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DiPietro Plans To Be 100% By Opening Of The Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Katie Strang of On the Islanders Beat at Newsday,

Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro said he’s had a slow summer while rehabbing his left knee, but one particular date has kept him motivated and focused—the season opener against the Devils.

“I’m not so worried about being 100 percent for training camp, I’m more worried about being ready October 10,” DiPietro said at an interview and autograph session in Manhattan Wednesday. “I’m really optimistic and hellbent on being there for the first game.”

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Moreau Likes The Look Of The Oilers

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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Moreau’s foot was broken and he says his heart ached too. “I missed the everyday competition, the camaraderie, being around the guys. Sometimes it’s good to sit back and re-evaluate things. It really teaches you a lesson how much you miss the game and how much you appreciate it,” he said.

Over the summer, he’s seen Jarret Stoll, Matt Greene, Raffi Torres and Joni Pitkanen leave and Erik Cole, Lubomir Visnovsky and Gilbert Brule come in. It’s up to the captain to steer the ship with new mates.

“We lost a lot of quality people,” he said. “A big piece of our dressing room is gone, but we added some high-end talent. Visnovksy is a world-class defenceman who puts up more points than almost anybody in the league. And Erik Cole is a Stanley Cup winner…

much more from Moreau…

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TSN Adds Tortorella & Ferraro

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

As expected….

from TSN,

TSN has added two big names to its roster with NHL coach John Tortorella and 18-year NHLer Ray Ferraro joining NHL on TSN for the 2008-09 season.

Tortorella moves directly from behind an NHL bench into the TSN studio, making his broadcast debut as part of the NHL on TSN panel for 60 games, including weekly appearances on TSN’s marquee Wednesday Night Hockey telecasts.  The 16-year NHL coaching veteran and 2004 Jack Adams Trophy winner will appear alongside studio host James Duthie and Hockey Insiders Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger.

Ferraro will work approximately 30 games as a game analyst, making his NHL on TSN debut in the broadcast booth October 14…

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  Tags: ohn+tortorella, ray+ferraro, tsn

Crosby Honored By Nova Scotia

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP,

NHL star Sidney Crosby leads the list of Nova Scotians honoured Thursday with the Order of Nova Scotia.

Crosby, who recently turned 21, is the youngest person to receive the award which recognizes those who’ve made “significant contributions to the province and the country.”

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“Africa is like the NHL of hunting,” Babcock said Wednesday in preparation for the opening of camp in two weeks. “When you’re in the tall grass, when it’s 14-feet high and you can’t even see the top of an elephant’s back, when you’re hunting a lion and it’s five feet away and you don’t even know he’s there, that’s scary. It gets your heart going.”

-Mike Babcock talking about his hunting trip to Africa to Dave Dye of the Detroit News.

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Gaborik Talks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

“I have one year left on my contract. That’s all I’m thinking about. I’m going to leave everything out there, work hard and enjoy it. And I’m going to try the best I can to help the team win this year like I’ve done always.”

Told that sounds like he has decided to play out the final year of his contract and leave as a free agent, Gaborik said, “I’m not saying I’m leaving. I’m not saying I’m staying. I’m saying I have one year left on my contract. I’m leaving it up to the Wild and my agent to discuss it. But I want to be left out of it.

“I like it here. Of course, it’s been great times and experiences here. But I still have one more year on my contract. I want to be respected that I still have one year left, and I want to just focus on this year and just try to play the best I can. That’s how it is. I don’t want to think about my contract right now, and I don’t want to be put in a position where I have to talk about it.”

more and read Russo’s Rants for more on Gaborik.

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Loonie Talk

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from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Calgary Herald,

In any event, the decline in the loonie is great news if Canadians have a product Americans want (wonder what that might be?) that they can now buy at it lower price. But it is not a good omen for industries that get a bounce from parity between the dollars.

Exhibit A for those businesses that crave a dollar at par would be the National Hockey League. With 31 per cent of league ticket revenues reportedly coming from Canada last season, even a five-cent drop in the dollar is a major issue. As well, NHL teams doing business in Canadian dollars and paying out salaries and benefits in American greenbacks don’t want any decrease in the dollar. Even a drop of five cents on Miikka Kiprusoff’s $8.5 million salary costs Calgary an extra $425,000.

more

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Outdoor Game In Montreal In Very Early Talks

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from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette via the National Post,

The Montreal Canadiens have included a 2009 game at Olympic Stadium as one of their centennial projects, though the match is far from being confirmed….

“A game (at the Big O) is a project that we’ve discussed with the RIO,” Canadiens vice-president Donald Beauchamp said Wednesday of talks the club has had with the stadium’s provincial-government landlord. “That’s as far as the project has gone.”

read on

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Pressing Questions

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Allan Muir at Sports Illustrated:

Dallas Stars: Cup contenders or kidding themselves?

Heading into last season, the obvious question was, “Can this team compete for a playoff spot?” At the time, it was touch and go. The core was graying and burdened by a legacy of recent postseason failures that suggested their best days were a decade behind them.

And now?

read on for more questions—and answers—on the Pacific Division

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Future of Hockey Moms

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Sarah Palin and the phrase “Hockey Mom”  may have changed the future of the sport.  Greg Hardy at CBS Sports SPiN looks a bit closer at the idea,and he’s even written volume 1 of his Futurepedia, a sports almanac to be published in 2057.

2013: The Ford Motor Co. shows its first quarterly profit in years thanks to a hybrid car aimed at the Hockey Mom demographic: a Minivan/Zamboni conversion that runs on Tim Horton’s decaffeinated coffee.

2014: The North American Hockey Moms Association votes that their official beverage will be “Mother Puckers” hard lemonade, which is sold exclusively at Mano’s Grill and Brewhouse in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Though you probably wouldn’t want to take home any of the Hockey Moms you meet there after 11 p.m.

2015: In just one example of how eager the world is to hop on the Hockey Mom bandwagon, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman resigns his post so he can get a sex change operation.

much more

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