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Dubinsky Wants To Be A Ranger

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from Steve Zipay of Blue Notes at Newsday,

“I want to be a Ranger,” said Dubinsky, 23, still an unsigned, restricted free agent. “The Rangers want me here; something’s gonna get done real quick and this will all be an afterthought. I’m in here working hard, getting ready for the season, not worrying about that; everything falls into place eventually, so I’m not losing any sleep over it….”

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Drink The Kool-Aid Boys

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Russ Conway was on Leafs Lunch am640 in Toronto around 12:30pm ET today. I suggest if you are interested in what is going on with the NHLPA, you listen to the whole interview.

added 1:25pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

If the NHLPA were a hockey team, you’d have to conclude there is only one possible course of action now – introduce a scorched-earth policy. Burn it to the ground, start from scratch, boot everybody out the door, and then rebuild the organization one staff member at a time. Given its history and this latest round of infighting, it seems to be the only way they’re going to get it right.

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Introducing Your Florida Panthers Ice Dancers

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Paul Kelly Fired By The NHLPA

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The history of the NHLPA just took another odd turn.  Paul Kelly, the NHLPA head has been fired.  This comes less than two years into his run and before he had the opportunity to put a significant imprint on the organization.  From the point of view of an outside observer, it looked like he was doing a good job to set up the player`s union to stand up to the owners and being careful to pick his battles so that the most effort was taken on important issues.  The main negative in his run had been the departure of ombudsman Eric Lindros .  Lindros was upset that he was not given the chance to air his grievances about Kelly`s job performance (which as an ombudsman is Lindros` job).  Kelly made ill-advised comments about looking forward to the day when the NHLPA does not need an ombudsman. 

In order to legitimize the NHLPA Ombudsman position, Canadian union veteran Buzz Hargrove took the position.

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NHLPA Statement On Relieving Paul Kelly Of His Duties

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TORONTO/CHICAGO (August 31, 2009) – The Executive Board of the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) announced today that it has voted overwhelmingly to relieve Paul Kelly of his duties as Executive Director, effective immediately.

The NHLPA Executive Board, consisting of one Player Representative from each of the 30 NHL teams, made the announcement at their annual meetings in Chicago, Illinois.  This decision by the Executive Board follows an in-depth analysis of the NHLPA’s operations.

Statement from the NHLPA Executive Board:

“Following the Executive Board’s review of the overall operation of the NHLPA, it was decided that Paul Kelly should no longer continue to serve as Executive Director.  We appreciate Mr. Kelly’s service to our Association.”

The Executive Board will immediately begin putting together a search committee that will identify and interview potential candidates for the vacant Executive Director’s position.

added 9:57am, from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

NHLPA staff members Glenn Healy, the director of player affairs, Pat Flatley, the assistant director of player affairs and Penny attended the proceedings. A source stated that both Healy and Flately were pro-Kelly, while Penny wanted to see a change at the top.

There was a report Monday morning that Flatley resigned his post after the Kelly announcement.

There also have been charges made from the pro-Kelly camp that Lindros continued to play a behind-the-scenes role in the attempted coup.

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One Question Per Team

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from John Kreiser of NHL.com,

Here’s a look at the key question facing each team in the Western Conference:

Anaheim Ducks

Is Jonas Hiller really a No. 1 goaltender?
Jean-Sebastien Giguere has a Stanley Cup ring and a Conn Smythe Trophy. But what he didn’t have at the end of last season was Anaheim’s No. 1 goaltending job. That belonged to Jonas Hiller, a second-year netminder from Switzerland whose play rallied the Ducks down the stretch. Hiller was brilliant in a first-round upset of San Jose and got the Ducks into a Game 7 against Detroit. Now comes the hard part: He has to prove he’s capable of being the go-to goalie for a full season.

continue for a question about every Western Conference team and the Eastern Conference questions can be found here.

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Fedorov Wins Lawsuit, Hopes To Get His Money Back

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from M.L. Elrick of the Detroit Free Press,

Sergei Fedorov has won his lawsuit against a Grosse Pointe Shores man he said he entrusted to invest $43 million for him over the past decade.

Fedorov sued Joe Zada last month in Wayne County Circuit Court, seeking the $60 million Zada agreed to pay him earlier this year to settle their financial dealings.

Zada previously told the Free Press—which first reported the story—that Fedorov loaned him the money. He said he valued his friendship with Fedorov but was presently unable to meet his obligation to the former Red Wings star.

Zada said he hoped to pay Fedorov the $60 million and repair their relationship.

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Senators Have Interest In Sykora

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The Senators are keeping their options open up front.

While the club is still holding talks with unrestricted free-agent centre Mike Comrie, league sources say GM Bryan Murray has also held serious discussions with Penguins winger Petr Sykora — also a UFA — and he’s at the top of the Senators’ radar screen if they can trade Dany Heatley before training camp.

The Senators would like a big forward back, but indications are Murray isn’t sure that will happen.

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New Look For Leafs Defense

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from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,

As an American, why not try a team in his homeland, especially since there were ample suitors? Only Original Six franchises for this guy?

“I had opportunities to go elsewhere, markets where hockey may not be the number one sport,” Komisarek said in a telephone interview from his off-season home in Long Island, N.Y.

“But I sort of shied away from playing in a non-traditional market. It’s a unique situation to play in such a hockey hotbed with everything that goes with it, but it’s something I wanted a lot. I can’t wait for the opportunity to get up there and help get that team back to the playoffs.”

Komisarek and Francois Beauchemin, a Stanley Cup winner with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007, figure to be the cornerstones of a rebuilt and strengthened Leafs defence, the most fruitful harvest from a busy off-season for general manager Brian Burke.

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Paul Kelly Fired

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from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Paul Kelly has been fired as executive director of the National Hockey League players association.

The decision was made by the NHLPA’s executive board, made up of 30 NHL player representatives following several hours of meetings in Chicago.

Kelly spent much of Sunday night waiting in a corridor outside the boardroom while the executive board deliberated, twice inviting interim ombudsman, Buzz Hargrove in to the discussions before a final vote and decision was made.

Kelly was invited back into the board meeting along with general counsel Ian Penny where he learned his fate.

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