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Cloutier Looking For Rebound Year

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Press Telegram,

Entering training camp, he said he is feeling close to 100-percent physically but will need time to get back the reaction time and instincts that made him so good in Vancouver.

“Health-wise, I’m there,” Cloutier said. “It’s everything else.

It’s getting out there and playing, the speed of the game with traffic. Those are the things you lose. You don’t necessarily lose guys coming down the wing and shooting. You lose all the little things, tips and battling around the crease.”

Cloutier enters training camp in a battle with Jason LaBarbera and newcomer Jean-Sebastien Aubin for time at goalie. He wants to be the starter in the regular-season opener, though he admits it could be a while before he returns to his top form.

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What Makes Tucker Tick

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star,

Fans are captivated by the thing that makes Tucker tick, granting him latitude, more forgiveness than most athletes get, and an unabashed fidelity. “I don’t think it’s necessarily a love affair. But fans can see how much I want to win, for myself and for the city. I’ll do anything to win a hockey game.

“A lot of this city is blue collar. Guys get up in the morning, have their Tim Hortons, go to work. They understand that I have the same blue-collar attitude towards my job. Maybe I didn’t grow up in Toronto watching the Leafs. But I grew up on a farm in Alberta. When I wasn’t playing hockey I was working my tail off like the rest of the world.”

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  Tags: darcy+tucker

Dehydration Relief

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Toronto Star,

Toronto Maple Leafs tough guy wade Belak depends on a drink made for babies to help him through an NHL season.

For years the 6-foot-5, 221-pound enforcer has been drinking Pedialyte, a drink designed to help re-hydrate toddlers with diarrhea.

But Belak’s original reason for drinking from the bottle with a teddy bear on its label was decidedly grown-up.

“You really want to know the truth, why I started drinking Pedialyte?” he said yesterday at the team’s practice facility.

“I used to drink it for hangovers.”

Belak isn’t the only athlete making trips to the baby aisle for the drink.

continued

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  Tags: wade+belak

Mike Fisher Nursing Sore Groin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Ottawa Sun,

Fisher injured his groin in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup final May 30 against the Anaheim Ducks and thought a summer of rest would take care of the problem. It hasn’t.

“It was giving me problems all summer. I thought it would go away and it didn’t,” said the 27-year-old, who is entering his eighth NHL season and is coming off a 22-goal, 48-point season.

“I think we’ve got it sorted out the last few weeks. There’s nothing torn, but there’s a chance I could miss part of camp. I might have to skate on my own for a bit. I can’t get in there full bore just yet.”

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  Tags: mike+fisher

Rob Ramage Could Face Jail Time

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

A popular figure, McCreary had headed the NHL Alumni Association and his funeral widely was attended by well-known hockey names, including former Maple Leafs coach Pat Quinn.

On that day in December 2003, police allege that Ramage was driving a rented Chrysler Intrepid that apparently crossed the lanes of the roadway and collided almost head on with an SUV travelling in the opposite direction.

Magnuson, in the passenger’s seat, didn’t survive the crash. He would have turned 60 this year.

Ramage, 48, the apparent driver, stands charged of impaired driving causing death and dangerous driving causing death.

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The Stickhandling ‘Skinny’

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from the Windsor Star,

In an era of increased specialization, hockey teams employ strength coaches, special teams coaches, goaltending coaches, psychologists and video coaches.

And the Montreal Canadiens have taken the trend one step further by exposing their players to a stickhandling coach.

“You look at the great players and they were all great stickhandlers,” said Sean Skinner, who goes on to recite a litany of greats starting with Maurice Richard and Gordie Howe and continuing through Bobby Orr, Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux to contemporary stars like Joe Sakic, Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby.

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“Big” Day For Scotty.  Bad Day For Grigorenko.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Driving home yesterday I came to a startling conclusion.  When I put my mind to it, and the conditions are perfect, I sound exactly like Ozzy in “Crazy Train.”  Not every time, oh no.  But I figured I’ve heard that song close to 700 times over the “history of my life” (Rocky II was on Versus!!!! last night) and I’ll bet yesterday and a late night in Hong Kong in ‘94 were the only times I really nailed it.

Oh, and Scott Bowman’s happy with the Wings.  Unless…

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  Tags: bowman, deep+diggers, fellow+bloggers, grigorenko, prospects

Previewing The Division That Gary Built:  Third Man In and The Hawks

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Dave at Gorilla Crouch is an ambitious dude.  About a month ago he started sending out emails that sounded all official, suggesting Central Division bloggers join forces for one big, fat look at the Division Gary Gave Us.  He laid out a schedule, wrote us some promotional verbiage and set the stage for a three-week bonanza.

Today, Chris at Third Man In starts us off with a look at the team that Wirtz Tried To Destroy.  Things are looking up in Chicago.  And why wouldn’t they with The Enigma on board?

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  Tags: babcock, bettman, central, enigma, fellow+bloggers

We Remember

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pop Jocks,

Garnet “Ace” Bailey was a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Boston Bruins in 1968 and 1970. He ended his hockey career mentoring a young star with the Edmonton Oilers of the World Hockey Association named Wayne Gretzky. It was on September 11th, 2001 that the National Hockey League lost a loyal servant.

Mark Bavis was a scout with the Los Angeles Kings working under Ace Bailey in the organization. Both Bavis and Bailey were traveling from Boston to Los Angeles for training camp when Flight 275 crashed into the South Tower of the World Trade Center.

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Ducks Think Title Defense

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the LA Times,

“It was obviously a tremendous accomplishment,” defenseman Chris Pronger said of the Ducks’ first Cup title. “At that point, you feel it’s a once-in-a-lifetime event. But now you’ve got to push yourselves even harder now.

“You’ve got an even bigger target on your back. Everybody’s going to be shooting for you, being the Stanley Cup champions.”

There is one goal left—one that only two teams have achieved in the last 20 years.

Repeating.

read on (reg. req.)

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