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It’s A Slow News Friday Morning

Nada, nothing, no news, unless you are interested in Patrick Kane and the Stanley Cup getting a police escort to Niagara Falls.

Oh, this just in…

Brian Burke was on Fan590 this morning and said he is looking for a forward with size and scoring ability (note he did not say Top 6 forward) or a package of a high pick and good young player when talking Kaberle trade.

You can listen to the interview here.

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Shean Donovan Waiting For Work

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Only 49 games shy of reaching the 1,000 milestone in his NHL career, the 35-year-old winger, a Carleton Place native who has suited up the past three years for the Senators, would like play one more year.

But with time ticking away toward the opening of training camps and with more than 40-50 unrestricted free agents still looking for work, Donovan isn’t sure he’ll get that one last opportunity.

“I just want the chance to play. That’s the most important thing to me,” said Donovan Thursday.

While Donovan’s lawyer Larry Kelly has talked to a couple of NHL teams that might be looking for help, there haven’t been any solid offers.

While Donovan has been delaying a decision, there are two good offers from teams in Europe. He’d like to wait a little longer to see what happens on the NHL front.

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Cam Janssen Talks Baseball Brawls

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

“To me, it’s pretty scary when you’ve got guys hitting you from behind and there’s 40 guys out there throwing punches and you’re not looking,” Janssen said. “You get blind-sided and all of the sudden you’re down in the pile getting kicked in the face. It’s a scary thing, but sometimes it’s kind of humorous when you see some of those guys try to throw punches.”

Comments made by Cincinnati’s Brandon Phillips, calling the Cardinals a bunch of whiners, is what instigated Tuesday’s fight. One day after Phillips’ comments, Cards catcher Yadier Molina objected to Phillips giving him a friendly tap on the shin pads, and that’s when the dugouts emptied.

“That was great that Yadi did that,” Janssen said. “He’s not going to take that from him, and why would he? The Cardinals are a great organization. They’ve got a great team, and they’re classy. If someone was calling the Blues that, there would be hell to pay when they to Scottrade Center, I’ll tell you that.”

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Highway Robbery

from Jim Kelley at Sports Illustrated,

If I were a member of the search committee charged with finding an executive director for the National Hockey League Players Association, I would be afraid to open my e-mail in-box. Hockey players are blunt and the words attached to messages from, say, Marc Savard, Roberto Luongo, Chris Pronger, Marian Hossa and others are likely to read something like this:

Hey (name here),

You lazy SOB, get your good-for-nothing self off the golf course and your head out of your arse. (Name of NHL Commissioner, lawyer, administrator or arbitrator here) just got the okay to put his hand in my pocket and “review” my already reviewed and signed contract, and you’re letting them get away with it?

Bad enough you Bozos were asleep at the switch and let Richard Bloch back in as an arbitrator, but then you go and lose what should have been an open and shut case regarding the cash in Kovy Kovalchuk’s change cup, and now we’re all subject to an “investigation” of deals that have been signed, sealed and approved by the league itself. This would never have happened if you guys hadn’t sacked Bob Goodenow, let alone stopped listening to him.

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The Story Behind DLO23

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Kaberle Trade Options

from Damien Cox of The Spin,

He (Burke) can also go a couple of different ways on a deal. He can replace Kaberle’s salary with those of incoming players - David Backes, Ryan Malone?  or he can acquire draft picks and inexpensive prospects, say a solid youngster like 23-year-old blueliner Derek Joslin of the Sharks. The Kings, meanwhile, have both kinds of commodities, young veterans and prospects, and could do a hybrid deal.

If Kaberle’s salary isn’t replaced in the deal, Burke could also use it on a free agent before training camp.  Or he can spend it on Boston’s Marc Savard, assuming Savard’s contract isn’t disallowed by Gary Bettman anytime in the near future. Interesting - Burke has vowed not to sign one of these goofy front-loaded contracts, but does that mean he wouldn’t trade for a player who owns one?

The important part is that Kaberle is moved - it’s just time to turn the page - and that tangible assets are required, which might not be the case if he were allowed to stay a Leaf beyond Sunday.

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Report- Belanger Signing With Washington

from James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail,

According to multiple sources, free agent centre Eric Belanger has a one-year deal in waiting to return to the Washington Capitals. The contract is believed to be a slight raise over the $1.75-million he made last season, to $1.85-million.

What’s interesting is that he has been told not to announce where he’s going, leading to Belanger telling the French language newspaper Le Soleil on Wednesday that he is about to sign but can’t say where due to the fact the team he’s headed to is working on a trade.

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Hard Knocks - NHL Style

from Greg Wyshynski of PuckDaddy,

You think the same hockey culture that chastised Canadian women drinking magnums of Molson after winning Olympic gold would allow scenes in which NHL rookies hang out in a pub near camp, chatting up fans with around three dozen shot glasses empty on the bar? (Which was a scene from “Hard Knocks” last night.)

We’ve had discussions over the years with plenty of NHL executives and team personnel about candor. About connecting players and fans on a different level than the corporately packaged, delicately filtered way that connection is made today.

Sure, hockey players are boring ... when they have 25 microphones in their face in the locker room, or they’re staring into a camera for three minutes on NBC. Not so much when they’re on the ice during camp, or shooting the breeze in the locker room or sitting around having longnecks after a scrimmage.

That’s the access a “Hard Knocks: NHL” would require. That’s the access that would endear previously random names on a roster to fans watching at home.

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A Frank Discussion About Gay Athletes

from John MacKinnon of the Edmonton Journal at the Vancouver Province,

The Oilers and (Edmonton) Capitals, said Oilers president Patrick LaForge, will conduct in-house diversity training for both the staff and athletes on both its baseball and hockey clubs, also welcome news.

Those who believe any of this makes it more likely that a gay athlete employed anywhere in North American pro sports will feel secure enough to declare his homosexuality while an active player may be in for disappointment. There have been gay players in major league baseball, NFL football and basketball who have gone public, but only after they retired. No male hockey pro has ever come out.

“In a way, I don’t blame them because in the changing room, where everything is wide open, for a lot of players, they just don’t want to [declare], if they’re not comfortable,” said Georges Laraque, retired NHL player and deputy leader of the Green party. “For me, I couldn’t care less.

“But, a lot of times, if you’re a member of a team, you just don’t want to make guys uncomfortable around you. They shouldn’t be, but you know that if others know [about your sexual orientation, the atmosphere) could be colder.”

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All Tortorella

from Stan Fischler of MSG,

Right off the bat, I asked Torts to give me some reasons for optimism.

“I feel good about what we did so far this Summer,” he shot back. “We didn’t deal any of our kids and the foundation for the team is in place. We have to build a club without relying totally on free agency.

“We want to keep our youthful core and keep adding to it.”

He also is pleased that Glen Sather signed Martin Biron, an experienced goaltender who will provide the Rangers what they’ve lacked since just after the last Lockout; someone who can enable Henrik Lundqvist to obtain more rest than he’s had for years.

“Marty is a good back-up goalie,” said Tortorella. “I’d like to see him play between seventeen and twenty games next season. He’s solid and I expect him to win games.

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