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Ricci Out Several Weeks

from the East Valley Tribune,

Mike Ricci, who centered Phoenix's checking line last season, will not be on the ice for the team's opener Oct. 5 and is expected to miss several weeks after that as well. The 34-year-old had surgery in July to repair a disk in his upper back which was creating pressure on a nerve. Dr. Robert Watkins, one of the foremost spine specialists in the country, performed the surgery in Los Angeles. Ricci injured himself while training this summer at the Athletes Performance Institute in Tempe.
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Ortmeyer Coping

from the Asbury Park Press,

After first being diagnosed in early August with a pulmonary embolism, a blockage of an artery in the lungs, Ortmeyer, 27, said he has been feeling well enough to resume working out and skating on his own. But in the face of a condition so severe it could have been life-threatening, Ortmeyer is still months away from even thinking about playing competitively.
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Looking Ahead

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

The major questions on the table heading toward training camp are mostly hockey questions, rather than economic or systemic ones. Here are the 10 most compelling ones: 1. What impact will Evgeni Malkin have in Pittsburgh? Enough to make a playoff berth a realistic possibility. He can go into his first season with the Penguins as a second-line centre, a nice starting point.
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Clarke, Gagne At Loggerheads

from the Courier-Camden Post:

With nine days remaining until the start of training camp, Flyers general manager Bob Clarke said Tuesday he has reached the end of the line in negotiations with leading scorer Simon Gagne.
“We made him a pretty substantial offer and I’m not going to go up from that,” Clarke said on his first day back from a vacation in western Canada. “He can sit out, but I’ve never seen a player sit out and then have a good year.”
Gagne, who at 26 is in the prime of his career, is believed to be seeking a long-term contract of at least four years at more than $5 million a season. The Flyers would also like to lock up Gagne for four years, but at slightly more than $4 million a season.
“If we were fooling around trying to sign Simon to a low number that would be one thing,” Clarke said. “He’s not going to be paid like Peter Forsberg ($5.75 million), but it’s close.”

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Ranger Preview

Pre-season preview of the NY Rangers from Fox Sports,

In order to be one of the beasts of the East in 2006-07, the Rangers will need to be more than just a one-man show on offense. If the team is serious about contending for its first title since 1994, it can't be Jagr against the world any more. It's not enough for Renney's bunch to just play like a team, they must also score as a team. This squad can't live and die on Jagr's touch. New York needs to have consistent scoring up and down the lineup. Players like Prucha, Nylander and Straka must produce like they did last year and give a little bit more. Newcomers like Shanahan, Cullen and Hall also have to chip in consistently in order for this squad to avoid another meltdown like that. Bringing in Cup-winning vets like Shanahan, Ward and Cullen who know what it takes to win should also go a long way in helping the team overcome any other obstacle that might arise during the regular season and playoffs.
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Wings Season Tickets Available

What happened to the 16,000 person waiting list Jimmy D. kept on talking about last year?

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A New Season Begins

Action Packed 2006 National Hockey League Begins

Some exciting international players will spice up the League, in addition to home grown talent. A feast of spectacular goal scoring action is expected. Regular NHL followers will notice a host of coaching changes this year. The MVP awards have been tweaked this season to ensure a fairer approach. Teams will vote for most valuable players from opposition sides but will not vote for players from within their own ranks.
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So Many Questions

David at the Ice Block asks many questions but his last was...

All these questions might be able to be answered by this one: Is the NHL willing to take some heat from its fans to show how many fans it has?
Now that I have your attention... read on...

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Bell Facing Charges

from NBC11,

San Jose Police confirmed to NBC11 reporter Susan Siravo Tuesday that a member of the San Jose Sharks was arrested over the Labor Day Weekend on suspicion of driving under the influence and allegedly causing a collision. Police told NBC11 one person was hurt in the crash, but their injuries were considered minor with cuts and bruises. Police said Sharks player Mark Bell faces felony hit-and-run and felony DUI charges.
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Quebec Players Fading

from Sportsnet,

Though the NHL still has a number of talented hockey players hailing from Quebec, the decreasing numbers are causing concern in the province, according to the Journal de Montreal newspaper. As recently as the 1999-2000, no fewer than 82 players were Quebecers. But last year, that number was down to 58, which constitutes a 29 per-cent decrease.
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