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“Z” OK

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via Elliotte Friedman’s Twitter,

Wings on Zetterberg: “Good news, negative result on the MRI. Diagnosis is a mild muscle strain…day-to-day.” You can breathe again, Kukla.

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All Håkan Andersson

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from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,

NHL.com: Was there ever a time when you needed to switch gears because an unsuspected pick was made right before yours?

HA: “Sometimes we go by a list that we put together, but I still remember the year (2004) we drafted Johan Franzen. The name higher on our list at the time was Alexander Edler. But Vancouver made a trade when they realized we were likely going to take him since they didn’t have a third-round pick. We knew Vancouver was interested in Alex, but we felt pretty safe since they didn’t have a third-round pick. But then we heard the announcement that a trade was made and I said to Jim Nill, ‘This is it, Vancouver is trading for a pick just before us and they’re going to take Alex.’ So we waited and Vancouver did it. So Jim and I regrouped and said ‘Ok, what’s the next name.’ That was Johan Franzen, so we took him.”


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Air Canada Sues Obama Administration

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from Cary O’Reilly of Bloomberg via the Financial Post,

Air Canada, the country’s largest carrier, sued the Obama administration over a directive that bars the carrier from providing charter service to professional ice hockey and basketball teams.

In a letter dated Aug. 11, the U.S. Transportation Department directed Air Canada to cancel all of its season-long sports charters, citing concern about “cabotage,” or the prohibited carriage of passengers or cargo by a foreign airline solely between points in the U.S., according to the lawsuit filed in federal court in Washington.

With the National Hockey League season about to get under way, Air Canada said that the directive has caused “massive confusion and concern” among hockey teams.


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Kessel Takes A Stance

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from Kevin Paul Dupont of Bruins Blog,

Phil Kessel has made it clear that he doesn’t intend to negotiate any longer with the Bruins, his Toronto-based agent in recent days informing the Boston front office that the right winger’s priority instead is to sign a free-agent offer sheet with one of the league’s 29 other teams.

All of which doesn’t necessarily mean that Kessel’s days in the Hub are numbered.

The Bruins, per CBA rules and guidelines, still reserve the right to match any offer sheet Kessel signs, and if they choose to match they are only prohibited from trading Kessel for the first year of his new deal.

‘‘No comment,’’ Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli responded via e-mail early this afternoon when asked about Kessel’s latest stance on negotiations.


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Surgery For Pitkanen

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from Paul Branecky at CarolinaHurricanes.com,

Defenseman Joni Pitkanen is set to undergo a minor knee procedure today to repair torn cartilage in his knee.  The injury will sideline him for approximately 2-4 weeks.

According to Hurricanes’ Head Trainer and Strength and Conditoining Coach Pete Friesen, Pitkanen suffered the injury while doing leg presses in Finland over the summer.  He attempted to skate through the discomfort at the RecZone earlier this week, but a later MRI showed a small tear.


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Hey, How About Some Credit Here!

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from Andrew Stoeten of The Score,

ESPN’s Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun have teamed up this week and churned out the hardest-hitting piece of hockey journalism of late July.

Hockey’s answer to Woodward and Bernstein actually got Alexander Ovechkin to say—on record!—the same exact things he said in a Russian interview about six weeks ago, when he threatened to quit the NHL if the league and IIHF don’t have an agreement in place that would allow its players to play in the 2014 Olympic games in Sochi, Russia. (It’s, in fact, the interview you see below—the one we posted here on July 29th.)

Then they wrote a whole story on it. Blockbuster!!!

Burnside and LeBrun even got some reaction to this old news!


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How Good Is Getzlaf?

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

I covered part of that Anaheim-Detroit series and came away wondering if Getzlaf wasn’t indeed the best center in the Western Conference, a tall statement considering his company (Pavel Datsyuk, Joe Thornton, Henrik Sedin and Jonathan Toews, among others).

His 91 points tied him for sixth in NHL scoring and Getzlaf wants to remain a member of that elite club.

“I hope so, that’s anybody’s goal,” Getzlaf said. “Once you’ve been there, you definitely want to be back. I think the team and the players I play with enables me to do that. That’s about accepting your role, as well. If I’m not up there, then I don’t think I’m doing my job properly. That’s definitely one thing I have to do every year and be consistent with it.”


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Enough Patrick

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from Mike Kiley of Blackhawks Confidential at ChicagoNow,

Patrick Kane just made his first preseason slip-up. It’s time for the Blackhawks bosses who want him to grow up and take responsibility for his actions to tell him for his own good to shut up and stop playing the victim.

One more attempt by Kane to feel sorry for himself will be one too many.

“Actually, this is probably the hardest summer that I’ve ever worked out in my life and people are going to say because of one night that I didn’t work out this summer,” Kane told ESPN.com.

Whaa, whaa, whaa, Charlie Brown. No word yet on whether Kane had opened his ever-useful tear ducts for more sympathy when he said those words.


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Hitchcock Steps Away From Trough Just Long Enough To Talk Some Trash

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Wow.  In a stunning turn of events, Columbus health nut Ken Hitchcock is apparently willing to do more than just babble and shove burgers down his pie hole.  Now, he’s using his mouth in new and creative ways.  Example?

FNG at the Detroit News

“I don’t want to just stay in the (playoff) mix,” Hitchcock told the Columbus Dispatch Wednesday. “I want to go and chase Detroit (atop the Central Division). I’m tired of watching Detroit in first place. I’d like to chase them.

“I mean, somewhere along the line, somebody’s got to make them bleed, and it might as well be us.”

I’m sure his players are thrilled.

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Blame The NHL Owners & League For The Kelly Mess

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from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

People have got this whole story wrong – and I’ve had it up to here (picture me with my hand stretched high above my satellite-sized noggin) with the outrageous amount of player bashing that’s followed Kelly’s dismissal.

I’ve got nothing against Kelly, by far the most humble, progressive and thoroughly decent man ever to hold the PA’s top post. The players may yet come to rue the day they cut him loose.

But how team owners and league brass have evaded any sort of blame for the environment that led to Kelly’s firing is beyond me.


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