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Team Leaders

What active player on your team has the most points for your franchise?  For the Rangers it is Michal Rozsival, which I would have never guessed.

Check out Empty Netters for a list for every NHL team.

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Report- Altanta Signs Jason Williams

via TSN,

The Atlanta Thrashers have signed forward Jason Williams to a 1-year, $2.2 million contract, reports A-Channel in London.

added 11:52am, Monday 7/14/08,

The Atlanta Thrashers have signed unrestricted free agent forward Jason Williams, according to Executive Vice President and General Manager Don Waddell. As per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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If Radulov Came Back To Nashville

from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

Would Radulov’s coaches, teammates and fans forgive him for trying to skip out on the final year of his Nashville contract in order to play in Russia, or would they embrace the return of one of the league’s top young offensive talents?

Both Predators Coach Barry Trotz and team captain Jason Arnott say they want Radulov to return for the coming season, but they are aware some baggage might come with him.

“When you back out on your deal and you let your teammates and the whole organization down like that, it’s hard to swallow — no question,’’ Arnott said. “I can’t sugarcoat it any better. It’s disappointing.

“But if he does come back and play with us, hopefully he comes back with a good mind and be ready to play. If he does that, I think guys will forget about it….”

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Forsberg Months Away From Playing

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

If you’re an Avalanche fan still holding out hope Peter Forsberg will play again this coming season, don’t even think about it until at least Christmas.

After consulting with more doctors about his troubled right foot in his native Sweden, Forsberg was told he would need several months of rehabilitation if he wanted to have hope of playing again, a source close to the Avs star said.

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added 8:22pm, from Rick Sadowski of the Rocky Mountain News,

According to a report in the Swedish newspaper Expressen, Forsberg has a muscle problem in his right foot that has been the root of his health troubles in recent seasons, and he will need several months of rehabilitation for a chance to salvage his career….

A muscle on one side of Forsberg’s foot doesn’t work normally because a muscle on the other side has caused an imbalance. Forsberg told the paper that he can walk and even run without a problem but has trouble when he puts on a skate.

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All John Anderson

A few Atlanta bloggers had the opportunity to do a Q&A session with coach John Anderson…

from Bill Tiller of the ICEMAN Bloggeth at the AJC,

Then I enquired as to what he thought was the #1 challenge that this team faced in order to improve from last year’s finish to becoming a contending team. He emphatically replied, “I know exactly what it is. It’s getting them to believe in themselves again”. He continued on with that thought by remembering back toward the end of last season that it was clear certain players lost a great deal of confidence in themselves and in the team

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Cherepanov Will Be Tutored By Jagr

from Jeff Z. Klein of Slap Shot at the NYT,

Rangers fans who think they’ll be seeing Alexei Cherepanov in Broadway Blue this coming season will have to think again, it seems.

According to Cherepanov’s Russian agent, Sergei Paremuzov, the Rangers’ No. 1 draft choice in 2007 will be staying with Avangard Omsk this year, his second with the high-ranking Siberian club. And although Paremuzov says that Cherepanov wants to play in the NHL, he also says that the 19-year-old will benefit from another year with the Hawks, where he will learn from the newly signed ex-Ranger Jaromir Jagr.

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Hockey Playing Cocktail Waiter

from the Press of Atlantic City,

Haas also has run-ins with men who come to the bar for a drink and are surprised to see him arrive at the table instead of a bikini-clad beauty. It’s one of the fastest ways to lose a table.

“Guys come to a bikini bar looking for a bikini girl, not some guy,” Haas said. “They’re like ‘I want to see a girl, I don’t want to see you.’”

It’s a tough job, but it comes with scenery that would appeal to any guy - sun, sand and beautiful women. But Haas swears his intentions are pure. The recent college graduate spent last year playing on a minor league ice hockey team in Pennsylvania. Serving drinks at the beach bar pays the bills but is flexible for his hockey career.

“Since I’m playing hockey again next year, this is a good opportunity for me to make some money for the season, and not have to commit to a real job,” Haas reasoned.

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They Hated His Guts

Since the hockey news is at a minimun at this time of year, I thought you may enjoy this feature on Hockey Hall of Famer Ted Lindsay.

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Will Nolan Be Coaching The Islanders?

from Greg Logan of Newsday,

The relationship between Snow and Nolan was much better a year ago after the Islanders squeezed into the playoffs on the final day of the season. They pushed for the buyout of captain Alexei Yashin, and Nolan was a full participant with Snow in free-agent negotiations.

But this summer, Nolan was in the dark about Snow’s plan to trade down to take center Josh Bailey with the ninth overall pick. Bailey and Nolan’s son Jordan were teammates in the Ontario Hockey League last season, yet Nolan wasn’t consulted about the pick.

Asked if he had any input in the signing of veteran free agents Mark Streit and Doug Weight, Nolan said: “No. Garth and his scouting staff took care of all that. It comes right back to what I can control, and what I can control is my coaching.”

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Hey Mats, Head To Detroit

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

The Canucks remain hopeful that Mats Sundin will take the two-year, $20 million deal they’ve left on the table. Great spot, Vancouver, but the Canucks aren’t winning the Cup with Sundin, this year or next. If he wants to win, his only real option is to sign with the Red Wings, and take the kind of “championship discount” Marian Hossa accepted ($7.45 million per year). “Marian made it clear that he wanted to be with an elite team,” said one of the 29 NHL general managers who didn’t land the elite right wing. “And right now, it looks like there is only one elite team in the league.”

many more NHL topics…

Ken Holland has stated the Wings are not on Sundin’s radar, just in case you are asking.

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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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