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Did Leighton Hide His Back Problem?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,

“I first felt it in the playoffs last year,” Leighton said. “I gave it time to settle down, and, obviously, it was injured and it never really went away. So when I was working out in the summer and doing activities, it was flaring up a little bit, but nothing to the point where it is now.”...

His injury could have impacted the Flyers’ decision to sign him. Leighton signed a 2-year, $3.1 million extension on June 30.

“Obviously, I’m not happy about this now,” general manager Paul Holmgren said, “but we certainly didn’t know about this in the summertime, when we were going through the contract negotiations.”

Holmgren stopped short of saying Leighton was dishonest, as happened earlier in the summer. Ian Laperriere, who was hit in the face with a puck during the playoffs against New Jersey last April, did not disclose his full postconcussion and vision symptoms to the team’s medical staff and he could miss the entire season.

“They all want to play,” Holmgren said. “We had this conversation in training camp.  We started out training camp by saying any injury, however slight, please report it, so we can get ahead of the game….


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Breakout Players

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from Darren Pang at HockeyChats.com,

I recently taped another season of previewing the NHL for TSN in Canada and as I have done for the last several years on their NHL Preview show, under various guidelines determining potential “Breakout players”, I prognosticate with the vision that a 3rd or 4th year player that has scored in that 8-15 goals area the previous season, can have that jump to the mid 20’s or more area….

Gilbert Brule (EDM) Another example of a team giving a young player entitlement far too early in his NHL career after being a high 1st round pick (6th overall) of the Blue Jackets and while Columbus was targeting Anze Kopitar as their 1st pick, they went with Brule after his Memorial Cup performance. He is a very good player. He can make plays, shows some grit and is versatile. He played some games last year alongside Dustin Penner and Sam Gagner that were dominant. Look for more this season.

Brandon Sutter (CAROLINA) In his 1st season he scored 1 goal, last season he came up huge with 21, so it is about projecting even a bigger jump to put him in this group so that’s how much confidence I have in the son of Brent.

read on

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Reporting From Finland

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from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

In Finland, reporters only have press conferences where a player or two come out and the coach, and in those press conferences, the PR guy from the side asks the first five or six questions. They also have what’s call mixed zones, where several players come out and reporters can basically go from station to station to talk to players. They have that at the Olympics, too, and big events like the Stanley Cup Finals. After being in Finland for a few days, I now understand why so many Finns that I’ve covered over the years have had so much trouble getting the role of the American sportswriter.

In Finland, reporters only cover games, rarely practices, and you saw that different culture at morning skates where barely any Finnish reporters showed. In the U.S., I’ll skip one or two morning skates a year – max, and less these days since we now have to blog and tweet and flipcam and …

As for the fans, the bowls of the arena empty during the intermissions.


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Foundation Set For Rangers

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Henrik Lundqvist and Marian Gaborik, the lone two names above the team title on the marquee, will be able to carry the Rangers only so far and for only so long.

Where and when it all ends for the Blueshirts, who open against the Sabres tonight, largely will be dependent on the degree of growth of the corps of young Bluebloods. Their core features Ryan Callahan, Marc Staal, Brandon Dubinsky and Dan Girardi, each of whom is entering his fourth full season on Broadway.

“The bottom line is that the kids are intact and the core is here,” coach John Tortorella said. “They’ve stayed together. They’ve grown together. They’re familiar with the team concept, and that’s where we’re going to get better. We have our foundation.”


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Using LTIR To Beat The Salary Cap

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

We are a couple days into the new NHL season and there are already five teams that are on pace to exceed the salary cap this season.  They are the Boston Bruins, Calgary Flames, New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia Flyers and Vancouver Canucks.  All of them knew that they would have salary cap issues after their rosters took form this summer and planned to use injuries to solve them instead of having to make player moves that are hard to reverse (either trades which are irreversible or sending players to the minors who will require waivers and re-entry waivers to get back into NHL spots).

Each of these teams made an effort to get as close to the salary cap as possible when neglecting their injured players because as soon as a player is placed on long term injured reserve, they are able to exceed the salary cap by up to the salary cap hit of the injured player if his replacement places them over the salary cap.  Thus if there is an injured player with a $3 million salary cap hit, the goal is to make your team salary cap (excluding that player) as close to the $59.4 million cap.  Then you can exceed the cap by as much of the injured player’s $3 million salary as possible for as long as he stays hurt.

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Atlanta Players React To Their Fallen Teammate

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Evening Line

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“The most important thing was the win, but for me personally, it was great to get the win in my first game with my new team so that I don’t have to worry about that.

A win, two goals against, it was OK.”

-San Jose Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi.  More on the game from Risto Pakarinen at NHL.com.

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  Tags: antti+niemi

Datsyuk vs. Perry

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Pavel Datsyuk needed a five minute major for fighting to get the Gordie Howe hat trick.  He succeeded when he dropped the gloves against Corey Perry tonight.

update 10:29pm, replaced the original video with one that has better quality.

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  Tags: corey+perry, pavel+datsyuk

Modano With His First Goal As A Detroit Red Wing

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Breaking- Ondrej Pavelec Collapses On Ice

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Chris Vivlamore tweet,

Thrashers goaltender Ondrej Pavelec being taken off on stretcher after collapsing on ice with action at other end.

added 7:50pm, I just saw the replay, play was in the other end, and you could see he just collapsed on the ice.  Terrible situation.

added 7:56pm, The Capitals broadcasting crew said it did not appear any CPR was being done on Pavlec.  He has been taken off the ice on a stretcher and now teams are skating to get warmed-up again.  Also, the refs have been on the headsets too.

added 8:00pm, Play resumes.

added 8:16pm, Video of the incident is below…

added 8:22pm, Latest is Pavelec lost consciousness on the ice and was taken to the hospital.

added 8:25pm, added a better quality video below… it would be the 2nd video…

update 8:40pm, Vivlamore with a positive tweet,

I’m told Pavelec regained consciousness.

added 8:58pm, added one more video, the 3rd in the list below…

updated 9:41pm, one more tweet from Vivlamore,

Ondrej Pavelec is now in stable condition.

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  Tags: ondrej+pavelec

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