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Flyers Looking For A Fast Start

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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

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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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Smyth & Sakic Have Fun Together

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from Pierre Lebrun of the CP via Yahoo,

“A dream come true - playing with a future Hall of Famer and also Andrew Brunette,” Smyth told The Canadian Press from Denver. “They threw us right together from the get-go.”

“I played with him a bit on Team Canada so I know him a little bit,” Sakic said Friday. “It’s going to be a lot of fun. Right off the bat they’re trying to set the lines and get that chemistry going to get off to a good start.”

more

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  Tags: joe+sakic, ryan+smyth

A More Physical Chara

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from the Hockey Journal,

Chara said he expects there to be more physical play both from him and his teammates.

“I think it’s a big part of the game – the physical and obviously the fighting is part of the game,” he said. “When it’s the time necessary, you have to decide right away if it’s something you have to step in and do. But I think the physical part of taking the body and finishing checks should be mandatory, and that’s what we’re going to try to do. It doesn’t mean you have to try to run the guy and put him in the third row, but you always have to finish the check and bump into the guy and make it difficult on him.”

Chara was asked why he didn’t fight last season. He responded, “There was some reasons. I’m not going to talk about them.”

When pushed further about former head coach Dave Lewis’ possible penchant for telling his star players not to fight, Chara then responded, “That’s one of the things, yeah.”

much more...

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  Tags: zdeno+chara

Selanne Waiting To Make The Right Decision

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from the LA Times,

Much like Scott Niedermayer is wrestling with thoughts of retirement, so too is Selanne.

“The decision is way harder than I thought,” he told a small group of reporters at Anaheim Ice on Friday. “I thought it was going to be an easy decision and just move on. Obviously, everything has just been unbelievable here. When you have played something since you were 6 years old. . . . Now I know how players say how hard it is to retire….

I’m guessing I’m going to see how I feel when the season starts and I’m watching the games,” he said. “By then, I’ll know for sure whether I want to go back and play again. But right now, I feel at this point, there’s no way I can be as motivated” as needed.

“If I don’t feel the same way the next month or so, then it’s time to do something. It’s unbelievable, [this] decision. But it has to be right.”

read on (reg. req.)...and Selanne says he will only play for the Ducks.

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  Tags: teemu+selanne

Keep An Eye On These Stories

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from Spector at Fox Sports,

With NHL training camps now opening here are ten story lines worth watching:

On the rebound

Several NHL stars struggled last season through injuries and/or inconsistency will be looking toward a strong camp to get off to a strong start to the 2007-08 campaign.

Those hoping to get their mojo back include Tampa Bay center Brad Richards, New Jersey winger Patrik Elias, San Jose winger Jonathan Cheechoo, Carolina center Eric Staal and goalie Cam Ward, Columbus forward Rick Nash, Ottawa blueliner Wade Redden and former Oiler turned Philadelphia Flyers forward Joffrey Lupul.

read on for more storylines…

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Name Change

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from The Walrus,

The new names were a risk, but here in week four of the season, they seem to have caught on. “Life is rough,” Dirsh pointed out to the team owners. “And that is why hockey is the game of life, or would be if baseball weren’t. People are afraid of life. They should be afraid of hockey.”...

Bettman himself watched the historic matchup between the New York Lack of Affordable Housing and the New York Unsolved Murders, which had everyone going home happy (those who had homes and weren’t killed en route, at least).

There have been disappointments of course. Any Montreal fan can tell you that. The Referendums have played to less than stellar crowds so far. Meanwhile, the Toronto Closet Homosexuals aren’t having an easy time of it either, and are leading the league in penalty minutes with 120,000 after only nine games.

read on

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Devils “C” Up For Grabs

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from Fire & Ice,

New head coach Brent Sutter announced this morning that Patrik Elias might not be the captain again this season, Sutter did not rule out picking Elias to wear the C again, but said he would go through “a process” with his assistant coaches and general manager Lou Lamoriello to select the captain and the alternates.

continued

thanks to a KK member for the pointer…

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  Tags: patrik+elias

All About Stats

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from On the Forecheck,

Thanks to JavaGeek over at Hockey Numbers for pointing out that the NHL is using a new format for its game report files, starting with last night’s exhibition game between the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings. For hockey stats analysts, this is a bit like Christmas in September; there are some welcome additions to the detailed information presented online after each game, although it will take some work to reconfigure how we pull that data down and bring it into a structured format.

continued

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Another Rumor Shot Down

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from Bob McKenzie at his blog on TSN,

There have been a lot of rumors that the Florida Panthers are trading defenceman Noah Welch, who they recently signed to a new contract.

Based on the information I am a getting, there is no truth whatsoever to the rumors.

continued

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  Tags: noah+welch

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