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Shanahan Close to Signing

On Leafs Lunch at AM640, Darren Dreger commented a few moments ago that Brendan Shanahan’s re-signing in New York is “imminent”, suggesting it could happen even later today. 

added 1:08pm, from Rangers Report,

According to Rick Curran, Brendan Shanahan’s agent, the right wing’s return to New York is still very much a possibility after speaking with Glen Sather this week.

The possible hold up? You guessed it. The Rangers have virtually no money under the salary cap.

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Dwindling Dollar May Force Hockey Fans Into Tough Decisions

from Jim Kelley at Sports Illustrated,

It was fitting that the NHL opened its season with four games overseas last week, because with the U.S. economy being what it is, the league may need every koruna, krona and euro it can get its hands on.

“The big fear is that if the economy continues to fall, fans will simply have to make a choice as to not only how they pay their bills, but which bills actually get paid,” said an NHL insider who spoke to SI.com on the condition of anonymity. “If it gets to that point, entertainment costs—and let’s face it, we’re in the entertainment business—are going to take a hit. A lot of us are going to take a big hit.”

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All John McDonough

from Bryan Gruley of the Wall Street Journal,

As the NHL season gets underway, Mr. McDonough discussed his plan to get the Blackhawks back on top.

WSJ: Do you have a benchmark in mind? The Detroit Red Wings?

Mr. McDonough: I really don’t want to talk about other elite franchises. At the end of last season, when we missed the playoffs by three points, we gathered the hockey team and the front office together over a luncheon. The message I sent was, we are no longer going to have a hockey operation and a business operation. There is going to be one Chicago Blackhawks. There is going to be a certain type of player that is going to play.

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All Steve Tambellini

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

There was a changing of the guard over the summer, with 50-year-old Steve Tambellini stepping into Kevin Lowe’s shoes as the Edmonton Oilers general manager….

Q: Your last NHL playing days were in Vancouver. How did you get into management?

A: At the time, I was going back and forth between playing in Europe and if I was quitting, I thought I’d end up in private business, because the opportunities in the National Hockey League or pro sport are very limited. But (Canucks GM) Pat Quinn called me and asked if I’d join the club.

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Just Like Sutter Likes It

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

And if the pre-season is any indication of how well Mike Cammalleri, Todd Bertuzzi, Curtis Glencross and Rene Bourque will fit into the lineup, Sutter may just have remedied the club’s biggest ailment last year.

“The biggest two gaps in our team last year was the (inconsistent) performance of some of those skilled players and what we got out of our third and fourth line guys who play nine to 12 minutes,” said Sutter, who has totally reloaded his third and fourth lines to include some scorers. “They were warriors but scored two or three goals. All these guys here can score 10 or 12 goals. It makes a big difference.”

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Two Hats For John Shannon

from Broadcaster Magazine,

Rick Brace, President, Revenue, Business Planning and Sports, CTV Inc., and John Collins, Chief Operating Officer, NHL, announced today the appointment of John Shannon as Executive In Charge of Programming and Production for NHL Network.

Shannon will continue to serve in his current role as Executive Vice President of Programming and Production for the National Hockey League.

In his additional responsibility, Shannon will oversee programming and production for NHL Network in both Canada and the United States.

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Rays Or Lightning

from Bolts Report,

...the Carolina Hurricanes have turned down the Lightning’s request to move the start time, so Saturday’s game will start at 7:30 p.m. as scheduled. Because Carolina plays at home on Friday, and Saturday’s start time falls within the same 24-hour period, the Hurricanes have to agree to the time change. They haven’t, so it’s status quo.

As far as my feelings on that, well, at some point Carolina might be asking the Lightning for a similar favor and all I can say is, what comes around goes around.

more on the Lightning and the Tampa Bay Rays playing at the same time on Saturday…

added 12:07pm, from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,

The Hurricanes said no, and it’s hard to blame them. With a home game Friday night — the opener against the Florida Panthers — the Canes would be at a huge competitive disadvantage playing earlier.

But there’s a subtext here. In the summer of 2006, the Lightning added an ice-level club to their arena and closed off the tunnel that connected the visiting locker room to the visiting bench.

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15 Questions For The Season

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

So now, while hope may spring eternal in 28 markets, the Tampa Bay Lightning’s new/old coach Barry Melrose is already calling for more sweat from his skilled players; and the Pittsburgh Penguins are wondering what the heck is going on with their power play, in the absence of Sergei Gonchar and Marian Hossa.

The lesson: Grim reality can set in awfully fast, even in the early days of October, where 15 burning questions will be asked and answered between now and next June.

1. Will the so-called “new” NHL eventually feature more scoring?

It sure doesn’t look promising. The Lightning, Penguins and Senators collectively boast some of the best pure scoring talent in the league, with a total of seven players capable of finishing in the top 10. For all that, they produced a total of 17 goals — one in overtime — for an average of just more than four a game in last weekend’s openers in Prague and Stockholm.

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Dallas Thinks They Are Going To Win It All

from Tracey Myers of the Star-Telegram,

Tom Hicks was ready to talk hockey. The Dallas Stars’ owner sat in his downtown Dallas office on Tuesday, excited about the possibilities of the new season.

“In the last month we’ve been hearing from [co-general managers] Les [Jackson] and Brett [Hull], and Brett kind of clearly says the players think they’re going to win it all this year. They have a lot of confidence, and that’s a great starting point. You go back 10 years, I think we had that feeling we were going to win it all that year. We’re not as experienced a team as that one was, so you have a lot of unknowns that creep into it. But we have an opportunity to be special.”

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Nylander Re-Freshed Heading Into The Season

from Katie Carrera of the Washington Post,

His shoulder feels strong. His timing is coming back as evidenced by Nylander, 36, finishing as the team’s second leading scorer in the preseason with seven points (two goals, five assists).

“He’s playing a lot younger and a lot more determined” Boudreau said. “At the end of last year when we were playing pretty good, he was almost an afterthought in people’s minds. Not in my mind, but in other people’s minds. . . . He’s out to prove he’s an elite player again.”

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