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No Composite For Holik

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Marin of NewJerseyDevils.com,

“With a big, long stick, it’s a little softer so that I can really lean into it,” he said. “The kickpoint changes depending on where you put your bottom hand, and that’s not necessarily the case with the composite. That’s one of the reasons that I just couldn’t get used to it.”

One thing Holik will have to get used to, however, is a new brand. With demand waning for wood, Sherwood announced plans in 2007 to cease production of wood sticks in its Sherbrooke, Que., factory and outsource to Estonia and China. As a result, Holik has sampled wooden models made by Reebok.

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Surprise Teams Keep it Interesting

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Paul Kukla at NHL.com,

I group teams in three categories before the start of the season: Can’t miss, fighting for a playoff spot or re-building and looking forward to next year. But I am always wrong with two or three teams in each category and I am glad I am. Surprise teams, both in a positive or negative manner, make the season exciting and keeps me glued to the game on a daily basis.

read on for some predictions

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Predictions: East Conference

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

I finish up my pre-season predictions by ranking the East Conference.  Earlier I did this with the West Conference.  Here are more in depth looks at the Northeast Division, Atlantic Division and Southeast Division.  This will be a predicted finish of the East Division clubs.  Write-ups for individual teams are in the division profiles.

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One-on-One with Sean Avery

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Rachel Nichols of ESPN talks to Sean Avery about his bad boy reputation and his addiction to fashion.

Judging from Avery’s responses, it seems that it all started when he was a kid and started stealing his babysitter’s dolls…

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  Tags: sean+avery

Oilers Go Back In Time

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Edmonton Oilers,

“It’s terrific that the original uniform is being brought back and celebrated.  All of the things we take so much pride in today were accomplished in that uniform and I think fans deserve to see their team and especially their favorite players on this year’s team in those colors” said Kevin Lowe, Oilers President of Hockey Operations.

read on and watch the video of the Oilers sweater unveiling below…

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NHL in Europe: Never Going to Happen

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Michael Farber at SI,

Some league officials have been eyeballing Europe for years as a potential landing spot for a franchise. There is even some ownership support for the idea, notably Ottawa’s Eugene Melnyk, who said he has been in favor of the idea for the past three or four years. But European expansion remains one of those theoretical topics along the lines of “if Wilma Flintstone and Betty Rubble walked into a bar ...”

While it might be fun to kick around, it is not going to happen. Not now. Not in a decade. Even if the global economy roars back in the next few years, the dollars, and Euros, probably won’t make sense. And not even Warren Buffett can do anything about the six-hour time difference that separates the East Coast and most of the hockey-playing major cities of Europe.

continued…

*more thoughts on the NHL in Europe posted earlier today on KK

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  Tags: european+expansion

Wings Place Aaron Downey on Waivers

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Detroit Free Press:

Quick update from Joe Louis Arena this morning: Ville Leino is skating on a line with Pavel Datsyuk and Marian Hossa, and Aaron Downey has been placed on waivers.

The Wings are seeking to trade defenseman Kyle Quincey.

Also being reported at Red Wings Corner, plus injury updates.

Update 12:19pm ET: Red Wings Corner also has some reaction from Downey.

added 2:36pm, from Red Wings Corner,

Ken Holland just said that the Red Wings have assigned Ville Leino and Jonathan Ericsson to Grand Rapids.

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Predictions: Southeast Division

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

It’s time for the final conference of my pre-season predictions.  Here are my West Conference predictions and in my run through the East Conference here is the Northeast Division and here is the Atlantic Division.  The Southeast Division has been the NHL’s weakest division for the past few years.  Last year, only Washington managed to make the playoffs.  With the more balanced schedule we will see this season, it is easier for that scenario to repeat itself as there will be fewer points tied up in games between Southeast Division teams.

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Leafs Place Devereaux and Kronwall on Waivers - Updated

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN:

The Toronto Maple Leafs continued to streamline their roster for the upcoming season on Tuesday, placing forward Boyd Devereaux and defenceman Staffan Kronwall on waivers.

Update 2:08pm: TSN link has updated to also note other waiver transactions today, including San Jose Sharks defenceman Kyle McLaren.  Canucks players Matt Pettinger and Jason Krog were also put on waivers today.

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  Tags: boyd+devereaux, staffan+kronwall

Melrose The Quote Machine

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brian Duff at the Hockey News,

Already I’ve heard Melrose make multiple references to how much guys are making. That could be a slippery slope down which to venture.

But hey, if Melrose can entertain the masses and pull the Lightning from worst to first in the division as his owners are expecting, he will have a shot at the Jack Adams award. Keep in mind, the coach of the year award is voted upon by the broadcasters, who tend to really appreciate good sound bites.

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  Tags: barry+melrose

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