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NHL lockout Day 29

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Winnipeg Jets winger Blake Wheeler will play in a charity game featuring 20-plus NHLers at the University of Minnesota, his alma mater, on Oct. 28.

Wheeler will be part of a crew suiting up to raise funds for 'Defending the Blue Line', an organization that helps kids of military families participate in the game.

Among the star-studded cast: Zach Parise, Ryan Suter, Keith Ballard, Kyle Okposo, James Van Riemsdyk and Erik Johnson.

Dustin Byfuglien, who has been practising with that crew in Minneapolis, was not listed among those scheduled to play.

QUOTABLE

"If you just want to bury your head and just go to the rink and play hockey and do nothing else, you're missing a world of the behind the scenes of what really goes into a CBA, what goes into the makeup of the league, how the league operates." -- Vancouver Canucks forward Manny Malhotra, who has been active in participating in the NHL/NHLPA CBA talks.

ON THE MOVE

Notable NHL player movement, some rumoured, some confirmed:

Deryk Engelland, Pittsburgh, Rosenborg (Norway)

Kyle Quincey, Detroit, Denver Cutthroats (Central Hockey League)

David Schlemko, Phoenix, Arizona Sundogs (Central Hockey League)

LEGIT TALK?

PURE BS?

NEGOTIATING PLOY?

Interesting thoughts from Sergei Gonchar of the Ottawa Senators in a chat with ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun. Gonchar wonders out loud if, at the end of the lockout, some Russian-born players may opt to stay home in the KHL.

"If the guys feel like it's not fair what's on the table, they might ask (NHLPA boss) Don (Fehr) to put something in the new CBA to allow them to stay back home," Gonchar said. "I mean, why not? We don't know where it's going with that new CBA. Everything is possible. That's why I think there is a chance that a guy like Alex (Ovechkin) might stay back home."

MEANWHILE...

The KHL set an attendance record on Tuesday when 16,304 packed Prague's O2 Arena to watch Zdeno Chara and Lev Praha vs. Alex Ovechkin and Dynamo Moscow. The old record was 16,100, set last February in Krasnoyarsk.

GET YOUR FIX... SORT OF

Web Sim Hockey, an online hockey simulation game, is simulating the 2012-13 season in an attempt -- according to their press release -- to 'satisfy hockey fans' thirst for everything that is ice, goals, and stats.' Check out their website at http://websimhockey.com/lockout.

FYI

If you're into artists' renderings and fancy-schmancy videos, check out this peek at what Quebec City's new rink might look like here:

http://youtu.be/P6W-7Oif-7M

-- compiled by Ed Tait

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 13, 2012 C4

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