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Anaheim Will Win The West

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from Bill Clement at MSNBC,

In the Western Conference, I feel there were five big winners over the summer, and another club -- Chicago -- which while declared a big winner by some still has to prove to me that it was one of the teams in the West that made the biggest strides in seeking improvement.... Can you imagine a team trying to overcome a one-goal deficit to Anaheim in the last five minutes of a game when neither Pronger nor Niedermayer is coming off the ice. No other NHL team can boast two defensemen even close to the caliber of Pronger and Niedermayer. The Mighty Ducks were also able to re-sign goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, who along with Jean-Sebastien Giguere gives them incredible depth in the nets. All in all, a masterful job done in the offseason by general manager Brian Burke. Anaheim is my preseason pick to win the Western Conference
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Malkin Out With Dislocated Shoulder

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from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

An examination today confirmed that Penguins center Evgeni Malkin dislocated his left shoulder in a collision with teammate John LeClair during an exhibition game in Moncton, New Brunswick, last night. There is no prognosis for Malkin's return to action and he will undergo further examination next week. Also, right winger Mark Recchi has a broken left cheekbone, but it won't necessarily be a lost-time injury.
If you missed the video of Malkin going head over heals, here it is.

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Jagr Status For Opener In Doubt

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from the Star-Ledger,

Jaromir Jagr's shoulder has kept him out of training camp scrimmages and preseason games, and now the Rangers are admitting they cannot say with any certainty that their top player will be available to play when the season opens two weeks from tonight. Asked if he was sure Jagr, who underwent surgery to repair his dislocated left shoulder on May 11, would be ready to play when the Rangers open the season Oct. 5 against the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden, Tom Renney couldn't say yes.
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Future Ideas For Russian Hockey

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from the Moscow Times,

Hockey team owners and government officials are pushing two competing visions for restoring Russia to its pinnacle of gold medal greatness. The Russian Hockey Federation wants to reinvest in the country's hockey program -- training and aggressively recruiting young, talented players, while making the sport more entertaining for fans. The Federal Agency for Physical Culture and Sports, meanwhile, envisions a Euro-Asian hockey league that would initially include former Soviet states and eventually encompass Finland, Sweden and other European countries.
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The Game Needs More Canadian Teams

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from Alan Adams at Fox Sports,

It's time for the National Hockey League to bite the bullet and high tail it back to Canada. It's not that the NHL is on life-support in the United States. Far from it. It's alive and well, for the most part. There are a lot of solid markets in the U.S. and youth hockey is a growing sport in parts of Texas, California, Florida and Arizona. The vital signs are good. But the NHL should play to its strengths and move a couple of franchises north of the border. The NHL has nothing to lose and much to gain by going back to its roots.
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Sykora Cares About His Shot

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from the Edmonton Journal,

A day seldom goes by without Petr Sykora calling his stick rep at Easton. And when he isn't on the phone discussing subtle adjustments, he's tinkering with his weapon. He calls it a hobby. Others call it time well spent. "I tried to block his shot twice today in practice, and twice it went right by me," said Oilers rookie defenceman Tom Gilbert. "He is so accurate."
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Another First- Flyers Will Stream Game Tonight

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from the Philadelphia Flyers,

The Philadelphia Flyers are excited to provide fans with an innovative way to catch the team’s on-ice action. The Flyers will air their preseason game vs. the Washington Capitals on Tuesday, September 26 at 7pm live on the internet since the game is not televised. This unique medium, which combines the Flyers’ in-house TV feed with audio from play-by-play announcer Tim Saunders and color analyst Brian Propp, can only be accessed by fans living in the local Philadelphia television market. A high-speed internet connection and Windows Media Player 9 or higher is needed to view broadcast.

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Wings Captain Will Be…

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vai the AP,

The Detroit Red Wings plan to keep people waiting for them to announce who their captain will be now that Steve Yzerman has retired. "We're going to name a captain opening night," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said Thursday before an exhibition game against Colorado. The Red Wings open the season Oct. 5 at home against Vancouver. Nicklas Lidstrom is expected to be the new captain this season, his 15th with the Red Wings.

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Offers For Johnson Don’t Meet Canes Needs

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from TSN,

The Jack Johnson trade watch is suspended until further notice. ''We're not close to doing anything with anyone right now,'' Rutherford told TSN. ''We explored some things because we wanted to look at filling some of our immediate needs, but I never said we had to trade anyone. And as of right now, we're not.''
Also, Rutherford was just on Leafs Lunch and stated Woolley has more of a chance to make the team than Hulse, but their play during pre-season will determine that.

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Edmonton Season Rests On Roloson

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

As Roloson was backstopping the Oilers to the finals, he was characterized in some quarters as a one-hit wonder, an NHL journeyman who caught a wave for the first time in his career. The facts actually tell quite a different story. Ever since his second season with the Wild, he has been among the league's leaders in several important statistical categories — and played in an All-Star game for the hometown Wild.
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