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Legace Should Play With A Chip On His Shoulder

from St. Louis Today,

Once again, Blues president John Davidson proved he is serious about putting a competitive team on the ice this season. He signed free-agent goaltender Manny Legace to a free-agent deal Tuesday, summoning the longtime Red Wing to compete with incumbent Curtis Sanford for the starting job. This move is a no-brainer. Although Sanford did a splendid job under tough circumstances last season, he was the only battle-tested goaltender on the roster. He is also coming back from a major knee injury.

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The Mouth Finally Finds A Home

Posted by Bill Houlihan It's been a few days since my first rambling bit of prose here at the Korner. A variety of reasons have delayed my return: vacation and an incredibly slow couple of days in the hockey world. But, that changed slightly today when Manny Legace signed with St. Louis, traditional whipping boys of the Wings. As we've all pointed out several times in other venues, Manny was the scapegoat when Edmtonton dispatched the Wings this Spring. And deservedly so. His mouth had turned a typically mild-mannered room against him, and it didn't just start after letting in 3 third-period goals in the clincher. Manny's mouth started to do him in during the lockout when his occasional rant made its way into the papers. His instinct to find the nearest nest of microphones didn't end with the lockout. If he wasn't jumping the chain of command (Babcock) and going straight to the media with his claims that he was "ready to start" after an injury, then he was admitting to anyone who'd listen that he lied to the Wings trainers and coaches about his condition to get back in the lineup. Hiding injuries is one thing, but admitting that you pulled a fast one on the organ-I-zation is another.

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Legace To St. Louis

from the Detroit News,

It took awhile, but goalie Manny Legace finally landed a job. Legace signed a one-year contract (terms weren't immediately available) Tuesday afternoon with the St. Louis Blues, where he'll compete for the starting job with Curtis Sanford. "It's a good fit for me," said Legace of the Blues, who've added forwards Doug Weight (Warren), Bill Guerin, Martin Rucinsky and Dan Hinote, and defenseman Jay McKee through free agency this summer. "I'm excited about the moves they've made, and the excitement they've created. It's a good city, a good sports city, and I'm excited about what the future holds."

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Sabres Walk Away From Dumont

Buffalo shuffles off without Dumont.

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“Stand-Up” Defenseman

Kevin Truelson, a defenseman in the ECHL has been blogging! He has potential...

"When electricians lose power, I laugh." "When you yell at people on TV, they can't hear you." "When someone says 'I'm not gonna lie to ya,' are they lying the rest of the time?" "Today, someone asked me when I was gonna start running. I said 'as soon as someone starts chasing me.'" "Sunburn update: still burning, shedding and oozing."

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On the Hockey Blogs

By Alanah Downie: What do you love more: The game of hockey or your own hockey team? Avalanche blogger Jerseys & Hockey Love writes "I love hockey first, my teams second." (I hear he even secretly loves the Vancouver Canucks). Elsewhere, Mike Chen's Hockey Blog is taking the NHL arbitrators to task this week; and Japer's Rink is promoting the Sheldon Souray Jersey Night. (Uh oh...) In other news, Behind the Jersey notes that Cory Cross is freezing in Germany; the Battle of California has turned the Northwest Division into a freakin' cartoon; and Ingmar Bergman Shoots & Scores calculates how financially busted every team in the NHL really is, using the salary page built by the excellent Five Hole Fanatics. In New York, Hockey Bird debates who should replace John Davidson with the MSG Network -- An important question since, as Rocha says "this is someone whom many of us will be listening to for three hours at a time, approximately eighty times per year." Indeed. Finally -- and most amusingly -- former Oilers blogger Sacamano of the Battle of Alberta reports in from Siberia (where he's now living) only to discover some shocking news. Says Matt: "Are you kidding me? Can't a guy go off the grid in rural Siberia without his favourite hockey team getting totally gutted?" The answer to that question, Sacamano, is "No!" Catch you later with more of what's up in the hockey blogosphere.

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Swedish Player Suspended For Cross-Check On Crosby

from Euro Hockey,

The case concerns the infraction of the IIHF Playing Rules by the Swedish player Mika Hannula at the semi-final game between Sweden and Canada during the 2006 IIHF World Championship in Riga, Latvia when the Swedish player cross-checked the Canadian player Sidney Crosby to the neck and head area. At its formal session on 2nd August 2006, the Deciding Panel of the IIHF Disciplinary Committee decided that the player Mr. Mika Hannula of the Swedish Ice Hockey Federation, in addition to the suspension for the final of the 2006 IIHF World Championship, will be suspended for the first four games at the 2007 IIHF World Championship (in Moscow, Russia) played by Sweden and has to pay a fine of CHF 5.000.

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After 18 Seasons…

"So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat." from Maine Today,

His wife got the 18 long-stemmed red roses, one for each NHL season he played. He got the special hockey stick with the names of the eight teams he played for printed on the shaft. He gave the speech, pausing only for an occasional deep breath. She gave him her support. Within 15 minutes a remarkable career was officially over. Eric Weinrich formally announced his retirement. "I dreamed of just making it," he said later, after exchanging hugs with his family. "I never imagined it would last 18 years."

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What About The Blackhawks

Recently the city of Chicago was named the #1 sports city by the Sporting News but the Hawks are not too happy about being left off the cover... from the Chicago Tribune via the Mercury News,

The Blackhawks will send a representative, but apparently have expressed their displeasure to Sporting News officials over a cover photo that featured Ozzie Guillen, Brian Urlacher, Carlos Zambrano and Kirk Hinrich cast over the city's skyline - but nothing with the Hawks' distinctive Indian head logo. Blackhawks director of communications Jim DeMaria was out of the office Monday and a call to Senior Vice President Bob Pulford's office was not returned. Sporting News editor John Rawlings explained that leaving the Hawks off the cover simply came down to staying consistent with the magazine's mission: It has scaled back its hockey coverage since the NHL lockout wiped out the 2004-05 season. Rawlings had not heard directly from the Hawks about the decision but said others at the magazine had been made aware of their feelings.

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