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NHL Puts On A Show

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from Ian Winwood of the Guardian,

Since I didn’t swipe the identification plate of one Miroslav Satan (it’s pronounced Shertan, disappointingly) all I will bring home from Sweden are memories. And while it is neither my natural disposition, nor indeed my job, to look on the bright side, I am honour bound to say this: the National Hockey League’s second excursion into Europe has been a peach.

read on

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Isles Turn To Youth

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from Johnette Howard of Newsday,

To players and agents, the Islanders have become an NHL stop of the last resort. The sharpest proof lately was how Ryan Smyth, a character player the Isles gave up a gaggle of players for and hoped to build around, couldn’t get out fast enough after coming here for an 18-game cameo during the season….

Islanders general manager Garth Snow took the hint from the Smyth caper and is going with a youth and rebuilding movement, which seems like a sound idea on the surface. But the philosophy would feel a whole lot better if the kids whom Snow is counting on this season were a bunch of can’t-miss prospects like Sidney Crosby or Dany Heatley were once upon a time, and not the middling-to-fair group that prompted The Hockey News to recently rank the Islanders’ farm system in the bottom third of the league.

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Needed:  More Rest For Brodeur

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from Mike Celizic at NBC Sports,

The Devils have a backup goalie. His name is Kevin Weekes. This year, coach Brent Sutter should use him.

This isn’t a suggestion. It’s a mandate. If the Devils want all-world goalie Martin Brodeur to take them deep into the Stanley Cup playoffs, they can no longer write his name in the line-up every day for weeks and even months at a time.

continued

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  Tags: marty+brodeur

Changes Ahead For Calgary

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from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

By Wednesday, the Calgary Flames need to pare three players from their roster and more than US$1 million in salary cap space.

Darryl Sutter has plenty of work to do….

Trading away Warrener and Eriksson would save the club nearly US$4 million in cap space. Other options include finding places for the duo in Europe or sending them to the minors.

Sutter fully intends to see new blood injected into the team.

read on

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Taking A Shot At The Ref

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from Kelly Egan of the Ottawa Citizen,

The Los Angeles Kings are playing their second game of the season in Oakland. There are 2,668 fans in the stands. Mr. Regan is the general manager of the Kings and his boss, Mr. Cooke, is not happy.

The Kings are having their home opener in four days. There are only 1,400 or so tickets sold and Mr. Cooke wants his GM to do something about this. Mr. Regan is watching the penalty-filled Oakland game in the stands when he gets an idea: if the fans want rock ‘em, sock ‘em hockey, he will give it to them.

He decides to punch a referee.

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Morning Line

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“I really enjoy it here, and it’s become a home for me.  I can’t really see a better place to play hockey, so hopefully we can figure something out that can work for both of us.”

-Henrik Zetterberg who becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2009.  More on ‘Z’ from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press.

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A Proposed Blockbuster

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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

If the Minnesota Wild don’t want to give winger Marian Gaborik more than Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin ($8.7 million a year) in a seven- or eight-year extension, they could always consider trading a star for a star.

Here’s one wildcat trade possibility: Gaborik to Pittsburgh for Malkin because the Penguins are very weak on the wing.

That would be akin to Dany Heatley for Marian Hossa, pretty rare stuff in this league where quality usually gets dealt for quantity.

continued with more NHL talk

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All Craig Leipold

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from Brian Murphy of the Pioneer Press,

Why was there such tepid interest in Nashville?

It’s a cultural thing.

Is that anything you didn’t know going in or were you too optimistic?

Both. Nashville is a market where people who were raised in Nashville go to college in Nashville, they go back to work in Nashville. It was a little harder to break into that culture, and I should have known that. The fans in Nashville are great. They’re rabid. They’re vocal. They’re passionate. There just aren’t enough of them.

Do you consider your investment there a failure or a learning experience?

I don’t consider it a failure. I look at it as I was the caretaker there the first 10 years and I’ve now passed it off to some local guys, and hopefully they can take it to a level I wasn’t able to take it to. If the team ends up cratering and moves out, then I would say I was not successful.

more from Leipold, mostly on the team he currently owns, the Minnesota Wild…

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  Tags: craig+leipold

Theodore Is The Key

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from Corey Masisak of the Washington Times,

As the only new member of the organization, (Jose) Theodore will have to endure scrutiny this season. But toss in the position he plays and the great expectations for the franchise, and Theodore could be the linchpin for success or the scapegoat for failure.

Being a goaltender in places like Montreal and Colorado, Theodore knows all about that type of pressure. He also knows what the intense media scrutiny was like with the Canadiens - both on and off the ice - and is looking forward to settling in and being comfortable in the District.

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Tapping New Sources Of Revenue

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

This NHL exploration of the global market is as welcome as it is necessary. This is not a time for this league to retreat into its own North American borders, regardless of what the habitually ignorant Don Cherry might have to say on the subject. It cannot afford to.

But the league needs to develop a sound plan here, and it needs to do so in conjunction with not only the IIHF, but with each international hockey federation. It needs to form a genuine partnership with the folks from whom NHL teams mine their natural resources. And that includes Russia.

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