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Mark Bell Available

Numerous sources reporting Toronto has waived Mark Bell.

Anyone want him for $2.5M?

added 1:10PM, via TSN,

The Toronto Maple Leafs placed forward Mark Bell on waivers on Monday, while the Calgary Flames have put defencemen Anders Eriksson and Rhett Warrener and forward Jamie Lundmark on the waiver wire.

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The Leonsis Plan

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

Asked what he had learned after just about 10 years as an NHL owner, Leonsis said:

“You know, I’ve always worked in public companies, but here’s a private company (in the Capitals).

“So I said, ‘OK, we don’t have shareholders like Wall Street. We have stakeholders – our fans.’ And you always hear businessmen being criticized for not taking the long-term view; that they have to meet the next 90 day’s quarterly results. So they view things for the short term, at the detriment of the long term of the company.

read on

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Preseason Means Something

from James Duthie of TSN,

“These are like playoff games to me,” (Rhett) Warrener says. “I am a lot more nervous now for these than I have been for regular season games in years. I used to hate them (preseason games). Now I wish there were more.”...

“This is still my dream ... to play in the NHL,’’ Warrener says. ‘‘Calgary is my home. Playing for the Flames is my life. It scares me to think it could be taken away.”

more players mentioned too…

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Hand Surgery For Scott Walker

via the Carolina Hurricanes,

Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that forward Scott Walker underwent successful surgery on his left hand this morning. Dr. Harrison Tuttle of Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic performed the procedure to repair a torn ligament in Walker’s hand, and the Hurricanes’ winger is expected to miss six weeks of action.

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Wild Addition

from the Minnesota Wild,

The Minnesota Wild is excited to welcome the newest member of the Team of 18,000, Nordy. Nordy hails from way up yonder and is a lifelong resident of The State of Hockey. Born in Eveleth, Minnesota, he was raised with a stick and a pair of blades and cut his teeth on the ponds and lakes throughout the Iron Range. He now resides at Xcel Energy Center and calls the Capital City home.

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The Rebuilding Of The Blackhawks

from Tripp Mickle of Sports Business Journal,

With his father, Bill Wirtz, in the hospital and the 2007-08 hockey season about to begin, a memo from the Blackhawks finance department landed on his desk. The team needed an immediate infusion of $34 million to start the season, the memo said, or it wouldn’t be able to make payroll.

The eight-figure request stunned Wirtz. As president of Wirtz Corp., he oversaw a family-owned business with interests in liquor, wine and beer distribution, insurance, real estate, banking and co-ownership of the United Center. The enterprises generated more than $1.4 billion in annual revenue, and none ever came close to missing a payroll.

read on (paid subscription, so hopefully the link will continue to work)

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Top 50 NHL Players

from Yvon Pedneault at Sun Media,

Ovechkin makes the top of our list because he had an incredible season last year. He managed some truly exceptional goals, the kind of goals that made the difference in some especially close wins for his team.

1. Alexander Ovechkin, Washington

An exceptional talent, a born scorer, a player who brings intensity to every game.

2. Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh

He’s maintained an average of 1.56 goals per game since his start in the NHL.

3. Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit

He can do anything on ice.

read on

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Keep Your Head Up Jason Blake

Ole-Kristian Tollefsen of the Blue Jackets lines-up Toronto’s Jason Blake…

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Early Morning Shot

You know, you get up at 3:30am and expect things to be peaceful, yea right.  Directv box won’t turn on, finally unplugged it and let is sit for 15 minutes, finally restarted.  Comcast cable modem starts blinking and blinking and blinking, no connection.

Reset the modem, waited 15 minutes and as you can see, back online.  The rest of the day better improve, quickly!


via Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

We have it on good authority that after years of shunning the idea of a mascot, the Edmonton Oilers are about to unveil one this week.

The smart money on the outfit, which is being made in Calgary, says it will be representative of the Oilers’ great hockey fans ... which is to say it will likely include a mullet, overalls, high-top runners and a handful of teeth.

 

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Flyers Bond At West Point

from Kevin Kurz of PhiladelphiaFlyers.com,

The Philadelphia Flyers arrived on the campus of the United States Military Academy in the early morning hours on Sunday to take part in some team building exercises - this year’s version of what has become an annual tradition for the club as it prepares for the coming season.

continued and watch a video below as the Flyers go through a team-building exercise.

Continue Reading »

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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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