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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

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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?

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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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The Story Of Mr. Kwong

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from Tom Hawthorn of the Globe and Mail,

Mr. Kwong was the 14th of 15 children born to an immigrant grocer with the venerable name Eng. The family became known as Kwong from their grocery store Kwong Hing Lung (Abundant Prosperity). He lost his father at age 5. Like so many boys, he spent cold winter evenings during the Depression listening to Foster Hewitt broadcast hockey games on the radio.

He played the game himself on borrowed skates with makeshift equipment on the frozen ponds of the Okanagan. From so humble a beginning, his great skill as a skater and sharpshooter earned him a spot with the Smoke Eaters in Trail, where he was barred from taking a well-paying job at the smelter like his teammates because of his ethnic heritage. Instead, he worked as a bellboy, a servile job. He played more senior hockey in Nanaimo and Vancouver before enlisting in the army during the Second World War. In 1946, at age 23, the fleet forward joined the New York Rovers, an amateur team that played at Madison Square Garden.

The Manhattan sportswriters called him King Kwong, a teasing nickname for a man who stood just 5-foot-6, weighed just 150 pounds.

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I pointed to a story back in early April of 2009 on Mr. Kwong if you want to read the intro since the link no longer is available.  Also, a link to his Legends of Hockey page is available too.

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What To Do With Cristobal Huet?

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from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,

It has been assumed since the day the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup. Probably even before that. Chicago goalie Cristobal Huet won’t be back with the team, mostly because of his salary cap hit of $5.625 million the next two seasons.

Now, agent Stephen Bartlett is working feverishly to find a way to keep Huet in the NHL. And that won’t be easy.

“You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to see the price he’s earning versus the conditions in the NHL make it tough,” Bartlett told Sporting News. “I haven’t given up. I realize the end of the line may come at some point.”

Bartlett described his relationship with the Blackhawks as partners working together to find a reasonable destination for Huet, who continues to handle a difficult situation with his usual class.

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The Stanley Cup Makes It To Slovakia

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Watch another short video at NHL.com as Hossa takes the Cup to his parent’s home.

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Sabres Sign Marc-Andre Gragnani

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

BUFFALO, NY (August 5, 2010) – Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced today the Sabres have re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani to a one-year contract.

Gragnani (3/11/1987, 6’2”, 201 lbs.) spent the 2009-10 season with Buffalo’s AHL affiliate in Portland, scoring 43 points (12+31) in 66 games. His 12 goals were third among AHL blueliners, and he was 11th in defense scoring. In addition, six of Gragnani’s 12 goals were scored on the power play. In three AHL seasons with Portland/Rochester, the 23-year-old has 146 points (35+111) in 220 games. He has also played in six NHL games with the Sabres during this time.

Gragnani was drafted by Buffalo in the third round (87th overall) of the 2005 Entry Draft.

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Now We Wait

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from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

The arbitration hearing that will determine the immediate and potential long-term future of star left wing Ilya Kovalchuk has wrapped up in Boston and now the hockey world, specifically Kovalchuk, the New Jersey Devils and the NHL, wait for arbitrator Richard Bloch to render a decision on the matter.

Bloch has until the end of business Monday to rule on whether the NHL was justified in rejecting the 17-year, $102 million contract Kovalchuk signed with the Devils last month. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly stated at the time the NHL rejected the contract that it was doing so because the deal circumvents the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

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added 3:20pm, via Tom Gulitti tweet,

I’m told don’t expect the Kovalchuk ruling before Monday.

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Afternoon Line

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“We believed we could have been there (Stanley Cup Final) in any of the last couple of seasons.  This might be the best team we’ve had in the last three of four years, so, we are certainly capable of getting there.”

-Washington Capitals General Manager George McPhee.  More on the Capitals from Michelle Scalise of CSN Washington.

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Predators Trade Michael Santorelli.To Florida

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

Nashville, Tenn. (August 5, 2010) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has acquired a conditional fifth-round pick (from Florida) in the 2011 Entry Draft in exchange for restricted free agent forward Michael Santorelli.

        The Predators now have nine selections in next summer’s Entry Draft at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. In addition to Florida’s pick, and seven picks of its own, Nashville acquired a second-round pick from New Jersey in June.

        Santorelli was a sixth-round choice of the Predators (178th overall) in the 2004 Draft.

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