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Excitement On Every Shift With Brule

from the National Post,

Sergei Fedorov, the ageing Russian star, injured his shoulder in the pre-season and will not be fit for game action for a few more weeks. That means Brule, all 19 years of him, is a prime candidate to start the season as the Blue Jackets No. 1 centre, with former Maurice Richard Trophy winner Rick Nash on his left wing, and David Vyborny on his right. "I've been thinking about that, and it's pretty crazy, actually," Brule says. "Watching those guys when I was in junior, and to then be on the ice with them, especially with them on my line, would be a privilege."

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The Bigger West

from the San Francisco Chronicle,

Welcome to the wild, wild West, where it appears the Sharks' acquisition of Joe Thornton from the East two months into last season has triggered rivals to add size on defense or at center this season. Dallas acquired Eric Lindros. Nashville added Jason Arnott. Phoenix nabbed Ed Jovanovski. Los Angeles got Rob Blake. But the one that had the league buzzing throughout the summer was Anaheim's deal to pilfer Chris Pronger from Edmonton, a move that puts two of the league's elite defensemen on the same blue line.

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Just Guessing

from CanWest via the Daily News,

Last season? Fuhgeddaboudit. The new NHL, preoccupied with post-lockout growing pains, rule-changes and teams discovering new identities as the massive personnel shifts took root, was immune to logic. Hands up, if you predicted Carolina, Buffalo, Edmonton and Anaheim as the NHL's final four, and the Hurricanes to win it all. So it is that the league's marketing department has come up with a new slogan to cover all eventualities, namely: Your Guess is as Good as Ours.

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Bucci Believes

from John Buccigross at ESPN,

I believe ... Sidney Crosby will win the Art Ross Trophy. Ilya Kovalchuk will win the Maurice Richard Trophy. Hockey is more vinyl than digital, and if we take any more sandpaper out of the game, the game will lose its soul. Cold rinks make for warm people. Kerry Fraser in a hockey helmet is just not right. You might as well put one on Bobby Orr. Jack Johnson should be able to do whatever Jack Johnson wants. I'm looking forward to this NHL season more than last NHL season. The Western Conference will look something like this-
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Gionta Expects To Play In Opener

via the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle,

Ongoing efforts by the New Jersey Devils to free up salary-cap space means Brian Gionta should be on the ice for their NHL opener on Friday. Gionta, coming off a 48-goal season, is a restricted free agent who remains unsigned because the Devils are at least $5 million over the $44 million salary cap. "I'm cautiously optimistic we could have it done (by today)," his agent, Steve Bartlett of Pittsford, said.

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Bill Daly On Hockey Topics

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly was on XM's Hockey this Morning on Monday, October 2nd. He informed the XM listeners on the Malakhov deal, the possibility of Mogilny/Devils cap relief and the state of the game on the ice heading into the season. All files will open an audio file (all less than 5.5MB) and special thanks to XM Home Ice, Channel 204 for providing KK with the audio cuts. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman will be on the Power Play show today at 1pm. image

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Cup Keeper

from Kevin Shea at NHL.com,

Close your eyes for a moment, clear all thoughts from your mind, sit back and envision the greatest job in the world ... serving banana daiquiris to a bathing suit convention on a sun-drenched beach in Hawaii? Great, but not amazing. Or how about a taste tester in a chocolate factory? I like that, but you'd get tired of it after awhile. Let's see, how about taking the world's greatest trophy around the globe to celebrate the successes of hockey's world champions? Yeah, that's it! That's the greatest job in the world!

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Only In The NHL

from the blog of Eric Duatschek of the Globe and Mail,

You gotta love the new National Hockey League. Where else would you get two teams, trying to position a transaction as an actual hockey deal, when everyone in their right mind knows that it’s a deft, contrived maneuver to circumvent the salary cap? We’re talking, of course, about the New Jersey Devils-San Jose Sharks’ deal on Sunday night, in which the Devils unloaded the rights to Vladimir Malakhov and his $3.6 million salary-cap commitment, plus a conditional first-round pick, to the Sharks for forward Alexander Korolyuk and defenceman Jim Fahey.

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Bettman Sees More Growth

from the AP & CP via the Globe and Mail,

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman spoke with The Canadian Press on the eve of the NHL's 89th season in a wide-ranging interview that, among other things, touched on the salary cap, visors, Rick DiPietro's 15-year deal, Bob Clarke's offer sheet and TV ratings south of the border. Here's what he had to say: Question: What are your expectations for league revenues this year, in other words, where do you think the salary cap is headed? Bettman: We will continue to grow. I expect the cap to continue to go up. Will it jump as dramatically a year from now as it did this year? The answer is no. I think that the burst that we were able to show, the resiliency that we were able to demonstrate in bringing the business back, is something that you cannot replicate every year. However I am extremely bullish in our future prospects. I believe in the strength of the game and the business of the game.
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First Baseball - Now Golf

The Washington Capitals are holding their annual charity golf tournament, the Caps Care Classic, today, at the Springfield Golf and Country Club in Springfield, Va. The event, which began at 1pm with a shotgun start, includes an online auction (already underway at WashingtonCaps.com) and a dinner after the golf tournament. It benefits the Children’s National Medical Center, Athletes Against Autism and Washington Capitals Charities. Click the pic for a larger view. image
update 4:46pm, from the Caps PR department,

Those of you who have seen the photo of Alex Ovechkin practicing his golf swing will probably be surprised to hear this, but Ovechkin just hit a hole in one during the Caps Care Classic at the Springfield Golf and Country Club in Springfield, Va. Ovechkin took a shot on the par-3, 160-yard fourth hole that landed short of the green and rolled in. In fairness, Ovechkin had been practicing at that hole for some time, meeting each group as it came through. But a hole in one is a hole in one.
more pics added at 5:34pm

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