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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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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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Madden To The Wild

from Glen Andersen of Wild.com,

It sure looked like the Minnesota Wild had its roster set for the 2010-2011 season. There were rumors that Mike Modano might return to the birthplace of his NHL career, but that idea (however far-fetched) was squashed by him signing with his hometown Detroit Red Wings.

But General Manager Chuck Fletcher wasn’t finished rounding out his roster for 2010-11. Fletcher often talks about finding character, grit and leadership when acquiring players. On Friday, he found a guy that epitomizes all of those qualities, and he’s got one more. He wins.

Fresh off winning his third Stanley Cup, John Madden agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Wild. His presence provides more depth at a position that is typically the toughest to fill for NHL teams.

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Watch The Mike Modano Press Conference

added 2:03pm, Live feed of press conference now available below…

added 2:25pm, press conference is over and I will try to get an archived feed of it later today.

Hopefully you can watch the Modano press conference below starting at 2:00pm ET.  In the meantime….

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

Modano will start camp centering the third line between Cleary and Hudler. Holland said if they don’t develop chemistry, Modano could switch with Filppula and play between Franzen and Bertuzzi. Filppula has played with Hudler and Cleary in the past.

“I see (Modano) maybe playing 14 to 16 minutes a night guy and probably in his prime he played 18 to 22,” Holland said. “There are going to be nights when he’s probably feeling good and he’s dancing, and Babcock is going to get him out there more. There will be other nights when you can tell he just doesn’t have it and somebody else will play more.”

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Top Ten Skilled Players Of All-Time

TSN says so…

Part two (best of the rest) is below…

 

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You Call This A Classic?

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

There is one thing to be said about the Heritage Classic, which will be held in Calgary on Feb. 20 when the Canadiens visit the Flames: the guy who decided to describe it as a “classic” had a vivid imagination.

A money grab it is, a “classic” it ain’t.

When a few players and executives from both teams, along with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, got together in Calgary on Wednesday to put an official stamp on the affair, the four-letter word heard most often was “cold.” Flames defenceman Steve Staios, who played in the first “classic” when the Canadiens visited Edmonton in 2003, knows all about it.

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