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Craig Custance of the Sporting News Today (daily online newspaper with free subscription) conducted an interview with NHLPA Executve Director Paul Kelly.  Topics discussed are European expansion, the CBA, ESPN and the Winter Classic.

Hopefully this link will take you there, if not, registration is painless and you get a daily email notification when the paper is available to view.

Update 5:36pm ET: Bonus material at Custance’s Sporting News blog—

[But] we covered a lot of ground that wasn’t printed. Some will be in an upcoming story I’m working on. But here are two bonus questions with Kelly that I couldn’t squeeze in the SNT Q and A:

Q: What’s the biggest issue in getting a transfer agreement with European federations?

A: It’s an economic issue first and foremost ...

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Long Rest Good For Ducks

from Dan Wood at Ducks Blog,

Last summer flew by even faster, of course, because every member of the Ducks was accepting handshakes and pats on the back, attending celebratory gatherings and enjoying their individual days with the Cup. By the time training camp, and the regular season, rolled around, the club was nowhere near emotionally or physically ready to get back to the grind that is life in the NHL.

The contrast now is striking. While Ducks fans are growing increasingly impatient as they await some hockey action, most players are still at least a couple of weeks away from getting back on the ice in preparation for camp. By the time they arrive at Anaheim Ice next month, the Ducks will be in much better shape, physically and mentally, than a year earlier.

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From High Pick To Playing In Europe

from Ian Shantz of the Barrie Examiner,

A little more than a decade ago, Daniel Tkaczuk was a top-10 NHL draft pick.

Coming off a 105-point season with the Ontario Hockey League’s Barrie Colts, the Calgary Flames made the centreman its first overall pick in 1997. Tkaczuk went sixth overall. Touted as a surefire bet to become as prolific in the world’s top hockey league as he was throughout his four seasons of junior, some might say the 18-year-old’s potential was mind-blowing.

Almost two full seasons in the minors and a total of 19 NHL games later Tkaczuk’s NHL career was done….

Is Tkaczuk disappointed by how things worked out? Yes. Is it the end of the world? Hardly.

“Do I look back and say I regret any decisions I made? No,” said Tkaczuk, now 29 years old, living in Barrie with his wife, Lyndsey, and making his living playing hockey in Europe. “Do I wish things maybe worked out a bit better over here? Of course I do….”

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All Koules

from the Tampa Bay Business Journal,

How do you balance the payroll to field a competitive team, yet stay within the revenue capabilities of the market?

Carefully. We could sign a $4 million defenseman who isn’t worth it that would bring us closer to the cap, but would that make the fans happy? No, we think winning would be the best solution. It’s about fielding the best team we can.

Even with the league taking a year off to institute a salary cap, clubs are still crying poormouth. Will the Lightning be one of them if attendance drops?

Absolutely not. We don’t solely drive income from attendance. Only one-third of our income is based on attendance.

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Oilers Depend On Second Year Players

from Derek Van Diest of the Edmonton Sun,

Both were high-end draft picks. And both were considered the future of the franchise.

But after impressive rookie campaigns, Andrew Cogliano and Sam Gagner are now considered integral parts of the Edmonton Oilers lineup heading into this season.

Expectations will be high as they attempt to avoid the dreaded sophomore jinx.

“A lot of the sophomore jinx has to do with guys forgetting how hard they worked to get here going into their rookie year,” said Gagner.

“All of us that are going to be sophomore’s this year know how hard we have to work. We have worked hard this summer trying to make sure it doesn’t happen.

“That’s all you can really do. Once the season starts, you have to stay focused and mentally prepared, not letting things get to you and try and handle the things you can control. Hopefully that helps you get through it.”

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Ryder Hopes To Rebound In Boston

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Ryder, 28, will travel south to Boston next week, checking out places to live after signing on with the Bruins as an unrestricted free agent July 1, getting a $12 million payday (over the next three seasons). After back-to-back 30-goal seasons with the Montreal Canadiens, he slumped to a career low of 14 in 2007-08, the hard-hitting onetime sniper becoming a forgotten part in Guy Carbonneau’s up-tempo bleu-blanc-rouge offense.

“A weird year, I’ll tell you that,” said Ryder, sitting in the lobby of a downtown hotel last week, not far from the condo he owns here. “I started out on a line [with top forwards Saku Koivu and Chris Higgins], got pushed back in the lineup, and then all of a sudden, I was out of the lineup.

“To be honest, I still don’t know what happened. All I ever heard from the coaches was, ‘Shoot the puck . . . work hard . . . it will all work out.’ But . . .”

much more on Ryder…

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Morning Line

“‘We’re going to do what’s best for the Chicago Blackhawks,’’ Tallon said. ‘‘If it’s keeping Khabibulin, we’ll do it. Right now we’re sitting tight.

‘‘Winning is the bottom line, and the No. 1 position to win is great goaltending. If you don’t have that, you’re going to struggle. If it doesn’t work out with the number of games [each goalie] plays or someone not wanting to be here, then we’ll have a look at it.’‘

-Dale Tallon at the Chicago Sun-Times.  Read more on this topic including comments from Huet.

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Let The Rumors Begin

from Adrian Dater at All Things Avs,

This was just a casual skate-around, but Foppa is slated to play in a charity game with a Swedish team named the Icebreakers this week. And, it makes me wonder how bad his foot problems are at the moment, if he’s doing this stuff.

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Listen To Grapes

Don Cherry will be co-hosting the Morning Show on Fan590 in Toronto Tuesday morning from 6-9a ET. 

You can get the stream by visiting their site and it may be a good time to hear Don talk some hockey!

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Clowe Signs with Sharks, 1 Year

San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the team has signed left wing Ryane Clowe to a one-year contract.  Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Clowe, 25, was limited to 15 games due to a knee injury he suffered in Columbus on Oct. 29. He returned to the line-up with only four games remaining in the regular season and finished with eight points (three goals, five assists).

In the 2008 playoffs, Clowe finished tied for the teams goal scoring lead (five) and his nine points was ranked second on the Sharks.

—via press release

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