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Highlighting The Rookies

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The Top 10 rookie highlights from last season.

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Breaking 40.  39 More Cup-less Tuesdays.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

In the unlikely event you’d forgotten?  We’re looking at 39 Tuesdays until the Cup comes back to Hockeytown, where it belongs, where it’s appreciated.  39 more Tuesdays until Pens fans can stop pretending they know how to be happy about something they realize their team didn’t really earn. 

Now hold on Penguins fans. Don’t get angry. It’s not my intent to get you all worked up. You have a nice team that played a very good half-season last year then took advantage of some good fortune in the Finals. And you get to keep awkwardly celebrating it for just under forty more weeks.  Awesome.

But…when the one-trick Tuesdays come to an end? It’s back to Detroit, where providence says the Cup belongs.  Why?

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Carey Price Needs To Earn The #1 Goalie Spot

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from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

The Canadiens made the playoffs last year because Halak was 6-3-0 when Price was injured and had a 15-9-0 record from Dec. 18 until the end of the season.

At the very least, they deserve to go into camp as equals, two guys battling for a job.

If Price starts the season, it will be to everyone’s benefit if he has the job because he earned it.

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Are The Rangers A Destination For Heatley?

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from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen,

There may only be days to spare, but it remains to be seen whether the reluctant Senator will actually have to show his face in Ottawa. It would certainly appear that no trade is imminent, but the rumours continue to come at us from all angles.

One that made a lot of sense, and still does, involved the New York Rangers and two of their good, young players, defenceman Marc Staal and forward Brandon Dubinsky.

Senators general manager Bryan Murray has always liked Staal, a big, smart defenceman with ideal family bloodlines. The younger brother of Eric and Jordan Staal (with one more bro to come) makes just $765,000 this season before becoming a restricted free agent.

read on

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Variables Will Help Determine Ticket Prices For Stars Games

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from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Barry Kahn’s variable pricing system for tickets to sporting events uses algorithms and airline-based strategies that could make even an economist’s head spin. But the founder of the software company Qcue said the heart of the plan that will be adopted this season by the Stars is really quite simple.

“We just want to get as many people in the building as possible; that’s the basis of all of this,” said Kahn, whose Austin-based company has already created a buzz by bringing the system to the San Francisco Giants.

Here’s how it works: The price for a ticket will change based on variables that include opponent, day of the week, time of year and even how long before the event that the ticket is purchased.

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Wing Bloggers Roundtable Stops At A2Y

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’ve been searching for imagery of Jiri Hudler in a Baltic barnyard.  No “luck” so far, but l’ll keep looking.

In the meantime?  All your favorite Wing bloggers plopped down, cracked some warm American cheap stuff and answered three questions from yours truly. I think I got everybody but my gmail inbox is a frigging three-ring circus.  So, if I missed you…let me know.

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We Hear You Helene

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from Helene Elliott of the Fabulous Forum at the LA Times,

In a startling and no doubt temporary flash of insight, the NHL realized that there are, indeed, good hockey players and good teams residing west of Chicago and invited Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf to participate in a media tour this week in New York.

continued...

On a sidenote, Helene and I have had a few discussions about this topic and I am glad to see Getzlaf was include in the tour…

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Gagne Receives A Shot Of His Own Blood

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from Chuck Gormley of Flyer Files at the Courier-Post,

Flyers left wing Simon Gagne has had enough groin and hip strains throughout his career to know it typically takes three to four weeks of rehab before he is skating pain free.

So why was Gagne back on the ice Tuesday skating for 25 minutes without the slightest hint of discomfort just 10 days after receiving an injection into his right groin?

Because instead of cortisone, Gagne was injected with concentrated amounts of his own blood – a procedure called platelet-rich plasma therapy – to speed the healing process.

continued

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And Then There Were Two

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from the CP at TSN,

The Phoenix Coyotes appear to have one less potential buyer.

Ice Edge Holdings, a group made up of Canadian and American businessmen, no longer intends to participate in Thursday’s auction for the bankrupt NHL team, according to a court filing Tuesday from NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman.

Ice Edge had initially said it would spend up to US$150 million to buy the team and keep it in Arizona, provided the group could work out a new lease arrangement with the city of Glendale.

If Ice Edge does not submit a bid, the field of buyers would narrow to Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie and the NHL.

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NHLPA Undecided On What Direction To Take

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from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

Ian Penny, the interim executive director of the NHL Players Association, said the process to find a new union leader hasn’t been determined because some players aren’t sure the old way is the best way to find the right person.

“Some board members expressed to me that we should be creative and think outside the box this time around,” Penny said.

The NHLPA has fired three executive directors in the past four years, including Paul Kelly, who was removed from office at approximately 3 a.m. Aug. 31, 1 after 30 NHL player representatives debated his job performance for many hours in Chicago

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