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Heatley A Shark

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from TSN,

Disgruntled forward Dany Heatley has gotten his wish.

The Ottawa Senators dealt the veteran forward to the San Jose Sharks for Milan Michalek, Jonathan Cheechoo and a second round pick.


added 2:37pm,

San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the team has acquired left wing Dany Heatley and a fifth round selection in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for right wing Jonathan Cheechoo, left wing Milan Michalek and San Jose’s second round selection in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft

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  Tags: dany+heatley, jonathan+cheechoo, milan+michalek

Tortorella On Dubinsky

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via Steve Zipay of Blue Notes at Newsday,

On the first day of training camp, unsigned RFA Brandon Dubinsky was a no-show.

And John Tortorella was not happy.

“It’s stupid, ” the Rangers head coach said after 50-plus players went through a series of medical tests and wind sprints. “He’s a young man that needs to be here. I think a player needs to be with his teammates. I’m hoping he realizes that. I think his agent’s stupid….I think Dubi understands my feelings. I thought Glen (Sather) was very honest with Dubi a couple days ago—-I was privy to that conversation—-as a general manager and man-to-man as a friend.”

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  Tags: brandon+dubinsky, john+tortorella

Report- Heatley Deal Close

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via Bruce Garrioch of Off The Posts at the Ottawa Sun,

...this could be a three-way deal involving the Hawks, Sharks and Senators for Heatley.

Sounds like a deal is going to get done today if it can all be worked out.


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Caps Trying To Move Nylander To Europe

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via Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,

Michael Nylander has arrived, according to Coach Bruce Boudreau. But how long the veteran will remain in Washington is unclear. Boudreau acknowledged that Nylander and the Caps are actively seeking a deal to send the 36-year-old center to Europe.

“I hope it doesn’t become a distraction,” Boudreau said.

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  Tags: michael+nylander

Afternoon Line

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“It is something that I am going to deal with the best I can.  Being around the guys here helps with getting my mind off of things, but it is definitely going to be the biggest challenge for me. I’ve been through some hard stuff, but nothing compared to this. I’m going to tell you as the season goes along, but for now I am just doing the best I can.”

-Jose Theodore of the Washington Capitals speaking about the recent death of his infant child.  More on Theodore from Corey Masisak of the Washington Times.

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  Tags: jose+theodore

Fleury Officially Invited To Flames Camp

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Calgary, AB - Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today that Theoren Fleury has been invited to attend the Flames 2009 Training Camp on a try-out basis.

“Once we determined that Theoren was training to our standards and the League permitted his return to on-ice competition, it wasn’t a hard decision for us to provide him with this opportunity,” said Sutter. “In the history of our franchise, he is among the top players all-time and regardless of what happens; he can finish as an active player. This is a day-to-day thing and we will develop our expectations over the course of training camp.”

“I am both thankful and very excited to be given this opportunity by Darryl and the Flames organization,” said Fleury. “I intend to come to camp today with a strong work ethic, a positive attitude and to be treated like any other member of the group.”

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  Tags: theo+fleury

Stars Looking For Quick Start

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from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

“We’ve done a lot of talking and a lot of planning, and we believe it will go smoothly,” Crawford said as he prepared to return to the ice after a year away from coaching. “I can tell you this: The juices are really flowing right now and we can’t wait to get out there.”

Crawford isn’t alone. The NHL has the shortest training camp of all sports, and last season the Stars sort of waded into September after making a trip to the Western Conference finals in 2008. The result was a slow start, an awful season and an eventual change of GM and head coach.

This year, the players said they expect a quick start.


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Predators Admit Interest In Kessel

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from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

So it would only make sense that Nashville would have an interest in Boston forward Phil Kessel.

Predators General Manager David Poile confirmed as much on Friday, saying he’s talked with Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli and Kessel’s agent, Wade Arnott, in recent days.

“He’s a young player that scores goals,’’ Poile said, “and that’s very much of interest to us.’‘

read on

added 1:12pm, via Darren Dreger’s Twitter,

Two horse race for Heatley. San Jose and Chicago.

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  Tags: phil+kessel

Elias Still Troubled By Groin Issues

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from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Devils forward Patrik Elias said this morning that he doesn’t know if he’ll be ready for the team’s regular season opener on Oct. 3 against Philadelphia because he is still experiencing discomfort in his groin from surgery three months ago.

“I don’t know,” Elias said when asked if he would be ready for the season opener. “I’ve been skating for over three weeks, but it’s not to the extent or the intensity where I want it to be at this point. But, I had issues, I got it fixed and I’m still not 100 percent, so we’re trying to see why I’m not 100 percent. I think that at this point after three months it should be getter better, but it wasn’t just the hip. I also had the adductor problem back then. So it was two separate issues and it takes awhile everything, especially after you fix the hip and the muscle related that takes a little while.”

Elias, who had surgery on June 12 in Vail, Colorado to repair a tear in his labrum and scrape off an impingment in his hip, said he will visit a hip/groin specialist in Philadelphia on Tuesday to get another opinion before moving forward.

Elias took his training camp physical this morning, but was excused from the treadmill test because of his groin. He said his hip feels fine, but he still has discomfort in his adductor muscle in his groin.


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  Tags: patrik+elias

A Fateful Day In Canadian Sports History

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from Bruce Arthur of the National Post,

“There are three things that it takes to be an owner of an NHL franchise,” argued NHL attorney Tony Clark, as passionate as he was condescending.

“One, you’ve got to be wealthy. ... Two, you’ve got to love hockey. And Mr. Balsillie, he has got both of these in his favour in spades. Nobody’s denying that. But No. 3, your Honour, you’ve got to play by the rules that bind NHL owners. You know, there’s an old rock and roll song by Meat Loaf.”

“Meat Loaf ?” interrupted Judge Redfield T. Baum.

“Meat Loaf,” continued Mr. Clark. “He’s a big fat guy. He actually had a good voice. He may actually still be around. And I apologize to Meat Loaf, maybe he’s slimmed up. The name of the song was Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad. Well, that doesn’t cut it for the NHL.”

This was the kind of keen legal argument that defined this fateful day in Canadian sports history.

read on

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