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Senators Appear Ready For Camp

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Maybe Bryan Murray will sit back, relax and enjoy the rest of his summer.

Or maybe the Senators GM will tinker with his team’s roster a bit more.

The Senators managed to avoid going to battle with centre Peter Regin and defenceman Chris Campoli. Both had filed for arbitration but agreed to deals before their cases could be heard.

With the cap set at $59.4 million for next season, the Senators have approximately $57.5 million committed to 22 players — along with buyouts for former goalie Ray Emery and winger Jonathan Cheechoo.

While there might be a bit of movement before training camp opens Sept. 17 at Scotiabank Place, it would appear the money has been spent and the Senators roster is nearly set for next season.


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Blackhawks Did They Best They Could With Their Cap Problems

from David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune,

Perceptions are, ‘Geez, the Blackhawks mismanaged the salary cap, but I’d say we did the opposite — we managed the hell out of it,’’ Bowman said. “We exploited it in a way.’‘

Bowman isn’t bragging. He knows better after presiding over an unprecedented exodus of players from a championship team that has created hockey panic in Chicago. The Blackhawks shedding nine players off the Cup champions due to salary-cap issues has drawn more comparisons to the fire sale of the 1997 World Series-winning Marlins — who dumped seven key members — than anybody at 1901 W. Madison St. ever intended.

But after hearing Bowman defend and detail a plan he started formulating a year ago, I found it much easier to believe the Hawks have made the best of a bad situation.


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Did Louis Leblanc Make The Right Decision By Leaving Harvard?

from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,

“If you look at the average age of players in college hockey, (Leblanc) would have been playing against kids from 19 to 25 years old, and now he’s going to be playing against kids from 16 to 20 years old. I think Louis was aware of what I thought was in his best interests, but once he’s come to that decision I support him and wish him the best.”

But (Ted) Donato (Harvard head coach) does have some concern about the pressure Leblanc will face in Montreal.

“I think if there were characteristics that would allow someone to be successful under such a spotlight, I think Louis has some of them,” Donato said. “He’s got great character, he’s a great kid, he’s got a tremendous work ethic. But the fact of the matter is, for different kids it takes different time frames.

“We’ve often talked about having the ability to not only to make the NHL, but to be an impact guy once he gets there and to stay there for a number of years.

“I think it was a case where he felt his development would move along quicker playing outside of the NCAA. I don’t agree with him, but I respect his decision.”


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The 48 Year-Old Intern

via Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press, “I don’t have a title for him, but he’s going to do a little player development,” general manager Ken Holland said. “After ’09 when I told him we weren’t going to re-sign him, I told him to keep in touch. He called me in May and told me he was going to take me up on my offer.”

Chelios played for the Wings from 1999 to 2009 after a Hall of Fame-worthy career with Montreal and Chicago. He spent the past season with Atlanta, but is now ready for the other side of hockey.

“He can really help us in player development and as an ambassador,” Holland said. “(Coach” Mike Babcock has told me there’ll be times during the year he’ll lean on him. To some degree, it’ll be an internship for Cheli.”

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  Tags: chris+chelios

Tim Thomas Wants To Stay In Boston

from Matt Kalman of The Bruins Blog,

An affable sort who has always been willing to face the media, win or lose, Thomas seems to have soured on the fourth estate after what’s been written this summer – most of which he says has been inaccurate.

“There’s so many little pieces of misinformation that I’m not even going to waste my time setting the record straight,” he said. “I’m just not going to discuss it anymore. As far as how hard this summer was, every summer I’m replaced as the No. 1 goalie. So it’s pretty much standard course.”

While he wouldn’t get into specifics, he said one of the things that was inaccurately reported was that general manager Peter Chiarelli gave Thomas’ agent Bill Zito permission to seek a new home for his client.

One thing Thomas wanted to make clear is that not only does he expect to be with the Bruins when training camp opens in a little more than a month, he wants to be in black and gold.

“Of course [I want to be here],” he said. “The fans have never turned their backs on me. And that’s who you play for is the fans, and the fans of Boston have always been great for me.”


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Coyotes Say Ticket Sales Are Higher Than Reported

from Mike Sunnucks of the Phoenix Business Journal,

The Phoenix Coyotes are disputing news stories that the team’s ticket sales for next season are lagging.

Reports from Canadian and U.S. news outlets say the hockey team has sold only 1,800 season tickets for the next National Hockey League season which starts in October.

“The report is incorrect – the number is much higher. It’s also worth noting that renewal rates are higher than they’ve been in three years and new season ticket sales have already topped last year and are on pace to be better than the past few years as well,” said Coyotes spokesman Rob Crean.

Crean wouldn’t say how many season tickets the Coyotes have sold.


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Afternoon Line

“The Red Wings, they’re one of the teams.  Everybody is interested in the Red Wings.”

-Mike Liut, agent for Willie Mitchell.  More from Craig Custance of The Sporting News.

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Selanne Ready For Return

from TSN,

It looks like Teemu Selanne will be back for his 18th season in the National Hockey League.

The veteran forward told Finnish sports magazine Sports Journal on Friday that he intends to return for ‘at least another year’ and a contract with the Anaheim Ducks should be done over the next few days.

“I made the decision to continue my career,” he told the magazine. “In fact, it has been clear for a long time. Negotiations are now ready to begin.”...

“I informed (Anaheim) that if they re-build (the team), I’ll then do something else,” Selanne said. “With the guys that the team has acquired, I’m convinced that we can still succeed.”

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  Tags: teemu+selanne

Achievements Ahead

from Jordan Shifman of CBC,

History could be made on several fronts on opening night of the 2010-11 season in October.

Four NHLers might reach 1,000 points, two will surpass 900 points, 14 will get to 700 points, four will reach 500 assists and eight could score their 100th power-play goal.

In fact, there are over 50 players that could obtain new historic milestones this coming season, including the likes of Sergei Gonchar, Alex Ovechkin, Ryan Smyth and Chris Osgood.

Of those 50, there are three players you should keep the closest eye on: Mark Recchi, Jarome Iginla and Joe Thornton.


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Smaller Goalies Will Have Smaller Pads

from George Malik of Snapshots,

The Hockey News’s Rory Boylen “subbed” for Adam Proteau during Friday’s “Ask Adam” column, and he duly noted that the vast majority of hockey fans have forgotten that the NHL’s goaltenders will sport slimmed-down looks this fall as the league is introducing a rule in which goaltenders must wear more “form-fitting equipment”:

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