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The Potential Of Zherdev

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sam Weinman of the Lower Hudson Journal,

Not only are they a diverse team based in a diverse city, but they are a franchise looking to maximize what they can get out of an explosive player such as Zherdev.

“Whatever those options are at the end of this year, we hope that we’re the No. 1 team on that list of options,” Renney said. “And that will only happen if he feels he’s had the opportunity to grow and assert himself.”

A spot with Gomez and Naslund would seem to be such an opportunity, and Zherdev took advantage yesterday by scoring the prettiest goal of the day’s scrimmage.

more on Zherdev…

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“For us, the question is, how’s the development going to go? Is it going to increase incrementally? Or are we going to suffer a setback at some point with these young guys? Based on the way we finished last year, you’d think we’re going to be right there. That’s certainly our objective this year, to win the division – and I think it’s a very realistic goal.”

-Oilers coach Craig MacTavish.  More from the coach from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail.

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The Streamlined Carey Price

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

Price will be reporting to the Bell Centre Friday for his medical and fitness testing just a shadow of his 2008 springtime self, having shaved probably 20 pounds off his six-foot-three physique.

Gone is much of the baby fat he carried last season, then a 225-plus-pounder.

read on

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Robitaille Wants His Money Back

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

Painting himself as a victim, former Los Angeles Kings star Luc Robitaille has launched a lawsuit against a former minority owner of the Nashville Predators in an attempt to recoup the $2 million Robitaille says was fraudulently taken from him and left him unwittingly in debt to a bank.

In a court filing that is part of the bankruptcy proceedings for William (Boots) Del Biaggio, Robitaille says he was left owing a bank $2 million (all figures U.S.) after Del Biaggio misused a joint line of credit that had been intended for real estate deals.

continued

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Wings Have Too Many Players

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

“We got a lot of players battling for jobs,” coach Mike Babcock said. “I got 10 NHL defensemen, can’t have 10. I got a whole pile of NHL forwards, can’t have that; got three NHL goalies, can’t have that. So there’s going to be some real battles.”

The biggest battle is on defense, where one of four players—Andreas Lilja, Derek Meech, Kyle Quincey or Brett Lebda—is expected to be traded for a draft pick or prospect before the start of the regular season Oct. 9.

more

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How Much Power Does The Anschutz Group Have In The NHL?

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

It is well known that some NHL owners are in Gary Bettman’s inner circle and weild significant power on the NHL’s decisions, while others (such as the New York Rangers) are on the outs with the commissioner of the NHL.  Probably the owner who weilds the most power in the league right now is the Anschutz Group, headed by Philip Anschutz, who owns the Los Angeles Kings.

The Anschutz Group own many arenas worldwide.  Many of the international games played by the NHL, such as last year’s two games in London, England played between the Anaheim Ducks and LA Kings, are played in Anschutz owned arenas.  This year, they have ties to the arenas in Prague, Czech Republic (they do not own this arena, but it shares common sponsorship with Anschutz arenas in London and Berlin) where the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning will open the season and Stockholm, Sweden where the Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators will open their season.

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Hello World

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

As another of the new bloggers added to Kukla’s Korner for the 2008/09 season, I am happy to say hello.  I feel honored to be chosen as a part of a very good bunch of people who clearly know their hockey.  For those who don’t know me, I have written on blogger since the 2004/05 lockout season.  I have a general interest in the NHL (all teams), with interests in trying to put today into historical perspective (What will we think about these events when we look back on them in the future?) and trying to uncover a deeper understanding of the game via statistics and sabermetrics.

Now lets get started with something interesting.  One of my favorite questions is which currently active players should be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame based only upon current achievements (no projecting into the future)?

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Looks Good, Eh?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Yeah, I’m talking about the cosmetic changes here at the Empire.  But, I’m a little disturbed.  In the comments below, one of the 19 asked if the new “professional look” was an indication I may have shifted from my self-appointed role as keeper of all juveniliciousness to a more “mature”, “adult”, “responsible” approach toward blogging.

I’ve done some introspection and realized that yes, I have.  I’ve decided that with the unveiling of the new KK look, it’s time I grew up.

Example?

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Get On The Frigging Bus:  McCarty Signs

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Helene St. James reports Mac’s back in the fold.

I just got off the phone with Pat Morris, the agent for Darren McCarty, and Morris told me McCarty has signed a two-way deal with the Red Wings.

“He’s back for another year,” Morris said. “There’s stiff competition to make the lineup, but there are not a lot of guys like him in the top 12 forwards.”

 

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“It’s obviously a privilege to be part of such a prestigious organization and now be captain of it.  I am going to do my best. We have a lot of great team leaders right now on our team and we don’t have to change anything. I think that everyone really helps out around the dressing room. There are so many leaders that you just kind of have to do your own thing and more worry about yourself and help out where things are needed.”

-Mike Richards on being named Flyers captain.  More from Chuck Gormley of the Courier Post…

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