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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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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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Is Kovalchuk ‘Fixed’?

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

The NHL made clear its disdain for New Jersey’s attempt to circumvent the CBA with its initial offer to coveted free agent winger Ilya Kovalchuk. Yep, a $3 million fine has a way of capturing attention, not to mention the first-round pick the Devils will forfeit on or before June 2014, as well as a third-rounder next June.

In the end, the Devils, so in love with Kovy’s scoring magic, gave up all of that and . . . AND! . . . a first- and second-round pick this past June and . . . AND! . . . Niclas Bergfors, Johnny Oduya, and prospect Patrice Cormier. Amid the protracted taffy pull it took to sign Kovalchuk, one might have forgotten the original ransom the Devils paid to get him out of Atlanta.

All of that for a guy, remember, that Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said back in April needed some fixing. The things Kovalchuk does wrong, Lamoriello said in the wake of the Devils’ first-round playoff elimination, can’t be remedied in a short stay.

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  Tags: ilya+kovalchuk

Small Crowds Possible In Columbus

from Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch,

The Blue Jackets have drawn fewer than 10,000 fans only once for a regular-season game in Nationwide Arena. That’s likely to change this season.

Team president Mike Priest said yesterday that some games could attract 8,500 fans early in the season.

With season-ticket sales lagging nearly 25 percent behind last year’s pace, the Jackets will need solid walk-up crowds to avoid some unsightly attendance figures. The franchise has sold 7,700 season-ticket equivalents.

” Worried is not the right word,” Priest said. “I know what kind of crowds we are going to see early in the season. We will have some weekday crowds of 8,500, potentially.”

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Is Ovechkin Losing His Luster?

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

The Great Eight is flashing his trademark gap-toothed grin when he says it. Yet it seems that somehow, someway, that famous smile does not carry the same intoxicating spell over the masses as it once did.

For some of us, he is still the most electrifying, riveting talent in the game, the one player that is worth the price of the NHL’s at-times inflated admission.

At the same time, it is evident that the bloom, in the eyes of some, has come off the rose.

Maybe it’s because they remember how Ovechkin’s so-called powerful Olympic team was humiliated 7-3 by Team Canada at the Vancouver Winter Games.

Maybe it’s because the image of Ovechkin’s controversial hit on Chicago’s Brian Campbell remains etched in their minds, an incident that landed the Caps’ sniper a two-game suspension.

Maybe it’s because the critics claim he hasn’t, at least from a team standpoint, won anything, pointing to the Caps’ first-round exit to the underdog Montreal Canadiens this past spring as a prime example.

Weighing all the factors, is it really fair to put all these things on the shoulders of Ovechkin, whose team has won just one playoff series during his time in Washington?

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Captain Kangaroo?

As you’ve probably heard by now, François Gagnon of La Presse exclusively broke the story late last week that Brian Gionta was to be named the 28th captain of the Montreal Canadiens. While I don’t doubt the veritability of the news there is still no official announcement from the Habs, and they insist a decision still has yet to be made. If it is Gionta, it will be the safe choice, the expected choice and a good choice. A quiet leader who excels in big game situations, Gionta is respected by his teammates and willing to take the team on his back. That said, such a decision will be a disappointment to some who hoped that veteran rearguard Andrei Markov would get the nod, given his tenure with the Canadiens and his own ability to lead through on ice performance.

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  Tags: andrei+markov, brian+gionta, captaincy, carey+price, mathieu+darche, ryan+o'byrne

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