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Patrick Kane held an online Q & A with the fans today at ESPN,

Patrick, most of the nation has high hopes for this Blackhawk team considering you guys exceed all expectations last season. How has this team responded in the locker room, and can you guys channel that into a long run at the Stanley Cup?Go Hawks and have a great season!

Patrick Kane: I think it’s the same group. The same atmosphere. I think last year was one of those years that you didn’t want to end. Unfortunately it did end. This year, we’re a year older and we added a guy like Hossa who will help us out a lot. Really, it will propel us to the next level. WE want to bring home the cup. It hasn’t happened in a while. We don’t want to leave this year to chance.

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Kronwall Going Home

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from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

For Kronwall, it will feel like a pair of home games. He has played in the Globe more than 100 times and spends the summer working out and skating in the rink right next door. He knows all the nooks and crannies of the building.

“I have walked through those doors and in that arena for many years,” Kronwall said. “I feel pretty comfortable there.”

He said he has put in for 120 tickets for the two games. For games at Joe Louis Arena, Kronwall said he usually doesn’t have to ask for any more than the two each Red Wings player is allotted. Sometimes those don’t even get used.

“These last few weeks, it’s been more and more text messages and phone calls from family and old friends who would like to see the game and are asking about tickets,” Kronwall said. “It will be different for sure.”

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Don’t Break That Window!

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Watch out for that falling ‘window’.  Check out the caption of the Montreal Canadiens picture at the Wall Street Journal’s ‘Pictures of the Day’ feature.

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Pressure On These Players

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from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

Here are 10 players on the hot seat, looking to bounce back from an off year:

Dion Phaneuf, Calgary Flames: The big defenceman doesn’t like to be reminded of his drop in performance last season. When asked about it at Team Canada’s summer orientation camp he got a little indignant, huffing and puffing at reporters….

John Madden, Chicago Blackhawks: Madden has never been mistaken for a Rocket Richard Trophy winner as the NHL’s leader in goals, but to slump to seven goals in 76 games after scoring 20 the year before is simply unacceptable. Madden remains one of the NHL’s best checkers and a threat to score when his team is playing shorthanded, but he has the speed and skill to score at even strength.

more and Sportsnet has a new look, what do you think about it?

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Afternoon Line

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The acquisition of Heatley makes me rethink the future in San Jose. Wilson looks more like a mad scientist running about the lab tossing chemicals into the beaker with little regard to their compatibility, or combustibility, for that matter. Oh, Doug said the Sharks did their homework - and then some - before acquiring Heatley. Really?

For a group that appears to need more leadership, grit and mental toughness, how is Heatley the answer?

-Jay Feaster at The Hockey News.  Read more...

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Dave King Hired As Assistant Coach In Phoenix

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Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic reports the Coyotes have hired Dave King as an assistant coach and confirms Sean Burke hired as goaltender coach.

added 3:27pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

In a year of incredible uncertainty for the franchise, and particularly their young emerging players, King is just what the Coyotes need at this stage – a teacher, first and foremost, someone who will help the Kyle Turrises and Mikael Boedkers of their world get better.

That’s just a smart business decision, no matter where the franchise might happen to land; no matter who may end up owning the team.

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How To Explain This To The Kids

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from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated,

Ever been in a situation where what you’ve believed for so long is suddenly compromised? Well, that’s the experience I had this weekend.

Saturday night, I chaperoned a team of 11-year olds in Nashville as the Predators took on the Columbus Blue Jackets….

Sistito challenged a proven pugilist in Tootoo, which is a very common occurrence in preseason games as it is a way for a young player to show his coach that he’s ready to fulfill a role on the team. Tootoo obliged, which is also common practice for players of his ilk. It’s an unspoken bond of mutual respect. How else is a kid gong to show his mettle if vets decline the willing challenge?

Not surprisingly, the fans rose and cheered as the two exchanged punches. Sistito had an early advantage, raining blows on the smaller Tootoo. But, as so often happens, the veteran weathered the onslaught and started to pummel the wearied youngster, whose helmet came off.

Then it happened.

read on including video of the fight which I also embedded below…

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Chimera Feels Belanger Should Be Suspended

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from Tom Reed of Puck-rakers,

Jason Chimera does not care that Eric Belanger’s rap sheet had been clean before Friday night’s hit from behind that sent the Blue Jackets winger off the ice on a stretcher.

He believes Belanger’s check was dirty and that it merits a suspension.

Chimera returned to Columbus on Saturday after he was held overnight in a St. Paul. Minn., hospital for observation. Belanger, a Wild center, rammed Chimera from behind—driving his face into the glass—as Chimera was trying to help teammates clear the puck from the defensive zone. Chimera’s face was driven into the ga

Chimera, who’s seen a replay, attached a graphic analogy to the hit and Belanger’s reputation as a clean player.

“It was a cheap hit, it was a dirty play,” Chimera said.

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Try Negotiating

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Here’s an idea Versus, why don’t you get a deal worked out with Directv instead of telling us what to do.

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Groin Issues In Detroit

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Henrik Zetterberg, Dan Cleary, Todd Bertuzzi and Jason Williams are dealing with nagging groin injuries, nothing serious. Zetterberg and Cleary stayed off the ice and hope to skate and play later this week. Bertuzzi and Williams practiced Monday but aren’t ready to play.

“Maybe it’s 2-3 percent better today than Friday, so it’s going the right way,’’ Zetterberg said. “Going to have a new evaluation tomorrow and we’ll see what that will bring.’’

He is hoping to make his preseason debut Friday at home against Toronto.

Cleary said he hurt his groin in practice Saturday. He said no tests were needed.

“I think we caught it at a good time,’’ Cleary said. “Get some games in this weekend and be ready to go.’’

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