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Quick Camp Hits

Geared towards the fantasy player, FoxSports makes some quick observations around the NHL training camps.

Raffi Torres is flying and has picked up where he left off in last season's playoff run. Petr Prucha will likely start the season on the Rangers' third-line and see reduced power-play ice time. Danny Markov has looked solid and should start the season as a top-four defenseman in Detroit.
more added 1:49pm, more of the same from the Hockey News regarding the western conference teams,
In Colorado, coach Joel Quenneville stated Tyler Arnason was the best player on the ice in the annual Burgundy vs. White game. Arnason must prove himself in camp, as he pretty much played his way out of both Chicago and Ottawa with a perceived lack of effort…

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Standard Of Play

USA Hockey and the National Hockey League (NHL) have joined together in a nationwide effort to create awareness of USA Hockey’s new Standard of Play and Rules Enforcement initiative. Playing off the success of the NHL’s effort during the 2005-06 season, USA Hockey’s Board of Directors unanimously passed a Standard of Play and Rules Enforcement initiative in June that is being implemented at all levels of youth hockey in the United States in 2006-07. In short, the initiative calls for zero tolerance in regard to holding, hooking, slashing, tripping and interference. USA Hockey and the NHL have targeted the period of Sept. 28 – Oct. 6 to highlight the initiative through various means, although the effort will be on-going. During the nine-day period, awareness will be heightened through NHL players visiting youth hockey practices to speak on the Standard of Play, distribution of posters to rinks across the country, coverage on usahockey.com and nhl.com and coverage through various media outlets, including on Versus (OLN) during the opening week of NHL play. “This is one of the most significant initiatives that has ever been implemented by USA Hockey,” said Ron DeGregorio, president of USA Hockey. “While there will be growing pains and patience needed, the end result, as we’ve already witnessed in the National Hockey League, will be a game where skill can be showcased instead of hindered through illegal tactics that were once viewed as acceptable.” “We took a needed step forward last year with a number of rule changes and our new standard of rules enforcement and it proved to be a tremendous success,” said Gary Bettman, commissioner of the National Hockey League. “I commend USA Hockey for moving to implement the new standard throughout all levels of youth hockey.” For more information on USA Hockey’s new Standard of Play and Rules Enforcement, visit usahockey.com.

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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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