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Ducks Think Title Defense

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the LA Times,

“It was obviously a tremendous accomplishment,” defenseman Chris Pronger said of the Ducks’ first Cup title. “At that point, you feel it’s a once-in-a-lifetime event. But now you’ve got to push yourselves even harder now.

“You’ve got an even bigger target on your back. Everybody’s going to be shooting for you, being the Stanley Cup champions.”

There is one goal left—one that only two teams have achieved in the last 20 years.

Repeating.

read on (reg. req.)

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Roberto Luongo Knows Pressure

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN via CTV,

Last season was all that anyone would have expected of Roberto Luongo, who carried his team to a division title and was runner-up for the Vezina and Hart Trophies in the process.

But his biggest accomplishment was the hope that he gave the franchise. So what does Luongo do for an encore?

“There’s always room for improvement,” he told reporters on Monday. “The more experience you get, the better you become. The harder you work in practice and better your game in aspects you know you can be better at, that’s how you improve yourself.”

more…

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Khan(!) Feeling The Pressure:  Reports Hank, Hasek Arrive In Hockeytown

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I guess it goes without saying that Ansar Khan(!) saw the writing on the blog wall.  Just minutes after I’d named Bruce MacLeod as this year’s deep digger captain (a move I reversed moments later after heavy pressure from outraged A2Y readers), the MLive Wing beat writer put down the red wine long enough to grace us with a few lines of prose.

Henrik Zetterberg is healthy and Dominik Hasek is hungry. The two arrived from Europe over the weekend and joined most of their teammates for an informal practice Monday at Joe Louis Arena in preparation for the start of training camp on Friday. Zetterberg skated with the team, Hasek took the ice after most of them were done.

 

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Dowd Accepts Tryout With Flyers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Gulitti at Fire & Ice,

Brick native Jim Dowd won’t be back with the Devils this season. Instead, the 38-year-old center has accepted an invitation to attend training camp with the Philadelphia Flyers. A source said that though the Flyers did not sign Dowd, an unrestricted free agent, because they don’t have salary cap room, they have promised him an opportunity to make the team as their fourth-line center.

continued

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  Tags: jim+dowd

Detroit Is Last Stop For Bowman

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

When asked about a report on the weekend that said the former coach had recently contacted the NHL team about a job — but not the senior consultant position he was offered three months ago — Bowman said he hasn’t talked to the Maple Leafs since June.

Instead, Bowman said he told Detroit Red Wings owner Mike Illitch and general manager Ken Holland in June that he would return for a 15th season with that team.

“I really want to stay with Detroit,” said Bowman, who will turn 74 in a week. “When I went there 14 years ago to coach, I really wanted this to be my last stop.”

read on

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  Tags: scotty+bowman

Polls Closed: Voting Starts Tonite

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

It was mid July when the Red Wing marketing savants unveiled this little beauty, a campaign for the ages.  Designed by children, geared for the the ignorant and roundly criticized by smart people everywhere.  Yes, “Fire on Ice” made its debut and the brilliance of it was startling to us all.

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The pure childlike genius of this creation prompted a groundswell of artistry unlike anything seen here since TeamDub danced in his garage on webcam during a live blog last April.  The contest to “replace the fire on ice logo because it sucks and sucks hard” began July 17th and wrapped up this evening.  Now, your voice will be heard.  We’ll open up the polls and determine a winner.  And oh what a winner that winner will be.  Displayed on the A2Y front page, a 25 dollar gift certificate to Ice Jerseys and the never ending admiration of all 13 of us.

Ready?  Excellence awaits you.

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All Shanny

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the New York Rangers,

NYR.com: Now that you play for the Rangers, did you find you were treated differently by people up there (Cape Cod)?

Shanahan: I played nine seasons with the Red Wings, and now that I’m a Ranger I get recognized way more (in Cape Cod) than during my nine years there in Detroit. I think the way I used to leave in September and come in the summer, people used to think I was a school teacher. But playing on the East Coast now and playing in New York, the secret’s out among my neighbors as to what I do for a living.

more

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Filling In The Blanks: Sopel, Cullimore, Downey

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Bruce MacLeod is the anti-

new

Deep Digger

Captain

and there will be no arguments on that. The guy’s prolific, consistent and not afraid to toss some speculation in there.

Take a seat Khan(!). Your reign is over.

Updated 2037 EST:  I stand corrected.  I have no idea how I betrayed my sarcastic roots.  MacLeod remains the anti-digger.  Khan(!) retains the title. 

Updated 1748 EST: this from A2Y reader BDH.

Deep Diggers: Getting Their Asses Handed to Them by the Macomb Daily since April 4, 2007.

Short. Simple. Classic. Just like Freddy Patek.

Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland confirmed, Monday, that three free agents with NHL experience will try out at the team’s main camp this week: defensemen Brent Sopel and Jassen Cullimore and forward Aaron Downey.

More from MacLeod.  Reaction later.

 

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  Tags: cullimore, deep+diggers, downey, sopel

The NHL Team Previews Begin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Phil Coffey at NHL.com,

Starting Monday, Sept. 10, NHL.com is the place to be for hockey fans as we roll out the most exhaustive preview on the 2007-08 NHL season you will find anywhere.

Once again, NHL.com will spotlight an Eastern and Western Conference team each day.

Each team preview will provide a comprehensive look at a club’s goaltending, defense and forward units. In addition, NHL.com’s John Kreiser will break down pertinent stats for each team. And NHL.com’s staff of writers, led by Evan Grossman, Shawn Roarke and John McGourty, also will shine the spotlight on intriguing personalities throughout the League.

read on

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The Roster Conundrum

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated 1807 EST:  Pete over at Yzerman is God has just posted a very nice take on the Sopel scenario.  Check it out here.

He has offensive potential? At least Kronwall and Lebda are young for all we hear that phrase. And he doesn’t look like a defensive stud either. You replace him with Lilja and what do you get? No better on defense, less physicality, oh yeah, and the almighty slapper. Let’s talk about that.

Some real sound analysis of the Wing PP strategy follows that quote.  Good stuff Pete.

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Two days until the Wings descend on sleepy TC and the intrigue is starting to build.  Two names have great potential to throw the whole damn thing into a tailspin the likes we haven’t seen since the Edmund Fitzgerald braved the Superior one fateful night in, umm, some year in the 60’s I think. 

Sopel and Grigorenko.  Add them to the mix and the main hatchway’s giving in brother because we’re going to have a full load of forwards and a bursting blue line.

 

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  Tags: grigorenko, holland, maltby, sopel

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