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Tales of Bruins Training Camp

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Alberts is doing special correspondence on the team website:

As you know camp started here on Friday, only I wasn’t able to attend because i had a bad 4-day run in with the dreaded “flue like symptoms.”  It wasn’t pleasant (achy, headache), but I’m over it and ready to get back to playing hockey.

The first few days here at camp have been very intense.

more… (*including Andrew’s own movie review and recommendation…)

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The Prospects for Rangers Prospects

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Larry Brooks at the NY Post,

The Rangers may have an impressive group of prospects within the organization, but there’s a good chance that not a single one of them will be on the roster for the Oct. 4 NHL opener at the Garden against Florida.

How different would that scenario appear, and how more powerful would the Rangers be, had management been keener with its three first-round picks in 2003 and 2004 Entry Drafts that yielded three players who so far have not played in a single NHL game among them, and who probably won’t for at least a while?

continued…

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Preseason Hockey Photography

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

The Globe & Mail has put up a nice little gallery of hockey images today. 

Also,  hockey fans have been busy posting on Flickr this week as well.  You can check out the latest images here, if you like.

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*image above credited to Paul Battaglia/AP via the Globe

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  Tags: media

Bitterness in…Pittsburgh?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’ve been delinquent in bringing you Wing previews courtesy of my fellow bloggers.  To make up for it, I’ll give you a conversation piece on this fine Wednesday.  A short story to set the stage.  I was at my local healthfood restaurant last week, ordering a sausage and cheese biscuit.  The guy taking my order had a Penguin necklace kind of thing on, holding an id badge or whatever.  Always willing to engage a fellow hockey fan in conversation, I said. “How are your Pens looking this year?”

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  Tags: idiots

Afinogenov Suffered Head Injury In Round 1

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Buffalo News,

Maxim Afinogenov is a terrible liar. The Buffalo Sabres winger was asked about the secret injury he suffered last spring in the playoffs.

“What do you mean in the playoffs?” Afinogenov replied with the awkward indignation of a nervous child standing next to a broken vase. “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”

Unbeknownst to the devious Russian, his coach already had told the tale….

“Max, while warming up playing soccer in the playoffs, flipped over backwards and hit his head on the concrete before Game Three in Long Island,” Ruff said, “and I don’t think he was right for a little while after that.”

Afinogenov bonked his head early in the first round, and, in Ruff’s opinion, the injury hampered the speedster’s play well into the second round.

read on

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  Tags: buffalo+sabres, injuries, maxim+afinogenov

The Dreaded Groin Injury Pops Up

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Vancouver Province,

The Canucks’ plans have taken a shot to the groin.

Five players have now been sidelined with sore groins. It’s an epidemic of injuries among the veterans that coach Alain Vigneault implied Tuesday could have been avoided under the old rules governing camp.

“There is no one who is sore who was at the prospects camp,“he said. “The prospects had seven full days of practice before we got into games. They had more time to prepare for game-like situations.

“Because of the CBA [collective barganing agreement] our hands are tied. Before [the current CBA] it was five to seven practices before you played an intrasquad game. Now, it’s three [for the veterans] and you’re right into it.”

continued

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  Tags: injuries, vancouver+canucks

Oilers Will Be A “Tough” Team To Play Against

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Edmonton Sun,

Head coach Craig MacTavish says they’ll go the team toughness route again this year.

“Intimidation is a big part of the game, you have to have some toughness,” he said. “But we feel we have enough. Sheldon Souray is plenty tough, Matt Greene’s tough. Steve Staios will battle and fight when he has to. Zack Stortini, Ethan Moreau, Raffi Torres ... we have enough toughness.

“Do I envision having a team that’s going to be fighting guys like Boogaard every time we play them? Absolutely not. That’s the strength of his game. Why give him the ability to do what he does best? You have to be punishing on the other factions of their team, and we have plenty of guys to do that.”

more on the Oilers…

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  Tags: craig+mactavish, edmonton+oilers, fighting

Surgery A Possibility For Jannsen

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from The Record,

Add Cam Janssen’s name to the list of Devils who might need surgery.

The 23-year-old enforcer dislocated his right shoulder for the second time in less than a year during Monday’s 3-2 preseason loss to Philadelphia in Trenton. Janssen said Tuesday that his shoulder popped out of the socket while he was throwing punches during both of his first-period fights with Philadelphia’s Jesse Boulerice….

Janssen underwent an MRI on Tuesday and said he will find out “in the next couple of days” whether he will require surgery to fix the shoulder, which never healed fully after he dislocated it in a fight with Anaheim’s George Parros on Nov. 24. He missed 12 games last season because of it. Surgery would likely keep him out for at least two months this time.

more

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  Tags: cam+janssen, injuries, new+jersey+devils

Jury Still Out On Coach Gretzky

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

The question, needless to say, is how much failure can Gretzky stand, or withstand. He’s in only the second year of a five-year contract, but his buddy Mike Barnett was cashiered as general manager last season and the Coyotes ownership made it clear in hiring Maloney that they were avoiding any and all hockey people with direct ties to Gretzky.

Could he be fired if the Coyotes stink? Possible, but unlikely, particularly given that he still has an ownership stake in the team.

But it’s equally hard to imagine he’ll just hang in there if this season turns out to be utterly miserable. Perhaps there will be a resignation, or some other kind of face-saving way out.

more

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  Tags: phoenix+coyotes, wayne+gretzky

Bertuzzi Looking For A Championship

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Todd Bertuzzi is looking not for redemption, exactly, but for a fresh start in southern California. He’s in a market suddenly crazy for hockey again, playing for a manager, Brian Burke, who stood by him during the darkest days of the Steve Moore incident, with its resultant suspension and pending lawsuit.

He’s wearing the single digit No. 4 on his Anaheim Ducks jersey instead of the more familiar 44 because that number belongs to Rob Niedermayer, and fellow winger Chris Kunitz had dibs on 14.

Bertuzzi looks slimmer than he has in years, down to 230 pounds from the 245 that he played at for most of his career, seeking to get his career back on the rails again, after three mostly nightmarish seasons, played out in medical rooms and court rooms and just about everywhere but on the ice.

continued

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