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Electric Blade

from the Toronto Star,

Gretzky is plugging a new, battery-warmed skate blade that melts ice to give its wearer — so the endorsements contend — more speed with less work and overall, a better hockey experience.

Hey, is it too late for the Leafs to place an order?

The Thermablade inventor, Calgarian Tory Weber, says the steamy steel is not a novelty item, like Cooperalls, nasal strips or pyramid power. The 43-year-old, who spent more than $5 million over five years to bring his idea to market, believes the “fairly simple physics” behind the electronic blade will revolutionize hockey for competitive players.

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Downie Suspended

from 640am in Toronto,

The NHL has suspended Flyers rookie Steve Downie following a vicious hit on Senators forward Dean McAmmond last night.

Downie was handed a match penalty for attempt to injure. He is now indefinitely suspended by the NHL, pending a review of the hit by the league. Downie was the victim of a clean hit from Christoph Schubert before he immediately got up and sought revenge on McAmmond in the Flyers zone.

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See the hit in this post...

added 6:54am, from the Ottawa Sun,

“There’s no place in the game for that stuff,” a seething McGrattan said after the game. “That was a dirty hit and he’s a dirty player. He’s known for that and he’ll get what’s coming to him next time we play him, for sure.

“You don’t want to see stuff like that. We’re not out there to kill each other. At this level, he’ll get what’s coming to him.”

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Update September 27, 7:40pm ET:
Just a note that Downie contacted McAmmond to offer an apology.  From The Star,

A phone call of apology from Steve Downie has earned the Philadelphia Flyers prospect some understanding from Dean McAmmond but not from the rest of the Ottawa Senators.

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  Tags: dean+mcammond, injuries, ottawa+senators, philadelphia+flyers, steve+downie, suspensions

William Wirtz Dies

from the Chicago Blackhawks,

It is with deep sorrow that the Chicago Blackhawks announce that team President, Mr. William W. Wirtz, 77, passed away early Wednesday morning at Evanston Hospital after a recent battle with cancer.

Mr. Wirtz is survived by his wife, Alice, five children, Rocky, Gail, Karey, Peter and Alyson, and seven grandchildren.

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added 8:31am, from Chicago Business,

Wirtz often said his goal was for the team to win another Stanley Cup, but he was not known to spend lavishly on the team.

His steadfast refusal to get into bidding wars to acquire the services of the game’s best players earned Wirtz the nickname “Dollar Bill.” That image changed somewhat when the club signed goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin to a four-year, $27 million contract in 2005.

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  Tags: chicago+blackhawks, william+wirtz

Flames Not Worried

From Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail,

Halfway through training camp and the Calgary Flames have yet to win a game and no one seems unduly concerned — and why should they be? They are a mostly veteran bunch, led by a coach, Mike Keenan, who has been around forever and understands how ultimately meaningless exhibition play can be.

The goal, all along, has been for the Flames to hit the ground running for their home opener on Oct. 4 against the Philadelphia Flyers. In the meantime, Keenan has been installing a new system while trying to get a cursory look at a handful of the organization’s prospects, few of whom will be around when the puck drops for keeps.

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McAmmond Suffers Concussion

via TSN,

Ottawa Senators forward Dean McAmmond left the pre-season game against the Philadelphia Flyers on a stretcher in the second period after a vicious hit to the head by Flyers forward Steve Downie.

McAmmond had just passed the puck and was skating behind the Flyers net when Downie leveled him with a shoulder to the head. Downie, who was hit into the boards earlier in the shift by Christoph Schubert was given a match penalty - which means he is suspended indefinitely pending a review.

McAmmond has been diagnosed with a concussion, but he is moving his extremities and has been sent to a hospital for further examination.

Update 12:35am ET:
From Allan Maki at the Globe & Mail,

Dirty. Cheap. Needless. Despicable. Those words don’t just describe Tuesday night’s hit on Ottawa Senators forward Dean McAmmond. They describe the man who delivered it – Steve Downie of the Philadelphia Flyers.

Update 1:08am ET:
Thanks to a reader in the comments of this post, here is the video of the hit on McAmmond:

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  Tags: dean+mcammond, injuries, ottawa+senators, philadelphia+flyers, suspensions

New Goal For Aebischer

from USA TODAY,

After the burden of playing in the shadow of retired goalie Patrick Roy on the Colorado Avalanche for almost two seasons and then enduring a rough year with the Montreal Canadiens, David Aebischer signed a free agent contract in July with the Coyotes, hoping to jump-start his career all over again.

The Coyotes’ goal: Make the playoffs, says Gretzky. Aebischer’s goal: Consistency in net.

The latter seems more likely than the former, but clean slates bring optimism before the first puck is dropped. “I know we have a lot of young guys,” says Aebischer. “But anything is possible.”

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  Tags: david+aebischer, goalies, phoenix+coyotes

Avery Wanted In On The Action Last Night

from Blue Notes,

“I didn’t expect it (the fighting). It’s an exhibition game.” said Avery, who skated today with about ten other Rangers who weren’t on the flight to Detroit to face the Red Wings tonight. “But I wish I had played.”
Why?
“For a very obvious reason, as obvious as reasons can get,” he said.
Asked about his status for Friday’s game in the Garden, Avery said, “Oh yeah, I’ll be ready.”

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  Tags: fighting, new+york+rangers, sean+avery

Questions In Montreal

from the Montreal Gazette,

Montreal Canadiens coach Guy Carbonneau planned to use his opening-night lineup for the team’s final two exhibition games.

But that plan is on hold because Carbonneau isn’t sure who’s going to be in that lineup. The biggest question going in to training camp remains the biggest question mark coming out — who will back up Cristobal Huet?

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Kings in Austria

From TSN,

SALZBURG, Austria - Anze Kopitar scored three goals Tuesday to help the Los Angeles Kings rally for a 7-6 win over Red Bull Salzburg in an exhibition tournament.

The Austrian champions went ahead 3-0 in the opening four minutes, but Mike Cammalleri, Ladislav Nagy and Kopitar evened the score within 10 minutes. Kopitar added another goal on a power play later in the period.

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*you can also read more about the LA Kings in Austria at the team website

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  Tags: los+angeles+kings

All Lecavalier

Vincent Lecavalier participated in an NHL tele-conference today…

Q. Do you ever reflect back on the lockout and did it spoil the momentum of Tampa? Do you think if there had been no lockout, you might have picked up where you left off?

VINCENT LECAVALIER: Well, obviously we had it broken a little bit. Because after you’ve won a Cup, you’re excited to come back into the season. I had to go play in Russia. Guys were playing in Europe. Some guys weren’t playing at all. Yeah, I think it definitely didn’t help. But there’s no excuse for anything. Everybody started again after that, the next year after that, so..

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  Tags: tampa+bay+lighting, vincent+lecavalier

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