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Thornton & AO Cover Boys For 2K & EA

2K Sports announced today that NHL All-Star center Joe Thornton of the San Jose Sharks is the official spokesman and cover athlete for NHL 2K7. The 2005-06 NHL assist and points leader was the catalyst behind the San Jose Sharks' 2006 Stanley Cup Playoffs run, and has established himself as one of the best centers in the NHL. "It's a great distinction to have been selected as the cover athlete for NHL 2K7," said Thornton. "The NHL 2K series has been recognized as the top rated and premiere NHL video game for several years and to be associated with such a great product is truly an honor." EA Sports announced yesterday Washington Capitals left wing Alexander Ovechkin will be featured on the cover of NHL 07.

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Stanley Injured- Will Not Miss A Shift

via the News & Observer,

The Cup had survived being accidentally dropped late Monday night while the trophy was changing hands after the Hurricanes defeated Edmonton in Game 7 of the finals. A team spokesman said the Cup suffered a slight "tear" on the edge of the bowl that sits atop the trophy. It will need to be repaired but not until it goes to Montreal as early as September to be engraved. The Cup already has other dents and dings in it from previous mishaps.

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Panthers “Turn The Table” On Luongo

from the Sun-Sentinel,

Roberto Luongo said Wednesday he wants to keep playing for the Panthers, but is "upset, hurt and concerned" after General Manager Mike Keenan's recent disclosure that the team will explore trading the franchise goalie by this weekend's draft. "Especially after I came out and said I'd like to stay here and I didn't want to go," Luongo said in a phone interview. "Now they're turning the tables on me. It's very upsetting."
continued...more from Luongo... added 11:46am, via the Sun-Sentinel,
The following is a transcript of an exclusive South Florida Sun-Sentinel interview with Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo: Q: GORTEN: Do you expect to still be Florida's goalie come Monday? A: LUONGO: "That's not for me to answer. That's more a question for Mike [Keenan]. We made them aware of what we want and now it's up to them. The ball is in their court really." Q: GORTEN: If you were traded, which teams would you prefer? A: LUONGO: "That's not a question that really needs to be addressed right now. My main concern is to stay with the Florida Panthers. Besides, at this point, it's out of my control."

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Sullivan Still In Limbo

from the Boston Globe,

Sullivan, according to a source familiar with his ongoing talks with general manager designee Peter Chiarelli, is to learn his fate by no later than this morning. The source added that the 38-year-old Sullivan, after anticipating Chiarelli would make a decision by last Friday, initiated a call to Chiarelli Tuesday night in Ottawa, and the future GM told him that he will inform him of his decision by today. ``For a lot of reasons, he'd like to know, obviously," said the source. ``He was hoping it would be handled in a timely manner." When reached via e-mail last night, Chiarelli said there would be no announcement regarding Sullivan's situation last night, ``but something probably for [tomorrow] or Saturday morning." Sullivan did not make the trip to Vancouver for this weekend's NHL draft, which in itself is a deviation from the norm. Through the years, the Bruins have always brought their coach to the draft.
read on

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Rangers Interested In Luongo

Ted Kulfan, Wings beat writer for the Detroit News writes in today's story about the possibility of trading for Luongo,

The Wings also will have a lot of competition for Luongo. Los Angeles, Vancouver, Toronto, Philadelphia and the New York Rangers are expected to pursue Luongo. Los Angeles and the Rangers are in much better shape under the salary cap.
First time I have heard the Rangers in the Luongo talk. Would Lundqvist be involved?

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The Talk Is…

from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,

Here then, with no guarantee of authenticity, is some of the speculation that's making the rounds. Chris Pronger: Once again, this is a player Keenan acquired in the past. Apparently, Pronger feels that he has served his sentence in Edmonton and should be released for good -- in fact excellent -- behaviour... Rob Blake: After years of high-level, not to mention high-priced, service, Blake is leaning towards making a decision based upon quality of life. He's a free agent and there are those who believe that when Joe Sakic signed at a reasonable price this week, he did so to allow the Colorado Avalanche to keep Blake. But Blake has a fantastic home in Manhattan Beach in Los Angeles and feels that he would like to see more of it. Todd Bertuzzi: The Vancouver Canucks, current holders of the Most Disunited Dressing Room Award, want to unload him. They won't buy him out, but they would like to deal him to a team willing to take on his $5.27 million US salary.

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Brathwaite Wants A Chance

from the Ottawa Sun,

It was a rather impulsive decision that brought Fred Brathwaite to Russia, where he learned the patience to become a better goalie and to love Law and Order. Now he's back home -- among family and friends and in a beautiful house on Stonebridge Golf & Country Club that certainly puts a wide range of TV shows at his fingertips -- playing the waiting game again. "My agent has talked to probably 15 or 16 teams ... he says people are interested," the 33-year-old Nepean product explained yesterday. "But everyone wants to wait until after July 1. I'm not getting too excited ... they could be interested in 15 other goalies, too. "I want to stay. I don't want to go back to Russia."

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Hello, Bob?  Want To Take A Vacation

from the Toronto Star,

The 19 NHLPA team representatives who participated in a conference call to discuss next season's salary cap also voted to invite Goodenow to a meeting in Whistler, B.C., July 10-12. Players on the call included St. Louis forward Jamal Mayers, Atlanta defenceman Andy Sutton, Buffalo Sabres defenceman Jay McKee and Toronto's Bryan McCabe, sources told the Star.... Saskin said in a statement that on a recent NHLPA conference call, "Chris asked players if they would be interested in having Bob take part in a session to discuss what happened last year in order to bring closure to this matter. Chris knew I did not object to Bob speaking with players and the players on the call all thought that it would be good to hear from Bob if it helped bring closure."

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Sharks Set Scott Thornton Free

from The San Jose Sharks,

The San Jose Sharks have elected not to exercise their team option on left wing Scott Thornton for the 2006-07 season, making the 35-year-old an unrestricted free agent. Thornton signed with the Sharks as an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2000. San Jose could have claimed the option on Thornton and then moved the player for a pick, but Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson wanted to reward the veteran winger by letting him choose his next team. “I have a lot of respect for Scott and his wife Joelle,” said Wilson. “I was offered a pick (if we signed and traded him), but it was to a team he would not have wanted to go to. It’s not every player you do this for, but I have a lot of respect for him and it is how I was treated when I left Chicago. This gives him time to check out his options.”

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Daly Responds To Pound

I held off posting this yesterday, thinking the NHL may put out a release on it. But they are busy today so via TSN, Bill Daly basically says the NHL has had enough of Dick Pound.

Daly was contacted by TSN on Monday about Armstrong's request that the International Olympic Committee to force Pound, a Montreal lawyer, to quit over his handling of doping allegations against Armstrong. "We are not at all surprised by Mr. Armstrong's request given Mr. Pound's repeated instances of irresponsible behaviour and grandstanding," Daly wrote in an email to TSN. "We fully support Mr. Armstrong's plea to have the IOC hold Mr. Pound accountable for his past actions, and laud Mr. Armstrong's willingness to stand up for the rights of all of the innocent athletes who have been wrongly and unfairly disparaged by Mr. Pound."
more Also, Eric at Off Wing Opinion brings up the subject too...
In short, what we're seeing here is the NHL striking back at Pound and putting him on the PR defensive while using Armstrong and his reputation as political cover. It's all very smart, and, depending on your point of view, perhaps awfully cynical as well.

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