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Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“When he first got called up, he sat beside me in the locker-room for a long, long time, and was a great kid,” Morrison recalled Tuesday from his off-season home in Tofino, B.C. “He had a tremendous amount of respect for all the guys in the locker-room. He respected the game, the coaching staff, everybody.

“Everybody liked him because he had a great heart and was a fantastic teammate. He’d do anything for his teammates.

“It’s a tragedy.”

-Brendan Morrison of the Calgary Flames, speaking about former teammate Rick Rypien.  More from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun.

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Captain Anonymous

Blog: KK Hockey By William Morrison

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What is a captain?  “A person who is at the head of or in authority over others; chief; leader.”  What is a hockey captain?  “A locker room leader, motivator; a medium between players and upper management; a primary representative of the team both on and off the ice.”

It is a unique situation this off-season that all three New York City metro area teams will be naming a new captain for the upcoming 2011-2012 season.  The New York Rangers have the most candidates and are probably in the best situation with the most quality choices to choose from.  So, we will start with the Rangers and then look at the Devils, who have both the easiest and hardest choices of the three, and finally we will look at the New York Islanders who have the youngest crop of candidates with the most potential. 

 

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Red Wings overnight report: An enthusiastic Brunnstrom and Abdelkader’s consistency

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Red Wings assistant GM Jim Nill turned the Babcockian, “Good for him and good for us” theory regarding Fabian Brunnstrom on its head on Tuesday night, suggesting to the Free Press’s Helene St. James that the Wings in fact believe that Brunnstrom faces serious pressure to impress the Wings as opposed to both Detroit’s brass and 29 other potential employers’ decision-makers…

“He called us, and we told him to come on in,” assistant general manager Jim Nill said. “He’s had a disappointing two seasons in the NHL and knows this is his last chance.”

And Brunnstrom at least sounds incredibly enthusiastic about what’s become a high-stakes opportunity while speaking to Heslingborgs Dagblad’s Linus Ahlin, suggesting that he’s going to try to fulfill a childhood dream in sticking with the Wings:

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Oilers Not Guaranteed Last Place Standing This Year

Blog: Oil Patch By Lisa Brown

A story that has made a lot of noise with the Edmonton sports media was The Hockey News saying that the Ottawa Senators could finish last in the east, and the Edmonton Oilers finish last in the west. The funny thing is that it has just created noise and even chatter with most writers and even fans having a hard time disputing that this may be a likely scenario. I am a little late to the party, but shockingly, I also have thoughts on this list.

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Oilers Not Guaranteed Last Place Standing This Year

Blog: KK Hockey By Lisa Brown

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A story that has made a lot of noise with the Edmonton sports media was The Hockey News saying that the Ottawa Senators could finish last in the east, and the Edmonton Oilers finish last in the west. The funny thing is that it has just created noise and even chatter with most writers and even fans having a hard time disputing that this may be a likely scenario. I am a little late to the party, but shockingly, I also have thoughts on this list.

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Leafs Goalie Needs A Nickname

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

Whether it’s Cat, Cujo or Eagle, you’re just not a bona fide Maple Leaf netminder without a catchy nickname.

Fans weren’t too excited about Andrew (Razor) Raycroft and some names they hung on Vesa Toskala can’t be printed. But here comes James Reimer, whose strong start in his rookie year has inspired people to think outside the box. The first few kids in line at Tuesday’s Hockey Hall of Fame autograph session had the Optimus Reim t-shirt that a sharp-thinking fan re-configured from The Transformers franchise.

“It was very popular,” joked Reimer’s agent, Ray Petkau. “I’ve ordered my own shirt.

Reimer has at least six nicknames he’s carefully considering:

continued

How about “Giving the kid a full season before deciding”?

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Future Looks Bright For Jeff Skinner

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lois Kalchman at the Toronto Star,

“My parents were huge in my life ... my biggest fans,” he said. “They’ve done so much for me ... sacrificed everything. The biggest adjustment for me in the NHL was living away from home. My roommate, Justin Peters, was a big help and showed me the ropes. ”

Skinner isn’t resting on his laurels. He spent this summer working out two hours a day, six times a week, plus on-ice skills development two or three times a week and yoga while preparing for next season.

And Maurice is looking forward to his return.

“It is special to come into the NHL and score 30-plus goals,” Maurice said. “It usually takes three, four or even five years to develop. Everyone down here has fallen in love with him. He is grounded and he looks like he’s having fun.”

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Carlyle’s Contract Extension & Some Random Thoughts on the Ducks

Blog: KK Hockey By Nick C

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The Ducks have been in the news quite a bit recently considering the NHL news has been typically slow during the month of August.  However, the Ducks signed their head coach, Randy Carlyle, to a contract extension that will run through the 2013-14 season.  Carlyle has been a very successful coach during the course of his tenure with the Ducks.  Since being named head coach on August 1, 2005 he has led the Ducks to five playoff appearances in six seasons, a Pacific Division championship and of course a Stanley Cup championship, both in 2007.  Carlyle has managed to get the most out of whatever talent GM Bob Murray has given him and seems to be in sync & work in concert with Murray very well. 

The upcoming season will present Carlyle with another strong challenge, especially in light of the news that Teemu Selanne still hasn’t decided if he’s coming back for the upcoming 2011-12 NHL season.  It was recently widely reported that Selanne wouldn’t make a decision on his playing status until sometime in early September.  Obviously his decision will have a major impact on the team, especially with regard to the strength/depth of the forwards, more specifically the top 2 lines and power play units.  If he returns, Selanne will likely line up next to Saku Koivu and Jason Blake to form a solid/productive second line behind the dominant 1st line of Bobby Ryan-Ryan Getzlaf-Corey Perry.  Without Selanne the Ducks depth would be severely tested and likely would force the team & GM Bob Murray to look outside the organization for help.

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Red Wings are Brunnstrom’s ‘last chance’ in the NHL? That’s a different way of putting it…

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated ex with a Ken Kal interview from Calgary at 8:37 PM: Well scratch that suggestion: I had assumed that the Red Wings were approaching their try-out to Fabian Brunnstrom without many expectations other than giving the 26-year-old a chance to prove himself again, but Wings assistant GM Jim Nill offered a very different take on Brunnstrom’s situation while speaking about the try-out deal to the Free Press’s Helene St. James:

The Detroit Red Wings have told forward Fabian Brunnstrom—whom they pursued three years ago, only to see him sign with the Dallas Stars—that he’s welcome to come to training camp and try out for the team.

“He called us, and we told him to come on in,” assistant general manager Jim Nill said. “He’s had a disappointing two seasons in the NHL and knows this is his last chance.”

Brunnstrom, 26, spent last season with Toronto’s farm team. He has 19 goals, 40 points and is minus-11 in 99 NHL games. He’ll have to impress mightily to make the Wings, who are well-stocked up front.

And in a very different vein, Todd Bertuzzi told St. James that he’s less than delighted with Dan Cleary’s successful campaign to be immortalized in bobblehead form:

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Under Pressure In The West

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Kreiser of NHL.com,

Vacation time is almost over. With teams less than a month from heading to training camp, here’s a look at a player from each of the 15 teams in the Western Conference who’ll be under pressure to perform as soon as the puck drops:

Miikka Kiprusoff, Calgary—Kiprusoff has played at least 71 games and won at least 35 of them in each of the last six seasons. But his save percentage last season dropped to .906 after he was at .920 in 2009-10—and he’s been at .906 or below in three of the last four seasons. Kiprusoff will have to be better this season if the Flames hope to end a two-year playoff drought.

Duncan Keith, Chicago—Keith went from Norris Trophy winner in 2009-10 to nothing special last season, mirroring the Hawks’ fall from Stanley Cup champs to a team lucky to finish eighth in the West. Keith fell from 14 goals and 69 points to 7-38-45, and went from plus-21 to minus-1. He looked sharper in the Hawks’ seven-game loss to Vancouver in the opening round of the playoffs, and there’s no reason that he shouldn’t bounce back with another big season.

note 8:41pm, link is now dead, maybe they meant the East, see my comment below…continued

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