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Count Them Out

from Terry Frei at ESPN,

Fighting is down, and if famous boxing referee Mills Lane had an orange band on his sleeve, he would have just reached eight on the count for NHL enforcers. If the role is filled at all, it's being done mostly by "gritty" wingers who are willing to consider the job part of their portfolio but not their primary duty. Darren McCarty, anyone? And to the credit of players like that, the era of the slug on skates who couldn't play a lick has been over for years, meaning even the NHL's tough guys have had to be able to play.
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Bertuzzi Out With Rib Injury

from ESPN,

Panthers coach Jacques Martin told local reporters Tuesday that X-rays on Bertuzzi's ribs were inconclusive, but that the winger might have a cracked rib after taking a hard hit in Monday's preseason game against Edmonton. Bertuzzi will miss the next four preseason games and will head back to South Florida on Wednesday to meet with team doctors and undergo a CT scan. "After all of that, we'll know exactly the extent of the injury and the time frame on his return," Martin told local reporters Tuesday. "Right now he has some pain, but that's to be expected of a rib injury. I just don't know when he'll be back."

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Gomez Will Probably Test The Market

from the Record,

"It's something that comes around once in a career," Gomez said of unrestricted free agency. "Whatever happens, happens, but I don't want any distractions during the year. I want to play my best for this team. I want to give my all for this organization and for the state of New Jersey. I don't want anything else in my head." Gomez also is trying to block out the possibility that this could be his last season as a Devil. "People constantly bring it up," he said. "You can never look too far ahead. You just take it one day at a time and have as much fun as you can on that day, and then you wake up the next one. That's kind of our family motto. Time will take care of itself."
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Still Cheering

from the Traverse City Record-Eagle,

When the 102-year-old Brackett was born in 1904 in Monroe County, Ty Cobb had yet to don a Tigers uniform, the Red Wings were still 22 years away from skating in their first NHL game (as the "Cougars") and the Lions were 30 years away from playing their first professional football game. Brackett, who rode the Zamboni and waved to the crowd between periods of Monday's Red Wings intrasquad championship game at Centre ICE, said she never lost her love of Detroit sports, even while living more than 200 miles away from the action. "I watch them all on TV and listen to them on the radio — every game," she said. "And I used to work at training camp." Brackett has never let her age get in the way. She began working as a volunteer at the Wings' camp when she was in her 90s.
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What About Leetch

from the NY Daily News,

Rangers GM Glen Sather said he reached out and had genuine interest. But as Brian Leetch never reached back, Sather pursued other business. And now that the initial free-agent signing frenzy is long past, the opening of training camp has come and gone and even the preseason schedule has begun (as of last night at the Meadowlands), the prospect of the greatest defenseman in franchise history finishing his career as a Ranger is growing less likely. "We talked probably a month ago, his agent (Jay Grossman) and I. And I never got any idea whether he wanted to play or not play," Sather said
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Malkin Plays Tonight

from the Chronicle Herald,

He gets his first real test tonight in his NHL pre-season debut against the Philadelphia Flyers. Malkin stayed behind in Moncton with other Penguins while the rest of the team took on Ottawa in Halifax on Tuesday night. "He certainly has the size, the hockey sense, unbelievably quick hands," Penguins GM Ray Shero said while watching him practice Tuesday at the Moncton Coliseum. "He’s getting comfortable. Day by day he’s doing better. And the guys off the ice are doing a good job of making him feel comfortable." "He’s a great skater and has great vision on the ice," said veteran winger Mark Recchi, Malkin’s linemate to start the season. "You can see he has a real competitive edge to him. I’m looking forward to seeing that in game situations."
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No Need To Play- Flames Win The Cup

from the CP via the Calgary Sun,

It could be an extra special year for Calgary Flames fans if a computer simulation of the NHL season proves telling. Sports Interactive, a leader in the field of sports management games, simulated the 2006-07 NHL season using its NHL 2007 Eastside Hockey Manager PC game. The simulation game suggests the Flames will finish second in the Western Conference before a magical playoff run ends with them beating the New York Rangers to capture the Stanley Cup.
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Go To The Net Mule

from the Detroit Free Press,

Wherever he ends up playing, the Wings want to see Franzen take the puck to the net more. Coaches and teammates have encouraged Franzen to maximize the use of his body. "They tell me, 'They're not going to be able to move you, so go in there and take the puck to the net, they can't stop you'," Franzen said. "So I want to take the puck to the net more often." "We thought that last year, in the end, that we still could have been more physical up front," Babcock said. "The more physical guys we have and the more we use them, the better off we are."
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JSG Focuses On Saves

from the OC Register,

You know what? I don't compete against Bryz," said Giguere, who likely will see his first action in net during tonight's exhibition against San Jose at The Pond. "He's my teammate and I want him to be successful, (just) as I want to be successful. "I compete against the puck. That's my enemy. That's who I'm trying to beat. My focus is going to be on making saves every day. Anything else I cannot control. I cannot control Bryz. I cannot control the coaching decisions. I cannot control if they are going to trade me at some point or not. "These things I can't worry about. I just have to worry about my play and what I can do to help the team get better."
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No Respect For Canes

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

The Canes, who call Raleigh home, followed up a tremendous regular season with a thrilling triumph in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final over Edmonton just three months ago. But they're supposedly not a prime contender this season. "That's okay. A lot of people picked us to miss the playoffs entirely last season," said Canes GM Jim Rutherford yesterday. It is easy to forget what a good team this was last season — not to mention a profitable one for the first time since moving south — from October right through that final game.
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