to chew up a lot more of the Chicago Blackhawks’ cap space this year than they did last year.

With the disappearance of the bonus cushion, which allowed teams to overspend the cap by as much as 7.5 per cent, Kane, Toews and Barker alone will account for $9.3 million in hard salary cap space this season. That’s almost $7 million more than how it could have been accounted last season.

For all intents and purposes, Boston’s Phil Kessel goes from being an $850,000 salary cap hit for the Bruins to a hard $2.2 million hit.

more

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Habs Coach On Final Year Of Contract

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

While every team went to the market with an eye on getting better for 2008-09, head coaches of roughly one-third of the NHL family signed contract extensions during the offseason.

Randy Carlyle in Anaheim, Ken Hitchcock in Columbus, Dave Tippett in Dallas, Mike Babcock in Detroit, Jacques Lemaire in Minnesota ... the list goes on and on.

Anything wrong with this picture?

Not really, except that Guy Carbonneau, who led the Canadiens to No. 1 overall in the Eastern Conference last season, is entering the final year of his contract - yet remains unsigned, for now.

continued

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  Tags: guy+carbonneau

Satan Hopes Penguins Style Of Play Is A Fit

from Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

“Hopefully, I can fulfill everybody’s expectations,” Satan said yesterday as the team was finishing up its preseason physicals and medical tests.

Those expectations run fairly high for Satan, who signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract as a free agent over the summer.

For one thing, Satan is penciled in as the replacement for Marian Hossa, who signed with Detroit. That makes him the top candidate to be the new right winger for captain and top-line center Sidney Crosby. Coach Michel Therrien has said Satan will see time on that line.

read on

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  Tags: miroslav+satan

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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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