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Carolina’s ‘Cape Fear’

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Mike Sundheim of the Carolina Hurricanes:

Cam Ward was trying out new headgear at today’s morning skate, our first morning skate of the season. Here are some photos of the new mask, which includes some of the North Carolina themes of his past masks, along with a new twist… An evil stare from the movie “Cape Fear”.

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*photos are property of the Carolina Hurricanes site. More images there.

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  Tags: cam+ward, goalie+masks

NHLPA’s First (?) Battle Of The Season

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

One of the NHL’s victories in the 2005 lockout was the breaking of the NHLPA.  Bob Goodenow, who had been a tough adversary for the NHL, was replaced as NHLPA head by Ted Saskin, who was much easier for the NHL to keep in place.  Saskin’s NHLPA had little purpose for the players.  He spent much of his effort trying to maintain power and was ousted because he eavesdropped on player’s email to do this.

The Paul Kelly NHLPA is making an effort to be relevant to the players and is willing to fight for their causes and be more proactive with their positions.  They are holding a secret ballot vote about whether or not the current CBA should be renewed (since the players can opt out this summer) and have been on record about potential franchise re-locations.

Their first battle of the season is over the defected player status of European players.

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Panthers Thinking Player Moves

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Florida Panthers Blog at the Sun Sentinel,

General Manager Jacques Martin spoke today about the Panthers’ 4-6-1 start and noted that he’s considering moving some veteran players who aren’t producing.

“When I look at our performance so far, I don’t think it’s good enough,” Martin said. “We made some moves in the offseason and some of our players have to be better. Some of our veterans have to give us a better performance.”

Martin said he was troubled by the team’s defense as a whole—forwards included—and the number of goals allowed (35).

continued

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Now What New Jersey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

It’s not the worst-case news: That would be a year-ending injury. But losing Marty Brodeur for 3-4 months it’s tough stuff for the Devils. We asked hockey writers Rich Chere and Colin Stephenson to break down the situation:

1. We know Brodeur is “better” than Kevin Weekes. He may be better than every other goalie in the world. Give us your thoughts on Kevin Weekes’ skills? Is he good enough to be a No. 1 goalie?

continued at the Star-Ledger…

added 4:34pm, from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

“I’m in shock a little bit, but I don’t feel too bad,” the Devils goaltender said this afternoon. “This is something that I didn’t see coming, but I understand the whole process of it. We took our time. We didn’t make a decision on it right away. We made sure we saw a few doctors and we did our homework about the surgery that is going to be done.”

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Franzen Feeling Better, Chelios Still Sore

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Johan Franzen (sprained left MCL) and Chris Chelios (fractured right tibia) were on the ice for the first time since they were injured, both skating before the team started practice.

Franzen fared much better, saying his range of motion feels good and doesn’t anticipate being out as long as he was last year (10 games) with the same type of injury. Chelios only skated for a few minutes and quickly learned he’s not close to returning.

“I felt good,’’ Franzen said. “I’m starting slow so I don’t want to risk anything, just long strides and go in laps.’‘

read on

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  Tags: chris+chelios, johan+franzen

Price Will Be Great

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Louis Jean at Sportsnet,

Anyone who knows a little about hockey can see what great potential Price has. What they can’t see is his determination. He lost 30 pounds this summer to ensure he’s ready for the rigours of an 82-game season. And although Price has given up a few soft goals so far this season, every single general manager in the NHL would build their team around him in a heartbeat.

So it made absolutely no sense when veteran writer and broadcaster Stan Fischler said Price was a stiff, he was cocky and inept on the weekend. It’s one thing to offer an opinion based on facts, however, taking personal shots at someone simply to increase your own exposure and TV ratings is ludicrous.

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  Tags: carey+price

NHLPA Files Charge Against The NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The NHLPA filed an unfair labor practice charge against the NHL with the National Labor Relations Board in New York today, The Post has learned.

The action by the Players’ Association immediately followed notification that the union had lost its grievance against the NHL regarding “defected player status” for drafted and unsigned Europeans.

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Brodeur Out 3-4 Months

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur will have surgery Thursday morning to repair a torn distal biceps in his left elbow and will miss three to four months, Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said this morning.

Update 2:07pm ET: (alanah): Eric McErlain at AOL Fanhouse has video of Brodeur’s injury, and some comments on what this means for the Devils.

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  Tags: martin+brodeur

The New Administration

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Out with the old and in with the new…

Read all about it at my NHL column…

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W W G R D

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters,

We don’t care who you vote for. Just go do it. Former Penguins forward Luc Robitaille is.

Note: While there is this silly little detail about being a natural citizen of the United States in this Constitution thing, we’re pretty sure you can still vote for Gary Roberts even though he’s Canadian. His general awesomeness pretty much overrides any legality in any country recognized by the United Nations. We think. Check at your polling place to see if that’s true.

continued along with a look around each division…

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