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Evening Line- Darryl Sydor

"It's been tough, it's something you have to look at head on, there's been ups and downs.  Whether it's mental awareness or addiction, it's a hard battle and you've got to stay on top of it.  I'm lucky I have a second chance.   That day I don't like to look back at too often, but I do also not want to forget it.   Drastic things could have happened.   There's still issues that I have to deal with.   Anybody in my situation, it's never forgotten, and it's never undealt with ---- it's something you have for life.  It's a disease."

-Darryl Sydor, retired NHL player on dealing with alcoholism.  CFJC Today has more on this.

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Andrej Sekera Had Surgery Today On A Torn Achilles Tendon

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Afternoon Line- Ed Willes

Is there a hockey man out there with an established track record who would take a look at the latest mess and say, ‘Now there’s the organization for me.’

-Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province where you can read more on the Vancouver Canucks.

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Jake Allen In The Spotlight For The St. Louis Blues

from Jared Clinton of The Hockey News,

Given the roster the Blues have been able to assemble throughout the summer, too, some projections have St. Louis safely in the post-season, if not as one of the Central Division and Western Conference’s top contenders. That isn’t without reason, either.

On paper, the Blues have the out-and-out scoring talent to be a threat on a nightly basis. In Vladimir Tarasenko, Jaden Schwartz, Brayden Schenn, not to mention O’Reilly and Perron, there should be more than enough pure offense to run with the best and brightest in the league. And defensively, the Blues have assembled a solid group. Captain Alex Pietrangelo and young stalwart Colton Parayko give St. Louis one heck of a one-two punch on its top two pairings, and there’s enough depth — be it Joel Edmundson, Vince Dunn or veteran Jay Bouwmeester — that the Blues need not worry about defensive deficiencies.

But as St. Louis aims for a return to post-season play, it’s not Tarasenko or O’Reilly or Pietrangelo or Parayko who stand to make or break the coming campaign. We know what to expect from all four, and chances are each will either meet or exceed expectations. It’s not even Schwartz or Schenn or Bozak or Maroon who hold the key to St. Louis’ playoff return. Rather, that responsibility falls on the shoulders of No. 1 netminder Jake Allen, who enters the 2018-19 season with considerable pressure to ensure the Blues make good on a truly successful summer.


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An Eight-Year Extension For Ryan Ellis In Nashville


added 12:01pm, Nashville press release is below.

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Zach Werenski’s Goal Is To Be Ready For Opening Night

from Brian Hedger of BlueJackets.com,

He's still going through rehab exercises, but Zach Werenski is making good progress with his surgically-repaired shoulder this summer.

The 21-year old defenseman is back on the ice, even stepping into slap shots, and he's hoping to take his first contact at some point in training camp. His focus is also locked on Oct. 4 at Little Caesar's Arena in Detroit, when the Blue Jackets will open the 2018-19 regular season against the Detroit Red Wings - the team he cheered growing up in Grosse Pointe, Mich.

"My goal, ultimately, is to be there for Game 1," Werenski told BlueJackets.com. "You never want to miss time, you never want to miss games, so my goal going into training camp and into the season is to be ready for Game 1. If it's later, like Game 5 or Game 10, whenever that is, I'm going to work to miss as few games as possible and be ready to help the team."


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You Now Know Ben Meisner

from Ben Meisner at The Players' Tribune,

All I had to do was step off the chair.

That was it. Literally. Everything else was taken care of.

I’d gone out to the local hardware store and bought the rope.

I’d made the noose. Tied it to a staircase bannister on the second floor of my apartment. Placed the loop around my neck.

I was standing up there, too. Perched on that chair. On my tippy toes … all ready to go.

I just had to take that one last step and it all would’ve been over....

I’m not Connor McDavid or Ovi or Sid. Hell, I’m not even in the NHL.

I’m not famous.

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News Is Slow

It's a long, slow summer since early July regarding the hockey world and we probably have another four weeks of 'not much news out there'.

I do keep an eye on the 400 people or so I follow on Twitter but lately there has been more tweets on everything other than hockey.

I do follow many websites too, but unless you want lists of all sorts ranging from best sweaters, best players not in the Hockey Hall of Fame to players who could have a good or bad year, well the real news is just not out there.

I am used to this, after all, I have been doing this for around 15 years but this summer has seemed much slower than the past years.

One topic that pops up every so often is line combinations and many are coming from fans who are playing GM.

It happens in the summer, but I would only put my faith in a trusted bingo site to shake up the bingo balls.  Other than that, what you are reading or hearing is make believe at this point.

For me personally, this time is used to re-charge and catchup on some movies I have missed the last few years.

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The Vegas Golden Knights Intent On Protecting Their Brand

from Wade Tyler Millward of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

A “Neon Knights” Twitter account. A Henderson man’s “7th Knight” fan website. The familiar Spartan helmet decorating a handgun.

Online and off, the Golden Knights have sought protection for logos, slogans and even names that may confuse fans because they sound too similar.

But fake Knights-branded shirts, shoes, ties, and even blankets sold on the side of the road, or on websites like Facebook and Etsy, won’t go away anytime soon.

“Usage of our marks without licensing or without our permission has happened at different times throughout the season with various entities,” Knights spokesman Eric Tosi said. “We successfully addressed the matters with these entities accordingly and received their cooperation.”


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Brady Tkachuk Signs A Three-Year ELC With The Ottawa Senators

OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators (@Senators) announced today that the club has signed forward Brady Tkachuk to a three-year entry-level contract.

Tkachuk, 18, was selected fourth overall by Ottawa in the first round of last month's NHL Draft in Dallas and was the first player ever taken with the fourth selection in Senators' franchise history.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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