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NHLPA Expected To OK 2nd Winter Classic Game

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E.J. Hradek of ESPN The Magazine passed this to me tonight and asked if I could post…

After speaking with NHLPA executive director Paul Kelly and Lightning center/competition committee member Jeff Halpern, I expect the competition committee to green light the league’s plan for a second outdoor game – the back-end of a New Year’s Day 2010 Winter Classic doubleheader – hosted by the Flames (likely against the Leafs) at Calgary’s McMahon Stadium as ESPN The Magazine reported last Thursday.

Both Kelly and Halpern felt the league’s outdoor plan, which was discussed in both smaller and full group discussions at the NHLPA meetings last weekend in Las Vegas, was favored by an enthusiastic majority of the players. “I don’t think there’d be an issue with it from the players’ side,” said Halpern, who’ll participate in the competition committee meeting on Thursday morning in Montreal. “There was a lot of positive feedback. I think it’s a good idea.”


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What A Year For Hockey Bloggers

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from Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy,

There are still rough patches, battles fought for respect and unfortunate generalizations made. (Lord knows I’m as guilty as anyone of that last one. Note to Self: Not every newspaper writer is stone-faced in the press box. Just more than a few of them.) But the gap has closed dramatically, to the point where blogs are influencing not only traditional media but the very leagues they cover.

Coming up, 10 stories, trends and scandals* from the last season that captured this moment in one way or another.

10. The Jaromir Jagr(notes) Rumor War

“JAGR CLOSE TO SIGNING WITH EDMONTON OILERS: SOURCE” was the blaring headline from Edmonton Journal blogger David Staples, as his Cult of Hockey site went out on a limb and reported that Jaromir Jagr was to leave the KHL for the NHL back on Feb. 10. This info came from “Euro-hockey expert Peter Adler.”

read on

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Shanahan Will Play Next Season

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from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Brendan Shanahan seemed to be leaning in this direction since the Devils’ season ended on April 28, but his agent Rick Curran confirmed today that the 40-year-old winger intends to play at least one more season in the NHL. It would be his 23rd season in the league.

That said, there have been no conversations so far between Curran and Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello about re-signing Shanahan, who is slated to become an unrestricted free on July 1—now only one week away. .

“I can’t say that I’ve had any conversations with any club, but Brendan is definitely going to play hockey next year,” Curran told me today.


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Esche Will Play In KHL Next Season

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via Brian Sandler of WKTV,

Having to choose between a return to the National Hockey League and a return to the Kontinental Hockey League in Russia, goalie and Whitesboro native Rob Esche has chosen the latter, telling WKTV he will honor the final year of his contract with SKA St. Petersburg.

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BOG Update

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from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,

Ownership updates were the theme of the day at the Board of Governors meeting on Wednesday.

Commissioner Gary Bettman updated the board on a number of franchise situations during a session of five-plus hours. Another briefing came from Montreal Canadiens owner George Gillette, who is in discussions to sell the team to three members of the Molson family. Bettman said the talks are in the preliminary stages, but said he was excited to see a well-known family involved with the sale.

continue for more topics discussed…

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The Fun Begins

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The days leading up to the NHL draft are a fascinating time for GMs and player agents. Scheduled meetings in hotel rooms, hotel lobbies and, of course, hotel bars—the chatter is through the roof as the trade talk intensifies leading up to Friday night’s first overall pick.

There’s more trade talk than usual for two reasons—all 30 GMs are in the same town and the first-round picks can be involved in possible deals. Once the first round comes and goes Friday night, fewer moves usually happen.

“The draft, to me, is an opportunity to improve your hockey club,” Thrashers GM Don Waddell said Wednesday. “We have the fourth [overall] pick in the draft. We’re looking for a top-six forward and a top-four defenseman and you may acquire that either via trades or free agency. Certainly we’re going to look at the trade market.”

In other words, the fourth overall pick is in play from Atlanta—for the right price.

One guy who won’t be moved this week is Thrashers star winger Ilya Kovalchuk, who is one year away from free agency, a critical time when a player of his caliber must either be signed to an extension or moved in order to get maximum value for the asset.

read on for more talk..

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The Top Plays Of The Recently Announced Hall of Famers

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20,000+ People Will Have Their Eyes On Snow

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from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat,

With only two days remaining before the Islanders make the first pick of the NHL draft in Montreal, excitement for the draft party planned by the club Friday night at the Coliseum is building as free ticket requests have climbed past 22,000. Team president Chris Dey said that’s a great indication of the vitality of Long Island as a hockey market, but there’s no mandate from the business side to general manager Garth Snow to draft fan favorite John Tavares ahead of Matt Duchene or Victor Hedman.

While the Islanders’ marketing department has worked hard to hype the draft party, Dey said, “It’s not like we put anybody’s name on it. We did what we normally do. We came up with a good idea to ticket the party. If we did it the way we normally do, which is just open the doors, we wouldn’t have had any idea what to expect.

“Fortunately for us, from a planning perspective, we decided to ticket it. Now, we know. It’s exciting. When you work hard every day, you hope you can get this kind of excitement and momentum behind what you’re doing. It’s a great time for us.”


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Report- Your Team Canada Asst. Coaches

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from CTV Olympics,

Lindy Ruff, Ken Hitchcock and Jacques Lemaire will be assistant coaches to Mike Babcock on Canada’s 2010 men’s Olympic hockey team, sources tell CTVOlympics.ca.


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Talk Surrounding The Draft

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

• This weekend should also provide some drama on the Anaheim Ducks’ front. GM Bob Murray should know imminently whether defenseman Scott Niedermayer will return for at least one more kick at the can (the smart betting is he will). With Murray’s shrewd acquisitions of Ryan Whitney and James Wisniewski, there doesn’t seem to be much in the way of room economically or ice-time-wise for veteran Chris Pronger, who has one more year left on his deal at $6.25 million and/or soon-to-be free agent Francois Beauchemin….

• Another guy bound to be in the middle of about a million rumors this weekend will be Los Angeles GM Dean Lombardi, whose young Kings took a big step forward last season by hanging around the playoff picture well into the second half. Lombardi is now on the hot seat to get the Kings into the playoffs for the first time since 2002….

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