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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Sam Pollock, NHL's New Offer, Tomas Kaberle, Trading Cards and More

Good AM Hockey Fans!

More and more, we are hearing talk of players' potential "Plan Bs" should there be a lockout this season.

In 2004-05, players largely fled to Europe, not only populating the continent's top circuits — Sweden, Finland and Switzerland — but also going to more unusual hockey markets such as France, Italy and Norway.

I suppose that, if you had a year to play in any league on the planet, you might use that opportunity to work and live a beat of the beaten hockey track.

Where would chose to go?

Habs and Hockey News

- Our Derek Lachine takes a cool look back at Sam Pollock's manoeuvring to bring Guy Lafleur to the Habs. Clearly, this kind of stuff would not happen nowadays.

- HabsWorld continues their Fantasy Focus series, today resting their attention on the less-than-popular Tomas Kaberle. Personally, I liked his acquisition and, with 22 points in 43 games, he did his part offensively even though the powerplay never clicked.

- Hockey Inside/Out look at the still unsigned P.K Subban.

- The Hockey News has a video interview with Nathan Beaulieu.

- The NHL's top prospects — including Montreal's Alex Galchenyuk — were in Toronto to shoot photos for 2012-13 trading cards.

- Gary Bettman and the NHL owners have submitted a new, less demanding proposal to the NHLPA. Still something the PA is likely to reject, the cap demands are far less onerous.

- The IIHF interview Marc Crawford, who recently signed a two-year deal to coach the Zurich Lions.

- THN's Rory Bolen shares his thoughts on a variety of subjects, including Taylor Hall's new deal and the CBA.

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