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Clarke Backs Holmgren’s Dramatic Summer

August 3 Philly Sports Daily columnist Ryan Bright

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren had a monumental and well-documented early summer of transition.  Making roster decisions that will be debated around the NHL for a decade, the stone-faced GM held steady and pulled the trigger on jaw-dropping and career-defining moves that sent captain Mike Richards and leading goal-scorer Jeff Carter away, while being the first of his kind in recent memory to acquire a legitimate starting goaltender in Ilya Bryzgalov.

Zherdev signs with Russian club in KHL

August 3 Winnipeg Free Press

Talented but underachieving Russian winger Nikolai Zherdev has opted to showcase his skills at home.  Several media outlets are reporting that the 26-year-old forward has signed with the Atlant Mytishchi of the Kontinental Hockey League.  Zherdev, drafted fourth overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2003, has 115 goals in 421 NHL games with Columbus, the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers and had said he had interest in playing in the NHL with the Winnipeg Jets. However, the Jets would never officially confirm any interest, calling the reports “rumours.”

NHL set to experiment with some rule changes

August 3 Toronto Sun

Think of referees gabbing via helmet radios, hand passes in the offensive zone, the death of the trapezoid and repeat shootout contestants in overtime.  Yes, it’s time for the National Hockey League to put white mice on skates and turn the rink into a 200 by 85 foot experimental lab, with the noble intent of streamlining the game and boosting offence.  The league’s second research and development camp, to be held at the MasterCard Centre in Etobicoke Aug. 17-18, seeks to continue the flow re-created after the 2005 lockout.

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