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 Posted: Fri Sep 6th, 2013 04:30 am
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It's a good day to be an Oiler fan.  It's too bad Burke and Lowe buried the hatchet (although it was requested by Burke's son who passed away) or there would be some good barn dueling up and down the QEII.



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Cory17 wrote:
It's a good day to be an Oiler fan.  It's too bad Burke and Lowe buried the hatchet (although it was requested by Burke's son who passed away) or there would be some good barn dueling up and down the QEII.


As long the Oilers can play some D and the Goalies play well, I see no reason on why They can't finally make a playoff spot. I might go see Them when They come to Philly.



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Burke is the perfect hire for Calgary, his antics will distract evryone from the fact that Calgary is poised to be really, really bad for a couple of years.

....and Burke or not, Feaster should be gone anyway. He's awful.



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Burke has even less in Calgary to work with than he did in Toronto.  Like Khawk said, he should at least be a decent enough at distracting from how terrible this team is going to be.



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http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/09/10/flyers-gm-holmgren-cleary-has-no-promises-for-contract/

Flyers GM Holmgren: Cleary has ‘no promises’ for contract

Mike Halford

Sep 10, 2013, 11:55 AM EDT

Despite reports to the contrary, the Flyers say Dan Cleary has no guaranteed deal in place.

That’s what GM Paul Holmgren told the Philadelphia Inquirer on Tuesday, saying “there are no promises” for a Cleary contract — this despite Monday’s report claiming the Flyers will sign the 34-year-old to a three-year, $8.25 million deal.

Holmgren said Cleary is only in Philadelphia on a professional try out (PTO) for training camp, which will begin on Sept. 12 at Wells Fargo Center.

It’s possible Holmgren is toeing the line with regards to tampering/cap circumvention.

The Flyers are currently over the cap and won’t be able to officially sign Cleary until Chris Pronger goes on long-term injured reserve — so while there might be a “handshake deal” in place, Holmgren isn’t going to go public with such details.

Cleary, who has spent the last eight years in Detroit, turned down an offer from the Wings to head to their training camp on a PTO.

He cited the need for stability (and the fact he’d already been offered guaranteed deals), adding the only reason he waited so long to join another club was because he wanted to remain in Detroit.

UPDATE: Here’s the official word on Cleary’s status, from the Flyers website…

Cleary signed a PTO with the Flyers Tuesday and will be in camp with the team Thursday. This likely means the Flyers will not bring Simon Gagne to camp on a tryout.

If the Flyers want to sign Cleary – or Gill for that matter – they’ll have to clear some cap space first, which could be on Sept. 30, when Chris Pronger is oficially moved to the long-term injury list and his money comes off the salary cap.



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http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/09/10/chicago-has-six-guys-going-for-a-couple-spots-says-gm-bowman/

Chicago has ‘six guys going for a couple spots,’ says GM Bowman

Mike Halford

Sep 10, 2013, 12:44 PM EDT

The reigning Stanley Cup champions are returning a majority of the team that won it all in June.

That means roster spots for the 2013-14 season are sparse — just ask GM Stan Bowman.

“We’ve got probably six guys going for a couple spots, and may the best men get it,” Bowman told the Chicago Daily Herald. “We have a pretty consistent roster from last year, although there are some spots at forward that are open.”

A quick recap of who came and left Chicago this offseason…

INS: Nikolai Khabibulin, Mike Kostka, Theo Peckham, Brad Winchester

OUTS: Ray Emery, David Bolland, Michael Frolik, Viktor Stalberg, Dan Carcillo

The ‘Hawks also re-upped with Niklas Hjalmarsson, Corey Crawford, Marcus Kruger, Michal Rozsival, Michal Handzus and Nick Leddy, ensuring a large core of role players from last year’s squad remained in place.

So…who’s in line for a job at forward?

Kyle Beach, the 11th overall pick in 2008, could finally be ready to make the leap. The 23-year-old power forward scored 16 goals with AHL Rockford last year (leading the team with 204 PIM) and could replace some of the sandpaper lost in the Bolland/Carcillo departures.

Another leading candidate for a job is 21-year-old Brandon Pirri, the club’s second-round pick at the ’09 Draft. Pirri led AHL Rockford in scoring last season (75 points in 76 games) and has seven games of NHL experience under his belt.

Speaking of NHL experience, the likes of Jimmy Hayes (41 gmaes), Ben Smith (20) and Jeremy Morin (15) should also make a push for a job.

On defense, there are fewer opportunities available. Hjalmarsson, Leddy, Rozsival, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Johnny Oduya are entrenched as the top six.

Kostka, Peckham and Sheldon Brookbank have the most NHL experience in terms of depth guys, but one to keep an eye on is 20-year-old Adam Clendening, the club’s second-round pick from 2011.

He led all Rockford d-men in scoring last year, with 46 points.



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http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/09/10/gaborik-abdominal-surgery-healthy-ready-for-columbus-camp/

Gaborik (abdominal surgery) healthy, ready for Columbus camp

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Sep 10, 2013, 1:01 PM EDT

Marian Gaborik is good to go.

That was the word out of Columbus on Tuesday, as GM Jarmo Kekalainen and president John Davidson said their big trade deadline acquisition was fully recovered from offseason abdominal surgery.

Gaborik, 31, underwent the procedure in early May and had an estimated recovery period of one month.

“Marian experienced some soreness towards the end of the season and after undergoing his exit physical and further examination today, it was decided that surgery is the best option for a quick and full recovery,” Davidson said at the time.

The procedure forced Gaborik to skip playing for Slovakia at the IIHF World Championships.

The decision to undergo surgery immediately following the ’13 campaign was an important one for both sides.

For Columbus, it meant Gaborik would be fully ready to start the year and embrace a full season in Ohio. Last year, he sparked the team upon his arrival, scoring eight points in 12 games as the Jackets went 9-3-0 with him in the lineup.

For Gaborik, this is a contract year. His five-year, $37.5 million deal expires at season’s end and he’ll need a stellar campaign to net anything close to the $7.5 million he’s earning annually right now.

UPDATE

The Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline reports Columbus and Gaborik have had no discussions about a contract extension yet, but Kekalainen did say talks will likely commence at some point this season.



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http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/09/10/report-panthers-offer-thomas-tryout/

Report: Panthers offer Thomas tryout

Jason Brough

Sep 10, 2013, 4:20 PM EDT

Following up on the earlier report that Tim Thomas is close to picking a team with which to sign, TSN’s Bob McKenzie tweets that the Florida Panthers have offered the 39-year-old goalie a tryout.

Goaltending was a major problem last year for the Panthers, who finished with the worst record in the NHL.

As it stands, Jacob Markstrom and Scott Clemmensen (who just had knee surgery, by the way) are slated to share duties in Florida. The former, just 23 years old, is supposed to be the future in Florida; however, he still has much to prove after a so-so 2013 season in which his save percentage finished at .901.

Thomas, according to his agent, wants to be a starter on the team he joins. Would he get that opportunity with the Panthers, or are they committed to Markstrom as their number one for 2013-14?

At the very least, we know that Florida is intrigued at the possibility of adding the two-time Vezina Trophy winner.

Projected starter G Marktrom told me today that he's going into TC same as always to earn a roster spot. Good attitude. #FlaPanthers—
Harvey Fialkov (@hfialkov) September 10, 2013


Also, this:

With Clemmensen out for 3 weeks, Panthers offered a PTO to Jose Théodore today. Théodore rejected the offer. He's waiting for a contract.—
Renaud Lavoie (@LavoieRenaud) September 10, 2013



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Carolina Blue: Pitkanen (heel) to miss entire season

Mike Halford

Sep 11, 2013, 2:29 PM EDT

The Carolina Hurricanes were dealt a major blow on Tuesday as GM Jim Rutherford announced defenseman Joni Pitkanen would miss the 2013-14 season with a broken left calcaneus (heel) bone suffered last season on an icing crash against Washington.

Pitkanen, 29, recently underwent a CT scan on the heel to see how he was recovering. The injury was extremely severe — Pitkanen reportedly broke his heel in eight different places — and was similar to the one ex-Washington forward Pat Peake suffered in 1996, one that all but ended his career.

Here’s more, from the Washington Times:

Peake played just five more games after his heel bone broke in 14 places and twisted. Pitkanen’s broke in eight places but didn’t move, Peake said. That’s considered a positive.

“Your heel bone, the best way to describe it is like an egg. So if you give it a good flick or a thump, it just kind of splinters and cracks like that,” Peake said. “And it just goes right around the whole way. That’s exactly what happened to his. It’s such an odd injury.”

Peake said it’s an injury common to construction workers who fall from two or three stories and people in car accidents who slam on the brakes. In hockey, Peake was the prime example before Pitkanen.


Pitkanen was a valuable member of the ‘Canes blueline. Prior to injury-plagued 2012-13 and 2011-12 seasons, he put up 81 points in 143 games between 2009-11, averaging close to 26 minutes per night.

What’s more, the Finnish rearguard is in the final year of his three-year, $13.5 million deal. He’s set to become a UFA at season’s end and will be facing an uphill struggle to find work, considering he’s only played sporadically over the last three seasons.

And, just to add further insult to injury, the heel break will keep Pitkanen from representing Finland at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. He was one of the 16 defensemen named to the evaluation camp roster in July.



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TORONTO -- Nazem Kadri signed a two-year, $5.8 million deal, ending contract talks between the restricted free-agent center and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Kadri had 18 goals and 26 assists in 48 games during the lockout-shortened 2013 season.

The 22-year-old wanted a long-term contract from the Maple Leafs. Instead, Kadri and Toronto agreed to a so-called "bridge" deal that gives him another two years to prove his value.

The Montreal Canadiens' P.K. Subban missed the start of last season while trying to get a longer deal, but eventually settled for two years and $5.75 million. Subban won the Norris Trophy as the league's top defenseman.

Kadri's cap hit of $2.9 million will be higher than Subban's $2.875 million.

The Kadri signing leaves one major question for the Maple Leafs: the status of restricted free-agent defenseman Cody Franson, who remained unsigned as of Tuesday night. The 26-year-old Franson had four goals and 25 assists last season.

Training camp for the Leafs begins Wednesday.

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ARLINGTON, Va. -- Alex Ovechkin's balancing act between the Washington Capitals and the Olympics in Russia could get a whirlwind test in a few weeks.

Russia would like to have Ovechkin carry the torch after it is lit in Greece on Sept. 29. That would be a tight fit -- because it's only two days before the Capitals open the regular season at Chicago.

"We just have to find a plane," Ovechkin said Tuesday.

Ovechkin said his agent is working with the organizers of the Sochi Games to figure out the logistics. He joked he could "take some medicine" to sleep while he flies back and forth across the Atlantic. It helps that the Capitals aren't scheduled to practice on Sept. 29, but he'll want to be back in time join his teammates on the ice the next day for their final skate before traveling to Chicago.

"It's a huge honor for me," Ovechkin said. "I'm very proud the Russian federation asked me to do that. ... It's only a once in your life opportunity to carry the torch and represent your country."

The Sochi Olympics have stoked a passion in Ovechkin -- he has said he would have played in them even if the NHL hadn't worked out a deal to interrupt the season -- but he was diplomatic about his dual goals as he reunited with his Capitals teammates ahead of Thursday's opening of training camp. He wants to win the first Olympic title for Russian players since a "Unified Team" of former Soviet republics took gold in Albertville in 1992, and he wants to win a Stanley Cup with Washington after several seasons of early-round flameouts in the playoffs.

Ovechkin said the Olympics are "huge," but he stressed that the Capitals are important as well. As far as trying to peak for both events -- Olympics in February and NHL playoffs starting in April -- he said he'll have to be smart and listen to his coaches and trainer.

There's been speculation whether Ovechkin would return to Russia for good to play for Dynamo Moscow in the Kontinental Hockey League. Countryman Ilya Kovalchuk stunned the NHL in July when he left $77 million on his New Jersey Devils contract to go to the KHL. Ovechkin would make a similar financial hit: His 13-year, $124 million contract with the Capitals runs through 2021.

"The answer is, like, I'm here, I have a contract," Ovechkin said. "It was very enjoyable to hear president of Dynamo and GM wants me to sign, and be honest with you, I love Dynamo, it's my first team and I play (there) when it was (NHL) lockout. But I have a contract. So I have to play here and I respect my teammates, I respect my fans, and all that kind of stuff. That's about it."

Ovechkin said he's recovered from the hairline fracture in his left foot, suffered when he blocked a shot in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the New York Rangers. He played in Game 7 the next night and represented Russia for one game at the world championship before the injury was diagnosed.

He's also looking forward to a full season under Capitals coach Adam Oates, who rallied the club to a playoff berth after a horrific start in a lockout-shortened campaign.

"Last year we have only like a half-season," Ovechkin said. "And you could see the success we have at the end."

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The Chicago Blackhawks announced a two-year contract extension for general manager Stan Bowman on Wednesday.

Bowman's contract will run through the 2017-18 season. The 40-year-old Bowman, who is the NHL's youngest general manager, is entering his 13th season with the Blackhawks and was promoted to GM on July 14, 2009. The Blackhawks have won two Stanley Cups under his direction.


"Stan has been an integral part of our organizational success and we are proud to reward him with a well-deserved extension," Blackhawks president and CEO John McDonough said in a statement. "From the amateur levels to our team in Chicago, Stan has a great system in place as we all strive for consistent excellence throughout the organization."

The Blackhawks won the 2009-10 Stanley Cup in Bowman's first season as general manager. Because of salary cap restraints, Bowman had to dismantle a bulk of the team the following season. After back-to-back first-round playoff exits and a number of roster moves, the Blackhawks won the 2013 Presidents' Trophy and defeated the Boston Bruins in six games to clinch their second Stanley Cup in four years.

"Hockey-wise, this is a very exciting time to be part of the Blackhawks organization," Bowman said at the University of Notre Dame on the first day of training camp on Wednesday. "We had a tremendous season last year culminating with the ultimate victory. We had a lot of time this summer to enjoy that. As John [McDonough] and I have talked and we've talked to the coaching staff, that was a great moment for our organization, but it's time to close that book and start a new one. That's sort of why we're here. This is the first chapter of the new book for the Blackhawks, and we're excited for what's to come.

"I'm not going really good at defining what dynasty is; I guess I'll leave that for you guys to do. But I think we're striving to be a team that is competing for the Cup every year. We want to sustain this level of success not just for this year or next season, but for a number of seasons. Ultimately, time will tell. Like John [McDonough] said, we're just getting started here. I don't feel any sense of contentment of where we're at. Complacency is not a word that's going to be associated with the Blackhawks."

Bowman has been responsible for drafting current Blackhawks forwards Andrew Shaw and Brandon Saad and re-signing Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, Corey Crawford, Bryan Bickell, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Niklas Hjalmarsson.

Bowman previously announced this summer multiyear extensions for coach Joel Quenneville, Bickell, Crawford and Hjalmarsson. He also recently said he planned on Kane and Toews being Blackhawks forever.

Bowman is the son of former NHL coach Scotty Bowman, who had 1,244 career wins and has been part of 13 Stanley Cup championships. Scotty is a Blackhawks hockey operations senior adviser.

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Vancouver Canucks[size= forward]David Booth[size= isn't ready to hit the ice at training camp.]

The 28-year-old veteran is still sidelined by an ankle injury he sustained last season, and general manager Mike Gillis said Wednesday that Booth hasn't been cleared to play.

Booth is one of the Canucks' highest-paid players at $4.2 million per season. He was limited to 12 games last season because of injuries after the NHL lockout ended.

The Detroit native scored just one goal -- into an empty net -- and had two assists.









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GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- New York Rangers center Derek Stepan, an unsigned restricted free agent, missed his second straight day of training camp Thursday, and a resolution to his contract situation does not appear imminent.

Rangers general manager Glen Sather said he has been in constant communication with Stepan's camp but that there is nothing to report.

Sather said Stepan has to understand the parameters and limitations that come with the salary cap in the new collective bargaining agreement.  As of now, Sather said Stepan seems open to the team's standard two-year "bridge deal" but that the sides remain "too far apart" on dollars to make a deal.

Is Sather confident the dispute will be resolved quickly?

"I hope so," he told ESPNNewYork.com. "[He's] a good player, but you've got to be careful. You don't want to miss too much time here."
Thursday was the first day of on-ice sessions for the Rangers in training camp, providing new coach Alain Vigneault the first real glimpse of the team.

Asked about the impact of Stepan missing ice time on the Rangers' preparations, Vigneault said: "I work with the guys that are here. He's not here. That's it."

The Rangers' first preseason game is Monday against the New Jersey Devils
Good friend and teammate Ryan McDonagh said he has been speaking with Stepan (who led the Rangers in scoring with 44 points last season) and has told him to stay positive. McDonagh said he's confident the situation will be resolved and the team will embrace the 23-year-old center with "open arms."

Stepan's absence will create an opportunity for other players down the middle. Vigneault said that 21-year-old center Oscar Lindberg caught management's eye with a strong performance in the recent Traverse City prospects tournament.

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