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What Probert Could Have Been

from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,

Even in his post-hockey life, a period when he discovered the joys of family and the rewards of a solid marriage and a network of caring friends, one got the sense that Probert, a near perfect blend of size, speed, gifted touch and physical ability to play the game anyway you wanted to play it, was still mentally tortured by the conflict of who he was when measured against what others expected him to be.

It’s understandable. If one were looking for an appropriate inscription for the stone that should forever mark his spot it could easily be: “Peace at Last”.

But it could also be “He Could Have Been”...

And there lies both the tragedy and the reality of the life of Robert A. Probert.

read on

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There Is A Difference

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

I rag on NHL players a lot – and with good reason. Their boring nicknames roll off an assembly line, they’re far from the most worldly of individuals, and their union-maintaining abilities leave much to be desired.

But after witnessing the NBA’s orgy of egoism the last few weeks, I appreciate NHLers a little bit more than I used to.

Don’t get me wrong – this isn’t going to be one of the thinly veiled bigoted rants that often get tossed at NBA players. I covered the Toronto Raptors for a bunch of years – during the Vince Carter Era, mostly – and I found, in many aspects, basketball players and hockey players share the same experiences: the shortened childhoods; the temptations that come when the exuberance of youth and large sums of money are locked in the same room together; the drive to provide for families that sacrificed in the hope their prodigal sons would prosper.


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Carrying The Torch

from Sammy Hudes of ShalomLife,

There have always been just a handful of ‘the chosen people’ playing in the National Hockey League, yet many have certainly made names for themselves over the years. From New York Islanders great Bob Nystrom to journeyman Mathieu Schneider, a defenseman who has amassed 743 points during his impressive career, there have been many recognizable names to play in the NHL who are of the Jewish faith. Schneider, 41 has played for 10 teams over his career but is without a contract for the 2010-11 season thus far. So is Jeff Halpern, a 34-year-old who last played for the Los Angeles Kings and once captained the Washington Capitals (who are now led by Alexander Ovechkin). The futures of both Schneider and Halpern are unclear, but will likely be known by August or September.

In the new era of the NHL, the leaders of the Jewish population include the likes of Mike Cammalleri, Eric Nystrom, Nicklas Grossman and Mike Brown.


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Bryan Trottier No Longer In Charge Of Player Development For Islanders

from Chris Botta of NYI Point Blank,

Bryan Trottier will not return as Executive Director of Player Development for the franchise, a role he has held since 2006.

Trottier, the Hall of Fame center, Hart Trophy winner and member of the Islanders dynasty, was listed atop the team’s directory of hockey operations personnel above even assistant general manager Ryan Jankowski, who was told on Monday night that his contract would not be renewed.


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OSU Just Wanted To Help The Blue Jackets

from Steph Greegor of The Other Paper,

It wasn’t exactly what Ohio State University had intended.

When the university offered to take the financial obligation of managing Nationwide Arena off the hands of the financially strapped Blue Jackets, it really was done with altruistic intentions said Xen Riggs, who has managed the Schottenstein Center since its opening in 1998.

“We just wanted to help,” Riggs said. “But our hope is that it will be a community effort.”

It’s the last part of Riggs’ statement, however, where the real truth may lie. Admittedly, the arena deal, struck earlier this year and implemented in May, barely puts a dent in the CBJ’s annual debt, contributing a paltry $1 million bandage to a $12 million hemorrhage. And there are certainly some benefits to OSU in taking over management of Nationwide Arena.

But it’s the notion that someone had to do something that may be the most important aspect of the deal.


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Penguins Looking For A Center

from Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

“We’re set in terms of defense and [in] goal, and up front we’re pretty good,” said Shero, who last week signed defensemen Paul Martin and Zbynek Michalek to replace Sergei Gonchar and others.

The Penguins had interest in former New Jersey center Rob Niedermayer, but he agreed to a one-year, $1.15 million deal with Buffalo.

“We’re just looking around to see if anybody fits, and we’re keeping Billy Guerin in mind as well,” Shero said of the veteran winger who became a free agent July 1.

With most free-agent wingers the wrong fit, Shero is looking for a center as the team considers shifting Jordan Staal or Evgeni Malkin from center to wing.

Shero said coach Dan Bylsma can use training camp to determine the configuration in that scenario. Staal, who has developed into arguably the top third-line center in the NHL, played some on Malkin’s flank on the second line earlier in his career. Malkin occasionally moves to wing on the top line with center Sidney Crosby.


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Report- Flyers Close To Signing Zherdev

from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,

Nikolai Zherdev could be the Flyers’ latest off-the-wall acquisition this offseason.

Yesterday, news services in Russia reported that the Flyers and Zherdev - a Ukrainian-born free agent who spent last season in Moscow - have come to an agreement to bring the skilled but aloof scorer back to the NHL.

But as of last night, no deal had been reached. Two league sources and one Flyers source told the Daily News yesterday that the Flyers and Zherdev’s agent, Igor Popov, have been talking and appear to be close to a deal. One source said he expects the Flyers to sign the free agent today.


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Less Pressure On Some Of The Young Oilers

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

Talk all you will about the big three of Eberle, Marcus Paajarvi and Hall, but No. 1 is No. 1.

“It takes the pressure off all of us,” said Eberle, the Oilers first-round pick two years ago, 22nd overall, while Paajarvi was the first-round pick last year, 10th overall.

Lowe looks at Eberle and Hall the way it was with him and Gretzky that first year when they roomed together in a three-storey walkup on the south side.

Because the two were teammates at the World Junior, they ended up roommates at the development camp and whether they are tethered together during drills or sitting beside each other in the dressing room, you can see they have a bond.

“Jordan and Taylor are tight just like a few of us were,” said Lowe, who roomed his second season with Messier.


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Kovalchuk Wants Too Much From The Kings

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Attracted by Kovalchuk’s production and electrifying style, the Kings reportedly offered him $63 million over 12 years, an annual cap hit of $5.25 million, or $84.5 million over 13 years, an annual cap hit of $6.5 million.

Several sources familiar with the situation but not authorized to talk publicly said Kovalchuk hasn’t compromised on an average annual value of $10 million, close to the NHL-leading $9.538-million average Washington’s Alexander Ovechkin earns in a 13-year deal.

The Kings say they can’t accommodate Kovalchuk, retain their core and bring in the support players necessary to become a consistent Stanley Cup contender.


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Evening Line

“It’s going to be special and neat to have a chance to come back to the arena and I’m sure there will be a lot of memories going through my head and that I’ll be nervous too, but I’m really looking forward to it,”

-Markus Naslund on the Vancouver Canucks retiring his number.  More from Derek Jory of Canucks.com.

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