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Tuesday One Liners

from Stan Fischler of The Fischler Report,

* The Reimer signing has had collateral damage for Martin Brodeur because Mister Goalie has but one NHL team remaining that might sign him: Minnesota.

* David Clarkson ranks among the Ten Most Likeable NHL Guys. That's why it's so tough putting the rap on him for his -- so far -- failure in Toronto.

* You want other Most Likeables; Nabby Nabokov; John Tavares, Zdeno Chara, Drew Doughty, Henrik Lundqvist, Adam Henrique, Willie Mitchell, Scott Hartnell and Brian Gionta.

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A New Deal For Jake Gardiner In Toronto

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Report- Bryan Trottier Will Be Named Assistant Coach In Buffalo

from Bucky Gleason of Sabres Edge,

The Buffalo Sabres have reached an agreement to hire Hall of Fame forward Bryan Trottier as an assistant coach under Ted Nolan. Sources with close ties to the organization said the move could be announced sometime within the next week.

Nolan has been looking for help since firing assistant coaches he inherited when he took over for Ron Rolston last season. Teppo Numminen and Jim Corsi were not hired back while Joe Sacco and Jerry Forton were reassigned. It left Nolan with filling their jobs with his own people.

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Video- P.K. Subban Talks About Meeting Magic Johnson

via Sportsnet,

 

 

Magic Johnson's tweet is below...

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Nail Yakupov Knows This Season Is “Huge” For Him

from Derek Van Diest at NHL.com,

After spending the majority of the offseason in Russia, the Edmonton Oilers' right wing has returned to prepare for the upcoming NHL season, having put a disappointing second season behind him.

"It might be a huge year for me and that's why I'm here, to work on some things and to be here and train," Yakupov said Tuesday during a visit to the Oilers' summer hockey school. "I just want to be ready for the season. I'm going to be doing some different things this year. I feel more comfortable here than training at home. That's why I'm here and I will train with the Oilers prospects and the other NHL players that will come."...

"My season was over after [teammate] Justin Schultz's shot hit me in the foot," Yakupov said of a March 16 game. "I haven't even thought about last year. I have recovered from my foot injury. I worked over the summer on my foot and tried to skate a little bit. I feel pretty good and I'm ready to go. I'm 100 percent and I can do everything with my foot."

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Stephane Robidas Ready For The Mentor Role In Toronto

from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

They have a forward who ranked in the top five in league scoring and a goaltender who was amongst the league’s best. But ask Stephane Robidas what attracted him to the Toronto Maple Leafs and he immediately says the team’s defence.

“Morgan Rielly and Jake Gardiner,” Robidas said from his off-season home in Sherbrooke, Que. “When we talked about my role and what the Leafs are looking for, they’d like me to help the younger defencemen. To me that’s a great opportunity. I’ve watched them play. I know exactly how good they are and everything. Having a chance to play with one of the two and try to help those guys is going to be good for me.”...

In his first year in the NHL, Rielly scored two goals and 27 points in 73 games. But the fifth overall pick in 2012, who had a minus-13 rating, could have used someone to pick him up after a bad game. Gardiner, who was arguably Toronto’s best defenceman in the second half of the season but often clashed with head coach Randy Carlyle because of his sometimes risky decisions with the puck, might have also benefited from a veteran to lean on....

“I think it’s the poise they play with,” he said. “If I’m speaking for myself, I was never a high draft pick or the type of player that they are. It’s not easy to play defence in the NHL. To do it at a young age, it always amazes me how younger guys can come in and play and play well with that kind of confidence. To me, it’s not easy. Some people overlook it. It takes time to become comfortable.

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Scott Hartnell Looking Forward To Playing In Columbus

from NHL.com,

The task of meeting his new teammates has already begun for Hartnell, who said he had dinner in Columbus recently with center Brandon Dubinsky.

It was Dubinsky's arrival two years ago with center Artem Anisimov and defenseman Tim Erixon in a trade that sent captain Rick Nash to the New York Rangers that effectively launched the turnaround in Columbus. It continued last summer with the seven-year, $37.1 million contract signed by forward Nathan Horton, who was limited by injuries to 36 regular-season games.

With Horton expected to be healthy in training camp this season, Hartnell is looking forward to getting started with the Blue Jackets, who still have yet to name a captain two years after trading Nash.

"You add a healthy Horton into the mix and bring myself in, it's almost two new players to come in and be effective," Hartnell said. "It's a great team. On paper we match up against anybody in the East. I don't think anybody expected the Rangers to go to the Final last year, so the East is pretty wide open. After a couple of days of mulling this whole thing over, I've had a smile ever since saying I was going to be a Blue Jacket."

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Hartnell met with the Columbus media today, you can watch below...

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Peter Mueller Signs A Two-Way Contract With The St. Louis Blues

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Afternoon Line

“Does he want to play with Ondrej Pavelec in Winnipeg? I don’t know. Other than that, where’s he going? [Toronto] only works if they move Reimer.

“Listen. If I’m Marty, I’ve played a long time. My first and last name is all over the record books. I’ve made a ton of money. I’ve had an impact on the game.

“He’s been the guy the whole time; he’s always been the guy. He wants to be the guy every night. He doesn’t want to back anybody up. So where’s he going to play?

“It’s all about weighing the fit versus the opportunity. I don’t see it. That’s not to say it can’t present itself. Heaven forbid, there’s an injury or someone has a slow start. Maybe. Aside from that, right now, I don’t really see it. And that’s not a slight against him. It’s just the marketplace.”

-Retired NHL goaltender Kevin Weekes on Martin Brodeur.  More from Weekes at Sportsnet on some goaltending duos around the league...

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The Hard Working Andrew Shaw

from Tracey Myers of CSNChicago,

Andrew Shaw hasn’t forgotten the lessons he learned in his Belleville, Ont., upbringing, be it from the town’s working mentality — or his father’s putting him to work in the summers.

“I did all the brutal jobs, the jobs you pay a guy five dollars an hour to do,” Shaw told Pat Boyle. “As a kid I’d be carrying lumber, holding stuff in a pail. But I think it was good. It made me grow (into) who I am today.”

Shaw talked of his blue-collar upbringing and how it shaped him with Boyle for an Inside Look, which will air at 5 p.m. Thursday on CSNChicago. For Shaw, life in Belleville (pop. 49,500) had its fun and its hockey. It also had its work. His father, Doug, a contractor, made sure Andrew always had that put-the-work-in mentality, and it resonated through the years.

“I always saw my dad work extremely hard for me and my brothers to play hockey,” Shaw said. “Just (to) have the average job, punch in at 7 in the morning, they worked hard and I think it wore off on me. I saw what it takes to get by in this world and I've always push myself to work as hard as I could.”

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