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“Even toward the end of her beautiful life she would constantly ask about other people.  Made sure they were tended to and taken care of, even though she was the one lying in the bed, more or less fighting for her life. Fight she did. My mother was no quitter. A courageous lady filled with deep faith and optimism ...

“She left this world with peace and dignity, which was the way she lived it.”

-Nick Foligno of the Ottawa Senators.  More on Nick’s mother Janis and coverage of the funeral from the Sudbury Star.

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A Look At The Anaheim Ducks

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from NHL.com, This is the first installment of our 30 Teams in 30 Days feature, focusing on the Anaheim Ducks franchise.

from Eric Stephens at NHL.com,

Seven playoff series victories – including four in their 2007 Stanley Cup title run – in the last four seasons are tied for second-most in the NHL. Only Pittsburgh and Detroit, the last two champions, can claim such postseason dominance.
         
Yet, when it comes to rattling off the names of the League’s top teams, the Ducks aren’t often among the first few mentioned.
         
“I don’t think we’re a name that jumps to mind but I think we’re a name when people think about it a bit, we’d better include Anaheim,” said Bob Murray, the club’s executive vice president and general manager.  “I think we’re in that second tier, the type of team that nobody wanted to play in the playoffs. But I don’t think we’re the first name on anybody’s tongue.”

read on

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Jimmy D. With Advice To The Sharks

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from Dave Pollak of the Mercury News,

I reached Devellano on Thursday and he pretty much re-created the Las Vegas conversation he said he had in late June with Wilson and Sharks CEO Greg Jamison.

“We were at the NHL awards and had a drink together,” Devellano said. “I initiated it.”

Devellano said he advised Wilson and Jamison to resist the temptation to break up the team.

“Just tweak it,” Devellano said he told the Sharks brass. “You’re a team that‘s been pretty successful over the years. Maybe there’s a player that can’t get it done, but the one thing you can’t afford to do is just break it up completely. My advice is just to hang tough. See if you can’t add a player here or there. You might have to eliminate a guy. But don’t break it up.”

more from Devellano and Sharks talk too..

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Let’s Get This Out Of The Way

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from Chris Johnston of the CP via the Globe and Mail,

The Dany Heatley situation took another strange twist Friday with Edmonton Oilers GM Steve Tambellini publicly announcing he’s no longer interested in the disgruntled Ottawa Senators sniper.

continued

This may be a first, a GM gathering the media to say he is NOT interested in a player.  Yes, we all know the story, but why bring it back into the limelight?  I would have just moved on and let the story die.

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Who Has The Ball?

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from Dave Waddell of the Windsor Star,

Though word leaked out this week that Detroit had offered former Wing Jason Williams a one-year deal, neither party seems in a rush to consummate the reunion.

Williams hasn’t gotten back to Detroit about a decision while he checks out the market and the Wings are looking elsewhere in the meantime.

“We made him an offer for one-year awhile back,” Holland said. “It’s in his court now.

more on the Wings and Williams used basically the same quote as Holland a few days ago, ‘The ball is now in the Wings court”, so I guess the ball is somewhere at mid-court with no one touching it.

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Note To Tick Tock:  The Kids Are Alright

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Jiri Hudler is gone and good riddance.  Would I have said that one month ago?  No sir.  But now, since he’s decided that skimming Tolstoy and wearing black bear fur suits while attending Ivan Drago comeback fights is better than making a few million playing for the greatest franchise in hockey?  Well now he can just stay gone.

And Hoss is gone too, but at least he took Dale Talon with him.  Sammy?  He’ll be firing pucks at the Sedin sisters.  Tomas Kopecky left too but reports indicate he tore a groin carrying Marian’s stick bag through O’Hare.

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Chicago Denies Any Wrongdoing With Hossa Contract

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from Chris Kruc of the Chicago Tribune,

“The Blackhawks vehemently dispute any implication the team has in any way violated the collective bargaining agreement or had any intention whatsoever to circumvent the salary cap,” a Hawks team spokesman said Friday. “The contract is legitimate and approved by the NHL. We are confident the NHL will conclude that there is absolutely no evidence the Blackhawks intended to circumvent the salary cap.”...

The National Hockey League Players’ Association is not involved in the investigation but NHLPA Director Paul Kelly said in an e-mail Friday that it will fight to allow players to sign such contracts.

“The NHLPA will take whatever steps are necessary to insure that players continue to have the unfettered ability to negotiate contracts that are compliant with existing CBA rules,” Kelly wrote.

more

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Evening Line

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“The other day I told my wife that I still can’t believe that I’m preparing to run a camp for a team in New York City. I love the people, the building, the pressure of it all. It’s the NEW YORK RANGERS; AN ORIGINAL SIX TEAM IN THE WORLD’S BIGGEST VENUE. For me, coaching this team is a privilege!”

-Rangers coach John Tortorella.  Much more on ‘Torts’ from Stan Fishcler of Game On.

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Bill Daly Talking Contracts

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Bill Daly was just on The Bill Watters Show on 640am in Toronto and said the league decided to look into the Hossa and Pronger contract.  No other team or person asked that they look into it.

Reading between the lines, there are more contracts the league may be looking at, but Daly only confirmed the above.

Article 26 of the CBA includes numerous penalties if the league finds issues with the contract, including voiding the contract.  Outside counsel would look into the issues if asked by the NHL, report back to the league then both sides would meet in front of an arbitrator who would hand down his decision with consequences if need be.

That is enough legalize from me, although Daly did talk about the Phoenix situation, but most of it we have already heard about.

added 5:12pm, Scott Burnside of ESPN has more on this, how it could play out…

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Wings Trying To Sign A Forward In The Next Few Days

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George Malik of SnapShots at Mlive breaks down an interview Jimmy Devellano did on Fan590, .

..there are players out there that we’re interested in, and, the people like Jason Williams, who have played with us before, Todd Bertuzzi, uh, obviously, if the forwards that left, if they were still playing, these wouldn’t be considerations, but the fact remains now, we have to get some forwards that have some NHL experience, and can play in the league, and are NHL players, and that’s what, certainly, Ken Holland will try to do now, in the next few days, probably.

more

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