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Avs Confident Going Into The Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rick Sadowski of the Rocky Mountain News,

Based on predictions by a number of hockey pundits, the Avalanche’s chances of even qualifying for the Stanley Cup playoffs in 2008-09 are pretty much non-existent….

“They said that last year, too,” forward Ian Laperriere said. “OK, let’s not play. Who won the Cup? They said Detroit again? We’ll throw the season away and not play then. Those magazines, it drives me nuts. So let’s not play. Let’s go home.

“We’ve got a good mix of young guys, older guys, grit and skill. Not everybody can be like Detroit. But with the skill and the mix of grit, we’re the closest thing to a team that can beat a team like Detroit.”

read on

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Recovery Time

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

A focal point for NHL teams going into training camps is always, how does a player recovering from off-season surgery look? How long will it take for him to return to form? And in the case of a major injury, can he even get back to normal in one season?

There are a number of prominent players who fit the category – everyone from Vincent Lecavalier, the newly appointed captain of the Tampa Bay Lightning, to Carolina captain Rod Brind’Amour, both of whom will figure prominently in their respective teams’ bids to make the playoffs after missing post-season play in the Eastern Conference last season.

more plus othe NHL topics…

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Five Teams Active In Schneider Talks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Wood of the OC Register,

“I have spent a good deal of time, as have (senior vice president of hockey operations) Bob Murray and (assistant general manager) David McNab, working on our cap situation,” Ducks general manager Brian Burke said. “Obviously, most of the activity is centered on Mathieu Schneider.

“Our goal would be to resolve this within 72 hours, maybe four days, max. We think to make Mathieu stay out longer than that wouldn’t be fair to him and his preparation as a hockey player.”

The Ducks are in “active” discussions with five teams regarding Schneider, and another club is on the “back burner.


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  Tags: mathieu+schneider

Bertuzzi with Iginla and Langkow in Training Camp

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the CP via TSN,

Keenan, who coached Bertuzzi when the two were with the Vancouver Canucks in the late 1990s, said he’s excited to see what the six-foot-three, 226-pound forward can accomplish this season.

‘‘He’s more experienced than when I coached him,’’ Keenan said. ‘‘He’s in a good space mentally.  He’s positive about himself and about his opportunity here he views this I’m sure as a good new start.”

Keenan confirmed he’ll test out Bertuzzi on Calgary’s top line to start training camp.

read on

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  Tags: daymond+langkow, jarome+iginla, mike+keenan, todd+bertuzzi

Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

‘‘I was questioned a lot when I signed (my contract) two years ago about why I did it and why I stayed.  I said that I’ve seen the ups in the mid-nineties when we had a good team, but the late nineties wasn’t a lot of fun.

‘‘The reason why I stayed was because I saw the potential and the fun that is possible here, and I want to be here if the team wins the Stanley Cup in the next couple of years.’‘

—Saku Koivu of the Montreal Canadiens, speaking about his hopes for this season at the opening of training cap Friday. Koivu is entering his 10th season as captain of the team.

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  Tags: saku+koivu

Sabres On The Rebound

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Slowly but surely, GM Darcy Regier got himself off the mat after the Drury/Briere nightmare (he also lost Brian Campbell, forced to trade the star blueliner after failing to sign him last February) and began to lock up the rest of the team’s key players.

“I was talking to [coach] Lindy [Ruff]. The environment that we live in is very different than the pre-lockout CBA,” Regier told ESPN.com. “With the offer sheets and unrestricted free agency at the latest at 27—it forces teams to make decisions earlier and to make them for a longer period of time….”

read on

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Just Wondering

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

Finally, the day we have all been waiting for - the opening of training camp.

I don’t know about you, but the start of each season gets me wondering about lots of things.


Who will be the first coach to be fired? (Andy Murray is an excellent coach, but I don’t like his chances with the woefully bad Blues)

Can the Columbus Blue Jackets make the playoffs for the first time? (No)

Will Alexander Radulov return to the Nashville Predators? (Yes, and sooner rather than later)


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Ned Harkness Dies

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Ned Harkness passes away at the age of 89.

more at the AP…

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  Tags: ned+harkness

Selanne Signs Pro Tryout Agreement With Ducks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Anaheim Ducks,

Teemu Selanne has signed a PRO TRYOUT AGREEMENT with the Ducks. Negotiations on a new standard player contract between Selanne and the Ducks will continue. The pro tryout agreement allows Selanne to participate in all training camp activities. He is expected to skate with the club tomorrow morning at Anaheim ICE.

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  Tags: teemu+selanne

Talking to Tampa Bay

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Daren Millard & Nick Kypreos at Fan590—

The producer of the “SAW” films and the television show “Two and a Half Men” joins Hockeycentral @ Noon on entering his first season as an NHL franchise. [Vinnie] Lecavalier enters the conversation with [Oren] Koules and the boys to discuss his reason for signing an 11-year extension to stay in Tampa and on once again being captain of Lightning.

Check out today’s show for some hockey talk out of Tampa Bay.

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  Tags: oren+koules, vincent+lecavalier

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