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Marleau Taking It A Day At A Time

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Pollak of Working the Corners at the Mercury News,

Back to Marleau and the reported trade on espn.com Thursday that had him shipped to Los Angeles in a three-way deal that brought Dany Heatley to San Jose.

Everybody else got caught up in it, but Marleau said he wasn’t worried. For one thing, he knew he hadn’t been asked to waive his no-trade clause and that would have to happen first.

“This last one, I got a lot of phone calls but I was just going about my business,” he said after this morning’s Captain’s Ice session. “I can’t worry about that other stuff. …. I know I’m going to know before it’s in the media.”

more on the Sharks…

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Parrish On A Tryout With Canucks

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via the Twitter of Ben Hankinson,

Mark Parrish has agreed to NHL tryout with the Vancouver Canucks. He has played in 700+ NHL games and scored 20+ goals 6 different times.

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Avs Name Foote Captain

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DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that defenseman Adam Foote has been named team captain for the 2009-10 season. 

“I’m honored to be named Avalanche captain,” said Foote. “I’ve been with this franchise for the majority of my career and I know what the standards are here. I look forward to the challenge of leading this team, starting with training camp and heading into the regular season.”

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Kessel Draws Interest From Multiple NHL Teams

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from Darren Dreger of TSN,

While the option of signing Kessel to an offer sheet remains for the Leafs and the other teams in the mix, the morely likely scenario is a trade.

Sources say the trade offers for the 21-year-old winger are in excess of what the Bruins would receive as compensation if Kessel were to sign an offer sheet. In other words, Boston is contemplating a trade that will return a more impressive package than the compensatory one that includes a first, a second and third-round draft picks.

The Leafs, New York Rangers and the Nashville Predators are the three most aggressive bidders, but at least two other teams are also believed to be in the hunt.

At this point there is nothing imminent, but Kessel’s future is a hot topic in Boston.


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All Craig Leipold

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Let’s Play Hockey does a Q & A with Minnesota Wild Owner Craig Leipold…

LPH: There have been media reports of a possible lockout/strike when the current CBA expires which stems from the unrest within the NHLPA ranks, what are your thoughts?

CL: We have a great relationship with their union. There may be some unrest within the NHLPA. The NHLPA cannot do anything for two years when the existing CBA expires. The current issues with the Players Association have nothing to do with the current CBA or ownership.

LPH: The Phoenix Coyotes’ situation seems to be ever changing, do you believe they will play in Glendale, AZ all season?

CL: Yes. I believe they will be playing NHL hockey in Glendale, Arizona, this year.

LPH:  Any news on the National TV front?

CL: The NHL and VERSUS made a commitment to each other. The NHL likes VERSUS. Other opportunities may come up in the future and we will take a look at those broadcast opportunities at that time.


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Near The End Of The Line

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from CBC Sports,

It could be the “last chance saloon” for a number of veterans still holding out hope of drinking from the Stanley Cup.

NHL training camps open in full this weekend, and tryouts have been extended to a number of players currently without a contract.

They range from those who’ve been integral on Stanley Cup winners (Darryl Sydor) to former No. 1 goalies (Dan Cloutier, Manny Legace) to reliable point-per-game players (Jason Allison).


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All Fantasy Talk

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Rocky Bonanno of NHL.com answers emails from the fans…

Is Claude Giroux poised to be a fantasy steal this year, or what? Based on his 27 points last year in only 42 games as a rookie, can he make it to 60 or 70 points this year, especially if he manages to get significant time with Jeff Carter and/or Daniel Briere?...

Would you take 21-32-53 from Giroux? That is my projection, and I read recently that Giroux will play mostly with Briere. Sixty to 70 is a bit much with Briere, Carter, Scott Hartnell, Mike Richard and Simon Gagne higher on the depth chart. You’d do well to tab Giroux in the 15th round of a standard 10-team league.

many more Q & A’s…

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Mike Danton Gets Parole

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from TSN,

Former NHL player Mike Danton was granted full parole on Friday morning and will be out by Monday or Tuesday at the latest.

Danton, a native of Brampton, Ont., pleaded guilty in 2004 in the U.S. in a failed murder-for-hire plot that allegedly targeted David Frost, who went on to become Danton’s mentor and agent.


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Heatley In The Coming Days, Weeks Or Months

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

So you wonder if, at some point, the San Jose Sharks will take the same desperate steps as the Edmonton Oilers did back in the middle of the summer and in a very public way say thanks but no thanks to a possible trade for Dany Heatley.

Until that happens, the rumour mill will probably continue to churn – as it did Thursday night, when ESPN reported the completion of a three-way trade involving the Sharks, Ottawa Senators and the Los Angeles Kings, a deal that was roundly denied all around.

Still, one can imagine that Senators general manager Bryan Murray will be feverishly working the phones for the next 24 hours to make something happen – on the grounds that trading Heatley in advance of training camp is the surest way to limit the disruptive effects of the drama on the team’s 2009-10 season.


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Travel Gets Worse

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

I have written in the past about travel problems for the western teams, but it looks like things will be even worse than usual for the Western Canadian teams this year (Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver).  The US Government has banned Canadian charter flights from flying from point to point in the United States.  This ruling is an attempt to protect American jobs.  Typically, an NHL team has a contract with a particular airline (most likely Air Canada if it is a Canadian team) that they use for charter flights throughout the season.  They are flown to all of their games and other events.  Since teams often have extended road trips with multiple road games in the US, they often require flights between US cities.  In the past an exemption to this law had existed for Canadian sports teams and entertainers traveling in the US. 

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