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Thornton & Cheechoo Together Again

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from the AP via the Mercury News,

Just a few minutes into the San Jose Sharks' first scrimmage of training camp, Joe Thornton already had Jonathan Cheechoo in his sights. The reigning NHL Most Valuable Player's chemistry with the league's top goal-scorer apparently hasn't waned since the Sharks were knocked out of the second round of the playoffs. Playing together on a line with newcomer Mark Bell, Thornton repeatedly found Cheechoo for shot after shot Friday despite their teammates' best defensive efforts. "Cheech was hitting everything but the back of the net," coach Ron Wilson said. "It's important that we create chemistry, and get it early. We've got to get them up to speed, because they've got a new guy."
more...inlcuding possible line combos...

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Gretzky Goes For $80K

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from the American Chronicle,

Seven years following his retirement, the greatest player in the history of professional hockey is still setting records. MINT State, an Illinois dealer specializing in high-grade sports cards has sold a 1979 O-Pee-Chee #18 Wayne Gretzky rookie card for $80,000. The company claims it is the most valuable hockey trading card in existence. Although Gretzky’s 1979-80 rookie cards from OPC and Topps are perceived to be a fairly modern issue and not considered especially rare, the card is the only Gem Mint 10 ever graded by Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA) and therefore commanded a huge premium.
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Just a friendly reminder- If you are in a shopping mode, please check out the KK Shopping & Reviews section. Some great deals going on now and I do receive a small commission for every sale. That is how I keep my head above water.

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A New Day For Boston

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from the AP via CBS4Boston,

"It's a new day," Jacobs said. "We've got a new coach, a new general manager. I think we have credible people in all those positions. Time will tell how good they are." Jacobs, whose son Charlie is becoming more involved in running the team, said he liked Sullivan and O'Connell but realized that the team couldn't go on doing things the old way. Chiarelli takes over a team that signed Chara, one of the top free agents on the market, along with forwards Marc Savard and Shean Donovan. Phil Kessel, the fifth player chosen in this year's draft, is also in camp after deciding to leave Minnesota after his freshman season. "We've got a significantly strong group of new players that I think have heightened the excitement of everyone that works here, everyone that's going to play here," Jacobs said. "It was time for a change."
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Why Bob

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from the CP via TSN,

Vancouver Canucks general manager Dave Nonis says Bob Clarke's actions in signing centre Ryan Kesler to a US$1.9 million offer sheet make no sense. The Canucks were caught off guard earlier this week when the Philadelphia Flyers general manager signed the restricted free agent to an offer sheet. "Philadelphia didn't do anything wrong in this process," Nonis said Friday at the Canucks training camp. "Bob Clarke is free to do whatever he wants in signing free-agent players. He didn't break any rules, as he's told the world. "But I don't understand it. To sign a player to a deal, at far more than what he would normally sign too, knowing full well we were going to match the offer ... To me that doesn't make any sense."
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Putting Out The Fire

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from Spector at Fox Sports,

Once again, the speculation is on what New Jersey Devils GM Lou Lamoriello will do to pare down his payroll, heightened by the opening of training camp and the start of the NHL season only three weeks away. And once again, the "Scott Gomez on the block" rumors are kicking around cyberspace. You know, with the exception of his rookie season, rumormongers have considered Gomez trade-bait in every season of his NHL career.
continued Maybe Spector can address the Brian Gionta to Detroit rumors too. I have had enough of those emails today. added 11:59pm, Spector did answer...
The Rumor: Brian Gionta to the Detroit Red Wings. Why it's Stupid: Why are most cyberspace-generated NHL trade rumors nowadays stupid? Two words: salary cap.
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Looking At The Preds

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from Robert Picarello at Fox Sports,

Nashville will ice two very good offensive lines this season with Arnott and Vasicek at center, Kariya and Erat on the left side and Sullivan and Dumont on the right. The Predators' top four on defense is long on speed and offensive talent with Timonen and Zidlicky adding considerable pop from the blue line and Hamhuis and Suter the lynchpins for the future. The pieces should fall into place this season and see the Predators battle the Red Wings for the top spot in the Central Division all season.
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Fishin With Stanley

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Bubba at CanesCounty found a very interesting Stanley Cup story...

Here is a cool cup journal type story that probably won’t make it to the official Cup Journal. Hurricanes video coordinator Chris Huffine chose to take the Cup bass fishing with him on Falls Lake. ESPN was supposed to tag along and film the story, but cancelled the trip.
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Tour The NHL

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Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail covers a huge amount of topics including...

If you were the St. Louis Blues right now, wouldn't you be at the head of the line, making inquiries to Carolina for defenceman Jack Johnson, the third overall pick of the 2005 NHL entry draft, who opted to stay at the University of Michigan for his sophomore season, despite another overture by the Hurricanes to get him to turn pro?
read on...and on the previous pages, he breaks down the Pronger trade...

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How They Spent Their Summer Vacation

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from Steven Noble of the Hockey News,

It’s commonly accepted most NHLers spent their off-seasons golfing, but Brendan Witt and Tim Thomas are not most NHLers. Their hobbies are a little more adventurous, and on two particular occasions, almost deadly.... Both Witt and Thomas said what they love most about their respective hobby is being at one with nature. Apparently, that includes being a part of the food chain.
read on added 3:31pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
They gathered, mostly on Wednesday mornings this past summer because, as Paul Kariya explained, it was the one day of the week when he and his California-based National Hockey League peers generally didn't lift weights in the off season. Instead, they came together just off the beach at San Clemente, near Kariya's off-season home. It'd be him and Rob Blake and Glen Murray and Sean O'Donnell and all the others too, paddling out past the break, taking in the sights, timing their rides just so and sometimes, even doubling and tripling up on a wave if they could manage it.
continued...nice headline too...

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