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Another Veteran Still Waiting For A Phone Call

from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,

Unrestricted free agent Jason Williams continues to work out and prepare for the season at home in London, Ontario. Even if he has no idea where he’s going to play this season.

Coming off a season in which he only played 44 games because of a broken leg, the former Red Wings forward is hopeful that his waiting will come to an end in the next couple weeks.

“There’s nothing concrete, but we have interest from a couple different teams,” Williams told Sporting News. “I’m hoping I can find out this week.”

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Retire #7 In Chicago?

from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles at the Chicago Daily-Herald,

Chelios was a dominant Hawk from 1990-99. While those teams never won a Stanley Cup, they were powerhouse clubs with Chelios the nasty backbone. He won two Norris Trophies during his time in Chicago and rarely lost battles.

Certainly the Hawks will honor Chelios at some point with a Heritage Night, but the bigger question is should his No. 7 be retired and hung from the rafters?

I get the feeling this is going to be a split decision with fans.

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LeBrun Back From Vacation, Starts Thinking

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

...the NHL season is around the corner and it’s time to get back to work. I leave you today with five early thoughts:

1. Mike Comrie could be one of the best under-the-radar signings of the summer. For $500,000? He may perhaps be the best bang for the buck, as well. He’s a smart player and will find a way to make plays with No. 87 if that’s the way the Penguins choose to deploy the wing/center.

2. Absolutely love what new GM Steve Yzerman is doing in Tampa Bay. The Lightning will make the playoffs in the East this season (I’ll also predict a 90-point season for Vincent Lecavalier).

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Franson Signs With Nashville

Nashville, Tenn. (September 8, 2010) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed defenseman Cody Franson to a two-year, $1.6 million contract.

        Franson, 23 (8/8/87) posted 21 points (6g-15a) in 61 contests for the Predators a season ago, becoming just the second rookie defenseman in franchise history to hit the 20-point mark (Dan Hamhuis, 2003-04), tying for fourth among first-year blueliners in points, and ranking third in goals. The 6-5, 213-pound native of Sicamous, B.C., also led all rookies and ranked second on the team in plus/minus rating (+15), and paced all rookie defensemen in game-winning goals (3) in 2009-10. Franson played in four of Nashville’s six postseason games this past spring, notching his first career playoff point/assist in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals vs. Chicago.

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Kaberle Clears The Air

from Jonas Siegel of 640Toronto,

Tomas Kaberle says there are no issues between him and Ron Wilson.

Following a wild summer of trade rumours, speculation and remarks from his father skewering his relationship and future with the coach, the four-time all-star finally set the record straight.

“I don’t agree with everything my father says,” said Kaberle. “That’s normal, like I don’t agree with everything with my coach, but especially when you’re losing you get into some arguments. That’s good. I’ll take it as a challenge.”

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Maltby Once Again A Red Wing

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Maltby said he has no qualms about signing a two-way deal because it enables him to remain with the organization he joined in 1996. And if he has to start the season with the Grand Rapids Griffins—which is likely, unless the Red Wings have an injury or two—he’s fine with that.

“That’s something I’ll deal with if that comes to surface,’’ Maltby said. “Right now it’s about Traverse City (training camp) and exhibition games.

“I’d be one of the older guys down there, but it’s not like I’d be first player to ever do it.’‘

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Raw Charge’s Five Questions for JJ

The staff at SB Nation’s Raw Charge finishes up their Five Questions, Five Answers series today with my responses to their Southeast Division inquries.

Check out the entire piece here, as well as the previous two installments, featuring my The Bolts Beat co-host, Mike Corcoran and Pete Choquette from Bolt Prospects.

As I touched on in closing out this interview, this division as a whole is on the upswing, making the timing of my expanded coverage even more exciting.

Enjoy the Q&A here… And, please, pay my friends at Raw Charge a well-deserved visit.

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Would The Wild ‘Suspend’ James Sheppard?

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey New,

James Sheppard’s off-ice ATV accident could end up costing him a significant amount of money, more than $4,000 for each day he is on the injury list, in fact.

Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher made it clear after learning about Sheppard’s mishap in Vail, Colo., that resulted in a broken kneecap, his most pressing priorities were learning the full extent of the injury and getting Sheppard back on the ice as soon as possible.

But with Sheppard being injured while taking part in a higher-risk activity, it puts into question whether or not the Wild will be able to suspend Sheppard and withhold his $803,250 salary this season until he’s healthy enough to play again. Initial reports suggest Sheppard could miss as much as four months this season.

“We’re still looking into the relevant facts and making sure that James is getting the best medical care,” Fletcher said. “At this stage we’re concentrating on helping James speed up the recovery process as much as possible.”

However, Fletcher did contend there are provisions in the collective bargaining agreement and the standard player contract to deal with such issues.

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Bruins, JYP Jyvaskyla Reach A Partnership Agreement

BOSTON, MA – The Boston Bruins announced today that they have entered a partnership agreement with Finnish SM-League Club, JYP Jyvaskyla.  Under this agreement, the teams will be able to transfer players and have them train with the partner club and within the partner club’s developmental system, as well as exchange tactics and scouting information.

JYP was founded in 1977 and captured its first league championship in 2009. Notable NHLers Michael Nylander, Steve Kariya and Jody Shelley have skated for JYP in their careers.

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Craig Ramsey Plans To Improve The Atlanta Defense

from Bill Tiller of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

When coaching in Boston, Ramsay admitted that they felt comfortable exposing the Thrashers’ Achilles heal saying, “We thought we could take advantage of Atlanta in their own end, but I think we will turn that around…that will be a priority for us”.

But he doesn’t merely want to improve the play on defense… he actually feels it has the potential to become an asset.

“We want to change that attitude, that’s for sure. I think looking at this [team] that our defense could be our strength. That’s what we did in Tampa when we won the Cup. In Boston we were very strong on the blueline. Rick understands that value…and we’ve got good people here and we think they can make this defense work and it can be turned to our advantage”.

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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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