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Have The Canadiens Lost Their Identity?

from Don MacPherson of the Montreal Gazette,

After saying in an interview on the Télé-Québec program Les Francs-tireurs that he’s not a paranoid conspiracy theorist, Curzi went ahead and spun a beauty about a federalist plot involving the owners of the Montreal Canadiens that had everything except black helicopters.

“It’s not by chance” there are now so few French-speaking Quebecers on what was once the team of Maurice Richard, he said.

“The people who are federalists and the people who don’t wish Quebec to become a country, who don’t wish French to flourish, they know very well that you must take over a certain number of symbols of identity. And me, I believe there’s been a taking possession by the federal power over the Canadiens club.”

As a result, the “value of identity” that was “fundamental in a national sports team” had been “evacuated” from the Canadiens.

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Season Ticket Sales Take A Hit In Columbus

from Tom Reed of Puck-rakers,

The Blue Jackets are still feeling the affects of arguably their most disappointing season in franchise history.

The club confirmed to the Dispatch its season ticket sales are down 24.5 percent from a year ago. The organization has sold 7,700 season subscriptions to date—or 2,500 fewer than last year….

Jackets alternate captain R.J. Umberger said the club has to give fans a reason to pack Nationwide Arena.

“You can’t really blame them almost,” Umberger said of fan frustration. “They want to see a winning team. They pay a lot of money to come to the games and they want to see a good performance.

“If we’d been in the league 70 years and had eight Stanley Cups or some history, it might be a different story if you have a couple of bad years. We’re still trying to establish ourselves as an organization and city in this league.

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Gagne Gets His Number

from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

Nice little story coming out of precamp workouts was how Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Simon Gagne got his No. 12 jersey number from Ryan Malone. It seems Malone just gave it away and, apparently, expected nothing in return. Malone will wear No. 6.

“It showed the class of the guy,” Gagne said Monday after his first skate with his new teammates after 10 seasons with the Flyers. “I heard a lot of great things about him, but by giving No. 12 away that just showed the person he is. I’ll try to buy him dinner on the road this year or something like that. It’s a number I’ve been wearing since I was a kid, so it means a lot to me.”...

After finding out Malone was wearing No. 12, Gagne said he would wear 21, which he wore at the 2002 and ‘06 Olympics in deference to Jarome Iginla. But after Malone spoke to head equipment manager Ray Thill, Gagne got the news Malone was willing to give up the number.

“I said we’re happy to have him on the team,” Malone said. “He’s done some great things with that number and it was time for a change for myself, I thought, so it was no problem at all. I just said with open arms, ‘Come join the team.’ “

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Training Camp Just Around The Corner

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Training camps open around the NHL later this week and some burning questions come to mind.

Among them has to be David Booth, the Florida Panthers star winger who was limited to 28 games last season after suffering a pair of concussions. How is he faring now?

“He’s healthy as a horse,” Panthers GM Dale Tallon told ESPN.com on Monday morning. “We’ll keep our fingers crossed. We need him to be healthy. It’s exciting, tough. He’s good to go.”

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The Interesting Oilers

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

I’d go as far as saying the Oilers might be one of the most interesting and exciting teams to follow this season. The Oilers, who boast a passionate fan base, but who have not made the playoffs in five of the past six seasons, will welcome some terrifically-talented young men into the fold. When you look around the NHL and see the success teams such as the Pittsburgh Penguins, Chicago Blackhawks and Washington Capitals have enjoyed (OK, OK, the Caps still haven’t won squat, but they are close!) after an infusion of young talent, it is easy to be excited about the Oilers prospects in the next few years.

Start with Hall, the No. 1 pick in the NHL entry draft last June. While Tambellini played coy leading up to the draft, not tipping his hand as to whom he would choose, Hall or Tyler Seguin, it was the two-time memorial Cup MVP he had in his sights all along. Hall is a game-breaker, a dedicated young man who knows how to lead and how to win.

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Luongo No Longer The Captain Of The Canucks

via TC Carling tweet,

Roberto Luongo has decided to relinquish his captaincy - new leadership group will be announced prior to the start of the regular season

added 1:09pm,

Vancouver, B.C. – Vancouver Canucks President & General Manager Mike Gillis announced today that goaltender Roberto Luongo has decided he will relinquish his role as team captain. Luongo’s leadership remains important to the club’s continued success and he will continue to support teammates with his work ethic, discipline and desire to win.

“Roberto has been an excellent captain for our team the past two seasons,” said Mike Gillis. “We respect and support his decision to relinquish the captaincy and are confident that he will continue to help lead our team through his tremendous character and work ethic both on and off of the ice.”

“I am honoured to have served as captain of the Vancouver Canucks for the past two seasons,” said Roberto Luongo. “Being captain in a Canadian city for a team with such passionate fans is a privilege and an experience I will always take pride in. I will continue to be a leader on this team and support my teammates the same way I always have while focusing on our ultimate goal.”

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Hockey Gamer Becomes A Hockey Fan Again

from Mike Carraggi of Operation Sports,

It was the biggest year for the Boston Bruins in decades, and I honestly could not have cared any less. Me, a sports writer for a major Boston newspaper and “die-hard” fan of everything Boston, was more concerned about the state of the putrid New England Revolution (MLS) than I was the conference-leading B’s.

Like most (ex-)fans, you could blame the lockout. After that, hockey just did not have the same appeal to me. They just became grunts scooting around the ice while scoring less than a geeky high-school student.

Fast forward to today, and I am eagerly awaiting the day Tuukka Rask and the boys can redeem themselves after one of the ugliest choke jobs in NHL history.

What changed my opinion on the sport so drastically that I would ignore a record-breaking 2008 campaign just to salivate over a question-filled 2010 one? The answer is EA’s NHL series.

This may sound absolutely ludicrous, but the degree of difficulty and amount of strategy it took to score a goal in an NHL game was always lost on me until I began playing the series during the last two years.

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A Look At Player Agent Steve Bartlett

from Dan Goldman of the Messenger Post,

The Sports Consulting Group roster of players includes Buffalo Sabres star Thomas Vanek and Team USA captain Jamie Langenbruner, as well as professional players from the Rochester area like Ryan Callahan, Brian and Stephen Gionta of Greece; Marty Reasoner of Honeoye Falls; and Chris Collins of Fairport.

Callahan, a forward for the New York Rangers, said deciding by whom to be represented was an easy decision, knowing Bartlett’s track record and having played hockey with his son Scott.

“With the amount of guys he has, it shows that he’s a great agent and he does well for us,” said Callahan.

“He’s a great guy, down to earth, he is everything you can ask for in an agent,” added Stephen Gionta, who plays in the New Jersey Devils minor league system. “He puts his own time and energy into every guy, no matter what level of play you’re at. You don’t always get that with the big companies.”

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Can Nashville Reach The Next Level?

from David Boclair of the Nashville City Paper,

General Manager David Poile has proved he can put together a team that’s good enough to make the playoffs, even though most years at this time in the season it doesn’t look that way to the rest of the world. He has done so five times in the past six seasons, including four of five during the salary cap era. Not a lot of other teams can say the same thing.

Of course, as any fan can attest, none of those Predators teams were good enough to get beyond the opening round.

So let’s ask again: Is that good enough? Because the reality is that there’s every reason — or 26 of them, at least — to assume that’s about as good as it’s going to get.

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Yzerman In Charge

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,

Twenty-seven years. That’s how long Yzerman spent with the Red Wings, virtually his entire adult life. He grew up as a person and grew into a legend in Detroit, winning three Stanley Cups as the captain and another as an executive. He was immortalized on the side of a building and celebrated in a Kid Rock song. Not only does his No. 19 now hang in the rafters at Joe Louis Arena, but the street outside is named after him. So is the Wings’ 19-game season-ticket plan.

Yzerman didn’t go all misty-eyed on Sunday night when his new team beat his old team, 4-3, after an epic 16-round shootout. He sat on the opposite corner of the arena from the Wings’ brass, as physically far away from his former colleagues as possible, and said he focused on his own players. But he did watch the Wings practice on Saturday morning, and the scene couldn’t help but color his thoughts.

“I looked out and thought, ‘My god, that red and white is a beautiful jersey,’ ” Yzerman said. “I can really appreciate it, and I enjoyed watching. I know a lot of those kids over there. But I’ve got a lot of responsibility. It’s a responsibility I want, and I have to do a good job here.”

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