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Predators Admit Interest In Kessel

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from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

So it would only make sense that Nashville would have an interest in Boston forward Phil Kessel.

Predators General Manager David Poile confirmed as much on Friday, saying he’s talked with Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli and Kessel’s agent, Wade Arnott, in recent days.

“He’s a young player that scores goals,’’ Poile said, “and that’s very much of interest to us.’‘

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added 1:12pm, via Darren Dreger’s Twitter,

Two horse race for Heatley. San Jose and Chicago.

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Elias Still Troubled By Groin Issues

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from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Devils forward Patrik Elias said this morning that he doesn’t know if he’ll be ready for the team’s regular season opener on Oct. 3 against Philadelphia because he is still experiencing discomfort in his groin from surgery three months ago.

“I don’t know,” Elias said when asked if he would be ready for the season opener. “I’ve been skating for over three weeks, but it’s not to the extent or the intensity where I want it to be at this point. But, I had issues, I got it fixed and I’m still not 100 percent, so we’re trying to see why I’m not 100 percent. I think that at this point after three months it should be getter better, but it wasn’t just the hip. I also had the adductor problem back then. So it was two separate issues and it takes awhile everything, especially after you fix the hip and the muscle related that takes a little while.”

Elias, who had surgery on June 12 in Vail, Colorado to repair a tear in his labrum and scrape off an impingment in his hip, said he will visit a hip/groin specialist in Philadelphia on Tuesday to get another opinion before moving forward.

Elias took his training camp physical this morning, but was excused from the treadmill test because of his groin. He said his hip feels fine, but he still has discomfort in his adductor muscle in his groin.


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  Tags: patrik+elias

A Fateful Day In Canadian Sports History

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from Bruce Arthur of the National Post,

“There are three things that it takes to be an owner of an NHL franchise,” argued NHL attorney Tony Clark, as passionate as he was condescending.

“One, you’ve got to be wealthy. ... Two, you’ve got to love hockey. And Mr. Balsillie, he has got both of these in his favour in spades. Nobody’s denying that. But No. 3, your Honour, you’ve got to play by the rules that bind NHL owners. You know, there’s an old rock and roll song by Meat Loaf.”

“Meat Loaf ?” interrupted Judge Redfield T. Baum.

“Meat Loaf,” continued Mr. Clark. “He’s a big fat guy. He actually had a good voice. He may actually still be around. And I apologize to Meat Loaf, maybe he’s slimmed up. The name of the song was Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad. Well, that doesn’t cut it for the NHL.”

This was the kind of keen legal argument that defined this fateful day in Canadian sports history.

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Bylsma Trying To Join Elite Group

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from Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Dan Bylsma had quite a debut in his first season as an NHL coach. And as Dave Molinari points out today, it’ll be a challenge to follow up the team’s Stanley Cup run in his second season.

Were Bylsma able to win the Stanley Cup next (this) season, he’d be only the third coach in NHL history to start off his career with two championships.

Here’s a look at the other 13 coaches in league history who win the Cup their rookie year and how they followed it up:


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Camps Open!

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from NHL.com,

And the wait is over. NHL practice rinks will be jumping this weekend as teams administer physicals to their players, who, in turn, take the ice. There is no time to waste as the New York Islanders and Vancouver Canucks open the pre-season Monday night in Terrace, British Columbia in the Kraft Hockeyville game, where John Tavares, the ‘09 Draft top selection, could make his pro debut.

read on for a brief look at most of the teams as they open camp…

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How Will The Flyers Answer These Questions

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from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

As the veterans get ready to begin training camp with their first on-ice workout tomorrow in Voorhees, here are 10 questions to ponder before the Flyers begin the quest for their first Stanley Cup since 1975.

1. What impact will the crease-clearing Pronger have on a defense that wasn’t overly physical last season?

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel calls Ryan Howard “The Big Piece.” Pronger could become “The Missing Piece” - the guy who brings aggressiveness to a defense that was embarrassed as it blew a 3-0 home lead to Pittsburgh in Game 6. Pronger will turn 35 next month, but he is still one of the league’s elite defensemen. He should make life easier for the Flyers’ new goalie.

2. Which Ray Emery will show up?

Will it be the goalie who had a 2.47 goals-against average and .918 save percentage while leading Ottawa to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2007, or the one who slumped badly the next season, fought with teammates and opponents, missed practices, and had a penchant for partying and driving like Mario Andretti in his prime?

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All Chuck Fletcher

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Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants does an extended Q & A with the Wild GM.

Q: Have you thought about whether Havlat will play with Koivu or maybe Bouchard? Also, Havlat’s biggest problem might be his willingness to go into the gritty areas. Is there a way to help keep him healthy by putting him with a digging winger like Clutterbuck or Owen Nolan?

A: We’ve talked about lots of different scenarios if the roster looked like this and that, but it’ll be important to see who he finds chemistry with right off the bat. But you’ve hit the nail on the head. Havlat’s a competitive player. He’s a player who plays hard every game and because of his skill level, he attracts the attention of other team’s best defenders. Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do. It’s no different than Gaborik or Crosby or Malkin or Ovechkin. These high-skilled guys compete hard every night and get into situations that lead to injury.

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Hockeyville Weekend

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It is all Hockeyville this weekend at Greatest Hockey Legends.  Joe Pelletier with- live coverage, exclusive photos and hopefully an interview or two.

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Fantasy Top 200

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ESPN Ranks the Top 200 Fantasy Players.

1 Alex Ovechkin, LW, Was
2 Evgeni Malkin, C, Pit
3 Pavel Datsyuk, C, Det
4 Tim Thomas, G, Bos
5 Sidney Crosby, C, Pit


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Filatov Feels He Is Ready For The NHL

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from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

Filatov arrived in Columbus on Wednesday night. Today, he will have his physical, the first official task of Blue Jackets training camp. He will be watched closely because he is 19 years old, arguably the most talented player in the team’s stable—and unafraid to speak his mind.

Last month, Filatov caused a stir on two sides of the globe when he told a Russian journalist that he has interest in the Continental Hockey League, or KHL. Filatov said he had been approached by multiple team owners ready to throw some major rubles at him. He said that if the Jackets send him to minor-league Syracuse, he would have to think hard about playing in Russia.

Yesterday, after Filatov finished an informal workout, I sat down with him in the visitors’ locker room in Nationwide Arena. He was candid and unapologetic.

“Why wouldn’t I say this?” he asked. “If I am sent down, of course I might start thinking about it. The KHL is a higher league than the (American Hockey League).”

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  Tags: nikita+filatov

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