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Sutton About To Be A New York Islander

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from On the Islanders Beat,

After a long summer shopping for defensive help, it appears Islanders general manager Garth Snow has just about zeroed in on his man. Turns out he was kind of hard to miss.
Snow was working late this evening in an effort to put the finishing touches on a multi-year contract for 6-6, 245-pound defenseman Andy Sutton.

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added 7:46pm, As Robert pointed out in the comments, it is now official at the Islanders website.

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Good Friday Reading

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from Evan Grossman of NHL.com,

Milbury should have a lot to say. He’s always been one of the best quotes in sports. He’ll make you laugh. He’ll make you think. And there’s no question, Milbury will be entertaining. Some of my most memorable meals have been at the same table as him.
In honor of his most recent emergence as a major NHL television personality, here are some of Milbury’s famous quotes through the years, a list that is expected to grow with his air time:
• In referring to agent Paul Krause while the Isles and client Ziggy Palffy were tied up in a contract battle: “It’s too bad he lives in the city. He’s depriving some small village of a pretty good idiot.”
• On former Ranger and longtime foil Ulf Samuelsson: “Jerk that he is, he’s always wearing that smirking grin that makes you want to punch him in the face.”

many more “Milburyisms”... plus a lot of NHL talk too…

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Passionate Obsessive

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from Loose Change at the Hockey News,

A passion is one thing - everyone should have at least one passion (hummel figurines rock, as an example) - but there’s a very fine line between passion and obsession.
How can you tell if you have a hockey obsession? Well, the mere fact you’re here reading this piece of tripe is a fairly telling clue. As mentioned, it’s mid summer and you’re scouring the Internet for something – anything – hockey-related. Really, what are you hoping to find? A huge trade? A big signing? News about a bachelor party gone awry (or ahh-rye, I suppose)?

read on but L.C. won’t be happy…

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Looking At NHL Records

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from Alan Adams of Sportsnet,

The National Hockey League, meanwhile, has its share of records that will never be broken, along with a few that could be broken.
Take Glenn Hall’s mark of 502 consecutive starts in net. Not even New Jersey workhorse Martin Brodeur can slip on a Superman costume and better this accomplishment.
How about Teemu Selanne’s 76 goals as a rookie with the Winnipeg Jets in 1992-93? Unless the NHL makes nets as big as soccer nets, you have to think Selanne will be the perennial benchmark for rookies to shoot for.

read on about records that may or may not be broken…

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Osgood In For The Long Haul

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Newsflash for The Osgood Puck Bunny Nation: Deep breath girls, he plans on sticking around for a while.  Via the Vernon Morning Star.

Chris Osgood wants to play five more years in the NHL. He would be 40. Shouldn’t be a problem considering Chris Chelios will be 46 and Dominik Hasek 43 next January. Age is not considered a weakness with the Detroit Red Wings.

To help him reach that pinnacle, Osgood takes care of his body year-round. He, and other pro hockey players who call Vernon home in the off-season, hire a personal trainer and get pushed hard enough to give them an edge going into training camp.

“I’m finding the older you get, the more you have to train to stay in shape and to stay quick,” said Osgood, moments after a dryland session with Rhonda Catt.

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DiPenta Agrees To 1yr Contract With Ducks

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via the Halifax Daily News,

Cole Harbour’s Joe DiPenta will be back in Anaheim next year.
While touring Halifax Regional Municipality with the Stanley Cup yesterday, the defenceman said he had reached a verbal agreement on a one-year deal with the Ducks.
“I made a verbal commitment Wednesday with (Anaheim senior vice-president of hockey operations) Bobby Murray and the Anaheim management,” DiPenta said. “It’s just a matter of signing the paper and it’s going to get faxed back to me. The details are all done. It’s a one-year deal, so I’m happy to be back. It’s exciting.”

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Smith Contemplating Sharks Offer

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from the Mercury News,

Center Mark Smith remains the lone Shark from last season’s lineup without a new contract, but his agent said Thursday that San Jose put an offer on the table and money isn’t the big sticking point.
It’s playing time.
“San Jose is such a strong team at forward and at the center position that it limits his opportunity to play an expanded role,” agent Brian Feldman said from his Michigan office. “We’re just trying to find an opportunity where he’d have that expanded role.”

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MacTavish Can Coach Again

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from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

MacTavish yesterday was a coach very much saying thank you to his general manager for giving him a chance to again contemplate success.
“I’d like to commend Kevin. It was not really that popular but at the end of the day, who cares?” he said of doing the dirty deed with Penner.
“Maybe someday it’ll look like a stupid play, but right now I feel pretty good about it.”
Asked to comment on the reactions of Ducks GM Brian Burke, MacTavish responded with a Burke-like quote.
“Irrelevant really. Listening to him is the equivalent of taking a drink from a firehose.
“Kevin did what he had to do for his hockey team.”

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More Exposure Needed

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from Evan Weiner at the NY Sun,

To that end, Bettman has reached over to the NBA and hired Jody Shapiro to see if he can get the league more eyeballs in front of television sets for NBC and Versus games. Shapiro is the former vice president of business development at NBA TV and once headed Home Team Sports in the mid-Atlantic area…
Shapiro has been around the cable TV block and knows all the players. He also has dealt with cable TV multiple systems operators in getting the NBA network on both basic expanded and digital cable throughout the country. One of Shapiro’s charges is to get an NBA or NFL-type hockey network on MSOs throughout the country. The NHL already has a network up in Canada.

more NHL broadcast talk…

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Your Friday Week In Review

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Good morning troopers. First, let’s all congratulate our Detroit Tigers on earning a split with those tough D-Rays.  For those of you who claim allegiance to the Tigers and Wings (allowed, by the way), here’s some encouraging news:  if the Tigers are to win 98 games, a reasonable number if a playoff berth is in the cards, they have to go 35-13 over their last 48.  In other words, every game down the stretch is vital. 

Now…Wing fans.  Can you imagine the lines forming for that kind of stress train?  At some point, we’re going to find out what it’s like to worry and fret over just getting into the playoffs.  Kinda like Dive fans had to last year…for nought of course.

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