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Demitra Thinking Offense In Vancouver

from Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun,

The slick Slovak was rookie GM Mike Gillis’s highest profile free-agent signing in July and inked a two-year deal worth $8 million.

He will be expected to fill the offensive void created by captain Markus Naslund’s departure.

Demitra is not coming off a stellar season himself. He had only 15 goals in Jacques Lemaire’s suffocating Minnesota Wild system. It was one of the reasons he opted to move on.

The Canucks, of course, have not been an offensive juggernaut since head coach Alain Vigneault’s arrival in 2006 but Demitra has put his faith in Gillis, his former agent.

“Obviously I was working with Mike Gillis for many years and I know what he’s like,” said the 33-year-old forward. “I’m hoping they’re going to try and change it here and play a little more offence.”

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Jason Blake Feeling Great

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

“I’m doing great,” said Blake. “I was actually at the doctor last week. Everything is definitely managed. I’ve put it behind me. It’s good to be back and I’m ready to play. My mind is totally clear.

“It’s the best I’ve felt in 10 years. I worked hard this summer. I did a couple of different things to get ready for this year and hopefully it will pay off.”

That Blake seems to be winning his battle with chronic myelogenous leukemia is perhaps the best news of all. He was assured from the beginning it was a beatable form of cancer. Still, the news came as a blow.

“I didn’t think it would take that big of a toll on me. It did,” said Blake. “It’s unfortunate that had to happen.”

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Devils Pattern Continues

from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

The re-signing window is already open, but the Devils have not started preventing it from becoming their too-familiar barn door out.

Lou Lamoriello has yet to offer contract extensions to keep John Madden and Brian Gionta from unrestricted free agency next summer, and the Devils don’t have the greatest track record of retaining key players who finally reach UFA - Scott Gomez, Brian Rafalski, Scott Niedermayer, Joe Nieuwendyk, Bobby Holik, to name a few.

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Lightning After Another Forward

from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

While the NHL community awaits Sundin’s decision, his agent, J.P. Barry, confirmed two more clubs have recently expressed interest in his client.

Barry would not reveal the two new teams that have joined the Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens, Vancouver Canucks, New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers in the pursuit of the veteran centre, but one is believed to be the Lightning.

Sundin not only met with Leafs general manager Cliff Fletcher last Friday and Canadiens boss Bob Gainey on Saturday in Toronto, he also played in the Right to Play charity game with his old buddy, new Lighting forward Gary Roberts, as well as new Tampa Bay owner Oren Koules.

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  Tags: mats+sundin

Brodeur Looking At Vancouver 2010

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Prior to the 2006 Winter Games in Torino, Italy, Brodeur expressed that it would probably be his last shot as the No. 1 goaltender for Canada because of his advancing age. But, now with the Vancouver Games only a year and a half away and Brodeur coming off back-to-back Vezinas, he’s thinking a little differently.

“I’d love to go,” Brodeur said. “I’d love to be part of it. It would be a great experience, but I don’t know what the role will be. Definitely, I’m going to gun to be No. 1 if they pick me. We’ll see where my career is. There’s a lot of young guys that have a chance to challenge the guys that were there last time. That’s good. That’s healthy. I’ve got the experience of going to three of them, so that’s one thing that’s on my side. We’ll see what their decision will be. For me, that’s not the ultimate goal, but it’s a goal I’m looking at seriously. I think it would be quite an accomplishment to play in four Olympics. My kids have already been talking to me about it. They want me to go. I told them, ‘We’re only going if I’m playing.’”

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Pleading Doesn’t Work for Samueli

From Reuters,

A California judge on Monday rejected a proposed plea agreement sentence of probation and a fine for Broadcom Corp co-founder Henry Samueli as too lenient, and postponed the sentencing until later this month.

Samueli, 53, pleaded guilty in June to a charge of making a materially false statement to U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigators, following the company’s restatement last year of $2 billion in compensation expenses.

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A story by the Associated Press further states that the judge’s written ruling expressed concern that to allow this deal would erode the public’s trust in the judicial system. 

The original deal had “recommended that Samueli get five years probation and pay at least $12 million in penalties.”  But today’s ruling means that that Samueli—owner of the Anaheim Ducks—may in fact “warrant a significant prison sentence,” according to the Reuters report.

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Is He Ready For The NHL

from Chris Nichols of Sportsnet,

Teams tend to take varying approaches. Some opt to season prospects with more junior, college and AHL experience, while others will throw them directly to the proverbial wolves out of sheer necessity or sheer stupidity – take your pick.

Occasionally a player is just flat-out ready to step in and contribute right away; leaving management no choice but to play him.

This is an especially salient topic now, with NHL training camps on the verge of opening.

As poolies, we always want to be on the cutting edge of which guys are set to break out; whether they’re entering their first year in the league or they’ve been finding their stride for the past few seasons in the pros and are now ready to make that next step.

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Break Up The Big Line

from Ian Mendes of Sportsnet,

New head coach Craig Hartsburg hasn’t tipped his hand about potential line combinations for the Ottawa Senators this season but Daniel Alfredsson believes that he will be taken off the top line with Jason Spezza and Dany Heatley - at least to start the season.

“I have an idea that I don’t think we are going to play together to start with,” Alfredsson said Monday, following an informal skating session at the club’s practice facility. “I think we are going to try and split up. That’s the idea I got from Craig and we’ll see how that plays out.”

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A Steal

from Brad Holland of NHL.com,

Before and after Red Wing practices, the players are allowed to skate around and work on their own skills, and Babcock has noticed that one of his younger players, Valtteri Filppula, has been following Datsyuk around the ice during these sessions while the veteran skater runs mini-clinics in stick, puck, and hand-eye skills.

“He and Filppula work together every day, pulling pucks off the wall, knocking down pucks, stealing pucks off each other: they play keep-away like you can’t believe,” Babcock said.

Almost unquestionably the best in the world in stick- and puck-skills, and Datsyuk still works harder than anyone else in the League. His efforts have produced amazing results, to the tune of a 225% increase in his takeaway totals in only three seasons.

Which begs the question: just how good is this guy going to get?

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  Tags: pavel+datsyuk

A Team A Day

TSN.ca presents ‘30 Teams In 30 Days,’ a quick glimpse at each NHL club as the 2008-09 campaign approaches. Get the lowdown on every lineup, storylines to follow and Scott Cullen’s fantasy analysis. It continues today with the Carolina Hurricanes.

read on and a schedule when TSN will tackle your team.

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