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Scott Hartnell A Great Fit In Columbus

from Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch, Hartnell is happy to be here only because he believes the Blue Jackets have a chance to be good for several years, and he sees himself playing a key role in that. That starts with beating a Pittsburgh team that knocked the Jackets out of the playoffs. “The Pens are not my favorite team, probably by far,” he said. “I think they’re...
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Brad Marchand On Tomas Plekanec

from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE, Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec isn’t very well-liked or well-respected within the B’s dressing room, and a national hockey audience got a taste of why when he repeatedly snapped his head back in embellishment during phantom high stick encounters against the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Finals. The blatant play-acting even spawned...
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Red Wings to name Jim Hiller assistant coach today

I've been allowed to Tweet this stuff, so: A very legit little bird told me that the Wings will fill their assistant/video coaching vacancies today, and will tap the WHL. — George Malik (@georgemalik) July 30, 2014 Hearing the assist. coach will be Jim Hiller, who just parted ways with the Tri-City Americans. — George Malik (@georgemalik) July 30, 2014...
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Red Wings overnight report: On Tatar, Nestrasil, Abdelkader and a horse named Datsyuk

Among this morning's Red Wings-related stories, and after one busy day (Abdelkader suspended, Samuelsson to Sweden, mid-day chatter, Holland on the radio, Mattias Backman profiled...Can the Wings maybe slow down a little so that I don't have to freak out about going on vacation starting Saturday, or at least get inking DeKeyser and lining up some assistant coaches done?)...
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Chad LaRose returns, signs an AHL deal with Carolina Hurricanes’ affiliate

This isn't blockbuster news, but Chad LaRose basically disappeared off the hockey map for a year (kind of like what Ian White's done now), and this evening, it appears that LaRose is going to attempt to make an NHL comeback the old-fashioned way, via an AHL deal with the Hurricanes' developmental affiliate. Per the Charlotte Checkers: The Charlotte Checkers have...
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Tuesday One Liners

from Stan Fischler of The Fischler Report, * The Reimer signing has had collateral damage for Martin Brodeur because Mister Goalie has but one NHL team remaining that might sign him: Minnesota. * David Clarkson ranks among the Ten Most Likeable NHL Guys. That's why it's so tough putting the rap on him for his -- so far -- failure in Toronto. * You want other...
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A New Deal For Jake Gardiner In Toronto

Jake Gardiner has signed a $20.25M, five-year extension with the #leafs. Gives him a $4.05M AAV. — Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) July 29, 2014
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Profiling Red Wings prospect Mattias Backman in English and Swedish

Mattias Backman gave a superb interview to Corren.se's Andreas Pettersson yesterday (six-and-a-half-minute-long Swedish video interview included), and in a lovely little coincidence, the Red Wings posted a video profiling the stringbean defenseman this afternoon: If you missed the interview, here's a rough translation of Corren's Pettersson's chat with Backman...
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Report- Bryan Trottier Will Be Named Assistant Coach In Buffalo

from Bucky Gleason of Sabres Edge, The Buffalo Sabres have reached an agreement to hire Hall of Fame forward Bryan Trottier as an assistant coach under Ted Nolan. Sources with close ties to the organization said the move could be announced sometime within the next week. Nolan has been looking for help since firing assistant coaches he inherited when he took over for Ron...
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Zone Starts and Mike Ribeiro’s Buyout

The Phoenix Coyotes bought out Mike Ribeiro's contract this summer.  He had signed a four year contract with a $5.5 million cap hit the year before.  Since this contract was signed after the most recent CBA was signed it is not a compliance buyout and will count against the Arizona Coyotes salary cap into the future.  The reason given for the buyout is that Ribeiro had off...
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Video- P.K. Subban Talks About Meeting Magic Johnson

via Sportsnet,  
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Nail Yakupov Knows This Season Is “Huge” For Him

from Derek Van Diest at NHL.com, After spending the majority of the offseason in Russia, the Edmonton Oilers' right wing has returned to prepare for the upcoming NHL season, having put a disappointing second season behind him. "It might be a huge year for me and that's why I'm here, to work on some things and to be here and train," Yakupov said Tuesday...
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Stephane Robidas Ready For The Mentor Role In Toronto

from Michael Traikos of the National Post, They have a forward who ranked in the top five in league scoring and a goaltender who was amongst the league’s best. But ask Stephane Robidas what attracted him to the Toronto Maple Leafs and he immediately says the team’s defence. “Morgan Rielly and Jake Gardiner,” Robidas said from his off-season home in Sherbrooke, Que...
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Audio- Ken Holland On The Wings

Ken Holland was just on Detroit Sports 105.1 with Matt Dery. George is out but was able to tweet about the topics Holland discussed, so check out his recent Twitter timeline. And/or, listen to it.  
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Scott Hartnell Looking Forward To Playing In Columbus

from NHL.com, The task of meeting his new teammates has already begun for Hartnell, who said he had dinner in Columbus recently with center Brandon Dubinsky. It was Dubinsky's arrival two years ago with center Artem Anisimov and defenseman Tim Erixon in a trade that sent captain Rick Nash to the New York Rangers that effectively launched the turnaround in Columbus. It...
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Peter Mueller Signs A Two-Way Contract With The St. Louis Blues

The Blues have agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract with forward Peter Mueller. #stlblues — St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) July 29, 2014
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Afternoon Line

“Does he want to play with Ondrej Pavelec in Winnipeg? I don’t know. Other than that, where’s he going? [Toronto] only works if they move Reimer. “Listen. If I’m Marty, I’ve played a long time. My first and last name is all over the record books. I’ve made a ton of money. I’ve had an impact on the game. “He’s been the guy the whole time; he’s always...
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Red Wings mid-day news:on controversy, Abdelkader, Samuelsson, the brain drain and charity Whalers

The "breaking" news (as it were) resulted in several posts this morning, so: 1. Regarding Paul's posting of Charlie LeDuff's report on the Ilitches' water bill (they weren't the only "corporate scofflaws" who the City of Detroit simply weren't collecting from), I try not to worry what the local NHL team or its ownership thinks about anything...
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Mikael Samuelsson signs with Djurgardens IF

TMR reader Bjorn Brodne tipped me off to this one: Earlier this morning Expressen's Henrik Sjoberg reported that former Red Wing Mikael Samuelsson was going to sign with Djurgardens IF of the Swedish SHL, and Djurgardens IF's website confirmed the signing. He's gainfully employed at least...Still waiting to find out whether Jordin Tootoo will latch on with an NHL team...
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Justin Abdelkader Suspended Three Games By IIHF

from IIHF.com, The IIHF Disciplinary Committee recently dealt with several cases from the past championship season. Among the suspended players are Justin Abdelkader and Nikolai Antropov following incidents occurring at the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Minsk, Belarus. Team USA forward Justin Abdelkader was suspended three games for a check to the head and neck...
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The Hard Working Andrew Shaw

from Tracey Myers of CSNChicago, Andrew Shaw hasn’t forgotten the lessons he learned in his Belleville, Ont., upbringing, be it from the town’s working mentality — or his father’s putting him to work in the summers. “I did all the brutal jobs, the jobs you pay a guy five dollars an hour to do,” Shaw told Pat Boyle. “As a kid I’d be carrying lumber, holding...
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Homer Hockey Play-By-Play Men

from Luke Winkie of Extra Mustard at Sports Illustrated, MIKE HAYNES, Colorado Avalanche Listen to how excited this grown man gets when a player on the Colorado Avalanche beats up a player on the Chicago Blackhawks. I mean, it's Doug Gilmour so I get it BUT STIILL. I don’t know much about Mike Haynes, but what I do know is that he shouted “HOW YOU LIKE THEM APPLES”...
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Eric Staal Had Recent Surgery For Core Muscle Injury

RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that center Eric Staal underwent surgery to repair a core muscle injury suffered during off-season training. The procedure was performed by Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia. “Eric notified us of the injury late last week, and flew...
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Video- The Detroit Water Issue And The Billionaire (Ilitch Family)

via FoxDetroit, You've seen the protests; angry residents demanding that the Detroit water shutoffs come to an end. They say clean water is a human right whether you can pay the bill or not. This edition of The Americans with Charlie LeDuff is a tale of two cities: One where the poor see their taps go dry and the other where the rules may not apply to the super rich...
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Michael Frolik/Winnipeg Jets Agree To A One-Year Contract Before Arbitration

the #NHLJets have agreed to terms with Michael Frolik on a 1 year contract worth $3.3 million. Details to follow. — Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets) July 29, 2014   Frolik's new deal with WIN makes him a UFA next July 1st — Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 29, 2014
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