Morning Links: Doan, Hossa and more

July, 23, 2012
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  • Red Wings GM Ken Holland said he hopes to meet with free agent Shane Doan in person now that the forward is visiting with teams, according to mlive.com. Doan met with the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers over the weekend. Doan's agent told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that the players will visit a couple more teams and the Penguins are likely one of them.
  • Marian Hossa spent many long days in the dark sleeping all day after getting hit by Phoenix's Raffi Torres in the first round of the playoffs, according to the Chicago Tribune. Hossa had a coversation with the Coyotes' suspended forward shortly after the incident. "I told him, 'you can't jump because you're hurting people.' He said, 'I have lots of time to think about it now.' Hopefully, he'll learn from that," Hossa said, according to the paper.
  • Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien will be in court Monday morning to contest four charges related to operating a boat under the influence of alcohol, an offense he was accused of and arrested for in August of 2011, according to the Winnipeg Sun.
  • Chicago goalie Corey Crawford insisted he wasn't upset that the Blackhawks pursued Martin Brodeur during free agency, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. "Having a chance at [Brodeur], he’s a great goaltender. But at the same time, I can’t really focus on all that stuff. I’ve got to worry about what I’m doing and how I’m preparing myself for the season. All that other stuff, if you start listening to that, it’s just going to become a distraction," Crawford said, according to the report.
  • Sami Salo will be playing in a new city this season, but he is bringing with him the same pregame ritual he uses to remember his father, Toivo Salo, who died in 1995, according to the Tampa Bay Times. "He was the one who put me on skates when I was 5 or 6 years old. He was the one who always after work took me to the hockey practices and games, even though he had a long day," Salo told the paper.
  • The Predators have not yet announced if they will match the 14-year, $110 million offer sheet Shea Weber signed with the Flyers, but Nashville Sports Council president and CEO Scott Ramsey said the city is going to bid to host the next available NCAA Frozen Four, according to The Tennessean. The Frozen Four was awarded to Pittsburgh for 2013 and Philadelphia for 2014.


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