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Now What New Jersey?

from Rich Cher of the Star-Ledger,

Losing the first two games of the season (one in overtime) while allowing 11 goals is a concern.

Possibly losing three players in one game is a legitimate crisis for the Devils.

They may have to play Monday afternoon’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins without 20 players.

That’s because the Devils have serious salary cap issues and cannot just bring up players from the minors or sign someone like Adam Mair without clearing enough cap room.


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Henrik Sedin The New Captain In Vancouver

from Canucks.com,

Vancouver Canucks President & General Manager, Mike Gillis and Head Coach, Alain Vigneault have appointed centre, Henrik Sedin team Captain. Sedin becomes the 13th Captain in club history.

“Henrik Sedin embodies the principles of this organization and all of the qualities of a leader through his honesty, integrity and discipline,” said Gillis. “Henrik is an exemplary leader who inspires teammates with a work ethic and desire to continually evolve his game. We are proud to name him as team Captain.”


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  Tags: henrik+sedin

You Make The Call

No penalty on the play, was it an elbow Duncan Keith threw at Ruslan Salei?

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  Tags: duncan+keith, ruslan+salei

Last Night Was Datsyuk/Perry, Tonight Kovalchuk And Green Go For A Dance

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  Tags: ilya+kovalchuk, mike+green

Tavares Out With Mild Concussion

via New York Islanders tweet,

Tavares will not return to the game. He is out with a mild concussion to be evaluated Monday.

added video of the hit from Burish on Tavares and note, original post time was 8:51pm.

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  Tags: john+tavares

Burke Always Learning

from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star,

Brian Burke’s approach to making the Leafs a respected contender is simple. He soaks up something important from almost everyone he meets, and seeks out those he can learn from. Some of the most important lessons he’s picked up along the way: be decisive, realize assets come in many forms, and while you can’t always be compassionate, fairness is not negotiable….

“I called Bill Polian (Indianapolis Colts president). This is eight or nine years ago probably, well before we had a salary cap. I said, ‘We’re going toward a salary cap, I know we’re going to have one.’ I (didn’t) have the first idea how to handle a salary cap, how to manage a salary cap and I certainly don’t want to learn on the fly. I don’t want to hit the ground walking on this. If they put in a cap, what do I do? He said, ‘C’mon in. Talk to our cap guys.’ So I spent the better part of a day going over how they manage the cap.”

“Later on in the day, I’m sitting in Bill’s office and he had a depth chart and there was a little red box on three of the offensive linemen. I said, ‘What’s the little red box?’ He said, ‘They’re all unrestricted free agents.’ Of course, I’m thinking old system NHL where you’ve got to get something for everybody. And I went, ‘Oh my God, what are you going to do?’ and he looked at me like I had two heads. ‘What do you mean, what am I going to do? I’m going to replace them.’ I said, ‘You’re not going to get anything for them?’ and he said, ‘Yeah, I’m going to get back all the cap space….

read on

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Talking Shea Weber Contract

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

I am told contracts talks with Nashville Predators captain Shea Weber will soon begin in earnest. The Preds did communicate with Weber’s agent, veteran Don Meehan from Newport Sports, last month in terms of expressing their vision for the franchise and what an important part Weber is in that vision. The team showed that by making him captain in the offseason, too.

Talk about the most important set of contract talks in franchise history. Weber, a stud blueliner, will be a restricted free agent July 1, only one year away from being eligible for unrestricted free agency.

There are three clear scenarios here:

1. He signs an extension and life is good in Music City.

2. He only does a one-year deal to bridge himself to his UFA year and he can do this by going to salary arbitration next summer.

3. The Preds get nervous they can’t sign him to a long-term extension and put him on the trade block over the summer.

more plus other NHL topics…

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  Tags: shea+weber

No Doubting Crosby

from Scott Morrison of CBC,

So the Kid has a new home this season and we’re not just talking about the spiffy Consol Energy Centre in Pittsburgh.

Sidney Crosby has finally left home, found a place of his own. Truth is, Crosby may have only just bid adieu to Mario Lemieux’s basement (not sure it is a basement like we all know) or wherever he was staying on the property, but he long ago found a place of his own in the hockey world.

Or he is at the very least playing in a stratosphere reserved for a precious few….

In those five years Crosby has won a Stanley Cup, an Olympic gold medal, an Art Ross Trophy, a Hart Trophy, a Messier leadership award, shared a Rocket Richard award, was runner-up to Ovechkin for the Calder and he saved a franchise and helped build that spiffy new arena.

Without Crosby, you could safely argue there is no NHL in Pittsburgh and no new arena.

read on

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  Tags: sidney+crosby

Back To America

from David Pollak of the Mercury News,

The challenge of traveling to Europe to play a couple of hockey games is only half completed.

Now both the Sharks and Columbus Blue Jackets have to re-wind their body clocks back to normal—a nine-hour adjustment for San Jose, a six-hour adjustment for Columbus.

Both teams have six days off between Saturday’s game—a 3-2 overtime win for the Blue Jackets—and their next game, but each came up with a different recovery plan.

The Sharks chose to leave here immediately after Saturday’s game for the long flight back to San Jose and a schedule that has them back on the ice Monday. The Blue Jackets opted to stay another night for their flight back to Columbus, and are planning to take two days off.

“We debated a little bit,” said Sharks Coach Todd McLellan, whose staff consulted with sleep experts at Stanford.


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Steve Mason Saved By The Throat Protector

Patrick Marleau rifled a shot which was stopped by Steve Mason’s throat protector.  It wasn’t too long ago that piece was not part of the goalie mask.

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  Tags: patrick+marleau, steve+mason

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