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Clarke Looking For A Goalie

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Less than 24 hours after the Flyers lost Antero Nittymaki for an extended period with a hip injury, there was talk Clarke made a call to San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson. League sources say the Flyers are interested in Vesa Toskala, who is scheduled to make $1.375 million this season and is battling Evgeni Nabokov for San Jose’s No. 1 job. While initial reports indicate Nittymaki could be gone for two months, there are whispers it could be even longer and it’s believed the Flyers want to make sure they have help for starter Robert Esche.
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Elias Normal Again

from the NY Post,

There actually is some good news in this Devils training camp that is overshadowed by Lou Lamoriello's salary-cap quandary. Likely captain Patrik Elias said his first blood test since last season showed no signs of the hepatitis that cost him a half-season last year. "It's back to normal for the first time in more than a year-and-a-half," Elias told The Post. "That's good news."
continued...check out the NY Post's new website too...

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Boynton Deals With Diabetes

from the Arizona Republic,

Nick Boynton vividly remembers how diabetes became part of his life in the summer of 1999, when he was 20 years old and working on his family's farm in Canada a few weeks before his first NHL training camp. "One day I just couldn't get out of bed because I was too tired, and my parents were starting to get (upset) because I wasn't making it to work," the Coyotes defenseman said. "It really just came out of the blue, and I got sicker and sicker."
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Group Toughness

from the Belleville News-Democrat,

Many NHL teams used to rely on an enforcer similar to former St. Louis Blues winger Tony Twist, and some still do. Heavyweights like Georges Laraque of Phoenix and Anaheim's Todd Fedoruk are examples of tough guys who also can play the game. But with the salary cap now a reality, teams are trying to find players whose versatility allows them to do more than pummel someone into submission. "The days of having a one-dimensional heavyweight have passed us," said Blues winger Jamal Mayers, who never shied away from dropping the gloves last season when the situation warranted. "There's very few guys that can skate and perform that role. That's just an organization's decision to have or not have a guy like that."
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All Yzerman

Detroit fans & hockey fans, if you missed the recent interview with Steve Yzerman on "Hockey This Morning" on XM radio- station 204, you just may want to listen (will open mp3 file) to it. Interview is about 17 minutes long, so let it play while reading the rest of KK or browsing the web. Ray Scapinello joined Scott Laughlin and Cam Stewart of "HTM" and is one of the better interview segments I have heard in a long time. Thanks again to the folks at Home Ice, station 204, for providing me with the audio, it is much appreciated.

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Zherdev Deal Within 48 Hours

from the Columbus Dispatch,

The Blue Jackets appear close to reaching contract terms with restricted free agent Nikolai Zherdev. "We've had some good discussions," said Rolland Hedges, Zherdev's agent. "We're prepared to compromise. "If they are as well, I think we'll have a deal." NHL sources indicated a deal could be struck in the next 24 to 48 hours. "We've got real progress, which is good," MacLean said. "We have not agreed to terms. I wouldn't say we're close, necessarily, in a lot of respects. "But I would say the foundation is in place where we could get something done if we keep having productive talks."
more Many of you who have been following this know I have stated numerous times Zherdev would be back in Columbus by the start of the season. I have seen this same scenario too many times and 99.9% of them end just like this one will. update 11:52am, via WBNS-10TV,
10TV Sports has learned that the Columbus Blue Jackets have come to terms on a new contract with forward Nikolai Zherdev. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed. The Jackets will be holding a press conference at 12:30 p.m.

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Stick To Hockey

AO warmed up this afternoon before throwing out the first pitch at the Washington Nationals game. image photo via the AP added 8:06am, Thursday Sept. 28th, Off Wing Opinion has more on this...

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Canadiens Must Answer Many Questions

from Fox Sports,

The Canadeins have questions in every major category that need to be answered this coming season. Does Alex Kovalev still have enough gas in his 33-year old tank to be a top-flight producer in the NHL? Will the acquisitions of Sergei Samsonov and Mike Johnson add a significant boost to the Habs' offense this year? With Francis Bouillon out of the lineup, will Mike Komisarek come into his own as an NHL defender? Will Sheldon Souray improve on his team-worst minus-11 from last season? Where they'll finish Division: 3rd Conference: 7th
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Ovechkin Talks

Alexander Ovechkin participated in a tele-conference today....

Q. Why do European players like the bigger curve? ALEX OVECHKIN: I don't know. Maybe for shot. Maybe it's different controlling the puck, I don't know. For me, it's more the shot. If I have bigger curve, I can shoot faster, you know, faster and stronger. Q. Can you describe your first fight with Mike Richards. ALEX OVECHKIN: Well, it was normal thing for NHL. It was my second fight. I don't like to fight actually. I don't know how I fight. I don't know, for me, lose or win, for me it doesn't matter. I just try to protect my partners. It's a normal thing. Q. Is it difficult for you in that you do not have an established National Hockey League center to play with in Washington, say a center who has played in the League for five years or 10 years or anything like that? ALEX OVECHKIN: We have very good center, Dainius Zubrus. Last year we played together, we know our game. He knows me, I know him. If I have the puck, I know where he is when we go to the attac k zone. If he's yelling, I know where his stick is. The same situation when he has the puck. He knows where my stick is always. We understand each other.

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MacLean On Zherdev

Doug MacLean on his radio show today stated he is hoping Zherdev will be in the Columbus lineup by October 6th. When asked by a caller what is the percentage- 60%, 70%, 100% that he would sign with Columbus, MacLean asked the caller what did he want to hear- The caller said 100% and MacLean said. "I think you may be right, at least I hope you are."

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