The Hockey News Daily Dish: August 7

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In his first blog entry from Latvia, former NHLer and Stanley Cup champion Mark Hartigan writes about life in the Kontinental League.

In Double OT, Mike Brophy writes that junior hockey players are on the ice too much and should be granted more down-time while they’re young.

The Top 10 counts down teams most likely to be in the running for the John Tavares sweepstakes next June.

Continuing the ultimate tournament of logos, we unveil the ECHL rankings.

Anaheim: Dan Wood from the Orange County Register blogs on Brian Burke’s experience watching Ducks prospects at the recent USA Hockey World Junior camp.

Tom Reed from the Columbus Dispatch reports that Blue Jackets first round pick Nikita Filatov could have his work visa by the end of the week. (more…)

Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports that Sean Avery is in town and getting the Stars some much-needed summer media exposure, including three interviews with three different media outlets Thursday morning. Avery also threw out the first pitch at the Texas Rangers game Wednesday night. (more…)

The Canadiens signed free-agent defenseman Chad Anderson to a one-year, two-way contract.

John Glennon of The Tennessean reports that free-agent forward Jan Hlavac has signed with Linkoping of the Swedish Elite League and will not return to the Predators. (more…)

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Phoenix: Signed free-agent LW Adam Perry.

Toronto: The Toronto Sun’s Lance Hornby reports that Cliff Fletcher likes Pavel Kubina as the Leafs’ next captain if Mats Sundin doesn’t return. (more…)

Washington: Captials signed center David Steckel to a one-year contract extension for 2009-10.

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