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Bryan Murray In Trade Mode

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Senators GM Bryan Murray is selling. This week he’s going hunting for buyers ... for a player or two.

Murray said today he’s going to start working the phones to try and move a couple of players he feels are underperforming this fall. In part, his motivation is to open up a spot for centre Peter Regin, who is having a strong training camp. Another factor is to lighten the team’s contract load, which is currently very close to the league’s salary cap.

Ideally, the Senators would like to find new homes for defenceman Christoph Schubert and possibly centre Chris Kelly.

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Burish Out Six Months After Knee Surgery

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The following statement was issued today by Chicago Blackhawks Head Team Physician Dr. Michael Terry:

“Adam Burish went into the boards on Sunday night in Minnesota and injured his right knee. When a player like him leaves the ice it is always concerning, and unfortunately he suffered an ACL tear. He will undergo a reconstruction as soon as possible and we anticipate a complete recovery. His return will take approximately six months.”

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Early Calder Talk

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from Rory Boylen of The Hockey News,

When I was doing my due diligence for a “Fab Freshman” article for our annual Poolbook in the summer, I grabbed the opinions of a couple NHL scouts on which players they thought would impress the most in their inaugural run through The Circuit. Names on the list included Tavares, Nikita Filatov, Cody Hodgson, Matt Gilroy, Colin Wilson and more, but when the name Artem Anisimov came up, there was an underlining pause.

The Rangers prospect is the guy to watch out for.

“Honestly, I think he’s the best of the ones you’ve named so far,” said one scout.

Now, we’re not necessarily talking long-term potential here – though with what Anisimov brings to the table, it’s entirely possible he could bloom into a superstar. This is purely about Year 1 and how this year’s Calder Trophy race will most likely play out.

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All Steve Yzerman - Team Canada Edition

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from Tony Care of CBC Sports,

CBCSports.ca: The competition for the No. 1 goaltender spot will no doubt be the toughest decision for Babcock and his staff. With Roberto Luongo and Martin Brodeur expected to battle for the lead position, will strong play in the months leading up to the Games be the determining factor?

Yzerman: I’ll obviously have some input, but at the end of the day, the coaches will decide who starts in goal for us. I think for that position it’s very important that we have guys coming in tournament that are on top of their game. The position doesn’t allow a player to find time to get his game in shape. Our depth is outstanding. [Carolina goaltender] Cam Ward won a [world championship] gold medal and a Stanley Cup. In the last two years, [Pittsburgh netminder] Marc-André Fleury has gone to the finals and won Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final.

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Morning Line

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“He’s in way better shape.  He’s way quicker than he was last time here. So now we need a big-time effort each and every night, and I think we’re going to get that.”

-Wings Coach Mike Babcock on Todd Bertuzzi.  Read more from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press.

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  Tags: mike+babcock, todd+bertuzzi

The Top 50 Players This Season

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Mike Brophy (Sportsnet) ranks who he thinks are the top players as we get close to the 2009-10 season.

4.Roberto Luongo
Armed with a new lifetime contract, captain Luongo will set out to prove he is the NHL’s best stopper and the right man to lead his country to Olympic gold. General manager Mike Gillis has done a nice job surrounding Luongo with talent; now it’s up to him to prove he’s worthy of the big bucks.

13. Daniel Sedin
On a team poised to take the next step, Daniel’s consistency will be a key component in taking the Canucks deep into the playoffs.

27. Nicklas Lidstrom
Age is starting to catch up to Lidstrom, but he remains one of the best scoring threats from the blue line and looks like he could play comfortably for two or three more years.

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Lecavalier Grew Up Playing For The Notre Dame Hounds

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from Greg Harder of the Leader-Post,

The 29-year-old felt a little like he was stepping into the past on Monday when he arrived in Regina for Tampa’s pre-season tilt with the Ottawa Senators. It was his first trip to Saskatchewan since age 15 and the first time he had visited the Brandt Centre since attending a Regina Pats game about 14 years ago.

“It goes back a long time but it just seems like it was yesterday,” Lecavalier said following his team’s afternoon skate. “I’ve had some great memories here, memories I remember for the rest of my life. It was only two years, but very unique. I recommend all the kids go there. It was a great experience.”

Lecavalier knew by age nine that he was headed to Notre Dame, where his older brother Phil spent four years. Their parents felt it would benefit the boys to leave the nest at a young age and become independent.

“They just thought it would be a place we could grow up,” said the native of Ile Bizard, Que. “You leave home, you’re 14 years old, you’re gonna miss your parents. It’s tough, but you suck it up. You realize you have to handle your own things and your mommy and daddy aren’t right there beside you. You learn quickly.”

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Injuries A Concern For The Wild

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from Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune,

Wild coach Todd Richards admitted after Monday night’s 5-1 exhibition loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets that he’s worried about how he’s going to get his new team to perfect a brand-new system with a half-dozen or more injured players missing every day.

Wild forwards Mikko Koivu, who practiced Monday, Andrew Brunette, James Sheppard, Derek Boogaard and Craig Weller, and defenseman Shane Hnidy are all “dinged up,” and against the Blue Jackets, the Wild lost Benoit Pouliot because of a strained groin.

The ice was so bad at Nationwide Arena (two Blue Jackets were hurt Monday morning), Richards benched Antti Miettinen and Kyle Brodziak for most of the third period to protect them.

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It Should Not End In This Way

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from Damian Cox of the Spin at the Toronto Star,

Wayne Gretzky deserved to end his coaching tenure with the Phoenix Coyotes like every other man to assume the position behind an NHL bench.

You know, fired. Dismissed. Have the team claim it’s going in a different direction, or say it wants somebody who can work with young players. Or old players. Or can make the team fitter. Or understands how to win in the playoffs. Or can be a communicator. Or will shut down the country club atmosphere.

Whatever. Gretzky deserved to go out on his shield. In sport, there is sometimes honour in getting the axe.

But that appears not to be the way in which its going to go down for The Great One in Phoenix, and if you take stock in online polling, the remaining hockey fans there don’t mind. Asked by azcentral.com if they wanted to see Gretzky back as coach, 83 per cent responded, “No.”

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  Tags: wayne+gretzky

Who ‘Owns’ The Penguins

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from Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters, Toronto’s Jason Blake and Montreal’s Scott Gomez put up some points against the Penguins within the past week of exhibition play isn’t anything new for Penguins fans. It should come as no surprise that each player is among the top 20 active players when it comes to career regular season points against the Penguins:

read on for the list which is topped by Rod Brind’Amour…

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