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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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“Stumpy” Back to Detroit

Leafs Lunch is reporting Steve Thomas is coming back to the Wings. No other information available.

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Lecavalier And NHL 06

from teamxbox,

It’s a great time to be a hockey fan, and a hockey player for that matter. The NHL season is less than a month away and we can finally forget about the lost season from the labor dispute. It’s time for some hockey!!! With EA’s long running hockey series, NHL 06 releasing this week, who better to talk hockey with than cover athlete Vincent Lecavalier? The center of the defending Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning took a few minutes to talk about the upcoming season and his role with NHL 06.

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Talking Atlantic Division

Martin Brodeur, Mark Recchi, Keith Primeau, Alexei Yashin and Steve Rucchin took part in a teleconference recently. If you are a fan, you will enjoy the conversation. The transcript of the conversation is in the comment section of this post. The Northeast, Southeast and Pacific divisons will be posted throughout today and tomorrow. The Northwest and Central Divisions have been posted in the last two days or so.

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Talking Central Division

Kris Draper, Adrian Aucoin, Rick Nash, Paul Kariya and Patrick Lalime participated in the Central Division Conference call yesterday. Well worth the time to read the long transcript. Q. Kris, especially in light of Pavel Datsyuk's apparent decision to stay in Russia, could you talk about how the Red Wings have been affected by the new CBA and by the salary cap and how much the team has changed as a result of that? KRIS DRAPER: It's definitely affected us a lot. Not only were we unable to get Pavel signed, we also had to buy out three quality hockey players and three quality people in Darren McCarty, Ray Whitney and Derian Hatcher. That's the unfortunate thing of what this has done. It kind of handcuffed Detroit. We had a lot of money tied into a lot of players. Kenny had to step up and make some changes to free up some money. The transcript of the conference call can be found in the comment section of this post.

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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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