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Joe Sakic Not Ready For Full-Time Work

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

Yet Sakic, 41, added that a year into retirement, he isn’t ready to serve in a full-time executive role.

“Whatever they need, I’m here,” Sakic said at the Sanctuary Golf Course. “I’ll be able to go to the rinks and give my input, or whatever they want me to do. As an actual job, a title, I’m not really ready for that yet.

“My kids are at such a great age, I want to be home with them, and I’m coaching the boys’ (Chase and Mitchell) hockey and Kamryn, my daughter, is in gymnastics. I’m really enjoying that. I’m watching (the Avalanche) every game, and they know I’m here. I’ll be at the rink once in a while, and if they need anything, I’ll be there for them.

“I know when I’m ready to make that next step and be more committed and be more full time, it’ll be available. But right now, things are going pretty good.”

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Yzerman’s Moves Have Lightning Poised for Marked Improvement

In these early days of the Steve Yzerman era here in Tampa, the consensus opinion on his re-molding of the Lightning roster has been overwhelmingly positive.

He promised a methodical approach and got to work in just that fashion almost immediately, adding here, subtracting there and strengthening the overall product all the while.

Few onlookers, if any, have been unimpressed.

But what has been done under Yzerman to this point, until on-ice results can be considered, that is, has to be labeled with the age-old, “on paper” caveat.

Essentially, Yzerman has shed some dead wood, plugged a few holes, added much-needed depth in key areas and maybe, just maybe, found the spark to reignite his club’s captain’s once-dynamic career. And before we forget, he’s given the hottest young coaching commodity in the hockey world the task of leading these fortified troops to success.

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Shrinking The Arena

from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,.

As reported earlier this summer, the Panthers are ‘downgrading’ the capacity at The Billboard this season, covering up more than 2,000 upper deck seats with tarps.

According to the team, the “22-piece tarp system sponsored by Party City will cover the last six rows of seats located on the terrace level.’‘

Tarps This coverage will not be for all games—but for almost all of them. When Montreal or Pittsburgh comes to town the tarps can be removed.


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Blackhawks Ready To Defend

from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,

“I don’t think anybody within our franchise is going to get a herniated disc from taking bows,” McDonough said. “There is no Stanley Cup-itis going on in Chicago within the Blackhawks organization.”

While the Windy City might still be whooping over the city’s first hockey championship in 49 years, the organization that delivered that historic moment is looking forward instead of resting on its most recent—and very shiny—laurels.

“I have heard from the NHL that they are going to allow us to play this season, so it would be a good idea for us to be prepared,” McDonough said.

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Stars Come To Terms With Grossman

via Dallas Stars tweet,

The Dallas Stars have agreed to terms on a 2-year contract with defenseman Nicklas Grossman for $3.25 million.

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All Rick Dudley

from Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

Q. It appears the defense is close to being set with several players, like Arturs Kulda, competing for final spot. Would that be a fair statement?

A. I think Kulda has a chance to challenge for regular duty – as do some other people. A lot of it depends on what we do with Dustin [Byfuglien]. If we decide to play him at defense, it’s a much for difficult defense to make. If we decide to play him at forward, there is some room. A lot of that will depend on the people. If we have a guy that looks pretty good – like I look at [Alexey] Zubarev, he’s a pretty talented guy; same thing with Kulda and Freddy Meyers is a guy that’s proven can play in the NHL. All those guys have a chance to play regularly. They just have to show it. If we made a decision that we didn’t need to play Byfuglien at defense, that would be a reason why.


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A Good Feeling In Tampa

from John Grigg of The Hockey News,

If I was new to NHL fandom and was picking a team to follow, it’d be Tampa Bay.

The present looks pretty good with Steven Stamkos, Martin St-Louis, Victor Hedman, Vincent Lecavalier and Simon Gagne. Plus there’s finally some depth in goal and a blueline that is looking better. And so does the future with interesting prospects in Brett Connolly, Richard Panik, Carter Ashton and Dana Tyrell up front; big Brock Beukeboom on the back end; and Dustin Tokarski and Cedrick Desjardins in goal.

But it’s the off-ice moves that would have me really jazzed. Owner Jeff Vinik is beginning his first full season at the helm; he’s a Boston hedge-fund guy with enough Benjamins to keep the team afloat and relieve the “win now” pressure that is so


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Talking Hockey Bloggers

from Greg Wyshynski of PuckDaddy,

Credentialed bloggers usually enjoy the same access as a newspaper or radio reporter on a game night: a seat in the press box, fresh popcorn and access to the teams’ dressing rooms for postgame interviews. They cover the game, pass information to their audience, and have done so for the last several years without many incidents of unprofessional behavior, despite approaching the coverage from a fan’s perspective.

Yet several prominent NHL franchises, including the New York Rangers and Edmonton Oilers, have strict “no blogger” policies in their arenas. They don’t see them as working journalists, and they certainly don’t see a need for them to have access to cramped locker rooms after the game.

On Monday, these teams emphatically voiced those concerns during an annual preseason conference call between NHL executives and team media-relations directors. Their issue: If my team doesn’t credential bloggers in its home arena, why should bloggers haves access to my team’s locker room on the road?

In essence, these teams wish to see bloggers become a second-class citizenry in the press box: Given a ‘B-grade’ credential that allows them on press row and in the home-team dressing room, but prohibits them from interacting with players from the visiting team if that team has a policy against alt-media access.


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New Approach For The Canucks

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

The signing of Raffi Torres this week underlines the little shift in approach general manager Mike Gillis has undergone in the brief time he’s held his position as GM of the Vancouver Canucks.

When before he would preserve lots of room under the cap in hopes of being able to lift a good player or players from another organization that was either well over the threshold or in eminent danger of going over, now he prefers to grab the assets first and manage the attendant issues that come with their salaries.

This is not to suggest they have any great cap issues staring them in the face, at least not ones they can’t easily handle, because they’re still in pretty comfortable shape.

And with this approach comes the distinct advantage of having the assets play for you and stack up the points needed to make the playoffs rather than loose games for lack of assets while waiting.


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Alfredsson Can’t Last Forever

from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen,

Another Ottawa Senators season beckons, another year with Daniel Alfredsson as the front-line right-winger.

Just how long can that continue?

As the soon-to-be 38-year-old Senators captain made his case for National Hockey League players to continue their participation in the Olympics at the World Hockey Summit in Toronto on Wednesday, it served as a reminder of his impressive tenure with the team.


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