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Puck Headlines: NHL disputes Olympic claims; Drury talks Brash

Greg Wyshynski
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• The Detroit Red Wings sign Jason Williams(notes) to a one-year deal. Williams, Eaves ... considering the cap room, that's an outstanding job by Ken Holland and Co. to fill out the roster on the cheap. Even if Wings fans are less than thrilled to see Williams back. [On The Wings]

• Fantastic look at Jim Balsillie's tactics during his pursuit of the Nashville Predators, including his lawyer fracturing the relationship between the city and the team. Helps you understand what the NHL means when it says it distrusts this guy as a potential owner. [View From 111]

• The Balsillie camp is cautiously optimistic. [CBC Sports]

• Interesting stuff with NHL VP Bill Daly on XM Home Ice, including a question about Phoenix Coyotes fan apathy in light of the ownership mess: "It's been an extremely, extremely difficult summer. I go back to the efforts of Mr. Moyes and Balsillie to obstruct efforts to sell this club in Phoenix. It has created a very difficult situation for Coyotes fans [and] a very difficult situation for club management in trying to sell tickets, sell sponsorships, get people invested in the franchise." He also said that Balsillie's bid not making the final auction is still a "possibility" because of the discovery phase before the auction. Oh, and he claimed Allan Walsh published a falsehood on Twitter when he accused the NHL of producing a memo about Olympic camp policy. [XM Home Ice]

• Speaking of the Olympic camp issue, George James Malik has the latest news regarding how Hockey Canada and USA Hockey are handling the insurance issue and sums up the issue: "In other words, the NHL is essentially telling players that they take their careers in their hands if they skate in their countries' pre-Olympic camps without purchasing their own insurance." [Snapshots]

Chris Drury(notes) on the New York Rangers signing Donald Brashear(notes): "I don't think any guys will have a problem. If anybody does, they can come see me." [Newsday]

Vancouver Canucks GM/Overlord Mike Gillis says that the team should get a new contract with Roberto Luongo(notes) done before training camp. No word if there will be a "no crying in the playoffs" incentive clause, or even if it's allowed under the current CBA. [TSN]

• New Buffalo Sabres defenseman Joe DiPenta(notes) is blogging for The Hockey News. Up first, speaking about this time in Sweden. [THN]

• NHL hockey returns to Winnipeg in the form of a charity event featuring the likes of Jonathan Toews(notes) and Mike Keane. Colton Orr(notes) and Jordin Tootoo(notes) will be there, too. Uh-oh. [Sun Media]

• An interview with Edmonton Oilers defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky(notes) via the miracle of Google translate, which produces such gems as "Edmonton yet neberiem as their home." [Copper & Blue]

• Matt Reitz helped out with the Jeremy Roenick(notes) roundtable this morning; his post on Roenick's time in Los Angeles is recommended reading. [View From The Cheap Seats]

• On the flip side, San Jose Sharks announcer Drew Remenda's valentine to Roenick, whom he calls "of the greatest players to never win a Cup." [Seagate]

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• A glimpse at the New York Islanders mobilizing to show their support for the Lighthouse Project that's vital to the franchise's future. It was an inspiring showing that ... oh, man, Harry Potter was on July 29!?! There goes date night. [Getty]

• Fair thee well, Antti Pihlstrom(notes) and your glorious mane, in Sweden next season. [On The Forecheck]

• Six incredibly boring questions with Rob Scuderi(notes). [Kings]

• NOT HOCKEY: Thank god Ben Lyons is down wiping his posterior with what Roger and Gene built on "At The Movies." Back to a life as a celebrity leech, sir. [Chicago Tribune]

• Things we didn't know about St. Louis Blues goalie-in-exile Manny Legace(notes): 1. He has a six-bedroom, seven-bath home for sale with an asking price of $2.375 million. 2. His full name is listed here as Emmanuel Francis Legace, although Wikipedia has it as Emmanuel Fernandez Legace. In mom-yelling-up-the-stairs cadence, "Emmanuel Francis Legace, you get down here this instant!" sounds much better. [Blockshopper, via Game Time]

• Looking at a potential Dany Heatley(notes) move to the San Jose Sharks, and wondering what the next steps would be if that take that salary on. [Fear The Fin]

• Add Chris Neil(notes) to the list of Ottawa Senators players who would really like to know why Heatley asked out of town: "Nobody knows why this happened ... Not many people have really talked to him about it and we all have the same questions." [Ottawa Sun]

• George Richards with a great look at how the Miami Heat affect the Florida Panthers when it comes to attention and fannies in the seats. [On Frozen Pond]

• Finally, this is an interesting concept with some Grade B execution: Two brothers reenact famous fights from YouTube, including the one-punch Steve Aaron Downey(notes) vs. Jesse Boulerice(notes). It's fun, and we'd like to see more; but c'mon, fellas, even you know that Staal/Semin spoof needed more bongos:

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