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Tampa Bay Will Look Within For Defensive Help

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the St. Peterburg Times,

What you see likely is what you’ll get from the Lightning heading into training camp.
General manager Jay Feaster said Wednesday that barring trades, the team will try filling the last of its top six defensive positions from within the organization.
With forwards and goaltenders already set, that means Tampa Bay’s free-agent shopping is on hold, including any negotiations with defensemen Nolan Pratt and Doug Janik, mainstays last season, and Jassen Cullimore, about whom the team recently inquired.

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Pens Have The So-Important Chemistry

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from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

All have embraced that facet of their job description so far, and Roberts and Recchi seemed to have had a good rapport with their younger teammates last season. Maintaining that will be critical so that the roster doesn’t cleave into cliques, with younger players drifting away from the older ones.
Even if that would be a byproduct of benign causes—things like different outside interests, tastes in music, etc.—it could curdle a team’s chemistry, shredding the bonds that are an important part of most winning clubs.
“If you have the right group, you don’t have that problem,” Sydor said. “And from what I hear, you don’t have that problem here. The old guys like being around the young guys—they make us feel young—and the young guys want to hear stories and stuff like that from the old guys.”

read on

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Fernandez Ready For Heavy Workload

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Paul Dupont at the Boston Globe,

The Bruins have a new goalie. Along with a new coach (Julien) and a new assistant GM (Jim Benning). On Tuesday, they added a new left winger (Peter Schaefer). Who knows what will happen today?
If no news is good news, then lots of news is . . . ?
“Fans know more than everyone thinks,” said Fernandez, asked if he understood the Boston hockey culture, and how much lost ground the Bruins have to repair and regain. “They have a passion, I am sure. They don’t want . . . well, when you have a bad season, it’s disappointing for everyone—for fans and players. But if you turn it around, they’ll come back and jump on the wagon again.”

more

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Nedved Will Play With Sparta Prague

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the AP via Fox Sports,

Petr Nedved joined Czech champion HC Sparta Prague on a one-year contract Thursday.
“Petr will be a huge draw for our fans, and due to many years of experience in the NHL we also expect him to take a large share of responsibility (for the team),” Sparta manager Petr Briza said in a statement.

added 9:28am, Skyping with Roman of eNHL.cz this morning, he told me Nedved had set a deadline of last week for any offers from NHL teams.  Nothing to his liking, so he signed with Sparta.

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Harding Helps Sister And A Cause

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from the Leader-Post,

Josh Harding’s sister, Stephanie Le Bruno, believes she has two angels watching over her - one on her shoulder and another on the ice.
Le Bruno, from Regina, was diagnosed with breast cancer in November while Harding was goaltending for the NHL’s Minnesota Wild. He wasted little time in organizing a campaign to raise money for breast cancer research. He painted pink ribbons on his helmet and set up the Web site www.fundthefight.com.
On Wednesday, Harding announced his donation of $23,412 to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

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Cole & Neale Will Return To HNIC

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from the Toronto Star,

Bob Cole and Harry Neale will be back for another season of Hockey Night In Canada.
CBC Sports executive director Scott Moore confirmed yesterday that the veteran announcers have agreed on new one-year deals for the upcoming season.
“We’re happy to have them both back,” Moore said. “Bob’s a legend and I want to make sure he’s a part of Hockey Night In Canada as long as he wants to be in some way, shape or form.”

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added 8:07pm, from the CBC,

Hall of Fame play-by-play commentator Bob Cole and analyst Harry Neale will be back on Hockey Night in Canada next season.
CBC Sports confirmed Thursday that both agreed to two-year contracts, extending a partnership which began in 1985.

continued... note according to the CBC, both signed two year contracts…

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Canes Appear To Be Set

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the News & Observer,

The trade that brought Matt Cullen back to the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday also may have wrapped up the team’s offseason business with less than two months left before training camp.
Cullen’s arrival completed Carolina’s lineup at forward, with 13 players under contract, and Andrew Hutchinson’s departure leaves the Hurricanes with seven defensemen under contract, a number Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford considers acceptable.

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“Garcia had long hair and makeup and was wearing an Avalanche jersey…”

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

My only concern is that it’s early in the morning and I may not be prepared to give this story the treatment it deserves.  I’m going to try, but I have to tell you that I’m a little nervous right now.  Tooling around the Wing blogs and I just be-bopped over to Behind the Jersey.  What do I find?  A frigging goldmine.  Gather the kids.  Warm the milk.  Find that John Denver cd you keep handy for special occasions and pop it in.  Because we have, that’s right, fun for the whole family.

It seems that I was born to write these two sentences:  a cross-dressing male prostitute was arrested yesterday in Denver.  According to various reports uncovered by Deadspin, Police described Darren Garcia as being 27, having long hair, significant amounts of makeup and wearing…

...a Colorado Avalanche jersey.

Thank you god.

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Fischler: For Devils, Losing Rafalski Was Addition By Subtraction

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

At least one New York-based writer is thinking Ken Holland overpaid for Brian Rafalski.

I know one Devils season ticket holder who told me straight out that she wouldn’t be back next season if Rafalski was still wearing a New Jersey uniform. I know another regular at Devils’ games who liked to kid that Brian had a day job as a baker; “He specialized in turnovers.” Personally I was a Rafalski fan but only at a reasonable price. Rachunek is 27 and is getting paid $1.4 million. Rafalski is going to be 34 in September; he’s getting $6 million a year. Who’s nuts? Not Lou.

More from Stan Fischler.

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NHLPA Starting To Heat Up Again

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from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

Some NHL players, including those who are now running the NHL Players’ Association, are supportive of Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie’s plans to put a team in Hamilton and unhappy with the league’s apparent unwillingness to back Balsillie’s bid.
The divide is shaping up as the latest indication that paint is peeling on the so-called partnership struck between the players and the league, codified in the collective agreement that ended the 2004-05 lockout.

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