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Why Stevie Y

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

The naming of Steve Yzerman as executive director of Team Canada for the 2010 Winter Olympics is a slap in the face of the history of hockey.

This has nothing to do with Yzerman himself, who was a superb player and is a fine hockey man, and everything to do with Hockey Canada again ignoring the obvious.

For reasons it can best explain, Hockey Canada remains obsessed with the big-name, high-profile, star-quality leader. In essence, the jock-sniffers approach to running a hockey program.

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Burke Wants Out

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

...He wants out.

The Ducks wouldn’t release him as he asked last spring, or at least give him permission to talk to other clubs. But soon that won’t be their call any longer.

That, of course, will put the Ducks and team president Michael Schulman in a dicey predicament. When Burke tells them during the holiday season that he won’t be agreeing to a new contract – only a major change of circumstances would change that now – Schulman will be left with the problem of having a lame duck GM heading towards the trade deadline and, after that, the draft and free agency.

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It The Cap Number Decreased Next Year

from Spector at Fox Sports,

The recent economic crisis has led to talk the NHL’s revenue for this season could decline, dragging down next season’s cap limit to as low as $50 million. Several NHL teams could find themselves with limited cap space to prepare for the 2009-10 season. Here’s a look at the top 10.

10. Edmonton Oilers

A decline in the salary cap could make it difficult for management to come up with the money to re-sign key Oilers such as winger Erik Cole and goaltender Mathieu Garon, or to find suitable replacements on next summer’s free agent market.

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Drury Struggling

from Mark Hale of the NY Post,

He’s also at minus-five through nine games. That’s the worst mark on the Rangers.

Heading into tomorrow’s game in Columbus, the 32-year-old captain is very much struggling. Drury’s managed a not-so-grand total of one point this year, thanks to paltry stats of no goals and one assist

“I’m getting there. Nothing’s really clicking too good right now,” Drury said after practice on Tuesday. “But obviously importantly our record is pretty darn good and that’s what this is all about.

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Adams Waiting For The Phone To Ring

from Luke DeCock at Talking Points,

“At 34, to be a fourth-line guy, teams are not sure I can stay healthy,” (Kevyn) Adams said. “A team would rather put in a 22-year-old who’s spent a year or two in the minors, pay him same money and be a guy they drafted. …

“I’ve won a Cup and done a lot of things and can bring a lot to a team, but it’s different for me than a guy like Roddy (Brind’Amour). It’s a similar injury, but he’s a top-line guy, not a depth guy. I’m in shape. If the phone rings I’m ready.”

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Sundin Preparing To Train

from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

Mats Sundin has taken the first step toward a return to the NHL.

The 37-year-old free-agent centre underwent a physical exam at a Toronto hospital yesterday — necessary to begin a rigorous period of training to continue his hockey career.

Sundin, who spent the past 13 NHL seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs, returned to the city last week and soon is expected to travel to Los Angeles to begin a two-week on-ice training stint.

It is believed that after those two weeks are up, he will begin talking to NHL teams to determine the best fit for him.

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Enough Of Avery

from James Duthie of The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,

I used to find Avery amusing, but he now become a caricature of himself:  Sideshow Sean.  He says or does something stupid every other day.  We asked the panel on the NHL on TSN Wednesday if the league or NHLPA should intervene.  I wouldn’t worry about that.  Some Dallas players are already sick of the act, and will likely try to take care of it themselves.  Good luck with that.

more hockey notes…

added 9:35am, from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Imagine both (Avery & Claude Lemieux) playing in the NHL at the height of their powers. One wonders whether the league would be big enough for both of them. One wonders how NHL VP Colin Campbell would have hours in the day to keep track of the Dastardly Duo.

One wonders who would wear the crown.

“It would probably be me,” the 43-year-old Lemieux, who is embarking on a serious attempt to return to the NHL despite being out of the league since 2002-03, told The Post yesterday.

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Quenneville Gets A Three Year Deal

via Tim Sassone of Between the Circles at the Chicago Daily-Herald,

The deal wasn’t finalized until Wednesday, but Hawks GM Dale Tallon said after the 3-0 win over Edmonton at the United Center that Joel Quenneville signed a three-year contract earlier in the day.

Quenneville’s deal will keep him behind the bench at least through the 2010-11 season while Tallon is signed only through next year.

“Maybe it should have been a five-year deal,” Tallon joked after watching the Hawks dominate the Oilers

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Who Made Up Those Numbers

from John Shipley of the Pioneer Press,

Convinced his client has been the victim of a “character assassination,” Marian Gaborik’s agent Ron Salcer on Wednesday denied a handful of contract numbers that have surfaced recently in newspapers and blogs.

Salcer specifically denied a New York Post report that Gaborik is asking the Wild for a 10-year, $100 million deal, and said he has not received offers of $85 million over 10 years, $90 million over 10 years or $70 million over 10 years.

“When and if they do get offered,” he said, “maybe something will happen.”

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GM Meeting Agenda

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Here’s a few other things that will be on the agenda Thursday:

• Discussion of goalies being captains;
• Review of hockey operations;
• Ice issues;
• Training camp and regular-season dates for next season;
• Discussion of Thermablades (new skate product), as well as goalie equipment and equipment overall;
• Standard update from NHL Central Scouting.

more hockey talk including the Gaborik situation…

added 9:52pm, from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

Former Tampa Bay Lightning GM Jay Feaster, a veteran of many such gatherings, said the most interesting talks take place when you might not expect them. Sometimes it’s between a couple general managers who fly in a night early and have dinner together, or maybe it’s a talk in the back of the room between two GMs killing time during a presentation.

That’s when talk starts that later can turn into something serious.

“It becomes a discussion. ‘Are you serious about moving so-and-so?’ That stuff happens more than you would necessarily think it does,” Feaster said.

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