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A few days ago I wrote that I will only post rumors from reputable sources but that did not stop readers from sending emails, inquiring about a rumor yesterday.

I responded to a few of them stating in no uncertain terms not to believe it, it was tossed out there for the purpose of collecting website hits.

As a follow-up via Elliotte Friedman’s Twitter today,

Lou Lamoriello, just now: Reports of trading Brodeur are “not factual, totally untrue.” Has never considered trading Brodeur and never will.

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Hakan Andersson Talks Scouting

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from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,

As the director of European scouting for the Detroit Red Wings, Hakan Andersson certainly racks up plenty of frequent-flyer miles.

He certainly made more than his share of flights to Russia this season in attempt to evaluate prospects sure to be in the cross hairs of NHL scouts and general managers at the NHL Entry Draft, June 25-26, at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

“It’s time consuming and it varies from year to year, but I enjoy it,” Andersson told NHL.com.

Especially when Andersson can unearth that diamond in the rough that has become commonplace for an organization that routinely has drafted in the later stages of each round.


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Canucks Are In Good Shape

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from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

When you start to look around the Western Conference with an eye to sizing up competition for the Canucks next season, you can get yourself feeling pretty good if you’re a diehard Vancouver hockey fan.

The Canucks have most of their core signed — with some obvious issues on defence and the need to get a little bigger and tougher up front.

But with the salary cap expected to go to just a couple of hundred grand under $59 million, if the players do as expected and go for the escalator clause which bumps up the overall number thanks to the Canadian dollar, Vancouver will have considerable money to spend while some of their chief opponents have significant issues.


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Selanne Plans To Play If Ducks Remain Competitive

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via the Helsingin Sanomat,

The 2007 Stanley Cup winner and the all-time points leader in men’s Olympic ice hockey, who has played in the NHL since the 1992-93 season, told the Finnish daily Turun Sanomat that he will quit if the team announces plans to perform a rejuvenation operation and start building a new squad.

Selänne, who turns 40 early next month, said that his continuing with the team is likely “if Anaheim decides that is still wants to win next season and if it wants to keep the team more or less the same.”

Selänne believes that the situation is very similar to that of his fellow countryman Saku Koivu, 35, who is still without a contract. The ball - or the puck - is in the team’s court so to speak.

“Saku, too, is in a situation where he wants to continue to play in a winning team”, Selänne commented about his teammate to the Turku-based newspaper.

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Dekes & Dangles

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Just in case you need some hockey action.

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Flames Talk

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from Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald,

On the unrestricted free agency front, grinding winger Eric Nystrom is due for a healthy raise on his $775,000 U.S. salary.

According to Sutter, Nystrom could prove too expensive for the Flames.

“He fills a role,” Sutter said. “I like Eric Nystrom, but fourth-line players on the first of August are $600,000 players.

“You have to prioritize. If you can get a star by spending that extra $300,000 to $400,000, that’s what you do.”...

The NHL buyout period officially opened Tuesday, and Sutter decline to tip his hand on whether he intends to buy out any players.

“It’s not for public disclosure,” he said. “But obviously, we didn’t do it today.”

much more on the Flames…

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The Real UFA/Trade Talk

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As many of you know, Spector’s Hockey is a must follow this time of year.

Today Lyle has the…

Latest on Tomas Vokoun, Tomas Kaberle, Anton Volchenkov, Peter Mueller, Johan Hedberg & more.

read all about it…

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How Jeff Schultz Led The NHL In Adjusted +/-

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Last season, Jeff Schultz of the Washington Capitals led the NHL with a +50 +/- rating.  This is the highest +/- rating achieved in an NHL season since 2002/03 when Peter Forsberg and Milan Hejduk both went +52.  Naysayers have looked at this number and concluded that there is something wrong with +/-.  In this case, the problem is that +/- does not give them the information that they want it to give them.  It does not give them a realistic ranking of the best players in the NHL.  However, this number gives us a lot of information and shows us that Jeff Schultz did have a very strong year in 2009/10.  He excelled in his role with the Capitals.

The first problem one would bring up about Schultz’s raw +/- number is that he played with the President’s Trophy winning Capitals.  They were the team with the highest team +/- and therefore their players should have the highest +/- ratings as well.  It is argued that Schultz’s +/- is a team effect.  This is partially true.  Hence we try to remove team effects by using adjusted +/-.

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Rockin’ The ACC

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from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

Yet as much as Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd. prides itself on the fan experience, there are nights of church-pew silence where player chatter can be heard all the way up in the purples.

At the start of each period, the lower bowl can look like a ghost town, as the club suite holders tarry in their luxury boxes. The Leafs screen just about everything they can on a fairly new $50-million high def scoreboard/sound system and stage live hijinks around the rink. But with the notable exception of Luke’s Troops, in which Canadian Forces personnel get a heartfelt standing ovation every night, not all their skits and cartoons work.

Brian Burke was hired as general manager to put a winning product on the ice, which everyone knows is half the battle in getting people off their hands. But he’s not afraid to take the ball away from his games operations crew now and then.

He’s often seen with those big General Patton binoculars and on the road, he’s an early arrival in the press box, not only to see the warmups, but curious at what other clubs are doing to hold crowd interest.

“We will get this place rocking again,” Burke promised Tuesday, a day after unveiling captain in Dion Phaneuf and a new/old sweater design that fans had craved.

“We think we have made changes for the better already. It’s easy to create atmosphere once you are in the playoffs and that’s what we’ll be working toward next.”

read on

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Kessel Has Goals On His Mind

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from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star,

On a team historically bereft of big-time scorers, Phil Kessel believes he can achieve what only one Maple Leaf has been able to do in the last 15 seasons.

That’s topping the 40-goal mark.

“I think I can score 40. I could have had it last year if I’d have scored (consistently). I had a lot of chances, plus I missed quite a bit of games,” said the 22-year-old winger as he passed through town for the unveiling of Dion Phaneuf as Toronto’s captain and Tuesday’s opening of Real Sports Bar and Grill, MLSE’s playpen beside the Air Canada Centre.

“I’m going to improve on last year. Hopefully, I’m going to be a better hockey player,” Kessel continued.


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