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Jeff O’Neill Gets Tryout With Canes

from Lord Stanley’s Blog,

Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said Thursday that the former Canes forward, who did not play in the NHL last season, has been invited to the team’s preseason camp next month. O’Neill, 32, has not signed a contract.

“In training camp, the door is open for players to make the team,” Rutherford said. “That’s the opportunity we’ll give him. He said he plans to come in early and work out with the guys. He has the right mindset.

“We have talked about a contract, but it makes sense for him to come to training camp for the tryout and then us talk about a contract.”

read on

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Accusations Surrounding New Oilers Arena

From CBC,

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is accusing Edmonton city officials of hiding some important facts in its review of a $450 million NHL hockey arena proposed for the downtown.

A city-funded report released in March recommended that Edmonton build a new arena to replace its aging Rexall Place and that the project be funded through a mix of private and tax dollars, a formula that has been used in many U.S. cities.  The city would fund about 70 per cent of the project by borrowing against future downtown tax revenues.

But a draft copy of the report, obtained by CBC News and the CTF, says the NHL arenas in Vancouver, Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto were built with private financing alone, a detail that was omitted in the final version of the study. 

“I don’t think most Edmontonians know that most other NHL arenas in Canada were built with 100 per cent private financing and I don’t think the committee wanted them to know, either,” said Scott Hennig, CTF’s Alberta director.

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  Tags: arenas, rexall+place

The Best By Country

from Ryan Kennedy of the Hockey News,

We have already seen the best Canadian player of all-time. Whether you believe that man is Wayne Gretzky or Bobby Orr, both accomplished astonishing feats that will never be duplicated. And, unfortunately for young Panik, we have likely seen the best Slovak of all-time in Peter Stastny. The Czechs are sewn up right now as well: Dominik Hasek or Jaromir Jagr. Maybe you even give Stan Mikita some love (he was born there, even if he didn’t play hockey until he got to Canada).

So what about the other nations?

Russia: We’re pretty much sticking to the NHL here, so let’s just establish that up front. Pavel Bure? Sergei Fedorov? Vladimir Konstantinov? I think we’re watching the best right now: Alex Ovechkin.

read on and your comments are encouraged…

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Lester Patrick Award Recipients Named

via press release:

Minnesota Wild founding owner Bob Naegele, Jr., Anaheim Ducks Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Burke, 21-year NHL defenseman Phil Housley and Hockey Hall of Fame left wing Ted Lindsay have been named recipients of the 2008 Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to hockey in the United States.

The award, one of the most prestigious in hockey, was presented to the National Hockey League by the New York Rangers in 1966. It honors the memory of Lester Patrick, who spent 50 years in hockey as a player, coach, and general manager, and was a pioneer in the sport’s development.

The recipients will be honored at the 2008 Lester Patrick Awards Luncheon Oct. 22 in Minnesota. Further details on the event, including ticket information, will be announced at a later date.

The full story on this year’s award can be read at NHL.com.

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  Tags: lester+patrick+award

Who Is Bruce Bennett

from Mark Malinowski at the Hockey News,

Occupation: Getty Images Director of Photography and Hockey Imagery….

Greatest Career Moment: “Assignment for TIME Magazine, netted Gretzky’s 77th goal – the season record-breaker propelling him past Phil Esposito back in 1981. The photo has been used over 30 times.”

Most Painful Career Moment: “In the early days at Madison Square Garden I suffered two cracked ribs courtesy of the Minnesota North Stars’ Bryan Maxwell’s zone clearing slapshot against the New York Rangers. This was back in the early days of wide open shooting positions for photographers. I used to have nightmares about that position, and would twitch and flinch in my sleep.”

more

More about Bruce from a 2004 article at photoInsider...

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Hockey Talk From The Maven

from Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal,

● Peace between the NHL and the new Russian-based Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) is possible but a high NHL team official tells us that it requires an understanding of the thought process in Moscow. “The Russians are not simple,” the man tells us. “They do things differently and can make life complicated.” In candid conversations between NHL bigs and their Russian counterparts, the latter were told straight out: “We can work together and respect each other’s contracts and, down the road, we could possibly have a joint union of leagues. Or, we can go to war!”

● Speaking of war, if there’s to be major NHL-NHLPA friction it will not be caused by union boss Paul Kelly. But those who’ve watched his belligerent style believe that Glenn Healy will be the prime anti-league spokesman within the Association.

much more

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In The Running For The #1 Pick

from Brian Costello of the Hockey News,

The optimist in me prefers to look at the bright side. These are the teams with the best chances of securing the first pick in the 2009 entry draft and earning the right to select either John Tavares or super Swede Victor Hedman, pending the results of the draft lottery, of course.

10. Minnesota Wild. They’re due for a big fall from defending division champions.

9. Columbus Blue Jackets. It’ll be eight years and no NHL playoffs in Ohio.

read on

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Who Is The Player

In a poll of NHL general managers during the mid-1980s asking them to select the player they would start a franchise with, this player was voted third behind only Wayne Gretzky and Paul Coffey.

read on for the anwer and more on the player of interest…

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Letowski Goes The KHL Route

from Brody Mark of the Chronicle Journal,

A disheartened Trevor Letowski has decided to try his hand overseas.

After waiting a month for a solid NHL offer, the Thunder Bay native signed a one-year deal with HC Astana of the newly formed Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) based out of Russia. Letowski had played the last nine seasons in the NHL.

“It had become a little frustrating here,” said Letowski Wednesday afternoon. “Anyone who has been a free agent at the NHL level knows that after July 1, you‘re talking to your agent pretty much every day. There‘s different things here and there and you get your hopes up and then another day it‘s bad news, another day it‘s good news.”

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  Tags: trevor+letowski

Kubina Grows On Leafs

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

Not only is Pavel Kubina unlikely to be traded, but Cliff Fletcher is talking him up as a possible captain if Mats Sundin departs.

With an Aug. 15 window to shop Kubina rapidly closing, the Maple Leafs’ general manager yesterday listed the chance of dealing the $5-million US defenceman as “less than 50%.”

“Any trade involving Pavel would have to be very advantageous for the Leafs,” Fletcher said. “I thought he played well last season (after an awful start to Kubina’s four-year $20-million deal) and I know (new coach) Ron Wilson liked him a lot. Plus, it’s very quiet right now for trades.”

continued

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  Tags: pavel+kubina

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