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Helm Out 2-4 Weeks

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via the Twitter of Bruce MacLeod,

Darren Helm hurt in shoulder/collar bone area. Out 2-4 weeks with sprain.

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Many Veteran Players Not Happy With Kelly Firing

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from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

The Kelly forces, which include a number of veteran players, maintain the firing was nothing more than a palace coup orchestrated by general counsel Ian Penny, advisory counsel board members Ron Pink and Ian Troop, former ombudsman Eric Lindros and interim ombudsman Buzz Hargrove.

They continue to feel that the meeting in Chicago where Kelly was dismissed was a sham and that Penny and Hargrove pressed them into a vote at 3:45 a.m. because they knew the result wouldn’t have gone their way had they had the benefit of sober second thought and a good night’s sleep.

Other revelations, which have come to light via sources close to the situation who spoke to The Hockey News on a condition of anonymity, include:

• Of the five players on the executive committee who voted against dismissing Kelly, four of them were Chelios, Shawn Horcoff of the Edmonton Oilers, Adam Burish of Chicago Blackhawks and Manny Malhotra of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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Kopitar Ready For The Season

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from Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,

“I was here for three weeks,’’ Kopitar said of his work with the Kings’ training staff. “I feel I did everything in my power to prepare for this season.’‘

Kopitar said he wouldn’t shy away from high expectations for the Kings this season.

“Everybody is expecting the playoffs,’’ Kopitar said. “We have to put some pressure on ourselves. ... That’s just the way it is.’‘

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Questions For Eastern Conference Teams

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Burning question: Are the Leafs really rebuilding? No. Burke admitted it publicly to ESPN.com in July, saying he wasn’t about to sit back and do a Pittsburgh or a Washington and wait five years for this team to get better. He’s retooling with a short-term window in mind. The Leafs could surprise this season and challenge for a playoff spot, but their lack of scoring is a glaring weakness.

read on for a snapshot question on every Eastern Conference team…

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Waiting On Kovalchuk

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from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

After this season, Kovalchuk’s contract is up. If he gets to July 1, he’ll be the most sought-after free agent of the summer — a 40-goal scorer entering his prime.

That’s the last thing general manager Don Waddell and the Thrashers want to happen. And, right now, they’re cautiously optimistic it won’t. Waddell told Sporting News that Kovalchuk, his agent Jay Grossman and Thrashers management plan to sit down in training camp, face to face.

Waddell would love for that meeting to wrap up negotiations.

“That’s the best way to get this thing done,” Waddell said. “We’ve had good dialogue. It’s at the point now where something needs to happen.”

Until then, Kovalchuk will be watching, looking for signs that the summer additions of forward Nik Antropov and defenseman Pavel Kubina, along with the development of young talent like Zach Bogosian, Tobias Enstrom, Bryan Little and Evander Kane, will be enough to push the Thrashers back into playoff contention.

continued

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They Can Still Play, But Where Is The Question

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The news that Petr Sykora will attend the Minnesota Wild camp on a tryout basis is symbolic of the dilemma facing all the veteran NHL players that didn’t get a contract offer this summer, and opted not to play overseas in Russia:

Do they swallow their pride and - with no guarantees - try to earn a roster spot for the first time in forever? Or do they sit at home and await a firm deal and bide their time that way?

continued

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Afternoon Line

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“I’m in a place where I know. I mean, I know Edmonton. I’ve known it for years.  I’m in a place where I like the people I’m working with. I felt the same, when I was in Toronto, Vancouver, Philadelphia, wherever. I put on that sweater, that’s who I work for. It’s no trouble at all.”

-Edmonton Oilers Coach Pat Quinn.  More on Quinn from Mark Spector of Sportsnet.

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Would Jagr Rather Be A Member Of The New York Rangers?

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from Stan Fischler of Game On,

Talk about going from a BIG SPLASH to a drop-in-the-bucket, how about our old buddy, Jaromir Jagr, formerly the toast of Broadway. A year ago Jags detonated roaring headlines by emigrating to Russia. Now there’s hardly a whisper about JJ. Let’s not forget that Jaromir – same as Sean Avery – could have remained a Ranger. There was a reasonable deal there for him to return, but he chose to chase pucks in Putinville. It says here that he regrets the move – deeply!

continue for more hockey notes…

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Canucks Forwards Battling For Jobs

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from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

With the clock having struck midnight on GM Mike Gillis’s Mats Sundin deadline, and given word he’s not even skating, the Canucks are moving on.

With the Swede quickly disappearing from their radar, the Canucks are focusing instead on the forwards who will actually be at UBC this week for training camp. And there are plenty of them. Lots has been made about the defensive logjam, but the more interesting story lines are up front.

There are 12 forwards with one-way deals, and that doesn’t include Cody Hodgson, Jannik Hansen, Michael Grabner or Sergei Shirokov, the Russian pro who got a couple gushing reviews in Alberta for tallying a few assists in two prospects games against university kids and amateurs. Though he’ll have to do a lot more than that, he is seen, by some, as one of the players on the outside who can push for a job.

With a push from below, two veterans who are expected to at least feel a pinch are Kyle Wellwood and Mason Raymond, a pair known for offensive skill and unrealized potential who both had frustrating seasons last year before finding salvation through the defensive part of their games.

continued

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Health Issues In The East

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from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding,

...the No. 1 health concern in the Eastern Conference might be the Sabres’ need for center Tim Connolly to remain in the lineup this season.

The Sabres need him to play 80 or more games this season and he has been able to play only 38% of his team’s games over the past three seasons….

The frustration of Connolly’s injury history is that he is highly productive when he does play. Last season, he registered 18 goals and 29 assists for 47 points in 48 games. He had 40 points the season before.

“From where I am sitting and from where (coach) Lindy Ruff is sitting, he is a very important piece to our success,” said Buffalo general manager Darcy Regier. “What we saw when he was healthy is that when we have him and Derek Roy in the middle then we have two quality offensive lines. It’s not as easy to key on one of our lines.”

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