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Orr Just Wants To Play

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from Scott Taylor of the National Post,

The Coyotes called (Jamison) Orr in the summer and invited him to rookie camp, but then, when they signed all their free-agents and draft picks, called back and told him to wait until the big camp opens. Orr really had no other choice but to wait.

“I’m going to play someplace,” said Orr, the younger brother of New York Rangers tough guy Colton Orr.

“I might just play in the CIS. But I’m going to play. I’ll go anywhere anybody wants me to go.”

Fact is, there is no one who would travel farther—or more often—than this 6-foot-3, 220-pound scrapper. Since his first year of junior in 2002, he’s been with 17 different organizations. He hasn’t played for all of them, but he’s been there.

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The Structured Senators

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

“(The players are) kind of on pins and needles themselves wondering what it’s going to be about, but to me we want to make sure people understand that there’s going to be an identity and type of game that we want to play,” said Hartsburg.

“Everybody is going to be asked to play within that structure. A guy like Jason Spezza, who is a gifted offensive puck handler, there’s room for that. Cody Bass and (Shean) Donovan, there’s room for them in our structure and a need for both type of players. There’s going to be good structure and the team is going to take a lot of pride in the work part of the game. We want a mentality that we can defend and we can attack.”

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A Premium On Premium Pricing

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from SnapShots of Mlive,

Well, surprise, surprise, in addition to boosting the prices of single-game tickets in a state that continues to lose jobs at an astonishing race based upon a Stanley Cup win, they’ve also introduced “premium” game pricing. If you want to go see the Wings raise their Stanley Cup banner against the Toronto Maple Leafs on October 9th, you pay from $45-125 in the upper bowl, and from $125-235 in the lower bowl.

Want to see the Wings play an Original Six rival in the Rangers on Saturday, October 18th? It’ll cost you from $35.00-$95.00 in the upper bowl, and from $95-195 to sit in the lower bowl.

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Kelly Leading The Pension Plan Fight

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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

The latest pension court battle between the NHL and its players may look minor compared with the previous one, when the owners were caught with their hands in the till, but it will be a watershed moment for union boss Paul Kelly.

It is not important that he wins the fight, only that he is willing to wage it. By doing so, he should satisfy a small but influential group of his members who remain suspicious of anything that smacks of a cozy relationship with the NHL.

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Stamkos Should Be In Traverse City

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from Bruce MacLeod of Red Wings Corner,

I’m not sure that I like the arguments why Steve Stamkos isn’t playing at the prospects tournament for Tampa Bay. I’ve heard things ranging from it’s the Lightning trying to protect Stamkos from a tournament where prospects try to prove themselves, including fighting. I’ve also heard that the Lightning didn’t want Stamkos to miss any of their main camp which begins a day after this tournament ends.

First off, don’t worry about Stamkos protecting himself.

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Season Of ‘Baby’ Steps For The Kings

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from Ross McKeon of Yahoo,

Everyone knew what was coming when general manager Dean Lombardi jumped aboard with marching orders to get the ship righted, much like he did in San Jose. That meant rebuilding, and rebuilding means stripping away what’s not working by selling off assets for picks, drafting well, development, patience with your blue-chip prospects, trying to keep key young players together as they climb the ladder and hope they’re ready when they get their crack.

But two seasons have passed and the Kings are still facing an uphill battle not only to qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time in six seasons but also toward respectability. Two years is probably not nearly enough time to accurately assess whether rebuilding is a success, but this is business and the L.A. market – surprisingly loyal throughout so many frustrating years – is losing interest and crowds are waning.

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Toughest In The West

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from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,

Now the picture is getting a bit grayer. How do you quantify toughness? Is there one particular stat to look at? And where does talent fit into the equation?

NHL.com wasn’t quite sure, so we found someone with a little more knowledge – Jay Feaster, the former general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning who assembled the 2004 Stanley Cup championship club. Here are Feaster’s opinions on who are the most talented tough guys in the Western Conference:

Jarome Iginla, Calgary Flames – There’s nothing that Iginla doesn’t do well. He’s an elite scorer, a good passer, a strong skater, and he never backs away from a physical challenge.

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Sabres Want To Hit The Ice Running

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from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

As with most Ruff-coached teams, the concentration will be on solid defensive play. But Ruff doesn’t want the phrase “defense first” to scare anyone. The Sabres were fourth in the league in scoring last year and led the NHL the year before, so he knows he has to let his firepower flame.

“I didn’t like our play away from the puck, and that’s going to be an area of focus through camp,” Ruff said. “We want that area stronger, and at the same time still play the style that’s made us successful. I don’t think we want to get away from that.

“I think that can be done, but that’s going to take a little more commitment from different individuals on this team.”

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All Ray Shero

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from Bob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Q: What did you learn last year about your core players?

A: They’ve very resilient, and I didn’t just learn that. We’ve shown that the past two seasons, especially last season with all the injuries and adversity, including the slow start. These players know how to handle tough spots. I look at our game in Ottawa last season on Thanksgiving: We were three games under .500 and down, 0-2, on the road to a team that had the best record in hockey at the time. We won that game, and it was the start of getting it going on the right track

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Melrose Prepared For Camp

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from Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune,

Melrose arrived in Tampa last week to get things lined up for the start of camp, but he took a few minutes to share some thoughts with the Tribune.

It’s obviously been a while since you’ve run a training camp. What are some of the things you have done to get ready for this?

Well, this isn’t brain surgery, as much as people want to make it brain surgery. It’s getting your group together, it’s organization, it’s running practice. A lot of the behind-the-scenes stuff has been done by Brian Lawton, and that’s by far the most difficult part of a camp. My job is taking care of them when they are here.

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