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Grigorenko Looked “Great Out There”

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A2Y reader BobTheZee mentioned this morning that he was hoping to see more about Grigorenko’s “debut” last night.  I agreed, and here you go.

“He was great out there,” McGrath said. “He can move the puck and he gave me a lot of open chances. He’s smart out there and he and Jan Mursak are two of the best European players I have ever played with.”

Added Mursak, who was a standout himself: “It is hard to tell how good (Grigorenko) is after only one game. But I liked playing with him and (McGrath). I think we will better next game.”

More from Red Wings Central.

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Prospects Gather In Traverse City

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Brad Holland of NHL.com is in Traverse City keeping any eye on some of the top NHL prospects.

I wonder if he has an eye for hockey talent?

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Radio Shakeup

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from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

Afternoon radio was given a shakeup yesterday with the announcement that the CBC is launching a Hockey Night in Canada show on Sirius Satellite Radio.

Radio personality Jeff Marek is jumping from AM 640 Toronto to be the host of HNIC Radio, which will air from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern), beginning Oct. 1.

Marek’s departure leaves Bill Watters without a co-host on his AM 640 afternoon drive show. Also without a host is the station’s noon-hour show, Leafs Lunch.

continued

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Keenan Always On The Move

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from the StarPhoenix,

In 1984, to hit the big time with the Philadelphia Flyers, he walked away from a secure gig at the University of Toronto.

“I built a cottage knowing that there’s movement in this industry . . . and I’d like to have some kind of roots,” says Keenan. “Right from the beginning, I recognized that. That was one of my priorities—to build a place that would be constant. And I still have it.

“I wasn’t naive enough to think that I was going to stay somewhere for 20 years. It doesn’t happen.”

This became another one of those summers.

By his estimation, he’ll have flown into Calgary at least five times when he returns from helping his father Ted get his cabin prepped for winter.

more

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News From TC: Little Wings

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

As part of the site’s re-design, I canvassed the 9 A2Y regulars.  I emailed each one claiming I was the widow of a deposed Liberian dictator and that I had millions to place in their bank accounts for safe keeping until I could retrieve it.  Naturally, each regular responded quickly with their account information.  I plan to embezzle twenty dollars from each and send the money directly to Dwayne Klessel so that I can have access to only the hottest rumors.

I also listened to them when they said they wanted more info on Wing prospects, that fans in Hockeytown are hungry for news from TC.  Actually, I haven’t canvassed anyone, no one’s said a word to me about more news on the prospects and that number is really 8, not 9.

Regardless, the kids hit Center I.C.E last night.

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  Tags: babcock, datsyuk, grigorenko, prospects, zetterberg

Adjustments Made

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By MasterCPL. MartinForgues at the Edmonton Sun,

A concrete deck, complete with wooden boards and of proportional dimensions, is the theatre of some of Kandahar’s most gruesome fighting between members of our own little ball hockey league. A good tease prior to the NHL’s season start, which we all anticipate and which should be exciting from here, with clashes between rival team’s fans promising to reach epic levels. Some local employees and members of the Afghan National Police expressed much curiosity about hockey, watching us play on the grey concrete rink. We thought about doing a cultural exchange with them, but plans for transforming our helipad into a buzkashi field have been shelved for some reason.

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More Changes Needed For NHLPA

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from Spector at Fox Sports,

It’s been obvious since the lockout ended two years ago that the PA was in serious need of internal housecleaning. Constitutional changes allowing the players more input into PA decisions, especially in labor negotiations, appear to be a positive step.

But it’ll take more than changing the constitution for the NHLPA to move forward.

The priority will have to be on not only healing the rifts within the PA ranks, but also to ensure there is more interest in PA business by its membership in the coming years.

Recently there’s been some media concern that the PA, under a new executive director, could bring the current CBA to an end in 2009 by exercising its right to re-open labor talks with the league if the membership believes the CBA is no longer working for them.

Possible, but highly unlikely.

read on

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Chris Bourque Hopes To Make The Caps Roster

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from the Patriot Ledger,

The second of Hockey Hall of Famer/Bruins icon Ray Bourque’s three kids and the older of two boys, Chris heads to Washington’s camp hoping to jump from the American Hockey League to the NHL. Given the state of the Capitals - 27th in the NHL last year, next-to-last in the East - and the fact that they didn’t make mind-blowing additions via free agency (forwards Michael Nylander and Viktor Kozlov, plus defenseman Tom Poti were added), Bourque seems on the verge of the best opportunity of a career entering its third pro season.

‘‘I’ve had a pretty good meeting with the coach (Glen Hanlon) and I’ve talked to the GM (George McPhee),’’ said Bourque, who spent the summer skating in pro leagues in Bridgewater and Hingham. ‘‘It seems like I’m going to get a pretty good shot this year to earn a spot.’’

more

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Good Stock & Good Fortune

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from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

The farmyard rink is pretty much gone now. The chain-link fencing that kept stray pucks in play and the wooden poles that held the outdoor lights have been taken down. Only a few rotten boards remain on the rich northwestern Ontario soil that lies near the slope of Candy Mountain.

“There’s really nothing there,” Linda Staal says of the rink her husband built. Besides, she has a couple of sick boys at home. Sore throats. “Let’s go somewhere else for a coffee,” she suggests.

And with that, Henry and Linda Staal, parents to a Stanley Cup champion, two world champions, a two-time world junior champion and a promising forward in the Ontario Hockey League, sit down with a reporter in a setting so suited to their lifestyle it could be put to canvas and entitled Canadian Gothic.

continued

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  Tags: staal+brothers

And The Saginaw Legacy Continues

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Sitting at the dinner table tonite, and yes—there will be hockey involved in this post, our Kindergartner decides to tell a story, a nifty little diddy about a racoon who missed his mommy when he went off to racoon kindergarten.  Apparently, according to daughter number 3 who says she “wants to be a Navy Chief” when she grows up, mommy racoon kissed the palm of racoon jr. every morning before he headed off to school, thereby leaving her love in his hand for the rest of the day.

“She put her love in his hand,” our young Chief told us.  “No…,” she amended, “she

made love

in his hand.”

I saw it coming and cringed.  I looked five seconds into the future and resigned myself to the inevitable, and wasn’t disappointed.

“Really honey,” said my wife.  “Daddy does that quite a bit too.”

So…let’s talk hockey.

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