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Looking For Work

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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Michael Peca finally has a job.
But Bryan Berard, the first overall pick in the 1995 NHL entry draft, has swallowed his pride and will be going to the Islanders as a training camp invite, literally begging for a job.
And how about Jeff Friesen, Mike Johnson, Jeff O’Neill and Danny Markov? They’re all veteran free agents still waving the “Needs Work” sign with only a few weeks left before National Hockey League camps open.
The NHL free-agent landscape is going through a transformation. While there’ll always be a market for big names like
Peter Forsberg, there’s a whole group of seasoned pros who are feeling the crunch, mostly due to the salary cap.

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Sharks Plan- Sign Marleau

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from the Mercury News,

Trade rumors have been swirling around Patrick Marleau this summer, but the Sharks captain hasn’t even bothered calling his agent to check their credibility.
If he had checked, here’s what he would have heard:
“I don’t have a sense that the Sharks are in a trade mode with regards to Patrick Marleau,” agent Don Baizley said from his Winnipeg office this week.
That’s consistent with the message Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson has been sending, too. His priority, Wilson said again this week, is to get Marleau’s signature on a contract extension - not send him packing to Montreal, or anyplace else.

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Weiss Signs 6yr Deal With Florida

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from On Frozen Pond,

The Panthers locked up another of their young stars Thursday, signing center Stephen Weiss to a six-year deal.
Terms were not immediately available, although winger Nathan Horton recently received $24 million over his six-year contract. Horton’s six-year contract was the longest awarded in franchise history.

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Rooting For The Blackhawks

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from Terry Frei at ESPN,

Every year about this time, I try to convince myself that there truly is hope for the Chicago Blackhawks to get back on track, for the Hawks to get back into the playoff mix, and for the latest offseason moves (or inertia) to turn out to be steps forward instead of retreats….
I get carried away. I’m rooting for the Blackhawks. I admit it. I can’t help it.

more

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NHLPA Report- Firing Saskin Was The Right Thing To Do

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from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios said Toronto lawyer Sheila Block’s report on the hiring of former NHLPA executive director Ted Saskin will go a long way toward proving the players did the right thing when they fired Saskin from his post in early May.
Members of the NHLPA’s executive committee and the 30 team representatives began receiving copies of the 80-100 page report Wednesday and it will be formally disclosed to the rank and file at player meetings to be held in Toronto next week.

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Canada Russia Super Series

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Spector at his FoxSports blog today:

Thirty-five years ago this September, the greatest international series in hockey history took place when a group of Canadian NHL stars faced off against the elite players from the then-Soviet Union.
This year, starting August 27th and running until September 9th the best under-20 junior players from Canada and Russia will face off in their own eight game series.

The 1972 Summit Series was a seminal event in Canadian hockey history. Its reinvention in the form of the Super Series promises excellent entertainment, despite having little chance of carrying the same historical importance.  As Future Considerations noted recently, “this is not your Daddy’s summit series.”  Quite true, but it doesn’t have to be.

Here are some resources to check out for the upcoming games.

Continue Reading »

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Blues- A Team On The Rise

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from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

It’s hard to believe that, less than 18 months after stumbling to their worst record in 27 years and third-worst in franchise history, the St. Louis Blues have as much going for them as they do.
But they do, and Western Conference playoff bubble teams – I’m looking at you, Dallas, Minnesota and Nashville – should realize this particular object in their rearview mirror is definitely closer than it appears.
I’ll admit, I had my doubts about how quickly the Blues could turn things around.

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James Mirtle pointed out this story to me from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

The Blues reported selling 450 new season tickets in the week after signing Kariya, and 1,600 of their 2,500 new tickets have been sold since he joined the team. Also since the signing, the team has sold an average of 40 new season tickets per weekday and 200 per week. On that pace, with seven weeks left before the home opener Oct. 10, the ticket base could grow by 1,400. That would more than eclipse the 9,100 season-ticket holders in 2003-04, when the Blues had a record of 39-30-11-2 for 91 points.

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Tucker On The Leafs

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from Simcoe.com,

“I hope he (Blake) works out. He had 40 goals last season. And playing alongside the playmaking centres that we have right now, obviously looks good for us,” Tucker opined.
The blue line corps boasts a mix of veteran stalwarts like Tomas Kaberle and Brian McCabe, as well as young up-and-comers like Ian White and Carlo Colaiacovo. There’s also a good balance between those blueliners with obvious offensive skills (Colaiacovo, Kaberle) and more stay-at-home physical defenders (Hal Gill, Wade Belak).
“We’ve got a really deep defence, that’s for sure,” Tucker said. “We’ve got a lot of guys that can play right now [in the minors] that aren’t playing. So it gives us an opportunity, even if we do have injuries, to have good, solid defence all year long.”
“We’ve got two solid goaltenders. I don’t know Vesa all that well. But for us, we’ve got to play solid in front of both of them, not matter who’s in there. Andrew’s a great guy, and we’re going to stick behind who’s in net every night,” Tucker said.

read on for Tucker’s view on the charity work he does…

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Canes Hit The Ice, Hoping To Put Last Season Behind Them

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from the News & Observer,

Rod Brind’Amour and his Carolina Hurricanes teammates had too long to work on their offseason tans.
Rested and ready, a few of them returned this week to drill and skate until they were red in the face.
The unofficial practices began Monday at the RecZone on Hodges Street and offered a welcome, on-ice reunion after the disappointment of last season.
With no playoff run to occupy his time, Brind’Amour spent his spring and summer helping to umpire his son’s baseball games and working out regularly on his own.

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Pappinn Gets His Ring Back - Maybe

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from the Toronto Star,

Whatever became of his original 1967 Stanley Cup ring?
Bitter that the Leafs traded him after he led all scorers with seven goals and 15 points during the 12-game playoff run that culminated in Toronto’s last Stanley Cup, Pappin wasn’t too sentimental about the golden bauble.
So after spending the 1967-68 season with the Leafs, Pappin gave the ring as a gift to his first wife’s father, Peter Kyrzakos, when he was dealt to the Chicago Black Hawks.
“I was traded to Chicago in ‘68. I hated (Toronto general manager and coach Punch) Imlach, I hated everything to do with the Leafs so I gave the ring to my father-in-law,” the 67-year-old Pappin told the Star last night.
But Kyrzakos, who had a home in Vero Beach, Fla., lost the ring at a beach sometime during the 1970s.
“He never told me he lost it,” said Pappin, who scored the Cup-winning goal in 1967 as the Leafs defeated the Montreal Canadiens in six games. “He hired people, got divers and everything, to look for it for two days.”

read on

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