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Achievements Ahead

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jordan Shifman of CBC,

History could be made on several fronts on opening night of the 2010-11 season in October.

Four NHLers might reach 1,000 points, two will surpass 900 points, 14 will get to 700 points, four will reach 500 assists and eight could score their 100th power-play goal.

In fact, there are over 50 players that could obtain new historic milestones this coming season, including the likes of Sergei Gonchar, Alex Ovechkin, Ryan Smyth and Chris Osgood.

Of those 50, there are three players you should keep the closest eye on: Mark Recchi, Jarome Iginla and Joe Thornton.

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Smaller Goalies Will Have Smaller Pads

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from George Malik of Snapshots,

The Hockey News’s Rory Boylen “subbed” for Adam Proteau during Friday’s “Ask Adam” column, and he duly noted that the vast majority of hockey fans have forgotten that the NHL’s goaltenders will sport slimmed-down looks this fall as the league is introducing a rule in which goaltenders must wear more “form-fitting equipment”:

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Madden To The Wild

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Glen Andersen of Wild.com,

It sure looked like the Minnesota Wild had its roster set for the 2010-2011 season. There were rumors that Mike Modano might return to the birthplace of his NHL career, but that idea (however far-fetched) was squashed by him signing with his hometown Detroit Red Wings.

But General Manager Chuck Fletcher wasn’t finished rounding out his roster for 2010-11. Fletcher often talks about finding character, grit and leadership when acquiring players. On Friday, he found a guy that epitomizes all of those qualities, and he’s got one more. He wins.

Fresh off winning his third Stanley Cup, John Madden agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Wild. His presence provides more depth at a position that is typically the toughest to fill for NHL teams.

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Watch The Mike Modano Press Conference

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

added 2:03pm, Live feed of press conference now available below…

added 2:25pm, press conference is over and I will try to get an archived feed of it later today.

Hopefully you can watch the Modano press conference below starting at 2:00pm ET.  In the meantime….

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

Modano will start camp centering the third line between Cleary and Hudler. Holland said if they don’t develop chemistry, Modano could switch with Filppula and play between Franzen and Bertuzzi. Filppula has played with Hudler and Cleary in the past.

“I see (Modano) maybe playing 14 to 16 minutes a night guy and probably in his prime he played 18 to 22,” Holland said. “There are going to be nights when he’s probably feeling good and he’s dancing, and Babcock is going to get him out there more. There will be other nights when you can tell he just doesn’t have it and somebody else will play more.”

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Note To Malik: Pack Your Bags

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

The only digger we’ve ever trusted was Bruce MacLeod and he’s on hiatus from hockey it appears.  John Niyo was showing great promise then the News decided the Wings didn’t deserve him so off to cover the Lions he went.  Helene’s texting her stories in now while Khan(!) only writes what and when Uncle Mike tells him to.  There’s this new guy, Krupa, at the News who seems to be a good fella…but that redolent attitude makes me itch.

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Top Ten Skilled Players Of All-Time

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TSN says so…

Part two (best of the rest) is below…

 

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Kurt Kleinendorst Named Head Coach At Binghamton

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators announced today that the club has named Kurt Kleinendorst head coach of its American Hockey League affiliate, the Binghamton Senators. The contract is a two-year agreement and will run through the 2011-12 season.

Kleinendorst, 49, spent last season as the head coach of the USA Hockey National Team Development Program’s under-18 team, leading it to a to gold medal at the 2010 IIHF U-18 World Hockey Championship held in Belarus. He also served as an assistant coach for Team USA at the 2008 IIHF World Hockey Championship in Halifax and Quebec City.

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Testing Potential NHL Changes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TORONTO (August 6, 2010) – The National Hockey League today revealed the various potential rule changes, rink modifications and strategic innovations that will be tested during the 2010 NHL Research, Development and Orientation Camp fueled by G Series August 18-19.

The camp, which will comprise four on-ice sessions over two days at the Toronto Maple Leafs practice facility (400 Kipling Avenue, Etobicoke, ON), will feature more than 30 of the top prospects eligible for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.  Participating players will be announced next week.
 
      “I think everyone involved with the NHL thinks that our game is in really good shape,” said Brendan Shanahan, NHL Vice President of Hockey and Business Development. “I think that this is just a way of being progressive and keeping ourselves well informed of not just the fact that things work but why they work. Most companies or industries have research and development and that’s exactly what this is: it’s studying our own product.”

Two veteran NHL coaches—Ken Hitchcock and Dave King—will take part in the Camp and will be challenging the prospects with strategies which emphasize offensive play and creating scoring chances.

“We’re very fortunate to have coaches of the caliber of Ken Hitchcock and Dave King working with these talented young players,” Shanahan said. “Ken and Dave are two men who never turn off their hockey brains. They’re always thinking of ways to make the game better and to approach game strategy from different and innovative angles.”

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Report- Afinogenov Heading To The KHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Dmitry Chesnokov tweet,

Max Afinogenov will sign a 5 year contract with KHL’s SKA, KHL Pres Medvedev announced today.

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You Call This A Classic?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

There is one thing to be said about the Heritage Classic, which will be held in Calgary on Feb. 20 when the Canadiens visit the Flames: the guy who decided to describe it as a “classic” had a vivid imagination.

A money grab it is, a “classic” it ain’t.

When a few players and executives from both teams, along with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, got together in Calgary on Wednesday to put an official stamp on the affair, the four-letter word heard most often was “cold.” Flames defenceman Steve Staios, who played in the first “classic” when the Canadiens visited Edmonton in 2003, knows all about it.

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