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NHLPA- Olympic Competition Is Critically Important

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Any attempt by the NHL to pull out of the Olympics after the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games will face a stiff fight from the NHL Players’ Association.

Paul Kelly, executive director of the NHLPA, said Thursday that “NHL management does not have the right to make unilateral statements that we will not participate in the Olympics again. Players have strong views about the issue.”


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Hardcore Meet Superstar

Wait I am confused, who is Hardcore and we know the superstar.

What ever happened to rock & roll groups that started with The: Beatles, Rolling Stones, Yardbirds, etc.?

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Flames Asst. Coach Leaves For Russia

from the Calgary Flames,

Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today that the organization has accepted the resignation of assistant coach Wayne Fleming.

Fleming will assume the head coach position with Omsk of the Russian Continental Hockey League.

“We have great respect for the work Wayne did with us and appreciate his contributions,” said Sutter. “We understand that the opportunity to be the head coach of a significant team such as this represents the very best opportunity for him and his career at this time.”


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  Tags: wayne+flemming

Panthers Plan A Pressure Type Game

from Brian Biggane of the Palm Beach Post,

DeBoer, who will begin his first camp Saturday as an NHL head coach, will institute an aggressive, puck-possession game patterned after that of the Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings.

“We won’t be sitting back. We’re going to be in your face,” said Stephen Weiss, who enters camp as the team’s No. 1 center. He played the same role for DeBoer seven years ago at Plymouth of the Ontario Hockey League.

“Our bread and butter is going to be forechecking,” Weiss said. “It’s going to be up-tempo all the time.”

read on

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Zubov Out A Month

The Dallas Stars announced today that defenseman Sergei Zubov had an arthroscopic procedure on his hip and will be re-evaluated in four weeks. The club also announced that defenseman Philippe Boucher is day-to-day with a sore foot.

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  Tags: sergei+zubov

Proteau Picks The West

Adam Proteau of the Hockey News makes his Western Conference picks.  Let’s look at some “bubble” teams.

9. Phoenix Coyotes
Always-Look-On-The Bright-Side Adam Says: The acquisition of Olli Jokinen adds veteran scoring power to Phoenix’s top line, while also allowing some of the pressure to be removed from the shoulders of captain Shane Doan. Meanwhile, 28-year-old Ilya Bryzgalov is just entering the prime of his career; he probably won’t get a lot of press yet again, but should be a force for the Coyotes in net for years to come….

10. Nashville Predators
Always-Look-On-The Bright-Side Adam Says: By my count, Nashville’s management duo of GM David Poile and coach Barry Trotz have been together longer than Lewis and Martin, Lewis and Clark, and many other famous old-time partnerships that kids these days have no idea about. That longevity goes a long way to explaining why the Preds continue to ice hungry teams regardless of the number of high-end stars on the roster.

read on for all of the WC picks…

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Time To Get Excited

from the CP via TSN,

School is nearly back in session for NHL teams.

The majority of training camps open Friday and there’s no shortage of excitement to be found around the league. Believe it or not, there might not be any team more anxious to get back at it than the defending Stanley Cup champions.

“It’s kind of like school - every kid will tell you he doesn’t like school and yet every kid’s dying to go because they want to see their friends,” Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock told The Canadian Press in an interview. “The greatest thing about hockey besides the game is the interaction between the guys.

“I can tell you our guys are all excited.”


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  Tags: mike+babcock

Predators Need A Surprise At Forward

from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

With the continued absence of injured Steve Sullivan, the recent defection of Alexander Radulov, the departure of Darcy Hordichuk and the news that Jed Ortmeyer will miss at least the next month — and likely longer — due to a blood clot, there are spots for the taking.

Players who haven’t seen a moment of NHL action, such as Patric Hornqvist and Ryan Jones, are being considered for some of the roles, as are American Hockey League veterans Rich Peverley, Antti Pihlstrom, Josh Gratton and Michael Ryan.

“We’ve got a lot of things to look at,” Predators General Manager David Poile said. “ … I’m always looking for that great surprise. There’s always something like that that happens in training camp.’’

read on

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Sabres Sign Pominville

from WGR 550,

The Sabres have signed forward Jason Pominville to a multi-year contract extension. The 26-year old was entering the final year of his contract, but will now be with the team long-term. Financial terms were not given.


added 3:15pm, via the Buffalo Sabres,

Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced today the Sabres have agreed to terms on a five-year contract extension with right winger Jason Pominville, keeping him in Buffalo through the 2013-14 season.


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  Tags: jason+pominville

Players With Something To Prove

from Jim Kelley at Sports Illustrated,

Here’s a list of those who have come to camp this week hoping, in some cases against hope, for another opportunity to find themselves worthy of a smile from the Powers That Be.

Martin Gerber and Alex Auld, Ottawa Senators

Or is it Alex Gerber and Martin Auld? The Senators will try to cobble a Frankenstein goaltender out of the bits of two still-young men who separately once held great promise but can’t seem to make the pieces of their game fit. The gods wreaked havoc with goalie Ray Emery’s head last season and had so much fun that they also messed with the minds of Gerber and, in the offseason, the defense that will play in front of him. Sens GM Bryan Murray brought in Auld to provide support for the always fragile Gerber, but Auld is a bit of a mind-games victim himself.


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  Tags: alex+auld, martin+gerber

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