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Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

You go to an NHL rookie camp game and you really wonder, my goodness, what’s next?

A pre-combine before the main scouting combine? A best-of-seven Winter Classic series? Fully televised meetings to draft the best executive prospects?

“Yep, 15-year-old Johnny sure looks good in a suit,” would be the broadcast analysis. “He looks like a young Gerry MacNamara.”

But that’s hockey, right? Kids as young as six- or seven-years old are now told they must play 12 months a year just to “keep up.” NHL teams, more desperate than ever for talent in a 30-team league in which there just isn’t enough to go around, now have post-entry draft workouts, research and development camps and unofficial, late August scrimmages, all of which attract media coverage.

The answer to everything is more. More levels of development, more coaches, more exhibitions, more entry and exit interviews.

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Edmonton Players Talk Sheldon Souray

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

If defenceman Sheldon Souray was at Edmonton Oilers training camp, it wouldn’t be a problem for his teammates, who see him as a piece of the puzzle, not the walloping headache that the team management does.

“A distraction for us? Not at all,” said the leaner-looking winger Dustin Penner, after an informal skate with many Oiler players, including Souray, at Kinsmen Arena Tuesday. “He’s a player like anybody else. We could use him.”

“A distraction to the players? It won’t be now. It wouldn’t have been on the ice, but if the media wants to make a big deal of it, they could easily do that. Then it becomes one, because you have to answer questions about it every day,” said centre Shawn Horcoff. Horcoff was surprised Monday to learn the Oilers had e-mailed Souray’s agent Paul Theofanous that the 34-year-old defenceman wasn’t welcome at camp, as they try to move him. “I don’t think we have to worry about that now (distraction problem) because management’s taken that out of our hands.”

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Regulation & OT Wins Now Count More

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from E.J. Hradek of ESPN,

The NHL’s Board of Governors approved Tuesday a change to the league’s standings tiebreaking procedure, putting more focus on regulation and overtime victories.

In the past, the first tiebreaker was total wins. The amended rule will eliminate shootout wins from that equation, leaving the total number of regulation and overtime wins as the first tiebreaking mechanism.

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added 6:09pm, More on this topic from Bob Condor of NHL.com.

added 7:02pm,

NEW YORK (Sept. 14, 2010)—The National Hockey League’s Board of Governors today approved a By-Law revision that would use a team’s total of victories in regulation time and overtime to break ties among teams with the same number of points at the conclusion of a season. The number of shootout victories would not be included for the purposes of breaking ties in the standings, according to the new wording of By-Law 27.3(c).

The By-Law change was proposed by the League’s 30 Club General Managers following their March meeting and was endorsed Saturday by the National Hockey League Players’ Association representatives on the Competition Committee.

NHL By-Law 27.3 now reads as follows (with the approved revision in underlined italics):

 

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Coyotes Sign Belanger

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

GLENDALE, ARIZONA—- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have signed free agent center Eric Belanger to a one-year deal. As per Club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Last season, the 6-foot-0, 189-pound Belanger played 77 games with Minnesota and Washington, recording a career high 41 points (15-26-41) and 32 penalty minutes. Belanger started the season with the Wild but was acquired by the Capitals on March 3, 2010.

“We are excited to have Eric join us here in Phoenix,” said Maloney. “He is a smart, quick, talented center who plays well on both sides of the puck.  We had identified Eric early in the free agency period as someone who would be a great fit with us and feel fortunate we are able to bring him to the Coyotes organization.”

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On banners and a very brief update from the Red Wings’ prospects’ morning skate

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By George Malik

Well, now.  Three KK readers have offered up a superb slate of banners for the Malik Report, and I’m not quite sure which one’s the coolest, so please take a look at the following images and let me know what you think:

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NHL Stars On Tour

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

For Henrik Lundqvist, the commute was a breeze.

“I can see my balcony,” Lundqvist told NHL.com Tuesday morning from the penthouse floor inside the swanky Hudson Hotel on West 58th Street. “So it’s easy for me to get here.”

Physically speaking, yes, it was easy for the New York Rangers goalie to get to the host hotel for the 2010 NHL Player Media Tour, but in reality making it to the unofficial kickoff event to the NHL season requires years of hard work and good fortune.

You have to be good—really good—to be invited to the NHL Player Media Tour. Only 20 players, including Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin, as well as young stars Steven Stamkos, Drew Doughty, John Tavares and Matt Duchene, arrived in midtown Manhattan on Monday to be put through two days of interviews, commercial shoots, promotional advertisements, and so much more.

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When Will The Devils Get Under The Cap?

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from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Kovalchuk’s $6,666,667 million cap hit put the Devils nearly $3 million over the cap. They must be under the $59.4 million cap on Oct. 6—the day before the NHL regular season starts. If Lamoriello is concerned about starting training camp without creating the necessary cap space—the Devils’ veterans report for physicals on Friday morning and practice for the first time Saturday morning—he’s giving no hint of that.

When I asked him if he felt any urgency to get deals done before the start of camp, he said, “Absolutely not.”

In fact, Lamoriello suggested what happens during training camp and the preseason could determine what moves he does make. He does not seem concerned that knowing there will be moves coming will be a distraction to the players during camp.

“I think that it’s a similar distraction when it comes to the trade deadline,” Lamoriello said. “But I would hope that the professionalism involved with the type of players we have, they understand there has to be a move or two. Hopefully, they determine what the moves are.”

more on the Devils…

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Bobby Ryan Signs With Ducks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Bob McKenzie tweet,

Bobby Ryan signs in ANA. Five years, $25.5 million total. Done deal.

added 4:10pm,

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed left wing Bobby Ryan to a five-year contract, running through the 2014-15 season. Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed. 

“We’re pleased to have come to an agreement with Bobby before training camp,” said Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. “Bobby is already a proven NHL goal scorer at the age of 23 and certainly has his best years ahead of him.”

 

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O Captain, Where Art Thou?

Blog: KK Hockey By The Upper Canadien

Pierre Gauthier met the media yesterday and his words on the captaincy were interesting. Gauthier acknowledged that a captain will be named before the season begins, and he seemed to praise, amongst others, Mike Cammalleri for his leadership last season. Gauthier also noted that the Canadiens had a better idea of their identity and, after last season’s playoff run, what they are able to accomplish. Personally, I wish people had probed more on the idea of change – after all, the Canadiens changed most of their scouting department, their assistant GM, their strength and conditioning coach, and due to Guy Boucher’s leaving much of the AHL organization changed as well. Gauthier did mention this and said it was normal when coaches leave for many different positions in that realm to shift.

Fair enough.

But why all the scouting changes? Gauthier was Gainey assistant for many years – if all these changes needed to be made, why didn’t Gainey make them? If Gauthier is the camel, what was the straw? The Canadiens draft record has, for the past few years, been fairly strong: no super stars, but many solid NHLers. Why make such sweeping changes to amateur scouting when this is the case?

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And The Bill Just Got Steeper

Blog: KK Members Blog By Michael Smith

Add a hefty $3 million fine and the loss of two draft picks to the list of what New Jersey Devils have lost in their pursuit of Ilya Kovalchuk.

The Devils will lose a 3rd round pick in 2011 and a 1st rounder in one of the next four years as a punishment for trying to test the limits of the rules.

Excessive, sure, but there’s a price to pay for pushing the envelope the farthest, especially when you do the pushing in the direction of Gary Bettman.

What have the Devils already given up?

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