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Lightning Will Remember The Past

from Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times,

In the hallway leading to the Lightning locker room at the St. Pete Times Forum, there is not one picture of the team celebrating its 2004 Stanley Cup title.

It is the same in the locker room, the players’ lounge, the weight room.

Think about that. The most memorable moment in franchise history gets zero play.

A glaring oversight, said right wing Marty St. Louis, who was part of that championship team.

“You’d like to see it,” he said, “and show the other guys what we’ve been through.”

That is the plan, said coach Guy Boucher, who wants those images where players can see them; a design makeover for those common areas he made sound like a history lesson, a tutorial and even a symbolic papering over of a culture of losing.


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The Difference Between Might & Could For The Bruins

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Unlike that open wound that spewed fossilized BP bile into the Gulf of Mexico, the Bruins don’t have to come up today or tomorrow with a remedy for their salary cap woes. They have all of this month, next month, all of September, perhaps even well into November, to make a full roster “cap compliant,’’ and late last week general manager Peter Chiarelli said he expects both Tim Thomas and Marc Savard (a combined $9.08 million cap figure) to be sporting the spoked-B opening night in Prague.

Now, what might happen if Chiarelli could move either of these aged, pricey vets? That’s a whole different bucket of pucks. For now, though, might and could are the equal of fat and chance.

Let’s be real here, folks. Some two months after the club’s spectacular self-immolation in the playoffs, with the amateur draft now history and the July 1 patina worn off free agency, both Thomas and Savard are still under the employ of the spoked-B. Between them, they’re holding guaranteed deals that total 10 years and $43 million in cap obligations.

continued plus more hockey topics…

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Power Grades For The Young Penguins

from Josh Yohe at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Hockey coaching techniques have taken huge strides over the past 20 years, with video becoming an integral part of teaching.

The Penguins have taken that a step farther.

Each player who attended this week’s developmental camp will receive a real, live report card in the mail this week. Marianne Watkins, the team’s new power skating instructor, worked with prospects this week and is overseeing a project that will see each player receive a video of his work.

“I think it’s going to be something that’s very helpful to these players,” said Watkins, a Peterborough, Ontario, native who is a power skating instructor at Robert Morris University.

With a new age arena about to open, it seems only fitting that the Penguins would embrace such new age approaches.


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Late Night Talk

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

• The very available Simon Gagne is a poor fit for the Maple Leafs for a number of reasons: 1) His salary is too high; 2) He’s not a centre; 3) The Flyers are looking for prospects or draft picks and the Leafs can’t afford to give away either; 4) He’s the wrong age at 30.

• We take you now to the front office meeting of the San Jose Sharks, where the determination is made about how to win the Stanley Cup. “I’ve got the answer,” one voice says. “Let’s sign Antero Nittymaki to be our goalie.” There is applause all around. This is, of course, fictional: Or is it? One of the deepest, strongest teams in hockey lost its No. 1 goalie and replaced him with Nittymaki. And this somehow makes them better? There is but one plausible explanation for this: John Ferguson Jr. works for the Sharks. The same man who traded Tuukka Rask for Andrew Raycroft, believed in Justin Pogge and gave up multiple picks for Vesa Toskala. Must be Fergie. Otherwise, can someone please explain what GM Doug Wilson is thinking?

a few more hockey notes…

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Modano No Closer To A Decision

from Chris McCosky of the Detroit News,

The Red Wings aren’t pressuring him, that’s for sure. General manager Ken Holland has presented his offer—apparently for one-year and $1.25 million (more than I’d been speculating)—and whether Modano takes it will not impact Holland’s ability to re-sign restricted free agents Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm.

The Wings can wait; too bad so many of their fans can’t. It seems that an alarmingly large number of Red Wings fans, at least from the e-mails I’ve been getting, want to vilify Modano.

“If Modano doesn’t want to play here, forget him,” has been a common sentiment.

“What, is he too Hollywood for the Red Wings now?” is another.

It is not like that. Just because he didn’t immediately fall all over himself to sign with the Wings doesn’t mean he disrespected the organization. Just because he hasn’t yet accepted the $1.25 million offer doesn’t mean he feels slighted or he’s holding out for more.

read on

Ha, I think the same people who are emailing Chris eat at where I had breakfast today.  That is all anyone wanted to talk to me about, “why hasn’t Modano signed with the Wings yet…”

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Have You Seen This Puck?

from Fred Mitchell and David Kaplan of the Chicago Tribune,

Where’s the The Puck?

You know, the one Patrick Kane stuffed in the corner of the net to lock up the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup title.

The Blackhawks have challenged Grant DePorter, president of Harry Caray’s Restaurant Group, to find the treasured memento.

“Harry Caray’s restaurants is putting out a $50,000 offer to buy that puck — as long as it can be authenticated as to being the actual puck,” DePorter told us.

He gained notoriety six years ago when he paid $113,824.16 and then had the so-called Bartman Ball, which was then detonated on live TV.


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Would Casino Taxes Help The Blue Jackets?

from Encarnacion Pyle of the Columbus Dispatch,

The Blue Jackets president believes that the casino taxes that will flow to Columbus and Franklin County would be the best fix for the hockey team’s financial woes.

“I think it is the most viable solution, and it wouldn’t require any other money being used,” Mike Priest said today. “But it’s up to the public sector to decide how it wants to use that money.”

Business, government and team officials have been meeting for more than a year to come up with a way to stem the Blue Jackets’ bleeding. The club is losing an estimated $12 million a year in operations.


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Maybe One Day The Kovalchuk Deal Will Be Done

from Helene Elliott of the Fabulous Forum,

One source familiar with the discussions said he’s 98% sure it will get done and that Kovalchuk will be a King. But in a process as bizarre as this one has been at every step, and with neither Kovalchuk’s agent nor Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi willing to comment, that 2% is too much wiggle room.

Among the issues they’re believed to be working on: payment for the 2012-13 season, a season that could be lost to a lockout, and whether the deal will include a no-trade or no-movement clause. And if there is a clause that allows him to veto a trade or specify a number of teams he’d agree to join in a trade, the two sides will have to agree on when it would kick in.

The 2012-13 issue is a real concern to players and teams. If there’s no season, players wouldn’t get paid — but any pre-agreed signing bonuses would have to be paid. Teams don’t want to pay anything if there’s no season, but players want bonuses — or, in a worst-case scenario, to lose as little salary as possible.


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What Do You Think Of Ovechkin Working For A KHL Club?

from Dmitry Chesnokov of PuckDaddy,

Believe it or not, but from July 1 Alex Ovechkin is employed by UHC Dynamo and even gets paid for his services.

Mikhail Tyurkin, UHC Dynamo’s President, told Sovetsky Sport, “Alex has already called me. He is now my official advisor.  He is now employed by UHC Dynamo.

July 1 was the official date Ovechkin became a team employee. “Alex will work on promoting our club.  And he will also work with children from our hockey school. He will hold a few master-classes. I think that famous people like Ovechkin should bring value not only to NHL teams, but to Russia as well, especially to the club that brought him up,” Tyurkin said.


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  Tags: alex+ovechkin, khl

Cammalleri Has Praise For Price

from TSN,

“I’m a huge Carey Price fan,” added Cammalleri. “I think he’s incedibly talented and I’m really proud of the situation he handled this year. I expect a lot of things from him.”

And Price, a restricted free agent who has not yet re-signed, will undoubtedly be under the spotlight when training camp begins in eight weeks.

“There’s a lot of pressure to play well,” said Cammalleri. “To the point where it’s too much for one guy to shoulder. For us, we’re going to do it as a group. It’s not about him, it’s not about one guy. It’s about sharing that responsibility win or lose.”


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