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Souray Thought He Would Be A Priority To The Canadiens

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from Dave Stubbs at Habs Inside/Out,

I talked for an hour with Souray this weekend, and he spoke highly of his experiences in Montreal over seven seasons, and of growing as a player on the ice and an individual off it. But he also went into fine, candid detail about his contract talks with the Canadiens, discussing why he chose not to return to the Habs.
“There are no bitter feelings toward anyone. None. I don’t leave Montreal with one shred of remorse for having played there,” he says. “But I didn’t think it was going to play out like it did. It was disappointing how things finally went down.”
The feature will appear here and in The Gazette on Monday morning.

Well, the Vancouver Sun picked it up today, so read on... Great read!

update 8/20/07, Read the whole story now at Habs Inside/Out, which includes additional information and some great pictures too.

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Patrice Bergeron Looking Forward To New Season

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from the Boston Herald,

Speaking from his home in Quebec City, Bergeron sounded both rejuvenated from his long summer and, after some reflection on the season, determined not to have a repeat. For one thing, he said he’s now fully recovered from the various nagging injuries that plagued him, the exact nature of which he remains unclear in explaining. Even now, when the hot summer sun tends to loosen lips, Bergeron wasn’t about to elaborate, saying, “It was a little bit in the legs and a few issues in the upper and lower body.” He chose to keep the details to himself.
“I don’t want to look like the guy who says that’s why I had a tough year last year,” said Bergeron, who’s been skating with some NHLers including Simon Gagne, Antoine Vermette and Francis Bouillon in Quebec. “But I feel 100 percent right now. It took me quite a while to feel better. I wish we made the playoffs last year and played longer. It was a long summer. But at the same time it gave me time to heal all the things I had.”

more

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The Unknown Owner

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from the St. Petersburg Times,

Oren Koules showed up at a Los Angeles hockey league about 15 years ago saying he had come to Hollywood to make movies and play hockey. His hair hung down the back of his leather jacket. Player Mike Butters was unimpressed. He noted Koules had “all his Chiclets.” Could a guy with all his Chiclets really play?
Butters hadn’t noticed the dental bridge behind Koules’ lower lip. Koules had lost three Chiclets from a punch he took as a high school dropout trying to fight his way into the National Hockey League. He could play, all right.
Among the three men collectively bidding for ownership of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Oren Koules, 46, is the outsider, the unknown.

continued

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Leafs Wanted Only An Adviser

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from the Montreal Gazette,

Bowman is still considered to have been one of the brightest minds in hockey, working as a consultant with the Red Wings. The Toronto Maple Leafs recently asked him if he’d be interested in joining them as a senior adviser to help out general manager John Ferguson Jr. Bowman turned them down.
“They were looking for someone in an advisory role ... just to be an adviser,” he said. “I’ve been with the Red Wings for 14 years and I know all the people ... we know each other. It’s hard to mesh a newcomer coming in as a consultant. Why would I leave Detroit after 14 years just to be an adviser to a team where I don’t know anybody? I didn’t hire any of those people.”

more on Bowman’s relationship with Pollock and the Canadiens…

I get the feeling if Bowman was given complete control or the Leafs, he would have become a serious candidate, but the adviser role did not really entice him…

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Sports Songs - The Top 10

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from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,

2. Hockey Night in Canada theme
Is there a melody more instantly recognizable to your average Canuck than this one? O Canada, maybe.
Someone (Stompin’ Tom?) should add lyrics to this thing. Then again, maybe it’s fine just the way it is.
Never heard a rock version of it, but it’s probably out there, somewhere.

a few more “hockey” songs made the Top 10.

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Best Defense For The $$$

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Ice Chat - NHL News, one of the newer hockey blogs, breaks down the defensive side of every NHL team, lists the cap hit for the “D” and comes out with a best squad for the buck.
Pretty interesting and I am pointing to the homepage, since it is broken down in numerous parts.

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Fans- Prepare To Spend

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from Erin Nicks at the Ottawa Sun,

We’re still nearly a month away from the opening of the NHL pre-season and it’s obvious that everyone’s desperate for a bit of something they can grab onto and discuss.
Right now, a team like the Senators is hoping that something is a bit of fabric manufactured by Reebok.
All NHL teams are in the process of unveiling their new RBK EDGE jerseys to the masses. The lighter, sleeker sweaters made their debut during last season’s all-star game in Dallas to mixed reviews from fans. Granted, it was difficult to make a firm assessment until everyone was able to see the uniforms presented in their preferred team’s colours.

continued

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Salaries Increase And So Does Revenue

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from the News & Observer,

This season, the third under the salary-cap system the league adopted to end the lockout, the average salary will fly beyond that mark and approach $2.2 million.
The league isn’t concerned about that, because salaries are tied to revenue. If more money is going out, it can only mean more money is coming in.
“I don’t think this year’s free-agency period suggests a return to days when high-revenue clubs had a competitive advantage in the players marketplace,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said. “Aside from a couple of high-profile signings, the distribution of signings is significantly more diverse than under the CBA

read on

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Columbus In Shopping Mode

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from the Columbus Dispatch,

Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson left Columbus yesterday to meet his family for a vacation in Calgary, Alberta. But it won’t be relaxing right away. The Jackets are intent on using Svitov’s money to add another player, and they will either shore up the roster at center or on defense before training camp opens Sept. 14.
Other centers the Jackets likely will consider if they can’t sign Peca are Jason Allison and Mike Johnson. The top target among defensemen is Danny Markov.

more

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Every Teams Should Have Interest In Forsberg

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via Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

• If anyone in the NHL truly believes Andrew Raycroft is a No. 1 goalie, they’d make a pitch to the Leafs for him. At $2 million a year, the price is cheap for a starting netminder. But to date, no real offers of consequence.
• Why is it news when an NHL general manager contacts Peter Forsberg’s agent to inquire about the player? Shouldn’t it be news if a GM doesn’t contact Don Baizley to ask about the most talented free agent left in the pool?

Filed in: NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

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