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Downey Close To Re-signing With Wings

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from George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press,

Forward Aaron Downey will sign a two-way contract to remain with the defending Stanley Cup champion Red Wings.
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The NHL Players Association web site no longer lists Downey as unsigned. The web site lists Downey as a Wing with compensation of $575,000 for the 2008-08 season.

I spoke to Red Wings assistant general manager Jim Nill shortly before noon and he said “we’re very close” to signing Downey to a one-year, two-way contract.

continued

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Pittsburgh Breaks Ground On New Arena

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from PittsburghPenguins.com,

“This is an exciting day for the Penguins and our region, and we will be proud to be the anchor tenant of this new multi-purpose facility,” said Lemieux. “We look forward to opening the NHL season here in October 2010.”

more and check out the fly-through video below…

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Giving Back To The Community

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from insideToronto,

It was an emotional homecoming for former Regent Park resident and current Philadelphia Flyer Glen Metropolit, as he and New Jersey Devil Kevin Weekes dropped by the Wellesley Community Centre to sign autographs and make a special announcement last Friday.

The duo’s visit was part of the National Hockey League Players’ Association’s Goals and Dreams program, in which the NHLPA donates hockey equipment to children and youth in at-risk communities. Last week’s donation saw 110 new sets of equipment donated to help programs in Regent Park, St. James Town and elsewhere in the city.

The gesture was extremely meaningful for Metropolit, who choked up while speaking to the crowd of youngsters assembled from local camps and organizations.

continued and the NHLPA has a nice feature on Metropolit too…

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  Tags: glen+metropolit, kevin+weekes

HP Pavilion Goes HD

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from Advanced Imaging Magazine,

Broadcast systems integrator TV Magic has completed a state-of-the-art high-definition live sports control room at the HP Pavilion at San Jose, home to the NHL’s San Jose Sharks and a variety of sports and entertainment events throughout the year….

The TV Magic installation encompassed the relocation of the arena’s existing A/V control room, scoring video system, and coaches’ video-review equipment. The newly upgraded facility is designed to support live broadcast, production, and post-production in state-of-the-art high definition quality. It also includes the first-ever high-definition in-house multichannel cable system for targeted advertising throughout the HP Pavilion.

read on...

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Canes Hope To Erase Last Season

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from TBTV,

“It was a challenging year at times. We had some injuries, but we still felt we should have been there and to me, that’s all I’m focused on, trying to help my team get to the playoffs.”

(Eric) Staal readily admits the disappointment of an unsuccessful season isn’t an easy feeling to part with, faced with a summer to stew over what might have been had they managed to win the final game on their regular season slate.

“That’s kind of what everyone’s going to remember coming into camp,” he said. “There’s going to be a lot of guys raring to go and erase that as quickly as possible.”

more

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  Tags: eric+staal

Morning Line

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“I’m anxious to get going. I’m excited about coming to Colorado.  I definitely want to show people that I’ve still got some good hockey left in me.”

-Andrew Raycroft at the Denver Post where you can read more on him from Adrian Dater…

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If Moved, Schneider Hopes It Is Soon

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from Dan Wood at Ducks Blog,

Among the clubs that might have interest in Schneider are the Kings, who are obviously even closer to his family’s current home than the Ducks, but don’t exactly figure to be Stanley Cup contenders during the remainder of Schneider’s career.

“It would certainly be convenient,” (Pat) Morris said. “Cups are hard to pick. You think you’re picking them when you sign with Anaheim, but it didn’t happen. (Marian) Hossa probably thinks he picked one with Detroit, but it’s hard to repeat, as the Ducks proved. When you get to his (Schneider’s) point, you want to keep playing. That could be done with LA. Winning is a bonus.”

more on Schneider…

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McCabe Waiting For Bonus

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from Mike Zeisberger and Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun,

Whatever the case, a source close to McCabe said last night the veteran defenceman would not change addresses for at least another couple of weeks.

“(Bryan) isn’t going anywhere until Sept. 1, at the earliest,” the source said. “That’s the date (he) gets his $2-million US signing bonus from Toronto.

According to the source, the Panthers, Philadelphia Flyers, Boston Bruins, New York Islanders and New York Rangers are among the teams McCabe would consider, although the Rangers might be out “because they’ve already signed everybody.”

Ian Pulver, McCabe’s agent, said nothing is confirmed as of yet.

“We continue to work with the Leafs to resolve this situation,” Pulver said in an e-mail last night.

read on

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Above The Cap For Now

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from Mike Chen at Fox Sports,

Let’s take a quick look at who still has to make some moves before the season starts.

San Jose — The Sharks just inched over the cap because of two major blueline additions: Rob Blake and Dan Boyle. Boyle’s in for the long haul, but Blake is essentially a defensive mercenary, coming in at one year for $5 million to provide insurance on the San Jose power play. This pushes the Sharks just over the cap (combined with RFA signings for Christian Ehrhoff, Ryane Clowe and Joe Pavelski), and part of this was offset by the trading of Craig Rivet. Who’s left to cut? Look for GM Doug Wilson to beg anyone in the league to take defenseman Kyle McLaren and his $2.5 million cap hit.

more teams that need to trim salary.

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Evening Line

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“He’s cut,” Melrose said. “He’d be a male model if he wasn’t a hockey player. But he’s slim. He’s 18 years old. He’s not a man yet. Vinny (Lecavalier) looked like a beanpole with shoulder pads on, too. Matter of fact, Stamkos is thicker than Vinny when Vinny came in.”

Still, Melrose continued, “He’s got to realize that’s his biggest weakness right now is his size. He’s going to be playing against men now, and that’s his biggest adjustment, playing against guys who are as fast as he is and bigger than he is. That’s what he’s got to work on. We’ve got people talking to him every week, got him on nutritional programs, and we have strength and conditioning coaches talking to him every week, so he’s going to get bigger fast and heavier fast, but he’s sill a boy right now, so it’s going to take time.”

-Barry Melrose on Steven Stamkos.  Read more at Lightning Strikes…

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