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Gaining Respect In Tampa

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

“The past two or three years, there’s been so many negative headlines about our team. I think that’s in the past now,” (Martin) St. Louis told ESPN.com. “It’s nice to be a Tampa Bay Lightning again. That means a lot.”

The reason for that optimism seemed perpetually on the move. Rookie GM Steve Yzerman chatted quietly with new owner Jeff Vinik and his management staff while watching players go through their first on-ice drills of training camp.

He met with the media.

He chatted with players and coaches.

“What Steve brings is a lot of respect back to the franchise,” St. Louis said.

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Evening Line

“If anybody tells you at this time of year that they know exactly the way their team is going to look, I think they are trying to give some sense that they know a lot more than anyone else does.  I think it’s impossible to tell now.”

-Glen Sather, GM of the New York Rangers.  More from Sather by Jim Cerny at Rangers.com.

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Watching Hockey In NoCal

from Roger Phillips at NHL.com,

Thirty-four years ago, the California Golden Seals skated off to Cleveland and then into oblivion, and everyone from Oakland to San Jose to San Francisco yawned, aside from what few hockey diehards existed in the region.

With that as a backdrop, it’s hard to imagine how much things have changed 10 years into the new millennium.

Saturday morning, the San Jose Sharks opened training camp at Sharks Ice—a rink with four surfaces, more than any other ice skating facility in the United States west of the Mississippi.


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With Mottau Still Available, Devils Have Options

Though Lou Lamoriello still has his work cut out to get the New Jersey Devils under the $59.4-million salary cap, one area with a little flexibility might be the blueline.

While no GM would want to give up a player like Bryce Salvador, rumored by many to be one of those moved for salary relief, knowing that an insurance policy like Mike Mottau is waiting could help ease the blow.

On Friday, Lamoriello wouldn’t rule out the possibility of a return for the former Hobey Baker-winning Boston College alum.

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  Tags: bryce+salvador, lou+lamoriello, mike+mottau

Would Columbus Be A Fit For Souray?

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

The Dispatch has learned that there have been internal conversations within the Blue Jackets about trading for Souray, a three-time All-Star with record-setting power play ability and one of the most fear slap shots in the NHL.

The likely candidate to be traded by Columbus would be Mike Commodore, the club’s highest- paid defenseman.

To be clear, there is no deal on the table between the Blue Jackets and Oilers. If there have been talks between Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson and Oilers GM Steve Tambellini, they have not been extensive or specific, The Dispatch has been told.


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  Tags: sheldon+souray

Report- Kuba Out With Broken Leg

via Ken Warren tweet,

Kuba has broken right leg. No surgery expected, but could miss 5-6 weeks.

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  Tags: filip+kuba

Alexandre Giroux Has His Shot With The Oilers

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

When you’ve played 636 games in the American League and only 31 in the NHL by the time you’re 29 years old, you’ve unfortunately got a billboard that screams Career Minor Leaguer.

Winger Alexandre Giroux, who had some sweet hands with 110 goals in his last 138 games in the chocolate capital of Hershey, Pa., in the past two years, knows the score. He has to prove he can be an NHLer, and this might be his best chance after there was no room for him with the Washington Capitals, who had Alex Ovechkin and Alex Semin on left wing. Giroux grabbed the one-year, one-way $500,000 contract offer from the Edmonton Oilers as if it were a life-jacket this summer. He may well have been the best player in the second-best league in the world, but the clock’s ticking on his NHL dream….

“I’m not sure why he’s not in the NHL ... you’ll have to ask him. To me, he’s got great hands and great vision. He’s a good skater, not a great one, but that’s not fatal when you have hockey sense like him. Bottom line is he’s going to make it very interesting on us through training camp,” said coach Tom Renney, who was in New York when Giroux was in their system.


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No Photos With The Stanley Cup

from Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Sun-Times,

In 28 years in this business, I have never posed for a photo with an athlete, coach, manager, general manager, team owner or Luvabull. Maybe it was my Puritan-like newspaper background that stopped me. Or maybe it was the sight of the incisor-less Duncan Keith skating near me with the Cup that reinforced the idea that I wasn’t of his world, though I have had all my wisdom teeth extracted.

Is this a character flaw? I don’t know. I was taught not to get close to the people I cover. In my mind, the same goes for 34½ pounds of silver and nickel alloy.

No doubt there’s a cachet in having your photo taken with something revered by so many people. But when everybody has posed with the Stanley Cup, the prestige is gone, Chicago.

I’d like to propose that the real cachet—the new ‘‘in’’ thing—is to not have a photo of yourself with the Cup. By that definition, maybe the only definition, I’m cool.


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Working For The Owners

from Mark Sutcliffe of the Ottawa Citizen,

At a luncheon Wednesday in Ottawa, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman was asked how the Senators were chosen to host the 2012 All-Star Game.

It was a simple process, Bettman said. Team owner Eugene Melnyk told the commissioner how important it was for the city and, according to Bettman, “I said yes.” Bettman was joking, of course. The NHL apparently received about two dozen applications for the game and selected Ottawa based on the city finally having met some important criteria required to play host to the weekend activities.

But Bettman’s off-hand remark usefully illustrates the role of league commissioners in the 21st century: They work for the owners.

Once upon a time, a sports commissioner was a custodian of the best interests of the game, a guardian of a public trust. He was hired by the owners, but functioned as an independent adjudicator, looking principally at how to improve the game and protect its integrity. Sometimes he even invoked the wrath of owners he thwarted, fined or suspended.


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What Do You Know, Leafs Practice Turns Physical

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

The crew became a little ornery, but the captain couldn’t have been happier.

When Saturday’s first day of scrimmage ended with 6-foot-3 Jay Rosehill and 5-9 Mike Liambas throwing some punches, they had the Dion Phaneuf stamp of approval. This camp isn’t supposed to be about war on ice, but neither can a 29th place team be passive in game situations.

“There was a physical edge today,” Phaneuf said of the whole day’s work. “Guys weren’t trying to kill each other, but there was a high compete level. Anytime there’s a fight with two guys like that, it’s good to see. They’re bringing what they can bring, trying to make a mark, trying to get noticed.

“If you’ve played one game or 800 games, there are guys pushing you. It was a real good day and I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”


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