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Can The Islanders Become A Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Kolb at MSG Network,

Center Josef Vasicek is listed at 6’5”, while defenseman Andy Sutton is listed at 6’6”.
Granted, both of these guys have solid upside potential, but only time will tell how they will do as Isles….
Neither of these guys are saviors, or players that will put the Isles over the top, but Garth Snow is building a team suited for Ted Nolan’s coaching style.
The question is, with so many faces, can this team play as a team?

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Sabres About To Sell-Out The Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Buffalo News,

The Buffalo Sabres lost less than 1 percent of their season-ticket holders from last season, and they have a waiting list of about 8,000 names.
The team now expects to sell out all its home games before the start of the regular season.
And the general public — those unwilling to put down a $100-per-seat deposit to land a spot on the season-ticket waiting list — may be shut out completely from the most popular games, including the four games with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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Sullivan Still Recovering From Back Surgery

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Tennessean,

Predators forward Steve Sullivan continues to make strides in recovering from back surgery, but he might not be at 100 percent when training camp begins Sept. 13.
“He’s making good progress, but at the start of training camp, he might be a little bit questionable to go full bore,’’ Predators Coach Barry Trotz said Wednesday. “When I say full bore, I mean scrimmages and (preseason) games, that kind of thing.’‘...
“He’s taking this injury very seriously in terms of his career and conditioning,’’ Trotz said. “He’s done the right thing by making sure this is going to be taken care of.

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Sutter Prepares For Jersey & Coaches Canada Juniors

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from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,

“There’s a structure in place here, of how the team is run, how the team is built, how the team plays. I think structure is important. The conversations I had with Mr. Lamoriello and (Devils owner Jeffrey) Mr. Vanderbeek convinced me that this was definitely the right place.
“It’s going good so far. I’ve been back there twice for five days at a time. I’ve spoken to the players, the staff. I’m acclimatized.
“I talked to Larry Robinson about coming back to coach. I felt it was important with my lack of experience at this level to have someone like Larry on board. He’s been a part of this organization for a long time. He coached this team to a Stanley Cup. He’s someone with a wealth of experience who wants to contribute, but doesn’t want to be a head coach.

read on

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New Oilers Settle In

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Edmonton Journal,

Because along with the five-year, 21.25-million US contract, there are lofty expectations—something Dustin Penner is acutely aware of.
“Money changes expectations—yours and those put on you by other people,” Penner said on Thursday, before signing another round of autographs for the keen youngsters at the Oilers hockey school in St. Albert.
Penner and Geoff Sanderson, two of the club’s off-season additions, rolled into town, slipped into their new jerseys, toured the classes, then addressed the media. Both will return in a few weeks for training camp.
“It’s an ideal situation for me,” said Sanderson, the 35-year-old veteran who will wear No. 8 when he begins his 17th season with his eighth NHL team.

read on

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Gretzky Draws The Crowd

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from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

OK. Sure. You have 24 of the top 25 women’s golfers in the world, plus a healthy helping of Hall of Famers here.
But sorry. Invite Wayne Gretzky to join you for the day and they’re all just a supporting cast.
Cristie Kerr, obviously one seriously messed-up woman in terms of billing herself as the No. 1 fan of the Phoenix Coyotes, made the mistake of asking coach Gretzky to join her at the Pro-Am for yesterday’s CN Canadian Women’s Open.

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Micro Ice

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from the Eagle Tribune,

Where’s the massive facility? Where’s the 500-car parking lot? And where’s the jumbo Zamboni?
There is none of the above, this rink is 30 feet by 20 feet as compared to a 200 by 85 NHL ice surface. That’s where the “micro” comes in on “Micro Ice.”
The former teammates — Gomez played seven years with Pandolfo on the Devils before signing with the Rangers last month — are also partners in this concept, which includes a strength and conditioning area, hosted by “Body by Boyle.”
“It’s pretty basic,” said Dick Pandolfo of North Andover, Jay’s uncle and principal owner of the smaller rink, which he hopes to eventually franchise.
“People see the size of the rink and think it’s crazy,” said Dick. “We believe this is the future of hockey, at least in terms of teaching skills. These are more prevalent in Canada, especially around Toronto. It’s the one thing we are missing in hockey, at every level, but especially at the youth level. This is all about skills.”

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People Share The Cup With Brad May

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from the Toronto Star,

It was May Day in August.
And for the folks of Stouffville, this was a put-the-toddlers-on-the-shoulders-and-hope-they-remember-what-they’re-seeing kind of afternoon as they dotted Main Street for a celebration.
It’s not every day, this being Maple Leafs territory, that the Stanley Cup gets paraded. Rarer still when it goes right past your front door.
But there it was in the convertible, behind the fire truck and in front of the oversized pickup carrying the chanting kids, going right past the Fickle Pickle Restaurant, Good Eat Chinese Food and Freak Inn Tattoo.
“Never seen it before,” said Wayne Marks, as he stood in front of his Stouffville Monument Works Ltd. “I didn’t think I’d ever see it this close up.”
But Brad May brought it home.

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It’s Not The Gorton’s Fisherman, But It’s Close

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from Newsday:

In fashion, you are either in or out. This apparently applies to the garb of sports teams, too, as the Islanders yesterday announced a brand new jersey and ousted their beloved old shirt, which has been around for close to a decade.
It’s not exactly that the team wanted a new shirt. In fact, the Islanders’ reputation for changing uniforms is a bit tainted, after the famously reviled fisherman logo (it had a resemblance to a famous seafood label) that surfaced in 1995 and sunk like a lead weight in 1996. This time around the change is a mandate from the National Hockey League. Every team in the league is getting a fashion makeover.
“The League sat down and brainstormed about what would be the biggest improvement for the game and the uniform was first and foremost,” said Keith Leach, director of NHL Uniforms for Reebok, the company responsible for the overhaul.
...
At least one fashion expert was not that taken with the new look.
“I love that it’s more fitted. Skinny is definitely a menswear trend and very hot. Hated, hated, hated the tie on the neckline,” said Nina Garcia, Elle Magazine’s fashion director and the very vocal and sometimes tough judge on Bravo hit show, “Project Runway.” “I don’t really get it unless there’s some functional reason for it. It looks like a little boy’s shirt. I love the numbers on the front and some of the color blocking. Other than that I think they should have left it alone. It’s overly designed and too busy.”

continued...and isn’t it a “jersey?”

You can see the history of the Islander jersey here, including the new one…

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Time For Bell To Grow Up

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

This kind of trouble is really nothing new to Mark Bell.
It was drunk driving in San Jose. It was allegations he beat up a taxi driver in Ottawa. In Chicago, the general manager just decided he wasn’t worth the difficulty anymore.
Everyone will tell you he’s a good guy. Isn’t that the hockey mantra? His friends will tell you he’s hilarious, fun-loving, enjoys life.
Wasn’t so hilarious to the cabbie who suffered a gash to the forehead, five stitches, a split lip, two black eyes and bruised ribs in 1999.
Bell was a kid back then, a junior hockey player who got the local hockey hero treatment in Ottawa.

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