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Ducks Prepared To Defend The Cup

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Vancouver Province,

We accept the responsibility that comes with winning the Stanley Cup,” says Carlyle. “We know we are going to be the measuring sticks for other teams, and we also know that’s not an excuse.”

What he doesn’t know is how all this is going to play out.

As he enters just his third full season as an NHL head coach, Carlyle doesn’t have to be reminded that he enjoyed good breaks on a number of fronts last spring. Can they count on those same things again? That’s just one of the questions he now faces.

The Ducks, in fact, are a veritable Double Jeopardy board as the curtain pulls back on their season.

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Warrener In The Best Shape Of His Career

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Calgary Sun,

“Yeah, I think so. I hate hearing guys (say), ‘Ah, I’m in the best shape ever. Blah, blah, blah.’ That basically says maybe I didn’t work hard enough in the past,” Warrener said yesterday.

“But I think you do get wiser and smarter as you go on and, as the years go by, you take better care of yourself.

“Certainly, I feel as good as I’ve ever felt at the start of the exhibition season.”

Warrener looks nowhere near his listed weight of 215 lb., and while he won’t disclose exact numbers, it’s safe to say he dropped more than the 10 pounds Jarome Iginla shed during the last off-season.

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  Tags: calgary+flames, rhett+warrener

Rotating “C”

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Edmonton Sun,

With so many candidates to take over the Edmonton Oilers captaincy left vacant by Jason Smith’s trade to Philadelphia, head coach Craig MacTavish hinted yesterday the club might alternate the C.

“The preference is to find your best player and give it to him,” said MacTavish, whose best players are the likes of Ales Hemsky and Jarret Stoll.

“If your best player is still a relatively young player, then that factors into it.

“We could name somebody who’s going to evolve into it but isn’t quite ready, or we could share it for a while until that person evolves into it.”

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  Tags: edmonton+oilers

Keep An Eye On Berglund

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Blues coach Andy Murray thinks 19-year-old center Patrik Berglund has a chance to make the NHL roster. Berglund believes it, too. So will he be with the team when it opens the season Oct. 4 in Phoenix?

“He just has to be above one centerman we have in our lineup right now,” Blues coach Andy Murray said….

“I’m very happy about it,” said Berglund, the 25th pick in the 2006 NHL draft. “They show a lot of interest in me and they give me a chance to play with the best players in the world and that means a lot to me.”

read on

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  Tags: prospects, st.+louis+blues

Deep Diggers Unite In Attempt To Actually Lower Standards

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Exhibition season opens tonite in The State of Hockey and with it Mike Babcock heads into his third year of playing “Mess with the Diggers’ Heads.”  If there’s a bigger lying liar than Babcock, prove it.  He’s spent his first two years shaking his head in amazement as the Wing beat writers take everything he says as actual fact. 

April 2006, according to my notes.
Babcock: “It may look like Hank’s back is hurting but it’s really a migraine thing that makes him walk funny, which isn’t funny, but it still isn’t a back, which would be bad because backs are a bitch.” 
Khan(!): “Word for word Mike?”
Babcock: “Word for word. Every last b-word Ansar. Every one of them, all in a row just like the pretty maids on Hotel California.”
Khan(!): “Done.”

Continue Reading »

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  Tags: babcock, cleary, deep+diggers, downey, filppula, hasek

Chasing Foppa

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Alfredsson said he’s not sure if he pulls more weight than Leafs captain and countryman Mats Sundin, but indicated if Forsberg wants a realistic chance to win a championship then Ottawa would be a better choice than Toronto.

“I don’t know, but I think our situation should be able to catch (Forsberg’s) eye,” Alfredsson said yesterday. “Looking at the team we have and the opportunity we have here, I’m sure he’ll realize how close we were last year and he could be the one who could add that little bit of extra confidence for us.”

Senators GM Bryan Murray, who is trying to add a top-six forward, has spoken with Forsberg’s agent, Don Baizley, three times and has also asked Alfredsson to phone Forsberg and talk up Ottawa.

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  Tags: ottawa+senators, peter+forsberg

Backup Fight In San Jose

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Mercury News,

Dimitri Patzold and Thomas Greiss were standing side by side outside the Sharks locker room, talking about their friendly competition for the backup goalie position. Both put the emphasis on the “friendly” part of their battle.

“We’re not fighting,” Patzold said, smiling. “It’s not like boxing.”

Greiss agreed. “We’re buddies.”

They even often go out to dinner together. “But,” Greiss added, “we split the bill.”...

Deciding which one will open the year as Evgeni Nabokov’s No. 2 is the biggest question facing the Sharks.

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  Tags: goalies, san+jose+sharks

RBK Jersey Quality is Questioned

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Tom Gulitti at Fire & Ice,

Enforcer Cam Janssen might have injured his shoulder tonight because of the league’s new Reebok Edge sweaters. His sweater ripped during his two first period fights with Philadelphia’s Jesse Boulerice. That might have helped Boulerice pull Janssen’s jersey over his head in both altercations and win both decisively. Arron Asham also had his sweater tear during his fight with Riley Cote.

“These new jerseys are supposed to make you faster, but what good are they if they tear that easily,” Mike Rupp said.

continued…

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*Hat tip to hockeyfights.com for passing on the story

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  Tags: fighting, new+jersey+devils, philadelphia+flyers, rbk

Brian Rolston is No Dinosaur

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Michael Russo at the Star Tribune,

In the real world, Brian Rolston is a young man at age 34. In the hockey world, he’s a dinosaur.
“But I feel young, which is all that matters. If I was on the Red Wings, I’d be really young,” a laughing Rolston joked.

Plus, if you’ve paid attention to his first two years in Minnesota (or Sunday’s scrimmage in White Bear Lake), you realize Rolston, despite a few gray hairs, isn’t some breaking-down, old veteran.

continued…

(Gotta love a Red Wings joke at the end of the day…)

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  Tags: goalies, minnesota+wild

Red and White Game Recap

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

If you’re looking for contest results, check here.
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According to Bruce MacLeod, tonite’s Red/White game featured lots of defense, great goaltending and another largely listless effort from Igor Grigorenko.

Although Hasek didn’t allow a goal, Howard was the best goalie in the game. Howard made several sparkling saves, including stuffing Evan McGrath on a 2-on-1 blast and on the next sequence making the best save of the game, stopping Johan Franzen from a sprawled position.

Igor Grigorenko was silent most of the game, then had a great final shift in regulation, creating three scoring opportunities on one shift.

More from MacLeod.

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