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Sykora On A Tryout With The Wild

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants at the Star-Tribune,

I’ve been sitting on this for a couple days for a variety of reasons, but it’s starting to get out there now and not in an accurate way.

As I reported here Sept. 4, the Wild was interested in signing Petr Sykora. After back and forth negotiations last week, Sykora said no. Now Sykora will indeed fly to Minnesota on Tuesday.

But if he passes his physical, he’ll be placed on a pro tryout like unsigned free agent Andy Hilbert. He is not signed, and GM Chuck Fletcher made it very clear to me just now that there is no guarantee to sign him.

He’s got to make the team.

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Richards Finally Healthy

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from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

I wrote this summer that I had not yet been impressed by Brad Richards. There apparently is a pretty good reason for that. I found out this week that in addition to the wrist and hand injuries that ended up cutting 25 games from his season in 2008-09, Richards was bothered by shoulder problems for much of the year.

If you combine that with the mono he suffered in 2007-08, we never have seen Richards at full strength in a Stars uniform.

That appears to be changing this season. Richards Has played one NHL game since Feb. 16, and he said he has taken the time to get completely healthy. He said the right wrist and left hand both feel great. He said the shoulder feels great.

read on

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Wings Have Another Defenseman In The Pipeline

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from Bruce MacLeod of the Macomb Daily,

One difference between Kindl and Ericsson is this. Ericsson came to the Red Wings as the final pick of the entire NHL draft. Kindl was the 19th overall selection in the 2005 NHL draft.

That makes Kindl the Red Wings’ highest draft pick in the past 18 years. You have to go back to Martin Lapointe being taken 10th overall in 1991 to find a higher-drafted Red Wing.

“He certainly has a great chance,” said Jiri Fischer, the Red Wings’ director of player development, who was the 25th overall pick in 1998. “In our organization, everybody has to earn the chance, then everybody has to grab the chance. I think he’s on the right path, the way he’s been working and progressing. I’m hoping he’s going to have a good camp and good season as he did last year, as long as he keeps working.”

Kindl has always been an impact offensive defenseman. He generated offense as a youth in his native Czech Republic and in juniors with the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League.

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Patience Grasshoppers

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Aloha.  A2Y will remain on temporary hiatus until Thursday as I continue some brief travel.  #9 on the Rivalry Depth Chart will be yours to view then and I’ll give you a few hints:  (1) it’s not the Pens, not yet…(2) We’ve toned down our typical vocabulary, reduced it to words of two syllables or less so that the fans of this team can read it.  Also, (3) so as not to offend this particular fanbase, there will be references to incest, roadkill cuisine, neck-less coaches or weddings in Walmart parking lots.

Back Thursday. 

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Report- Seidenberg Could Be A Panther Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,

The Panthers are close to signing free-agent defenseman Dennis Seidenberg and a deal is imminent, an NHL source said Sunday.

According to the source, the team and Seidenberg’s agent, J.P. Barry, have been feverishly negotiating and have agreed to a one-year contract. They just need to settle on salary before the contract is finalized, which could happen as early as today.

Seidenberg’s signing would be a boon for the Panthers.

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added 10:17am, TSN reporting 1yr for $2.25M.

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The New-Look Laraque

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from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

But this autumn, the “Cirque Georges Laraque,” as he calls it, has pulled down the big top. If you want the Ringling Brothers, he said on the eve of Canadiens training camp, you’ll need to go elsewhere.

Inside and out, this is a new Laraque, one who aims to focus purely on hockey and his role on a virtually new team.

He dropped 20 pounds over the summer, his current 245 the lightest he’s been since he was drafted into the NHL by Edmonton in 1995.

He dramatically changed his diet. As a vegan, Laraque now eats no meat, fish or dairy products.

He says he’ll no longer be the go-to guy for an insatiable media machine whose talk-shows and frothing panelists covet him for the ratings spike he provides.

read on

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The Sharks May Be Hard To Beat

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Reluctantly, in the aftermath of the San Jose Sharks’ bold trade for Dany Heatley, it might be time to jump back on the bandwagon of the NHL’s perennial underachievers.

The Sharks, who generally follow an exceptional regular season with a do-nothing playoff, have been hinting about major changes since their first-round pratfall to the Anaheim Ducks last spring.

That it took until the eve of training camp for Sharks general manager Doug Wilson to pull off a deal speaks to the warring factions inside the organization, the unwillingness to gut a team that finished with 115 points to win the President’s Trophy last season against the clear sense that something needed to be done to rouse his remaining players to attention.

In the 28-year-old Heatley, a two-time 50-goal scorer who had demanded a trade from the Ottawa Senators in the spring, they may just have found the missing piece of the puzzle.

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Lilja Going On LTIR

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

General manager Ken Holland confirmed that defenseman Andreas Lilja will start the season on long-term injured reserve. Lilja, who hasn’t been cleared for contact due to headaches and concussion-like symptoms, isn’t even allowed to skate with the team in practices. Lilja said he hopes to skate on his own Monday.

Lilja on IR puts the Wings under the salary cap, so there’s no need to trade a defenseman for the time being.

“Lils has had a setback,’’ Babcock said. “It doesn’t look to me like he’s in the picture at all.’‘

more from the Wings first day of training camp in Traverse City.

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Stoll Bothered By Arthritic Wrist

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,

Jarret Stoll is not on the ice today, as he recovers from a surprising bout with arthritis. Stoll said he has been taking medication and receiving shots for the pain in his right wrist and said “by no means am I expecting to miss the start of the season.” Stoll said he wanted to skate today but was held back, and said he wants to play in exhibition games next week.

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Lehtonen Recovering From Back Surgery, No #1 In Goalie In Atlanta

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

Kari Lehtonen did not take part in Sunday’s practice, the Thrashers’ first of training camp. The goalie is recovering from off-season back surgery.

Lehtonen was not expected to miss training camp following the surgery, but coach John Anderson said Sunday he did not have a timetable for Lehtonen’s return.

“Backs are a little iffy, so right now I wouldn’t want to speculate,” Anderson said. “The trainer has to tell me how he feels. The sooner the better, but right now no one knows.”

In Lehtonen’s absence, Johan Hedberg, Ondrej Pavelec, Drew MacIntyre and Manny Legace practiced in goal.

“Right now, he’s not in the mix,” Anderson said of Lehtonen. “Saying he’s No. 1, that’s not true. I’ll put him in when he’s actually ready, but right now the No. 1 job is up for grabs. Right now there are four guys that look really good out there.

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