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The Latest Heatley Talk According To “Two League Executives”

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Dany Heatley is expected to arrive in Ottawa today, but he could eventually find his way to San Jose.

Two league executives told Sun Media Wednesday they’ve heard talk the Senators, Sharks and Kings have discussed a three-way deal that would send Heatley to San Jose, centre Jarrett Stoll and winger Alexander Frolov to Ottawa and centre Patrick Marleau to the Kings.


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Dealing With The Kelly Firing

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

...the NHLPA’s acting executive director and general counsel, Ian Penny, explained to ESPN.com on Tuesday that the work of the union goes on despite the criticism. Penny, a key voice in the move to oust Kelly, was in New York to meet with some of the game’s biggest stars as part of an annual media and promotional gathering here.

For him, it was a chance to both reassure those stars that the union is on track and hear concerns players might have about how the Kelly decision came about.

Although he wouldn’t go so far as to suggest the surprise dismissal of an executive director hired less than two years ago served as a wake-up call to a sometimes passive membership, Penny said he has heard from players who expressed an interest in being more involved in union affairs.

“What we’re hearing back is that there’s strong support for the process that the player reps went through [in making the decision to fire Kelly],” Penny said. “But at the same time, there are players that say, ‘You know what, these are pretty heavy decisions and I should be more involved, more informed.’


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  Tags: ian+penny

This Could Be Only The Beginning For The Battle In Phoenix

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from Don McGowan at the National Post,

The next step in the Phoenix Coyotes saga could be determined in the next 48 hours, when U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Redfield T. Baum is expected to rule on just who can take part in an auction for the flagging National Hockey league team….

“It’s unlikely this is the last step,” said Gabriel Feldman, an associate professor of law and director of the sports law program at Tulane University in New Orleans. “We might be just at the introduction to this case.”

If Baum sides with Balsillie, the league has vowed to appeal.

If Balsillie - who’s making a third try at landing an NHL franchise with the intent to move it to Southern Ontario - is barred from taking part in the auction, it would likely prompt an antitrust lawsuit that some observers believe would be tied up in the courts for years.

“This is just a nightmare for the professional leagues if this goes they wrong way for them,” said Jeffrey Standen, a professor of sports law at Willamette University in Oregon.


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How They Spent Their Summer Vacation

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

“I took a vacation with friend in Spain,” said Pittsburgh Penguins star center Evgeni Malkin. “We just rested on the beach and I just slept all day.”

Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas didn’t hesitate. His favorite summer moment was taking part in a taping with Charlie Moore’s fishing show.

“That was different doing that, just seeing how it works,” said the reigning Vezina Trophy winner, who is an avid fisherman. “Plus, I caught better fish than him [laughs].”

Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom mostly relaxed at his cabin in Finland, but did take time to rock out.

“I saw U2 a couple of times with some friends in Milan and in Paris,” said Backstrom. “That was a nice memory from the summer.”


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Traverse City Tournament Producing Talent

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from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

Last year, the tournament produced NHL—ready prospects like Patrik Berglund, Zach Bogosian, Cal Clutterbuck, T.J. Oshie, James Neal and Jakub Voracek.

This year won’t be any different.

These five players competing in Traverse City are ready to contribute in the NHL—now:

1. Brandon Sutter, F, Carolina Hurricanes
In his first two games in the tournament, Sutter had a goal and an assist and was a plus-2. He’s the NHL veteran of the group, having played in 50 games last season. Right now, he’s known more for the hit he took from Doug Weight that led to a concussion than anything he has produced on the ice. He’s ready for that to change.


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Sale Of Panthers Does Not Meet NHL Requirements

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from Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald,

The proposed sale of the Florida Panthers to Sports Properties Acquisition Corp. has been derailed, at least for now, because the terms of the deal do not satisfy the NHL’s ownership requirements, according to people briefed on the situation.

Owner Alan Cohen has been trying to sell the franchise but also would be receptive to adding a minority owner with a substantial stake and has had advanced discussions with at least one local businessman.

Cohen wanted to complete the sale to Sports Properties, but the NHL recently balked because the buyer, a public company, does not have a primary investor with a substantial equity stake.


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Alexander Ovechkin Goes For A Zamboni Ride

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Ovechkin on the Zamboni in NYC.

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Flyers Will Be A Tough Team To Beat

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from Jim Cerny’s Rink Rap,

This Flyers team is going to be an absolute bitch to play against this year, adding Pronger and Laperriere to the rugged and abrasive group that consists of Daniel Carcillo, Scott Hartnell, Riley Cote, Arron Asham, and Braydon Coburn.

But like the Broad Street Bully Flyers of the mid-‘70’s, this group is not just filthy. They are filthy good.

The team toughness is there in spades. However, so is the explosive offensive talent.

read on

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Wozniewski Signs With Bruins

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

BOSTON, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has signed defenseman Andy Wozniewski to a one-year contract. Per club policy, terms of the deal will not be disclosed.

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Afternoon Line

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“We want to do more than stay in th mix.  I’d like to chase Detroit. I’m tired of watching Detroit in first place. I’d like to chase them. Somewhere along the line someone has to make them bleed and it might as well be us.”

-Columbus coach Ken Hitchcock.  More from Ken by Tom Reed of Puck-rakers…

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