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New Season For Pitkanen

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Edmonton Sun,

The Oilers had been searching for a puck-moving defenceman almost from the moment Chris Pronger left town.

They found one in Joni Pitkanen, but skeptics saw his glaring minus-25 last season in Philly and wondered if he’d be moving the puck out of his own net as often as he moved it out of the zone.

“We lost a lot of games last year,” said Pitkanen. “The year before I was plus-25 (22, actually, and plus-15 the season before that). It’s almost like if you win a lot of games, absolutely you get a lot of pluses. When you lose a lot of games you get minuses.

“I played last year the most ice time on the team ... they’re (minuses) coming if you lose.

“It’s a new season, I know what I can do.”

read on

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  Tags: edmonton+oilers

Foote & Fedorov Hope To Define Their Roles

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Columbus Dispatch,

Last week, both acknowledged frustration with their Blue Jackets careers, and they shouldered some of that blame. But in the wake of front-office shuffling in the offseason, Foote and Fedorov vowed that different days lie ahead, both for their own careers and for the Blue Jackets’ success on the ice.

“I want to have more fun here,” Foote said. “I want to win.”

Fedorov put it another way: “I came to training camp excited as hell.”

read on

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  Tags: columbus+blue+jackets, sergei+fedorov

Contract Year For Mike Fisher

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from Erin Nicks at the Ottawa Sun,

While the Senators would undoubtedly be overjoyed if No. 12 experiences a healthy and fully productive season in 2007-08, they surely must realize that if Fisher comes away with a newfound goal scoring vigour, he could easily price himself out of the franchise’s range by next summer. Keep in mind that the Senators already have their backs creeping against the wall before the season has begun, with similar players such as Scott Hartnell landing a six-year, $25.2-million (all terms US) contract with Philadelphia. It’s a safe bet to assume that many GMs would willingly cough up a Hartnell-type salary—an average of $4.2 million per season—for one of Ottawa’s greatest assets. In fact, several would probably consider that number as a starting point.

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  Tags: ottawa+senators, salaries

Overseas Trip For Leafs?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Toronto Sun,

The Maple Leafs are rumoured to be on the short list should the NHL again choose to open the 2008-09 season in Europe.

“I have heard about it,” general manager John Ferguson said yesterday. “No question, the Leafs are a team with global appeal.”

Stockholm would be a strong possibility for the Leafs, who have Swedes Mats Sundin—for this year anyway—as well as Alex Steen. A perfect match would be the Vancouver Canucks with the Sedin twins and Markus Naslund.

more... hmmm, I know another NHL team that would be even a better fit to play in Stockholm than either the Leafs or Canucks…

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  Tags: sweden, toronto+maple+leafs

Kasparaitis On The Comeback Trail

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the New York Times,

Last March, Kasparaitis hit what he called rock bottom. At midseason, he had been banished to the Rangers’ top farm team, the Hartford WolfPack. He had arrived for training camp out of shape after off-season operations and was replaced on the Rangers’ roster by younger players. A 14-year N.H.L. defenseman, Kasparaitis was also going through a painful divorce and said he felt as if he were losing everything.

After a practice in Hartford, he had what he now describes as a panic attack. It alarmed team doctors enough that he was rushed by ambulance to a hospital, where doctors found nothing physically wrong.

“It was emotional, the divorce and injuries and I don’t know, I was just tired from all the pressure in life,” he said. “Then I had the panic attack in Hartford after the practice.”

read on

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  Tags: darius+kasparaitis, injuries, new+york+rangers

Wrong Move By Buffalo

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Larry Brooks on the Teppo Numminen suspension,

There were, as well, no considerations of human decency involved here either, and the whole world now knows that. It’s quite the partnership this owner has his with players, this owner who may or not believe that charity begins at home but most assuredly does not believe that charity begins with the home team.

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  Tags: buffalo+sabres, teppo+numminen, tom+golisano

Just Like His Coach

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Chicago Sun-Times,

Rookie Patrick Kane did nothing in his first scrimmages with the Blackhawks to hurt his chances of making the team. The 18-year-old No. 1 pick in June’s NHL draft scored two nifty goals in leading his Black squad to two wins Saturday at the United Center.

Kane’s second goal was especially eye-catching—a spin-o-rama move against three defenders, just like coach Denis Savard was noted for in his Hall of Fame playing days, before scoring top shelf.

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also from the Chicago Sun-Times,

Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane haven’t played an NHL game. Still, the rookie forwards are already being used to promote ticket sales on the team’s Web site and model the new sweaters the Hawks will wear this season. Realistic or not, general manager Dale Tallon predicted Toews and Kane would become ‘‘the cornerstone of our franchise’’ before they had even completed a day of training camp.

read on

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  Tags: jonathan+toews, patrick+kane

DiPietro Takes On Leadership Role

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Newsday,

As he approaches his 26th birthday Wednesday, DiPietro acknowledged he’s also trying to do more to control his impulsiveness in the locker room in an effort to demonstrate more leadership.

“I definitely want to become someone the guys can rely on and count on for support,” DiPietro said. “I’m a competitive person, and I have a tendency to have a short fuse with guys sometimes. That’s something, as a leader, that you just can’t do….”

more on Rick…

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  Tags: rick+dipietro

VERSUS TV Schedule

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

In case you haven’t noticed, VERSUS has their NHL schedule up.  I see game 2 in London will be televised beginning at 12 noon ET.

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  Tags: media

Report- Ticket Price Range For Outdoor Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from WNYMedia,

WNYMedia has learned exclusively that ticket prices for the big event have been set from $10 for the first few rows of the 100 level seating bowl, which are labeled as obstructed view, to $203 for those heated club seats under the overhang.

We obtained a copy of the pricing chart through an unnamed contact, but were unable to reach Sabres PR spokesman Mike Gilbert this afternoon for verification or further comment.

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  Tags: tickets

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