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German Players Face Suspension

from the CP via the Hockey News,

Five members of Germany’s ice hockey squad face a three-month suspension for failing to comply with requirements on doping tests.

The players weren’t named but all failed twice to notify NADA - Germany’s national anti-doping agency - about their whereabouts for out-of-competition tests, the trade magazine Eishockey News said.

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Do The Kings Have Their Goalie

from Frozen Royalty,

...But the big question is, in September, when the Kings open their 2008-09 training camp, even if Bernier once again shows that he is their best goalie, will they give him that chance, knowing that they are likely to once again struggle mightily and compete for last place in the NHL standings (and the first selection in the 2009 draft that comes with it) as opposed to a playoff berth?

To be sure, if the Kings decide to once again send him down rather than expose him to another porous defense and another a losing atmosphere, Lombardi and Hextall will very likely have to do some damage control for Bernier’s psyche.

“I’ll be mad, really mad,” Bernier said about that possibility. “But it depends on so many things. If I come here and don’t deserve to stay here—last year, I thought I deserved to stay here. That’s why I was so mad. But if I come here and I have a bad camp, they have the right to send me down.”

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  Tags: jonathan+bernier

A Year Behind Bars

from the News-Press,

(David) Cornacchia, who played 67 games for the Florida Everblades last season, was sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison and ordered to pay $4,000 in fines on Monday for interfering with a flight crew last year.

On an American Airlines flight from Toronto to Dallas on Dec. 27, Cornacchia got drunk, slapped a flight attendant, head-butted a passenger and exposed his genitals in an effort to urinate in his seat.

“I don’t think anybody could read that (pre-sentencing) report and not be horrified for the passengers on that plane,” Judge John E. Steele said. “It was not a proud day for you.”

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The original story of this disturbance appeared on KK in late December.

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  Tags: david+cornacchia

Morning Line

It’s possible Mats Sundin’s long-awaited decision on where or if he will play could come before Friday. “Aug. 1 is a soft deadline,” agent J.P. Barry said

-Toronto Sun

added 6:18am,

“Hopefully, we’ll know whether he’s going to play or not. It might take a little longer to figure out the team situation,” Sundin’s agent, J.P. Barry, said.

-Toronto Star

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  Tags: mats+sundin

Building To Be Better

Not a hockey focused story, but important in the overall picture…

from Michael Schwartz of the New York Times,

Hundreds of sleek athletic facilities are springing up everywhere, it seems, heralding an athletics boom in a country hungry for sporting prestige and wallowing in cash.

Fears of losing Olympic ascendancy have impelled Russia to spend the last several years pumping billions of dollars from its oil-soaked coffers into rebuilding an athletics infrastructure left to rot when the Soviet Union crumbled. The investment has already shown impressive results, with Russians attaining international success in arenas beyond the Olympics.

Last September, the national basketball team won the European championship for the first time since the Soviet Union fell in 1991. In May, the national hockey team beat Canada for its first world championship in 15 years and St. Petersburg’s Zenit soccer club won the UEFA Cup championship.

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Arbitration Can Get Ugly

From James Mirtle at the Globe & Mail:

NHL salary arbitration hearings have been few and far between this summer, and there’s a reason. When cases go to a hearing, they can often get ugly, as players, agents and teams fight for dollars under the salary cap.

Washington Capitals defenceman Shaone Morrisonn is the only player who’s been through the process this off-season. He was awarded a one-year, $1.975-million (all currency U.S.) contract last Saturday after a hearing last Thursday in Toronto.

According to arbitration documents obtained by The Globe and Mail, the Capitals offered several less than flattering assessments of Morrisonn, a stay-at-home defenceman who was fourth on the team in ice time last season. Calling him “one-dimensional,” Washington argued that Morrisonn received substantial playing time in 2005-06 and 2006-07 on a weak team as a result of being “at the right place at the right time.”

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  Tags: arbitration, shaone+morrisonn

Backing Up Nashville

Neil Bristow at Hockey Prime Time has an interview with Nashville Predators’ goalie Pekka Rinne online which he was good enough to mention to me today.  Rinne is set to back up Dan Ellis this coming season (which didn’t impress Brian Costello at THN very much yesterday) so maybe now’s a good time to get to know the guy better.

From Hockey Prime Time:

Neil Bristow - You made your NHL debut Dec.15th 2005. Can you share with us a little of what that was like? What was going through your mind at that time?

Pekka Rinne - It was something that I had always been dreaming of. At that time both Tomas Vokoun and Chris Mason were hurt and I got the call. Everything happened pretty fast and I didn`t have time to stress about the game, we won the game and it was just amazing experience I’ll remember for rest of my life.

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  Tags: goalies, pekka+rinne

Blue Jackets Plan To Compete

from Tom Reed at Puck-rakers,

Hitchcock loves the word “compete.” He peppers interviews with it and uses it much like Nash, in every situation. Adjective, adverb, noun, verb, you name it. It is Hitch’s go-to, four-tool word. Last season, he didn’t believe he had enough competitors to fit his demanding style.

He can’t use that excuse this fall. He’s banking on an increased intensity level to help with the scoring until the home-grown talent such as Jakub Voracek and Derrick Brassard ripens.

The Jackets didn’t have a fourth double-digit goal scorer last season until Dan Fritsche recorded his 10th goal on March 14. That’s astonishing.

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A Personal Story

from Shawn Lavigne of Home Ice XM204,

18 years ago today on July 28, 1990 I should have died…literally

I was driving home from an overnight radio shift at CFRA in Ottawa and was one mile away from my home when I had a head-on collision with a truck. I fell asleep my car was destroyed and my body was mangled, I was given a 30 percent chance of survival and if I pulled through I faced paralysis….

In the end though when people feel sorry for me I always tell them it could have been worse. The greatest inspiration in my recovery was two things. My family and my friends! They never let me get down. There was no pity party only love and encouragement. It is amazing what a note, a card, or a visit does to pick someone’s spirits up. My mom never left my bedside until she knew I was out of danger.

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Stamkos Signing to be Announced Tuesday

From Brant James at Lightning Strikes:

The team will begin rookie camp in Victoria, B.C., by formalizing the signing of Steven Stamkos, its No. 1 draft pick in this season’s NHL Entry Draft.

Not surprisingly, Stamkos was offered the most lucrative possible rookie contract as allowed by the NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement: three years with a base of $850,000 and a total package value of $2.4 million if he reaches all maximum achievable performance bonuses (a complex set of league-standardized criteria.)

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  Tags: steven+stamkos

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