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Hockeytown South & Kovalchuk Problems

from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

Out of sight and pretty much out of mind for a year, the Thrashers would like your attention again. They're in the process of rolling out an advertising campaign that signals their relaunch from the NHL lockout and unveils some pretty heady ambitions. "We want to create our own nation of true-blue fans — a la 'Bulldog Nation' or, in hockey terms, 'Hockeytown' in Detroit," said Jim Pfeifer, Thrashers vice president of marketing, advertising and branding. "So 'Blueland' is born . . . a hockey utopia where true blue fans can congregate." The Thrashers, who open training camp this week and their home season Oct. 8, will introduce the concept of "Blueland" on billboards and in print, TV, radio and online advertising. It's an evolution of the team's former "true blue" campaign.

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Talking Pacific Division

This is the final installment of the teleconferences conducted by the NHL. The Pacific Division was represented by Scott Niedermayer, Marty Turco, Jeremy Roenick, Shane Doan and Patrick Marleau. The transcript of the conference is in the comment section of this post. For all other divisions, check the post below this one.

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Talking Southeast Division

Dave Keon of the NHL Public Relations Department, conducted six teleconferences this week. The Southeast Division conference call included Bobby Holik, Rod Brind'Amour, Joe Nieuwendyk, Martin St. Louis and Dainus Zubrus. The transcript of the conference can be found in the comment section of this post. Also, all divisions have been added except the Pacific, which will be added later tonight. Northeast Atlantic Central Northwest

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Win A Home Game, Fan Gets A Car

via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

The Thrashers plan to send one fan home from Philips Arena in a new car after each home victory this season — a new blue car bearing the team's logo. "We hope there are 41 of them" on Atlanta roads by spring, said Thrashers general manager Don Waddell, who conceived the promotion. The Thrashers play 41 home games. Key details, including make of car and length of free lease, still are being worked out, but the promotion "is definitely going to happen," Thrashers president Bernie Mullin said. The plan is for winners to keep the cars for at least one year.

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Memories Of Al MacInnis

from Jeff Gordon of the Post-Dispatch,

It is not the booming slap shot, arguably the best point shot in the history of the game. It is not his pinpoint passing or heady defensive play or his deceptive nastiness on the ice. Rather, it was seeing just how spent MacInnis was after a game. He often looked pale, almost gaunt. Night after night, he logged big minutes. Night after night, he killed penalties, ran the power play, took the hits -– playing to the maximum his body would allow. He didn’t lope around the ice like Pronger, making the game look easier than it was. He didn’t pace himself like Hull did. He couldn’t. He didn’t have that luxury.

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Forsberg Injured Too

Flyers forward Peter Forsberg and defenseman Derian Hatcher are both injured and will miss the beginning of training camp, according to Flyers General Manager Bob Clarke. Forsberg has an infected bursa in his right ankle and will have surgery on Monday, September 12, and will miss at least two weeks, while Hatcher has a sprain in his left knee and will miss at least three weeks.

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McKee Accepts QO

via TSN,

TSN has learned that the Buffalo Sabres and restricted free agent defenceman Jay McKee have agreed to a one-year, $1.6-million contract for the upcoming season.

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Crosby Signs

In case you just woke up from a two month sleep, Sidney Crosby officially joined the Penguins today.

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Around The NHL

from Shawn Roarke of Fox Sports,

As the race for the Stanley Cup is set to begin in earnest with the opening of training camps this coming week, the current holders — the Tampa Bay Lightning — gather in South Florida as virtually forgotten champions. Now, hockey has returned; and it is governed by a spanking-new, restrictive economic system. And, again the Lightning are somewhat forgotten as all the attention focuses on the unprecedented player movement that has occurred this summer, completely reshaping many of the league's franchises. Few, if any, fans are talking about the Lightning's chances to defend their hard-earned crown.

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Talking Northeast Division

Dave Keon of the NHL Public Relations Department, conducted six teleconferences this week. This conference is for the Northeast Division and includes Mats Sundin, Dany Heatley, Glenn Murray, Daniel Briere and Sheldon Souray. The transcript of the conference call can be found in the comments section of this post. The Southeast and Pacific Divisions will be posted later today and the other divisions have been posted in the last two days.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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