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You may remember Jordan Smith, the Ducks prospect who suffered a serious eye injury. from Maine Today,

Pink salmon have started their run in the St. Mary's River Rapids, reports Jordan Smith. He didn't try to hide the excitement in his voice. "This is my first summer off since I was 15," said Smith, speaking from his parents' home in Sault St. Marie, Ontario. "I'm doing lots of fishing. I'm doing the fun things I couldn't do before. I'm really taking it easy." Easy times do follow hard times. Smith believed that would happen, even as he stayed awake at night last winter, rethinking the moment in a hockey game that changed his life.
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The Malkin Situation

KK is trying to get to the bottom of "Where is Malkin!" Ken Holland has no idea where he is, or does he? image Ovechkin should know where his buddy is! But he says he has not heard from him. image I think AO is pulling our leg, the camera doesn't lie. image At one point yesterday, Malkin had to be restrained- who was he going after? image Could it be? Malkin exiting the plane after taking the red-eye! image

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Another Sport For Lecavalier

Has Vinny found another sport to play? image picture via Reuters

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Where Is Malkin

Has Evgeni pulled a Sergei and gone AWOL? According to an article in a Russian newspaper and translated at Lets Go Pens, he has! update 4:49pm, from Reuters via the Guardian,

Evgeni Malkin, the Pittsburgh Penguins' number one pick in 2004, has fled from his Russian club Metallurg Magnitogorsk days after agreeing a new contract, local media reported on Saturday. News agency Itar-Tass, citing a source within the club, reported that Malkin had disappeared from Metallurg's training camp in Finland. "Malkin secretly left the club, taking his belongings and his passport," the source said. Metallurg officials were not immediately available for comment.
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Hockey Related Job

Tapeleg needs a job and searched current job openings in hockey. Make sure to keep us update, OK!

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Sykora Happy To Be In Edmonton

from Robin Brownlee of the Edmonton Sun,

In Sykora, the Oilers have added more scoring punch to a group of forwards that already boasts plenty of it in Ales Hemsky, Shawn Horcoff, Ryan Smyth, Jarret Stoll, Joffrey Lupul, Raffi Torres and Fernando Pisani. Just as important, perhaps more so, is the fact Sykora is a power-play specialist in an era of special teams. That will help soften the blow that came when Pronger bolted town for Anaheim after demanding a trade. Right time. Right price. Enter Sykora. “I was very happy when I got the offer to play for this team,’’ said Sykora, who was introduced to media in the Oilers dressing room yesterday. “I always wanted to play in Canada.’’
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Canucks Ready

from the Vancouver Sun,

Dave Nonis will clean up some unfinished business after he returns next week from his New Hampshire holiday, and it isn't Anson Carter, whose business with the Vancouver Canucks is over. Nonis will re-sign winger Trevor Linden. The player who for a decade was the National Hockey League team's foundation will become one of the last pieces of a puzzle assembled in remarkably short time by the Canucks general manager who has had a better summer than oil stocks. And the puzzle's picture is far more appealing than anyone envisioned when the Canucks, stale and uncommitted, collapsed in April and missed the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time in five seasons.
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Legace Has A Lot To Prove

from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Legace is proud of the performance he had last season, though it ended with a disappointing first-round playoff loss to Edmonton. The 33-year-old netminder says that if he had posted the same numbers for any other club, he'd be a "$5 million dollar goalie" this season. But Legace is not disgruntled. Not only were the Red Wings not interested in him, other than a few other offers to be a backup, neither was the rest of the NHL. It took 39 days from the beginning of free agency on July 1 before Legace signed a one-year, $1.4 million deal with the Blues, where he'll compete with Curtis Sanford for the No. 1 job.
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Zetterberg Update

As Georgeums points out in the KKF, nothing really wrong with Zetterberg. Received a cortisone shot and headed back to Sweden.

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Central Division Breakdown

from Sports Network via the Hockey Channel,

Best move, right now - The addition of Modin in Columbus. The offseason is all about filling needs, and Rick Nash needed a running mate. Best move, come playoff time - The Preds signing Arnott. They weren't deep enough, especially up the middle, to matter much in the playoffs. Now maybe they will be. Worst move - Shanahan's departure from Motown. While it was really unavoidable, seeing both Shanny and Yzerman disappear off the Wings' radar stings from a principle standpoint. Predictions right now - 1. Detroit; 2. Nashville; 3. St. Louis; 4. Columbus; 5. Chicago.
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