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Jeff O'Neill is working out with Rod Brind'Amour, Justin Williams, Scott Walker and Chad LaRose, hoping to earn a roster spot with the Carolina Hurricanes this preseason. While the Hurricanes blogosphere has its doubts, Brind'Amour said, "He's always going to have that ability to see the game and his skating looks fine. He looks like he did when he left." [Lord Stanley's Blog]

• Meanwhile, Bryan Berard accepts an invitation to Philadelphia Flyers camp in a move that would actually bring down the average age of the Orange and Black blueline. Writer Anthony J. San Filippo brings up the fact that Berard was "the first NHL player to ever test positive for steroids." Man, Philly is a tough-ass sports town. [DelcoTimes]

• Tickets to that free exhibition game for the Toronto Maple Leafs are fetching upwards of $150 on StubHub. [PPP]

• How hockey and politics should mesh at the Democratic National Convention. We're fond of the idea that the Dems drop the instigator rule so Obama can, you know, hit first once in a while. [Jibblescribbits]

• Taking a look at Jose Theodore in the context of what makes for a Stanley Cup winning goalie. Not that Washington Capitals fans are getting ahead of themselves or anything. [Peerless Prognosticator]

• Women Against Fantasy Sports unites "fantasy sports widows" from around the nation. And while it may seem incredibly sexist to believe that women do not also play fantasy sports, why fight it when your wife can now purchase hip-hugger shorts that read "Closed For the Fantasy Season." Boy, wouldn't it be great to give Manny Fernandez a pair of those for his five-hole? [Orlando Sentinel]

The soon-to-be-captain again of the Tampa Bay Lightning will host the 3rd Annual Vincent Lecavalier Texas Hold 'Em Celebrity Poker Tournament on Sept. 11 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa. Quite possibly your only chance to see Mike Alstott, Jared Jeffries, Mark Recchi and a Deal or No Deal girl potentially share a table. [Lightning Strikes]

• Also, The Calgary Hitmen Hockey Club and Ryan Getzlaf announced the formation of Getzlaf's Gang, a program that "will bring a group of children who would not normally ever get a chance to 20 Hitmen games this season." So, like, kids from Jersey or something? Oh, got it: "Children from low income families, new immigrant families, and those with both physical and mental challenges." So ... kids from Jersey or something? [Calgary Flames]

• Zach Bogosian's rookie contract will get the Atlanta Thrashers over the salary floor. Hooray! [AJC]

• Kevin Paul Dupont is a Hall of Fame hockey writer. George James Malik is a Detroit Red Wings blogger. And yet it's quite clear who has the stiffer pimp hand when it comes to the NHLPA and reopening the CBA. [Snapshots]

• Tony Ferrante talks with by Joe Sager, Pittsburgh Penguins Director of Content/Publication, about the comedy stylings of Max Talbot, this upcoming season and his admission that he reads The Pensblog -- even if the players don't. [Confluence of the Three Rivers]

• Speaking of The Pensblog: Wayne Gretzky Sucks Photoshop Expo = epic. [Pensblog]

• Akim Aliu was born in Nigeria, raised in Ukraine and moved to Toronto. Now, he's on track to be a Chicago Blackhawk. Pretty damn cool right there. [Globe & Mail]

• The boys at the KB are having way, way too much fun at the expense of Vancouver Canucks assistant coach Ryan Walter. Synergy! [Orland Kurtenblog]

• Speaking of the Canucks, isn't it wacky how that team always seems to end up in fictitious trade rumors? It's almost like their fans must drive a ton of traffic to sites that charge for inside information or something. Anyhoo, Scott Gomez isn't going to be dumped to Vancouver so the Rangers can sign Mats Sundin. [Kuklas Korner]

• Finally ... another "Hockey Night in Canada" theme song entry. This contest got a hell of a lot more entertaining when people started making music videos. This is ... words fail us.

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