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Montreal Memories

from Peter Scowan of the Globe and Mail,

In February, 1971, a slightly bewildered boy stood beside his father in the Montreal Forum as waves of applause tumbled over them.

The ovation lasted 10 minutes, an unbridled display of gratitude from Canadiens fans who had just seen the team’s legendary captain, Jean Béliveau, score his third goal of the night and the 500th of his career.

The cheering fans in the better seats were the picture of Montreal elegance. Women wore fancy hats and good dresses, and the men were in suits. Higher in the arena, the standing-room-only diehards wore Habs jerseys emblazoned with their favourite players’ numbers.

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Burke Had To Make A Deal

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

For a while now, Brian Burke has been dancing with the devil, otherwise known as the NHL’s salary cap system.

Two years ago, Burke worked it beautifully and captured a Stanley Cup. Last year, his machinations went slightly askew and it cost his Anaheim Ducks the services of a very good veteran player, centre Andy McDonald.

This fall, the cap has pushed another quality veteran off the Anaheim roster in defenceman Mathieu Schneider, peddled to Atlanta yesterday in a deal that, as a pure hockey trade, was about as one-sided as you can get.

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  Tags: mathieu+schneider

Decision Time For Gonchar

from the Sporting News Staff,

A Monday meeting will determine whether Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar misses six weeks or six months of the NHL scheduled.

Gonchar, top defenseman and power-play point man for the Penguins, is rehabbing a dislocated left shoulder. The question now is, will surgery be required?

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Personally, I would feel more secure with this report if an actual name was used instead of ‘staff’.

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  Tags: sergei+gonchar

Jeremy Jacobs Interested In Buffalo Bills

via WIVB Buffalo,

Jeremy Jacobs tells Business First he “might” be interested in the Bills IF the team was for sale.

Jacobs says under the current NFL rules, he can’t own the Bills because he owns an NHL team in a market that has a pro football team.

Jacobs says the rule would have to be changed.

...

...or sell the Bruins…

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  Tags: jeremy+jacobs

Are The KHL & IIHF ‘In-Bed’ Together

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

The NHL says the IIHF has bowed to KHL boss Alexander Medvedev and NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly goes as far as suggesting Medvedev and the IIHF are working together.

“There is a real concern that the IIHF as an organization has been co-opted by Medvedev and the KHL. There is no other explanation for their recent behaviour and for refusing to uphold their principles. It raises real questions about the type and nature of the relationship that exists between the leadership of the IIHF and Medvedev.”

more

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  Tags: iihf, khl

Schneider To Atlanta

from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding,

The Atlanta Thrashers have acquired defenseman Mathieu Schneider from the Anaheim Ducks for defenseman Ken Klee, forward Brad Larson and a minor-league prospect.

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And note, Kevin was the first to report this trade a few days ago.

added 6:57pm, via Ben Wright of Blueland Blog,

With the additions of Schneider and Hainsey during the off-season and the returns of Tobias Enstrom and Niclas Havelid the Thrashers now have a very respectable group of top-four defensemen that is arguably the strongest foursome in the Southeast Division. Schneider, whose brother lives in Atlanta, is in the final year of a contract that will pay him $5.75 million.

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  Tags: brad+larson, ken+klee, mathieu+schneider

Doan & Jokinen Share Goals

from Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic,

Now Shane Doan and Olli Jokinen, unexpectedly thrown together as linemates in a blockbuster deal this summer, hope to use their skills - and unleash years of pent-up frustration - to get the Coyotes into the playoffs for the first time since 2002. To accomplish that task, both will have to be offensive powerhouses.

A trip to the postseason also would do a lot to take the 800-pound hockey puck off their backs. Here are two of their numbers: Jokinen, 723 games played and no playoff appearances; Doan, 396 since his last blip on the playoff radar in 2002.

More than 1,000 games to look back on, a lot of “what-if” scenarios, but this newest and biggest version of the desert’s Dynamic Duo has its sights set on making this a season to remember.

read on

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  Tags: olli+jokinen, shane+doan

Back To School For Maurice

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

And then, there’s Paul Maurice, who is hitting the books.

“Every time I get fired, I like to take a few courses,” Maurice told ESPN.com on Friday. He is studying business at the University of Windsor (Ontario). “I commute from Toronto and take a few classes down there. Although, last week, the faculty went on strike and that put a bit of a fly in the ointment.”

He’s inching closer to finishing his degree.

“Yeah, I’m on a 22-year plan to get my degree,” said Maurice, never a stranger to a punch line.

more and a note on John Ferguson Jr. too.

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  Tags: john+ferguson+jr., paul+maurice

Lightning Hits Prague

From Damian Cristodero at Lightning Strikes:

About 100 or so fans were there to meet the bus. As the players got off, the Czech natives (Vinny Prospal, Radim Vrbata and David Koci) were swarmed by kids seeking autographs and television and newspaper cameras. Vinny Lecavalier was treated as royalty as well. As he walked from the bus to the rink, at least six men snapping pictures walked backwards in front of him, all while a crowd asked for autographs.

“It’s special,” Prospal said later in the locker room. “It’s my home country. It doesn’t happen every day like that. I’ll enjoy it for a couple of days. Now I know what Vinny has to do every day of his life.”

read on

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  Tags: vincent+lecavalier, vinny+prospal

Proving They Belong

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

...And then there are those players whose season begins with something more instinctual: the desire to prove they are healed. Broken bones have mended, twisted and torn ligaments have grown strong and swollen brains have returned to normal.

Every year, there are players like teammates Patrice Bergeron and Manny Fernandez, who must prove their injuries have not robbed them of their futures and their careers.

This is their story—or, at the very least, the first chapter of their journey back.

“I thought he was dead”

Patrice Bergeron is sitting outside the TD Banknorth Garden on a low stone wall talking about the uncertain convergence of his past and future.

read on

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  Tags: manny+fernandez, patrice+bergeron

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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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