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Fishin With Stanley

Bubba at CanesCounty found a very interesting Stanley Cup story...

Here is a cool cup journal type story that probably won’t make it to the official Cup Journal. Hurricanes video coordinator Chris Huffine chose to take the Cup bass fishing with him on Falls Lake. ESPN was supposed to tag along and film the story, but cancelled the trip.

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Tour The NHL

Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail covers a huge amount of topics including...

If you were the St. Louis Blues right now, wouldn't you be at the head of the line, making inquiries to Carolina for defenceman Jack Johnson, the third overall pick of the 2005 NHL entry draft, who opted to stay at the University of Michigan for his sophomore season, despite another overture by the Hurricanes to get him to turn pro?
read on...and on the previous pages, he breaks down the Pronger trade...

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How They Spent Their Summer Vacation

from Steven Noble of the Hockey News,

It’s commonly accepted most NHLers spent their off-seasons golfing, but Brendan Witt and Tim Thomas are not most NHLers. Their hobbies are a little more adventurous, and on two particular occasions, almost deadly.... Both Witt and Thomas said what they love most about their respective hobby is being at one with nature. Apparently, that includes being a part of the food chain.
read on added 3:31pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
They gathered, mostly on Wednesday mornings this past summer because, as Paul Kariya explained, it was the one day of the week when he and his California-based National Hockey League peers generally didn't lift weights in the off season. Instead, they came together just off the beach at San Clemente, near Kariya's off-season home. It'd be him and Rob Blake and Glen Murray and Sean O'Donnell and all the others too, paddling out past the break, taking in the sights, timing their rides just so and sometimes, even doubling and tripling up on a wave if they could manage it.
continued...nice headline too...

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Balsillie Denies Interest In Pens

from the Waterloo Record,

Research In Motion Ltd. co-chief executive officer Jim Balsillie this morning denied a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article that says he wants to buy the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team. The Post-Gazette quoted unnamed sources familiar with the sale process as saying Balsillie is the front runner to buy the team from the current owners, who have been soliciting bids.
continued added 4:32pm, Now this from the CP via the Toronto Star,
A source close to the team also confirmed to The Canadian Press on Friday that Balsillie, whose stock in the technology company he helped build is worth about $1 billion, was the front-runner and that "it's going in the right direction." Balsillie, who declined comment to the Pittsburgh newspaper, was revealed as the secretive Canadian bidder who nearly signed a letter of intent with the Penguins in mid-July, the Post-Gazette reported. He apparently wanted to move the team to Hamilton, Ont., and backed out when he realized it wouldn't be simple to do so. Now he's back in the hunt after Hartford real-estate developer Sam Fingold failed in reaching a purchase agreement following his letter of intent in late July. It's not clear what Balsillie intends to do with the Penguins. The NHL has not showed any interest in seeing the Penguins move.

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The Previews

NHL.com starts off their season previews with the Anaheim Ducks. TSN has a fine preview section up with a breakdown on every team.

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Colaicovo Taken Off The Ice

via James Mirtle,

Carlo Colaiacovo, who has battled postconcussion symptoms since January, had to leave the ice after taking ill during the first day of Toronto Maple Leafs training camp, the Fan 590 reported this afternoon.
Stay tuned to James, I am sure he will have an update as soon as possible.

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Konowalchuk Testing Finds Abnormality

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that forward Steve Konowalchuk will miss the beginning of training camp to undergo further medical tests. “Results from standard EKG testing done yesterday revealed an abnormality and further examination is required at this time to determine the exact nature of his condition,” said Avalanche Head Athletic Trainer Matt Sokolowski.

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Thank The Heavens - Hockey Is Back

from Nancy Koening, NHL.com blogger,

Yet, today our version of pitchers and catchers reporting was upon us. Sure, in hockey, everyone attends Day One; it isn't just the goalies or anything like that. But the first day is without the luster of on-ice events. It's a tease, in most respects. It's not like the results of the players' medicals are a click away on the team websites. And many sites don't even have their rosters updated yet, let alone today's photos uploaded. On the first official day back, the players have a lot more fun than the fans do, as they play the roles of kids showing up for the first day of school.
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Russian Court Bans Malkin From Playing In NHL

from Reuters,

A Russian arbitration tribunal issued a court order on Friday prohibiting prized rookie Evgeni Malkin from playing in the National Hockey League (NHL). Malkin signed a three-year deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins worth at least $3 million this month after leaving his club Metallurg Magnitogorsk last month to pursue a hockey career in the NHL. The tribunal ruled that the 20-year-old, who had signed a new one-year contract with his Russian club just days before fleeing to the United States, cannot play anywhere except in Magnitogorsk.
continued added 1:13pm, more on this from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
“My understanding is, the prohibition bans Malkin from playing for any other hockey clubs other than Metallurg Magnitogorsk for the 2006-2007 season,” said Alexander Berkovich, who has represented other Russian teams and players in similar cases. Berkovich said he would send a letter today to the NHL and the Penguins asking them to honor the arbitration award and cancel Malkin’s contract.

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Why The Buffalo Sabres Will Be The 2006-07 Stanley Cup Champions

Another "Free Friday" offering today. KK member doman wants you to know the Sabres will win the cup. Doman also runs Buffalo Sports website. Free Friday is open to any KK member and must be hockey related. All you need to do is .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) me a brief overview of your topic and most likely you will be appearing on KK in the near future. Sure it’s an easy thing to say but I will give you some facts accompanied by a couple of opinions in order to back this up. I know what your saying right now “just another Sabres fan who say’s they’ll win the cup”. Well here you go the reasons why the Buffalo Sabres will be the 2006-2007 Stanley Cup Champions are very simple. First of all this team is hungry, real hungry. There wasn’t a player in that locker room that didn’t think they had the best team in the league. To a man they all feel they were robbed because of having so many injuries in the Carolina series. Let’s not forget that the Sabres were twenty minutes away from reaching the Stanley Cup Finals while missing four of their top six defenseman. I know everyone argues that the young defenseman who were inserted in the lineup played well and I do not disagree but remember the forwards did not take as many chances. All right enough talk about the past since it sounds like sour grapes. This team has many returning talented players. They have lost a few key players like McKee, Dumont, and Grier but the core players are returning such as Briere, Drury, Hecht, Afinogenov and Miller. With this part of the team intact they should still have enough firepower to score goals. The wild card in this equation is Thomas Vanek, I expect many good things from him this year. Vanek is an extremely talented player who will play with a chip on his shoulder due to being benched in last year’s playoffs. They may also get some help from some of their rookies such as Daniel Paille and Drew Stafford. Next is Lindy Ruff. This guy knows exactly how far to push his players. He has gotten the Sabres to the Conference Finals three times and the Stanley Cup Finals once. The amazing thing about this is last years team played a completely different style than the teams who went deep into the playoffs in 1998 and 1999. This proves that Lindy has a great hockey mind and can adjust to the talent of his team. Finally you have the home fans. The HSBC arena brought back memories of “THE AUD” in this years playoffs. It was the most electric that building has been since it opened in 1996. The people of Buffalo and Sabres fans in general have craved a championship and can taste it now more than ever. Well let’s strap on the skates and get started and be ready to watch the Sabres hoist Lord Stanley’s cup next June, It will be a wild and incredible ride so enjoy it.

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