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Bowman: “When the Red Wings need me, they call me.”

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The Detroit Free Press’ Helene St. James had the opportunity to speak with Scotty Bowman earlier this week. 

Q: The Wings weren’t able to re-sign Mathieu Schneider and Todd Bertuzzi, but kept Dominik Hasek and signed Brian Rafalski. How do you like the team’s outlook?

A: They got a good defenseman to replace Schneider. I think they’d like to get another forward. It’s just a matter of filling the spots.

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Fresh Start For Zherdev

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from the Columbus Dispatch,

This is a make-or-break season for Zherdev, still only 22 years old but already saddled with a reputation for being moody, selfish and immature. Howson has heard the stories. Now he wants to meet Zherdev face to face for the first time.
“We appreciate the outreach,” Hedges said. “It makes sense for (Howson) to make sure everybody’s on the same page heading into training camp. … The relationship isn’t with the GM, it’s with his coaches and teammates. But we’re hoping a new GM can convince Nikolai that there’s an opportunity here for him.
“But … Nik’s the one who’s got to make it happen.”...
It looks as if a messy divorce has been delayed for now. Zherdev won’t be traded.

read on

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Peca Wants To Make A Decision Soon

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from the Toronto Star,

If the Maple Leafs want to retain the services of forward Michael Peca, their window of opportunity is beginning to close.
Contacted at his Buffalo-area home, Peca said the Leafs were in touch with his representatives about a week ago, claiming they still have interest in bringing him back.
“I would like to have something done in the next five days to a week,” Peca said. “I’ve got to consider living arrangements, school arrangements for the kids, things like that.”

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Hockey Greats Gather In Windsor To Pay Respect To Ferguson

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from the Windsor Star,

Friday night’s visitation saw Ferguson’s son, John Jr., the general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, and his three sisters and their spouses accept condolences from a long line of friends.
The family members stood by a wooden urn containing the ashes of Ferguson, who was cremated earlier.
A video montage played on a screen above the urn, and the room was filled with flowers from many in the hockey community, including Thomas Steen, father of current Maple Leaf Alex, who played for Ferguson on the Winnipeg Jets.
There were several collages of photos showing Ferguson playing hockey, with his racehorses, and going about everyday life.

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And Your Vote Would Be For…

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

ESPN SportsNation is asking you which Detroit pro sports team “matters the most”.  Pretty overwhelming results so far. Check them out here.

If I had to rank them, I’d say (1) Wings (2) Tigers (3) Lions (4) Pistons.

Edited 21 July:  that’s my personal ranking.  If I had to guess what the rest of the state feels, I’d probably rank them this way:  (1) Tigers, (2) Wings, (3) Lions, (4) Pistons

I’ll always believe that the Tigers have a certain place in the heart of all Michigan sports fans.  As someone said below, ‘68 was an amazing year and it affected much more than the Detroit hardcore baseball fan.

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Did Bettman Stop The Balsillie Talks

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from Scott Burnside at ESPN,

Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie has accused NHL commissioner Gary Bettman of forcing the owner of the Nashville Predators to break off discussions about the sale of the team to Balsillie, ESPN.com has learned.
The Canadian ownership group also alleges Bettman directed Predators owner Craig Leipold to focus on closing a deal with William “Boots” Del Biaggio III, who is the front man for a group trying to bring an NHL team to Kansas City.
“We were advised by Mr. Leipold that the commissioner had found out about the existence of the negotiations and ordered him to immediately cease any further communications with us,” Balsillie’s legal representative, Richard Rodier, told ESPN.com this week.

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Hmmm, Forsberg & Lidstrom Close?

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Well Dwayne is up to it again talking about Forsberg…

I am also hearing that the Red Wings will get into this, but i have yet to hear Peter say that he would go there. However, he is tight with Lidstrom…

That’s news to me and about 99% of the Wings fans…
from Nicklas Lidstrom,

Peter and I aren’t really close. I’m a few years older than he is, and we only played together on the national teams. So we haven’t really played together in the Swedish League before I turned pro.

Geez Dwayne, make up something you can’t be called out on!!!

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Joni Pitkanen Signs For 1yr

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from the CP via Yahoo,

The Edmonton Oilers have signed defenceman Joni Pitkanen to a one-year contract, US$2.4-million contract, a source said Friday.
The 23-year-old was acquired from Philadelphia earlier this summer in a trade that saw Jason Smith and Joffrey Lupul go to the Flyers.
Pitkanen had been scheduled for a salary arbitration hearing after the Flyers requested one - something teams can now do under the collective bargaining agreement.

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Right To Play

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If you haven’t been following the diary Andrew Ference is keeping while in Africa, you should be..

I can truthfully say that today was, culturally, the most amazing day of my life.
The chance to be invited into the home of a villager of Nyamburi is something that cannot be bought from any safari company and has not found the pages of a travel guidebook.
Through the local connections and relationships of the “Right to Play” volunteers, our morning was spent as guests of one such villager, Mr. Pius Cha Cha, his five wives and fifteen children.

more at BostonBruins.com…

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Report- Yashin Will Play In Russia

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from Sport Express with a rough translation… As it became known to the correspondent “SE” to Paul STRIZHEVSKOMU, on 33-years [center] some clubs of a superleague apply. But most likely Yashin will appear in Yaroslavl “Locomotive” in which it has lead an ending [lockout] a season—2004/05. Moreover, mother of the hockey player last night has confirmed this information to the correspondent “SE” to Igor Larin.

from Lokomotiv with a another rough translation… Aleksey [Yashin] [provedet] the season of 2007-2008[gg]. in “the locomotive”
As a result [pregovorov] between hockey club “locomotive” and Aleksey [Yashin] with the participation of the governor of region Anatoliy Ivanovich Lisitzin, the side they came to agreement, that in the following season Aleksey will speak in favor of Yaroslavl command.

added 1:26pm, from the CP via TSN,

The Russian centre agreed to terms on a one-year contract with Locomotiv (Yaroslavl) of the Russian League on Friday, bolting the NHL after 12 seasons. Russian teams do not disclose financial terms but The Canadian Press can confirm the deal does not include an out clause to return to the NHL next season.

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