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Too Much For Meszaros

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding,

Even those of us who believes that defenseman Andrei Meszaros is a good fit for the Tampa Bay Lightning believe they paid too much to get him.

While Meszaros has the most potential of anyone included in the deal between Tampa and Ottawa, it’s my assessment that the Senators have spun a bad situation into a good deal for their hockey club.

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NHLPA Investing Sugden Situation

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lindsay Kramer at Syracuse.com,

Former Syracuse Crunch enforcer Brandon Sugden is getting closer to finding out which teams are keeping him from getting a chance at the NHL.

Sugden said Monday the NHLPA is working the case for him. And it turns out four teams actually said no to his return, not three. Two votes came in after the deadline, one was no and one was no comment. I love that no comment one.

Sugden was going to try out for the Islanders this preseason. But before he can sign a deal with an NHL component he has to get approval from all 30 teams. That’s because when he left the Crunch two seasons ago he termed it a retirement. He then immediately joined the Quebec League.

continued

This is a follow-up story that appeared on August 27th.

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  Tags: brandon+sugden

Can The Penguins Mesh As A Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Spector at Fox Sports,

Unlike the defending champion Detroit Red Wings, the Penguins lost several key players in the offseason — moves which can have an adverse effect on team chemistry this season….

Recent Cup finalists unable to keep their rosters intact fail to return to the big dance the following year. Even losing several lesser lights can have a potentially adverse effect on team chemistry. With their established young stars the Penguins should remain a dominant club this season but it remains to be seen if their new players can mesh well with the rest of the roster and help them return to the Stanley Cup Finals.

more

Three keys in my opinion are Crosby, Malkin and Fleury.  How they go, so do the Penguins of 2008-09.

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Canadiens Have Questions

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Boone of Habs Inside/Out,

• Who was that masked man? Which Carey Price do we get this season? The cucumber-cool kid who gave the Canadiens rock-solid goaltending down the stretch and stoned the Bruins in Game 7? Or the jittery rook who was mediocre, to put it charitably, against the Flyers and made R.J. Umberger look like Mike F. Bossy?

• How much does Saku Koivu have left in the tank?

read on

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It’s All About Winning For Luongo

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

In a wide-ranging telephone interview from Montreal, Luongo talked like someone who expects to be in Vancouver longer than the two years remaining on his current deal.

“The great thing is we’re on the same page and we both want to win,” Luongo said of Gillis. “We’re here to win and we want to build a winning team that can contend for the Cup every year.

“When I spoke to him, it was very reassuring for me because that’s why I’m playing in Vancouver—to have a chance to win it all. When you hear something like that from your GM—that he’s as committed to winning as Mike is—it gives you a comfort zone that the organization is all about putting the best team on the ice.”

read on including Luongo hitting the ice with white pads…

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  Tags: roberto+luongo

Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I think about getting hit and that’s what we have to worry about,” he said of playing in the preseason. The shoulder “has to be 100 percent, it has to be as strong as the other one. I’ve been working out hard to get there.

“I would like to play at least two preseason games, but I can’t say that I’ll be able to. I just don’t know how it’s going to feel. I don’t know how it’s going to react. I’m confident I will play in the regular-season opener but I can’t predict the future, so we’ll have to see.”

-Vinny Lecavalier quoted by the Tampa Tribune where you can read more as Lecavalier recovers from shoulder surgery.

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  Tags: vinny+lecavalier

McCabe Heads To Florida

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

McCabe leaves for south Florida today, where he already has located a home in the same beach-side community where former Maple Leaf teammate Wade Belak lives. McCabe’s daughter, Stevie, the oldest of two young children, starts school there tomorrow.

Sounds like a man looking to make a new start, doesn’t it?

The main roadblock to the consummation of the deal will evaporate today when McCabe receives the $2 million signing bonus owed him by the Leafs. Because today is a holiday, a morning conference call between the involved parties is scheduled for tomorrow morning after which an official announcement is expected.

more on McCabe

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  Tags: bryan+mccabe

Modin Healthy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

“I feel good,” Modin said. “The back feels good. No pain. I’m able to work out in a way that I haven’t been able to do for a long time, and I’m ready to play hockey.

“That’s what you wanted to know, right?”

That’s everybody’s question for Modin heading into training camp, which opens for veteran Blue Jackets players in less than three weeks….

Hitchcock has long been a fan of pairing Modin on the opposite wing from Rick Nash, allowing the two big bodies to control the puck down low.

The plan as of today, however, is for Modin to play on the left side of rookie center Derick Brassard on the No. 2 line. Torres, if he’s fully recovered from knee surgery, will likely grab the right wing.

more

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  Tags: fredrik+modin

Developing The Official A2Y Rivalry Depth Chart. Round 3: The Poultry

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

First off: how long do you think it will be before RWBill tells us Sarah Palin is hot?

Second?  There’s a core characteristic of a true rival that we haven’t touched on with our first two entries.  Fear.  There is nothing to be scared of when we discuss St. Louis or the girls in Denver.  You can’t look at either team and fathom a scenario where they’d beat the Wings in a seven gamer.  It just can’t happen.

The Poultry?  They scared me last year.  Imagery of the fluttering puck from Game 5 Hell wouldn’t leave me.  Destiny promised me we’d see them in the playoffs.  She guaranteed it.  But she lied and I wasn’t sad.

But that doesn’t mean Anaheim doesn’t frighten me.  They do.  Fetally?  No, but I still fear the Duck.

Continue Reading »

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“We’ve been a very good team in the regular season the last two years,” said Grier. “But we’ve had our bumps and hit the wall in the playoffs, for some reason.

“We have playoff experience and now we’ve got some guys who have won Stanley Cups. Now maybe a little fresher approach or a different approach will help us get over the hump.”

-Mike Grier of the San Jose Sharks.  Read more from Grier and many NHL topics from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe.

When Bryan McCabe goes to Florida, assuming his regression ends there, he joins a defence that includes emerging star, Jay Bouwmeester, and solid veterans Keith Ballard and Nick Boynton. The Panthers could be a playoff team in the East

-Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun.

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  Tags: mike+grier

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