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It Is Your Decision

from a post Eric made today at Off Wing Opinion regarding blogger credentials...

One last thought. Over the time I've been blogging, I've come across a number of letters to the editor sent to newspapers from fans of the WNBA. The complaint is always the same: Why don't you spend more resources to cover the league? It's unfair, and perhaps sexist that you don't. Isn't your newspaper obligated to cover the league? Those letters usually leave me shaking my head. No sport is entitled to any coverage at all. But once you've made your case, and it's clear that the media outlet of your choice isn't listening, what do you do next? You do what the folks at Women's Hoops did: Stop complaining, get off your duff and create the coverage yourself. If folks who love hockey want more coverage, they'll have to do the same. And I'd like to help make it happen.
That is what I did. I have been asked this question numerous times, "Why did you start a website?" My answer has always been the same, I was frustrated with the lack of coverage the Detroit media was giving to the CBA lockout and took to the web to find as much information as I could. A buddy suggested I start a blog to keep others informed about the lockout, and the rest is history. With the amount of hockey blogs that now exist, only a very limited few will ever receive media credentials from a NHL team. Those that do, great, but continue doing what you do and don't feel you have to be PC because you now have credentials. Instead, find a unique angle and topic and cover it like it hasn't been before. Your readers will enjoy your work and it just may lead to something for you in the future-but if, and only if you want to go down that road. Believe me, it is a lot of hard work, dedication and more hard work. The rewards can be significant, but can also leave you stratching your head and asking yourself, Why did I ever start this darn blog". I leave you with this- The harder you work, the harder you HAVE to work. Why did I just do what I did?... I have been getting a huge number of emails in the last few weeks asking me how did I get "discovered" and thought by expressing my thoughts, people would have some of their questions answered.

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Believe in BLUELAND. Very impressive, some teams get it, some don't. image

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Montoya Aiming To Be First Cuban In NHL

from the Traverse City Record-Eagle,

The former University of Michigan goaltender and first-round draft pick of the New York Rangers aims to be the first Cuban-American to play in the NHL. His mother, Irina Silva, fled Cuba with her parents when she was 9 years old, arriving in Florida and eventually moving to Chicago, where Montoya was born. "My mom came over right after the Bay of Pigs in Cuba," Montoya said. "They were on the wealthy side and she was able to come over. Typical story — over there she had everything and came over and had nothing. Ended up selling strawberries in Miami and then coming over to Chicago."
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Sabres Plan On Keeping Biron

from the Buffalo News,

Backup goalie Martin Biron apparently will be around Buffalo much longer than he had hoped. Regier indicated the veteran, who will make $2.128 million and be an unrestricted free agent next summer, wouldn't be traded any time soon. "These are the two goaltenders coming into camp and the two goaltenders I expect to start the season with us," Regier said. "I don't have any other plans at this point. When you look at Ryan and Marty, I could argue they should be one of the best tandems in the league or certainly have the opportunity to be." Miller's deal gives the Sabres 24 players under contract for $41.1 million (their payroll was about $29 million last season), but Regier said the club would carry only 22 players. T The Sabres' salary cap figure is within six figures of the $44 million maximum, leaving them little wiggle room. A team's cap figure is the combined value of each player's average contract. "We are up against it," Regier said. "We are not over."

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How Long Will Tibbetts Last

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

"Some guys come with baggage," said Park, who, while noting Tibbetts's criminal past, remains a strong supporter of the 6-foot-1-inch, 210-pound forward who grew up in Scituate. "And I mean, baggage? He can use two porters. He's also got every bit as much talent as most NHL players." "It is what it is," said Chiarelli. "It's not a great [public relations] thing for us, but he'll be given a chance, like the rest of the candidates. This is something that Brad's group put in place, and we agreed to have it -- and we will." Chiarelli added, ``Everyone deserves a chance, generally speaking." The club, said Chiarelli, should have paid closer attention to the ``Be A Bruin" mission. "His rap sheet aside," said Chiarelli, ``I think he doesn't fit in the spirit of what was intended."

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Choices For Columbus

from the Columbus Dispatch,

After months of sporadic negotiation between the Blue Jackets and restricted free agent Nikolai Zherdev, a recent flurry of talks is bringing the situation to a head. Yesterday, MacLean said, the team made another offer — $6.9 million for three years. Zherdev had the day to think about it before the offer was pulled from the table. "I’m just not sure where to go," MacLean said. "I’m sort of maxed out right now." "If we can’t get something done, I will be moving into the (free-agent) market," MacLean said. "That’s not a threat. It’s just that I’ve got no choice."
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Jaques Crib

from the Toronto Star,

Demers' favourite room is the TV/theatre room over the double garage. It has rich yellow/gold walls filled with photographs and memorabilia from Demers' distinguished career, including a signed sketch of the coach by the late Charles Schultz, creator of the cartoon strip Peanuts. The room features a 50-inch Samsung plasma TV, four blue chairs, two of which are recliners, and a yellow couch. A medium-brown stained cabinet that holds his beloved miniature replica of the Stanley Cup and his Stanley Cup ring. The family room also has a plasma TV — a 42-inch Samsung. The walls are painted cream and on the floor is a jewelled-tone area rug. There is a beige ceramic gas fireplace .
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Spezza Confident Back Is Fine

via Bruce Garrioch at the Ottawa Sun,

Jason Spezza will be ready to roll in the season opener. The Senators centre has been skating for the last two weeks after having back surgery May 31 and he's confident he'll be fine when the puck drops. "It's feeling a lot better than it did at the end of the season and in the playoffs," said Spezza, who had disc surgery. "I should be fine. I'm going to go into camp and see how it feels. I think I'll be able to do everything everybody else does, but I can't make that prediction right now."

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Ovechkin Feeling Stronger

from the National Post,

The Washington Capitals' boy wonder sure doesn't look too happy. In fact, he looks like a cross between a clown and an acrobat from the Moscow Circus. His face is contorted in concentration, his tongue is hanging down to his chin and his feet are balanced, precariously, on a giant blue sphere. Elevating the irritation factor is a svelte and perfectly sculpted bundle of muscle named Tony Mark, who keeps lobbing a tennis ball at Ovechkin's midsection. The NHL rookie of the year keeps bunting it back with the blade of a hockey stick. "I'm a little bit scared of it," Ovechkin says of the almost daily balancing act he has been performing for the past four weeks at Balance Personal Training, Mark's boutique gym in mid-town Toronto. "I like more to play hockey. I don't like to practice."
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A Couple Messages

A2Y has a two messages, one for Detroit fans and the other for... According to Red Wings Central-

Former Detroit Red Wings forward Boyd Devereaux is expected to arrive at the team's training camp in Traverse City, Mich., next week as a tryout, a camp official said Friday night.

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