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Fight Fans

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Make sure to check out the LA Kings Fight Club website were you can watch classic fights like this one between Marty McSorley and Ken Baumgartner.

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Ian Laperriere Looking Forward To Another Cup Run

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from Joe Siville of Flyers.com,

Like so many Flyers this offseason, Laperriere has also paid close attention to the Flyers offseason moves, and after squeezing in a couple family vacations this summer, he is ready to get back at it.

“I’m excited and hungry. Last season was a great run but we ended up short. I’m hungrier to go even further and going further means winning the Cup this season. I’m sure everybody feels the same way as I do.”

“I’ve played against Jody (Shelley). He is one of the toughest guys in the league. When you have a guy like that other teams will be hesitant to try and push us around because he will be in our line-up. That’s always welcome.”

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Unsigned RFAs

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from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

Nobody is predicting that any of the 11 players we’re about to mention will sign with another team, but there’s always a chance and then we would have a much bigger story. Either way, here is a list of restricted free agents that are young, talented, marketable and waiting.

Carey Price, Montreal—This one is interesting on so many levels. For one, the Canadiens gave up some of their negotiating power when they traded Jaroslav Halak to St. Louis, thereby making Price the man in La Belle Province. However, Price hasn’t done enough yet in the League (60-48-18, 2.73 GAA) to warrant a mega-deal….

James Neal, Dallas—Neal experienced a bump in his production from his rookie season to his second season as he went from 24 to 27 goals and from 13 to 28 assists. He played in only one more game (78 vs. 77). Clearly he got better, but how much are the Stars willing to shell out in cash for him?...

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added 10:03am, from TSN,

The Montreal Canadiens’ contract negotiations with goaltender Carey Price are certainly going at a slower pace, but that does not mean the club is looking at other options in net.

Price’s agent Gerry Johannson told the Montreal Gazette on Wednesday his understanding was that there was no truth to the rumours that the Habs could go after unrestricted free agent netminder Antti Niemi.

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All Nikita Filatov

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

Question: You look like you’ve added some muscle. Are you bigger?

Answer: Yes, of course. I’ve gained, like, 14 pounds. I’m at 186 or 187 (pounds).

Q: This is the earliest you’ve arrived in advance of a season. Why?

A: Lots of factors. The changing of coaches is (part of it). I just changed my mind, that maybe it would be better if I was here earlier. More time to get ready, to get comfortable.

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Modano Confirms Detroit Press Conference & Other Topics

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from Mike Heiika of the Dallas Morning News,

He confirmed he will be in Detroit for a press conference on Friday to sign with the Red Wings.

I asked him why he didn’t need to skate to see if he really wanted to play again.

“We had scheduled this trip and it kind of fell in the middle of all of that, and they have been nice enough to wait for me, so I just knew I wanted to play and I knew we needed to get this done. They have some contracts that they need to take care of, and this just felt right and makes sense to me.”

Did you give any thought to playing in Minnesota or San Jose or any other place really?

“I did, but Detroit pushed very hard from the start. They want me there, they think I can help, and they’re very open about it. That was neat. It’s such a good organization and they really, really believe they’re going to have a great team this year. They said the injuries were ridiculous last year, and they’re ready to bounce back from that. I really think they’re a team where you can think about winning it all.”

To have a guy like Mike Babcock show so much confidence in you has to be a pretty good feeling.

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Morning Line

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“It came to the point that I could stick around and probably get a one-year deal here, but what for? ... I’m leaving the NHL as a Montreal Canadien. What more can I say? I’ve been blessed with all the teams I’ve played for and all the people I’ve met.”

-Glen Metropolit who signed with EV Zug in Switzerland.  More from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette.

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Tick Tock, Helmer and Our Boy JJ

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Things are happening round here and they’re happening fast.  Helmer signed today for 800 and change, and then for another year at a cool million.  Darren Helm for a million, you say?  Yes, I said it and you bet your ass it’s a steal.  I may have mentioned this before: he’s a life-long Wing, a future captain, a Canadian(en) Olympian to be and the face of this franchise for the next decade.

So, yeah, a million bucks seems safe.  One year from now, we’ll be chalking it up in the “Kenny wins again” column.  Watch.

This is a pretty good line. Ready?

I get as happy as Hudler at a 2-for-1 asstravaganza sale.

Juvenilicious. Redolent.  JJ from Kansas.

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Hell Yea

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Take away the hockey players in Canada, and the figure probably drops…

from CTV,

Well I’ll be damned: Canadians drop more “f-bombs” and other curse words than folks in both the U.S. and Britain, a new study suggests.

While Canada prides itself on being a polite, reserved society, 56 per cent of Canadians admit they use foul language regularly while talking with friends.

In Britain, a country known for its proper manners, 51 per cent of those surveyed said they frequently or occasionally used swears words.

Meanwhile, though Americans are often stereotyped as being loud and outspoken, only 46 per cent surveyed said they regularly curse during informal conversations.

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Heritage Classic Sweaters

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So, what do you think?

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Mayers Happy To Be In San Jose

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from Sharks.com,

The Sharks front office is happy with getting a player like forward Jamal Mayers to fit into the roster. On the other hand, Mayers is just as happy to be coming to San Jose.

“It’s certainly very exciting news,” said Mayers from his St. Louis home. “I’m glad we were able to come to an agreement and get something done. I’m really excited about fitting in with the group and being part of something special. I’ve just been here in St. Louis in the offseason training and getting prepared for the season and waiting to get the call that a team like San Jose was interested.”

For Mayers, there’s no doubt, a team like the Sharks was at the forefront of his desired locations.

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