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Clearly, It Looks Like A Goal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

The best parts of this year’s NHL research and development camp at the MasterCard Centre will likely be seen on the TV screen.

As 36 top draft eligible players tried new concepts in faceoffs, offsides, icings and penalty kills on Wednesday, rinkside techies studied camera angle through clear plastic mesh, new net-cams and a goal ‘verification’ line.

“It’s not as sexy as a rule change,” said Brendan Shanahan, the league’s vice-president and camp supervisor, “but it can certainly have a big say in how a game is decided.”

A transparent strip behind the crossbar enabled overhead cameras to shoot straight into the cage and what little mesh remains is woven thinner than normal to allow even better clarity.

continued with an overhead picture…

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Video- Help Fight World Hunger

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul


thanks to Mike Rucki of On Frozen Blog for rthe video…

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Crosby’s Recovery Still A Mystery

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Yet, there they were again, in an email response I received from Crosby’s agent, Pat Brisson, on Wednesday. The question seemed simple enough: What are the symptoms Crosby has been experiencing this summer?

Headaches? Dizziness? Balance issues?

Penguins general manager Ray Shero was asked the same question Monday. His mind-boggling response: “I don’t know the exact symptoms.”

What? If the man running the franchise’s day-to-day operations — the man responsible for making contingency plans if Crosby is unable to start the season — doesn’t know, who does?

I figured Brisson was a good bet. I asked him to identify the symptoms.

Brisson’s reply: “Sidney progressed a lot this summer. As Ray mentioned, he had occasional symptoms here and there. Camp is in a month. We will know better then.”

So the mystery continues. Crosby’s ordeal has been shrouded in haziness since the moment he was leveled by David Steckel near the end of the second period of the Winter Classic.

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Islanders 30 in 30

Blog: KK Hockey By William Morrison


NHL.com’s 30 in 30 takes a look at the New York Islanders today.  The introduction to Brian Compton’s piece:

“The time is now for the New York Islanders.  For a franchise that still doesn’t have a deal in place for a new building, it is imperative that the Islanders accelerate what has been a slow and steady rebuilding process and qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2007. GM Garth Snow believed he had assembled a playoff team last summer, then watched his top defenseman Mark Streit and power forward Kyle Okposo suffer serious shoulder injuries before the puck even dropped on the 2010-11 season.”

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  Tags: brian+rolston, john+tavares, kyle+okposo, mark+streit, marty+reasoner, nino+neiderreiter, radek+martinek, trent+hunter, zenon+konopka

No Charges Against Avery

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TMZ,

Sean Avery just caught a fast break in his police battery case—because we’re told, he won’t face any charges after his recent arrest ... for allegedly shoving a cop.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, “No criminal charges of any kind will be filed against Sean Avery stemming from his August 5 arrest for battery on a police officer.”


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Red Wings overnight report: disagreement about Smith, disparate news and an out-of-the-office notice

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated at 6:26 AM: As the Free Press’s Helene St. James continues penning what is now an epic ten-player slate of pre-season assessments regarding Red Wings players (we talked about the first, um, nine [wow] on Wednesday), we’ve had our share of disagreements as to certain players’ roles and futures with the team, but today…We come to a prospect whose role with the team in both the immediate and relatively distant (by Wings fans’ standards) future invokes debate as a matter of course.

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Devils Featured In 30 In 30

Blog: KK Hockey By David Pavlak


I will provide some of the highlights from the Devils portion on 30 In 30 from the NHL per Mike Morreale.

“The New Jersey Devils couldn’t catch a break in the first half of the 2010-11 season, even after the summertime re-signing of Russian superstar Ilya Kovalchuk to a mammoth 15-year, $100 million contract that took nearly the entire summer to complete.

Instead, they suffered subpar performances under new coach John MacLean, lost star forward Zach Parise to injury 12 games into the season, saw Kovalchuk struggle in the early going, and found themselves in last place in the Eastern Conference at 9-22-2 by the time Christmas rolled around.

It was around that time General Manager Lou Lamoriello opted to fire MacLean and rehire Jacques Lemaire in a last-ditch effort to qualify for the playoffs.”

True, the Kovy ordeal did seem to be a major distraction to the team. John MacLean also seemed lost in the shuffle of being the coach for that year. His attention was not entirely on the team as it needed to be, and the results showed on the ice. I had a lot of friends who follow the Devils point out the same thing. He wasn’t able to coach the team the way you thought he was going too. Lou made the decsion he thought he had too, and it worked to an extent. They didn’t make the playoffs, but they certainly improved. If Parise was healthy, they would have definitely contended for the eight seed that year.


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  Tags: adam+larsson, brian+rolston, ilya+kovalchuk, patrik+elias, peter+deboer, zach+parise

Will Doughty Become A Hold-Out?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Helene Elliott tweets,

Drew Doughty’s agent, Don Meehan, says reports of any deal in place w/Kings are not true. “no not at all. certainly not true.” says Doughty

training every day in London…and that he hasn’t talked to Kings’ Lombardi or Jeff Solomon since mid-July.

Meehan on Doughty/Kings: “we don’t have a deal.” also said comments by advisor Jack Ferreira that Doughty doesn’t want to make a deal were

‘frustrating and disappointing to Drew.’ Ferreira said last month Doughty’s side didn’t want to make deal and he wouldn’t be surprised if

Ferreira had said he wouldn’t be surprised if Doughty becomes a holdout. Camp opens in a month.

Helene happens to be on vacation but wanted to put an end to rumors of Doughty being close to signing.

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Camp Is Approaching

Blog: KK Hockey By Marc Siciliano

The Flyers have made a few announcements regarding training camp, which is right around the corner. First, they confirmed that the Flyers and Capitals will one again be playing a prospects game, this time located at the Wells Fargo Center.

Then, they announced that they have invited center Michael Nylander on a tryout basis to attend training camp.


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Video- Shanahan Talks First Day Of RDO Camp

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NHL Senior VP Brendan Shanahan discusses what went on today at the RDO Camp.

Don’t forget, the NHL Network US will have a review of today beginning at 7:00pm ET tonight.

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