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Go To The Net Mule

from the Detroit Free Press,

Wherever he ends up playing, the Wings want to see Franzen take the puck to the net more. Coaches and teammates have encouraged Franzen to maximize the use of his body. "They tell me, 'They're not going to be able to move you, so go in there and take the puck to the net, they can't stop you'," Franzen said. "So I want to take the puck to the net more often." "We thought that last year, in the end, that we still could have been more physical up front," Babcock said. "The more physical guys we have and the more we use them, the better off we are."

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JSG Focuses On Saves

from the OC Register,

You know what? I don't compete against Bryz," said Giguere, who likely will see his first action in net during tonight's exhibition against San Jose at The Pond. "He's my teammate and I want him to be successful, (just) as I want to be successful. "I compete against the puck. That's my enemy. That's who I'm trying to beat. My focus is going to be on making saves every day. Anything else I cannot control. I cannot control Bryz. I cannot control the coaching decisions. I cannot control if they are going to trade me at some point or not. "These things I can't worry about. I just have to worry about my play and what I can do to help the team get better."

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No Respect For Canes

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

The Canes, who call Raleigh home, followed up a tremendous regular season with a thrilling triumph in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final over Edmonton just three months ago. But they're supposedly not a prime contender this season. "That's okay. A lot of people picked us to miss the playoffs entirely last season," said Canes GM Jim Rutherford yesterday. It is easy to forget what a good team this was last season — not to mention a profitable one for the first time since moving south — from October right through that final game.
read on

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Hamhuis Still Sitting

from the Tennessean,

Five days into training camp, Hamhuis remains the only unsigned Predator. As of Tuesday afternoon, the two sides hadn't spoken in more than a week. "We're totally comfortable with what we've offered," Poile said. "Life has to go on. Just because Dan's not here doesn't mean we're not going to dress 19 players or play five defensemen. "Somebody gets to take his position. So all we're talking about is the difference between that person and Dan Hamhuis."

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Domi Was Remarkable

from the Ottawa Sun,

Brian McGrattan's right hand helped grease the skids for Tie Domi's exit from the NHL. McGrattan delivered a thundering knockout of the Toronto Maple Leafs tough guy -- right in Toronto early last year -- a resounding victory that clearly signaled Domi's days as a dominating force were done. But McGrattan, the Senators enforcer, didn't gloat then and he wasn't gloating yesterday after hearing Domi had announced his scrapping days were over.

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Q & A With Kevin Allen

Kevin Allen of USA TODAY held a recent online Q & A,

Do you think the league will adjust to the new rules and scoring will come down this year, or are we in a long-term goal 'inflationary' period like the 80s? Kevin Allen: I think scoring will be at the same levels as last year. The refs are being told to call it the same way or else. It's hard to "adjust" to not being allowed to hold up players without the puck. If they continue to call that penalty, there will be more scoring chances. Do you think that nicoli zerdev will sign with the bluejackets this year. Kevin Allen: As I mentioned before, I would guess yes, but you have to factor in that Russian teams now can pay a decent wage.
read on...the whole league is basically covered, or close to it...

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NHL & NBC Talking More Years

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail

, The National Hockey League is close to reaching a contract extension with NBC that would keep hockey on the U.S. network through the 2009-10 season. Sources say the two sides are in "serious discussions" and could complete the deal in the next few weeks. A profit-sharing agreement between the NHL and NBC has a year to run. The extension is tied to NBC's strategy to use NHL content to increase interest in the game over the next four years and improve audiences for its coverage of the Vancouver Olympic hockey tournament in 2010. The new deal is expected to involve a rights fee, but there's no news on the amount. NBC and the NHL reported a profit from last year's partnership, but a dollar value wasn't given.

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Fading Enforcers

from the Palm Beach Post,

The days of Paul Laus, Peter Worrell and Darcy Hordichuk are no more. For the first time in their 13-year history, the Panthers have no enforcer on their training-camp roster. And they're not alone. The Philadelphia Flyers, who had as many as a half-dozen tough guys during their "Broad Street Bullies" era 30 years ago, let Donald Brashear sign with Washington this summer. Edmonton let Georges Laracque, reputed to be the best of the breed, sign with Phoenix, even though Laracque said he would take $200,000 less to remain an Oiler. Why the trend?

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Just Call Him “Son Of The Great”

from the Pioneer Press:

Ty Gretzky, son of hockey's all-time greatest player, Wayne Gretzky, has enrolled at Shattuck-St. Mary's in Faribault, Minn., to play hockey this season. Ty is a 6-foot, 155-pound sophomore forward who will be able to play away from the pressure that would surround him in Phoenix, where his legendary father coaches the NHL's Coyotes. "He's a nice kid and good student who just wants to play hockey," said J.P. Parise, the former North Star who recruits for Shattuck-St. Mary's. "We don't have names on the back of our jerseys, so he can live his own life here."
The only debatable part is the "all-time" tag. Ty shouldn't have to carry the family legacy on his back. continued

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Fedorov Injures Shoulder

via the AP,

Blue Jackets centre Sergei Fedorov fell and slammed into the end boards 30 seconds into the second period of a pre-season game Tuesday night, injuring his left shoulder. The 36-year-old centre left the game against the Buffalo Sabres and didn't return. Fedorov will be evaluated Wednesday, a team spokesman said.

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