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Numminen Suspension All Business

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Buffalo News,

On Friday, Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier defended the suspension, noting it was well within the rules set forth in the collective bargaining agreement.

“There’s a clause explicitly in the contract that states the player must pass the physical and be fit to play,” Regier said. “It’s the collective bargaining agreement, and in no way is it personal to Teppo.

“I had the conversation with Teppo. He understands it’s business. It has a lot of implications on the salary side, on the cap side.”

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Schaefer May Find Himself On The Top Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Boston Globe,

But there are strong indications that Peter Schaefer, who skated with Marc Savard and Martins Karsums in the first session, might be seeing a lot of time with Savard, the Bruins’ leading scorer last season.

Come Oct. 5, Schaefer could be the club’s No. 1 left wing alongside Savard and Glen Murray when the Bruins open the season against Dallas.

“He’s a good guy along the walls,” Savard said of Schaefer. “He can get pucks out, get them to me, and Muzz can set up shop and shoot it.”

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Theodore Wants His Status Back

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from the Rocky Mountain News,

But the Avalanche’s 31-year- old goalie first needs to recover from the arthroscopic knee surgery he underwent Aug. 29 after a magnetic resonance imaging test revealed a problem.

Theodore called the surgery “a minor thing” and said there’s no specific timetable for when he can play in a preseason game. He’s concentrating on rehabilitation while maintaining his conditioning.

“I’m making good progress,” he said. “I’m anxious to put the equipment on.”

After watching Peter Budaj start 39 of the final 46 games last season, Theodore also is eager to prove he’s capable of being an elite goalie again.

“I’m looking forward to regaining the status I had,” he said.

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  Tags: jose+theodore

48 Hours Remain

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

We’re going to close the polls Monday at 2100.  The contest that has fascinated Wing nation for a week, the “replace Fire on Ice with a marketing and pr campaign not designed by 16-year old girls wasted on Boone’s Farm” competition, is nearly over and it’s so close that it’s hard for me to type because I’m so nervous.

Your choices are listed below and the standings are beneath them. I believe, thanks to the subtle reminders of our readers, that they are correct.  But—and I know you will anyway—check my math if you must.  According to my calculations, there’s a three-way tie at the top. Remember: how you vote is critical to the collective happiness of us all.  You’re going to have to look at this thing all year long.  Vote in the comment section of this post.

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Want To Play?- Write The Oilers

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from the blog of Gene Principe at Sportsnet,

You know there are so many ways to get yourself to an NHL camp. You might have been drafted by the team… or traded to them… maybe you signed a contract as a restricted or unrestricted free agent. Adam Huxley was none of the above. He is at Edmonton Oilers camp because he sent them a letter.

Yes a letter… a good old-fashioned pen to paper - or at least fingers to computer way of expressing his wish to go to Oilers camp. He sent it to Kevin Prendergast, the Oilers VP of player personnel, and Prendergast answered the letter with an invite.

continued

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Sens In Need Of Top 6 Forward

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from the Ottawa Sun,

It’s not a case of if the Senators will trade for or sign a top-six forward, but when.

Senators coach John Paddock made that pretty clear yesterday when talking about the line combinations we could see when the Senators hit the ice for the first time in training camp today.

Apart from captain Daniel Alfredsson, Paddock doesn’t see anybody in camp capable of playing alongside Jason Spezza and Dany Heatley and he doesn’t want to have to stack his top line. That lets the opposition load up their defensive assets against them (see: Stanley Cup final, Anaheim).

continued... yes, that Forsberg word is mentioned again…

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Leafs Favor NBA Type Schedule

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from the Toronto Sun,

Although it is not on the agenda for next week’s board of governors meetings in Chicago, Peddie, the president of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd., will arrive in the Windy City looking once again to pursue a format that would see the Leafs face western Canadian teams every year.

“That’s our unofficial plan,” Peddie said last night. “We feel its important. The last time around, I think we were the only team that voted for every proposal that would see us play every team each season.

“We hope to discuss it again. We feel it’s important to get back into a rotation that allowed us to face Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and even Detroit every year.

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Langenbrunner May Be Facing Surgery

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the NY Post,

Langenbrunner, who played each of the Devils’ 93 regular-season and postseason games last season said little after sitting out yesterday’s opening camp workout. Sources, however, claim he tried a rest cure all summer for what the Devils call a “groin” injury, only to have it recur this month.

Surgery appears a real possibility for the 32-year-old, who apparently played for months with the injury last season, stretching his current streak to 144 straight games. Langenbrunner was third on the team with 60 points and 23 goals last season.

more on the Devils…

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Flames Looking For Production From Owen Nolan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Nolan was asked whether he sets goals for himself before the start of a new season.

“I do,” he said, “but I never tell anyone. I know I didn’t achieve them last year. I felt I had an all right season, but nowhere near what I think I can — and should do — this year.”

That assertion has to be music to the Flames’ ears, a team that has been looking for a long time to find a right winger to take some of the scoring pressure off captain Jarome Iginla.

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  Tags: owen+nolan

Training Camp Daily Source

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Forecaster via the Toronto Star,

Team-by-team breakdown of who invited who? Wings, Caps experiment with line combos; Kostitsyn brothers shine; Calder makes nice LA debut; Leafs shelve “mentor” idea; Stoll says cobwebs completely gone; Jordan Staal back at center; and more…

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