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Shea Weber Talks About Wearing The ‘C’ In Nashville

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the bclocalnews, “Obviously its a huge honour,” said Weber. “I have played under some great captains in Nashville who have done a lot of great things and hopefully that helps me along the way. We have a good goup of guys in Nashville, so it will be an easy job.”

As for any pressure the new title may bring, Weber says it isn’t even a thought for him.

“I am not going to change the way I play at all, I am going to play the same. So many guys could be captain because there are such good leaders on the team. They are going to make it easy on me and will be helping out.”

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  Tags: shea+weber

Can Vancouver Retain Willie Mitchell?

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from Jason Botchford of The White Towel at the Vancouver Province,

The front runners for Mitchell’s services are four elite (ish) teams — San Jose, Los Angeles, Vancouver and Washington, where Mitchell was put through the paces Tuesday.

His trip to the Kettler Capitals Iceplex Tuesday, completing his four-city North American tour, indicates the Capitals are considering something equivalent to the two-year offer the Los Angeles Kings tabled last week.

It makes sense. The Capitals have both talent and youth on their blueline but lack grit and toughness after losing Shaone Morrisonn to the Buffalo Sabres. Whether Mitchell is physical enough to fill a void is something the Capitals are exploring.

With Mitchell expected to make a decision in the next week, can the Canucks compete with multiple offers? Are they still in it?

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  Tags: willie+mitchell

Discussing The NTC

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from Matt Kalman of The Bruins Blog,

One month from the official opening of Bruins training camp, it appears goaltender Tim Thomas and center Marc Savard will be reporting to Wilmington, Mass., after a summer of trade speculation.

However, the presence of no-trade clauses in all the above-mentioned players’ contracts won’t stop the speculation about potential deals from clogging the airwaves and blogosphere over the next several months. And that’s a situation every card-carrying member of the NHLPA should fight to prevent.

read on

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Sean Bergenheim Signs With Lightning

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TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free agent left wing Sean Bergenheim to a one-year contract today, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced.

“We are happy to add Sean to the Lightning roster today,” Yzerman said. “He is a competitive left winger who is also a solid two-way player.  We believe he is a good addition to our team.”

Bergenheim, 5-foot-10, 205 pounds, has registered 40 goals, 80 points and 195 penalty minutes in 246 career NHL games, all with the New York Islanders. He has reached double digits in goals and points in each of the last three seasons. In 2009-10, Bergenheim led the Islanders in game-winning goals with two and tied for eighth on the team with 133 shots on goal. His best offensive season came in 2008-09 when he recorded career-highs in goals with 15, the team’s third-highest total, and points with 24. He also ranked first on the Islanders in shorthanded goals with four and game-winning goals with five.

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  Tags: sean+bergenheim

Afternoon Line

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Any job I can think of that makes lots of cash..that person is a specialist. Meaning other people can not do the job as well. They train harder, are better educated or just plain blessed. They are not a dime a dozen unlike many other professions.

-Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Dan Ellis on Twitter.

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  Tags: dan+ellis

There Is Always This Year

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from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,

So how can the teams that missed the fun turn into postseason hits? With about a month until training camp opens, NHL.com today examines why fans of the unlucky seven can hold onto their playoff hopes:

ST. LOUIS BLUES

Why they could get in: GM Doug Armstrong must have been satisfied with the talent already on the roster, because adding Halak was the only significant offseason move. The Blues are betting big on Halak, who backstopped the Canadiens past the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Capitals and Stanley Cup champion Penguins in a remarkable playoff run. And while many were focused solely on his postseason numbers, Halak did finish in the top five in the League in the regular season in save percentage (.924) and top 10 in goals-against average (2.40) and shutouts (five)....

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You Know It Is A Slow News Day

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When the Pronger not sure when he will return story suddenly appears today, basically the same story from two weeks ago.

What’s next, Wings sign Modano?

Your ideas?

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This Year People Will Learn To Pronounce Filppula

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from Rory Boylen of The Hockey News, .

..a few players I’m expecting to break out from the pack and onto the scene in 2010-11.

Valtteri Filppula, Detroit

The man with the oft-misspelled name, Filppula took on a bigger role with the Red Wings last year after Jiri Hudler bolted for the Kontinental League. The 26-year-old Finn was bothered by a wrist injury through November and December, however, which kept him from having a better season.

more plus other players mentioned…

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  Tags: valtteri+filppula

All About Alex Ovechkin

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from J.P of Japers’ Rink,

When asked on Japers’ Rink Radio this past weekend how he thought his forthcoming unauthorized biography of Alex Ovechkin would be received by Caps fans, co-author Damien Cox answered, “A hardcore fan who just wants to hear good things about their team [isn’t] going to be happy,” but “people who are looking for a more complete picture of this guy [will] really enjoy an independent look.”

...here’s the first of two excerpts we’ll be sharing this week, recounting a scene from the 2005 World Junior Championship…]

The hate between Crosby and Ovechkin really began with their first meeting—physical meeting that is—midway through the first period. They weren’t ships passing in the night then—more like trains colliding at the crossing.

read on

The Ovechkin Project: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Hockeys Most Dangerous Player [Hardcover], is available for pre-order at Amazon (affiliate link).

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  Tags: alex+ovechkin, damien+cox

Shanny In Charge

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,

Unlike the Shanahan Summit – the get-together of hockey minds Shanahan hosted during the 2004-05 lockout, leading to transformational rule changes – the RDO Camp was not Shanahan’s idea. It was NHL commissioner Gary Bettman’s.

But it is Shanny’s show.

Bettman said he assigned Shanahan to run the camp with dual purposes in mind: to test ideas for improving the on-ice product at a time when it has never been better, and to give Shanahan a project that would educate him as an executive.

After all, Bettman hired Shanahan with dual purposes in mind: to tap into Shanahan’s passion for hockey and unique expertise, and to give Shanahan an experience that would be “like going to business school for him.”

While working on the game, Shanahan is researching, developing and orientating himself. Not long after he started his new job in December, Shanahan marveled at the logistics required to run a major sports league.

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  Tags: brendan+shanahan

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