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Burke Talking Tough

from Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun,

Burke said he is “excited” to see what Kaberle can do with some of the veteran defencemen he acquired, particularly Mike Komisarek and Francois Beauchemin.

“Say your first (defensive unit) is Kaberle and Komisarek,” Burke said. “Kaberle is not picking his teeth out of the glass all night (anymore). I’m excited about that.

“There’s some notion that everyone has to be tough on a hockey team. They don’t. You have to surround your skill guys with enough size and toughness that they can play their game. And I think that’s what we’ve done.”

Burke reiterated his belief that the club’s so-called skill players—Mikhail Grabovski, Jason Blake, etc—could enjoy excellent seasons because they now are surrounded with sandpaper.

“I believe that toughness and fear are contagious,” the GM said. “And I count on improved performance from some of those kids just because we’re bigger and meaner.”

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What Is The Rangers Plan?

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

What’s the frequency, Slats? What’s the plan when an Ales Kotalik is signed for three years at $3 million per rather than leaving a spot open for one of the young guys the organization always seems to be touting? What’s the plan when Lauri Korpikoski is traded away after one season for a project named Enver Lisin? What’s the plan when a third-round draft pick is traded for a fourth-line center named Brian Boyle?

The NHL’s statistically-best penalty-kill unit of Blair Betts and Fred Sjostrom was not invited back. The critical power-play deficiency at the point has not been addressed. There is no bona fide first-line center. There is no bona fide No. 1 defenseman. There is no cap room.

There is also no Nikolai Zherdev. Credit Sather for getting one right.

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The Latest On The Phoenix Situation

from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Sun,

The NHL, Jim Balsillie, various bidders, creditors and other interested parties with a stake in the Phoenix Coyotes are today waiting for a ruling from bankruptcy judge Redfield T. Baum, hoping to get some sense of the team’s future.

The only sure bet is that, whatever the judge rules, someone is going to be severely ticked off.

Baum is expected to hand down a decision on how the Sept.10 auction of the Coyotes will be conducted, including whether Canadian billionaire Balsillie will be allowed to participate or whether it will be restricted to the two bidders who intend, after reworking the team’s arena lease, to keep the team in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale.

Balsillie, of course, wants to move the team to Hamilton and is pursuing his purchase of the team even though the NHL’s governors have unanimously rejected him as a potential owner.

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According To A Source, Heatley Will Be A Shark

via Don Brennan of Off The Posts at the Ottawa Citizen,

A league source said Tuesday in Toronto that Dany Heatley will be traded to the San Jose Sharks “in the next two days”.

Stay tuned.

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Flames Concentrate On Defense

from Todd Kimberley at NHL.com,

When the Flames hired Brent Sutter as coach in June, the Flames told everyone who would listen that shoring up a porous team defense was their No. 1 priority.

“We went from first in the League (in goals-against during the 2005-06 season) to 23rd (in 2008-09),” Darryl Sutter said, “and were, quite honestly, fortunate to be a playoff team.”

The GM has been at it with a vengeance this summer in an effort to restore the Flames’ reputation as defenders of the faith. And landing the cream of the free-agency crop, blue-chip blueliner Jay Bouwmeester, was the biggest piece of the puzzle.

“We want to get better defensively. It’s obviously something Darryl and I stress, and something that I believe in as a coach,” Brent Sutter told NHL.com. “You need to play well defensively, and that involves more than how you play in your own zone. It’s also puck-possession time. It’s about how you forecheck. It’s about the things you do as a group. It’s about getting the puck back as quickly as you can.

“Yeah, defense is how you play without the puck, but good defense also means having the puck a lot, too, because that means less time chasing the other team.”

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Shanahan Agrees To Terms With Devils

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

The 40-year-old unrestricted free agent left wing has agreed to terms and will be ready to go for the start of training camp on Sept. 12, an NHL source said. The sides spent Tuesday finalizing the paperwork and the official announcement could come later today.

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Mark This Date On Your Calendar

via Sportsnet,

The National Hockey League has designated Wednesday, March 3 as the 2010 trade deadline, Sportsnet has learned.

The NHL is closing for a two week period in February to allow their stars to compete in the 2010 Winter Olympics, and the deadline is set for three days after the Games conclude in Vancouver.

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NHL Will Not Honor Contract If A Player Is Injured In Summer Olympic Camp

from the Twitter of player agent Allan Walsh,

Shocking but true. The NHL has sent out a memo that it will not honor NHL contract for a player injured at a summer Olympic training camp.

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Is This The Wings Right-Handed Shot?

via TSN,

The Detroit Red Wings signed free agent forward Patrick Eaves to a one-year contract on Tuesday, financial details were not disclosed.

Over his 74 games with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2008/09, the 25-year-old scored six goals with eight assists and a plus-7 rating. Eaves has played in 242 career NHL games and has score 45 goals and added 45 assists.

added 3:47pm, Here is an old story on Eaves when he was a sophomore at Boston College…

from Jay Hedstrom of BC Heights (Boston College),

Patrick Eaves, and brother Ben, had a somewhat different childhood than most. The Eaves family had moved 15 or 16 times by the time the boys went off to college. No matter where the family moved, however, the hockey sticks were always packed away.

“It started out in St. Cloud,” recalled the younger brother. “I was three years old, Ben was five. My father built a rink in our backyard. We had a little piece of ice out back. We went out there for about 10 minutes at a time and had to come warm up then go back out.”

To say that the Eaves are a “hockey family” would be an understatement. Patrick’s father, Mike, punched his time card with the NHL for eight seasons, playing for the Minnesota North Stars and the Calgary Flames.

read on

added 4:45pm, According to Wings beat writer Bruce MacLeod, salary is $500K.  Also, don’t forget he was recently bought out by the Bruins for $1.1M.

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Roenick Press Conference Tomorrow

via the San Jose Sharks,

San Jose Sharks center Jeremy Roenick will make an announcement regarding the future of his hockey career on Thursday, August 6th at 11 AM PST at The Grill in HP Pavilion. The press conference will be broadcast live on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, Comcast SportsNet California and the NHL Network, and streamed live at sjsharks.com and nhl.com.

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