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The Franchise

from Eric Stephens at NHL.com,

Burke calls him the “big dog” and expects him to one day succeed Chris Pronger as captain. Many players have taken to calling Getzlaf, “The Franchise.”

There are those who believe that Getzlaf, with his size and vast array of skills, can join Crosby and Ovechkin in the ranks of superstardom. Both Burke and coach Randy Carlyle have said that Getzlaf “can be as good as he wants to be.”

“In the NHL, the challenge is to be able to play to that level day in and day out,” Carlyle said. “To practice to that high level day in and day out.

“He’s done everything we’ve asked. We’ve had very, very few valleys with Ryan Getzlaf. We’ve had some peaks and maybe he’s taken a step back every once in a while. All in all, you’ve got to be very satisfied and very happy with his progress.”

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Wins & Losses

from Mark Hermann of Newsday,

...with doors of training camp almost open and with hockey telecasts starting next week (the prospects tournament), it is worth noting that so much happens in the NHL offseason that you can keep score. So here goes:

Wins: In Markus Naslund, the Rangers have a good player in his prime. Although Wade Redden is neither a kid nor a future Hall of Famer, he is the kind of solid, skilled defenseman the team has craved. Hey, the Rangers didn’t have to trade anybody to get him.

Loss: The Maple Leafs have been in limbo all summer and they’re still over a barrel over Mats Sundin, who hasn’t made up his mind whether he is going to play with them, with the Rangers, with the Flyers or not play at all.

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All John Forslund

from Canes Country,

As everyone knows, Forslund is the television play-by-play announcer for the Carolina Hurricanes and has been with the franchise for 17 years now. He’s done such an outstanding job for the Canes that he has also been called upon to work for Versus and ESPN.

Q. According to Multichannel.com, you have signed on to work for Versus again next year. I was wondering how that agreement with Versus coincides with your commitment to the Hurricanes and FSN?

...This season I’m looking at doing 17 regular season games for them, starting with the October 5th game between Tampa Bay and the Rangers in the Czech Republic, although we will be calling the game from stateside

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Chicago Fans Pumped Up For Season

from John Sandberg of ChicagoBlackhawks.com,

After fans had a chance to meet current and former Blackhawks players during the Blackhawks Night festivities at U.S. Cellular Field Tuesday, one thing was abundantly clear: anticipation and excitement for the upcoming season has reached a fever pitch.

More than 1,000 season ticketholders came out in support for the event, the first of its kind for the team and professional sports in Chicago….

When Steve from Lisle, Ill., was asked to answer his ‘One Goal’ for the upcoming season, the life-long Hawks fan was quick with his response.

“It’s an easy answer… to bring home the Stanley Cup. I think we have the parts in place to definitely get to the Stanley Cup final, and though we have a lot of younger players on the team I feel they are extremely mature and ready for the challenge.”

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Wings Have It All

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

The Wings have everything. From well-organized management—replete with the best scouting and money appropriation—to outstanding coaching, although the loss of Mike Babcock’s assistant Todd McLellan to the head coaching job of the Sharks might be the only area where the team may have suffered over the summer.

The Wings are loaded even before you get to the ice, where the parade of stars just never seems to quit.

And while there is no point going through the Wings roster because it’s so much better than virtually every other team in the league, it’s the way they do it which makes everyone so envious

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Pominville Hopeful Regarding New Contract

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

The captain remained hopeful he will have a new contract before the official start of camp. His agent and the Sabres have been talking long-term extensions.

“You never know with that,” Pominville said. “It’s going well until the deal’s done. We’ll have to wait and see. Hopefully it’ll be done before. I’m just leaving [my agent] to do his thing.”

Although the sides would like to reach an agreement, there is no urgency. Pominville is under contract for this season and then becomes a restricted free agent.

more on the Sabres as they prepare for training camp…

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The Door Is Open For Shanahan

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

“The door is open,” Sather reported in an e-mail response to the Post’s inquiry regarding the status of the still-unsigned Brendan Shanahan. “However there are complications that need to be worked out.”

Now merely six days away from Rangers training camp medicals, it’s unclear what those complications might include beyond a contract negotiation that either hasn’t begun in earnest or is not going well.

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One Happy Family

from Cathy Boyd at the Londoner,

The enduring myth of the overnight success is as old as sport itself. Although a fortunate few have managed to thwart the odds, for most athletes – and more specifically young players trying to make the National Hockey League – the road to stardom is long and unusually arduous.

No one knows this better than London’s own Drew Doughty, a defenceman who was second pick overall in the 2008 NHL draft and the newest member of the Los Angeles Kings organization….

Only coffee beans could be more grounded than Drew and he has his family to thank for that. Drew’s parents, Connie and Paul, two of the most self-effacing people you would ever want to meet, are at the forefront of this success story.

The NHL draft is often viewed as a celebration of sorts, not just the players but their families too – a reminder of all the sacrifices made along the way, the tournament travel, the hotel stays, the expenses.

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Insurance Comes Into Play With Long-Term Deals

from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,

When negotiations conclude on a long-term contract extension for Carolina Hurricanes superstar center Eric Staal, a process that could end soon, there are two certainties about what that contract will look like.

One, it’s going to be for a ton of money, the most the Hurricanes have ever paid a single player. Two, it’s not going to be for any longer than seven years.

Not because the Canes don’t want Staal around any longer than that—clearly, they do—but because the NHL’s leaguewide insurance plan will only insure player contracts for seven years.

Beyond that, if the player gets hurt, the team is on the hook for the full amount of his contract.

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The Next Flyers Captain

from Wayne Fish of phillyBurbs,

Whether they want to admit it or not, the Flyers are about to make an important decision.

Within the next week, they will name a new captain, a designation more significant in hockey than any other sport.

The finalists appear to be fourth-year center Mike Richards and All-Star defenseman Kimmo Timonen. Defenseman Jason Smith held the post last year but he left as a free agent this past summer and will play for Ottawa in 2008-09.

cotninued

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