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Pens Have The So-Important Chemistry

from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

All have embraced that facet of their job description so far, and Roberts and Recchi seemed to have had a good rapport with their younger teammates last season. Maintaining that will be critical so that the roster doesn’t cleave into cliques, with younger players drifting away from the older ones.
Even if that would be a byproduct of benign causes—things like different outside interests, tastes in music, etc.—it could curdle a team’s chemistry, shredding the bonds that are an important part of most winning clubs.
“If you have the right group, you don’t have that problem,” Sydor said. “And from what I hear, you don’t have that problem here. The old guys like being around the young guys—they make us feel young—and the young guys want to hear stories and stuff like that from the old guys.”

read on

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Fernandez Ready For Heavy Workload

from Kevin Paul Dupont at the Boston Globe,

The Bruins have a new goalie. Along with a new coach (Julien) and a new assistant GM (Jim Benning). On Tuesday, they added a new left winger (Peter Schaefer). Who knows what will happen today?
If no news is good news, then lots of news is . . . ?
“Fans know more than everyone thinks,” said Fernandez, asked if he understood the Boston hockey culture, and how much lost ground the Bruins have to repair and regain. “They have a passion, I am sure. They don’t want . . . well, when you have a bad season, it’s disappointing for everyone—for fans and players. But if you turn it around, they’ll come back and jump on the wagon again.”


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Nedved Will Play With Sparta Prague

from the AP via Fox Sports,

Petr Nedved joined Czech champion HC Sparta Prague on a one-year contract Thursday.
“Petr will be a huge draw for our fans, and due to many years of experience in the NHL we also expect him to take a large share of responsibility (for the team),” Sparta manager Petr Briza said in a statement.

added 9:28am, Skyping with Roman of eNHL.cz this morning, he told me Nedved had set a deadline of last week for any offers from NHL teams.  Nothing to his liking, so he signed with Sparta.

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Harding Helps Sister And A Cause

from the Leader-Post,

Josh Harding’s sister, Stephanie Le Bruno, believes she has two angels watching over her - one on her shoulder and another on the ice.
Le Bruno, from Regina, was diagnosed with breast cancer in November while Harding was goaltending for the NHL’s Minnesota Wild. He wasted little time in organizing a campaign to raise money for breast cancer research. He painted pink ribbons on his helmet and set up the Web site www.fundthefight.com.
On Wednesday, Harding announced his donation of $23,412 to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.


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Cole & Neale Will Return To HNIC

from the Toronto Star,

Bob Cole and Harry Neale will be back for another season of Hockey Night In Canada.
CBC Sports executive director Scott Moore confirmed yesterday that the veteran announcers have agreed on new one-year deals for the upcoming season.
“We’re happy to have them both back,” Moore said. “Bob’s a legend and I want to make sure he’s a part of Hockey Night In Canada as long as he wants to be in some way, shape or form.”


added 8:07pm, from the CBC,

Hall of Fame play-by-play commentator Bob Cole and analyst Harry Neale will be back on Hockey Night in Canada next season.
CBC Sports confirmed Thursday that both agreed to two-year contracts, extending a partnership which began in 1985.

continued... note according to the CBC, both signed two year contracts…

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Canes Appear To Be Set

from the News & Observer,

The trade that brought Matt Cullen back to the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday also may have wrapped up the team’s offseason business with less than two months left before training camp.
Cullen’s arrival completed Carolina’s lineup at forward, with 13 players under contract, and Andrew Hutchinson’s departure leaves the Hurricanes with seven defensemen under contract, a number Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford considers acceptable.


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NHLPA Starting To Heat Up Again

from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

Some NHL players, including those who are now running the NHL Players’ Association, are supportive of Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie’s plans to put a team in Hamilton and unhappy with the league’s apparent unwillingness to back Balsillie’s bid.
The divide is shaping up as the latest indication that paint is peeling on the so-called partnership struck between the players and the league, codified in the collective agreement that ended the 2004-05 lockout.


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The Fireman Returns

from Spector at his Fox Sports,

This is the time of year when wild trade rumors abound, as some hockey-starved fans seize on the latest Internet gossip they’d ordinarily dismiss during the regular season.
One doozy making the rounds since late June has the Vancouver Canucks and New Jersey Devils planning a blockbuster deal that would ship center Brendan Morrison, defenseman Mattias Ohlund and prospect goalie Cory Schneider to the Devils for winger Patrik Elias.

continued and watch Spector put out some “trade” fires started by folks who think they are fooling people…

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Boogaard signs With Minnesota

from the Minnesota Wild,

Minnesota Wild President and General Manager Doug Risebrough today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has re-signed left wing Derek Boogaard to a multi-year contract.
“Derek’s development is a testament to his dedication, discipline and the emphasis he places on team above individual,” said Risebrough.  “Through his style of play and his personality he has made himself a valued player and person in the organization.”

added 7:22pm, via the Star Tribune,

The Wild signed left wing Derek Boogaard to a three-year, $2.63 million contract Wednesday, avoiding an arbitration hearing that was scheduled for Monday.

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Katz Still Trying To Buy Oilers

from Ryan Rishaug at TSN,

There very well could be a change of ownership on the horizon for the Edmonton Oilers. Sources tell TSN that local billionaire Daryl Katz has submitted an offer to buy the franchise outright from the Edmonton Investors Group.
The exact dollar value of the offer is unknown, but this isn’t the first time Katz has taken a run at getting in. Earlier this year on 2 occasions he approached the board of directors with preliminary offers to buy shares in the team and both times he was steered aside. But apparently this time, Katz has bypassed the board of directors and gone straight to the shareholders with the offer to buy the whole thing.


added 6:41pm, from Dan Barnes at the Edmonton Journal,

It’s a month old and Oiler owners still consider it an informal bid, but
Edmonton billionaire Daryl Katz’s offer to purchase the team now stands at $150 million Cdn, an increase of $5 million on his original gambit.
The Edmonton Investors Group, which owns the National Hockey League franchise, have discussed Katz’s proposal but will not respond to it until they believe it constitutes a formal offer to purchase.


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