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Waiting For AO

from Kara Yorio of the Sporting News,

A couple of weeks ago, I waited for Alex Ovechkin. We were supposed to meet at 7:30 p.m., but a late flight and photo shoot gone long set the meeting back a couple of hours.... Ovechkin arrives at the hotel in a bright pink t-shirt that reads "Love Metal" and jeans with ripped patches. He apologizes for being late, even though it's not his fault, and makes sure his newly acquired, signed Sidney Crosby jersey is taken care of. Then he is ready to go. He is visibly tired, but he sits down and never mentions that he has plans or would like to be somewhere else. But I know better. It's a little past 9:30 p.m. He's a 20-year-old professional athlete in Manhattan. He must know someone in New York City and, even if he doesn't, he has plans. He better. But still, he doesn't rush. He doesn't look at his watch. He works hard to find the right English words to answer the questions. And sometimes, it seems, he works hard to keep from saying too much or something that might be misinterpreted.

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Balsillie Not Talking

from the CP via 680News,

Balsillie's speech was peppered with references to sports and hockey, including a nod to Wayne Gretzky winning his first Stanley Cup. However, when asked to confirm a report that he was a front-runner to buy NHL team the Pittsburgh Penguins, he told the audience that he was giving a solid "no comment." Balsillie had previously denied the claim. "The problem is that if you say anything, then the next time somebody has something that has substance to it, and you say, 'No comment,' are they going to buy you? No," he said. "The problem is you're in for a penny, you're in for a pound in answering those kinds of highly speculative questions." Balsillie later told reporters that he won't attend a pre-season Penguins game against the Buffalo Sabres, scheduled for Saturday at Hamilton's Copps Coliseum. Instead, he said he will be in Australia.

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Possible In-Season Moves

from Spector at Fox Sports,

With NHL training camps now in full swing and the new hockey season fast approaching, here's a look at the players from each club in the Eastern Conference who could become potential trade candidates throughout the 2006-07 season. ATLANTA THRASHERS: Vyacheslav Kozlov. He's hit the 20-plus goal mark nine times in his career, most recently in 2005-06. Still a valuable offensive performer but also an unrestricted free agent at season's end. Thrashers' management would prefer to retain him but the lure of free agency could be too strong for "Slava", which could spell a trade deadline deal if the Thrashers are out of the playoff picture by March.
read on for the rest of the East...

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A Hockey “Match”

from the Atlanta Thrashers,

Two years ago Thrashers fan Andy Freeman got some startling news: his kidneys were failing and he was in need of a kidney transplant. He immediately began going to a clinic three times a week for hemodialysis, a three-to-four hour process that involved having his blood removed from his body, cleaned, and filtered back into his system. Time consuming and tiring - not to mention inconvenient for someone who works - hemodialysis was a temporary solution. After five months of it Andy switched to peritoneal dialysis, a procedure which could be done at home while he slept. Most importantly, as he put it with a laugh, it allowed him to eat and drink almost anything he wanted, as long as he watched his sodium intake.

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Crosby’s New Linemate

from the CP via TSN,

Nils Ekman, meet Sidney Crosby. "It's exciting, I feel honoured," the 30-year-old Swede said Monday after practice at the Moncton Coliseum. "I want to do well here as well, maybe help Sid win the points title this year. It'll be a fun journey, I'm sure." Ekman has skated with Crosby and right-winger Colby Armstrong since camp started and head coach Michel Therrien says that's the plan to start the season. "We believe that's going to be a pretty productive line for us," said Therrien. "(Ekman) plays well at both ends of the ice and he's got the speed to play with Sidney Crosby."

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Camp Visits

Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated tours to NHL camps,

It's not just the chance to drive to the game with the top down that Roberto Luongo will miss this season. He also had to leave his classic Pink Panther mask behind when he was dealt from Florida to Vancouver. His new design, which features a submerging orca on the front, and a growling bear and destroyed old-school mask on the crown, is a real piece of work.
much more...

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3 “A’s” For Pens

via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

The Penguins have decided not to name a captain for the 2006-07 season coach Michel Therrien announced Monday. The team will continue to use three alternates, as it did after Mario Lemieux retired last January. “We won’t have one captain, and the biggest reason why is respect for Mario Lemieux and what he did for this franchise,” Therrien said. “We’re going to keep doing what we did when he retired last year.” Therrien did not say who the three alternates would be.

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Canes Blogger Can’t Hold Back

from Matt Casulli at NHL.com,

After enduring a lockout that cancelled an entire season of hockey, I assumed it would be rather easy to get by any future off-season. Well, I was wrong. This summer, I quickly found myself chomping at the bit waiting for hockey to arrive. I had planned on going to the Hurricanes' first day of training camp, on Friday, but my physics professor felt the need to give an exam. Instead of skipping a test, I waited to go to the second day. Getting up was tough, but after I put on my lucky Cory Stillman shirt I could hardly contain my excitement. Well, as excited as a college student can be at 8:30 a.m. on a Saturday.

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Inline League In Vegas

from the Las Vegas Business Press,

Growing up in Montreal, hockey was in Dan Corsatea's blood. Today, the sport is still a huge part of Corsatea's life, but living in Las Vegas has its limitations when it comes to ice hockey. Here, it's played on inline skates, in a building at the Commercial Center that he describes as "a big square box with no heat in it," far from the fabled Montreal Forum. The 42-year-old Summerlin resident, who used to be in the copier business, has put together a league that has approximately 500 players, ranging in age from 5 to 72. They fill 64 adult teams, six youth squads and 10 high school teams.
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New Deal For Hitchcock

via the Philadelphia Inquirer,

The Flyers and coach Ken Hitchcock have agreed to a new three-year contract. The deal, expected to be announced later today, rewrites the final year of his current contract and adds a two-year extention that will pay the coach in excess of $3 million.

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