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Top 50 Players

from CBS Sportsline,

This ain't your dad's NHL, folks. It's not even your older brother's. Whether that's good or bad depends on your point of view, but there's no arguing the year-long lockout and resulting salary cap has changed the NHL's look and feel. Major annual roster shakeups are now a fact of life in all precincts, and those preaching the new-age wisdom of speed, offense and youth have taken on an air of genius.... 50. Dion Phaneuf, D: He had a rookie of the year quality season and played a key role on a first-place team. That's no small matter for a defenseman who has a Norris Trophy in his future.
much more...and is it just me, but CBS Sportsline seems to be dedicating much more to the NHL this off-season...

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Ortmeyer Out With Embolism

via the NY Rangers,

New York Rangers right wing Jed Ortmeyer has been diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism and will be out of action indefinitely. Ortmeyer, who was re-signed by the Rangers last month, will undergo further testing this week.

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Horrendous Impact If CBC Losses Broadcast Rights

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

If the CBC loses those rights when its contract with the NHL expires at the end of the 2007-08 season – and with Bell Globemedia’s initial offer reported to be in the $140-million-a-year range for 10 years, there is little doubt it will – its biggest moneymaker will shake for the competition, and the fallout on the public broadcaster’s hard news division will be horrendous. Hundreds, if not thousands of jobs will be lost. Important documentaries and educational programs will go un-financed, un-purchased and un-aired. Sooner than later, the CBC will become PBS minus the ponderous pledge drives, reduced to airing Engelbert Humperdinck concerts for the blue-rinse demographic.
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On the Hockey Blogs

By Alanah Downie Stick in Rink has a copy of the Vancouver Canucks Head Coach Job Application Form (Did Alain Vigneault fill one of those in? Don't I wish.) Over at the Post-Pessimist Association, discover the madness of collecting game-worn jerseys. A cautionary tale about how combining eBay, alcohol consumption, and a passion for Tomáš Klouček jerseys may eventually leave you in financial ruin. Carolina Hurricanes fan Red & Black Hockey discovers that some of the locals wear Atlanta Thrashers merchandise... as a fashion statement. (Don't think about that for too long... it'll make your head hurt...) In Pittsburgh, Igloo Dreams smells something underhanded going on at City Hall. And on Red Wings Legends, Bob Probert's bio was recently added to the reading selections. LCS Hockey isn't a blog, but I liked their article ranking the best goalies for 2006-07. Interestingly, Marc-Andre Fleury makes the top-10, which is defended by LCS this way: "Fleury is already the most spectacular goaltender in the world. He's the fastest, quickest, most agile goalie I've ever seen." Whoa, really? Still, it's a great read, with plenty to argue about. Covered in Oil has interviewed the Hot Oil girls here. These women are endlessly quotable, but let me give you just a tease from the lovely Loxy: "The distance between a fan and her loved player creates a special bond that restraining orders can’t change." I'm pretty sure she's kidding. Finally, at Vancouver Canucks Op Ed (yes, that would be me) I've been plotting the future tombstones of NHL players. Only one guy died making that blog post -- which is better than some days, I promise you. Back in a couple days with more hockey blog chatter.

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Leafs Address Numerous Issues

from Bob Duff of Canada.com,

After missing the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since the 1997-'98 season, Ferguson is confident off-season changes will bring about Toronto's return to post-season play. Among the litany of moves, Maurice is the new coach, while former Calder Trophy winner Andrew Raycroft was acquired from Boston to bolster Toronto's goaltending. "We identified a number of areas we wanted to address and we've certainly done that," Ferguson said. "Paul Maurice brings us a new direction, a new voice. "On defence, in addition to bringing back both (Tomas) Kaberle and (Bryan) McCabe, who would have been unrestricted (free agents), we've upgraded with (free agents) Pavel Kubina and Hal Gill."
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Report- Johnson A Wing

via TSN,

Sources tell TSN the Detroit Red Wings have signed centre Greg Johnson for a second stint with the NHL club.
Any Wings fans shaking their heads and asking why?

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A Russian Journalist On Malkin

from MosNews,

A Russian journalist said Evgeni Malkin is in the process of obtaining a visa to travel to the United States and could be already in the country. But whether Malkin plays for the Penguins this season apparently will come down to legalities and money. “I think he’s in the process of getting an American visa or he’s already there,” said Slava Malamud, who works with the Moscow-based Sport Express, the largest sports publication in Eastern Europe. “He could be signed with the Penguins in two weeks,” said Malamud, who is based in Washington and just returned from Moscow after writing about Malkin’s contract situation with Metallurg Magnitogorsk.
added 7:06am, from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,
This much was known yesterday, less than 24 hours after Malkin took his passport and bolted Magnitogorsk's training camp in Finland: He is in North America, likely in the United States, huddling with his advisers and contemplating his next move. Most definitely, Malkin wants to play in the NHL. Most definitely, his agents, Pat Brisson and J.P. Barry, want him there, as do the Penguins. But Metallurg is just as determined to keep its signed asset as it is to see the NHL pay more than $200,000 (U.S.) for the rights to Russia's best players. In other words, this is a power struggle of political proportions and Malkin has put himself smack in the middle. Why he would do that and how he's done it are questions without definitive answers, only opinions.
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How Greg Spent His Summer

from the Fourth Period,

There have been some shocking headlines during the summer for the NHL — economically, electronically and especially Edmontonally. I could have written 10 comprehensive columns this summer... or I could have spent the last few months pounding six packs of microbrews and trying to win the Cup on NHL '94 with every team in the Wales Conference. I chose the latter, so here's a digest-style look at 10 Historic Headlines from the NHL Off-Season: 9. I Expect Dominik Hasek to Play 25 Games Next Season Five in the regular season, 20 in the post-season, which is really the only reason the Red Wings signed the brittle backstop. You could put a blindfolded Norm Maracle in there for 70 games and Detroit's still going to skate away with the President's Trophy. Hasek? He's there for the next four rounds. He's now the hockey equivalent of El Duque.
read on...much more to take in...

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Court Time

from Reuters via Yahoo,

Russia's Metallurg Magnitogorsk will go to court to seek compensation from Pittsburgh Penguins after the sudden disappearance of their best player, Evgeni Malkin, the Superleague club's head said on Sunday. "We're all in shock," Gennady Velichkin said after Malkin, Pittsburgh's number one pick in 2004, secretly fled Metallurg's training camp in Finland on Saturday just days after agreeing a new contract with the club. "The players, coaching staff are also very upset because for four days Malkin was training with the team and suddenly he is gone without saying a word to anyone," he told Reuters in a telephone interview.... "They all like to talk about democracy, the American way and then they shamelessly steal our best players. This is pure sports terrorism," said the Metallurg general director. "Don't forget, Malkin is a young kid, he is still very naive and it was easy for them to get into his head all that stuff about the American dream and how great the NHL is," he added.
read on

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Bothered In B.C.

from the Vancouver Sun,

Coming up with a list of the 10 most loathed figures in sports is difficult, because whom you despise really depends on where you live. We wanted our list to be made in B.C., so we asked Province readers who they love to hate. They responded enthusiastically. Taking their comments into consideration, we've determined Public Enemies No. 1 through 10: 9. Mark Messier Today, Messier's years with the Canucks seem like a night of hard drinking. You remember feeling pretty good at the outset. You remember waking up at the bottom of a septic tank. You have little recollection of what transpired in between. That's probably for the best.
read on...also making the list were Don Cherry & Gary Bettman...

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