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Morning Line

“Of course, to play in the NHL is a dream.  You can go to any youth sports school and ask those who train there—everyone will say that they dream of the NHL.  There cannot even be a talk about comparing the two leagues.  The KHL right now is moving in the right direction, raising up a little, but there is no point to compare the leagues.  Let them call me names, call me a traitor, but this is true.

-Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals,  Ovechkin did an interview (many topics) with sports.ru and you can read the translated interview by Dmitry Chesnokov of PuckDaddy.

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Retiring Theo Fleury’s Number

from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,

And there’s no telling when he might see his jersey lifted above the ice in Calgary. It took 22 years for his junior club to honour him, proving character is considered more important than talent when it comes to celebrating a star.

His hockey life has come full circle, joining the Hall in a city that both kickstarted his career and began a lifelong nightmare thanks to the alleged abuse of convicted pedophile Graham James — his first junior coach.

The Warriors have now determined Fleury worthy.

With years of sobriety under his belt and a new reputation being built as a voice against sexual abuse and violence against children, his character off the ice is finally catching up to the skill he always displayed on it.

If his life continues in the same direction, the Flames will undoubtedly follow suit.

As long as Fleury’s penchant for untimely outbursts doesn’t get in the way.

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Getting Messy In Toronto

from Dave Fuller of the Toronto Sun,

The Toronto Maple Leafs have a Tomas Kaberle problem. The longer it festers, the more likely it is to infect other regions of the dressing room.

This is hardly a revelation to team president Brian Burke. He’d have moved Kaberle months ago if, in his mind, he was getting equal value in return.

But this isn’t just about trading a player anymore. It’s about cleaning up a mess.

Burke likely won’t have to ask the veteran defenceman to waive his “no-trade” clause, which the GM is loathe to do. Kaberle and his people — from his father, Frantisek, to his agent, Rick Curran — understand the situation. And, the situation, I suspect, is becoming intolerable.

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Aaron Asham A Penguin

via Ryan Rishaug tweet,

Asham signs with penguins. Done deal.

added 6:55pm, Penguins say $700K.

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All About The Shootout

from John Kreiser of NHL.com,

Here’s a look at some of the best of the first five seasons of the shootout:

Does practice make perfect?—The Rangers, Oilers and Boston Bruins have been the most active participants in shootouts. All have taken part in 65, with the Oilers winning 39, tying them with Dallas and New Jersey for the most in the shootout’s five-year history. The Rangers are next with 37 wins, while the Bruins have won 31 and own a shootout-record 34 losses.

At the other extreme, the Carolina Hurricanes have been involved in only 37 shootouts—and won just 17 of them. Calgary has taken part in only 38 and has just 14 victories, the fewest of any team.

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Burrows Continues To Rehab Shoulder

from Brad Ziemer of PuckWorld at the Vancouver Sun,

Winger Alex Burrows has spent the past several days in Vancouver doing some rehab work on his surgically repaired shoulder.

Burrows had surgery to repair a torn labrum back in early June. The Canucks aren’t saying when Burrows will be ready to play, but this type of injury generally requires anywhere from four to six months of recovery time.

“At this point he’s working through his therapy program, he’s progressing and he’ll be evaluated again closer to the start of training camp,” assistant general manager Laurence Gilman said Thursday.

The Canucks are not making Burrows available for media interviews.

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Morning Line

I agree with no touch icing, others make no sense, hockey has been around for a long time and its fun as hell to play exactly the way it is

-Dustin Brown of the LA Kings on some of the rules at the R & D camp, via Twitter.

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Laviolette Wants His Team Ready To Play

from Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News,

From the hard times that we went through, we built the team to where we were almost invincible to adversity,” Laviolette said. “The amount of times that things were on the line and the fans seemed to get behind that, really get behind that. You could feel it. At least I could. You go through situations and you learn a lot about your team, and I think what we learned is that we’re OK with that.

“Not that we wanted to be put in those situations. This year I want a better path.’‘

Notice, he didn’t say easy. Just better. The team added depth on the blue line to help Chris Pronger and Kimmo Timonen , said goodbye to an expensive, oft-injured star in Simon Gagne, and replaced him with a cheaper suspect star in Nikolai Zherdev. Citing no upgrade in goaltending, the Hockey News ranked them fourth in the Eastern Conference behind Washington, Pittsburgh and New Jersey….

“I’ve learned, I’ve learned,” Laviolette said. “You can forget about last year. This group, whatever steps out on that ice, whatever steps into that locker room, they’ve got to figure out how to come together on the ice. It’s a huge part of winning….

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Report- Washington Looking For A Defenseman

from Peter Adler at the Cult of Hockey,

The Washington Capitals are in talks with two teams, the Edmonton Oilers and the Vancouver Canucks, about moving forward Tomas Fleischmann, 26, who is coming off a career year, an NHL source says.

If Edmonton were the place, Sheldon Souray would be heading to Washington. Kevin Bieksa would move from the Canucks to Washington.

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Hull In Stone

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Blues Hall of Famers Bernie Federko and Al MacInnis will have some company in front of Scottrade Center in October.

The club announced today that a third statue, honoring legendary Blues goal-scorer Brett Hull, will be unveiled prior to the team’s season opener Oct. 9.

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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.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

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