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Getaway Camp

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from Terry Frei at ESPN,

For two days, at least, hunker down. Close ranks. Nurture the “us against the world” mentality, especially among the veterans certain to be on the final roster. Hell, ban cellphones, iPods, PDAs, Blackberrys (sorry, Mr. Balsillie), laptops, camcorders and portable DVD players. (“Don’t bring your $#@* toys!” Don’t close it to the media, of course, but at least draw the line by preventing the folks from the team Web site from posting any of the proceedings and turn it into a slideshow or sideshow.)

No, I’m not saying that if the Islanders for all intents and purposes have a playoff spot locked up by the All-Star break; or the Canucks run away with the Northwest Division; or the Panthers rebound after their annual Rocky Mountain retreat; or the Red Wings seem headed to a 70-win season, that it all can be traced back to “getting away” for camp.

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6 Goaltenders Battling In Phoenix

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from the Arizona Republic,

Mikael Tellqvist - who made a nice impression when he was acquired from Toronto for Tyson Nash and a 2007 draft choice in November - along with two free agents, David Aebischer (Montreal) and Alex Auld (Florida), likely have the best chance.

But with exhibition games starting Sunday, everyone will get a chance. That includes three others desperate to make their mark in the NHL: David LeNeveu, who played six games with Phoenix and 37 at San Antonio (AHL) last season; Josh Tordjman, who played for San Antonio and the Phoenix Roadrunners (ECHL) in 2006-07; and David McKee (Portland, AHL; Augusta, ECHL), in camp on a tryout contract.

“I think we’re really lucky this year,” Fuhr said. “We’ve got six guys we think that can play, so one through six, it’s no set order. I think it’s a . . . wide-open job.”

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Malkin Adjusting On & Off The Ice

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from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

He’s also aware of the grind of an NHL season after playing in 78 regular-season games, five playoff games, plus nine more games for the bronze-medal Russian squad at the world championships in May—far more games than he had been used to.

That perhaps begs the question of what a more relaxed and confident Malkin can do for an encore in 2007-08 after collecting 33 goals and 85 points to win the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s rookie of the year last season.

“I feel much stronger this season compared to last year. I think I’m in good shape,” said Malkin, 21, who was the second overall pick in the 2004 draft.

read on

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  Tags: evgeni+malkin

Line Of The Day

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via the Vancouver Sun,

Cowan lost an edge during a high-speed one-on-one rush and slid hard into the Hart and Vezina Trophy runner-up. The two became entangled in the net and it seemed like an eternity, although it was only seconds, before they were able to regain their feet. Happily no one was injured.

“I was wondering what was going on,” said Luongo, who was able to chuckle about it after the fact. “I thought maybe he took a page out of the Anaheim Ducks’ playbook.”

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  Tags: roberto+luongo

Sens Depth May Open Up A Roster Spot

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from the Ottawa Citizen,

“I want to see some of our young players get some exposure, to have a chance to play with the better players in the organization and see where they fit,” said Murray.

“I hope that we’re anxious to make some changes if players are good enough to step up and challenge (an existing) player.”

Translation: If the Senators suddenly show they are 10-deep in NHL-quality defencemen, it allows Murray to consider the possibility of trading an existing player to improve the forward ranks.

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Hold Onto The Puck

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from the Chicago Sun-Times,

‘We want to be a puck possession team,’’ said Savard, who was promoted to replace fired Trent Yawney last November. ‘‘With the changes we made, we can do a lot more stuff. We’re a different team than last year. Our skill level has really improved.’‘

Robert Lang, Yanic Perreault, Sergei Samsonov, Kevyn Adams and promising rookies Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are on board now, causing Savard to think differently about his team.

‘‘We’ll change a lot of stuff,’’ he said. ‘‘Our forecheck will be a little more under control. Though we still want to continue to be aggressive, we want to play smart. Our neutral zone is going to be changed, and we’ll change our D-zone coverage.

‘‘There’s a lot we want to accomplish in 21 days, but we’re going to be ready.’‘

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  Tags: denis+savard

Breakfast With Scot - The Gay Hockey Movie

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Kiprusoff Wants To Stay With Calgary

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from the Calgary Sun,

Miikka Kiprusoff has a message for Calgary Flames fans.

His top priority is to re-sign with the club.

Rumours may be swirling the star netminder wants to bolt the Stampede City in favour of a warmer locale or one with less scrutiny, but Kiprusoff said his No.-1 priority is to ink a pact with the Flames.

“That’s my first option, for sure,” he said after going through the paces of fitness testing yesterday at the Saddledome as training camp opened. “I’d love to stay here.”

continued

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  Tags: miikka+kiprusoff

Canada vs. USA / NHL Network In The USA

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from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

Despite Canada’s domination of the junior hockey Super Series, the tournament was a success at the gate and on television.

The event worked so well that Hockey Canada wants to do it again, or at least is looking into reprising the tournament next summer, with Canada playing the United States.

read on... plus Domi done, and some NHL Network news in the States, which we have been discussing in the KK Forum...

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  Tags: nhl+network

French-Canadians May Find It Difficult Playing For Habs

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from Sun Media,

Hall of Fame centre Marcel Dionne, who also chose to leave his home province as a teenager to play major junior for the then St. Catharines Black Hawks in Ontario, said that the demands on a francophone player in Montreal are far more onerous than those placed on other players.

“I am from Quebec and I’m very proud to be a French-Canadian,” he said. “But it is very, very difficult for a French-Canadian to play the game at the NHL level in Montreal. I really feel the fans and the media in Quebec are harder on French-Canadian players.”

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  Tags: marcel+dionne

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