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Letters To Ray Stein

from the mailbox of Ray Stein of the Columbus Dispatch,

Mr. Stein: I’ve lived here for 10 years and am still amazed when Buckeyes fans get threatened by the local NHL team. I’ve come up with several theories why:

1. They don’t like to share “their town” with anybody—maybe state government should leave, too;  2. They don’t like it that people in “their town” couldn’t care less about Ohio State and the football team.  3. They have a growing inferiority complex based upon their shortcomings.

Ten bucks (sorry for the pun) says Beyer will be more than willing to share “his town” and jump on the Blue Jackets bandwagon when the “misfits” become winners. Hopefully we won’t choke in the big game….

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Waiting On Mats

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

Anaheim will most assuredly move defenseman Mathieu Schneider, his puck-moving abilities, and his $5.625 million contract to a club that can absorb such a cap hit. Chicago will undoubtedly move goalie Nikolai Khabibulin’s $6.75 million salary, especially with newbie Cristobal Huet ($22.5 million over four years) expected to grab the No. 1 job. Ex-Bruin Mike Knuble, entering the final year of his contract (a mere $2.8 million per season), might be up for grabs for a club seeking a power forward.

Second, Mats Sundin has pledged to make a decision on his future by Friday, which should let loose a torrent of activity for the clubs that lose out on the pivot’s services - if, in fact, the big Swede decides to return to the NHL.

“I think it has a tremendous effect,” said Chiarelli on how Sundin’s decision has affected the market. “Starting from July 1, you saw an ebb and flow of signings. It has a tremendous effect. It’s certainly within his rights to wait and make a choice. He’s a tremendous player who had a tremendous year.”

much more hockey talk…

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Predators Have Some Unsettled Issues

from Brian Cosetllo of the Hockey News,

Looking ahead to next season, many hockey observers – at least most everyone in our office – expect the Predators to be right in the thick of things again, pushing for and making the playoffs.

But I wouldn’t be surprised to see Nashville fall to among the bottom two or three teams in the Western Conference. Here’s why.

The goaltending position is extremely unsettled. They got rid of Vokoun because Chris Mason was supposed to be the heir apparent. Now Mason has been shuffled off to St. Louis because of the strong play of Dan Ellis last season. What if Ellis and his 45 games worth of NHL experience can’t repeat? The backup is Pekka Rinne. The Preds have among the league’s least palatable goaltending tandems going into next season.

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Afternoon Line

Can understand the Bruins buying out unproductive Glen Murray. Can’t understand why they waited for late July to do so.

-Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun

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Islanders Should Think Trottier

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

...Which reminds us. We’d pay to be in the room for a hypothetical meeting between Wang and Tortorella in which the owner suggests Doug Weight be given more time on the power play. We bet it would be play out much like the exchange between Tortorella and me that’s been on YouTube for more than a year.

Bryan Trottier, meanwhile, in the organization and compatible with ownership, would be an outstanding choice at this time to coach this team. So would Butch Goring. And then there’s Ulf Samuelsson, an assistant in Phoenix, who may or may not be ready for his first head-coaching gig, but sure is ready for an interview.

Even as Trottier was overwhelmed by the job on Broadway, and even if he had no clue how to communicate with people like Eric Lindros and Pavel Bure - sure, let’s play Ronald Petrovicky on the first power play to teach Bure a lesson; why not? - the Great No. 19 was terrific with the kids on the Rangers’ roster.

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KK- Power Supply

To make a long story short, lost power last night.  This morning computer would not turn on.

Off to the computer store, purchased a new power supply, and that was the problem.  I should be back in the swing of things in about twenty minutes.

Sorry for the delay and yes, I bought a battery backup unit too, no more power hits for me.

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Retirement is a Tough Decision

From Ted Wyman at the Winnipeg Sun,

[Brett Favre is] certainly not the first professional athlete to feel pangs of regret after leaving the sport they love behind. And he’s certainly not the first to start thinking about a comeback before his retirement even becomes official.

Many more athletes have proven that the fire still burns strong after a bit of time heals the wounds of the game.

Here’s a look at the top-10 unretirements in sports.

continued… with a brief look at three NHLers who had a tough time hanging up the skates

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  Tags: athletes, retirement

Hockey History

imageFrom Greg Caggiano at the Bleacher Report:

I was browsing a forum and saw a thread titled “Swastika’s On Ice” and I said to myself, “Oh no! Do I even want to open up this thread? What on earth could it possibly be about?”

I opened it and found a black and white photograph of eight women in ice skates holding hockey sticks.

It turns out that the picture is one of the earliest known photographs of a women’s ice hockey team that played in Edmonton. And their name? Yes, you guessed it: the Swastikas.

continued…

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Tortorella’s Big Ticket

From the Boston Herald,

The big ticket on the carousel of coaching candidates that Garth Snow is running this summer belongs to former Tampa Bay Lightning coach John Tortorella, who is scheduled to meet with the New York Islanders general manager today.

Because he stands to collect $1.3 million for the remaining year of his Lightning contract, Tortorella can well afford to be choosy about his next job. That salary is slightly more than twice as much as former Isles coach Ted Nolan was believed to be making, but that’s what a 2004 Stanley Cup victory will get you. The Lightning’s obligation to Tortorella would be offset by whatever salary he makes in a new job this season.

continued… plus notes on the Bruins

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  Tags: john+tortorella

A Look At NHL HDQ.

from Claire Wilson of the New York Times (Sunday edition), ...

Three years later, the N.H.L.’s new space is near completion: 133,000 square feet at 1185 Avenue of the Americas in Midtown Manhattan. The interior is a montage of materials and wintry colors that reflect the game of hockey, including the stainless steel of skate blades and the white of ice, said Frederic M. Strauss, principal in TPG Architecture of New York, the designers of the new offices.

Patterned glass evokes the bumpy pond ice that many players learn on; smooth transparent partitions suggest sleek professional rinks; hockey sticks decorate another partition; and frost generated from moisture in the air runs along the center of a brushed-steel beverage bar.

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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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