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Devils skate to verge of bankruptcy

The New Jersey Devils training camp doesn’t open until tomorrow but already the three-time NHL champs are skating on thin ice, The Post has learned.

The attendance-challenged, heavily indebted team missed its Sept. 1 loan payment, giving its lenders a breakaway chance to push the team into bankruptcy, a source with direct knowledge of the situation said.

“The Devils are blowing up,” the source said.

Selanne might put off decision until camp

Teemu Selanne raised the possibility Friday of putting off his decision of playing a final NHL season with the Ducks until after training camp opens next week.

Selanne skated each day this week in informal workouts at Anaheim Ice and continues to maintain he wants to announce a decision before camp opens Sept. 17, saying that “it would be best for everybody.”

NHL bylaws cover worst-case scenarios

It’s horrible to consider — a plane crash wipes out an entire NHL team — but the league has thought about it nonetheless.

That’s why the league requires teams to have a $1-million (all figures US) insurance policy on each player, one of the provisos in the NHL bylaws made public over the weekend in court filings regarding the bankruptcy of the Phoenix Coyotes.

Holdouts possible for group of talented youngsters

Maybe it’s the return of Alexei Yashin to the scene of the crime that’s causing the disruption.

Yashin, after all, was the man at the centre of the last great NHL holdout when he sat out the entire 1999-2000 season while trying to force his way out of Ottawa.

He’s back in North America these days, skating in irregular workouts with other New York Islander players, and suddenly there seems to be at least the possibility that the holdout, as a negotiating tool, may be on its way back as a feature of the NHL fall. Odd, that.

Only 1 spot open at Leafs camp???

Brian Burke turned some heads in the local media this week as training camp approaches when he said that his roster is pretty much set except for 1 spot at forward to be decided…

PLANE CARRYING KHL TEAM CRASHES, KILLING 36

A Russian jet carrying a local hockey team crashed Wednesday while taking off in western Russia, killing 36 people and leaving one critically injured, officials said.

The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry said the Yak-42 crashed immediately after taking off from an airport near the city of Yaroslavl, on the Volga River, 240 kilometres northeast of Moscow. It said one person survived the crash with grave injuries.

The ULTIMATE POOL PREVIEW is BACK!

The hockey season is coming soon, and so are hockey pools. For this reason, the ULTIMATE POOL PREVIEW will be back for the 2011-12 season to help you destroy the competition in your pool!

Your Players

The past few years, new players like Crosby and Ovechkin have shown up, and have been compared to the greatness of the older players. They have shown their own great skills and skill at the sport. Though the age and time may be different, the new generation of players still show the same excitement as the old ones did.

ISLANDERS, BAILEY STILL WORKING ON A DEAL

It’s August 25th. Do you know where Josh Bailey’s second professional contract is?

Bailey remains unsigned, and that’s a little bit of a surprise. Islanders training camp begins in three weeks, so this is a good time to review what we know about Bailey, the Islanders and the state of his very restricted free agency.

HTR 2011-2012 Bold Predictions

As the end of August begins to near, hockey fans start to hit the part of the year that goes the slowest. News is slow and camps haven’t started yet. So to get some interest for the season up and running, I’ve decided its time for the inaugural HTR Bold Predictions Thread.

Let’s make some predictions that could become reality. Not crazy, but not the simple ones either. Let’s have a little fun and come back to this next offseason and see which of us have a little Nostradomus in us.

Could Hunter be on the Ducks’ radar?

The good thing about the Internet is that news can travel at a blinding speed on the information superhighway. The bad thing is that a false rumor can travel just as fast.

Trent Hunter‘s apparent signing with the Ducks on Friday was just that — a false rumor that only took flight due to a computer glitch in which a Google search of “trent hunter anaheim ducks” revealed a Ducks’ player page with Hunter’s mugshot and career statistics listed.

The Hockey News 2011-12 NHL regular season predictions: No. 14

It’s that time of year again when everything is put on the line and prognostications are made for the upcoming season.

In keeping with a THN tradition, we have already debated the merits of each organization and after much back-and-forth, settled on our rankings from 1-15 in each conference.

Burke will probably stick with Leafs' young guns

Toronto general manager Brian Burke has thus far not responded to unrestricted free agents who are seeking a tryout with the Leafs at next month’s training camp. Homeless veterans such as Owen Nolan and Todd Fedoruk (Vancouver) and goaltender Ray Emery (Chicago) will be getting a chance in those cities and in the past, Burke has extended a hand to players such as Jason Allison and Wayne Primeau.

“We haven’t ruled out an invitation,” Burke told Sun Media. “But most likely we will give the kids a look.”

Former Sharks defenseman Andrei Zyuzin looking at NHL return

If reports are to be believed, Jaromir Jagr might not be the only former NHLer coming back to North America from the KHL this season. Genadi Boguslavski of Sovetsky Sport out of Russia reports that former Sharks first round pick in 1996 defenseman Andrei Zyuzin is close to returning to the NHL. Yahoo’s Dmitry Chesnokov follows that report up saying that Zyuzin has two offers from NHL teams to return to the NHL after a three season absence from the league.

A place to believe in, or place to be leavin'?

Winnipeg: NHL heaven or NHL hell — depends on who is doing the talking.

Bob McCown says three members of the Winnipeg Jets are actively trying to get out of Winnipeg. Jets captain Andrew Ladd says let them go.

What Ladd says about the issue is far more important.

Cap floor crunch puts Sens on defensive

The Senators are looking at one crowded blue line when training camp opens Sept. 17 at Scotiabank Place.

The speculation in NHL circles is that with nine defencemen vying for seven spots on the roster, at least one will be dealt before the Senators report for physicals.

Six have one-way contracts, youngsters Jared Cowen and David Rundblad are virtually assured spots, while Patrick Wiercioch will also make a serious push.

Ryan Kesler should recover quickly. But if he doesn't?

Everyone around Ryan Kesler believes he is going to make a full recovery. His surgeon, Dr. Marc Phillipon, a renowned hip specialist who has treated stars like Alex Rodriguez, Greg Norman, Mario Lemieux and, most recently, elite sprinter Tyson Gay, believes he should be “as good as new.”

All of the news for Kesler following last week’s surgery is encouraging. He’s a quick healer and he’s been through this before.

Selanne to decide in September

Teemu Selanne has reportedly told a Finnish newspaper that he will wait until September to make a final decision on playing with the Ducks in 2011-12.

Ilta-Sanomat, Finland’s second-largest newspaper, caught up with Selanne on Wednesday and the winger reportedly said that he wants more time to make sure that his knee heals properly after it was revealed by Ducks GM Bob Murray over the summer that it bothered the high-scoring forward through much of last season.

What Makes you Loyal to your Team of Choice?

We’ve reached the dog days of summer where news like Patrick Lalime/Chris Osgood retiring is the biggest hockey news out there to chew on – so I thought maybe it’d be a good time for us to all get to know a little more about one another and why we love the teams that we love – and it’s not because “they’re awesome” – that’s the casual fans response.

Nabokov set to return to NHL for 2011-12

It’s been a bumpy road for Evgeni Nabokov of late.

Nabokov finished second in the NHL in wins with 44 with the San Jose Sharks in a career year in 2009-10, finishing tied for fourth in Vezina Trophy voting.

He struggled in the postseason, however, leading the Sharks to turn to Antti Niemi and Antero Niittymaki in goal and Nabokov to hit free agency as one of many goalies available on July 1.