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Langenbrunner May Be Facing Surgery

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the NY Post,

Langenbrunner, who played each of the Devils’ 93 regular-season and postseason games last season said little after sitting out yesterday’s opening camp workout. Sources, however, claim he tried a rest cure all summer for what the Devils call a “groin” injury, only to have it recur this month.

Surgery appears a real possibility for the 32-year-old, who apparently played for months with the injury last season, stretching his current streak to 144 straight games. Langenbrunner was third on the team with 60 points and 23 goals last season.

more on the Devils…

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Flames Looking For Production From Owen Nolan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Nolan was asked whether he sets goals for himself before the start of a new season.

“I do,” he said, “but I never tell anyone. I know I didn’t achieve them last year. I felt I had an all right season, but nowhere near what I think I can — and should do — this year.”

That assertion has to be music to the Flames’ ears, a team that has been looking for a long time to find a right winger to take some of the scoring pressure off captain Jarome Iginla.

more

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Training Camp Daily Source

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Forecaster via the Toronto Star,

Team-by-team breakdown of who invited who? Wings, Caps experiment with line combos; Kostitsyn brothers shine; Calder makes nice LA debut; Leafs shelve “mentor” idea; Stoll says cobwebs completely gone; Jordan Staal back at center; and more…

read on

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Adam Hall Lands In Pittsburgh

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I have had a few folks email me asking about Adam Hall and what his plans were for the upcoming season.

Well, Empty Netters points out he is in the Penguins camp.

Not interested in Hall, still head over to EN for some NHL bits…

 

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Windsor Star: Lidstrom Will Pair With Rafalski

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Now there’s a blue line pairing that is going to hand out punishment like candy at Christmas.  Dave Waddell reported today that Nick Lidstrom has been preparing himself for the inevitable: a new defensive partner.

Lidstrom is expected to be paired with Detroit’s plumb off-season signing Brian Rafalski. Having done it so often, Lidstrom expects the transition to be quick and smooth.

“It doesn’t take that long,” Lidstrom said. “He’s a skilled defenceman.

“You get a read on how he’s moving out there. How he’s thinking the game.

“How he’s reacting in different situations. It doesn’t take that long to get to know your partner.”

Lidstrom also expects to be paired with Rafalski on the Wings’ first power-play unit.The left-handed shooting Swede will no longer have to dance along the blue line so much to improve his shooting angle from the middle of the ice.

More from Waddell.

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  Tags: lidstrom, rafalski

Flyers Looking For A Fast Start

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the AP via the Hockey News,

“We have the chance to really start something,” Briere said. “Everybody wants to get off to a better start. We have to forget about what happened last season.”

Easy for Briere to say. He wasn’t here.

But the reason for the renewed optimism comes after a summer of shrewd moves by general manager Paul Holmgren that has the Flyers believing they can move back into the post-season as quickly as they fell out of contention.

“It was a very long summer,” Gagne said.

read on

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Rangers First Line Set

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Well that was quick…

from Newsday,

Just about everybody on the planet, according to head coach Tom Renney, suggested pencilling in all-world right wing Jaromir Jagr and former Devils center Scott Gomez on the Rangers’ No. 1 line.

After one day of practice, you can write it in ink.

First impressions can be deceiving, but in the duo’s first scrimmage Friday, while paired with left wing Marcel Hossa, the period of adjustment everyone expected didn’t take long.

continued

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Smyth & Sakic Have Fun Together

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from Pierre Lebrun of the CP via Yahoo,

“A dream come true - playing with a future Hall of Famer and also Andrew Brunette,” Smyth told The Canadian Press from Denver. “They threw us right together from the get-go.”

“I played with him a bit on Team Canada so I know him a little bit,” Sakic said Friday. “It’s going to be a lot of fun. Right off the bat they’re trying to set the lines and get that chemistry going to get off to a good start.”

more

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  Tags: joe+sakic, ryan+smyth

A More Physical Chara

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Hockey Journal,

Chara said he expects there to be more physical play both from him and his teammates.

“I think it’s a big part of the game – the physical and obviously the fighting is part of the game,” he said. “When it’s the time necessary, you have to decide right away if it’s something you have to step in and do. But I think the physical part of taking the body and finishing checks should be mandatory, and that’s what we’re going to try to do. It doesn’t mean you have to try to run the guy and put him in the third row, but you always have to finish the check and bump into the guy and make it difficult on him.”

Chara was asked why he didn’t fight last season. He responded, “There was some reasons. I’m not going to talk about them.”

When pushed further about former head coach Dave Lewis’ possible penchant for telling his star players not to fight, Chara then responded, “That’s one of the things, yeah.”

much more...

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  Tags: zdeno+chara

Selanne Waiting To Make The Right Decision

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the LA Times,

Much like Scott Niedermayer is wrestling with thoughts of retirement, so too is Selanne.

“The decision is way harder than I thought,” he told a small group of reporters at Anaheim Ice on Friday. “I thought it was going to be an easy decision and just move on. Obviously, everything has just been unbelievable here. When you have played something since you were 6 years old. . . . Now I know how players say how hard it is to retire….

I’m guessing I’m going to see how I feel when the season starts and I’m watching the games,” he said. “By then, I’ll know for sure whether I want to go back and play again. But right now, I feel at this point, there’s no way I can be as motivated” as needed.

“If I don’t feel the same way the next month or so, then it’s time to do something. It’s unbelievable, [this] decision. But it has to be right.”

read on (reg. req.)...and Selanne says he will only play for the Ducks.

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