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Center Of Attention

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

With training camp still beyond the horizon and loads of free agents still twisting in the wind there’s always time to start thinking about players that might capture our imaginations come training camp and beyond, those players that may step to the fore or wilt under the pressure of our watchful eye. And so it is that we take a look at the top players by position that we’ll be paying particular attention come the start of the 2010-2011 season.

Down the middle we’ll be curious about how a group of veteran pivots respond to some tough times, and what a couple of kids do after jumping into the spotlight last season.

Vincent Lecavalier, Tampa Bay Lightning
The past few years haven’t been kind to the former No. 1 overall draft pick and the face of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Whether it was shoulder and wrist injuries or rumors of being dealt because of his monster contract, a cloud has hovered over Lecavalier. The Lightning captain has seen his goal totals drop systematically from 52 to 24 over the past four seasons. But new GM Steve Yzerman has apparently assured Lecavalier that he has no intention of moving him and perhaps that, along with good health, will see Lecavalier bounce back to elite status. If he does the Bolts should be back in the postseason.

continue for more centers…

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If Not Winnipeg, Then Where?

from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,

So if the Ice Edge group bidding for control of the Phoenix Coyotes can’t get a deal done with the city of Glendale, are we supposed to believe that the Coyotes next stop is Winnipeg?

Memo to NHL fans in the small, but very fine city that the NHL did its best to forget: follow the money.

I’d like to believe that Winnipeg is first up on the short list of re-relocation cities and that the NHL is leaning that way when it carefully touts the advantages (without making any iron clad promises) of going back to a hockey town in a Canadian city where the game was relatively successful.

The problem is the NHL hasn’t truly declared unbridled love for the “Peg” and one can’t help but think that all the carefully worded statements from the Commissioner on down, don’t amount to anything unless there’s a signed commitment from the league.


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What’s Going On With The RFAs?

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

Lost in a summer that has kept us entertained with the ongoing Ilya Kovalchuk saga, the plethora of veteran unrestricted free agents still available one month into the signing season and the arbitration cases currently taking place is another story that merits attention in the hockey world.

There are still several well-known restricted free agents who remain left wide open for teams to swoop in and sign to an offer sheet. Handing out offer sheets to other teams’ restricted free agents isn’t done cavalierly in the NHL, but it is a practice that has been tried in the past.


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Nothing Like A Great Glove Save

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Making The Most Of An Opportunity

from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,

The lasting image of Steve Downie might be from his rookie season, when he delivered a vicious check to the head of Ottawa’s Dean McAmmond. Downie, then with the Philadelphia Flyers, received a 20-game suspension for the hit, and gained a reputation as a dirty player.

Last season, however, Downie went a long way in changing his reputation from troubled to talented.

In his first full NHL season, with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Downie showed the skills that made him a first-round draft pick, as he scored 22 goals on just 116 shots. Of the 110 players who scored 20 goals last season, none accomplished it on fewer shots than Downie, and only one played less than the 14:42 per game he averaged last season.

continued with more players that fall in this group…

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Kings Need Help On Defense

from Lyle Richardson at The Hockey News,

The Kings quickly found a replacement for Frolov by signing Alexei Ponikarovsky to a one-year contract.

Hopefully these two signings will put to rest those silly Internet-based rumors claiming the Rangers would trade Marian Gaborik to the Kings and then try to sign Kovalchuk.

Kings GM Dean Lombardi, meanwhile, suggested to the Times he wasn’t finished making moves.

Lombardi noted he needs to replace departed defensemen Sean O’Donnell and Randy Jones, but it appears he might look to within his organization first before considering a trade or signing.

The openings give promising young blueliner Thomas Hickey, whom the Kings selected fourth overall in the 2007 entry draft, the opportunity to crack the lineup.

more trade/signing talk…

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Aaron Downey Gets A Wings Tryout

via George Malik of Mlive,

So I headed over to TSN, and yes, at the 5:50 mark of a panel discussion in which Downey and Brad May share the dais with Michael Lansdberg, Downey does indeed confirm that he called Ken Holland and, after a year away from hockey, Downey has received a training camp try-out.

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Agent Says Turco Will Be A Starting Goalie

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Kurt Overhardt chuckled when I asked if he is worried that Marty Turco might not end up with a place to sit in this free agent game of musical chairs.

“You’re the second guy to ask me that exact same question in that exact same manner,” said the agent for Turco. “The answer is no.”

Overhardt is confident that something will get done in the 7-10 days and that Turco, the all-time Stars win leader who was not offered a contract extension, will be on a contending team.

“He will be on a contender, he will be the starter and he will get a chance to show everbody the kind of goalie he has been throughout his career and will continue to be,” Overhardt said.


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Andrew Ladd Avoids Arbitration

via Nick Kypreos tweet,

Newly acquired Andrew Ladd settles with Atlanta. 1 year deal for 2.35M

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Eager Reaches An Agreement With Atlanta

via TSN,

Forward Ben Eager avoided arbitration on Wednesday, agreeing to a negotiated settlement on a one-year deal with the Atlanta Thrashers at $965,000.

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