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The Hot Line Reunion

from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,

He’s a hardened, often cynical 71-year-old, with a voice as rough as Manitoba gravel and a tongue sharper than a Wiltshire.

But there was Bobby Hull, overcome with emotion, his eyes welling with tears and his voice quivering like the goaltenders he used to stare down.

All it had taken to reduce the Golden Jet to a whimper was a reunion with Anders Hedberg and Ulf Nilsson — the first time the Hot Line had come together on Winnipeg soil since they were members of the Winnipeg Jets in 1978.


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Boudreau Can’t Forget Series Loss To Montreal

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

It was longer than expected for Boudreau and the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Caps, who blew a 3-1 series lead to Montreal in the opening round of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals and lost 2-1 at home in Game 7.

Boudreau hasn’t been able to forget about that meltdown for several reasons, including the fact that he’s always reminded of it when he does an interview. His response is also always the same: If it weren’t for Jaroslav Halak, then the Habs’ goalie, Washington would have moved on to the second round.

People are asking these questions and trying to make mountains out of molehills here,” he said. “We lost in seven games, and to me the goaltender did things that not too many goaltenders do. (Sidney) Crosby said it best when (Pittsburgh) lost (to Montreal in the second round). He said if they’re game plan was to play three quarters of the game in their zone and then hopefully win, then they had a good game plan.

“We took a hundred shots (technically 94, according to the stat sheet) at the net in the final game,” Boudreau continued. “If you can’t score, you can’t score. It happens and you can’t change a thing. I thought we had a great year and we didn’t have a good week, and we’re not apologizing for the way we played because we didn’t allow many goals or chances. We just didn’t do what we normally do and that’s score.”

read on

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Wellwood Waiting

from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun,

Wellwood isn’t exactly pacing the floor of his Windsor, Ont., home, but he does wish that when the phone rings it would be his agent calling, not a reporter.

“I’m just waiting for a call from my agent,” Wellwood said Wednesday. “Still waiting. It’s definitely always stressful, I guess, trying to stay in the NHL. It’s something I have grown accustomed to and this is just part of the job.”

Wellwood’s agent is former goalie Mike Liut, who also represents former Canucks defenceman Willie Mitchell. And while Mitchell, now apparently fully recovered from the concussion he suffered way back in mid-January, is getting plenty of NHL auditions, Wellwood has received little interest.

“You never know how the off-season can shake out,” Wellwood said. “Certainly I was hopeful in July that somebody would show interest in me. But that didn’t really happen.”

read on

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Report- Pisani To Chicago

via Ryan Rishaug tweets,

Pisani signs with hawks

One year one way for Pisani

added 5:14pm, from the Cult of Hockey,

The deal is one-year, one-way, a great deal for Pisani, and maybe for the Hawks as well. If Pisani is healthy, the Black Hawks are bringing on board a useful player, even though Pisani was arguably the worst Oilers forward at even strength last season.

The Hawks are the kings of even strength play, of course, so it’s not as if Pisani is needed in that role so much by the Hawks. Instead, it’s likely that Pisani will be most utilized in Chicago where he is best utilized, as a penalty killing ace.

When it comes to killing penalties, even an ailing Pisani has been the Oil’s best penalty killer by far the past two season.

read on

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Talking R & D Camp

from TSN,

These are the many rule changes that are being examined during the camp. Here are several of the key ones:

- Having three faceoff dots, one in each zone, down the centre of the rink.

- Using a variation of the faceoff, where a whistle starts play rather than the traditional puck drop.

- If a player is deemed to have committed a face-off violation, he will be required to move back and keep his skates behind a “penalty line” (1’ foot further back) to take the faceoff


Also, VooX at A2Y is getting an up close and personal look at the camp.

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Contract Investigations Still On

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly confirmed Wednesday that the contracts of Marian Hossa, Chris Pronger, Roberto Luongo and Marc Savard remain under investigation by the League and are subject to penalties that could include de-registration if the findings determine there was a violation of the circumvention provision written into the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Daly said at the time those contracts were registered an advisory letter was sent to the clubs notifying them that the League was going to investigate “the circumstances under which the contracts were negotiated to see if there is potential circumvention.” There is no time limit to those investigations.

He added that deregistration is just one of several penalties that could be enacted, per Article 11 of the CBA. Other penalties, as outlined in Article 26 of the CBA, include fines against the club and/or the player, reducing the club’s payroll for the following season, forfeiting draft picks, forfeiting games affected by the circumvention and suspensions of club officials, the player and his certified agent.


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Summer Points

from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated,

Has anyone being paying attention to their offseason? Sure, Mike Modano’s signing stirred the ever-growing legion of tweeters to nod at the Motor City for a couple of days. Otherwise, it has been all quiet on the Red Wings front. A closer inspection, though, shows that GM Ken Holland, his assistant Jim Nill and the rest of the staff are simply following and executing their tried and true formula for continued, sustainable competitive excellence. That is: take upper-end players who are now past their prime and slot them in. Modano fits that bill as a top nine forward, as does Ruslan Salei as a defenseman who adds dependable depth.

The other part of the formula mixes in younger players who have served long apprenticeships overseas or in the AHL.

more on the Wings and additional hockey points from Darren…

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Morning Line

“There’s a couple of people, including myself, that two or three years ago, we were probably a little bit wild and we liked to have our fun. Now, we still like to have our fun, but we’re more under control. We respect things more, we respect people more.”

-Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks.  Much more on Kane from Scott Burnside of ESPN.

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Shea Weber Talks About Wearing The ‘C’ In Nashville

via the bclocalnews, “Obviously its a huge honour,” said Weber. “I have played under some great captains in Nashville who have done a lot of great things and hopefully that helps me along the way. We have a good goup of guys in Nashville, so it will be an easy job.”

As for any pressure the new title may bring, Weber says it isn’t even a thought for him.

“I am not going to change the way I play at all, I am going to play the same. So many guys could be captain because there are such good leaders on the team. They are going to make it easy on me and will be helping out.”

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Can Vancouver Retain Willie Mitchell?

from Jason Botchford of The White Towel at the Vancouver Province,

The front runners for Mitchell’s services are four elite (ish) teams — San Jose, Los Angeles, Vancouver and Washington, where Mitchell was put through the paces Tuesday.

His trip to the Kettler Capitals Iceplex Tuesday, completing his four-city North American tour, indicates the Capitals are considering something equivalent to the two-year offer the Los Angeles Kings tabled last week.

It makes sense. The Capitals have both talent and youth on their blueline but lack grit and toughness after losing Shaone Morrisonn to the Buffalo Sabres. Whether Mitchell is physical enough to fill a void is something the Capitals are exploring.

With Mitchell expected to make a decision in the next week, can the Canucks compete with multiple offers? Are they still in it?


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  Tags: willie+mitchell

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