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Kep An Eye On The Habs

from Darren Eliot at Sports Illustrated

, There may be a lot of ifs surrounding Carbonneau's Canadiens, but without them they'd be a sure thing, not a surprise-team candidate. But as last season's Sabres and Hurricanes proved, unexpected excellence has a certain look to it. These Canadiens have a lot of those same traits.

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Moe Takes Crown

from the Orange County Register,

For some this is just a game, for Espen Moe this is his life. This is why Moe flew over a thousand miles to get to Ladera in time to play in Saturday's United States Stiga Shootout. To capture a Table Hockey title in a place half a world away from his home in Trondheim, Norway. Quick hand and eye coordination helped Moe defeat the No.5 ranked player in United States, Ron Marsik from Chicago, in the final match, who were both playing for a championship purse worth less than their airline tickets to Southern California. The very first United States Table Hockey Association sanctioned tournament in Ladera Ranch was an international and family affair.
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Report- Burke on Waivers

via TSN,

Sources tell TSN that veteran goaltender Sean Burke has been placed on waivers by the Tampa Bay Lightning. Burke, 39, is contracted to earn $1.6-million this season, but is coming off a lacklustre 2005-2006 season when he posted a 2.80 goals against average and .895 save percentage in 35 games with the Lightning.

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No Surgery For Malkin

from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

The Penguins are expected to announce today that prized Russian forward Evgeni Malkin will not need surgery to fix his dislocated left shoulder. Malkin was re-evaluated Monday morning by doctors, who determined that surgery will not be necessary. The Penguins did not immediately make the announcement because they were traveling from Ontario to West Point, N.Y., for the next phase of their exhibition schedule.
thanks to KK member penguinsfan for the heads up in the KKF. added 2:21pm, via the AP,
Pittsburgh Penguins rookie Evgeni Malkin, re-examined by doctors on Monday, is not expected to need surgery on his dislocated left shoulder but still could be sidelined up to six weeks. Surgery likely would have forced Malkin to miss up to two-thirds of his rookie season - a major setback not only to his career but the Penguins' hopes of improving this season following four consecutive last-place division finishes.

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NHL Live

"NHL Live" re-launches on Sirius Satellite Radio (Ch. 123) and NHL.com tomorrow from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. with hosts Don LeGreca , EJ Hradek , Zig Fracassi and Joe Tolleson. update 10:31am, Tuesday Sept. 26th, Sirius is not streaming their signal, therefore, no link available. When I get more information, I will update.

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Pens Off To West Point

from the Pittsburgh Penguins,

The Pittsburgh Penguins will trade their black and gold for camouflage this week. Starting Monday, the Penguins begin a four-day team-building trip to the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY. The squad will continue on-ice and off-ice hockey workouts, but most of their time will be spent building team chemistry through unique military-based situations. “I think it’s going to be a good time. I think it’s going to be a good opportunity for the guys to get to know each other a little better. I am sure we’ll do a lot of team building,” Penguins defenseman Mark Eaton said. “Anytime you get that kind of an opportunity away from the rink, where you can get to know guys better and work together with guys in different situations, I think it’s going to be fun and beneficial for the team.”

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VP Title For Yzerman

from the Detroit News,

Steve Yzerman, captain for the Red Wings for 20 seasons before retiring in July, was named a team vice president Monday. Yzerman is expected to work with senior vice president Jim Devellano, general manager Ken Holland and assistant general manager Jim Nill on all aspects of the organization.
added 3:40pm, via Mlive,
“Initially, it’s going to be almost an education in how the business works and the management side of running a team works,'' Yzerman said. "What I’ll be doing is spending time with Kenny (general manager Holland) and (assistant GM) Jim Nill and Jimmy D (senior VP Devellano) in the hockey department and observing how they operate, whether it be contract negotiations or player analysis, just sitting in, listening in and watching. I think I have some freedom as far as the business side of the organization, spend some time with them as well.’’

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B’s & Leetch- Nothing Going On

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli was on Hockey This Morning on Home Ice XM 204 and told (will open wmp audio) Scott Laughlin and Cam Stewart the Bruins have had talks regarding Leetch but there is nothing going on. thanks to the guys at Home Ice for the audio.

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Monitoring Spending

from Sports Business Journal (paid sub.),

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said he thinks the rise in spending on players this year is a one-time occurrence, and that he doesn’t think double-digit percentage increases will happen in subsequent years.... As of last week, only four of the 30 NHL clubs had spent less money than they did the year before, and four teams had year-over-year payroll increases of more than 40 percent. “I can’t say I am necessarily surprised where payrolls are,” Daly said. “It’s the nature of the cap system that teams tend to migrate towards the cap.” Coming out of the longest work stoppage in the history of professional sports, the NHL last season set its revenue projections conservatively — $350 million too conservatively, as it turned out. The league had predicted revenue of about $1.8 billion, but the final number was about $2.1 billion. As a result, the upper limit on payrolls was too low, Daly said. This year, it is $5 million, or 12.8 percent, higher. “The reason [spending] grew by a double-digit percentage is we had a payroll range last summer that didn’t reflect what our leaguewide economics were,” Daly said. “I don’t anticipate that we will continue to see double-digit increases in the payroll range on a going-forward basis.” Daly said that although he is not concerned about the market on a leaguewide basis, the league is monitoring the way certain teams are spending on certain players. “It’s clearly something we have to monitor … to make sure the right dollars are going in the right pockets,” he said.

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Metallurg Says Goodbye To Kingup

from the CP via TSN,

Former Canadian national team coach Dave King was fired by Metallurg Magnitogorsk on Monday. Despite leading the club to a Russian league regular-season title last year, King was let go after back-to-back losses this weekend dropped the team to 3-4-1 on the early season. King was immediately replaced by his assistant coach Fedor Kanareikin.
update 11:07am, from Reuters via the Guardian Unlimited,
Canadian Dave King has quit as coach of Metallurg Magnitogorsk following a string of poor results, the Russian Superleague club said on Monday. "Today, we came to a mutual decision to part company with head coach Dave King," Metallurg said on their Web site.
update 12:34pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
"I was caught completely off guard this morning because, geez, it was only eight games," said King. "I was playing the young kids the way they wanted me to. But this is Russia and everything over here is just so volatile. A lot of people would like to come over because financially, it's such a great pay day, but you really earn your money. It can be there and it can be gone so quickly."

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