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A Bonding Trip

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

In working out the final details of Tampa Bay’s season-opening games against the New York Rangers in Prague, Czech Republic, the Lightning purposely extended the trip to give players more time to bond.

“We are not an expansion team but we have made a number of changes to our roster, and it’s imperative for us to jell as soon as possible,” Lawton said. “There is no better way to do this than in this type of environment.”

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Insurance Costs Threatening International Play

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

The Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010 will mark the end of the NHL’s participation in international hockey, one league executive says, in large part because of the rising cost of player insurance.

The NHL executive, who requested anonymity, said once the league is out of the Olympics, its players probably will not participate in any international tournament after the 2010 Games, from the world championships to the world junior championships.

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Your HNIC Broadcast Teams

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

When the Hockey Night in Canada crew meets this week to plan for the coming NHL season, two decisions will have already been made.

Jim Hughson will replace Bob Cole as the play-by-play voice for the 7 p.m. Eastern game. And Mark Lee’s workload will be increased….

Hughson, who lives in Vancouver, will travel east, usually to Toronto, to call the early game of the weekly NHL doubleheader along with analyst Craig Simpson, who lives in Edmonton.

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No Fear Of The Russians

from Corey Masisek of the Washington Times,

Despite their own issues with keeping Russian players on this side of the pond, the Caps are not going to shy away from drafting a player if Moscow or St. Petersburg shows up on his passport.

Keith Smiley / The Washington Times Right wing Dmitry Kugryshev was the Caps’ latest Russian draft pick.

“Some teams like the Detroit Red Wings have a lot of Swedes. Some teams have a lot of Finns,” Caps coach Bruce Boudreau said. “We’re fortunate to have some very good Russians, and we have one that we know is going to be here for a long time.”...

“We have him, and I wouldn’t be afraid to take Russians,” Boudreau said. “If it is good enough for Alex Ovechkin, wouldn’t it be good enough for you?”

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Ericsson Plans To Be In Detroit On Opening Night

from Dave Waddell of the Windsor Star,

While many of the team draft tables around him were already empty, Detroit Red Wings assistant general manager Jim Nill had a name ready when it came time for the last pick of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

That final selection, commonly called Mr. Irrelevant, has turned out to be anything but irrelevant.

Defenceman Jonathan Ericsson, now the first name mentioned when it comes to the Wings’ top prospects, is the team’s most intriguing storyline heading into training this week.

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Las Vegas Arena Talk

from Ron Kantowski of the Las Vegas Sun,

A report in today’s Sports Business Journal, citing inside sources, said Harrah’s will no longer partner arena developer AEG on a proposed 20,000-seat arena behind the Las Vegas strip.

The Journal said a group of investors including Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer, MGM Studios CEO Harry Sloan and Wall Street financier David Bonderman would instead partner AEG on the project that was announced in August, 2007….

According to the Sports Business Journal, NHL executives were concerned that if Harrah’s remained as a partner, the other strip properties might not want to support the $500 million project by purchasing suites and driving other business toward a casino rival.

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Kings Wrap Up Stoll and Richardson Deals

From the LA Kings—

The Los Angeles Kings have signed restricted free agent center Jarret Stoll to four-year contract and restricted free agent center Brad Richardson to a two-year contract, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced Monday. Per club policy, terms of the agreement were not announced.

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Impressions From Traverse City

From Craig Custance’s blog in the Sporting News,

It’s good to be back at the rink every day, and the prospects event in Traverse City, Michigan has been impressive. The turnout has been great, with the stands packed for all the games. Each team has played two games, and today was an off-day with practices. Here are some early impressions on the teams and players:

- Statistically, St. Louis’ Patrik Berglund is not having as dominant a tournament as he did last year when he led all scorers with ten points, but I saw him score a good-looking goal yesterday coming down the left wall and firing one past a Minnesota goalie. One scout said he’s going to be a star and his reach really is impressive.

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BOG Meets Tomorrow

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The NHL’s board of governors convenes tomorrow here in Toronto. I’ll have the privilege of standing outside the meeting and trying to run after owners or team executives for a comment afterwards. Most of them will try to avoid us. It’s always a mad scramble.

We were able to get our hands on some details from tomorrow’s agenda:

1. There will obviously be an update on the ownership situation in Nashville, the league still reeling from the bank fraud charges laid on part-owner William “Boots” Del Biaggio III.

read on plus some Robert Lang talk…

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Report- Yzerman Expected To Lead Team Canada

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Sources tell TSN Wayne Gretzky has indicated to Hockey Canada that he is willing to be part of the management team for 2010, he has made it clear he is not interested in reprising his role as executive director.

Sources tell TSN that Steve Yzerman is expected to be named executive director of the Canadian Olympic team.

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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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