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Hossa Felt It Was Time To Get Rotator Cuff Surgery

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from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,

“It was getting really bad,” said Hossa, who played with the injury last season and scored 40 goals with the Red Wings. “The smartest idea was to do it at the time.

“When I lifted something light, I couldn’t ... raise my arms. It was that bad. Right now the rehab is going well, [and] I can’t wait to start working out with the heavier weights on the upper body. When I’m 100 percent, I’ll jump on the ice and not worry about anything.”

Hossa said the injury worsened during the Wings’ run to the Stanley Cup finals last season as he was limited to three assists in the seven-game series the Penguins won. That performance drew the ire of many Wings fans who didn’t realize Hossa was injured.

“That’s part of our business,” Hossa said. “We can’t talk about injuries during the playoffs. People can say whatever they want. They don’t see what’s happening inside.”


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A Culture Change In Montreal

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from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail, “

[Culture] is probably the most important thing,” said Martin, a former coach of the Ottawa Senators and Florida Panthers. “To me, the system and everything else is secondary. The way we want to play is going to require consistency and effort. … You look at a team like Detroit, the reason they’re so successful is their work ethic, and their support and commitment to each other.”

After two weeks of training camp, is he getting there?

“Yeah. Slowly,” he said.

It’s a shift that reaches from the ownership suite to the weight room, which Martin has seen before, to a different degree.


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Learning To Live With Andy Murray

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

Blues veteran Keith Tkachuk has a beef with head coach Andy Murray that he wants to get off his chest.

“Whatever I say, though, he’s going to say something to me about it,” Tkachuk said, wary of voicing his pet peeve with Murray in the newspaper. “OK, sometimes he puts out a ratings sheet after the game and it’s funny how the only time it’s up is when I have a bad game.”

Truth is, Tkachuk wasn’t really concerned about the repercussions because as teammate Barret Jackman says, Murray “has softened with Walt (Tkachuk)” over the last couple of years.

As Murray enters his fourth season in St. Louis, others might argue that the he isn’t the dictator he was when he arrived in 2006. The daily meetings, the death stares, the homework sheets underneath the hotel room doors . . . very little is said about that anymore.


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Morning Line

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“I hate to invoke fictitious anchor and Bill Bonds impersonator Ron Burgundy, whose, “Stay Classy” became a cliche faster than grandma saying that her pearls constituted “bling bling,” but the utter arrogance of the Leaf fans in attendance, and their ignorance of the fact that they were in enemy territory, was plain old stupid.  The yuppified crowd (I guess they can’t quite afford platinum seats at the ACC) gathered in impromptu mobs amongst the concourse crowd after the game, reprising their, “Go Leafs Go” chants, saying, “See you in April!” (to go golfing along with Burke’s goon squad?), and some moron didn’t seem to realize that the Red Wings-Maple Leafs rivalry still burns hot enough in at least one Detroit fan’s heart…”

-George Malik of SnapShots.  More from George…

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Wings Dismiss European Curse

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from Lance Hornby of the Torontoi Sun,

From jet lag, to time change, to slow October starts, clubs have struggled to find their rhythm when returning to North America. Yes, the Pittsburgh Penguins eventually won the Stanley Cup after they began the schedule in Stockholm against Ottawa, but both teams fired their coaches during last season, as did Tampa Bay and the Rangers after playing twice in Prague.

But the Red Wings, who are departing tomorrow night for Stockholm for exhibition games and two dates next weekend against the St. Louis Blues, jumped at this chance.

“The big thing is we owe it to Nicklas Lidstrom, period,” coach Mike Babcock said yesterday. “What an opportunity for one of the greatest players to play the game, a four-time Stanley Cup champion, a six-time Norris Trophy winner and the captain of the Wings to take his team home. If you know how humble he is and what a great leader he is, we’d better do a good job for him.”

Not only will Lidstrom get a hero’s welcome at the Globe Arena, but so will fellow Swedes Henrik Zetterberg, Tomas Holmstrom, Niklas Kronwall, Johan Franzen and Jonathan Ericsson.


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Phoenix Finds A Coach

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The Phoenix Coyotes situation has dragged on way too long.  They are all but guaranteed to spend the upcoming season competing for last place in the league as a result.  I think the NHL should have either allowed the move to Hamilton long ago or contracted the team.  It is awful to see the mess they created that seems to be getting continually worse.

One part of the mess was coaching.  Wayne Gretzky was the Phoenix Coyote coach.  He was also a minority owner of the team.  He owned about 1.4% of the team when it went in to bankruptcy.  This makes him insignificant in the ownership scheme of the team, but important in terms of lending his name to the franchise as a goodwill ambassador.  For this role and his coaching job he was paid $8 million a year.  That made him the highest paid coach in the NHL - if you ignore his other roles with the team (which make up some of his salary).

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As Ducks GM, Burke Offered Steve Moore A Contract To Play

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from CBC Sports,

Brian Burke offered injured player Steve Moore an opportunity to resume his hockey career while both sides were still embroiled in a lawsuit in Colorado, according to documents obtained by CBC News.

Moore has not played since getting hit from behind by Vancouver Canucks forward Todd Bertuzzi while a member of the Colorado Avalanche in a March 8, 2004 game.

Burke was Vancouver’s general manager at the time of the incident, but the Aug. 12, 2005, offer letter was made while he was serving as GM for Anaheim. It was a two-way contract offer that would have paid Moore $475,000 US in the NHL and $75,000 if the player suited up for Portland, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Ducks.

“In my opinion, Steve had progressed to the level of a competent minor league forward who would fill on occasion in the event of injury,” Burke said in the letter, directed to Larry Kelly, Moore’s agent.


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The Battle Between Versus & Directv

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from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

Each side’s interpretation differs greatly, but the bottom line for the 14 million homes in which Versus was available on DirecTV is this: If the dispute isn’t settled by Thursday, the hockey lovers in that group won’t be able to see the two NHL games that will be broadcast exclusively on Versus…

A DirecTV spokesman said the possible effects of incurring the wrath of NHL fans might be enough for the satellite provider to put Versus back on its listings, even if a new agreement isn’t reached by Thursday.

“If we don’t have a deal with Versus by the time hockey season starts, DirecTV would certainly be open to putting these games up for our customers while we continue to negotiate,” DirecTV vice president of public relations Darris Gringeri said. “Obviously, Versus has to allow us to do that, but we’d certainly be open to doing that. At the end of the day, it would be their decision.”

A Versus spokesman who did not want to be named said: “Why would it be our decision when DirecTV is the one who took us down in the first place?”

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Previewing The Canucks

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Vancouver’s season ended earlier than it had hoped after recording one of the NHL’s best second-half records.

“I think those past experiences, from the regular season to the playoffs, are going to make our team better,” Canucks coach Alain Vigneault told ESPN.com. “We’re going to learn from those. There’s a few areas in our game that we feel we need to improve on, and if we’re able to do that we feel we’re going to be a better team.”

Here are 10 things you need to know about the Canucks heading into the new season:

1. Going for it
The Canucks believe they should have been in the Western Conference finals last season. They’re aiming higher in 2009-10.

read on

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Darryl Sydor Signs With Blues

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ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the club has signed defenseman Darryl Sydor to a one-year contract.

“Darryl Sydor is a true professional in our game,” said Davidson.  “He’s a proven winner who brings valuable leadership to our blueline and will be a positive mentor for our younger defensemen.”


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