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Sundin to Play in Toronto—But Not for the Leafs

JP Barry was just interviewed on FAN 590 and stated that his client Mats Sundin will be in Toronto September 5th to participate in a charity game being played for the Right to Play organization.

Barry stated that a formal announcement will be made shortly.  Other participants in the event:

The final roster of participants won’t be released until next week but the list of those already committed is pretty impressive—NHLers Joe Thornton, Jason Spezza, Curtis Joseph, Matt Stajan, Robyn Regehr, Mike Cammalleri, Andrew Ference and [Sean] Avery.

The celebrities include [Tim] Robbins, Alan Thicke, “Juno” director Jason Reitman, D.B. Sweeney and Cameron Bancroft.

 

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  Tags: j.p.+barry, mats+sundin, right+to+play

Afternoon Line

From Steve Zipay at Blue Notes:

“The idea of possibly having a hockey mom in the White House just blows my mind.”

Those are the words of Dayton Bombers owner Costa Papista, with whom I just spoke after watching a CNN shot of him presenting Bombers jerseys to both John McCain and VP candidate and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, a self-described “hockey mom”, after the GOP rally at Nutter Center—-where the ECHL Bombers play.

More on the hockey-mom-as-powerbroker can also be read at Puck Daddy today. As Greg says, “Soccer moms are sooooooooo 1996.”

 

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  Tags: sarah+palin

The Best Ever From The Central

from E.J. Hradek of ESPN,

My look at the best players in each franchise’s history takes me to the Central Division…

ST. LOUIS BLUES
Best forward: Brett Hull. You can make a case for Bernie Federko, but I’m not buying. Hull was just too good.

Best defenseman: Al MacInnis. He was just as good in St. Louis as he was in Calgary. Yes, he gets my nod over Chris Pronger.

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Sports Provide Community

From Ryan Kennedy at The Hockey News,

Intellectual Noam Chomsky is famous for derailing pro games as a means of controlling the minds of the masses, throwing them off the “real issues” of the day.

The funny thing is, sometimes it’s the masses who truly need what sports provides; pride and community.

I mean, if you’re an affluent Chicago Cubs fan, or a Bay St. lawyer at a Maple Leafs game, you can live and die with your team on a superficial level and then go home to a nice, safe environment.

But for the same reason it was so important for the New Orleans Saints to play after Hurricane Katrina, hockey teams in many American towns right now are playing a key role in giving a lot of folks just a little daylight during some dark days.

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Who Could Or Not Be Interested In Meszaros

from Craig Custance’s Blog,

Since the Andrej Meszaros camp isn’t being real helpful in identifying the team that has made a reported offer sheet to the young defenseman, I’m trying to figure it out the old-fashioned way: The process of elimination. Sure, it’s not real efficient but on a Friday afternoon when there’s not a ton of hockey news to chase down it’s entertaining….

I’ve got a confirmed no on a signed offer sheet from the GM’s of three teams I thought might be possibilities: Atlanta, Phoenix and Columbus.

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  Tags: andrej+meszaros

Report- Habs Will Retire Roy’s Number

from Mike Boone of Habs Inside/Out,

La Presse reports the Canadiens will retire Patrick Roy’s jersey number in November.

The club would not confirm the story. Columnist Richard Labbé was told the team plans to announce its centennial activities on Sept. 24.

Roy’s number 33 already has been retired by the Colorado Avalanche.

If the story is true, at least one pundit won’t be happy. In March, Red Fisher wrote:...

In my view, Roy abdicated his rights to that honour with his capitulation to irrationalism on Dec. 2, 1995, when a stunned Forum crowd saw him allow nine goals on 26 shots in an 11-1 meltdown to the Detroit Red Wings.

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  Tags: patrick+roy

Morning Line

“I want to act as a leader and make sure that the team achieve its goals. The pressure does not at all frighten me and I know that expectations are very high.”

“We have accomplished a lot last year and worked so hard to get there. We now know what we are capable and we believe we can beat all teams.”

-Alexei Kovalev, translated from an RDS story today.

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  Tags: alexei+kovalev

Autograph Seeker

from Ace Burpee of the Winnipeg Sun,

It’s been a while since I’ve been dead-set on approaching someone for an autograph, but this past Wednesday I was in the same room as Bobby Hull for the first time in my life. I was actually nervous, which hasn’t happened since I first met Bob Irving.

A five-pack on meeting Bobby Hull:...

3. How charitable is Bobby Hull? He signed two autographs for me ... one “To Ace, All the Best, Bobby Hull” ... the other dedicated to nobody in case I wanted to sell it on eBay. That’s not my thing, but I do now possess a 20-dollar bill signed by Bobby should the right charity angle come along.

1. If I had scored over 900 goals between the NHL and WHA, I’d wear a rug too. He’s earned the right.

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Equipment Stories

StarPhoenix reporter Cory Wolfe gets personal with a sports figure. Today, Chicago Blackhawks equipment manager Troy Parchman gets cornered….

The SP: OK, imagine this. The Pittsburgh Penguins are playing Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final at Chicago’s United Center. Sidney Crosby’s skate loses an edge in the third overtime and the Penguins’ skate sharpener seizes up at the most inopportune time. Do you help him?

Parchman: We would. In the old days, there were stories—especially in the playoffs—of one team trying to screw the other. But nowadays, you’d give (the other team) your portable. It would still take them probably 15 or 20 minutes to get that portable and get it set up. I don’t think I’d let them into my room to use my machine, but I’d lend them the portable.

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Message Is Clear In Ottawa - Team Trust

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Senators GM Bryan Murray said yesterday that he’s talked with several teams about potential trades, but doesn’t plan to make any roster changes prior to the start of training camp on Sept. 17.

“Right now, we’re planning to go with what we have,” said Murray. “We have a good hockey team. We’ve brought in some people that we believe in critical situations will perform for us….”

“The message to our team is: You can trust each other and you can trust us to want this team to have the proper reputation in the community. We certainly want to be strong together in the room and I don’t know where I could have found more stronger character people to put in the room.”

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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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