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from the Detroit Free Press,

Hockeytown USA is lucky. We're one of the few American cities that get the CBC network. And we'll also enjoy tuning into "Hockey: A People's History," a 10-epsiode series that begins tonight on CBC.... "Hockey: A People's History" has some clunky reenactments, tedious music and some hokey and cliched narration. But its archival footage, talking heads and wide-ranging subject matter make the series a great way to prepare for another season of hockey.
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Selanne Thought Pronger Trade Was A Joke

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Late night call to Teemu Selanne from Ducks director of media Alex Gilchrist... from the OC Register,

This is how Selanne remembers the conversation: Gilchrist: "Have you heard the news?" Selanne: "Heard what?" Gilchrist: "You didn't hear? We got Pronger." Selanne: "Get real, Alex. Why are you calling me at this time of night?" Gilchrist: "No, we got Pronger." Selanne, still skeptical: "Sean or Chris?" (Sean is Chris Pronger's now-retired brother, who scored 35 points in 108 games for the Ducks in 1996 and 1997.) Gilchrist: "No, we just traded for Chris Pronger." Selanne: "Are you kidding me? Is this a joke or something?" Gilchrist: "No, I swear to God." Selanne: "OH ... MY ... GOD!"
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Yotes Need The “Old” J.R.

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from the East Valley Tribune,

After a five-year hiatus, Roenick is back, and it seems the Coyotes need the player he once was more than ever. Phoenix enjoyed a seasonticket base of 10,000-plus during Roenick’s first stay and advanced to the playoffs in four of his five seasons. Since then, the team’s fortunes on and off the ice have dropped off significantly — as evidenced by sparse crowds and only one postseason in the post-Roenick era. “The fact that people have accepted me the way they have is more satisfaction to me than a lot of accolades that I’ve had,” said the nine-time All-Star and two-time Olympian. “I’m very passionate about the city. I’m very passionate about the people are here.” Whether Roenick can be as productive on the ice still, remains to be seen.
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Cole Making His Way Back

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Erik Cole has no respect for Brooks Orpik, saying he was blind-sided into the boards. He hasn't talked with Brooks nor does he want to. Watch the Sportsnet interview with Eric to see what he has been going through and his plans to get back to where he once was. image

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A Chance To Win The Cup

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from the Miami Herald,

After an unsuccessful stint in the NHL, Ville Peltonen was living the good life. He had a beautiful family, a well-paying job playing hockey in Switzerland and a chance to play for Finland's national team every year. Only, the lure of winning the Stanley Cup -- and a chance to prove he could thrive in the new NHL -- was too great to ignore. So, again, Peltonen is thousands of miles from his native Finland, going after the Cup as one of the newest members of the Florida Panthers. ''You can't win the big Cup in Europe,'' he said
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He Can Do Anything

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from the Ottawa Citizen,

He's become a favourite, not just to the man on the street, but to the man behind the bench, and the players in the NHL. Mike Fisher. Having him in the Ottawa Senators lineup is like having a handyman on retainer. What needs fixing -- a penalty? An offensive threat on the other side? A big goal for his side? Fisher is capable of handling all three, along with a regular turn on any of the top three lines. Remember what kids say when there is no match in that simple card game: Go Fish. Head coach Bryan Murray does just that, goes and fishes for Mike when the team is in any kind of trouble.
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Ready- Or Not

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from Robin Brownlee of the Edmonton Sun,

Watching Alexei Mikhnov wheel around the Coca Cola Centre during the second day of training camp with the Edmonton Oilers in Grande Prairie yesterday, it's obvious the towering winger from Ukraine has come a long way - in more ways than one. A mystery man since the Oilers selected him 17th overall at the 2000 Entry Draft, Mikhnov suited up for Team White and looked like a completely different player than when he made a marquee appearance in Sherwood Park three years ago, struggling around the ice in borrowed equipment and skates plucked from Cory Cross. The question now is whether the six-foot-five, 225-pound behemoth from Kiev, the last Oilers first-round pick from the Barry Fraser era, is ready for prime time in the NHL.
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Captain Or Not

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from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,

Maple Leafs general manager John Ferguson says that now, finally, this is his team. But what about the captain? Does Ferguson want Mats Sundin in that role? More importantly, does Sundin want to be in that role? The only person who knows the answer to that question is Sundin himself, and his nature is such that even if he didn’t want the job, he wouldn’t say so publicly. But the indications are that he doesn’t.
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A Different Type Of Dman

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from the Toronto Star,

In a world where his peers commute to work in pickup trucks and Hummers, Calgary defenceman Andrew Ference shows up in a Hybrid. While teammates spend much of their summer looking for their golf balls on the links, Ference can be found searching the kitchen cupboard for just the right ingredients for his next culinary creation. That Ference isn't your average bear has been apparent since he broke every stereotype in a wide-ranging interview with reporters during the Flames' run to the 2004 Stanley Cup final. He's been the go-to guy for anyone looking for an insightful quote ever since.
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Recapping The Talk

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The institutional hysteria revolving around Bob Clarke's $1.9 million offer sheet to Ryan Kesler is, in a word, hysterical. The abundant ignorance displayed by those in the industry who have attacked the Flyers GM for his acute use of the NHL's collective bargaining agreement is revolting. What part of 54 percent of the gross, exactly, is it that these people do not understand?
continued (reg. req.)... and on NYI Wang, Brooks had this to say,
In signing Rick DiPietro to that 15-year, $67M contract, Wang simply gave a lifetime contract to a pal with whom the owner can tee it up and talk shop. It's his way of doing business. Nothing more and nothing less.

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