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Shake Your Grove Thang: Dancer Tryouts Tomorrow ... Tomas Vokoun Speaks ... Daily Lynx Return

Icedancer Sure is slow around hockey these days, with most of the news coming off the ice. We have battles in Ottawa with Dany Heatley, Eugene Melnyk ripping Jim Balsillie and Patrick Kane's legal issues.

The big news around the Panthers is that they still haven't done a whole lot to improve themselves, are still for sale and still don't have a permanent general manager. Not a whole lot has changed since May. Or June.

So today's lead story regards something we all care deeply about: The Ice Dancers. There will be a new crop of Ice Dancers this year, and tomorrow starts that process. Tryouts for the 2009-10 dancers will be held at The Billboard starting at noon. Don't know if it's open to the public or not, but I'm going to see if my media pass still works.

If you are 18 or older and want to be an Ice Dancer, check it out. Information is here.

They say some of the judges are ''media celebrities.'' Guess I didn't make the cut. Maybe Joe Rose will be there. Or Steve X. I'm sure Goldie will find his way there out of professional curiosity.

-- Individual tickets for the Panthers are now on sale. Thought I should mention this somewhere.

-- Spoke with Tomas Vokoun a few days ago. He's been working out in South Florida for almost a month, getting a real leg up on the upcoming season. He's been working out with the team's new strength and conditioning coach and looks pretty good to me. He says he really wants to get off to a good start this year. Story in tomorrow's Herald.

-- Vokoun seems to feel like a lot of you when it comes to the roster: He wants more.

''It's pretty much the same team,'' he said. ''I think we can still use a couple more players on the roster, veteran guys. But we have what we have and we go from there. This is a team sport, not an individual sport. We'd be lying to ourselves if we said we were the most talented team in the league. We're definitely not. But we have enough talent to be successful and if we use what we have, we can be successful.''

Vokoun3 On the long summer:

''We definitely want to shorten it. This has been too long. I said when I come here, you play to make the playoffs. It makes no sense to come in and want to play 82 games then go on vacation. We all want to be in the playoffs. That's where the fun is. We want to do something special and that's up to us. It's not going to be easy. If it was, everyone would be in the playoffs.''

On being pushed by Scott Clemmensen:

''I think Craig did a great job and we both did a very good job. We were good together I thought. It's always good to be pushed. When you play hockey, most of the good players have pride. You want to do your best whether you are being pushed or not. Craig is going to do very well where he's at. He deserves this shot. I'm happy for him. He played very good hockey.

''We'll see what happens this year. I'm focusing on how I play. That's all I can control.''

-- Pete DeBoer says the new goalie coach/consultant should be named any day now. They are working on the contract as we speak. I hear it's John Vanbiesbrouck. And I totally just made that up.

-- Pete says his wife and kids are sick of seeing him so he's ready to get back to work.


I know I promised these a few days ago but have been busy writing football preview stories as well as the Vokoun story that's coming out tomorrow. Since it's still August, these may not be updated every day, but it will be more frequent than not. 

Hope you enjoy, eh.

-- Dany Heatley says he still wants to be traded from Ottawa because of his diminished role.

-- Don't think Sens owner Eugene Melnyk is going to have Jim Balsillie visit him in Barbados anytime soon...

-- Patrick Kane and his cousin plead not guilty.

-- The NHL Newtork aims to get into 50 million homes...and, while I love the NHL Network, the MLB Network may be the greatest thing ever invented. I hope the NHL has been paying attention...

-- And speaking of great television (not), Versus may not be on Direct TV come Sept. 1.

Berterniealbum -- How could I forget about Todd Bertuzzi going back to the Red Wings?


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George, Looking forward to hockey. Beezer is not stupid -- he would never work for Cohen and Yormark. Patrick Kane is an idiot. And I am from Buffalo. But so was tim Russert.

I'm glad a vet like Vokoun came out and said the roster could be more talented. Hopefully it doesn't fall on deaf ears as it usually does.


Are you trying out for Eklund's web site. Only making up one rumor, you need to make up about 300 and get 10-15 right so you can say you are an insider :)

seriously, only the front office (what else is new) can be satisfied sitting on the sidelines doing nothing to improve the club.

How an organization can go without a full time GM 3 of the last 4 years is beyond me, and now we are going for the record of most years without making the playoffs,

Until we get an owner who cares more about winning then the bottom line this is what we are stuck with.

TVo tells it like it is.

The team is between a rock and a hard place. The current ownership can't hire a GM that may not be wanted by the new group and the potential new ownership can't put in place their choice for GM until they own the team if they ever do. So the team sits dormant after letting Sexton do the minimum required to fill out the team for training camp. However sometimes the best UFA signing is the one you don't make. Remember Esa Tikkanen and Igor Larionov and how that worked out. I would rather have Frolik on the second line with Stillman than overpay for an older player.

Hey, I had that Bert and Ernie record!

George, rumor has it that D-man Dennis Seidenberg is returning from Europe and comtemplating the Rangers or the Panthers. Heard anything through the grapevine?

Oops, actually, Seidenberg is coming from Carolina.

If DirecTv drops versus, I will drop them. I really think they are all the same when it comes down to it. They all have their positive and negatives, but I can't afford 300+tax on the NFL package and both have hockey anyways.

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