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Devils Get Cap Relief With Matvichuk Injury

from the NY Post,

Devils defenseman Richard Matvichuk admitted yesterday he won't be ready for next month's NHL season opener, and he may not be in the lineup before December. "You have to be logical and start with skating before [considering] playing hockey," Matvichuk said yesterday at Codey Arena, where some teammates have begun unofficial workouts. Matvichuk is not yet close to taking the ice. The Devils can be expected to place Matvichuk and his $1.3 million salary on the long-term-injury list, meaning the team can replace the portion of his salary represented by his absence against the salary cap.
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Gionta Confident Deal Will Get Done

from NorthJersey.com,

If Brian Gionta is worried about not being signed in time for training camp, he's not acting like it. In fact, Gionta, a restricted free agent, was among 13 Devils who skated in an unofficial session Tuesday morning at South Mountain Arena. Players are due to report for physicals Sept. 14 and will be on the ice for their first official practice the next morning. "I'm confident something will get done," Gionta said. "That's why I'm here, doing my normal routine, getting ready for camp as usual."
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World Class Player Makes Flames Stronger

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

"He's a world-class player. He played on a team as good as ours last year in February," said Sutter, referring to Taratukhin's inclusion on Russia's Olympic team. Sutter said the delay in announcing the signing was in the hopes the NHL would come to a new transfer agreement with the Russian hockey federation. "We waited hoping there would be an agreement but there wasn't and they kept stretching the deadline hoping to reach one between Russia and the NHL, so we made a decision to sign our player," Sutter said. Even if it may mean a legal fight down the road? "I don't really know. It doesn't really concern me," he replied.
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Taylor Named Captain Of Bolts

from the Tampa Bay Lightning,

Twelve-year NHL veteran Tim Taylor has been named the eighth captain in Tampa Bay Lightning history, it was announced by Lightning Executive Vice President & General Manager Jay Feaster. Additionally, the Lightning’s assistant captains will be Vincent Lecavalier and Brad Richards, Feaster announced. Lecavalier had served as an assistant captain the past three seasons, and Taylor wore the “A” the second half of last season following the departure of previous captain Dave Andreychuk.
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Roloson Ready To Go

from the Edmonton Journal,

Goalie Dwayne Roloson's recovery from the major leg injury that knocked him out of the playoffs at the height of Edmonton's run for the Cup has been put to the test the hard way this week as he took the ice again for the first time. The moment came during a scrimmage when centre Jarret Stoll accidentally bowled Roloson over. His teammates held their breath, but the goalie's formerly damaged knee held up. Now, "I think all the mental issues are gone. ... getting back up (after the collision with Stoll) put me over the hump. "I'm not worried. There may be some tweaking here and there ... doctors told me that might happen for at least a year. "But as long as the pain goes away, we're good to go."
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Patrick Roy Making A Major Sacrifice

from the Canadian Jewish News,

Benjamin Rubin has the combination of speed, size and mean wrist shot that any hockey coach looks for. But perhaps only a former superstar like Patrick Roy would accept the condition that 17-year-old Rubin has insisted on throughout his rise through the sport’s ranks: he will not play or practise on Shabbat or the Jewish holidays. Roy has given a big break to Rubin, who comes from an Orthodox Montreal family, in making him a member of the Quebec City Remparts, the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League team, which he co-owns, manages and coaches. It means that the 6-foot-1, 185-pound left-winger will play only about half of the 70 regular season games. He also won’t be eating with the team; he brings his own kosher food. The QMJHL is part of the Canadian Hockey League, historically a fast track to the NHL for players under age 20. Rubin is guarded about his ambitions. “It’s everyone’s dream to play in the NHL, but right now I just want to play and see how it goes.”
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Steve Carlson Speaks Up

from the Cleveland Plain Dealer,

Why shouldn't 'Slap Shot' be popular today?" Carlson said. Along with his brother Jeff Carlson and Dave Hanson, Steve made up the violent, fraternal line-mates, the Hanson brothers, in the 1977 comic classic. "It has everything guys look for - vulgar language, violence and sex," Carlson said. "The ladies really go for it, too. With three great looking guys with all the talent in the world, why shouldn't they?" He doesn't care for the NHL now or for commissioner Gary Bettman. He notes that all-time greats Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux played while being hooked and held. "It's a glorified Tuesday Night No-Hit League now," Carlson said. Of Bettman, who was once NBA Commissioner David Stern's top lieutenant, Carlson said snidely: "I could never be commissioner of the NHL. I was never in basketball."
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Ricci Out Several Weeks

from the East Valley Tribune,

Mike Ricci, who centered Phoenix's checking line last season, will not be on the ice for the team's opener Oct. 5 and is expected to miss several weeks after that as well. The 34-year-old had surgery in July to repair a disk in his upper back which was creating pressure on a nerve. Dr. Robert Watkins, one of the foremost spine specialists in the country, performed the surgery in Los Angeles. Ricci injured himself while training this summer at the Athletes Performance Institute in Tempe.
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Ortmeyer Coping

from the Asbury Park Press,

After first being diagnosed in early August with a pulmonary embolism, a blockage of an artery in the lungs, Ortmeyer, 27, said he has been feeling well enough to resume working out and skating on his own. But in the face of a condition so severe it could have been life-threatening, Ortmeyer is still months away from even thinking about playing competitively.
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Looking Ahead

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

The major questions on the table heading toward training camp are mostly hockey questions, rather than economic or systemic ones. Here are the 10 most compelling ones: 1. What impact will Evgeni Malkin have in Pittsburgh? Enough to make a playoff berth a realistic possibility. He can go into his first season with the Penguins as a second-line centre, a nice starting point.
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