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As Long As They Can Play

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from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

With his world-wide prospects officially opening their bids for Devils jobs yesterday, coach Brent Sutter denied suggestions he leans toward North American players and away from Europeans.

“That’s nonsense. That’s not true,” Sutter told The Post. “Decisions are made on players. It doesn’t matter where they’re from.

“It has zero to do with it. I look at the team. It doesn’t matter what nationality they are. It’s not true.”

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Cammalleri One Of The New Guys In Calgary

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

“We had guys, to be quite honest, after March 1 we didn’t know they were on our team any more — and they were pretty high-profile guys,” Sutter said bluntly. “From a personnel standpoint, I think we’ve lacked those tough-area guys the last couple of years, which nobody talks about. Everybody wants to talk about skill. We went to more skill after the lockout; and we had more skill, but maybe we didn’t have enough of a compete level at the top end of our team.

“I think we can work with these [new] guys. They want to play here. They’re good-sized kids who can skate and score dirty goals. I like that about them.”

Cammalleri saw the move to Calgary as an opportunity for a fresh start.

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Performance Bonus Cushion Is Gone This Year

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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Now all this salary cap stuff is far too complex for you and me to digest in the next minute or so, but all you really need to know is this - Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Cam Barker are going to chew up a lot more of the Chicago Blackhawks’ cap space this year than they did last year.

With the disappearance of the bonus cushion, which allowed teams to overspend the cap by as much as 7.5 per cent, Kane, Toews and Barker alone will account for $9.3 million in hard salary cap space this season. That’s almost $7 million more than how it could have been accounted last season.

For all intents and purposes, Boston’s Phil Kessel goes from being an $850,000 salary cap hit for the Bruins to a hard $2.2 million hit.

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Habs Coach On Final Year Of Contract

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from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

While every team went to the market with an eye on getting better for 2008-09, head coaches of roughly one-third of the NHL family signed contract extensions during the offseason.

Randy Carlyle in Anaheim, Ken Hitchcock in Columbus, Dave Tippett in Dallas, Mike Babcock in Detroit, Jacques Lemaire in Minnesota ... the list goes on and on.

Anything wrong with this picture?

Not really, except that Guy Carbonneau, who led the Canadiens to No. 1 overall in the Eastern Conference last season, is entering the final year of his contract - yet remains unsigned, for now.

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Satan Hopes Penguins Style Of Play Is A Fit

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from Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

“Hopefully, I can fulfill everybody’s expectations,” Satan said yesterday as the team was finishing up its preseason physicals and medical tests.

Those expectations run fairly high for Satan, who signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract as a free agent over the summer.

For one thing, Satan is penciled in as the replacement for Marian Hossa, who signed with Detroit. That makes him the top candidate to be the new right winger for captain and top-line center Sidney Crosby. Coach Michel Therrien has said Satan will see time on that line.

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Protection For Hemsky Needed

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from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey,

Having an intimidating force such as nasty Chris Pronger on the team did give the Oilers’ team toughness during that playoff run—each Oiler played as if he was three inches taller and 30 pounds heavier. But when Pronger left, so did much of team’s edge.

Since then, in the past two years, Hemsky has taken a number of savage hits, many of them illegal late hits, partly because of his propensity to overhandle the puck, which gives time for various thugs to line him up, but also because other teams have feared no retribution.

There’s been no Dave Semenko, no Dave Brown, no Laraque to come over the boards and take revenge. Unless that changes this season, I’m hesitant to predict that Hemsky will play more than 50 or 60 games.

more on the Oilers…

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Forsberg Update- Maybe, Maybe Not

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via Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Talking to some of my Swedish buds, there is growing optimism that Peter Forsberg will be able to play this season - and maybe sooner than the Christmas-at-the-earliest previous scenario.
As Foppa himself would say, though, “we’ll see.” But the people I’ve talked to say his foot is doing better than expected, and that he’s itching to continue his career.

more on the Avs…

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Ducks Could Still Have Trouble Signing Selanne

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from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

What appears clear is that unless the Ducks are fortunate and another club claims Schneider, or they go an entirely different direction and trade another player or group of players, it is going to be very difficult to clear enough cap space to sign Selanne. It could come down to the Ducks being able to offer Selanne little more than the NHL’s minimum salary, say $500,000, which might prove once and for all Selanne’s long-held contention that money is nowhere near the top of his priority list.

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Watching The Market

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via TSN,

Even though the U.S. economy has been hit hardest over the last year with the housing-market collapse, the NHL’s six Canadian franchises are also concerned about the affect the current economic situation could have on them.

‘‘The last couple of weeks - wow - it’s been killer,’’ said Edmonton Oilers president and CEO Patrick LaForge. ‘‘I think we’re all concerned. I can only speak for Edmonton but I can say that these are very interesting times, what the stock market is doing and the impact on our major clients, which are businesses.

‘‘I think we have to all be very mindful that these are tough times. The Canadian teams are not exempt.’‘

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Renney Undecided On Rangers Captain

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from Andrew Gross of the Record,

Renney is not ready to name a new captain yet but hopes to before the start of the season. When Mark Messier left, Renney ultimately decided not to have a captain for the 2005-06 season, instead naming Jagr to be one of three alternates.

“I think you have to leave it to evolution,” Renney said. “There are a half-dozen guys in there that could captain a team. I wouldn’t rule it out [having three alternates] but my hope would be that’s not what we would do.”

more on the Rangers…

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