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Tele-conference with Sidney Crosby today,

Q. We all know how much in the spotlight you are all the time. Do you ever get a chance to be a teenager, do the stuff that teenagers do? SIDNEY CROSBY: Yeah, I do. Of course, away from the rink, my life is pretty normal, I think. I have to pick my spots. I don't go to busy areas. I don't go to the mall on a Saturday afternoon, things like that. No, for sure, I have to live life to the fullest and do the things everyone else does, hang out with my teammates, my friends. Away from the rink, I think I'm pretty much a normal guy. Q. You've been called, rightly or wrongly, the savior of the franchise, some people called you after the lockout the savior of the league. There's a lot of expectations for you to act in a certain way when a lot of times people forget how young you really are. SIDNEY CROSBY: No, I think, of course, there's going to be expectations. I think I've dealt with those throughout my life. I have to look at myself in the mirror and see what mine are. I can't worry about other expectations too much. Of course, I want to be a good role model, be a good person, but at the same time as far as hockey's concerned, all I can do is be my best.

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All Bases Covered

Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail covers it all this week. From Crosby to Ovechkin to Malkin to the NHLPA with team news thrown in too.

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Greg Johnson’s Health

via the Detroit News,

Center Greg Johnson, who failed his physical at training camp, still is not ready to play for the Wings. Johnson, who had an abnormal EKG reading during his physical, went to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota for tests on Wednesday. The Wings have received the results but have not been given permission from Johnson's agent, Tom Laidlaw, to discuss them. Contacted Friday morning, Laidlaw said, "Everything is up in the air. I don't mean to sound evasive but we just don't know at this point (whether Johnson will return at the start of the regular season).

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Looking For Bloggers

Wizbang Sports is looking for hockey bloggers...

We are looking for some fans who would be interested in blogging about "their" team. We're not looking for professional writers, and if you are only in it for the money you are going to be severely disappointed -- there isn't any. But, if you love hockey and would be interested in sharing your views and opinions we would love to hear from you.
Just a tip folks, change the logo!!!

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Hinote Credits West Point

from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

"It wasn't easy to leave because the academy is the academy,'' Hinote said. "You're so proud to be there. But the way my family and I figured, you can always go back to school. Your window of opportunity for hockey is so small. You never want to look back and wish you did something." Hinote acknowledges that his time at West Point changed him, and not just because after you've gone through an Army boot camp, an NHL training camp is nothing. "I think (West Point) changes everybody,'' Hinote said. "You fully understand what you're capable of taking mentally. Once you go through that first year, you realize the capability of your mind and body. After that, you think, 'I went through that. I can handle (anything).' "
more update 2:15pm, Heard there was a knee on knee hit last night on McKee during the Blues/Wild contest. McKee is out with a knee injury and it could be a month until he returns. update 3:12pm, from the News-Democrat,
St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay McKee sustained a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee Thursday in a preseason game against Minnesota and will be out for at least two weeks and possibly longer. That could keep McKee out of the lineup when the Blues open the regular season Oct. 5 at San Jose. McKee was injured on a hard check in the third period by Minnesota's Derek Boogaard. "If he wants to hit me that's fine," McKee said Friday after getting treatment at the Blues' practice facility. "But when a guy's exposed and his legs are hanging out, it's not very hard to back off. It's just asking to injure a player when you do that. "If that's what he wanted to do, he achieved his goal."

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She’s Back

Alanah must be back in town after her too long vacation. She has some more information on the new NHL.com website and I hope she starts blogging in a hurry. She should be nice and refreshed after her west coast swing, so start bringing it Alanah.

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An Inside Look At Ovechkin

from Kara Yorio of the Sporting News,

Ovechkin hadn't played one NHL game yet, but he was having some doubts about his upcoming season and he expressed them to the woman charged with making his transition to the United States and the NHL a little easier. "You know what Susie," he told Susanna Goruven of Newport Sports Management. "I'm not going to win the rookie of the year." Goruven, who practically lived in Washington last season, helping Ovechkin acclimate and get through the day-to-day stuff (buying food, opening a checking account, getting a car, eventually a house), remembers the moment well. "I said, 'Sasha, you remember what I'm telling you. Mark my words. You will win it.' "
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Pens Don’t Respond To Mayor’s Request

from the Pittsburgh Business Times,

The region's two chief political figures stood together on Friday morning, urging the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins to commit to an alternative form of funding for a new $290 million arena. But the Penguins have not responded to a letter from Mayor Luke Ravenstahl last week that asked the team to commit to an alternative plan. A team spokesman did not immediately return a call Friday requesting comment. Applications are in from three consortiums bidding to win a gaming license to operate a stand-alone slots casino in Pittsburgh. The license could be awarded by a state gaming commission before the end of the year. Concurrently, the Penguins are in negotiations with numerous ownership groups, one of which could move the team to Kansas City, where a new arena is ready and available.

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Only Winning The Cup Matters

from George Johnson at ESPN,

The curiosity, Jim Playfair understands. "People want to know, 'How much control will he really have?' Or 'Will Darryl be downstairs all the time?'" The new Calgary Flames coach shrugged. "Well, obviously I can't answer any of those questions. And, quite frankly, they don't interest me. What interests me is this hockey team. It's about the players. Not Jim Playfair. Not [GM] Darryl Sutter. Winning the Stanley Cup is the objective here. That's what he wants. That's what I want. That's what everyone in this organization wants.

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Pronger Was Wrong

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

Pronger can't have it both ways. He can't blame the fans for making an issue of his personal life. He was the one who introduced his family into the discussion in the first place. If family was the issue behind his trade request -- and no one is suggesting otherwise -- why even bring them into it? Instead of using them as a scapegoat, why not protect them by leaving them out of it completely? Why wouldn't Pronger simply say he was the one who wanted/needed to get out of town?
more In case you missed the recent Pronger interview...

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