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Lilja Improving

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Red Wings defenseman Andreas Lilja isn’t sure if he’ll be ready for the start of training camp Sunday, but he is confident he eventually will be cleared to play again.

Lilja, plagued by headaches and concussion-like symptoms since Feb. 28, said Tuesday he hoped to learn more after having some tests, including an MRI this afternoon.

“I’m a lot more positive,’’ Lilja said. “I’m almost 100 percent sure I’m going to play, it’s just a matter of when.’‘

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Afternoon Line

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Osgood wasn’t among the five goalies invited to the (Canadian Olympic) camp, which seems to say something about the faith Detroit’s brain trust really has in him.

-Wes Goldstein of CBS Sports.  More on the Wings from Wes…

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Finally, The Game Is Back On The Ice

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Enough bids, bankruptcies and other off-ice topics.  The game is close to being back on the ice.

more at my NHL.com submission today…

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The Balsillie Strategy

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from Kelly McParland of Full Comment at the National Post,

Balsillie’s strategy is transparent. He intends to make an offer so enticing that only a true dufus could refuse it. Clearly this is another example of Balsillie’s lack of integrity and unsuitability as an owner of the NHL, which prefers crooks, charlatans and windbags, who have limited understanding of the game and can thus be counted on to treat Bettman like he knows what he’s doing.

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High Expectations For Bogosian

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from Bill Tiller of the Ice Man at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

“He’ll be scary good in a couple of years”…Those are the words of Atlanta Thrashers team captain Ilya Kovalchuk talking about his teammate Zach Bogosian last spring. That’s a fairly powerful assesment given the fact that it comes from a player who’s “scary good” himself.

Indeed Bogey’s 6′-2″, 200 pound frame supplies the “scary” part… especially if you’re a winger caught in his sights for an open-ice check…or a defender who is charged with de-pucking the native of Massena, New York as he smoothly yet powerfully motors his way through center ice.

As for the “good” part…well, that can be classified as an understatement in my book.

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New Coaches - New Challenges

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from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

(Jacques) Lemaire, however, is not likely to find the magic again in New Jersey. The Devils led their division last season before losing in the first round to Carolina, but John Madden and Brian Gionta were lost during the offseason and no replacements of note were added.

You don’t make progress by standing still, leaving Lemaire with a high mountain to climb if the team he inherits is to repeat as division leaders.

My choice as the coach to do the best job is (Brent) Sutter.

The Flames lost Mike Cammalleri to the Canadiens. They will miss Cammalleri’s 39 goals, but the blow will be softened considerably by what Ollie Jokinen, who was acquired at the trading deadline last season, brings to the table.

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What Is Going On With Goalie Mask Art?

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from Colby Cosh of the National Post,

The painted goalie masks of the past were, by and large, bright abstract designs easily legible from the cheap seats. Most of the great, enduring ones were thought up by the father of mask painting, design student/goalie Greg Harrison. The masks from that time are the ones we still revere as canonical: Ken Dryden’s concentric red-and-blue “targets,” Mike Palmateer’s classic Leafs mask, the bicentennial special Ron Low wore with the Caps, Murray Bannerman’s elegant “kabuki” number. When goalies switched to the combined mask-with-caged-visor style of today, things began to get slightly more representational and crude, but some of the best literalist designs of the ‘80s and early ‘90s were still simple and tasteful, executed in a minimalist spirit: Mike Richter’s Lady Liberty, Andy Moog’s Bruins bear.

But now things have gone completely to hell.

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Chiarelli Says Teams Interested In Kessel

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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

“Nothing has really changed,’’ Chiarelli said, noting that at least three clubs have contacted him in recent weeks to try to trade for Kessel, who last season scored 36 goals. “I’d like to have him in the mix, but obviously he’s not . . . and obviously teams are interested.’’

Some four months after his club lost to Carolina in the second round of the playoffs, and with Kessel still unsigned, Chiarelli said he finds himself at what he referred to as a “philosophical impasse’’ in regards to signing his third-year right wing.

“While you like to bring along players of skill and youth and keep them in your organization, I also have to be cognizant of other dynamics,’’ said Chiarelli.

Such as a payroll already at about $55 million. Such as a roster that on July 1 will have top scorer Marc Savard reaching unrestricted free agency and young standouts Milan Lucic and Blake Wheeler reaching the same restricted free agency plateau where Kessel now stands.

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Heatley Prepared To Attend Sens Camp

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The Senators winger confirmed he’ll be in Ottawa later this week in time to participate in the club’s annual golf tournament Friday at Kanata Lakes and take part in medicals Saturday at Scotiabank Place, but his agent, J.P. Barry, told Sun Media he believes there’s still time for a trade.

While Barry isn’t sure if the deal Heatley requested in June from the Senators is going to happen by the weekend, the agent said the disgruntled winger is willing to meet with GM Bryan Murray and coach Cory Clouston before camp opens.

Heatley will also likely have to address the situation with his teammates.

“He’ll do whatever they want him to do and if they want to sit down, that’s fine,” said Barry, who represents Heatley along with Stacey McAlpine. “The situation isn’t any different. He’ll be there when camp opens and he’ll be ready to go. But I want to make clear that there is still time for a deal. This situation isn’t totally in our control.”

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New Contract Expected Soon For Vigneault

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from Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun,

After his team’s playoff demise last May, Vancouver Canuck general manager Mike Gillis expressed his intent to extend the contract of head coach Alain Vigneault.

It’s now September, main training camp opens this weekend and no extension has been announced. But, like Christmas, it’s coming, says Gillis.

“There are a few things left to do but we expect to have a deal done before the season,” the GM said Monday as he watched his prospects skate at UBC before a full house. “Not necessarily before training camp starts [Saturday] but before the season.”

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