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Yzerman, “I Have To Earn My Spot”

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

Even though Team Canada boss Wayne Gretzky has said Steve Yzerman is on the 2006 Torino Olympic team if he is healthy, Yzerman's pride prevents him from accepting that verdict. "If I don't play well, I don't think I will be on the Olympic team because there are too many good players," he said. At 40, Yzerman is coming back for his 22nd NHL season, and it isn't to be a role player. Yzerman has endured such high-profile health issues over the last few years — including a scary eye injury in the 2004 playoffs — that it's easy to forget he needed radical leg surgery to save his career three years ago. Yzerman said he appreciates Gretzky's vote of confidence but he doesn't view it as a free pass to the Olympics. "Some of the best young players in the game are Canadian," Yzerman said. "I don't care how many years you have played and how much success you have had. This is the only year that matters. ... To me, I have to earn the place."

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Datsyuk Expected Back With Wings

from the AP via USA TODAY,

Pavel Datsyuk will return to the Detroit Red Wings for the upcoming season, general manager Ken Holland said Monday. The Russian center will sign with the team and be in Detroit by the weekend, "unless I get a major curve thrown at me," Holland said. Datsyuk is a restricted free agent, who signed a contract with Avangard Omsk, which was then matched by Moscow Dynamo, the team that Datsyuk played with during the lockout in 2004-05. Both teams are in the Russian SuperLeague. Holland said he talked to Datsyuk's agent, Gary Greenstin, before Monday night's exhibition opener against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The two sides have been negotiating since before the NHL lockout began on Sept. 16, 2004. "He said, 'We have a deal,'" Holland said of his conversation with Greenstin.

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JLA Blogging

At the Wings game. Legace looks sharp and Tampa controlling the flow of the game. Buzz is Datsyuk appears to be headed back to Detroit. More info as it becomes available.

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‘Mitch Shityo Elbom’ Article

The translation of this article in Sports-Express is pretty funny. Sports Express basically states that Mitch Albom criticized Holland for the handling of the Datsyuk negotiations.

DETROIT CRITICIZE HOLLAND FOR THE POSITION in THE NEGOTIATIONS with DATSYUKOM "general manager" of Detroit "Ken Holland it did not master the main lesson of the ceiling of wages, which it says: sign your main star "- so situation with napadayushchim Pavel datsyuk comments on Detroit Free Press. The journalists of publication are assigned by the question: how Holland it could allow so that the fate of the best player of "Detroit" would depend on the presence of point about the departure in his Russian agreement? "Russia makes it necessary" red of uingz "to feel that the fact that felt many clubs NKHL, when" Detroit "proposed to their leaders legendary contracts. Holland selected cowardly way in the negotiations, hoping that the desire Of datsyuka to speak in favor of the "Redwings" will hang somewhere else money component. Proposals "red of uingz" clearly did be late - perhaps difficult it was to give Datsyuku of five millions only earlier? So they do not act with the leader of command ", writes correspondent Detroit Free Press Mitch Shityu elbom. Holland attempts it to be sultry: "if I cry wage, then its size is determined. Each, who comes into my office, he knows, how much it will obtain. If one player requires too much, then better I will spend these money on seven ". "se" became known that today after on the arbitration committee FKHR/PKHL will be examined the "matter Of datsyuka", hockey player himself can declare about his departure in NKHL.

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NHLPA Files Grievance On Behalf Of Tkachuk

from the CP via TSN,

The NHL Players' Association has filed a grievance on behalf of Keith Tkachuk after the star winger was suspended Friday by the St. Louis Blues for failing his team physical. NHLPA spokesman Jonathan Weatherdon said Monday the union filed the grievance the same day as the suspension. "We have disagreed with the suspension and are continuing to work at resolving it," Tkachuk's agent, Bob Murray, said Monday from Boston. "Hopefully we can find a quick and amicable resolution." Blues general manager Larry Pleau had little to add Monday.

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Stan Talk

The Maven opens up this week:

-The betting here is that Mark Messier will be coaching an NHL club no later than a year from today. Moose won’t move into a g.m. nor an assistant head-coaching job. Once Wayne Gretzky tells him how much fun The Great One’s having, Mess will get the itch. By Summertime there’ll be at least five openings, but Mess prefers a warm weather town! -Add Anson Carter to the NHLers dissing Russia. “I thought it was pretty shady,” he tells our Ron Spence. “There were police pulling guys over and asking for passports; a lot of things went on behind closed doors there.” Get the picture; Anson ain’t planning a return! Ditto for Oleg Kvasha. The Isles giant says three weeks playing in Russia was enough for him. By then he was ready for Uniondale!

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Skating Is The Foundation Of The Game

from the CP via 940 News,

Colin Campbell wasn't surprised at all to see steady traffic to and from the penalty boxes in the opening games of the NHL pre-season. The league's director of hockey operations says it will take time for players to adapt to a crackdown on hooking, holding and other fouls that the NHL hopes will bring more offence and excitement to the sport. "It's like we expected," Campbell said Monday. "You have a culture that's been ingrained for years. "We don't know when it started, but the acceptance of so much hooking and holding will take a while to get out of the psyche. Even if they're told beforehand, people still tend to do it."

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New Categories For OT

from the CP via the National Post,

Goalies are having to make do with smaller equipment and restrictions on where they can play the puck this season. But they have caught a break with the NHL's new standings format. For five seasons, starting with 1999-2000, goalies were tagged with a loss in their personal record whether it was a loss in regulation time or overtime. But the two were differentiated in the team standings, with a separate "OTL" section since overtime losses carried a point. Goalies didn't think that was fair.

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Home Crowd Boos May

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

Every time former Vancouver winger Brad May touched the puck during the Avalanche intrasquad game Friday at the University of Denver, the boos were numerous and noticeable. When May disappeared from the bench in the second period and didn't play again, my guesses were: The Avalanche would say he had a groin injury, hockey's catchall explanation for everything from bruised ribs to a hangover. May was yanked from the bench because the Avalanche brass wanted to sidestep further embarrassment, especially with owner Stan Kroenke in attendance.

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NHL On HDNET

NEW YORK and DALLAS (Sept. 19, 2005)- The National Hockey League (NHL) and HDNet have announced the first two months of their live, high-definition television (HDTV) schedule for the 2005-06 regular season. The 52-game NHL on HDNet schedule begins Opening Night on Wednesday, Oct. 5th at 10 p.m. (ET) featuring Wayne Gretzky’s debut behind the bench as his Phoenix Coyotes take on the Vancouver Canucks. The first week of the NHL on HDNet also features the intense Central Division rivalry between the St. Louis Blues and the Detroit Red Wings (Thursday, Oct. 6 at 8 p.m., ET). The NHL on HDNet will then showcase the much-anticipated national television debut of Pittsburgh's teenage hockey phenomenon, Sidney Crosby, as the Penguins battle the Boston Bruins (Saturday, Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m., ET). The NHL adopted new rules this season to create more offensive flow, which will provide more excitement for fans and will further enhance the television viewing experience. In particular, the newly adopted shootout will make certain that every game has a winner. HDNet, a national high definition telecast partner of the NHL, begins its fourth year of NHL coverage with a Thursday and Saturday schedule. HDNet will update its broadcast schedule bi-monthly so that it will be able feature the hottest players, teams and match ups. All NHL on HDNet broadcasts will be original HDNet productions. HDNet NHL game broadcasts are shot exclusively for presentation in the highest-quality 1080i high-definition format, giving viewers all the benefits of a 16:9 aspect ratio and high resolution picture without compromising the image to serve a standard-definition, 4:3 broadcast audience. “More and more viewers are discovering that hockey in HDTV is an incredible television experience,” said Doug Perlman, Senior Vice President of Television and New Media. “The League's new rules and compelling storylines promise to make the NHL on HDNet can’t-miss programming for hockey fans.” “The NHL is back and we are excited to be part of what is sure to be an incredibly exciting season," said Mark Cuban, co-founder and president of HDNet. "No sport benefits as much from HDTV as hockey, and no one does HD better than HDNet.” All Times Are ET October 2005 Wednesday 5-Oct / Coyotes @ Canucks / 10:00PM Thursday 6-Oct / Red Wings @ Blues / 8:00PM Saturday 8-Oct / Bruins @ Penguins / 7:30PM Thursday 13-Oct / Predators @ Coyotes / 10:00PM Saturday 15-Oct / Lightning @ Penguins / 7:30PM Thursday 20-Oct / Rangers @ Islanders / 7:00PM Saturday 22-Oct / Hurricanes @ Capitals / 7:00PM Thursday 27-Oct / Blackhawks @ Red Wings / 7:30PM Saturday 29-Oct / Hurricanes @ Penguins / 7:30PM November 2005 Thursday 3-Nov / Capitals @ Flyers / 7:00PM Saturday 5-Nov / Stars @ Avalanche / 9:00PM Thursday 10-Nov / Flames @ Coyotes / 9:00PM Saturday 12-Nov / Capitals @ Devils / 1:00PM Thursday 17-Nov / Canucks @ Kings / 10:30PM Saturday 19-Nov / Avalanche @ Kings / 10:30PM Thursday 24-Nov / Kings @ Predators / 8:00PM Saturday 26-Nov / Canucks @ Coyotes / 10:00PM

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