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They could give the C to Joe Thornton or Dan Boyle or Joe Pavelski on a permanent or rotating basis (bet on them taking the latter route), but simply stripping it from Marleau is a meaningless gesture. Nothing really changes.

-Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated.  More on the Sharks, plus Canucks and Bertuzzi/Wings talk too.

added 3:17pm, from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

We’re not sure what to think about Todd Bertuzzi this summer.

Our natural inclination is to say we wouldn’t want him on our team. Bertuzzi’s body of work, now at age 34, just has not lived up to his overall deficiencies as a player. He still takes way too many minor penalties, and tends to be a minus-player who doesn’t bring a lot of intangibles to the table.

But if Red Wings GM Ken Holland likes him enough to bring him back to Detroit for next season - as he did Tuesday with a one-year deal - maybe we should be rethinking our opinion of Big Bert. There aren’t any smarter management groups in the NHL than what they have in Detroit.

more and numerous NHL topics discussed as Mark returns from his vacation.

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Chelios Talks Team USA & His Future

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Also from Team USA Camp, watch Mike Modano and Scott Gomez.

Watch many other Team USA participants here.

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Talking Hockey With Those Involved

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from Rory Boylen of The Hockey News,

I’ve long since lost that sense of awe around NHL players and management, but it’s still a lot of fun and something I feel privileged to be able to do whenever I’m at the rink. It’s neat to see how the players interact with each other in the dressing room after a game and how their demeanor changes when a reporter drops by their stall.

My favorite player that I’ve interviewed so far has been Mike Commodore of the Columbus Blue Jackets. You never know quite what to expect from a player until you start talking to them, but somehow Commodore came across exactly how I thought he might. Obviously a character with his big, red playoff afro and his money picture, Commodore was very inviting, speaking with a well articulated, loud and friendly voice. I spoke with him 1-on-1 on two separate occasions (he recognized me the second time in Columbus, even though it was about two months later) and both times it was just as though I was talking to a good friend.

more

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Rafalski Talks Team USA

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Bertuzzi- Part 2

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Fans of teams other than the Wings- What do you think of the Bertuzzi to the Wings, Part 2 edition?

added 2:13pm,

DETROIT—The Red Wings announced today that the club has signed free agent forward Todd Bertuzzi to a one-year contract.  In accordance with team policy, additional terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Let The Debate Begin, And It’s A Duzzi

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Done.

Via TSN,

The Detroit Red Wings added some size and veteran presence up front by agreeing on a one-year contract with former Wing Todd Bertuzzi.

The veteran forward needs to pass a standard physical to make the deal official. 

The Grand Rapids Press, The Detroit Free Press and MLive.com claim the team was offering a one-year, $1.5 million contract.

There was too much talk, too many confirmations and way too much angst for this NOT to happen.  Jimmy D drunkenly babbled about it then Kenny Holland was left with no choice but to confirm that negotiations with Todd Bertuzzi are real, ongoing and most likely almost finished.

So, yeah.  In the midst of a slow summer replete with defecting Czechs and slow-moving Tuesdays, we now have the return of Bertuzzi.  And just as I felt back in the Spring of 2007?

I like it.  I like that he’s mean and I like that he’s hated.  Even if that means he’s hated in Hockeytown?

Yep. I can deal with that too.

 

Continue Reading »

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Players Donate 15 Sets Of Hockey Equipment

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NHLPA head Paul Kelly discusses the NHLPA donation to the Goals & Dreams Program from USA Hockey Camp in Woodridge, IL.

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Plea Deal Ahead For Kane?

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from Gene Warner of the Buffalo News,

Hockey star Patrick Kane and his cousin are expected to avoid criminal charges in a plea deal being hammered out, after both men are expected to be indicted this week on misdemeanor criminal charges, law enforcement sources said Monday.

Those sources also said the most likely plea deal would involve the Kanes either pleading guilty to a violation — maybe harassment or disorderly conduct — or being granted an adjournment that could have the charges later dropped.

Neither of those scenarios likely would involve any jail time for the two cousins.

continued

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The January 1st Landscape Is Changing

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from Dave Curtis of the Sporting News,

The expected bowl affiliation shakeup of 2009 started last week with news of two major changes that will come at the end of the 2010 season. The Big Ten likely will send a team to the Gator Bowl starting in January 2011, and the Pac-10 reportedly will ship its runner-up to play in the Alamo Bowl beginning in December 2010.

More minor changes will follow in the coming months. Three questions and themes off the alterations in college football’s postseason:

What’s happened to New Year’s Day? The BCS no doubt has stripped some stardust from Jan. 1, which college football once owned. And though the Rose Bowl still stands as a ratings giant, the day’s early bowls fight the NHL’s Winter Classic for eyeballs.

continue for more college football talk…

Anyone remember all outcry when the NHL announce the Winter Classic a few years ago?  Looks like they were right.

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  Tags: winter+classic

The Over 35 Team

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from John Kreiser of NHL.com,

While the number of younger players seems to rise every year, that doesn’t mean there’s no place for players whose playoff beards come in with a few gray hairs. No club would want a roster full of graybeards, but there’s a sizeable contingent of over-35 players who are more than capable of keeping up with the kids. Even with the departures of older stars such as Jeremy Roenick, Teppo Numminen and Sergei Fedorov, the NHL’s over-35 club is alive and well

Using the NHL’s postseason All-Star team format, here’s a look at the best of today’s oldies but goodies:

FIRST TEAM

Goaltender

Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils
Age: 37

read on

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