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Sabres Ranked Too Low

from Mike Harrington at Sabres Edge,

Quite an exciting day to get the mail and get my copy of the annual yearbook from The Hockey News….

Be sure to check out their conference predictions on Page 64. They pick Detroit to win the Stanley Cup again. No biggie. But the game’s premier publication has the Sabres 11th—yes, 11th—in the East. At this point in the summer, I’m still on the fence about the Sabres as a playoff team but I doubt they’re going to get worse either.

read on with the complete conference rankings for both conferences…

On a side note, you can purchase the digital version of the Hockey News Yearbook here.  When you get to the page just click “Yearbook 2008 Issue $3.99”.

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Sometimes They Just Don’t Get It

from Ted’s Take,

From time to time, you have heard me rail against media pundits for their lack of criticality; original thinking; creativity; and basic non-understanding of what they are writing about.

Well here is another rant. This time against Ross McKeon and his blog post mentioning contraction of six NHL teams including the Washington Capitals. Read it here.

First, the throw away notion of shuttering six major league teams is just mean-spirited. Those six teams employ thousands and thousands of people and support tens of thousands of families. I guess Ross wants us to lay off all those people in the toughest economy ever. And those teams generate dollars for their cities in taxes and they generate dollars to hundreds and hundreds of small businesses as vendor/ suppliers.

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Can Gordon Succeed With The Islanders

from Jim Kelley at Sports Illustrated,

It’s possible it could all work out for Gordon. Owner Charles Wang might suddenly develop some patience and Snow might forge a relationship that would allow Gordon to grow as a coach while Snow grows as a general manager….

But at the end of the day, (Scott) Gordon signed on to coach a poor hockey team that struggles to attract talent from the ownership office on down. Want proof? Just dig up that picture of just two seasons ago when Wang was surrounded by Nolan, Milbury, former GM Neil Smith and advisors like Pat LaFontaine and ask where they—and the Islanders—are now. In less time than you can say “what the heck”, only Wang remains and the Stanley Cup is not in that picture.

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added 11:45am, Thanks to Hockey This Morning on NHL Home Ice XM 204, we present an interview from this morning with Scott Gordon

Download or listen on the player below.


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Blues Want Shanahan

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

After keeping mum on the topic in recent weeks, Blues President John Davidson on Thursday voiced heavy interest in returning one of the most popular players in club history to the city where he starred from 1991 to 1995.

“We’ve thrown our hat in the ring,” Davidson said. “When it comes down to it, Brendan has to make a decision that’s right for him and his family. It could be New York. But we hope he explores the Blues as a viable option.”

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Trouble Brewing Again

from Evan Weiner at the NY Sun,

There is a scheduled meeting on September 4 in New York where representatives from the NHL, the KHL, and other ice hockey federations that is supposed to tackle issues such as the transfer agreements and the logistics of holding a hockey World Cup in 2012, but NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly isn’t so sure the league should be at the meeting.

“We are not certain we are going to go forward with the meeting at this point. Our position with the IIHF has been very clear. If the KHL doesn’t disqualify Alexander Radulov from playing in their league so he can abide to his contractual obligations to Nashville, we have no interest in meeting with them and or engaging in discussions over any broader cooperative relationship with them,” Daly told The New York Sun.

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

A previously secret meeting in Italy on Wednesday between Gary Bettman and KHL president Alexander Medvedev not only failed to broker a resolution on Alexander Radulov’s contractual situation, but rather ended with the parties an ocean apart on a working agreement, The Post has learned….

When Bettman threatened legal action, Medvedev essentially invited the commissioner to present his case in Russian court, reminding the commissioner that the NHL success rate in the Russian legal system is equal to the zero-percent success rate of Russian hockey interests in the US court system.

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Ferraro To TSN

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Former Oilers SportsNet colour commentator Ray Ferraro is going to work for TSN, replacing Glen Healy, who took a paying position with the NHL Players Association. Two possible candidates to replace Ferraro are former Penguin winger Rob Brown, who has done some good Oiler pay-per-view work, and Rod Phillips’ longtime radio sidekick, Morley Scott.

Here’s another longshot name to consider: onetime Oiler coach and goalie Ron Low, who was dumped by the Senators.

more hockey notes including Geoff Sanderson looking for work.

Our favorite for the Sportsnet job would be Morley Scott.  Remember the day Alanah spent with Morley?

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Morning Line

I think it is fine the way it is now, everything is always the goalies’ fault.  It makes me laugh.  Whenever there’s something wrong in hockey, it’s always the goalies’ fault.  Every player thinks our gear is too big.”

-Pascal Leclaire in the Sporting News Today

Heck, I thought everyone blamed Gary Bettman when something went wrong!

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Radulov At Home In Russia

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

Insisting he’s broken no rules, Radulov has already played three exhibition games with his new club. The rising star painted himself as a patriot returning home, signalling a return to prominence for Russian hockey in a question-and-answer session this week with Russian reporters.

“The NHL for 15 years has brought young players from Europe, first and foremost from Russia,” according to a translation in Russianprospects.com. “I think that it is time to end this. Simply put: (It’s) time to stop robbing us.”...

“I completely agree with the position of my new club: During the signing of the contract there was no agreement between the NHL and the KHL,” said Radulov. “If we didn’t violate any rules, what is there to punish for?”

read on

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Tickets Moving Fast In Washington

from Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post,

Jim Van Stone, the Capitals vice president of ticket sales, said yesterday that 3,800 new full season ticket plans have been sold since late February thanks to a renewed interest in the team and more aggressive sales and marketing strategies. He also said sales of partial plans are similarly brisk, while the renewal rate for existing season ticket holders is about 93 percent, the highest since Ted Leonsis purchased the team in 1999.

“I’d love to say we expected this, or planned this,” Van Stone said. “We’re amazed by the support.”

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Afternoon Line

Mario Lemieux said the Penguins were never serious about leaving Pittsburgh.

“It wasn’t a possibility,” Lemieux said during a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday for Pittsburgh’s new $290 million hockey arena.

“We had to do a few things to put pressure on the city and the state, but our goal was to remain here in Pittsburgh all the way. Those trips to Kansas City and Vegas and other cities was just to go, and have a nice dinner and come back.”

-more at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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