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The Season Is Getting Close…

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...when the Dallas Stars Ice Girls hold auditions…

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In The Words Of Harry Neale

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from BuffaloSabres.com,

Sabres.com is counting down the top five “Harry-isms” - or one liners from color commentator Harry Neale. Watch the eight nominees below and rank them from 1-5 with 1 being your favorite. All moments are listed in alphabetical order and are not ranked.

Watch all the nominated Harry-isms and my favorite is…

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Under Pressure In The East

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from John Kreiser of NHL.com,

Here’s a look at a player from each of the 15 teams in the Eastern Conference who’ll be under pressure to perform as soon as the puck drops:

Ray Emery, Philadelphia—The Flyers have one of the NHL’s best offenses and a defense that now includes Chris Pronger. What they don’t have is a proven No. 1 NHL goaltender—unless Emery proves he can handle the job. Emery led Ottawa to the Stanley Cup Final just two years ago, but little has gone right for him since. He’s returning to the NHL after a season in Russia during which he made the All-Star Game. If he can’t handle the job, the cap-strapped Flyers could see their dreams of a long playoff run go sailing away.

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Zajac Signs Multi-Year Deal

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via Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

The Devils have avoided Friday’s arbitration hearing and re-signed restricted free agent center Travis Zajac to a multi-year contract.

Zajac, 24, is coming off a breakout season in which he posted career-highs with 20 goals, 42 assists, 62 points and a team-best plus-33 defensive rating.

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Will Sexton Be Named Panthers GM?

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from Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal,

Here’s an interesting take on the vacant Florida GM slot from a high NHL exec: Since the draft and major free agency picks have been completed, it’s quite possible that assistant GM Randy Sexton simply will inherit Jacques Martin’s chair for the 2009-2010 season.

Look at it this way: Sexton has plenty of experience (Ottawa and Florida) and will save a financially strapped franchise some extra bucks. Plus, between overseer Bill Torrey and Sexton, the Panthers’ braintrust is as good as any around.

more hockey notes from Stan…

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German Players Were Not Told To Miss Olympic Camp

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from Reuters,

The NHL players’ association (NHLPA) denied on Wednesday it had forced German ice hockey players to miss a pre-Olympic training camp because of concerns they would not be adequately insured in case of injury….

The NHLPA said it had never made any demands about insurance but had simply advised players that the training camps might not be providing enough to cover their contracts or future earnings should they get injured there.

“While our NHLPA members look forward to the opportunity to represent their countries at the Olympics, it is unreasonable to request that players participate in on-ice summer orientation sessions without sufficient insurance against injuries,” Paul Kelly, NHLPA executive director, said on Wednesday.

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One Of A Kind

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from Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic,

Jeremy Roenick has his happy ending. The Coyotes are still working on theirs.

Roenick will leave the game with his dignity, his milestone and his name in lights. And though he hasn’t announced his retirement just yet, it sounds as though the hard-checking star finally is checking out.

“I’m really not on the fence,” Roenick said. “I really know what I’m doing. I’m just not going to announce it yet.”

For 20 seasons, Roenick gave the NHL what it sorely needs: a marketable American with huge personality. He was flashy, on ice and off. He said lots of interesting things. He will leave as one of the better American-born players of all time.

continue for Roenick’s thoughts on the Phoenix situation and J.R. says Chelios wants to play for the Rangers…

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Justin Pogge No Longer A Future Star

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from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

It has been five years since he was drafted 90th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs, and more than three years since he backstopped Canada to a gold medal victory at the world junior championship. And after a disastrous NHL debut, it has been months since anyone within the franchise referred to the 23-year-old as the franchise’s goaltender of the future.

Instead, with the team having recently signed Swedish free agent Jonas Gustavsson to challenge for the Leafs’ No. 1 spot—and with prospect James Reimer expected to start the season for the Toronto Marlies—Pogge is now in danger of being the goaltender who is simply forgotten.

“Justin Pogge is basically comparable to a child actor, who’s had success at a young age and just can’t handle it mentally,” said Steve McKichan, who was the Leafs’ goaltending coach from 2005-06 through 2007-08.

read on

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Jiri Fischer Working Hard For The Wings

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from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

These days, it seems, the hockey never stops. The Red Wings, just off the awesome disappointment of losing the seventh game of the Stanley Cup Finals, are engaged in work integral to their future.

It is obvious even from a distance that one of those supervising the earnest wanna-bes towers over everyone else. It is a vision of what might have been: a huge defenseman, gliding easily along the ice with purpose and poise. His overwhelming size and evident self-possession set him apart from the rest.

But Jiri Fischer wears the gray sweats, this summer, at camps for prospects and youths—not a red-and-white jersey bearing the number “2.” And he skates with a whistle, not shoulder pads, around his neck.

read on

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Morning Line

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Alex Kovalev, newly signed with the Ottawa Senators, hopes that whiny winger Dany Heatley remains with the team.

That way, Kovalev might look a little less like a floater.

-Gary Loewen of the Toronto Sun.

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