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“To play the sport of hockey, something I’ve had a passion for all my life, at the professional level for the past 17 years and to be able to support my family has been a dream come true.  From playing this game I have met some of my best friends and will cherish the memories we made forever.”

-Mike Sillinger announcing his retirement today.  More from the New York Islanders.

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Blues Deny Nerve Issue With Brewer

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

I received a couple of phone calls earlier this week saying that Blues defenseman Eric Brewer may be out for the 2009-10 season, and that his sciatic nerve issue could be career threatening.

That much has been speculated in recent months, but neither the Blues nor Brewer have confirmed or even suggested that he could miss the entire season.

I spoke with Blues President John Davidson last night, and Davidson said that the rumor was not true. Davidson said that he spoke with Brewer yesterday and that Brewer was continuing to make progress and everyone was still hopeful he could play this season.

a bit more...

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No Winners Here

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Someone will end up with the franchise, but there will be no winners here. The legal battle has poisoned the well for a franchise that was once proudly known as the Winnipeg Jets.

Either Balsillie gets awarded the team by the bankruptcy court - after which months of legal wrangling would ensue before his team ever skated onto the ice of Hamilton’s Copps Coliseum for an NHL game - or he walks away from the burning wreckage, leaving the NHL with a smouldering pile of rubble down in Glendale, AZ.

No fans, not enough advertisers, likely nonexistent suite sales - if Balsillie can’t have the Coyotes, through this process he has ensured they are not worth having by anyone.

read on

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League Responds To Versus/Directv Dispute

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

When asked Tuesday if the league was concerned enough to involve itself in the process, NHL spokesman Frank Brown simply pointed to the calender.

“Today is August 25. The next NHL telecast scheduled for VERSUS is Oct. 1,” he said.

The “what, me worry?” approach may seem a little cavalier to fans whose only access to hockey is through the netlet, but it’s also revealing about the nature of the dispute.

more

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What If

from Ryan Dixon of The Hockey News,

I give you one reason for unrest in every NHL locale.

Anaheim Ducks Scott Niedermayer is one incredible defenseman, but what if Chris Pronger’s absence proves he was the blueline’s real stud all along?

Dallas Stars Last year wasn’t just an anomaly for 34-year-old Marty Turco.

Detroit Red Wings Playing 66 playoff games over the past three springs finally catches up with them.

more

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Clouston On Heatley

from James Gordon of the Ottawa Citizen,

Ottawa Senators coach Cory Clouston denied Wednesday that winger Dany Heatley’s role diminished on his watch.

In a media availability at Scotiabank Place, Clouston suggested any moves he made were meant to help the team, not punish the player.

“As far as a diminished role, it was very slightly diminished and, in my opinion, it wasn’t diminished,” Clouston said. “It was to try and spread out the scoring, as it’s been printed on several occasions.

“Everybody knows (Heatley’s) production actually went up over the last while as well,” he added.

continued

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Fight Game

Edmonton Oilers’ Zack Stortini breaks down NHL 10’s new fighting engine.

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One Of These Two May Not Be On Team Canada

from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,

The last time Vinny Lecavalier actually had to make a team was ... well, never.

And the last time Joe Thornton had to make a team ... was, well, almost never.

Making teams are for other guys, not the gifted and precocious and iconic. But as Canada Red and Canada White departed the Pengrowth Saddledome after Day 2 of the Most Serious Olympic Hockey Orientation Camp in the world, it seemed apparent that there would not be room for the both of them next February.

conitnued

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Cleary- Team Canada Could Use Him

from David Staples of The Cult Of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal,

...But if Dan Cleary makes this team—and I expect he will—he won’t be there because his coach Mike Babcock is running the squad and he won’t be there because more talented players are sitting out. From what I saw in last spring’s Stanley Cup finals, Cleary is a uniquely talented player in the game, a guy who goes hard to the net and screens the goalie as well as anyone in hockey right now. He’s also a defensive ace. among the best two-way players in hockey.

During the Cup finals, I kept track of scoring chances and also reviewed all of them. I tracked which players did the most to create scoring chances for their own teams. I also tracked which players made the mistakes that led to scoring chances for the other team.

In the seven games, Cleary was a key contributor on 32 Detroit scoring chances. He made mistakes that contributed to just four Pittsburgh scoring chances, making him +28 for the series, by far the best mark on any player in the Stanley Cup finals…

more

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Blues Looking For More Improvement

from Larry Wigge of NHL.com,

What makes last year’s electric run a potential precursor of even better things is that the Blues accomplished it without Erik Johnson, their most talented defenseman who was out for the season following pre-training camp knee injury, Paul Kariya, a seven-time All-Star who saw his season cut to just 11 games before having surgery on both hips, plus captain/defenseman Eric Brewer, whose surgically repaired back ended his season Dec. 11 after just 28 games.

“When I see Erik Johnson wind up and then rip one into the net now, I realize even more what we were missing last season and what we accomplished without him,” Blues President John Davidson said. “You don’t just assume that things are going to be better, but how can they not be with us getting Erik, Paul (Kariya) and Eric (Brewer) back this season?”

“I think we’re going to see a fired-up Paul Kariya,” added Murray. “I’m convinced, with his pride as a player, he’s going to come back very determined.”

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