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Pens Anxious To Get The Cup

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Cape Breton Post,

“I’ve had the chance to play a lot the last two or three years, so it’s good for me to get that experience and just try to learn every year a little bit more,” said the 22-year-old, visiting his former billet family, Bob and Angela Hawkins of Westmount and their two children, Janelle and Jeffrey. “The team, too, has been improving along the way. Everything will make us a better team.”...
Many analysts believe the Penguins are the team of the future, but Fleury and his teammates are striving to be the team of today.
“I hope so — that’s our goal and that’s what we want,” he said, of winning the Stanley Cup. “But I don’t think the guys on the team want to wait a couple of years. Last year, we improved a lot and if we keep improving the same way this year, I think every year, our chances will get better.”

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Ekman Signs With Khimik Mytishchi

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from Sovsport (roughly translated below):

Situated near Moscow, “Khimik” has signed Swedish center forward Nils Ekman, who, in the last season acted in club of NHL “Pittsburgh,” and before is in “San Jose” and “Tampa Bay.” The contract is [for] one year, informs the website of “Khimik”.

On Friday August, 10th. Ekman has joined “Chemist” on gathering in Switzerland, and to Saturday has lead with a command the first training.

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Chicago Discredits Internet Rumor

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Chicago Daily Herald,

a Hawks source discredited an Internet rumor that the team was close to trading for Calgary defenseman Rhett Warrener.

If you want to see were this originated from, see “Rumor: Warrener a Hawk”.

thanks to Spector for the pointer…

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Wings Don’t Want A Team In Hamilton

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

• Add Detroit Red Wings to the list of NHL franchises which don’t want a second team in Southern Ontario. The reason? The Wings want to move to the Eastern Conference. And fast.
• A Maple Leafs oldtimers team in search of a place to play: Curtis Joseph, Ed Belfour, Eric Lindros, Jason Allison, Bryan Berard, Mike Johnson, Jeff O’Neill, Mike Peca, Danny Markov all without contracts.

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Helping Others To Beat Cancer

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Lake County News-Sun,

In any case, meet Sue Padulo a 33-year-old ball of energy who is the lifeblood of Puck Cancer.
A longtime hockey enthusiast — she plays the sport the way a lot of others play softball or bowl ... several times a week. Or at least she did until she was forced to give up the sport at age 26 to undergo treatment for Hodgkin’s Disease.
Now that she’s beaten cancer, she’s trying to help others beat it, as well, through her Puck Cancer program.
This past weekend, her primary fund-raising event of the year — the third annual Puck Cancer Hockey Tournament — was held at Glacier Ice Arena in Vernon Hills.
And by all accounts, it was a huge success.
But the tournament is just part of the story.
Here’s some of the rest of it:

read on

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Hockey Player Denied Visa

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Sunday Mail,

A teenage ice hockey star’s dream move to the US has been blocked after American officials claimed he wasn’t Scottish enough.
Olympic hopeful Tristan Harper, 19, has been offered a place with Alpena IceDiggers in Michigan.
But American Embassy staff in London refuse to grant a visa because he is “unable to show strong and binding ties to the United Kingdom”.
That is despite Tristan being born in Scotland to Scots parents.
Even the fact Tristan has already played a season with another US team was not enough to get him into the country.
Tristan is thought to be a victim of tightened immigration rules under the US’s war on terror.
He has been penalised because he has not been a UK resident for three years. At 15 he won an ice hockey scholarship in the US, then trained at the prestigious Banff Ice Hockey Academy in Canada and played for top Dutch side Nijmegen.

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Bruins Prepared For Chistov Departure

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Boston Herald,

Stanislav Chistov, acquired last November from Anaheim for a third-round pick, reportedly is close to signing a deal to play in his native Russia this season despite being under contract with the Bruins for another year. According to Chiarelli, it’s not a done deal yet, but he’s preparing to move on without Chistov.
“Not that I’m aware of,” said Chiarelli when asked about Chistov’s reported signing in Russia. “I’m aware of the rumors, but not that he’s signed.”
And if he does sign in Russia? “We have the option to suspend him, and we’d certainly do that to retain our rights to him,” said Chiarelli. “We couldn’t prevent him from playing (in Russia), but we can suspend him and keep his rights.”

more on the Bruins…

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A Look At Owner MacLean

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the St. Petersburg Times,

As then-assistant general manager Jim Clark recalled of the September 2001 game, MacLean had pulled rank and demanded first-round draft choice Pascal Leclaire start in goal instead of a free agent the rest of the staff wanted to see.
“Before we can say a word,” Clark said of the 7-5 loss, “Doug goes by and says, ‘Shut your mouths. If we played the other guy it would have been 10-5.’”
That is MacLean. He gets in the first word, always wants the last, and gives you a few choice ones in between.
“There’s no honeymoon with Doug MacLean,” Clark said. “Every day, you play to win.”

read on

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Unsigned Can Still Shine

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Erin Nicks of the Ottawa Sun,

We’re heading into that portion of the NHL off-season where the unrestricted free agents left unsigned are beginning to look like wallflowers at a high school dance. Undoubtedly, there weren’t many who thought they’d be in this situation, and likely look at similar players who were signed, only to ask, “Why was he picked and not me?”
The sheer volume of free agents combined with salary cap restrictions means there will be some players left without a bench to sit on by October.
But not all the cases relate back to a player potentially being viewed as undesirable. Some are mulling retirement or overseas options, and others are recuperating from injuries or surgery before making a decision.

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Left Side Looks Right In Columbus

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Columbus Dispatch,

But there is one spot on the ice at which the Blue Jackets are pretty much set in stone, where they might just be as solid as some of the best clubs in the NHL.
With Rick Nash, Fredrik Modin, Jason Chimera and Jody Shelley, the Blue Jackets have a pretty good cast of left wingers.
“I would say the strength of this clubs is our wings, anyway,” coach Ken Hitchcock said. “But our left side has a real good chance to be dynamic….

read on

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