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Claude Lemieux Signs With Sharks, China Sharks

from jhockey,

Claude Lemieux, who had been working out in Arizona to prepare for an NHL comeback attempt, was somehow convinced to play hockey in Asia with the China Sharks. The move happened quickly and he has already suited up for the Chinese team against Anyang Halla in the Asia League games this past weekend

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added 11/19/08 at 12:39pm, from Bill Meltzer at NHL.com,

It remains to be seen how long Lemieux will remain with the Sharks. The China Sharks are owned by the NHL’s San Jose Sharks. San Jose General Manager Doug Wilson, CFO Charlie Faas and CEO Greg Jamison put Lemieux in contact with China Sharks GM Chris Collins, and Lemieux agreed to travel across the Pacific for a trial run with the China Sharks.

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Accept What We Are

from Ted Montgomery at USA TODAY,

You’ve all read countless articles about how the NHL can improve its profile, how savvier marketing can elevate the league to new heights in the public’s consciousness. I’ve even written a few columns like that myself. And I believed what I wrote in those columns. I really did.

But I’ve changed my tune. I’m now resigned to the notion that the NHL will probably never be more popular than it is right now, today. And I think we, as die hard hockey fans, would be better served to accept this fact rather than striving to attain what is clearly now an unachievable pipe dream.

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A Look At Daniel & Henrik

from Matt Higgins of the New York Times,

One wears No. 22, the other No. 33. One has 394 career points, the other 393. The similarities can seem endless between the identical twins and Vancouver Canucks linemates Daniel and Henrik Sedin.

Even their contracts have been the same during their eight-year N.H.L. careers, a trend that Vancouver’s first-year general manager, Mike Gillis, would like to continue by re-signing them before they become unrestricted free agents in July.

“That is clearly a completely different dynamic than an individual player,” Gillis said about dealing with hockey’s most enduring one-two combination as a single entity. “However, because they are so highly thought of, it does not present any issue whatsoever.”

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  Tags: daniel+sedin, henrik+sedin

All Over The Place

from John Buccigross of ESPN,

• OK, here are Bucci’s top four power rankings for each conference. Keep in mind, my rankings are not so much based on performance thus far; they are based on who I see are the toughest teams to beat in a best-of-seven series come playoff time.

Eastern Conference: 1. Pittsburgh; 2. Washington; 3. Montreal; 4. New York Rangers

Western Conference: 1. Detroit; 2. San Jose; 3. Minnesota; 4. Anaheim

• From a strategical standpoint, I still believe that a player should skate to the bench, and another player should hop on, when he breaks his stick. This saves time from a stick handoff scenario and saves me the frustration of watching a forward on the ice without a stick.

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No Issues With ASG Voting

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

No one has been able to make the NHL All-Star Game a meaningful exercise for going on two decades now, no matter how much they tweaked and adjusted and tried to convince you that the light-hearted shinny they play bears even a reasonable facsimile to the way the game is played, night-after-night, through a gruelling 1,230-game regular season.

Given how that is not going to change this year either, even though the All-Star Game is being played in the cradle of hockey – Montreal – in January, I have little issue with the fact that Canadiens’ fans are doing such a good job of guaranteeing that all six of their candidates for the All-Star team may crack the starting line-up.

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Central Scouting Report

From TSN:

The National Hockey League released its preliminary rankings for the 2009 Entry Draft on Tuesday, with Oshawa Generals forward John Tavares leading the Ontario Hockey League’s rankings and Swedish defenceman Victor Hedman ranked No. 1 among European skaters.

Tavares, in his fourth season with the Generals, has scored 174 goals and 191 assists in 214 OHL games. This season, he has 17 goals and 36 points in 23 games.

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  Tags: 2009+entry+draft, csb, john+tavares

Wings Waive McCarty

via TSN,

The Detroit Red Wings placed forward Darren McCarty on waivers on Tuesday.

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Salary Cap Making Trades Complicated

From Paul Kukla at NHL.com:

This is the main reason we are not seeing many trades early in the season—the cap situation prevents it.

You may say, “But my team is way below the cap, they can afford so-and-so.” True, but do remember, teams have established their own internal cap figure and may not want to go above it for budgetary reasons.

So, the first thing that should be in your mind when you think of or read about a possible trade is, does it fit within the cap. If not, move on and start thinking of a trade that not only will make sense, but also fit within the salary-cap structure.

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  Tags: hockey+trades, salary+cap

Gaborik Watch

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

There is a rumor out there that the Minnesota Wild are on the verge of trading Gaborik. As in any hour or day now, it’s that close.

Under normal circumstances, this wouldn’t be a reach.

Gaborik, after all, is an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season.

Gaborik, thus far, has rejected all contract offers from the Wild and it doesn’t look like he’s about to put pen to paper in the Twin Cities any time soon.

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added 1:36pm, via Russo’s Rants,

Risebrough, by the way according to multiple sources, was at last night’s Ottawa-Rangers game — two teams I said weeks ago made sense for a potential Marian Gaborik trade. Bryan Murray, Ottawa’s GM, loves making blockbusters, and Rangers GM Glen Sather is buddy buddy with Risebrough

Clarification: Doug Risebrough was on the Ottawa-Rangers press box seating chart, but he never made it to the game. He planned to scout the game, but flight problems forced him to detour to Pittsburgh. He was in Pittsburgh by 4:45 yesterday..

added 2:24pm, Mark Hermann of Newsday wonders if the Rangers could fit Gaborik into the lineup…

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  Tags: marian+gaborik

Koules Talks About Melrose Firing

from Erik Erlendssen of Bolts Report,

I had the opportunity earlier today to submit some questions to Lightning co-owner Oren Koules to get some of his thoughts about the direction of the team since Barry Melrose was let go on Friday….

Q: What can you say to fans who may be soured by the start of the team on the ice and the issues off the ice? Do you still believe you have a good hockey team or do more changes need to be made?

OK: In talking to many players coaches and general managers around the league, most feel we have a very good hockey team. And as I said above, I still very much believe we will make the playoffs. In fact, with 65 games left to play, we are three points out of the playoffs. So I feel pretty good about things the way they are now.

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  Tags: oren+koules

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