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Fear The Leafs

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from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,

Toronto, once the epicenter of hockey, has missed the playoffs the past four seasons, including last season’s 81-point debacle. Nobody knows if the near-term future holds a playoff berth for the Leafs, but Burke promises that his team will give its all to return the Original Six franchise to its former glory.

“Our goal is to make the playoffs next year; we’re going to have to make some changes to do it. We’re going to be a different team,” Burke said this summer. “I like a lot of hitting. I like a lot of fighting. We have a passive group. All year long, when a trainer was on the ice—it was always our trainer—that really bothered me.

“It will be a more hostile group in the fall.”

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The Goaltender Teacher

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from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

The new goaltending consultant for the Toronto Maple Leafs says he was never a goaltender. Back when he played hockey, Francois Allaire says the position did not really exist.

Sure, there were players who wore pads strapped to their legs and wore a blocker in one hand and a catching glove on the other. Yes, their objective was to stop shots. But compared to the modern-day goaltender, Allaire and his brethren were as disadvantaged as a forward trying to score with one hand on his stick.

There was no instruction. There was no technique. And the only things that coaches seemed to care about was that the puck stayed out of the net and that the goaltender stayed off his butt.

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Jason Allison Gets A Tryout With The Leafs

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from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

The Toronto Maple Leafs have granted a tryout to veteran forward Jason Allison.

The 34-year-old will attend the Leafs training camp without a contract next month, even though he hasn’t played in the NHL since his 2005-06 season. That season with the Leafs was cut to 66 games after he suffered a hand injury….

“I’m physically and mentally as healthy as I’ve been in five years,” Allison said. “I’m excited and ready to go.

“I had a lot of personal stuff to deal with last year - just getting my life re-organized and dealing with family issues. It’s been a good year for me, even though I didn’t play hockey and people were wondering where I was or what I was doing ... It was important for me to just get feeling good about life.”

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Knee Surgery For Brewer

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ST. LOUIS (August 27, 2009) – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that Blues Captain Eric Brewer underwent successful minor arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.  The surgery was performed today by Dr. Brian Day in Vancouver. 

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Watch A Little Hockey Tonight

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Watch Team Canada’s Red/White scrimmage tonight starting at 7pm MT (9pm ET).

added 8:25pm, My understanding this will be more of a scrimmage than a game.  Some 4 on 4 play and other things will be tossed in too.

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No Doubt About It, Yotes Need A New Lease To Stay In Phoenix

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from the CP via TSN,

If the NHL is successful in buying the Phoenix Coyotes in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, the league plans to quickly engage in talks over a new lease agreement with the city of Glendale.

If no deal is forthcoming, the NHL says it would be forced to turn to a buyer to move the team elsewhere.

“I think we’ve got to get the lease situation resolved or not by the end of this calendar year,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said on Thursday.

No new lease could mean a lame-duck season in Glendale while plans are made to relocate the franchise.

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Trouble In NHLPA Land?

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from Darren Dreger of TSN,

NHLPA executive director Paul Kelly, who has been on the job less than two years, is facing intense scrutiny according to union sources and his status may be challenged when the Players’ Association’s 30-member executive committee convenes Sunday and Monday in Chicago at a regularly scheduled meeting.

Sources tell TSN that NHLPA interim ombudsman, Buzz Hargrove, is expected to make a presentation to the committee identifying concerns within the association about Kelly’s leadership. No details have emerged about the nature of the concerns.

Sources say it’s possible the executive committee could vote to have Kelly removed and, in accordance with the NHLPA constitution, could do so without consent from the full membership of NHL players.

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Nike Hockey Commercial

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Canadian content.  Do you think we will see a USA version?

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Dennis Hextall May Be The Next IHL Commish

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from Justin A. Cohn of the Journal Gazette,

Dennis Hextall, who played in the NHL for 13 seasons, has been offered the post as commissioner of the International Hockey League, he and a league source confirmed Thursday afternoon.

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Kovalev Leaves Door Open For Return To Montreal

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from Barry Riz of TSN,

The former Montreal Canadiens forward - who signed a two-year, $10 million deal with the Ottawa Senators as a free agent this summer - told reporters on Thursday that he would like to finish his career in Montreal.

“I was disappointed, I thought for sure I’d be staying here,” said Kovalev at his charity golf tournament in Montreal. “I couldn’t really understand what had just happened. In the end, I took it from a business point of view. You had a chance to stay here, and you didn’t, so you just go and do the job somewhere else. But maybe somewhere in the future I’ll be back again, and get the same support.”

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