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Sid Superstar

from the Maven of MSG Network,

Without having stepped on National Hockey League ice, scoring an NHL goal or taking a penalty, Sidney Crosby already is a remarkable major leaguer. Remarkable, like Wayne Gretzky. Remarkable, like Bobby Orr before him. And, if you like ancient history, remarkable like the supreme center, Jean Beliveau. Like the aforementioned terrific trio, Crosby has gotten more attention before playing in the bigs than 99 percent of those who spent a decade playing NHL hockey.

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Bringing Success Back To Montreal

from Phil Coffey of NHL.com,

When you're the Montreal Canadiens, expectations are always higher. That's the price you pay for being one of the most dominant franchises in sports history, one that has 24 Stanley Cup championship banners hanging from the rafters of the Bell Centre. Scrutiny becomes all the more acute for the Canadiens because they haven't had a victory lap with the Cup since 1992-93 -- an eternity in a city where championships were expected for generations. But Montreal fans can breathe a sigh of relief, because someone who knows just how hard and exhilarating winning in the NHL can be is running the show.
more Also, from NHL.com, Dandenault excited to play in front of the home crowd.

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No Chance to Say Goodbye

from ESPN,

You want another reason that the NHL's lockout was the worst thing to happen to sports since Terrell Owens developed his own line of motivational-speaking tapes? Try this: It just killed nearly a century's worth of hockey greatness. Oh, that's not the company line, at least not exactly. On the surface, most people would probably look at the retirements of Ron Francis, Mark Messier, Scott Stevens and Al MacInnis and say, "Old school. It was time." No argument there -- on the surface. On the surface, these are four hockey dinosaurs coming to a well-earned rest after years of classic service. Between Francis, Messier, Stevens and MacInnis are a dozen Stanley Cup championships, some of the most prolific scoring totals in NHL history and defensive excellence that essentially set the standard for a generation to meet. Good stuff. And yet not one of these four guys felt fully ready to leave the sport. Until the lockout, that is.

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Remaining Free Agents

from the CP via Yahoo,

Remaining National Hockey League free agents (note: some players whose names appear on this list may recently have signed with their respective clubs but contracts have not been filed with the League):

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Fans Coming Back

Reports are the fans are flocking to NHL training camp sites to follow their favorite team Calgary is packing them in and the Wings are skating to a packed house. Now I know the Penguins have sold a good amount of season tickets, but only a couple hundred (at the bottom of the story) attended their most recent scrimmage. I realize some of the arenas are very small and that could be the case in Pittsburgh. I would be interested to see how your team's attendance is for training camp!

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The Four Who Left Their Mark

from John Buccigross of ESPN,

Four future Hall of Famers retired this month. I've had the honor to interview them all throughout the years. Since we have four to talk about, this column will go to overtime this week. We will bring this column back in three years, when this "Big Four" enter the Hockey Hall of Fame together.

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Wings Interested In Samuelsson

The Swedish newspaper Afton Bladet claims the Red Wing are interested in signing Mikael Samuelsson. Partial translation: Samuelsson won't tell which NHL - law as he negotiate with. But under several duties to Sportbladet is Samuelsson close one contract with Detroit Rode Wings. Detroit guidance was asking me for any days sedan about what self feel if Samuelsson and self hara only colour slide that say if Micke , says Second Lily , fresh in Detroit. Detroit Europe scout Håkan Andersson am confirming also Detroit interest. Wes ska had multi performer , the vet self. Sedan have I commend Samuelsson for remember boss and to difference from a part second free agent is he hyfsat young , says Andersson. update 9:17am, Thanks to reader Daniel for a better translation of the article: Sorry Södertälje Samuelsson to the NHL According to information to Sportbladet, Mikael Samuelsson's next address is Detroit Red Wings. "That's correct, something's brewing," he says. Mikael Samulesson's be or not to be in the Elite League has been one long story this year. Now it's about to end. Samuelsson was scheduled to play for Rapperswil in Switzerland this weekend, but now things have started to move for the former Södertälje-player. Samuelsson's stock is rising. Yesterday he decided to break a a new short-time contract with Rapperswil. "Yes, that's correct. Something's brewing. There's no use going down to Switzerland now," says Mikael Samuelsson. Contract with Detroit Samuelsson didn't want to tell us which NHL-team he's negotiating with, but according to information to Sportbladet, he's near a contract with Detroit. "Detroit management asked me the other day what I thought of Samuelsson, and I've only got positive things to say about Micke," says Andreas Lilja, new in Detroit. Detroit's European scout, Håkan Andersson, confirms Detroit's interest. "We need several players, I know that. I've also praised Samuelsson to my bosses och compared to other Free Agents he's still pretty young, " says Andersson. Seven Swedes on the Roster If Samuelsson signs with Detroit, the Red Wings will have seven Swedes this winter: Johan Franzen, Niklas Kronwall, Niklas Lidström, Tomas Holmström, Henrik Zetterberg, Andreas Lilja and Samuelsson

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Bouwmeester Gets Offensive

from the Palm Beach Post,

Jacques Martin played Chris Phillips, a defenseman who was the No. 1 pick in the 1996 draft, extensively at wing early in his career. So when coach Martin had Jay Bouwmeester at forward during parts of the Panthers' scrimmage Thursday, a few eyebrows were raised. Nothing to it, Martin insisted. Just double-shifting a couple of defenseman enough to play four lines. Still, Panthers fans could get used to the idea of seeing Bouwmeester buzzing the net, figuring he has enough speed to recover defensively. Martin admitted he'd like to see it. "You look at teams right now, they check so well, you can create an opportunity when you have a guy like that who can jump up into the attack," said Martin, after the second day of workouts at Incredible Ice.

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Andreychuk Still Driven

from the St. Petersburg Times,

The chase was supposed to be all-consuming. It had crossed borders and decades, it had put up with several almosts and a few not quites. When it finally ended, when Dave Andreychuk was no longer the longest-tenured NHL player without a Stanley Cup, the world discovered something new about his 22-year journey. He hadn't been chasing a dream, after all. Turns out, he'd been living it. The airplanes and buses. The teammates and rivals. The sore joints and aching muscles. The coaches who screamed and the ones who chuckled. And the moments on the ice. Most definitely, the time on the ice.

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Brodeur Upset With NHL Rules

from the NY Times,

Among the National Hockey League's many new rules is one category officially titled, "Restrictions on Goalie Handling the Puck." Unofficially, that section is better known as the Brodeur Rule, a testament to Martin Brodeur, the Devils' goaltender, and his ability to play the puck outside of the crease. Not surprising, Brodeur, 33, does not like the new rule. "You can't be happy, taking away something I've worked on all my life to do and help my teammates and help my defense," said Brodeur, who has guided the Devils to three Stanley Cup championships since 1995. "It's just part of me, playing the puck. So, definitely, you can't be happy. "It's just the fact that the N.H.L. wants to show the talent to their fans and stuff. And I think this is not doing it. I think it goes the other way around. It goes taking away a talent from guys. There's a lot of guys that can't play the puck, and that doesn't affect them."

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