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from the CP via Yahoo,

Alexander Ovechkin gave EA Sports' new NHL video game a thumbs-up Monday. "I tried it 10 minutes ago. Scored two goals," the Washington Capitals star forward told reporters. Of course, Ovechkin is on the cover of the game so his support is hardly a surprise. But gamers will probably also get a kick out of the next-generation version of NHL 07, which hits stores Tuesday.

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Shanny In NYC

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

It wasn't a return to his roots exactly, because Brendan Shanahan's National Hockey League roots were planted over in Jersey, about 20 minutes by tunnel or bridge from the bright lights of the big city — traffic permitting, of course. But even as he grew and matured as a player, at a time when the Devils' organization was still closer to its ‘Mickey Mouse' origins than its championship years, Shanahan always loved Manhattan: The passion exhibited for the Rangers, even out in the Jersey swamps; the emerging rivalry; the lure of their history.

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Shanahan Became Pro-Active

Brendan Shanahan in a tele-conference today mentioned he became pro-active in a search for a new team. He had a long coversation with Yzerman after game 6 in Edmonton, and both Steve and he felt, for different reasons, that the team wanted to turn the leadership over to the younger stars on the team. He decided to become active in searching for a team, and did talk to Montreal but thought it would be better for his family to live and play for the Rangers. more to come... update 1:51pm This tele-conference is ongoing so I am updating as it happens. Shanahan mentione the rules committee met over the summer and suggested a few minor changes that will go to a vot of the BOG soon. He also felt with better communication between the players and the refs, less penalties will be called. update 1:56pm, Brendan was asked why the Wings lost to the Oilers, he said he could go on and on about that. A big save and a big goal here and there by Edmonton was the difference, they got it and the Wings did not. I will have a transcript of the conversation later in the day. added 4:23pm, Q. Last year when the Wings lost to the Oilers, did you feel it was time for a new challenge, the old guard might be breaking up? BRENDAN SHANAHAN: Yeah, actually right after the Game 6, after the game, we went back and had a meal at the hotel. Steve Yzerman and I talked for quite a while. I think when you just finished losing, it's so fresh, you know to go home and not make decisions, let some time get in between there. I think we both agreed that we both had a sense that, for different reasons, possibly that was our last game as Red Wings. I wouldn't say the decision was made that night, but I certainly felt like the instinct for each of us was beginning at that moment.

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Eastern Conference Chatter

Scott Burnside of ESPN has a few questions for the teams in the East. Regarding the Flyers...

How long before "goaltending" and "controversy" end up in the same sentence in training camp reports? What's the over-under on the number of games talented Peter Forsberg plays this season? (We say 45.)
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Streaming Alert

Toronto’s Hockey station THE FAN 590 and Rogers Sportsnet are proud to announce the addition of HOCKEYCENTRAL AT NOON starting Monday September 11th at 12:00 p.m. The one-hour show features host Daren Millard and co-host Nick Kypreos discussing all the latest news from the hockey world.

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Everbody Smile

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

In covering this league, sometimes you get the feeling everyone involved is acting out a solemn duty, rather than enjoying the sport and each other. Score a goal, did you? Better remove that smile from your face, before somebody on the opposing team removes it for you. Angry with that ugly-looking knuckle-dragger on the other bench? Calm down, before you say something that’ll wind up in tomorrow’s newspapers – or, heaven forbid, another team’s bulletin board. That’s why it’s so difficult for the NHL to find traction among the mainstream media. Where other leagues have learned to cultivate and accentuate their star personalities, the NHL’s culture strongly encourages its stars to (a) shut up; and (b) get back in the corner while you’re shuttin’ up.
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Major stakeholders in the hockey world have unified to create the new nonprofit organization, OneGoal, which is dedicated to increasing youth participation in the sport of hockey. The organization's membership includes the National Hockey League (NHL), National Hockey League Player's Association (NHLPA), USA Hockey, Hockey Canada and the International Hockey Industry Association (encompassing most of the industry's equipment suppliers), as well as hockey rinks and retailers. Major brands such as Nike-Bauer, Reebok/CCM, Easton-Bell and Mission-ITECH, which usually compete for business, are also part of the coalition and are working together to create a broad-scale "invitation" to new hockey families, easing the beginner process. In addition to the vast marketing and personnel resources that these organizations bring to this initiative, OneGoal has already raised nearly one million dollars for its first year's efforts to reach out to its audience and increase youth participation in hockey. visit OneGoal... image

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from the Buffalo News,

Scant days after the season ended, Sports Illustrated's Web site predicted the Sabres would win the Stanley Cup. Last week, the Sporting News did the same. "We're going to have that talk in training camp about expectations," Sabres goalie Ryan Miller said. "Expectations are going to be heightened. Managing that expectation is going to be a part of this season and it's going to be a part of building a legacy. "The fact we're being mentioned in that regard just reflects what we feel on the inside, that we should be prepared to contend."

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Always Remembered

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Every day, not just once a year when the world pauses in solemn silence, Mike Bavis grieves for the piece of himself that he lost when his identical twin brother died aboard United Airlines Flight 175, the second plane hijacked by terrorists and crashed into the World Trade Center. Today, it will be five years since what Mike calls "the accident" took the lives of Mark Bavis, fellow Kings scout Ace Bailey and hundreds of others aboard the four commandeered planes. Because anniversaries are convenient times to reminisce, the day will bring many memorial tributes. Politicians will speak, and tears will be shed.
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One Man’s Story

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

"Good morning ladies and gentlemen. Due to a security situation in the United States, our flight to St. John's is being diverted to Moncton." It wasn't your usual air travel glitch, but there seemed little cause for alarm that morning as I headed to the 2001 Maple Leafs training camp. Ignorant of what was transpiring just south of us, we were more dismayed with Air Canada than Al-Qaida, mildly cursing about ruined business schedules, missed connections and the bother to friends and relatives waiting in St. John's. My first concern was whether the "situation" would delay that evening's George St. pub crawl I'd planned with the National Post's Scott Burnside, who had flown east a day earlier.

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