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Moving Defensemen

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun at the Toronto Sun,

Who will be first to make a deal? Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke or Vancouver Canucks counterpart Mike Gillis?

Both are dangling veteran defencemen and are desperate to make moves.

It might be mid-August, but trade talk is finally alive and well. Discussions between GMs are heating up again with training camps only a month away.

While Sunday could be D-Day for Leaf Tomas Kaberle with the trade window in his contract closing at midnight, sources say Gillis has been working harder than Burke trying to move Kevin Bieksa.

continued with many rumors…

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Evening Line

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How much does a club in a non-traditional market, with scant playoff history, surrender for a player who has only one year remaining on his deal? It’s a tough question. I think Kaberle-to-Columbus remains a long shot, but it makes for an intriguing weekend.

-Tom Reed of Puck-rakers.  More on is Kaberle a fit in Columbus.

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  Tags: tomas+kaberle

Wings Window Closing?

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from Douglas Flynn of NESN,

The Red Wings have made 19 straight playoff appearances and won four Stanley Cups in the last 13 seasons, but their championship window may finally be closing. Last year they were passed in the Central Division by Original Six rival Chicago, which now sits atop the hockey world with its prized shiny chalice held high and young core of stars ready to defend it. Will the grizzled old warriors from Detroit be able to wrest it back, or will the Wings fall further down the standings as Father Time becomes an even tougher opponent for their aging nucleus?

continued

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What Do You Expect On Friday The 13th?

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via Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

It was nearly a devastating doozy, but breathe easy Chicago fans and Buffalonians because the first malfunction of Patrick Kane’s day with the Cup has been rectified.

Kane and the Cup were stuck about three stories up in the bucket of a fire engine for about 20 minutes because the motor that controls the ladder had stopped working. After calling in the technicians, the firemen finally got their ladder working and Kane was returned successfully down to earth.

As he stepped off the ladder he was visibly shaking.

“It was a little scary, but anything with this (the Cup) is unexpected,” a clearly relieved Kane said after making his way down. “I’m just happy to be out.”

You can read more from Dan on Kane’s day with the Cup.

Also, a video is posted below with Kane stuck in the bucket, but the music is bad and all you see is some people in the bucket…

Continue Reading »

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  Tags: patrick+kane

Kaberle Could Fit In Tampa

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from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

Given Tampa Bay’s needs on defense, it is naive to believe general manager Steve Yzerman hasn’t at least inquired about getting Kaberle into a Lightning uniform.

Is Kaberle a good fit for the Lightning? Seems like it on the surface. Kaberle, 32, is a sturdy, efficient puck-moving defenseman who had seven goals and 49 points in 82 games last season for Toronto. He averaged 22:21 of ice time. Yes, he was minus-16 on a bad team. But he had three goals and 25 points on the power play.

Kaberle also has one year left on a contract that will pay $4.25 million next season. Even without the expected salary going to other way in a trade, Kaberle fits under the $59.4 million salary cap as Tampa Bay has about a $10 million cushion. It also means the Lightning is not locked into anything long term. That fits perfectly with Yzerman’s idea of evaluating his roster over the next season or two as he reshapes and rebuilds the organization.

more including why he may not fit…

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  Tags: tomas+kaberle

Time Running Out On Forsberg

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from TSN,

It appears as though Peter Forsberg’s numerous injuries may finally have got the best of him.

In an interview with Swedish television station TV6 following an exhibition game in his home country, the two-time Stanley Cup champion was not optimistic about his chances of continuing to play professional hockey.

“It’s no good,” Forsberg told TV6.  “I have no balance skating.  If it continues to be as it is today, I will not continue playing.”

continued

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  Tags: peter+forsberg

Probert Book Upcoming

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via the CP at the Globe and Mail,

The family of Bob Probert has decided to go ahead with a memoir the longtime NHL enforcer was working prior to his death.

“Tough Guy,” due to be published Oct. 26, will recount his career with the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks when he was one of the most feared players in the game, and also delve into his off-ice troubles.

Porbert was co-writing the book with Kirstie McLellan Day before he suffered a heart attack and died last month.

“He was really excited and happy about the opportunity to tell it like it really was — behind the headlines,” Dani Probert, his widow, said in a statement released by publisher HarperCollinsCanada. “After much deliberation, my family and I have decided to fulfil Bob’s dream and publish the book.”

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Up & Down Teams

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Adam Proteau of The Hockey News dives into his mailbag…

Hey Adam, I was wondering whether you had any thoughts on who could be a surprise team this coming year and which team may disappoint with their production?

I really believe the Carolina Hurricanes will shock some folks. The team’s history is littered with up and down years and when you consider they only won five of their first 27 games last year and still missed the playoffs by just eight points, they weren’t all that bad in 2009-10. They have offense, a goalie who could potentially win a Vezina and an underrated defense, so everything about them points to “surprise team” to me.

As for a disappointment, I fear for Montreal fans. After a Cinderella run to the Eastern Conference final, excitement in the city is high, so it’s easy to forget just how close the team came to missing out on the post-season altogether.

more on this question and additional questions and answers…

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Age Doesn’t Matter When It Comes To A Big Season

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from John Kreiser of NHL.com,

Landmark achievements like seasons with 50 goals and 100 points, or winning the Norris or Vezina Trophy, usually belong to younger players. But players who have reached their 35th birthday have made some history of their own.

Here’s a look at some of the best seasons by the NHL’s 35-and-over crowd:

FORWARDS

100 POINTS

Gordie Howe, 1968-69 (age 41)
Johnny Bucyk, 1970-71 (age 35)
Wayne Gretzky, 1995-96 (age 35)
Joe Sakic, 2006-07 (age 37)

read on

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All Garth Snow

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from Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal,

Chances of a significant turnaround in the Isles’ near future:

There’s an excellent chance of that. Looking at the players we’ve drafted such as Tavares, Kyle Okposo (and) Josh Bailey and in developing those players, we’ve also restocked the shelves of our prospect pool, whether that’s in Bridgeport (AHL), NCAA colleges or Europe.

We’ve had success with Mark Streit and Matt Moulson from free agency, and right on down the line there’s a great feeling of where we’re going and how we’re getting there. We’re going to stick to our plan that we’ve implemented. We’ve made tremendous strides from just two seasons ago to last year, where we jumped 18 points in the standings — and with a younger team.

To make the next step, it’s up to us to get better this summer, to improve through strength and conditioning, good nutrition, sleeping habits and skill development. We feel really good about where we’re headed.

more

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  Tags: garth+snow

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