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         Anaheim Ducks                                                                    Websites
576826   Report: Selanne won’t play beyond 2011-12                               576861   NBCSports.com / Another dire Sidney Crosby recovery
                                                                                          report, another denial by his agent, and why everyone shou
         Calgary Flames                                                          576862   NBCSports.com / So much for a lack of whimsical Alex
576827   Duane Sutter lands job as pro scout with Oilers                                  Ovechkin commercials
                                                                                 576863   Sportsnet.ca /Burning pre-season questions
         Carolina Hurricanes
576828   'Camp Rosey' has Canes back on the ice                                           Winnipeg Jets
576829   Canes set training camp schedule                                        576857   Mason thrilled with move, mask
                                                                                 576858   Up close and personal with... Zach Bogosian
         Chicago Blackhawks                                                      576859   Jets deny jersey leak
576830   In peak condition, Bolland primed for 'big year'                        576860   Mason first Jet to land
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         Detroit Red Wings
576831   WXYT-AM (1270) to switch out sports for conservative-
         leaning talk
576832   High expectations for Red Wings newcomer Ian White

         Edmonton Oilers
576833   Edmonton Oilers hire Duane Sutter as a scout
576834   No training camp invite for Oilers free-agent Strudwick
576835   Oilers add a Sutter to staff

         Los Angeles Kings
576836   Moreau gets physical (and passes)

         New Jersey Devils
576837   Devils sign 12 players to contracts before training camp

         NHL
576838   Mystery shrouds Crosby's future
576839   Sidney Crosby's return not worth the risk of further injury
576840   Scatchard the latest casualty in NHL's Concussion Era

         Ottawa Senators
576841   Sportsnet has 52 Senators games

         Pittsburgh Penguins
576842   Second kids game a-go for Pens
576843   Penguins' Adams undergoes successful surgery
576844   Penguins preseason tickets to go on sale
576845   Internet reports on Crosby's health irk agent
576846   Agent calls report on Crosby's readiness premature
576847   Penguins preseason tickets on sale Wednesday
576848   Penguins Adams has appendectomy

         St Louis Blues
576849   Blues say they have received 'multiple bids' for club
576850   Deadline day nets multiple offers for Blues

         Tampa Bay Lightning
576851   The Steve Miller Band to perform at Lightning fan kickoff

         Vancouver Canucks
576852   Canucks' Ryan Kesler: 'Small victories here and there' in hip
         surgery recovery
576853   Rypien's legacy to help those struggling with depression
576854   Kurtenblog: Canucks at a glance this week

         Washington Capitals
576855   Two D.C. head coaches at Redskins’ practice
576856   Boudreau visits Shanahan, Redskins camp
576826     Anaheim Ducks


Report: Selanne won’t play beyond 2011-12


posted by Eric Stephens,


Teemu Selanne has made an announcement on his future plans. Sort of.
Possibly. Maybe.
The Ducks have awaited a definitive answer from their winger on whether
he’ll play in 2011-12 but Selanne has put off stating clearly what he’ll do as
he continually tests his left knee on the ice back in Finland to see if it will
hold up for one more season.
All signs point to him willing to again go through the long grind one last time
and the coming season would be his last, at least according to this MTV3
report from Finland.
Mind you, the report is in Selanne’s native tongue and the best Ducks Blog
can do at the moment is decipher it through Google’s translate function,
which paraphrases the winger as saying that he knows the knee can’t
withstand another year beyond this season.
We do know that Selanne and his family are due to return to Southern
California within the next week in order to get settled back in their Coto de
Caza home and prepare their children for school. It is presumed that he’ll
find his way out to Anaheim Ice at some point to see how the knee is
progressing after more hard skates.
At last check, Selanne is expected to make his announcement sometime
next month. Until he is back in the area and ready to end the speculation on
the future once and for all, we’re left with these morsels that he’s given to
the Finnish media that’s followed him around this summer.
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576827     Calgary Flames


Duane Sutter lands job as pro scout with Oilers


Postmedia News


A Sutter has gone to the dark side. Well, sort of.
Duane Sutter, Calgary Flames' director of player personnel 2008-2011, has
joined the pro scouting staff of the Edmonton Oilers.
The Flames allowed Sutter's contract to run out this summer.
"We are absolutely thrilled to be adding someone of Duane's calibre to our
scouting staff," said Oilers GM Steve Tambellini. "Duane brings a vast
knowledge of the game and will complement our staff very well."
Before joining the Flames, the Viking native was head coach of the Florida
Panthers from 2000-02. Sutter was also an assistant coach with Florida
from 1996-98 and 2002-03 and then served roles in player development
and pro scouting from 2003-08.
Sutter, one of six brothers to play in the NHL, appeared in 731 career
games with 139 goals, 203 assists and 1,333 penalty minutes. One of his
brothers, Brent, is head coach of the Flames.
Selected by the New York Islanders in the first round (17th overall) of the
1979 entry draft, Sutter won four Stanley Cups with the organization. He
rounded out his career in Chicago, spending three seasons with the
Blackhawks.
Calgary Herald: LOADED: 08.23.2011
576828      Carolina Hurricanes


'Camp Rosey' has Canes back on the ice


By Chip Alexander -


It's clearly time for a new name. How about Camp Rosey?
For years, Rod Brind'Amour was the man in charge of the Canes' informal
workouts before the team's preseason training camp began. The former
captain was a taskmaster and "Camp Brind'Amour" became the name of
the workouts.
Brind'Amour now is an assistant coach on Paul Maurice's staff. Gone also
are such veterans as Erik Cole and Joe Corvo. Today, when the workout
began at Raleigh Center Ice, it was Chad LaRose doing most of the
organizing and LaRose's voice being heard the most.
"You need to be a little bit of a voice, so there's a little direction out there,"
LaRose said. "Day One, here we go."
But LaRose didn't go it alone. Goaltenders Cam Ward and Brian Boucher
also were on the ice.
"They're a big part of our team, and I wanted to make sure this was their
first time on the ice and get them going and do some drills they wanted to
do, so they could get some shots," LaRose said.
Also on the ice Monday were Patrick Dwyer, Jamie McBain, Jiri Tlusty, Zac
Dalpe, Justin Faulk and Jon Matsumoto. Anthony Stewart arrived just after
the workout and should join the group Tuesday.
Having missed the playoffs for the second straight year, the Canes again
had an extended summer. It's not what anyone wanted, but the loss to the
Tampa Bay Lightning in the final regular-season game kept them out of the
playoffs.
"If you were like me, you went home with a sour taste in your mouth and
you wanted to get back as soon as possible," Dwyer said.
Training camp begins Sept. 16 with player physicals, and the first on-ice
work will be Sept. 17 at the RBC Center. The first exhibition game is Sept.
19 at Buffalo.
"I know we're going to have a good team and I know through training camp
(Maurice) is going to get us going and it's going to be an exciting time,"
LaRose said.
News Observer LOADED: 08.23.2011
576829     Carolina Hurricanes


Canes set training camp schedule


By Chip Alexander


The Hurricanes will open training camp with player physicals Sept. 16, and
then hit the ice for their first official practices at the RBC Center on Sept. 17,
beginning at 8:30 a.m.
But some of the Canes already were on the ice today for workouts prior to
the official start of training camp.
The Canes travel to Buffalo for their first exhibition game on Monday, Sept.
19.
On Sunday, Sept. 18, the team will host its annual Caniac Carnival at the
RBC Center, the season kick-off event, beginning at 9 a.m. The team also
will hold a Red-White scrimmage at noon.
Training camp concludes with a practice at the RBC Center on Oct. 5. The
team opens its 2011-12 regular season against the Tampa Bay Lightning
on Friday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. at the RBC Center.
All training camp practices are open to the public. For more information,
check out the camp schedule.
News Observer LOADED: 08.23.2011
576830      Chicago Blackhawks


In peak condition, Bolland primed for 'big year'


By Tracey Myers


MEDINAH, IL -- Dave Bolland has had enough of this offseason stuff.
“I’ve been in the gym too long,” said Bolland, who played in the Blackhawks
alumni golf outing on Monday. “I just want to get back on the ice and get to
work now.”
Bolland’s done plenty of gym work already. But for the grinding center who
was once again an impact player after missing a month from a concussion,
summer’s end can’t come soon enough. Bolland is ready for hockey. Now.
But if nothing else, Bolland is one more Blackhawks player who should
return healthier than ever this fall. He missed half of March and April with
that concussion, and the Blackhawks missed him right back. Now with that
and previous back problems gone, Bolland’s ready to get back at what he
does best: centering the checking line and annoying anyone not in a
Blackhawks uniform.
“Dave’s very valuable. He’s so crucial allowing other players to do what
they do best and it’s hard to find a guy willing to embrace that role,” general
manager Stan Bowman said. “Having him ready for a big year, it’s going to
be good. He’s had a good summer to get himself in top shape and he looks
great.”
Bolland has spent a bulk of his summer in Chicago; he loves the city,
especially this time of year. And he’s spent a good chunk of that time in the
gym working with strength and conditioning coach Paul Goodman, who’s
been running him ragged.
“By the time we get out of there, I’m lying on the couch for a few hours,” he
said. “(Jonathan Toews) was in there a week or two, (Patrick Sharp) too.
But most of the time it’s just me and Paulie one on one, so it’s even worse.”
So you can understand why he’s ready to take his angst out on the ice. And
speaking of angst, Bolland’s happy that Daniel Carcillo is joining the team
this year, giving the Blackhawks another guy who loves being a pain in the
butt to everyone else.
“I think I like (Carcillo’s signing),” Bolland said. “He’s a great fighter; but with
his speed when he gets on the forecheck he’ll help us. When you go
against some top players, you want to grind them down. That’s the one
thing that’ll help us. A little extra agitation will help.”
Bolland’s done his share of that these past few seasons. He’s ready to do
that again – and is welcoming the new help.
Kane on schedule
Patrick Kane is “doing great, right on schedule” after having left wrist
surgery last month, Bowman said on Monday. Bowman said they’ll check
on Kane as training camp nears, but so far so good.
“He’s feeling good and he’s still able to do a lot of the cardio-type stuff,”
Bowman said. “He’s staying in shape; he’s excited.”
Mikita feeling good
Blackhawks legend Stan Mikita said he’s feeling good as he continues
treatments for Stage 1 oral cancer, which he was diagnosed with in May.
“I will know in about 10 days how my recovery is when I go to the doctor.
I’m looking for some good comments from him,” said Mikita, whose lost
some weight but nevertheless looked good at Monday’s golf event.
“My wife gets me up at 3 in the morning (and says) ‘You gotta eat!’ She’s
the greatest in the world to put up with what she has.”
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576831    Detroit Red Wings


WXYT-AM (1270) to switch out sports for conservative-leaning talk


By B.J. HAMMERSTEIN


WXYT-AM (1270) is launching a revamped news-talk format on Sept. 12,
representatives announced today.
The lineup will include Charlie Langton, the colorful lawyer-commentator
who’s become a fixture on shows like “The Edge” on WJBK-TV (Fox 2) as
morning host, followed by a string of syndicated commentators, including
well-known conservative voices Glenn Beck and Laura Ingraham.
Metro Detroiters accustomed to having their sports talk and game play-by-
play simulcast on both WXYT-FM (97.1, the Ticket) and WXYT-AM (1270)
will hear the sports content and games broadcast exclusively on the FM dial
after the format change is complete.
However, the AM station will pick up overflow games, such as when two
local teams are playing at the same time.
The new Talk Radio 1270 WXYT’s weekday lineup will include: Langton’s
new radio show (6-9 a.m.), Beck (9 a.m.-noon), Ingraham (noon-3 p.m.),
Todd Schnitt (3-6 p.m.), Jason Lewis (6-9 p.m.), and Rusty Humphries (9
p.m.-12 a.m.). Schnitt, Lewis and Humphries are all conservative-leaning
syndicated talkers.
A variety of home improvement programming will be featured on the
weekends, including Adam Helfman. More programming developments will
be announced at a later date.
Check back to freep.com as the story develops.
Detroit Free Press LOADED: 08.23.2011
576832     Detroit Red Wings


High expectations for Red Wings newcomer Ian White


FREE PRESS STAFF AND NEWS SERVICES


A new season brings new faces for the Red Wings. And new expectations.
NHL.com columnist John Kreiser thinks the role of newcomer Ian White will
be particularly important for the Wings.
Kreiser recently named 10 players being counted on to make a major
impact in their new homes, and the defenseman made the list.
Here's what Kreiser wrote:
"The Wings took a hit when defenseman Brian Rafalski, one of the NHL's
most underrated players, unexpectedly announced that he was going to
retire with one year still left on his contract. Detroit GM Ken Holland got a
good look at White during the Wings' second-round loss to San Jose and
was impressed enough to sign him to a two-year deal. White doesn't have
the three Cups on his résumé that Rafalski did, but the Wings are expecting
him to be able to step in and serve as a second offensive defenseman
behind Nicklas Lidstrom."
Detroit Free Press LOADED: 08.23.2011
576833     Edmonton Oilers


Edmonton Oilers hire Duane Sutter as a scout


By Jim Matheson,


EDMONTON - Duane Sutter's hockey career has taken him all over North
America.
Now he's landed in Edmonton, a 1-1/2-hour drive from Viking, where he and
five of his brothers honed the skills that took them to the NHL.
"Never been a Sutter working for the Oilers, although Brian was drafted by
them ... in 1977 (World Hockey Association), I think," said Duane, the
former Calgary Flames director of player personnel who signed with the
Edmonton Oilers as a pro scout on Monday.
"There was always the huge rivalry between the Islanders and the Oilers (in
the early 1980s) and the twins (brothers Ron and Rich) also played for
Philly ... it's just the way it's been," Duane said about why a Sutter hasn't
previously hooked up with the Oilers.
Two of Duane's brothers remain with the Flames - Brent is head coach and
Ron is director of player development. Darryl used to be Calgary's GM, and
Brian coached the Flames for three years, too.
"It won't seem odd working for Edmonton now with Brent and Ron in
Calgary. We played against each other. No different now," said Duane.
Sutter, 51, will work under Morey Gare, whose staff includes Michael
Abbamont, Chris Chihocki and Dave Semenko.
As a player, Sutter was a hard-nosed winger who played on four New York
Islanders' Stanley Cup-winning teams, including one with current Oilers
general manager Steve Tambellini. The Cup streak was snapped in 1984
by the Wayne Gretzky-led Oilers.
"Tamby and I were on the same line for quite a bit. He taught me how to
cook. Nah, just kidding. We did live together for a year-and-a-half, though,"
said Duane, who had four or five NHL offers, but picked the Oilers because
he lives in Calgary and likes the direction the Edmonton organization is
taking with its young players.
"Absolutely thrilled to add somebody of Duane's calibre to our organization,"
said Tambellini. "Duane brings a vast knowledge of the game and will
complement our staff very well."
Sutter, a first-round draft pick of the Islanders in 1979, rounded out his
playing career in Chicago spending three seasons with the Blackhawks.
In total he played 731 NHL games, scoring 139 goals and 203 assists. He
also racked up 1,333 penalty minutes.
Duane's three-year stint with the Flames included managing their pro
scouting staff and hockey operations for the Abbotsford Heat, Calgary's
American Hockey League affiliate.
He came to Calgary after more than a decade with the Florida Panthers
staff, starting as an assistant coach in 1996 and holding the head coaching
job in Florida from 2000-02.
"It is funny how it turns out. (Oilers president) Kevin Lowe and I were
drafted in the same year (1979) and our sons, Brody and Keegan, were
both drafted by Carolina (Hurricanes). Who would have thunk it," said
Sutter.
Edmonton Journal: LOADED: 08.23.2011
576834      Edmonton Oilers


No training camp invite for Oilers free-agent Strudwick


By Jim Matheson,


EDMONTON - Free-agent Edmonton Oilers defenceman Jason Strudwick
has no playing offers, but he is staying in shape in case his phone rings.
Strudwick, 36, is skating at Perry Pearn's annual three-on-three camp. No
teams have offered him a contract and there's been no training camp invite.
"I'd still like to play, but if I don't, well, I can live with that. I don't know if I'd
want to go a camp for two or three weeks (on a tryout) and then, say, get
cut," said Strudwick, who is busy with his family.
He and wife, Schoena, adopted a boy several months ago and his wife is
expecting any day now.
Moreau passes physical
Former Oilers captain Ethan Moreau passed his physical in Los Angeles on
Monday, clearing the way for his one-year, $600,000 US free-agent deal
with the Kings.
Moreau, who turns 36 in a month, has been bothered by several injuries
(shoulders, broken bones) in three of the last five seasons. He played just
39 games last season for the Columbus Blue Jackets due to a broken right
hand, and a rib injury.
It's expected Moreau will be a fourth-line left-winger for the Kings. His name
came up daily in rumours at the trade deadline in 2010 with his Oilers
contract ending, but the team didn't move him.
Moreau joins former Oilers Jarret Stoll, Matt Greene and Dustin Penner in
Los Angeles. Another one-time Oiler, centre Colin Fraser, is also in their
organization, but nobody knows when he'll be ready to play after
undergoing surgery on a broken foot.
Staios, Pisani careers uncertain
Two other former Oilers, Steve Staios and Fernando Pisani, are in limbo
with NHL training camps three weeks away. Neither player has a contract.
Staios, 38, is just 64 games away from playing his 1,000th career NHL
game after finishing up last year with the Calgary Flames, then working
briefly for TSN as a studio commentator.
Pisani, 34, played 60 games with the Chicago Blackhawks last season and
three in the playoffs on a one-year deal.
"Something might be happening with Fernando this week, yes, with an NHL
team," said a source who spoke on condition of anonymity when asked if
Pisani might be thinking of playing in Europe instead.
And ...
If you missed it, the Oilers organization filled out their veteran goaltending
issues when the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League
signed the much-travelled David LeNeveu as backup to Yann Danis.
LeNeveu, who played in Austria last season, is only on an AHL contract.
The Oilers have 49 players under NHL or two-way contracts, one under the
maximum 50.
Edmonton Journal: LOADED: 08.23.2011
576835     Edmonton Oilers


Oilers add a Sutter to staff


By DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency


EDMONTON - Duane Sutter is not sure why it's taken so long for a member
of his famous hockey family to work for the Edmonton Oilers.
Especially considering they hail from practically the team's back yard.
"That's a good question," said Sutter. "I know Brian was drafted by the
Oilers back in 1976 (WHA Entry Draft) but never ended up playing there.
"Then when Darryl was hired in Calgary, he brought myself and Brent along
so we kind of settled down there. But I'm not sure why none of us have
gone through Edmonton before. I guess it just wasn't in the cards."
That has now changed as the Oilers announced on Monday they had hired
Sutter as a professional scout. He'll work under Oilers head pro scout
Morey Gare, and alongside Michael Abbamont, Chris Chihocki and Dave
Semenko.
"I'm excited about joining the organization," Sutter said. "They have some
great young talent and lots of depth in their system. Led by Kevin (Lowe)
and Steve (Tambellini) in the last two years they've done a hell of a job.
"Their drafting has been excellent and they have a huge upside."
Sutter, 51, brings over 30 years of NHL experience and four Stanley Cup
rings to the Oilers organization.
He first approached the Oilers about the possibility of working for the club at
this summer's NHL draft.
After consideration, the Oilers decided Sutter would be a good fit to their
staff.
"We are absolutely thrilled to be adding someone of Duane's calibre to our
scouting staff," said Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini in a
statement. "Duane brings a vast knowledge of the game and will
complement our staff very well."
One of six brothers to play in the NHL, Sutter had been working in the
Calgary Flames organization for the previous three years.
The Viking native was most recently acting as the club's director of player
personnel before parting ways with the team in June.
"You expected some changes there," Sutter said. "The Flames are taking a
different route. With the change in GM he wanted to bring in different
people. That's just part of the game."
Prior to joining the Flames, Sutter spent the better part of 12 years in the
Florida Panthers organization, serving as head coach from 2000 to 2002.
He also worked as an assistant coach before taking on a scouting and
player development role with the club in 2003.
Originally selected by the New York Islanders in the first round - 17th
overall - of the 1979 NHL Entry Draft, Sutter played 11 seasons, winning
four Stanley Cups.
He spent eight years with the Islanders before concluding his playing career
with the Chicago Blackhawks.
As a member of the Oilers scouting staff, Sutter will be evaluating NHL
talent. It's a similar role he first had with the Flames before taking over their
amateur scouting and player development responsibilities.
"I think having worked as an amateur scout for the past couple of years will
be beneficial in this position," Sutter said. "I'll know the kids well that have
come up and are just turning pro.
"I'm really looking forward to the opportunity of working with the Oilers."
Edmonton Sun: LOADED: 08.23.2011
576836     Los Angeles Kings


Moreau gets physical (and passes)


Posted by Rich Hammond


Ethan Moreau passed his physical today, clearing the way for him to sign
his one-year, $600,000 contract with the Kings. Moreau isn’t expected to
put his signature on paper until tomorrow, so that’s when the deal will be
officially announced, but it’s just procedure at this point. Within the next
couple days, I should be able to catch up with Moreau, as well as find out
the Kings’ thoughts on where he fits in.
LA Kings Insider: LOADED: 08.23.2011
576837     New Jersey Devils                                                      35 assists for 59 points and 83 penalty minutes in 67 games. The 6-1, 205-
                                                                                  pound forward spent the 2008-09 season with Lowell, recording nine goals
                                                                                  and ten assists for 19 points and 23 penalty minutes in 23 games. Wiseman
Devils sign 12 players to contracts before training camp                          previously signed with the organization as a free agent on July 17, 2008.
                                                                                  Now in his 11th pro season, he has also seen action with the San Jose and
                                                                                  Rangers organizations. He was San Jose’s sixth choice (8th round) and
                                                                                  246th overall selection in the 2000 Entry Draft.
By Colin Stephenson/The Star-Ledger
                                                                                  Zalewski, 25, recorded 11 goals and 12 assists for 23 points in 31
                                                                                  appearances with Albany last season. He was acquired from the Sharks’
                                                                                  organization on February 9, 2011, along with Jay Leach. At the time of the
Center Tim Sestito was among 12 players the Devils announced had
                                                                                  trade, the 6-0, 190-lb. forward was sixth on Worcester (AHL) with 4 goals,
signed with the team today.
                                                                                  17 assists and 21pts in 50 games.
The Devils announced the signings of 12 players to new contracts,
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including 19 year-old goaltender Maxime Clermont, their sixth round pick in
2010, and free agent defenseman Peter Harrold, who spent the last five
seasons in the L.A. Kings' organization.
Also signed were forwards Matt Anderson, Bryan Haczyk, Brad Mills,
Nathan Perkovich, Tim Sestito, Myles Stoesz, Stephane Veilleux, Joseph
Whitney, Chad Wiseman and Steve Zalewski. Haczyk, Perkovich, Stoesz
and Whitney were signed to AHL contracts. The announcement was made
in a statement released by the Devils.
Clermont played the last four seasons for Gatineau of the QMJHL,
compiling a 90-60-11
mark in 185 appearances. In 48 games last season, the 6-1, 195-lb.
netminder recorded a career-high 28 wins and four shutouts, with a career-
best 2.55 goals-against average. He also won 11 playoff games and added
one shutout in leading Gatineau to the QMJHL finals.
Harrold, 28, appeared in 19 games for the Kings last season, recording one
goal and three assists for four points and four penalty minutes, and the 5-
11, 190-lb. defenseman has eight goals and 18 assists for 26 points and 50
penalty minutes in 164 career NHL appearances. Harrold split the 2006-07
and 2007-08 seasons between Los Angeles and Manchester (AHL).
Anderson, 28, enters his second season with the organization after scoring
23 goals and a team-high 32 assists and team-best 55 points last season
for AHL Albany. The 5-11, 195-pound West Islip, N.Y., native played in the
AHL All-Star Classic last season, after coming over from the Chicago
Wolves of the AHL.
Haczyk, 24, had 46 goals and 49 assists with 91 penalty minutes in 144
games with Niagara University, including career highs of 28 goals, 17
assists, 45 points and 34 PIM last season. The 5-9, 195-pound Secaucus
native was named to Atlantic Hockey's 2011 First All Star and All-Academic
teams, and made his pro debut last season when he played three games
for ECHL Trenton after his college season was over.
Mills, 28, enters his fifth year with the organization after seeing action with
both Albany (53 games) and New Jersey (4) last season. The 6-0, 195-lb.
forward recorded 15 goals and nine assists for 24 points and 102 penalty
minutes with the AHL Devils last season.
The 6-5, 215-pound Perkovich, 25, enters his third season with the
organization after recording eight goals and nine assists for 17 points and
59 penalty minutes in 40 games with Albany last season. He was New
Jersey’s sixth choice (8th round) and 250th overall selection in the 2004
draft.
Sestito, 26, appeared in 36 games with New Jersey and 23 contests with
Albany last season. He had two assists with the NHL Devils, as well as five
goals and eight assists for 13 points for the AHL Devils. The 5-11, 195-
pound forward is entering his third season with the team after being
acquired from the Edmonton Oilers.
Stoesz, 24, split each of the last two seasons between the ECHL and AHL
Devils. In 2010-11, the 6-2, 210-pound forward had one goal and three
assists for four points and 165 penalty minutes in 37 games with Trenton,
while also appearing in seven games for Albany. He was Atlanta’s eighth
choice (7th round), and 207th overall selection in the 2005 Entry Draft.
Veilleux, 29, split the 2010-11 season between Blues Espoo (Fin.) and
Ambri-Piotta (Swi.). His seven-season NHL career included 46 goals and
53 assists for 99 points and 302 penalty minutes in 438 appearances with
Minnesota and Tampa Bay. The 5-6, 165-pounder was Minnesota’s fourth
choice (3rd round) and 93rd overall selection in the 2001 draft.
Wiseman, 30, rejoined the Devils’ organization last season, getting 16 goals
and 28 assists for 44 points and 47 penalty minutes in 48 games with
Albany. He spent the 2009-10 season with Springfield, posting 24 goals and
576838     NHL


Mystery shrouds Crosby's future


MATTHEW SEKERES


It is supposed to be Sidney Crosby's valiant return, both to the National
Hockey League and to the rink where he scored the golden goal for Canada
at the 2010 Olympics.
But the prospects of Crosby being ready for the NHL season opener
between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena
on Oct. 6 seem slimmer and slimmer by the day.
In the last week, there have been two separate reports that the Penguins'
captain has suffered a setback in his recovery from concussions suffered in
January, and would miss more action during the 2011-12 campaign. Those
brain injuries sidelined Crosby for the remainder of last season and the
playoffs, and have affected his off-season work.
The most recent report came Monday from CTV News, which said that
Crosby has suspended his off-season training, including on-ice workouts at
a Halifax rink. The report said the Nova Scotia native experienced another
setback and would not be ready for the start of Penguins training camp on
Sept. 17.
The report was refuted by Crosby's agent, Pat Brisson, who said his client's
off-season training "hasn't been shut down by anyone," rather amended to
address the different needs of his recovery. The Penguins did not respond
to a request for comment Monday, but general manager Ray Shero has
previously said that he expects Crosby to arrive in Pittsburgh about one
week before camp.
Shero also made a suspect remark about not knowing what symptoms
Crosby is experiencing, while head coach Dan Bylsma claims he hasn't
even asked his superstar player how he is feeling.
Though it sounds as if Crosby's camp is circling the wagons and concealing
another setback, a concussion specialist said it is possible for athletes to
experience symptoms months after the injury without necessarily suffering a
setback.
Dr. Mark Aubry, the chief medical officer of the International Ice Hockey
Federation and Hockey Canada, said it's not that unusual for symptoms to
linger up to two years, and to return when the injured athlete attempts to
exercise.
"There will always be a small percentage of players ... where the
concussion symptoms will last longer than expected," said Aubry, an
Ottawa-Gatineau physician. "Some will settle overnight, some will last one
to two years. There's a wide range."
Crosby admitted to a setback in April after the Penguins were eliminated
from the playoffs minus their captain. He had been skating at nearly full
speed, but was not cleared for contact at practice. The team has routinely
said that Crosby will not return to the lineup until he is 100-per-cent healthy.
Hockey fans in Vancouver are hoping that that day comes before the
opener Oct. 6, because it shapes up as a heavyweight clash between two
Stanley Cup contenders who are loaded with star power. The last time
Crosby played a competitive game in Vancouver, he scored the overtime
goal that gave Canada a victory over the United States for the Olympic gold
medal in men's hockey.
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576839     NHL                                                                        There are no goals left for him in the game. At best, all he achieves from
                                                                                      now on is more of the same. He still has an entire life to lead after hockey,
                                                                                      whether it ends tomorrow or in a decade. What's in the balance is how
Sidney Crosby's return not worth the risk of further injury                           capable he will be of leading it fully.
                                                                                      Ending a career this glorious so soon would be a kind of tragedy, if we can
                                                                                      risk using that word.
Cathal Kelly
                                                                                      It would be a huge blow to the player, and a transient one for his admirers.
                                                                                      There will always be another hockey hero. That's a constant. Hockey may
                                                                                      think it needs Sidney Crosby, but it surely doesn't need him crippled.
Like watching the concussed stars before him, fans will no doubt watch and
worry when Pittsburgh Penguins centre Sidney Crosby takes to NHL ice                  Will he return? Probably.
once again, says Cathal Kelly.
                                                                                      Should he? Ask Dave Scatchard in a few years time.
Tara Walton/Toronto Star file The only question being asked about Sidney
Crosby's return from a serious brain injury is "When?"                                Toronto Star LOADED: 08.23.2011

The more pressing question is "Why?"
Why would Crosby risk an invalid's life in order to return to a game he has
already conquered?
His trophy case is full. He has a championship ring and an Olympic gold
medal. He's been league MVP, leading scorer and the consensus best
player in the game. He's only 24 and his hall-of-fame bonafides are beyond
questioning. His material needs are settled for a dozen lifetimes.
It's been nearly eight months of abortive attempts to return. CTV Halifax
reported Monday that his latest comeback has been put on hold because of
a recurrence of symptoms of post-concussion syndrome. If true - his agent,
Pat Brisson, says it isn't - it's nearly certain that he will miss the start of the
season in six weeks time.
Whenever Crosby returns and for however long, the rest of his career will
be an extended breath-holding exercise. Every fan will be waiting for the
next time Crosby is laid out and wondering, "Is this the one?"
We still don't know how badly Crosby is hurt. He can't fully know either. The
mind is a tricky thing. It works perfectly right up until you abuse it just
enough that it starts working imperfectly.
Every dead athlete whose brain is now being cut apart and shown to be
riddled with trauma spent every day of his professional playing career within
rock-throwing distance of a team doctor. They died anyway. Doctors can't
protect you from flying elbows. All the rule changes in the world can't either.
We do know that brain injury is cumulative and exponential. Hurt it once,
and the threshold for hurting it again drops. Damage in the first instance is
far worse in the second.
Nevertheless, we continue to conflate brain injury with every other sort of
injury. The crucial difference is that you can live with a limp. Your mind,
however, is not designed to significantly deteriorate in your youth. When it
does so, it usually signals the imminence of death.
The Star's Randy Starkman has detailed the sad end of Dave Scatchard's
itinerant NHL career after repeated concussions. At age 35, his health is
already in chilling decline. Add him to the growing list of men physically
annihilated by this particular branch of the entertainment business.
Doctors forced Scatchard out in order to save his life. He went unwillingly.
No one pressed Scatchard to continue pushing through his own moving
target of exactly how badly he could injure himself and still put on pads.
By comparison, Crosby's fate is debated in mythic terms. He is the man
professional hockey cannot afford to lose. Hockey without him will be boring
for Americans. He's been on HBO, for God's sake. No one else in today's
NHL is big enough for U.S. pay cable. That seems to be the sum of the
argument, at least.
We take it as a given that as long as he is able to plant his skates on the
ice, form a semi-coherent sentence and pass the legally defensible
definition of "fit," Crosby should not only put his health at risk, but he should
want to do that.
Doubtless, he does. Though Scatchard and Crosby are at opposite ends of
the elite spectrum, they share the same code: play through it. We can
understand why. Hockey has rewarded previous relentlessness. It's the only
life they've known. In Crosby's case, he is better at it than anyone else in
the world.
If I was one of the people who knew and loved Sidney Crosby, those would
not be good enough reasons.
576840     NHL                                                                    is. Prevention is going to be difficult, just because the players are so big
                                                                                  and so fast.
                                                                                  "I mean, you can try to build all the helmets you want to build, but if you
Scatchard the latest casualty in NHL's Concussion Era                             have two guys at 220 pounds each and they're running into each other at
                                                                                  25 or 30 miles an hour that's like a car accident. There's going to be some
                                                                                  trauma there no matter what kind of equipment you're wearing."
Randy Starkman
                                                                                  He does admit to worries about the future of his three children - a daughter,
                                                                                  4, and two sons, 2 and 1.

Hockey journeyman Dave Scatchard can't push his three young kids on the           "I have to make decisions for them until they're old enough to be on their
swing because of post-concussion symptoms.                                        own," he said. "As a relatively young person, I want enough wherewithal
                                                                                  and common sense to make the right decisions towards their future, my
He can't remember anything from his final hockey game in April, when he           future and my family's future."
was knocked unconscious for five minutes by a late hit while playing for the
AHL's Peoria Rivermen and woke up frightened in an ambulance because              Right now, though, he just wants to be able to push them on a swing.
he didn't know where he was.
                                                                                  "That's something that the doctors at the Mayo Clinic are going to try to
Still, the 13-year pro was determined to return to action this season until       work with me on to see if we can get some of the symptoms to go away,"
doctors at the Mayo Clinic examined him last week and told him there were         said Scatchard. "I don't know the treatment yet, but he promised me that
five different visible spots showing trauma on his brain.                         he'd try to figure out something that could help me with that."

Scatchard's voice cracked with emotion at times during a remarkably candid        Toronto Star LOADED: 08.23.2011
telephone interview Monday with the Star after he announced his retirement
on Twitter - especially when he was talking about his kids and the end of his
career.
"Even today I have trouble pushing my kids on a swing set," said Scatchard
from his home in Phoenix. "Just the motion makes me really nauseous.
Wrestling around with them on the ground, I can only do it for a minute or
two and then I just feel sick. Any rolling motions or spinning motions just
completely send me for a loop."
On a day when there was speculation Sidney Crosby may have suffered a
setback in his concussion recovery, Scatchard's announcement wasn't
meriting a lot of attention.
But his is an important story, and the plight of this coal miner's son provides
a further cautionary tale about what might lie ahead for other NHLers in this
"Concussion Era."
Scatchard is something of an NHL everyman, a centre who survived on grit
in grinding out 659 games while scoring 128 goals and 141 assists, and
totalling 1,040 penalty minutes. His career included stops with Vancouver,
the Islanders, Boston, Phoenix, Nashville and St. Louis.
"The only reason I'm talking to you right now is maybe it will help some
other players in the future," he said.
The doctors had to yank the stick out of Scatchard's hands. He wasn't going
to pull himself out of the lineup, not after previously missing two years
towards the end of his career because of debilitating post-concussion
symptoms that included headaches "that felt like you had a spike sticking
through the side of your head."
"I'm happy that the doctor basically told me straight out there was zero
chance of me playing because it kind of put me in my place," said
Scatchard, sounding anything but happy. "I believe the doctor's exact words
were he wouldn't be able to sleep at night if he let me continue to play."
Scatchard suspects that concussions played a role in the recent tragic
death of former Vancouver tough guy Rick Rypien.
"I like to think that if he didn't have all those blows to the head or those
punches that he'd still be with us," said Scatchard. "I think he's the type of
player who would never say anything ever. He was never drafted and he
worked his tail off to get to where he was by fighting bigger guys every night
or every other night, playing hard and being in your face. He couldn't afford
to sit out a game. Somebody else could come in and take his position.
"I just had the pleasure of knowing him for a short time when I went to
training camp and trained with the Canucks two years ago. I could tell he
was a character guy and a hard-working guy, but I could also tell that he'd
be a guy who probably wouldn't speak up if he had headaches or had some
concussion symptoms.
"I have no idea. That's just my own guess. If your brain doesn't work the
way it normally does, some crazy things can go through your head."
Scatchard doesn't pretend to know the answer to the concussion dilemma.
"I don't know if we need to start a concussion group to support each other
and help future players," he said. "I don't know what the proper next move
576841    Ottawa Senators


Sportsnet has 52 Senators games


The Ottawa


Rogers Sportsnet will carry 52 Ottawa Senators games this National
Hockey League season, according to a schedule released on Monday.
Game 1 is the Senators' season opener on Friday Oct. 7 against the Red
Wings in Detroit.
Sportsnet East has 45 Senators games while seven will air on the Sportsnet
Sens network established last season.
"For the second straight season, Rogers Sportsnet will broadcast each and
every game that is available regionally," said Ottawa Senators president
Cyril Leeder.
In Ottawa's collective broadcast schedule, 81 games will be broadcast in
2010-11, leaving the Feb. 15 game in Florida as the lone regular season
game not currently scheduled to be televised.
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576842        Pittsburgh Penguins                                               Tribune Review LOADED: 08.23.2011


Second kids game a-go for Pens


By Rob Rossi,


Sell out a couple of hundred consecutive home games, as the Penguins
have since 2007, and giving away tickets to an exhibition contests
seemingly makes a lot of good-will sense.
The franchise's free game is back, and the Penguins will distribute 18,000
tickets to kids aged 5-21 for an exhibition game Sept. 24 against Minnesota
at Consol Energy Center. The contest is slated for 3 p.m.
Unlike the first free game last season, for which the Penguins partnered
with the Allegheny Conference to promote keeping young people in the
region, this event is totally geared toward treating kids.
"(With) last year's affiliation, we may have lost the message about what the
game was always supposed to be about -- getting kids to a game for free,"
Penguins CEO/president David Morehouse said.
"The enthusiasm of the kids really (sticks out from last year), and it was
both ways. The players were energized by that crowd. It was just a great
atmosphere."
The free game is Morehouse's idea, and he said this one will feature kid
journalists between the benches, videos and music geared toward young
people and Penguins Foundation activities to promote keeping children
active.
Morehouse said that the Penguins are still working with the Allegheny
Conference to help keep young people in the region, but this free game
won't have sponsorship. The Penguins again are absorbing the cost of the
tickets.
Parents/guardians and youth organization/hockey teams chaperones will be
allowed to accompany kids to this "free game." A majority of tickets will be
distributed by the team to local youth hockey foundations, the "Tickets for
Kids" foundation, Hill District youth and members of the "Penguins Kids
Club."
Members of the student rush mobile club will receive information via text
message as the "free game" approaches. Also, kids and parents may
register to win two tickets at the Penguins' official website. Deadline for
registration in Sept. 9.
Not far off
Fans looking to purchase tickets for the Penguins' first two home exhibition
games don't have to wait long. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Wednesday.
The Penguins play Detroit on Sept. 21 and Chicago on Sept. 22. Both
games are slated for 7 p.m. at Consol Energy Center.
Tickets to these games are available through Ticketmaster -- at its locations
and online. Fans also can purchase tickets at the arena's box office or by
calling (800) 745-3000.
Single-game tickets for the regular season will be available in September. A
date will be announced later, the team said.
Adams surgery
An appendectomy procedure won't prevent veteran forward Craig Adams
from taking part in training camp next month, the Penguins announced
yesterday.
UPMC's Dr. Jack McKeating operated on Adams, 34, last Friday. Recovery
is expected in four weeks. The Penguins' first camp practice is Sept. 17.
General manager Ray Shero, who is engaged in coaches meetings that
wrap today, was not available for comment.
Adams, who also was not available for comment per team policy on injured
players, re-signed for two years on June 9. Originally claimed off waivers on
March 4, 2009, he has established himself since as a key member of the
penalty kill - leading the top-ranked Penguins in average shorthanded ice
time last season with an average of 3 minutes and 5 seconds per game.
576843    Pittsburgh Penguins


Penguins' Adams undergoes successful surgery


By Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Penguins forward Craig Adams underwent successful laparoscopic
appendectomy surgery Friday.
Adams' rehab is expected to take four weeks, and he is expected to be
ready for training camp in September.
Adams, a right wing, played in 80 games last year during the regular
season, scoring four goals and 11 assists.
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576844    Pittsburgh Penguins


Penguins preseason tickets to go on sale


By Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Single-game tickets for the Penguins' first two preseason games at Consol
Energy Center will go on sale Wednesday at 10 a.m.
Tickets will be available online at www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets may also
be purchased at the Dick's Sporting Goods Box Office at Consol Energy
Center, at all Ticketmaster locations or by calling 1-800-745-3000.
The Penguins open their preseason schedule by hosting the Detroit Red
Wings on Sept. 21, and the Chicago Blackhawks on Sept. 22.
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576845     Pittsburgh Penguins


Internet reports on Crosby's health irk agent


By Shelly Anderson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


After another report that Penguins captain Sidney Crosby may not be ready
for the start of the season because of concussion symptoms, his agent, Pat
Brisson, released a terse statement Monday night:
"Sidney hasn't been shut down by anyone. He has simply adjusted his
summer program according to the different needs for the appropriate
recovery.
"Training camp is three weeks from now. It is too premature to speculate all
kinds of deliberate information at this point.
"Sidney will address the media at the appropriate time in order to give
everyone an update. As far as I know training camp hasn't started yet."
The new report, on the website of Canadian network CTV, said that
Crosby's concussion symptoms have returned and that he has canceled on-
ice workouts in his native Nova Scotia, where he is spending the summer.
It said he will not report for training camp.
The report is similar to a Twitter report eight days earlier that was refuted by
Penguins general manager Ray Shero, although Shero acknowledged that
Crosby was experiencing unspecified symptoms when he ramped up his
workouts to an intense level.
He said no decisions about Crosby's timetable have been made.
Crosby was diagnosed with a concussion Jan. 6 and sat out the rest of last
season.
He has not spoken publicly since April.
Adams recovering
Penguins forward Craig Adams had a laproscopic appendectomy Friday
and his recovery is expected to take about four weeks.
He should be ready for the start of training camp next month.
Adams, who re-signed with the Penguins earlier this summer, spent most of
the offseason in Pittsburgh.
Preseason ticket sales
Single-game tickets for the first two preseason home games -- Sept. 21
against Detroit and Sept. 22 against Chicago -- will go on sale at 10 a.m.
Wednesday. Tickets will be available online at www.ticketmaster.com, at
the Consol Energy Center box office, at Ticketmaster locations or by calling
1-800-745-3000.
The team's third preseason home game -- Sept. 24 against Minnesota -- will
be the annual "Free game for kids."
The team will distribute 18,000 tickets, mostly through local youth hockey
organizations.
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576846     Pittsburgh Penguins


Agent calls report on Crosby's readiness premature


By Shelly Anderson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Sidney Crosby's agent released a statement tonight, refuting the latest
news report that the Penguins captain will not be ready for the start of the
season because of concussion symptoms.
Crosby's agent, Pat Brisson, released this statement:
"Sidney hasn't been shut down by anyone. He has simply adjusted his
summer program accordingly to the different needs for the appropriate
recovery. Training camp is in three weeks from now. It is too premature to
speculate all kinds of deliberate information at this point. Sidney will
address the media at the appropriate time in order to give everyone an
update. As far as I know training camp hasn't started yet."
The new media report, on the website of Canadian network CTV, said that
Crosby's concussion symptoms have returned and that he has canceled on-
ice workouts in his native Nova Scotia.
The report is similar to a Twitter report eight days ago that was refuted by
Penguins general manager Ray Shero, although Shero disclosed that
Crosby still has some concussion symptoms during the intense portions of
his workouts.
Crosby was diagnosed with a concussion Jan. 6 and sat out the rest of last
season.
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576847     Pittsburgh Penguins


Penguins preseason tickets on sale Wednesday


By Shelly Anderson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Single-game tickets for the Penguins' first two preseason home games --
Sept. 21 against Detroit and Sept. 22 against Chicago, both at 7 p.m. -- will
go on sale at 10 a.m. Wednesday.
Tickets will be available online at www.ticketmaster.com, at the Consol
Energy Center box office, at Ticketmaster locations or by calling 1-800-745-
3000.
The team's third preseason home game, Sept. 24 against Minnesota at 3
p.m., will be the Penguins' annual "Free game for kids." The team will
distribute 18,000 tickets, mostly through local youth hockey organizations.
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576848    Pittsburgh Penguins


Penguins Adams has appendectomy


By Shelly Anderson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Penguins forward Craig Adams had a laproscopic appendectomy on Friday.
His recovery is expected to take about four weeks, and he should be ready
for the start of training camp next month.
Adams, who re-signed with the Penguins earlier this summer, spent most of
the offseason in Pittsburgh. The surgery was performed locally by Dr. Jack
McKeating.
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576849     St Louis Blues


Blues say they have received 'multiple bids' for club


By JEREMY RUTHERFORD


The Blues say they received "multiple bids" for the club Monday, the self-
imposed deadline for accepting offers from interested parties.
A spokesman for SCP Worldwide, the company of Blues Chairman Dave
Checketts, wouldn't say how many offers the Blues received, citing that
"confidentiality agreements preclude us from elaborating any further."
Blues minority owner Tom Stillman and Chicago businessman Matthew
Hulsizer had made the only known bids for the team in recent months, and
both were turned down.
The Post-Dispatch confirmed through a source Monday that Stillman, who
is the owner and CEO of St. Louis-based Summit Distributing, has
submitted a second bid. It was not confirmed whether Hulsizer, CEO of the
Chicago-based financial services firm PEAK6, made a follow-up bid before
the deadline.
Stillman's original offer in April was approximately $110 million, according to
sources. The amount of Stillman's second bid was not disclosed, but it's
believed to be in the same neighborhood.
Both Checketts and Robert Caporale, founder of Game Plan LLC, the firm
conducting the search, have said that the Blues could fetch as much as
$200 million.
A source with knowledge of the sale told the Post-Dispatch on Monday that
the Blues are asking for $180 million. The same source, who has been
involved in previous groups that were interested in buying the Blues, said:
"If we had a group, we would be offering about what Stillman is offering."
While Monday was the deadline for bids, many observers of the process
believe that Game Plan would still take offers if they're better than the ones
already received. One source said that the deadline was installed to give
"structure" to the process.
Earlier this month, Caporale said one of the groups interested in buying the
Blues wished to forgo the bidding process and focus on negotiating a sale
price. It's believed that was Hulsizer's group.
Caporale, who was not available Monday, said then that Game Plan had
not decided on using that option, but "if the person comes up with a price
that's acceptable to everybody, and willing to sign an agreement, it speeds
up the process."
So even if Hulsizer has not yet submitted a second offer, he is still
considered to be in the picture. That's why Monday's deadline should be
considered a small step in the process and not a day that makes the sale of
the Blues imminent.
The names of the other group or groups that did make an offer before the
deadline weren't confirmed.
Caporale had said that two groups who are trying to buy the Dallas Stars
are also interested in the Blues. The Dallas Morning News speculated that
Detroit businessman Christopher T. Charlton could be heading one of those
groups. Another could be Dallas oilman Doug Miller, who is from St. Louis.
But the interest of those groups, according to Caporale, was predicated on
the outcome of the Stars' sale, and that saga continues to drag out. The
Morning News reported last week that Labor Day (Sept. 5), or shortly
thereafter, is a potential date for a resolution.
In the meantime, Game Plan will weigh the bids it received Monday and
respond.
"We'll review (the offers), make judgments, make comparisons and then
we'll go back to everyone and give them a reaction to their proposal,"
Caporale said recently.
Once the Blues accept an offer and the two sides sign a purchase
agreement, the deal will go to the NHL's Board of Governors for approval.
The next board meeting is Sept. 20 in New York.
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576850     St Louis Blues


Deadline day nets multiple offers for Blues


By JEREMY RUTHERFORD


The Blues say they have received "multiple bids" today, the club's self-
imposed deadline for receiving offers from interested parties.
A spokesman for SCP Worldwide wouldn't say how many offers the club
has received, citing that "confidentiality agreements preclude us from
elaborating any further."
The Post-Dispatch has confirmed through a source that Blues minority
owner Tom Stillman, who is heading a local group of investors, has
submitted a bid today. Stillman is the owner and CEO of Summit
Distributing, a St. Louis-based beer distributorship.
At this point, it is not known whether Chicago-based businessman Matthew
Hulsizer, who was featured in Sunday's Post-Dispatch, has made an offer.
Both Stillman and Hulsizer have made bids during the process that were
turned down by the Blues.
Robert Caporale, founder of Game Plan LLC, which is conducting the sale,
said in a recent Post-Dispatch article that at least one group had asked if it
could forgo the bidding process and make an offer. That group is believed
to Hulsizer's group.
"We'd like to give everybody a chance," Caporale said recently. "(But) if the
person comes up with a price that's acceptable to everybody and willing to
sign an agreement, it speeds up the process."
While today is the deadline for accepting bids, many observers of the
process believe that Game Plan would take offers beyond today if the
targeted selling price is reached. One source indicated that the deadline
was installed to give "structure" to the process.
So today should be considered a small step in the process and not a day
that makes the sale of the Blues imminent.
Once all the bids are received, Caporale told the Post-Dispatch recently
that they would be reviewed.
"We'll review (the offers), make judgments, make comparisons and then
we'll go back to everyone and give them a reaction to their proposal," he
said. "We don't want to slow down the process, but until we get these
detailed proposals, it's hard to predict how long it will take to get a binding
contract with a buyer. But we hope that we could get it done within a couple
of weeks."
When the Blues find the bid they like, the club will enter a purchase
agreement with the group. Then the deal will go to the NHL's Board of
Governors for approval. The next BOG meeting is Sept. 20 in New York.
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576851     Tampa Bay Lightning


The Steve Miller Band to perform at Lightning fan kickoff


By TBO.com


The Tampa Bay Lightning will kick off the 2011-12 season on Oct. 4 at 7
p.m. with a fan event at the St. Pete Times Forum that will include a full
concert by The Steve Miller Band.
The Lightning Launch will include videos, a look at the newly renovated
Forum, and a team introduction featuring Steven Stamkos, Marty St. Louis
and Vinny Lecavalier.
Doors open at 6 p.m.
Admission is free for full season-ticket holders, and fans with partial
season-ticket packages can get in for half-price. Tickets, ranging from $25
to $92, go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. at Ticketmaster.com and all
Ticketmaster outlets.
The Lightning open play Oct. 17 at home against the Florida Panthers.
The Steve Miller Band has sold more than 30 million records in a career
spanning more than 40 years.
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576852     Vancouver Canucks


Canucks' Ryan Kesler: 'Small victories here and there' in hip surgery
recovery


By Ian Walker


VANCOUVER - It wasn't riveting stuff by any stretch of the imagination.
Two guys in golf shirts standing in a rink in Livonia, Mich., talking hockey.
Worse yet, the sound was bad. You could plainly hear the voice of the new
host of Canucks TV, but his guest was, well to be honest, a little muffled.
Yet the three-minute clip did have one overwhelming quality. It had Ryan
Kesler.
Take into consideration it was Kesler's first public interview since
undergoing hip surgery four weeks ago, the fact the B.C. Lions are in the
midst of a bye-week and, most importantly, the boss wanted something on
the progress of the Vancouver Canuck and there's no way we're going to
get him until the team is good and ready to make him available, we'll take it.
Twice during the segment - shot Thursday and uploaded to canucks.com
on Monday - Kesler mentioned playing in Vancouver's regular-season
opener against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Which means, based on his sheer
will and determination alone, not to mention the news coming out of Steel
City, fans will have a better chance of seeing him on Oct. 6 than Sidney
Crosby.
"It's going good; small victories here and there," Kesler told Joey Kenward,
who replaces Kristen Reid as the face of Canucks TV. "I just got off my
crutches and I'll start strengthening so everything is back to normal. I'll start
skating here in the next couple of weeks and hopefully be back by that first
game."
Kesler underwent a similar hip labrum surgery in 2007 and was back in time
for the start of the playoffs, a span of 72 days. He has 78 days to reach his
current goal.
"I know what it takes," continued Kesler. "I know the rehab and I may be a
little braver trying to the things I shouldn't be trying. It's going to make me
come back quicker and hopefully I can play that first game."
The Selke Trophy winner took a moment to discuss the death of former
teammate Rick Rypien. The two played together since their days with the
AHL's Manitoba Moose and sat near each other in the Canucks' locker
room.
"He's a great dude. A really good guy. A really good dude. It's really sad,"
said Kesler, 27 "He's a friend, a teammate. We've been going to war for
each other as long as I've remembered. I played with him during the lockout
in Manitoba and we've been on a journey together ever since. For me to
hear the news, it was tough. It makes you think about everything. You can't
take anything for granted. Obviously, he was going through some personal
issues ... My thoughts go out to his family and friends. We're all thinking
about him."
Nothing was off topic as Kesler also spoke about the changes to the
Canucks for this coming season, albeit without going into too much detail.
Gone from last year's Stanley Cup run are defenceman Christian Ehrhoff
along with wingers Raffi Torres and Tanner Glass. Recent acquisitions
include Marco Sturm, some minor league hopefuls and two a couple of
seasoned vets on professional tryout contracts.
"I like the fact we're bringing back a lot of guys," said the Canucks' second-
line centre. "We still basically have the same team we did last year and
we're making additions. I like the moves they've made and I like our
chances this year."
Vancouver Sun: LOADED: 08.23.2011
576853      Vancouver Canucks                                                         Gillis, in fact, is angry that assumptions have been made about Rypien; that
                                                                                      owing to the way he played and his issues, he was a graduate of the Derek
                                                                                      Boogaard-Bob Probert-John Kordic school of self-destruction. Rypien was
Rypien's legacy to help those struggling with depression                              troubled, yes. But he was the victim of a disease he couldn't control and
                                                                                      that's what Gillis would like everyone to understand.
                                                                                      "I'd like to shed some light on this," he said.
By Ed Willes,
                                                                                      And that would be a fitting tribute to Rick Rypien.
                                                                                      Vancouver Province: LOADED: 08.23.2011
Almost two years ago, on the first day of the Vancouver Canucks' training
camp, the organization approached a pair of journalists with a proposition.
Rick Rypien, who'd missed most of the '08-'09 season on a leave of
absence, was prepared to talk about his situation. It was understood by
those who covered the team that Rypien had been dealing with depression
but, beyond that, nothing was known about the condition of this young man
and the illness which chased him away from the game he loved.
Two years later, that's still the case. Rypien was found dead in his
Coleman, Alta., home last week and it all seems so utterly
incomprehensible. Hadn't he defeated his demons? Hadn't he emerged
from his dark struggle whole and intact?
That, of course, is what everyone wanted to believe and when Rypien
signed a one-year deal with the Winnipeg Jets, it seemed he'd finally
stepped into the light.
But, as Canucks GM Mike Gillis came to learn, it's never that easy with
mental illness. Things are never really as they appear. There can be good
days, good weeks, even good months and, when he was at his best,
Rypien looked like he could play in the NHL for a decade.
Then, it could all change and everyone was powerless to do anything about
it.
"It's a constant and relentless battle," said Gillis, the day after he returned
from Rypien's funeral. "It doesn't disappear. It's always lurking around and
you have to understand and deal with that on a daily basis."
But for all that, for all the chaos and confusion, one thing became clear
about Rypien. He was willing to talk about his illness, to expose himself to
the most excrutiating public scrutiny, because he thought his story could
help others.
In the end he couldn't help himself but, even in death, that ideal remains.
There is much about mental illness which is beyond knowing. There is
much about mental illness which defies reason.
But if Rypien's story can compel one person to seek help; if it can put a
human face to this dehabilitating disease, then, maybe, some value can
come of this.
It isn't much. But for those who were close to Rypien, that's all they've got
these days.
"I think Rick's desire to talk about it was in trying to help others," said Gillis.
"I think we still have that opportunity.
"He was a wonderful guy."
Gillis said that, in forthcoming weeks, the organization would tell Rypien's
story and chart the course of his six-year journey with the Canucks. It's a
remarkable story. It's also a hero's journey because, to understand how he
kept coming back after mental illness kept him reeling, is to understand
something about the young man's courage.
You also just had to look at the pictures from the funeral to understand how
he touched people. Kevin Bieksa was one of the pall bearers at the service.
Rypien and Bieksa broke in with the Moose and the two became fast
friends. That friendship endured many tests but it endured.
You sense that hasn't changed in the last week.
Those who attended the funeral also describe a scene in which Gillis, who's
not exactly the warm and fuzzy type, held Jets' assistant general manager
and former Moose GM Craig Heisinger in a long embrace. Heisinger was
the man who brought Rypien to the organization, who guided him through
the stormy waters and to the NHL.
Bieksa, Heisinger and Gills all saw something in Rypien; something much
more than the lost soul who couldn't be counted on. That's who they
remember these days. That's the person they want to tell the world about.
576854     Vancouver Canucks                                                     As for Torres, there were good parts to his game...and there were bad
                                                                                 parts.
                                                                                 Gillis still has time to make a move or two, but don't expect anything major.
Kurtenblog: Canucks at a glance this week                                        Chances are it's like coach Dale said in Hoosiers: "This is your team."
                                                                                 Be sure to follow the KB at twitter.com/kurtenblog, where you'll read tweets
By Jason Brough and Mike Halford                                                 like, "Sitting at Kits beach and wondering if the girl with the tattoo of a huge
                                                                                 snake wrapped around her leg will ever regret that decision."
                                                                                 Vancouver Province: LOADED: 08.23.2011
A few thoughts and observations as Raiders fans and 49ers fans take the
heat off Canucks fans...
The Vancouver Canucks play their first exhibition game of the 2011-12
season in less than a month, and on paper they're a weaker side than the
one that came within a game of winning the Stanley Cup.
Gone to Buffalo is Christian Ehrhoff, whose 50 points were the seventh
most among NHL defencemen in 2010-11
Vancouver also lost third-line ruffian Raffi Torres, who jumped ship to
Phoenix.
General manager Mike Gillis did add forward Marco Sturm and a handful of
minor-leaguers, but if those moves could be described with one word, it
would be "underwhelming."
Not that Gillis had unlimited options. There weren't a tonne quality free
agents on the market, at least none that could address Vancouver's needs.
And if the money being thrown around by teams like the Sabres and
Panthers could be described with one word, it would be "insane."
Unfortunately, the Canucks don't have the cap room to pay Tomas
Fleischmann $4.5 million per year. (If they did, we sure hope it wouldn't be
spent giving Tomas Fleischmann $4.5 million per year.)
Realistically, the only way Gillis was going to make a big splash was in the
trade market, conceivably to acquire a big, tough winger that can put the
puck in the net. Safe to say Vancouver's second line could use one of those
guys.
A couple of problems there:
1. Big, tough wingers that can put the puck in the net are nearly impossible
to pry loose from their current teams. Gillis could've called Dallas to see if
Brenden Morrow were available. Or he could've dressed up like a clown
and sprayed seltzer water down his pants. Either way, he'd get some
laughs.
2. What can Gillis offer in return? Mason Raymond is hurt and coming off a
poor season. Cody Hodgson's stock has been higher, to say the least. Cory
Schneider is a legitimate blue-chip asset, except not every team needs a
goalie. Besides, the Canucks might be best served letting Schneider
challenge Roberto Luongo for the starter's job. (There we go, throwing
Luongo under the bus again. Damn media. How dare anyone suggest two
talented players compete for a position and the best man wins the job. It's
unheard of.)
Perhaps the biggest concern for the Canucks isn't the players they lost or
failed to acquire; it's the players that were added to the competition.
San Jose should be better defensively with Brent Burns on the blue line.
The Sharks had offence to spare (allowing them to trade Devin Setoguchi to
the Wild for Burns), but as we saw in the conference finals, their ability to
contain players like the Sedins was lacking.
Los Angeles acquired forwards Mike Richards and Simon Gagne, both of
whom should help a Kings side that finished near the bottom of the NHL in
goals last season.
Chicago didn't add any big names during the offseason - in fact, it lost one
in Brian Campbell - but the Blackhawks did finally get some time to
recharge after being eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.
Defenceman Duncan Keith admitted motivation was an issue last year after
he and a couple of his teammates, Jonathan Toews and Brent Seabrook,
won both Olympic gold and the Stanley Cup in 2010. Chicago will be
hungrier this year.
On the bright side, the Canucks remain stacked compared to most of the
league. And while Ehrhoff's offence will be missed, his numbers were
clearly inflated getting big minutes on a power play that featured the Sedins
and Ryan Kesler. Defensively, Ehrhoff had his issues.
576855       Washington Capitals


Two D.C. head coaches at Redskins’ practice


By Rick Maese


There were two Washington head coaches at Redskins’ practice Monday
afternoon: Mike Shanahan and Bruce Boudreau, the Capitals’ head coach.
Boudreau was invited to Redskins Park by Danny Smith, the Redskins’
special teams coordinator. Boudreau took in more than two hours of football
practice.
Boudreau and Shanahan had never met before. The pair spent some time
during the early stages of practice chatting.
“Just chewing-the-fat-type thing,” Boudreau said. “I’m doing most of the
asking. I’m the guy where, ‘this is really cool’. It was just a great day.”
It wasn’t strictly entertainment. Boudreau said he was picking up a few tips
and couldn’t help but notice how different a football practice is from what
takes place on the ice.
“I didn’t know how it was done,” he said. “(Shanahan’s) like the field general
and all the other generals out there. I thought it was a really neat concept.”
Shanahan oversees 90 players and more than a dozen coaches -- quite a
bit different than Caps’ practice.
“There’s some great ideas that football does that I think hockey could use,”
Boudreau said. “And I’m sure hockey has things I think football players can
use. It’s sort of like sharing knowledge.”
Like what?
“I’m really intrigued by how many coaches they have, and the whole
systems of what they do -- the 17 different stations, the time they spent
there,” he said.
Boudreau wasn’t fielding any hockey questions Monday. Asked about Matt
Bradley’s comments last week, Boudreau declined to comment.
Boudreau’s son Brady spent practice with the Redskins special teams unit,
fielding balls, helping with the Jugs machine and doing whatever was asked
of him. Boudreau paced around the practice field to observe.
“It’s so funny,” he said, “because if you watch a lot of movies -- I remember
watching Knute Rockne and he’s picking up things from a play. Just
different ideas that they have that I thought maybe I could pick up
something and maybe it could work with us.”
He joked that he wouldn’t be too eager to have to oversee 90 players at
once. He was also surprised at the workload.
“I never would’ve thought that a football player’s day is so long,” Boudreau
said. “And the coaches days’ are a lot longer than that. I thought it was
quite an eye-opening experience.”
Washington Post LOADED: 08.23.2011
576856     Washington Capitals


Boudreau visits Shanahan, Redskins camp


By Stephen Whyno


Bruce Boudreau’s life has taken him on the hockey path from player to
coach, but as a coach he has a special appreciation for the lives of others in
the profession.
On Monday the Caps’ coach got a chance to see Mike Shanahan and the
Redskins practice and tried to glean useful information out of it.
“There’s some great ideas that football does and I think hockey can use,
and I’m sure hockey has things that football players can use,” Boudreau
said. “It’s sort of like sharing knowledge, and I think it’s pretty interesting.”
It was an innocent enough idea, with special teams coach Danny Smith
inviting Boudreau and his 11-year-old son, Brady, out to Ashburn for the
day. Brady Boudreau spent some time running the jugs machine — which
his father called the “tire thingy” and the two threw the football around on
the turf field as the Redskins were wrapping up.
It was his first chance to meet Shanahan, and Boudreau was intrigued
about the number of coaches a football team uses and how the flow of a
long practice works. Shanahan wanted to talk about Joe Sakic, who led the
Avalanche to a Stanley Cup during the coach’s time with the Broncos.
Amid the fun, Boudreau was soaking in things that could help in September
and beyond.
“I remember watching Knute Rockne and he was picking up things from a
play — just different ideas that they have that I thought maybe I can pick up
something and see if it can work for us,” Boudreau said.
This was Boudreau’s first visit to Redskins Park, but he likes the idea of his
players experiencing what he did Monday.
“I think it’d be neat if the players saw what goes on out here — just the
specialized things and how the progression of practice goes and the length
of it,” Boudreau said. “I never would’ve thought a football player’s day is so
long, and then the coaches’ days are a lot longer than that. I thought it was
quite an eye-opening experience.”
When a TV reporter asked about Matt Bradley’s comments from a radio
interview last week about playoff playing time and Alexander Semin,
Boudreau politely brushed off the subject.
“Oh, I’m not talking about Matt Bradley right now,” he said.
Washington Times LOADED: 08.23.2011
576857     Winnipeg Jets


Mason thrilled with move, mask


By: Ed Tait


WINNIPEG - He stopped some pucks, signed some autographs and still
can’t wipe the smile from his face.
Yes, Chris Mason’s first full day on the ground in Winnipeg as a member of
the Jets just confirmed what the veteran goaltender has said since the day
the franchise was officially relocated from Atlanta on May 31: this is going to
be a whole lot of fun.
"It’s definitely starting to feel more real," said Mason after a workout with a
number of pros at MTS IcePlex on Monday. "I just got a tour of the rink last
night after I got into town and it’s just so exciting. My dad was with me, too,
and he got a chance to go see the room. We peeked in at the rink... it’s just
really exciting. Coming out today and skating here, too, and starting to see
all the Jets’ logos, the signs on the buildings downtown on Portage was
pretty cool.
"It feels real and I’m super excited."
Mason will spend the week working out and practising while looking for a
school for his daughter - his wife is expecting another in October – and a
place to live.
The 35-year-old veteran, who has appeared in 286 NHL games in his
career with Nashville, St. Louis and Atlanta, was also showcasing his new
goalie mask. Painted by Steve Nash of EyeCandyair.com, the mask
features the new Jets’ logo under the chin with Mason’s No. 50 with wing
extending back.
Both sides of the mask include a drawing of ‘Eddie’ -- made famous by
heavy-metal rockers Iron Maiden and originally drawn by Derek Riggs --
while the back plate features an eagle with the family name spelled out on
the wings as a tribute to his family.
"It’s one of the best things about being a goalie — you get into design cool
masks like this," said Mason, who first came up with some ideas and began
trading them with Nash. "We talked back and forth and then he sketched
out some stuff and I thought it was awesome."
Mason will practice with the rest of his Jets’ teammates officially at the
opening of training camp on Sept. 17. The first preseason games are
scheduled for Sept. 20 with Winnipeg and Columbus playing split-squad
games at MTS Centre and at Nationwide Arena in Ohio.
Winnipeg Free Press LOADED: 08.23.2011
576858     Winnipeg Jets


Up close and personal with... Zach Bogosian


By: Staff Writer


The rookies will gather in Penticton on Sept. 11 and the main camp opens
Sept. 17. The Winnipeg Jets are gearing up for their return to the NHL and
opening night vs. the Montreal Canadiens Oct. 9 at the MTS Centre. During
the next few weeks, we will provide you with an up-close look at some of
the players who are expected to be in the team's starting lineup when it hits
the ice against the legendary Habs. We continue our series today with Zach
Bogosian.
4 ZACH BOGOSIA, DEFENCEMAN
NUMBER: 4
HEIGHT: 6-3
WEIGHT: 215
SHOOTS: Right
BORN: July 15, 1990 (Age 21)
BIRTHPLACE: Massena, N.Y.
DRAFTED: Atlanta/2008 NHL entry draft
ROUND: 1st (3rd overall)
Coming off a so-so season in which he had 17 points in 71 games but was
a minus-27.
Led all NHL rookie defencemen with nine goals in 2008-09
Set a Thrashers' franchise record with 196 hits in 2009-10
Made his international debut with the United States at the 2009 IIHF World
Championships
in Switzerland, recording one assist in nine games
His older brother, Aaron, played college hockey for St. Lawrence University
and suited up for 10 games last year
with the AHL's Springfield Falcons after his college career was completed
Bogosian's father Ike played college football at Syracuse and his uncle
Steve played football at Army
Coached by hall of famer Ray Bourque while at Cushing Academy, a prep
school in Massachusetts
Enjoys hunting and fishing during his spare time
TRANSACTIONS: The two players drafted ahead of him in 2008 were
Steven Stamkos (Tampa) and Drew Doughty (Los Angeles).
SEASON TEAM GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
2010-11 THRASHERS 71 5 12 17 -27 29 0 0 1 155 3.2
NHL TOTALS 199 24 35 59 -34 137 5 2 2 400 6.0
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576859     Winnipeg Jets


Jets deny jersey leak


By PAUL TURENNE, QMI Agency


WINNIPEG - A Winnipeg Jets jersey whose leaked photo was making its
way around the Internet Monday morning is "not even close" to the real
thing, according to a team spokesman.
Photos of a dark blue jersey, which appears to feature the Jets logos, have
been released on the website thatsong.imgur.com. The jersey appears to
have tags attached to one sleeve and stitched logos on the chest and
shoulder.
But Scott Brown, director of communications for True North Sports and
Entertainment, which owns the Jets, said the jersey pictured in the Images
is not legitimate.
"Not even close," Brown said, noting the official jersey will be publicly
unveiled some time in early September.
Winnipeg Sun LOADED: 08.23.2011
576860     Winnipeg Jets


Mason first Jet to land


By QMI Agency


WINNIPEG - You know fans are jazzed up about the return of the Winnipeg
Jets when a backup goalie going for a skate causes a stir.
Chris Mason became the first member of the Jets to hit the practice rink in
Winnipeg Monday, skating at the MTS IcePlex. He also signed autographs
and debuted his new Iron Maiden Winnipeg Jets hockey mask.
Mason, who arrived in Winnipeg Sunday night, said being in the city, touring
the MTS Centre and getting on the ice make the move of the Atlanta
Thrashers to Manitoba “seem real.”
“I just got a tour of the rink last night and it’s just so exciting,” Mason told
CBC. “My dad was with me and we got a chance to go see the rooms and
take a peek at the rink and all that. It’s really exciting.
“We’re starting to see all the Jets logos and the signs on the buildings
downtown on Portage Avenue was pretty cool. It just feels real and I’m
super excited.”
Mason played in 33 games last season, serving as the backup to starter
Ondrej Pavelec. The 35-year-old from Red Deer, Alta., has played parts of
11 seasons in the NHL, with Nashville, St. Louis and Atlanta.
The Jets open training camp on Sept. 17 but members of the team are
expected to be skating in the city from now until this time, with most players
likely to arrive after Labour Day.
Winnipeg Sun LOADED: 08.23.2011
576861     Websites


NBCSports.com / Another dire Sidney Crosby recovery report, another
denial by his agent, and why everyone should relax


Joe Yerdon


Another week, another report on how Sidney Crosby‘s recovery from a
January concussion is being hampered and will cause him to miss the start
of the season.
Last week we had a report coming from XM Radio’s Josh Rimer saying that
Crosby would miss the start of the season as he’s suffering setbacks in
recovering from a concussion. Penguins GM Ray Shero quickly denied that
report saying that everything is progressing as they wanted for Crosby.
Penguins coach Dan Bylsma hasn’t even asked Crosby for updates on how
he’s doing as part of the treatment for concussions is to keep the stress
level down. Having the coach getting in Crosby’s ear would be putting
undue pressure on Crosby to rush back to the ice and put himself in
danger.
Today, it’s CTV Atlantic out of Halifax, Nova Scotia (Crosby’s home area)
reporting essentially the same thing Rimer did last week saying that Crosby
is dealing with setbacks in his concussion recovery and will miss the start of
the season as he tries to get back to 100% health.
Sources say Crosby’s concussion symptoms returned last week and he
cancelled all of his scheduled on-ice workouts at a Halifax-area rink.
Penguins players are expected to appear at training camp in mid-
September and it appears Crosby will not be one of them.
As we saw last week, these stories can start a wildfire of speculation and
this time it is Crosby’s agent, Pat Brisson, who is sounding the call to refute
the latest report and give his own update on what’s going on with Sid The
Kid.
Crosby’s agent Pat Brisson says the center “hasn’t been shut down by
anyone” and instead has adjusted his summer program to address the
different needs for his recovery.
We could try to read between the lines on what it means that Crosby’s
program has been “adjusted” and assume that means Crosby is still dealing
with issues, but that kind of assumption is what causes everyone to get
bent out of shape. While we’re all anxious and curious about what’s going
on with Crosby as we haven’t seen him suited up with the Penguins since
early January, this is the sort of situation where we’re just going to have to
be happy with whatever news we do get and hope that it’s for the best.
With the new season approaching and Crosby being, perhaps, the best
player in the game asking for patience is the hardest thing to do from fans
and appreciators alike. In the past when concussions weren’t as apparent
and easy to diagnose as they are now, post-concussion symptoms like
headaches and dizziness would be played through and leave those players
to be more susceptible to further injury and shortening their careers. The
last thing anyone wants to see is to have Sidney Crosby deal with the
issues that Eric Lindros had in seeing his career ended unceremoniously
too soon.
Now that the Penguins and NHL are being more active in treating and
diagnosing these problems, waiting for Crosby to be as well as he can be is
the right thing, but also the most difficult thing to do. Until there’s anything
more definitive from the Penguins, Crosby’s doctors, or from Sid himself
we’re going to be left waiting to see when (or if) Crosby can come back to
the ice.
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576862     Websites


NBCSports.com / So much for a lack of whimsical Alex Ovechkin
commercials


James O'Brien


When word surfaced that Alex Ovechkin was cutting his ties with CCM, we
were bummed out because that indicated that his departure would leave an
Ovechkin head-sized crater in the world of goofy hockey-related
commercials. Apparently that hole will be filled with vanilla wafers, caramel,
peanuts, rice crisps and chocolate – the primary sweets found in “Mr. Big”
candy bars.
We probably should have known that the too-perfect pairing between
Ovechkin and chocolate bars would generate some ridiculous commercials
and that certainly seems to be the case judging by their first richly absurd
advertisement. If you ask me, the spot achieves its goal of being
entertaining, although you’ll have to ask Canadian kids if this whimsical
Ovechkin commercial makes them want to eat the candy bars.
Apparently the commercial is the first part of a series of spots between
Ovechkin and the candy bars, so one can only imagine what other mystical
powers the all-world sniper will unveil in commercials for the chocolatey
treats in the coming days/weeks/months. (You can follow their official
YouTube channel here.)
Of course, some mean spirited and snarky types will react to that far-from-
flattering photo of Ovechkin and say that maybe he shouldn’t take his
endorsement of candy bars so seriously, but let’s ignore those fitness-
related worries for now and just enjoy the show.
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576863     Websites                                                               Will Jason Spezza return to form and thrive on a rebuilding Ottawa
                                                                                  Senators team without proven scorers to dish the puck to?
                                                                                  Will Mike Richards and Jeff Carter answer their critics by dedicating
Sportsnet.ca /Burning pre-season questions                                        themselves on and off the ice to their new teams?
                                                                                  Will the many new (and expensive) faces on the Florida Panthers be
Mike Brophy                                                                       enough to get the team off the beaches and golf courses into the playoffs?
                                                                                  What kind of an impact will Captain Canada, Ryan Smyth, make upon his
                                                                                  return to Edmonton?
Taking a look at the major question marks around the NHL as training camp
approaches.                                                                       Will Toronto GM Brian Burke play the Ron Wilson card the first time the
                                                                                  Maple Leafs go into an extended slump?
How is Sidney Crosby doing?
                                                                                  Who will become a star first, John Carlson of the Washington Capitals or
With the 2011-12 season drawing nearer by the day, it seems like                  Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators?
everybody wants to know if Sid the Kid will be at the Pittsburgh Penguins
training camp and will he be able to play at the same high level he did           Will the St. Louis Blues, Dallas Stars and the Phoenix Coyotes resolve their
before the concussion?                                                            ownership woes?

That seems to be the No. 1 burning question most hockey fans have as              Can Brad Richards pull a Mark Messier and bring the Stanley Cup back to
summer comes to a conclusion. It is not, however, the only question. Here         Broadway?
are some others:                                                                  Will the NHL get back to calling obstruction after a significant slip in the
Will Alex Ovechkin regain his scoring touch and finally lead the Washington       standard last season?
Capitals to glory?                                                                Will Corey Perry continue his assent as one of the NHL's best all-around
Can Duncan Keith rebound and get his game back to Norris Trophy form?             forwards following his Hart Trophy-winning season?

Can the much-traveled Ian White be a suitable replacement for the retired-        Will dynamic rookie of the year Jeff Skinner play an even bigger role in
too-soon Brian Rafalski?                                                          getting the Carolina Hurricanes back to the post-season after two years on
                                                                                  the sidelines?
Can Smilin' James Reimer build on his wonderful put-of-the-blue rookie
campaign with the Toronto Maple Leafs and be a true blue (and white) No.          What will it take for the Colorado Avalanche to rebound after taking a giant
1 goalie?                                                                         step backwards last season?

Did the Philadelphia Flyers, once and for all, solve their goaltending            After failing to catch on with two other teams, was Michael Grabner's 34
concerns with the acquisition of Ilya Bryzgalov?                                  goals a fluke or an indication he's a future scoring machine?

Is 39-year-old Owen Nolan, who played overseas last season, the answer            Is Anaheim's Lubomir Visnovsky the real deal or was last year's league-
for the Vancouver Canucks?                                                        leading 68 points among defencemen a one-off?

Can Joe Thornton, who had a pretty good playoff last season, finally lead         Will Martin St. Louis continue to be one of the NHL's most underrated
the San Jose Sharks to the Stanley Cup -- or, at the very least, the Stanley      players despite the fact he is among its most productive players?
Cup final?                                                                        Will the Winnipeg Jets thrive in their new home and will we see a whiteout
Will Ilya Kovalchuk find his lost scoring touch playing for a team that doesn't   come playoff time?
particularly place a huge emphasis on offence?                                    Now that the Buffalo Sabres have an enthusiastic new owner and the NHL's
Can Zach Parise return to being one of the NHL's top 10 forwards after            highest payroll, will it lead to their first Stanley Cup championship?
missing most of last season with a serious knee injury?                           Will Carey Price build on his wonderful coming out season and bring the
Is the Jimmy Howard-Ty Conklin tandem really the goaltending duo you can          Montreal Canadiens back into Cup contention?
win a Stanley Cup with?                                                           Will Nathan Horton continue to raise the level of his play under the watchful
Does 41-year-old goalie Dwayne Roloson have enough left in the tank to            eye of Cam Neely now that the Boston Bruins have Stanley Cup rings?
backstop the Tampa Bay Lightning through four grueling rounds of the              Will young defenceman Tyler Myers of the Sabres regain the form that
playoffs?                                                                         made him the NHL's top rookie in 2010?
Will the Oilers' kids take their next step towards making the playoffs for the    Will speedy and creative Martin Havlat emerge as the answer in San Jose?
first time in six years?
                                                                                  Will David Perron of the St. Louis Blues get his career back on track after
Now that they have established themselves as regular season stars, can            missing most of last season with a concussion?
the Sedins find playoff credibility?
                                                                                  Without question, there are a lot more questions regarding the coming NHL
Will the NHL's new sheriff, Brendan Shanahan, come down harder on the             season. But it all starts with Sidney Crosby and will end sometime in June
league's rule breakers than his predecessor Colin Campbell did?                   when a champion is crowned.
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Will Rick Nash forever be a big fish in a small pond or will he get the
supporting cast to lead a team in a non-traditional market to success?
Will the hard-nosed Nashville Predators ever enjoy a long playoff run?
Will sniper Phil Kessel find the consistency he has lacked to make him a
legitimate Rocket Richard Trophy candidate or is he nothing more than a
35-goal scorer?
Does Nicklas Lidstrom have one more Norris Trophy season in him?
Can Chris Pronger bounce back from an injury-plagued season and
assume the role of leader of the new-look Philadelphia Flyers?
Will the Calgary Flames find a centre that will once and for all make aging
Jarome Iginla's life easier?

				
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