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Want To Play?- Write The Oilers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the blog of Gene Principe at Sportsnet,

You know there are so many ways to get yourself to an NHL camp. You might have been drafted by the team… or traded to them… maybe you signed a contract as a restricted or unrestricted free agent. Adam Huxley was none of the above. He is at Edmonton Oilers camp because he sent them a letter.

Yes a letter… a good old-fashioned pen to paper - or at least fingers to computer way of expressing his wish to go to Oilers camp. He sent it to Kevin Prendergast, the Oilers VP of player personnel, and Prendergast answered the letter with an invite.

continued

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Sens In Need Of Top 6 Forward

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Ottawa Sun,

It’s not a case of if the Senators will trade for or sign a top-six forward, but when.

Senators coach John Paddock made that pretty clear yesterday when talking about the line combinations we could see when the Senators hit the ice for the first time in training camp today.

Apart from captain Daniel Alfredsson, Paddock doesn’t see anybody in camp capable of playing alongside Jason Spezza and Dany Heatley and he doesn’t want to have to stack his top line. That lets the opposition load up their defensive assets against them (see: Stanley Cup final, Anaheim).

continued... yes, that Forsberg word is mentioned again…

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Leafs Favor NBA Type Schedule

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Toronto Sun,

Although it is not on the agenda for next week’s board of governors meetings in Chicago, Peddie, the president of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd., will arrive in the Windy City looking once again to pursue a format that would see the Leafs face western Canadian teams every year.

“That’s our unofficial plan,” Peddie said last night. “We feel its important. The last time around, I think we were the only team that voted for every proposal that would see us play every team each season.

“We hope to discuss it again. We feel it’s important to get back into a rotation that allowed us to face Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and even Detroit every year.

more

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Langenbrunner May Be Facing Surgery

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the NY Post,

Langenbrunner, who played each of the Devils’ 93 regular-season and postseason games last season said little after sitting out yesterday’s opening camp workout. Sources, however, claim he tried a rest cure all summer for what the Devils call a “groin” injury, only to have it recur this month.

Surgery appears a real possibility for the 32-year-old, who apparently played for months with the injury last season, stretching his current streak to 144 straight games. Langenbrunner was third on the team with 60 points and 23 goals last season.

more on the Devils…

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Flames Looking For Production From Owen Nolan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Nolan was asked whether he sets goals for himself before the start of a new season.

“I do,” he said, “but I never tell anyone. I know I didn’t achieve them last year. I felt I had an all right season, but nowhere near what I think I can — and should do — this year.”

That assertion has to be music to the Flames’ ears, a team that has been looking for a long time to find a right winger to take some of the scoring pressure off captain Jarome Iginla.

more

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Training Camp Daily Source

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Forecaster via the Toronto Star,

Team-by-team breakdown of who invited who? Wings, Caps experiment with line combos; Kostitsyn brothers shine; Calder makes nice LA debut; Leafs shelve “mentor” idea; Stoll says cobwebs completely gone; Jordan Staal back at center; and more…

read on

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Adam Hall Lands In Pittsburgh

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I have had a few folks email me asking about Adam Hall and what his plans were for the upcoming season.

Well, Empty Netters points out he is in the Penguins camp.

Not interested in Hall, still head over to EN for some NHL bits…

 

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Windsor Star: Lidstrom Will Pair With Rafalski

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Now there’s a blue line pairing that is going to hand out punishment like candy at Christmas.  Dave Waddell reported today that Nick Lidstrom has been preparing himself for the inevitable: a new defensive partner.

Lidstrom is expected to be paired with Detroit’s plumb off-season signing Brian Rafalski. Having done it so often, Lidstrom expects the transition to be quick and smooth.

“It doesn’t take that long,” Lidstrom said. “He’s a skilled defenceman.

“You get a read on how he’s moving out there. How he’s thinking the game.

“How he’s reacting in different situations. It doesn’t take that long to get to know your partner.”

Lidstrom also expects to be paired with Rafalski on the Wings’ first power-play unit.The left-handed shooting Swede will no longer have to dance along the blue line so much to improve his shooting angle from the middle of the ice.

More from Waddell.

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Flyers Looking For A Fast Start

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the AP via the Hockey News,

“We have the chance to really start something,” Briere said. “Everybody wants to get off to a better start. We have to forget about what happened last season.”

Easy for Briere to say. He wasn’t here.

But the reason for the renewed optimism comes after a summer of shrewd moves by general manager Paul Holmgren that has the Flyers believing they can move back into the post-season as quickly as they fell out of contention.

“It was a very long summer,” Gagne said.

read on

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Rangers First Line Set

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Well that was quick…

from Newsday,

Just about everybody on the planet, according to head coach Tom Renney, suggested pencilling in all-world right wing Jaromir Jagr and former Devils center Scott Gomez on the Rangers’ No. 1 line.

After one day of practice, you can write it in ink.

First impressions can be deceiving, but in the duo’s first scrimmage Friday, while paired with left wing Marcel Hossa, the period of adjustment everyone expected didn’t take long.

continued

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