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Rare Sighting

from CanWest News Service via Canada.com,

It was a hockey player, but a strange one. He possesses explosive speed, an equally dynamic shot, the ability to drive Colorado Avalanche defencemen through the glass and pucks into the net while prostrate, Ringo Starr's haircut from 1963, a double-black-diamond ski slope for a nose and a disarming smile through which he tells bad jokes in two languages. Witnesses in Burnaby, a suburb of Vancouver, were initially confounded by the subject's sudden appearance, but investigators were able to identify him as Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals. Naturalists were mystified how such a creature made it to the West Coast to play the Vancouver Canucks tonight at GM Place, but the migration was apparently caused by an imbecilic, short-sighted National Hockey League schedule that calls for players from the Eastern Conference to be spotted in each Western city only once every three years.

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from the Chicago Sun-Times,

Ruutu, who went through Thursday's workout, might be recovered enough from a knee sprain to play Monday at Philadelphia. Yawney blamed the media for dwelling too much on the injuries, suggesting his healthy players could be using them as an excuse for poor play. ''You guys give them all the excuses in the world, with the people who are missing,'' Yawney said, ''but the fact of the matter is, this is the NHL and you're paid to play. It's a privilege to play in the National Hockey League. It's not a player's right.'' That was the point Yawney hoped he made with Thursday's workout.
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G’day Ducks

from Jeff Miller of the OC Register,

The Ducks' guest made his way around the locker room, shaking hands and posing for pictures and pretty much doing exactly what every other such visitor does on every other such visit. Except for one thing. Nery Romero talked differently. No one in this team's history, in fact, talked quite like he did, and this is a franchise with Finns, Russians and those burdened with the most cursed of accents - yes, New Englanders. "When I heard him speak, 'Wow,'" rookie forward Ryan Shannon said. "I knew he had come from a long ways away."

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Wilson Not Happy With Two Losses

from the San Francisco Chronicle,

A two-game losing streak will signal changes for the Sharks. That's what coach Ron Wilson predicted 15 minutes after San Jose scored the first goal of the game but lost a one-goal decision on the road for a second straight night. "Some guys are just not working hard enough," Wilson said. "We've got a few extra players and we'll make some changes. We've gone with the same lineup and maybe some guys are feeling a little comfortable about that."

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Tucker Declines Invitation

from the Toronto Star,

As they waited for the puck to drop, Neil leaned into Tucker, going almost nose-to-nose with his rival, incessantly yapping. It looked like a drill sergeant getting in the face of a young recruit. Neil's essential message was, if you have a problem with the Senators, come to me — not a perceived lightweight like Eaves. "I asked him to fight and he didn't oblige me," Neil said later. "After that, I just went out and played hockey. I just let him know he can't be going after a guy like Patty Eaves." Tucker said he tried not to listen to Neil, but it was tough because the Senator was right in his ear.

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Perreault Talks Cut Off In Ottawa

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Senators GM John Muckler confirmed a Sun report that he has called off talks with unrestricted free-agent C Yanic Perreault. "I just have a lot of questions and I'm not sure that's the right move at this time," said Muckler.
Garrioch has a look at Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli too...

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Expect The Unexpected

from Kevin Allen at USA TODAY,

If you believe that climbing to the top in the new National Hockey League salary cap world has become a daunting challenge, then it's logical to conclude that remaining on top, or staying even highly competitive, will be next to impossible. With parity upon us and a salary cap guaranteeing that stars can't be stockpiled, it seems likely that over the next five or six seasons that each of the NHL's 30 teams will miss the playoffs at least once.... After 14 months with the new salary cap, what we know is that if you like the steady, predictable, twirl of a carousel, the salary cap world isn't for you. If you like the dramatic dips, twists and speedy climbs of the roller coaster, you are going to love the new NHL because it's going to be a wild ride over the next few seasons.

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Scotty & Prongs

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

Niedermayer is gifted offensively, skates effortlessly and is as steady as a defenseman can be. Pronger is a physical monster with a blistering shot. "We're really not stepping on each other's toes," Niedermayer said, laughing. "We are different players. We accomplish the same things, but just in different ways. It's worked out fine so far." Added kid brother Rob, "I don't think you can really convey exactly how much more confidence it gives everybody from the goalie out to have Scotty and Prongs back there."
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Brophy Still Has The Fire

from the New York Times,

He has come out of retirement this season to coach the Richmond Renegades, a new team in the Southern Professional Hockey League, three rungs below the National Hockey League. Competitive coals still smolder within. “Am I driven?” Brophy said. “Very much so. Driven to win. To me nothing, nothing, replaces winning. Nothing.” At practice, his players are mindful of the stories, the “Slap Shot” legend, his demand of 100 percent effort 100 percent of the time. They understand his penchant for high-tempo drills, for conditioning and skating, for skating and more skating.
more Another story on Brophy from late June...

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B’s Fans Trash The Ice

via the AP,

Andrei Markov scored the tiebreaking goal with 1.2 seconds left on Thursday night, giving Montreal a 3-2 victory over Boston and prompting a shower of garbage from the Bruins fans that convinced the officials to wave off the final two ticks of the clock. Markov took advantage of a power play that came when Matt Lashoff, the Bruins' first overall pick in the 2005 draft who was making his NHL debut, was called for holding with 45 seconds left. The Canadiens defenseman got the puck to the left of Tim Thomas and put it between his legs for the game-winner. While Montreal players - and some of their vocal fans in the Boston crowd - celebrated, others in the stands began throwing cups and other trash onto the ice. After about a minute, and a futile announcement from the public address announcer, the clock started and the buzzer blew while both teams were still at their benches and the ice crew was cleaning up.
added 10:52pm, from the Wicked Bruins Fan,
Okay… I just can’t put into words losing a game with 1.2 seconds on the clock… so I will come back to it. But Thomas?! He had all the time in the world to make a save on Markov. Just unbelievable. Bruins lose 3-2. Axelsson got an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and ten minute misconduct after the game-losing goal.

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