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Bruins Prepared For Chistov Departure

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from the Boston Herald,

Stanislav Chistov, acquired last November from Anaheim for a third-round pick, reportedly is close to signing a deal to play in his native Russia this season despite being under contract with the Bruins for another year. According to Chiarelli, it’s not a done deal yet, but he’s preparing to move on without Chistov.
“Not that I’m aware of,” said Chiarelli when asked about Chistov’s reported signing in Russia. “I’m aware of the rumors, but not that he’s signed.”
And if he does sign in Russia? “We have the option to suspend him, and we’d certainly do that to retain our rights to him,” said Chiarelli. “We couldn’t prevent him from playing (in Russia), but we can suspend him and keep his rights.”

more on the Bruins…

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A Look At Owner MacLean

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from the St. Petersburg Times,

As then-assistant general manager Jim Clark recalled of the September 2001 game, MacLean had pulled rank and demanded first-round draft choice Pascal Leclaire start in goal instead of a free agent the rest of the staff wanted to see.
“Before we can say a word,” Clark said of the 7-5 loss, “Doug goes by and says, ‘Shut your mouths. If we played the other guy it would have been 10-5.’”
That is MacLean. He gets in the first word, always wants the last, and gives you a few choice ones in between.
“There’s no honeymoon with Doug MacLean,” Clark said. “Every day, you play to win.”

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Unsigned Can Still Shine

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from Erin Nicks of the Ottawa Sun,

We’re heading into that portion of the NHL off-season where the unrestricted free agents left unsigned are beginning to look like wallflowers at a high school dance. Undoubtedly, there weren’t many who thought they’d be in this situation, and likely look at similar players who were signed, only to ask, “Why was he picked and not me?”
The sheer volume of free agents combined with salary cap restrictions means there will be some players left without a bench to sit on by October.
But not all the cases relate back to a player potentially being viewed as undesirable. Some are mulling retirement or overseas options, and others are recuperating from injuries or surgery before making a decision.

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Left Side Looks Right In Columbus

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from the Columbus Dispatch,

But there is one spot on the ice at which the Blue Jackets are pretty much set in stone, where they might just be as solid as some of the best clubs in the NHL.
With Rick Nash, Fredrik Modin, Jason Chimera and Jody Shelley, the Blue Jackets have a pretty good cast of left wingers.
“I would say the strength of this clubs is our wings, anyway,” coach Ken Hitchcock said. “But our left side has a real good chance to be dynamic….

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Running With Richter

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from Vincent M. Mallozzi of the New York Times,

Richter, 40, has been a fan of endurance sports long before a career with the Rangers that began in the 1989 playoffs and ended in November 2002, after he learned that he had fractured his skull.
Richter said he has always had respect and admiration for endurance athletes like Paula Newby-Fraser, an eight-time winner of the Ironman Triathlon, and Lance Armstrong, a seven-time winner of the Tour de France. He ranks Tegla Loroupe, who won consecutive New York City Marathons in the mid-1990s, as one of his favorites.
“I’ve always been into fitness, and so I’ve kept a close eye on all these runners and bikers and swimmers who put their bodies through these amazing training regimens and participate in these incredible races,” Richter said.

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Match Up To The Demographics

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from All Things Avs by Adrian Dater,

One thing I said a while ago is that the Avs’ in-game entertainment doesn’t fit their demographic at all. Most people in the stands are either, a) corporate types, mixing business with pleasure in the better seats, b) suburban moms and dads, sometimes with their kids or c) men and women in their mid-20s or early 30s, with a little disposable income.
Why, then, do the decision-makers in the Avs’ game-night entertainment staff act as though the house is full of 17-year-old guys with nose rings and tattoos on their eyelids?
Listen, I grew up loving KISS. I used to have penpals around the country where we’d swap the latest band gossip and bootleg concert tapes. But I didn’t have the cash to go to NHL hockey games all that much. When I did, I didn’t hear KISS on the loudspeakers.

read on and Wings fans, what about the entertainment value at the “Joe”?

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Chicago Gets Kevyn Adams, Phoenix Receives Radim Vrbata

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via the Chicago Blackhawks, The Blackhawks have acquired C Kevyn Adams from Phoenix in exchange for RW Radim Vrbata.

added 1:53pm,

General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the Blackhawks have acquired center Kevyn Adams from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for forward Radim Vrbata.
“In Kevyn Adams we’re getting a veteran player who is extremely versatile, is a good skater and is a very good face-off man,” said Tallon. “Kevyn has won a Stanley Cup and is a proven leader.”

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Andy McDonald Draws A Crowd

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from Colgate University News,

Andy McDonald, the former Colgate University hockey player who was called too small to play professionally, stood tall on Saturday as he hoisted the Stanley Cup above his head in front of thousands of fans gathered in the village of Hamilton.
Each Ducks player gets to spend a day with the Cup, and McDonald, Class of 2000, said he wanted to share his day with area fans and members of the Colgate community.
“Colgate was a big part of my development as a player,” he said at a news conference at the Hamilton Airpark before the village ceremony. “So coming here is one of the things I really wanted to do.”

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Saturday Hockey Talk

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As most of you know, hockey talk is at a minimum these days, but make sure to check out Spector today for some Islanders, Canadiens and Senators talk.

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High-Performing Investment

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from Wes Goldstein at CBS Sportsline,

From the outside, it has tended to come across as irrational behavior. But to experts in sports economics, the recent surge of interest in NHL franchises is being interpreted as shrewd, calculated investment strategy that is likely to be emulated by others.
“The fundamentals that we’re being told about these teams certainly don’t support the sale prices we’re seeing, but the numbers don’t lie,” said John Vrooman, a Vanderbilt University economics professor who specializes in professional sports franchise valuations.
“The true value of a team is reflected more in the purchase price than it is in the rhetoric. Owners always poor mouth and say they’re losing money, yet these franchises appreciate at rates that make them a high-performing investment, way beyond what we would think.”

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