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from Michael-Louis Ingram and Gary Norris Gray of Black Athlete,

The Ottawa Senators traded Dany Heatley to the San Jose Sharks for Jonathan Cheechoo and Milan Michael. This greatly improves San Jose’s scoring power. The Sharks will miss their young feisty pacesetter Cheechoo’s heart, which cannot be taught….

Will the tough Philadelphia Flyers, a.k.a. the New Broad Street Bullies reclaim their fame this year? Brian Boucher was last year’s starter, but Goal Brotha Ray Emery (back after an All-Star year in Russia’s Super League) should be in the nets….

Can Calgary finally get to the Finals with Goal Brotha Number One, team Captain Jarome Iginla? With the addition of Brother Dawes and the improving Rene Bourque this should be a very interesting team to watch on offense, along with Mr. Rock ‘Em /Sock ‘Em, Dion Phaneuf and a healthy Robyn Regehr on defense….

Will the Chicago Blackhawks live without the ‘Bulin Wall in goal? Nikolai Khabibulin moves on to the Edmonton Oilers. Last year’s budding star, goalie Cristobal Huet has to step up in net along with new Hawks Marian Hossa and John Madden…

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Marleau On The New Captain

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from David Pollak of Working the Corners at the Mercury News,

Maybe the place to start is with the former captain. How was he feeling about the transfer of power to Rob Blake?

“It’s a good thing,” Patrick Marleau said. “They were looking for a change and there are some pretty good guys now wearing the letters. That being said, there are still other guys in the room that need to lead as well.”

And he does include himself in that group.

“If anything we’ve learned from years previous that it’s going to take a lot more guys stepping up at different times and at key times. It’s just a way of changing things, changing the look and pulling things together.”

Joe Thornton, who ends up getting the A back that he lost earlier this summer, said he didn’t see his role any differently with Blake as captain than it was with Marleau. And he called Blake “a perfect choice.”

more on the Sharks…

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Here Come The Capitals

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from Tim Lemke of the Washington Times,

Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis said he believes he has built a team that will contend for the Stanley Cup for the next decade, and that sooner or later the team will win the first championship in franchise history.

“It’s like a portfolio strategy,” he told editors and reporters of The Washington Times Wednesday. “We’re there enough and we’re good enough, we will get there.”


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Evening Line

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“I saw Mats in Vegas at the awards and he told me wasn’t going to come back.  He had a great career and I really enjoyed my time with him. I thought he was a great guy and, obviously, we saw glimpses of what he could do at times.”

-Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo.  More on Sundin from Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun.

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Balsillie Will Not Appeal Phoenix Ruling

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from CTV,

BlackBerry billionaire Jim Balsillie will not be appealing a ruling by a U.S. bankruptcy court judge that rejected both his and the NHL’s bids for the beleaguered Phoenix Coyotes.

The ruling effectively ended Balsillie’s long legal battle to relocate the team to Hamilton.

“From the beginning, my attempt to relocate the Coyotes to Hamilton has been about Canadian hockey fans and Canadian hockey. It was a chance to realize a dream,” Balsillie said in a statement. “I believe I got that chance. I respect the court’s decision, and I will not be putting forward an appeal.”

The ruling was clearly a victory for the NHL, even if it didn’t win outright.


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Danny Gallivan Honored By CBC

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from Dave Stubbs of Habs Inside/Out,

The late Danny Gallivan, whose inimitable play-by-play on Hockey Night in Canada telecasts brought the Canadiens into the living rooms of millions, is one of four broadcasters today named to the CBC Sports Hall of Fame.

continue to read the release and if you are too young to remember Mr. Gallivan, here is a short goal call from Mr. Gallivan…

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Now What?

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via the Twitter of Damien Cox,

Arizona bankruptcy judge denies BOTH Balsillie and NHL bids…...sheesh!

added 4:41pm, via Paul Waldie of the Globe and Mail,

Bankruptcy court judge Redfield T. Baum has rejected both bids for the Phoenix Coyotes.

“In hockey parlance, the court is passing the puck to the NHL, who can decide to take another shot at the sale net or it can pass off the puck,” Judge Baum wrote.

“In the final analysis, the court cannot find or conclude that the interests of the NHL can be adequately protected if the Coyotes are moved to Hamilton without first having a final decision regarding the claimed rights of the NHL and the claims of the debtors and [Balsillie],” the judge ruled.

added 5:47pm, Read the ruling if you wish, posted at CBC.

added 7:03pm,

NEW YORK (September 30, 2009)—Bill Daly, Deputy Commissioner of the National Hockey League, released the following statement regarding today’s ruling by Bankruptcy Court Judge Redfield T. Baum:

      “We are pleased that the Bankruptcy Court has confirmed the League’s rights to select its owners and the location of its franchises. We are reviewing the opinion and considering how we can best address the Court’s concerns regarding our offer to purchase the Coyotes. It remains our goal to secure the long-term stability of the Coyotes in Glendale.”

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Off The Ice

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Don’t miss the newest episode of NHL Network’s ‘Off the Ice’ featuring Henrik Lundqvist, Niklas Backstrom, and Jonas Gustavsson.

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Productive Role Players

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from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated,

Everyone knows the importance of role players to a team’s overall success. We don’t talk about them much—especially at this time of year as we load up our fantasy teams with offensive talent. But after the great response to the piece here a few weeks ago that focused on Pittsburgh’s Max Talbot, I dug a little deeper to see who were the five most productive players in limited minutes….

With that in mind, here are my top five role-player contributors:

5. Kyle Brodziak, Wild

Playing just 12:43 per game, Brodziak netted 11 goals—three of which were game-winners. He won 51.6% of his face-offs and over his two seasons in Edmonton, exhibited remarkable consistency. He signed with the Wild for this season, but a change of scenery shouldn’t effect his night-in, night-out unsung contributions.


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Captain Rob Blake

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via the San Jose Sharks,

The San Jose Sharks have named Rob Blake as their captain for the coming season. Joining Blake in official leadership roles are alternate captains Joe Thornton and Dan Boyle.

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