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5 Tips to choosing the right tennis equipment

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

There are so many tennis racquets and even tennis balls on the market today which is why a lot of people get confused as to what they are seeking for tennis equipment. Whether you are upgrading from your current one or planning to get new equipment, it is important that you know exactly what you are looking for so that you will get the best. Knowing what to look for in tennis equipment will allow you to choose one that will give you more control, comfort, and power.

Here are five tips for choosing the right tennis equipment.

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Traverse City Is A Great Place For Camp

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Joe Louis Arena was a wonderful home for the Detroit Red Wings, but as the site for training camp in the early to mid-1990s, it just wasn’t cutting it.

Then Centre ICE Arena opened in Traverse City in 1997, and the Red Wings have been mixing business with a lot of pleasure ever since in this scenic northern Michigan resort town, a four-hour drive from Detroit.

“When I became manager in ’97, I said to (coach) Scotty Bowman when I played I enjoyed when training camp was in a different city and players got an opportunity to bond, whether over dinners, beers or golf,” Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “Part of a team is relationship building.

“I heard rumblings about Traverse City. I flew into Traverse City, met with Pete Correia, saw the facilities, the wonderful downtown, the beautiful community full of Red Wings fans in northern Michigan. They roll out the red carpet.”


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It’s never too early to look at lines.

Blog: KK Members Blog By ilovehomers

We can pretty well guarantee that Ken Holland won't make a trade unless it's at the deadline. At least he gives us that. But with Zetterberg done FOR-EV-ER, and based on a few things written here and there by the (probably) team - controlled media, but mostly the lines we've seen so far, we can make out how the roster shapes up.

Who cares about the average at best goalies and let's face it, Hicketts is going to be the 7th d-man and we'll run the same crap defense we did all last year.

Let's look at the forwards, which actually hold some promise this year! Bertuzzi – Larkin –Mantha Nyquist – Nielsen – Helm Abdelkader –AA –Vanek XXX - Glendenning - XXX Frk and Witkowski extras Frk is injured and Witkowski has the goon repellant/rover ability. But Kenny hasn't been afraid to say goodbye to Frk before.

I believe Khan wrote that Abby was meant to be on the third line with Vanek and AA. What a defensive hell hole, when last year it was the "shut down" line. Helm just scored 2 goals in the scrimmage. He's cemented there until he slips and falls on a freshly mopped floor, breaking his tailbone.

So this leaves 2 open spots for Svechnikov, Rasmussen, and Zadina. Who gets those spots? Cage match anyone? Your crazy (or not so crazy) predictions below.

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Video- Niklas Kronwall On Detroit’s Swedish Connection

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

107 seconds to watch.


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The Team Comes First

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

As we have heard from inside the dressing room of the Pittsburgh Steelers, it’s a complicated balance between being a teammate and a union brother.

Le’Veon Bell’s ongoing holdout has not been unilaterally supported by fellow NFLPA members inside that Steelers room. In fact, they’re more worried about the effect Bell’s holdout has on the Steelers’ success, than whether it provides any rising salary tide for running backs across the National Football League.

In hockey, more often, it works the other way. The rare player who does hold out tends to self-reflect over the effect his absence has on his team.

It’s just the way hockey players are raised. “Hockey is a team-first game,” Darnell Nurse said on Monday, after signing a two-year, $6.4 million deal that will have him back at Oilers training camp on Tuesday morning.


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Guy Boucher’s Thoughts On The Ottawa Senators

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“As much as we’ve heard we’re going to have a lot of new players and young kids, some are clear because they’re trades and the guys are here, but you’re not going to have a young guy just because you want to have a young guy in the lineup. The kid has got to be ready,” Boucher said.

“It doesn’t mean he’s going to be perfect NHLer. You’re not looking for that, you’re looking to see the increments in his learning, growth and confidence. When you see that you can make a projection that in ‘X’ amount of time it will be good for him and good for the team. That’s why you need some time.

“They’re just kids — but some of these kids they just have it right away and they’re pros in their minds already. They get here first, leave last, in the gym and you never have to tell them when things are at. Those things don’t lie.”

Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun has more.

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Ranking The Prospects

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Rasmus Dahlin, Auston Matthews and Connor McDavid went No. 1 wire-to-wire in their draft years, and there’s no doubt who is the top prize in what 10 out of 10 scouts surveyed call the ‘Jack Hughes Draft.’

What's interesting about Hughes is he comes in as a different sized package than a lot of the other No. 1 prospects. Dahlin, McDavid and Matthews are big guys who are well over six feet. At 5-foot-10, 168-pounds, Hughes is a lot closer to Patrick Kane dimensions in terms of physical stature for a No. 1 overall pick. Think Kane, Mitch Marner and Clayton Keller - some of the smaller, more dynamic players in the National Hockey League.

Hughes has an unbelievable ‘wow’ factor – he can really skate, makes everyone on the ice better and a playmaker who has the ability to score goals and is absolutely dynamic and tenacious on the puck. Hughes has tremendous potential and the ability to be a game-changer - in-game and for the franchise that gets him.

more, includes the Top 20 list...

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The NHL Introduces An Information Website

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the NHL PR department,

Today, the National Hockey League took another step in providing fans unprecedented access to its rich hockey history by introducing a new information website, records.nhl.com. The new site builds on last season’s momentum with the online addition of one hundred years of statistical game data.

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Henrik Zetterberg Today

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

from Will Burchfield of 97.1 The Ticket,

"We’re in a transition, we all know it. I think the last two drafts have been very interesting for us. We have some good players, I saw it up at (training) camp now," said Zetterberg, who announced his retirement Friday in Traverse City, the same place where his Red Wings career began in 2002.

The rise of a new core was also evident over the past few seasons, Zetterberg said, in the likes of Dylan Larkin, Anthony Mantha and Andreas Athanasiou.

"We’re getting there, and I think this year there will be some new faces on the squad. I think we’re not that far off. That’s a good thing, but it’s going to take hard work, that’s for sure," Zetterberg said.

more from Zetterberg and you can listen to the full interview too...

added 2:12pm, FoxSports Detroit talked with Ken Daniels regarding this season and the Wings.

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Videos- Wings After Today’s Practice

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

I will add any videos coming out of practice to this post.

First up is Frans Nielsen and below is Gustov Nyquist.



added 1:49pm, Jimmy Howard and Justin Abdelkader added below.

added 2:08pm, Jeff Blashill now below too.

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