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All Eyes On Hall

from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,

Taylor Hall’s weight jumped from 185 to 194 in the three months since Edmonton picked him first overall.

Who knew the weight of the world was only nine pounds?

The marquee man in the club’s resurrection effort showed up for fitness and medical testing Friday looking bigger and more relaxed than he was in June, says he’s ready to begin his journey into the NHL and seems quite at peace with the staggering expectations.

“I feel a little bit stronger,” said Hall, who’ll see his first live fire in Oilers colours this week at the five-team rookie tournament in Penticton. “I don’t want to come here this season promising the world, but I do feel strong and I feel that I’m ready to play.

“Since the development camp (in mid summer) I’ve turned into a stronger player and a more mature person. I’ve realized I have to change everything I do in my life to be in the NHL.”

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Fedotenko Going To Rangers Camp

via TSN,

Ruslan Fedotenko has confirmed that he has accepted an offer from the New York Rangers to attend their training camp on a tryout basis.

The 31-year old Fedotenko suffered through statistically the worst season in nearly a decade last year, scoring 11 goals and adding 19 assists while posting a team worst -17 rating with the Pittsburgh Penguins last season.  He was also held scoreless in six playoff games.

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Hanzal Deal Done In Phoenix

from E.J. Hradek tweet,

Hearing Hanzal deal is done w/Coyotes. Two year deal. $1.5M in first yr. $2.1M in second year. Cap hit is: $1.8M

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Peter Mueller Signed By Avalanche

via Bob McKenzie tweet,

Peter Mueller agrees to terms with Colorado on a two-year deal, $1.5M and $2.5M.

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Biggest Draft Bust

Adam Proteau of The Hockey News once again answers some questions from hockey fans…

Hello Adam. I think Ryan Leaf (San Diego Chargers, 1998) was the biggest bust in NFL draft history. (Honorable mention: Jamarcus Russell, Oakland Raiders, 2007) Who do you think was the biggest bust in NHL draft history? Doug Wickenheiser in 1980? Brian Lawton in 1983? Alexandre Daigle in 1993?

For me, it would have to be Daigle - not only for the obscene amount of hype he failed to live up to, but also for dressing up like a nurse for an advertisement. I’ve been at photo shoots where NHLers think smiling makes them look weak, so I’d imagine Daigle’s decision must have set off alarm bells in every corner of Senators management.

That said, in addition to Wickenheiser and Lawton, there are others who deserve to be in the conversation, including Patrik Stefan and Greg Joly. And I hate to say it, but when do we start to mention Rick DiPietro?

more and additional questions and answers…

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Cogliano Signs One Year Deal With Edmonton

(Edmonton) - General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms with centre Andrew Cogliano on a one-year contract.

Cogliano, 23, finished last season appearing in all 82 games collecting 28 points (10G, 18A) and 31 penalty minutes. The 5’10” 185 lbs forward has played in 246 NHL games and has 111 points (46G, 65A) and 73 PIM.

The Toronto, ON native has played all three seasons for the Oilers including his rookie year in 2007-08 scoring 45 points (18G, 27A), which saw him land in the NHL record book when he scored overtime goals in three consecutive games.

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Columbus Hockey Goes Hardcore

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

Get ready to hear the phrase “Hardcore Hockey” this season. Nobody with the Blue Jackets has uttered it publicly yet (to our knowlege), but that statement hangs in at least three places in and around the Blue Jackets’ dressing room.

Not bad, actually. I’d put it ahead of “Ignite The Night” and behind “Carry The Flag”, but that’s just shooting from the hip.

Every day, it seems, new coach Scott Arniel’s dressing-room makeover takes another step forward. Wonder when the wet bar will be added to the pressbox?

continue for a little more and some rookie tournament talk too…

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You Call These Cheap Seats?

from Graeme Wood of the Vancouver Sun,

Vancouver Canucks tickets went on sale today at 10 a.m. and fans can expect to reach deeper into their wallets to see their favourite hockey stars at Rogers Arena.

A family of four can now expect to pay at least $284 to attend a match - that is of course if they don’t mind watching the Columbus BlueJackets on a Tuesday night, walk to the arena, and don’t eat.

With the cheapest ticket now costing $65 — a $10 increase from last year — the club has the most expensive low-end ticket price in the National Hockey League. The next highest priced low-end ticket can be found in Edmonton for a relative bargain of $50.75.

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Cheechoo Gets Another Shot With Dallas

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The 30-year-old native of Moose Factory, Ontario, isn’t trying to make the team as a checker. The Stars will take a look at him on the wing with Mike Ribeiro and Brenden Morrow. Talk about a carrot.

“For a goal scorer, you have to get an opportunity,” Stars coach Marc Crawford told ESPN.com. “We think we’ve got an opportunity here to give him a real good look in the preseason and see if he can find some chemistry between him and Ribeiro and Morrow. They need a shooter on that line and he is a shooter. He finds open spots and Ribeiro finds open people. Morrow goes hard to the net and is a hard, hard guy.

“It is a great opportunity, and who knows how it’s going to turn out. That’ll be determined by Jonathan. I’m hoping that we get a surprise and he’s able to make our club and be a contributing guy for us.”

It’s not a coincidence Crawford is giving Cheechoo the chance.

more

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Dany Heatley Can’t Throw

But he can score…

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