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Calgary Flames Coach Brent Sutter seemed to be hinting yesterday that the feel-good comeback story of Theo Fleury(notes) may not have a happy ending: "The pace of the game is gonna pick up 10-fold here starting next week, so let's just see what happens." Today, it became official: The 41-year-old was given his release by the team after failing to crack the top six forwards ,and with GM Darryl Sutter having no intention of sending him to the AHL. Fleury says he'll use the weekend to contemplate his future; perhaps some other offers as well? [TSN]

• Niedermayer to New Jersey! Oh, Rob Niedermayer(notes). Got it. Hey, he'll be a nice replacement for John Madden(notes) if nothing else. [Fire & Ice]

• Unintentionally hilarious lede of the day: "Sidney Crosby knows groin injuries." There's a defenseman in Atlanta nodding in agreement. [Post-Gazette]

• Ranking the Top 5 goal horns in the NHL. What the Edmonton Oilers' horn lacks in volume it makes up for in duration. It's like something you'd hear at a traffic signal when someone falls asleep during a green light. [FanHouse]

• The Wall Street Journal on Brian Burke building Team USA: "Forget the graceful, athletic style of play that dominates on Olympic ice. He's planning to conquer the world the old-fashioned way: by hitting people." Lou Dobbs just booked him. [WSJ]

• With this latest Markus Naslund(notes) news, we're pretty sure there actually isn't a Swedish word for "retirement." [Kevin Allen, via Twitter]

• The mysterious "other" candidate GM Don Maloney was considering for the Phoenix Coyotes coaching gig? Mr. Peter Laviolette. [AZ Central]

• Making the case for why 6-foot-8 defenseman Tyler Myers(notes) should play for the Buffalo Sabres this season. Besides helping Derek Roy(notes) retrieve items from the top shelf of the equipment closet. [Buffalo News]

• The Todd Bertuzzi(notes)/Steve Moore legal saga trudges along, with new court documents  alleging that "former Vancouver Canucks coach Marc Crawford and general manager Brian Burke silently orchestrated" the assault. [Snapshots]

New York Rangers coach/public relations director John Tortorella tells the press corps that he hates "all the bleepin' media" (only he didn't say "bleep") and defends Donald Brashear(notes) from the boo-birds. [Zipay]

• Ken Campbell believes Wayne Gretzky has been disrespected in having to resign. [THN]

• Phoenix Coyotes blog Five For Howling, meanwhile, thinks Gretzky did the franchise a favor in going out like he did. [FFH]

• We discussed Randy Jones(notes) and the Philadelphia Flyers' salary cap here yesterday. Today, it appears the defenseman is about to become Dennis Gauthier'd. Which is ironic, of course, because Gauthier's salary was dumped to the AHL because of ... wait for it ... Randy Jones. [Clockwork Orange and Black]

• Wait: Patrice Brisebois(notes) retired to drive in some sort of Canadian NASCAR junior circuit? "And as long as it's not while skating backwards, he is reasonably adept at turning left." Ouch. [Melt Your Face Off]

• Puck Buddy Kelly R. presents the Marvel-ization of ESPN The Magazine's NHL preview edition. Does that make Patrick Kane(notes) Nightcrawler or Iceman? [Getty]

• Breaking down Jonas Gustavsson's(notes) chances to stick with the Toronto Maple Leafs after training camp. [Sun Media]

Ryan Bayda(notes), Paul Bissonnette(notes) and Chris Conner(notes) are all fighting for one roster spot on the Pittsburgh Penguins. Who wins? [Pensburgh]

• It's possible Japers found the single worst piece of goalie analysis of the preseason, involving Jose Theodore(notes) and Semyon Varlamov(notes). [Japers' Rink]

Brayden Schenn(notes) is still hanging around the Los Angeles Kings, but for how long? [Inside The Kings]

• The Atlanta Thrashers pick up Steve McCarthy(notes) from the Ducks. Verdict from The Falconer: "Steve McCarthy is a nice spare part, but he shouldn't block a prospect who has more potential." [Bird Watchers Anonymous]

• The Minnesota Wild are humbled by injuries and making stretch passes to the far blue line. It's like Jacques never left! [Star Tribune]

• Finally, via Nucks Misconduct, Rick Rypien(notes) manhandles Ryan Carter(notes). Quite literally.

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