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“I Choose NHL & I Want To Win The Cup There”

So says Ilya Kovalchuk.

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Numbers Stacked Against The Leafs

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

This is just the first week of school, but the Maple Leafs are already facing math problems.

Of the eight playoff teams returning in the Eastern Conference, only the Montreal Canadiens seem in any danger of point subtraction and only if Carey Price gets stage fright as their No. 1 goalie.

Of the six others that finished ahead of Toronto and missed the playoffs, count on the four Southeast Division clubs, Tampa Bay, Carolina, Florida and Atlanta to be among the most improved. Then there’s the New York Rangers, 13 points better than the Leafs and denied eighth spot by a Game 82 shootout loss. Now that goalie Henrik Lundqvist has agreed that time off is in the team’s best interest, they can avoid a similar fate in 2010-11.

So students, using the margins for your rough work, that would appear to leave Toronto at or near the bottom of the column again.

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Ottawa May Have The Next All-Star Game

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The NHL’s best of the best could be coming to Scotiabank Place next season.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman will be in Ottawa for a Sept. 15 luncheon at the Chateau Laurier, along with Senators owner Eugene Melnyk and GM Bryan Murray.

League sources say Bettman could also use the forum to confirm the Senators and City of Ottawa will host the NHL all-star weekend for the first time—from Jan 26-29, 2012.

That would coincide with the 20th anniversary of the Senators re-entry into the league in 1992-93. In February, more than 25 teams made bids for the 2011-12 all-star weekends.

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Preparing For Camp In Traverse City

from Greg Gielczyk of the MorningStar,

This marks the 13th year the Red Wings have come up to Traverse City for their annual training camp.

Recent construction of two National Hockey League-size locker rooms – which will be used for the Prospects Camp, the Red Wings and the Traverse City North Stars when the pros have left – are just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak.

Adjacent to the home team’s locker room is a trainer’s room as well as a coaches’ office.

Visiting scouts will be accommodated by a new lounge that later will be used as a rented suite to bring in more revenue for the arena.

“We have scouts coming in from all over the country, not just the eight NHL teams that are here,” said Centre I.C.E. Executive Director Terry Marchand.

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Keep Your Night Job Guys

Duncan Keith threw out the first pitch at Wrigley field yesterday and then was joined by Dave Bolland for ‘Tale Me Out To The Ballgame”.

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Toronto Won’t Help Out The Devils

from Greg Brady of the Brady Blog at Fan590,

I know Leafs fans are hoping THEY can be the team like Atlanta and Toronto did, to hope to exploit the Devils’ “issues” before the regular season starts, but though Brian Rolston would help the Leafs’ offence, there’s no financial wiggle room without sending something back.  Count on the Islanders or St. Louis or Colorado to be the team to take on an overpaid Devils veteran, but there’ll be an asking price.  Future Devils like Nick Palmieri, the very underrated Adam Henrique, or even Vladimir Zharkov, who should make the Devils roster out of camp, are going to be in discussions.

No one’s scratching Lou Lamariello’s back without a reciprocal snuggle here, especially after the circus the Kovalchuk signing ended up becoming.

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What Was Willie Mitchell Thinking?

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

...it seems he’s had another blow to the head, what with the quote he gave our Jim Jamieson on Thursday upon the news of the ultimatum the league gave the Players Association on the Ilya Kovalchuk and Roberto Luongo contracts now thankfully settled.

Quoth Mitchell: “We have a big gap in our union where you have the star player and the blue-collar player. All those top-end guys are getting paid more and more and the bottom-end guys are getting less and less. Maybe if we come to something more level, it might help the rest of our union.”

Now we know what he was driving at but the question is, when did Mitchell become a socialist and when did he start quaffing the Bettman Kool-Aid? No wonder the owners are in such great shape if this is the quality of understanding of the CBA at the player-rep level.

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Ohlund Wants A Big Part In The Lightning Plans

from Erik Erlenssson of the Tampa Tribune,

Ohlund said that while he looked like a wounded warrior for good portions of last year, he played without limitations.

“I had a few issues, but it wasn’t something big and when I stepped on the ice it never bothered me, it probably took more toll on the trainers than me,” Ohlund said.

The summer didn’t bring an end to the ailments, however, as Ohlund had a minor procedure done to repair some damage to the articular cartilage on his right knee that had him walking around with a brace for a short time.

He downplayed the procedure just as he refuses to use those issues as any kind of an excuse for how his season unfolded.

“I wasn’t … I just had a bad year last year and obviously didn’t play the way I wanted to, but I have no excuses,” he said. “I’ve been around long enough to know that when you have a bad year, you walk around grumpy for a couple of weeks after the season and then you move on.

“I feel great now, I’m excited to be back here and I want to be a big part of getting this team back on the right path again.”

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Laperriere Gets Some ‘Face’ Time

from Joe Siville of Flyers.com,

Today at the Wells Fargo Center, Flyers right wing Ian Laperriere took part in an official TV spot conceived and produced by the VERSUS network.

The commercial focuses on the now famous event in which Laperriere dives to block a shot from the point from then New Jersey Devils (now Pittsburgh Penguins) defenseman Paul Martin during Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series and was struck just above the eye.

Needless to say Laperriere didn’t need to memorize a script having lived it, but surprisingly re-enacting the moment over and over again didn’t exactly cause a sense of déjà vu.

“I don’t know,” laughed Laperriere. “I think when it’s going to be all together and I’m going to see the commercial come out, I think it will bring it back a little more when it really happened. But for today, there were too many cuts for me to be in that moment again.”

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What’s Kovalchuk Talking About Today?

from Dmitry Chesnokov of PuckDaddy,

Q. How worried were you that the deal won’t be worked out?

KOVALCHUK: Of course there were worries and fears. But we were hoping all along that the best outcome for us will finally be there. I am thrilled that this is the way it turned out to be.

How did you feel when your initial contract was rejected right after you held a press conference in Newark?

What feelings could I have had? I was told that a rejection was a possibility. So, I was actually ready for it. Back then we didn’t know for sure that the contract would be approved. And then there was an arbitration hearing. But of course when I was told that the contract had been rejected, it didn’t feel good. But at the same time New Jersey made another offer that ultimately satisfied everyone.

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