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Questions Remain For The Ducks

from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

Many preseason predictions don’t see any postseason games at Honda Center next spring either, but not everyone seems to share that sentiment.

“Not in our locker room, that’s for sure,” center Ryan Getzlaf said. “Our organization’s been built the same way since I’ve been here. Every year we’ve been building for the same thing.

“You can’t do it every year. It’s a fact of the game. You’re not going to go out and every season and perform to the highest level. You’d love to and everybody would love to. It just doesn’t work out that way.”

After the disappointment of last season, the Ducks enter camp amid expectations that are sharply scaled back from the post-Stanley Cup years.


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Andrei Markov Continues With His Rehab Work

from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

Markov won’t be with his teammates this morning when training camp begins in Brossard with practice and scrimmage. Instead, he’ll be back in the gym, his tedious Brossard home, then skating gently, with supervision, on his own.

“I’d like to come back tomorrow, but it’s not possible yet,” Markov said yesterday. “I’m doing my best and I’m happy with my rehab. I can do different things on the ice. My knee feels a little weak, but it’s getting stronger every day.”

He’s circled no date on the calendar for his return to action, or even to practice with the team.

“Maybe another month,” he said. “Maybe more, maybe less.”

History suggests Markov is a quick healer, having returned from the slashed foot tendon five weeks earlier than first forecast. But an ACL is not a tendon; it is a serious working joint and you’d best believe the Canadiens will not rush Markov back into action with at least 82 games to play.

“I want to feel comfortable on the ice,” he said. “I want to stay healthy, because it hasn’t been like that the last couple of years. You can’t feel 100 per cent all season long -sometimes it’s up and down with bruises. But I want to enjoy the game every night.


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It Is What It Is When It Comes To Zherdev

from Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

Apparently, the native of Ukraine, who most recently played for the Atlant-Moscow Mystishchi, is still a mystery. At least, he was Thursday at Flyer Skate Zone, one day before the team officially opened training camp.

Even though Zherdev understands English, he insisted on using Slava Kouznetsov, the Adirondak Phantoms’ skating coach, as a translator. And what the 6-foot-2, 203-pounder said, via translation, was less than enlightening.

Asked about his personal goals for the season, Zherdev responded: “How it’s going to go, it’s going to go.”

Assuming the message was lost in translation, the question was asked again, but differently. The answer, though, was similar to the previous answer.

“I will work and do [what’s required],” he said with a smile. “How it turns out, it turns out.”

read on

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Stars Hit PEI

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

The chore of getting 53 hockey players and their equipment to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island is a labor of love.

And when you consider it’s for a three-day training camp “peck on the cheek,” it might seem more like a bad romance.

But the Stars are willing to endure the travel challenges because they believe that future training camps on Canada’s smallest province could be great for team unity.

“I think you can say this is a bit of a dry run,” Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk said of an experiment that begins today and ends with a flight back to Texas on Monday afternoon.

“They obviously were very proactive in getting us, and I think we also had an idea from the start that this would be something that has worked very well for this organization in the past with Vail. So I think we all pushed ahead with this year, knowing the schedule wasn’t perfect, but also knowing that it would be a really nice chance to see how it works.”


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DiPietro Expects To Be Healthy

from Brett Cyrgaus of the NY Post,

Rick DiPietro doesn’t need motivation. The Islanders goalie doesn’t need outside pressure and expectations, doesn’t need the judging glare of the hockey world or the critical eye of the New York fans to get him up in the morning, to get him to the rink on time, to get him to be the best damn goalie he can be.

All of that pressure comes internally for DiPietro. And all of that pressure sits on his broad shoulders this season, which technically started yesterday when the Islanders players showed up to IceWorks in Syosset for the first day of training camp that included off-ice testing and physicals.

“I put a tremendous amount of pressure on myself,” DiPietro told The Post. “The Islanders made a huge commitment in signing me to that long-term deal and I fully expect to be back and healthy and make good on that promise that we’re going to bring the Stanley Cup to Long Island.”


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Kaberle & Wilson Have Had Positive Talks

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

When Wilson was asked if the much anticipated summit with the defenceman had taken place after a summer of salvos across the Atlantic between Brian Burke and Kaberle’s father, he warmed to the topic.

“We’ve sat down and talked,” Wilson said ” All our talks have been really positive, as I expected them to be.

“I’ll get this out there now so there are no issues, he may only play one of the first five exhibition games (next week). Because I know what he can do and I know he can play with other people. Kabba is 32 years old. At the end of training camp I need to have him fresh. You don’t want your team dead after one week.

“I know (a feud) is a nice story for you guys to hang your hats on,” he said added with a smile, “but there really isn’t an issue. I just wanted to get that out there and be on the offensive and give you the information so you aren’t running around thinking (he’s benched) and there is something else going on.”

read on

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Are The Flyers A Better Team This Season?

from Sam Carchidi of Broad Stree Bull at the Philadelphia Inquirer,

The Flyers, coming off a stunning run to the Cup Finals, are understandably excited about being back in training camp.

  Did they make the right off-season moves that will make them Cup contenders again?

  We will find out in the upcoming months. From here, the Flyers have more overall toughness and are much better defensively than at this time last season. The offense appears a little weaker, as does the goaltending.

  But chemistry can make up for some deficiencies, and the Flyers seem to be a tight-knit group.

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Langkow Not Cleared For Contact

from Torie Peterson of Flames.com,

While he has made great strides over the summer, Daymond Langkow has not been medically cleared for contact and will not take part in the Calgary Flames training camp.

“Right now, I’m going to skating on my own,” he said on Friday. “I just can’t take contact right now and it’s kind of frustrating. It’s kind of a day-to-day thing and we’ll just go from there.”


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Blackhawks Hope To Extend Seabrook

from Adam L. Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times, Defenseman

Brent Seabrook is in the final year of his second contract with the Blackhawks. So it’s time for the Hawks to start looking at keeping him around.

Seabrook is considered part of the Hawks’ young core, and is definitely in line for a raise from his current $3.5 million salary.

“Now that we’ve gotten through the summer with the changes we had to make, we’re going to start to look at that,” Hawks GM Stan Bowman said Friday about Seabrook’s contract status. “You’re always trying to look ahead.


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City Of Glendale Off The Hook For Now

from Rebekah L. Sanders and Cecilia Chan of the Arizona Republic,

For now, Glendale appears off the hook for the $25 million it pledged last May as an insurance policy to keep the Phoenix Coyotes in the city at Jobing.com Arena.

The city announced Friday that a potential buyer has agreed to fund the $25 million that the National Hockey League demanded from Glendale in order to cover the team’s operating losses this season.

“As the city and the prospective buyer work toward finalizing documents, in a show of good faith, the prospective buyer has deposited $25 million dollars into escrow,” Glendale’s statement read.

Glendale officials would not name the potential buyer, but the city has been negotiating for weeks with Matthew Hulsizer, a Chicago investor.


added 7:33pm, from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

However, the $25 million, essentially a show of good faith and evidence of Hulsizer’s financial wherewithal, has nothing to do with a separate $25 million the City of Glendale has promised to the National Hockey League to cover costs of operating the team while a new lease agreement with the city and an ownership deal with the NHL can be completed.

The City of Glendale issued a release late Friday that suggested otherwise.

The release said the new escrow account established by a potential owner “shows the City has met the NHL deadline for finding a qualified buyer, who will keep the team here, a requirement to release the City’s $25 million currently in escrow.”

Yet multiple sources say that is not the case.

Hulsizer’s escrow amount has nothing to do with the city’s agreement to pay operating costs to the NHL only the eventual purchase price of the team. The City of Glendale has no access to the new $25 million account, multiple sources told ESPN.com.


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