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Wild Sellout Streak In Danger

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from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

The NHL’s longest active sellout streak is in danger of ending.

The Wild has sold out all 365 home games in franchise history, including the preseason and postseason, but as the Wild opens the preseason tonight against Columbus, there are tickets available for every game this season.

“We have struggled to renew season tickets in the same way we always do, which is 95 percent plus,” Wild Chief Operating Officer Matt Majka said.


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Scoring An Issue For Senators

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from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,

It’s not a problem ... yet.

But the fact the Senators are still looking for their first even-strength goal and their first goal from a forward and have scored just two goals in two pre-season games has become a topic of conversation in the Senators camp.

As Senators coach Cory Clouston put it Thursday, it’s not “a worry, but it is an issue.”


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The Penguins Plan To Repeat

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from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,

After the bubbly had fizzled, the beer had been guzzled and the parade was complete, Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma had a task for his staff.

In the short summer break for the upstart Stanley Cup champs, there was a homework assignment to be completed before training camp began this past weekend.

“It’s always a challenge, ask any Stanley Cup winner and I guarantee you they will talk about the short summer or the complacency level, there’s always something,” Pens assistant general manager and former Maple Leaf, Tom Fitzgerald, said yesterday, when asked about the tricky business of returning to work wearing the champion’s belt .

“It was part of a project from Dan, to come back as coaches after picking the brains of other Stanley Cup winners. Whether it was players or coaches or assistants, he wanted us to see what they might do different the first year after winning. You always want to figure out how you can get back that edge and keep the advantage.”


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The Return Of Theo Fleury

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from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

With his usual flair for the dramatic, Fleury scored the lone shootout goal in Calgary’s 5-4 pre-season victory over the New York Islanders last night, exactly what the Saddledome faithful wanted.

“When I was told to go out,” Fleury responded when asked what went through his mind, “I was thinking I’d better score here.”

He did.

Fleury didn’t have a whole lot of impact over the first 65 minutes, but that didn’t matter in the end.


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  Tags: theo+fleury

Dubinsky’s Agent Takes A Shot At The Rangers

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Entering the seventh day of the negotiating stalemate that has kept unsigned free agent Brandon Dubinsky out of training camp, the Rangers’ projected first-line center has reduced his asking price, The Post has learned.

“Of the three proposals on the table, we’ve altered the two- and one-year proposals that we believe are reasonable given the marketplace and the Rangers’ payroll,” Kurt Overhardt, Dubinsky’s agent, told The Post by phone late yesterday afternoon. “I think it’s unfortunate that Rangers’ management is treating this as a sum-zero game with this player.

“It doesn’t make sense.”


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  Tags: brandon+dubinsky

Okposo Was Defenseless On Phaneuf Hit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Katie Strang of Isles Files at Newsday,

Thankfully Kyle Okposo is OK. He has a mild concussion and was cleared by doctors to fly back with the team on the charter to Saskatoon.

Okposo was the victim of a vicious open-ice hit from Flames defenseman Dion Phaneuf. I’ve watched the replay several times, and if I were Okposo or his teammate I would not be happy. Phaneuf left his feet on impact, catching Okposo with a shoulder to the head as Okposo was looking down, rendering him completely defenseless.

read on

note: Video was changed at 8:02am since it was better quality than the one that was posted.

added 8:10am, from Scott Cruickshank of Flames Insider at the Calgary Herald,

If you crumple a player with a clean check, are you on the hook to accept the first challenge that comes your way?

Is that part of the code? Hit big, then get ready to scrap all comers?


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  Tags: dion+phaneuf, kyle+okposo

Phoenix Owner Wants NHL Forced Into Mediation

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from the CP via TSN,

Beleaguered Phoenix Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes has asked a federal bankruptcy judge for an emergency hearing to order the NHL to mediate the “key sale issues” in the complicated case.


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Okposo Taken Off The Ice On A Stretcher

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Katie Strang, Islanders beat writer for Newsday, on her Twitter,

Very scary moment: Kyle Okposo jsust got leveled in open ice by Dion Phaneuf. He’s on his back now and they are bringing out the stretcher.

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  Tags: kyle+okposo

Top Player Agents Try To Make Sense Of Kelly Firing

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from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Reaction to Paul Kelly’s firing as executive director of the NHLPA continues, more than two weeks after his early morning dismissal in a Chicago boardroom.

NHL player agents, J.P. Barry and Pat Brisson of CAA Hockey have tried to make sense of Kelly’s fall, specifically the process in which it unfolded, to help the players they represent understand the sudden change in union leadership.

However, Brisson and Barry who represent a number of NHL stars including Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Patrick Kane, Dany Heatley, Daniel Briere and Mats Sundin, plus NHLPA executive board members, Robyn Regehr, Shawn Horcoff and Maxime Talbot, believe the “process” in which Kelly was fired was flawed.

continued for a statement issued by the two agents…

added 10:02pm, from Bruce Arthur of the National Post,

Can toothpaste be pushed back into the tube? Not really, no. Can the genie be crammed back into the bottle? Accounts vary, but the general consensus is that it’s rather difficult, too. Can the National Hockey League Players’ Association be convinced by its membership that it has become a Kremlinesque laughingstock in order to rectify its most recent and regrettable blunder?

No, probably not.


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Thornton & His ‘Dummy’

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

What do you think, does Joe have the talent or not?

thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…

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  Tags: joe+thornton

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