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Savard Wants To Remain A Bruin, Not Happy With Team Canada Snub

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from Joe Haggerty of the Big Bad Blog at WEEI,

Savard was the B’s leading scorer with 25 goals and 63 assists last season, and has blossomed into an All-Star player under coach Claude Julien. Entering the final year of his $5 million per year deal with a great deal of financial uncertainty in the NHL’s future, Savard isn’t bothered by the unknown and is simply focused on driving the B’s toward a Stanley Cup….

“It’s a great city and I’ve enjoyed my time here so far,” said Savard, from the Bruins Foundation’s annual golf tournament at The International in Bolton, MA. “It’s a place that I’d like to finish if the chance comes and I’m excited to get the season going. Things keep getting better and our team keeps getting better, so that only helps everybody when that happens. I want to stay here. This is a place I love. I love the people. I love the fans. This is where I want to be.

“I’m not worried about the contract at all. (Peter and I) have a good relationship. Ever since I came to Boston I’ve given everything I had and if things work out well — and I think they will — then I’m going to be here for a long, long time.”

Savard was also visibly peeved when asked about getting snubbed by Hockey Canada when team officials announced the lineup for their Olympic Team Orientation Camp this summer.


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  Tags: marc+savard, team+canada

Elias Will Get A Shot At Center

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Lemaire said he thinks it is difficult for a wing to shift to center.

“If they are capable of doing it , I have no problem (with it),” he said. ““But you don’t see too many of those. I didn’t see in my career too many guys that were wingers and turned out to be a good center. It’s so different. You can ask any center. It’s a totally different game,”

That said, Lemaire believes that Patrik Elias, who played center two years ago, is capable of making the move.from left wing to the middle.

“Elias is a guy that could play center,” he said. “He’s good enough.”

In fact, Lemaire said, he “probably” will look at Elias at center during training camp.,

more on the Devils…

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  Tags: patrik+elias

Burke Talks Kessel

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

An animated Brian Burke discussed the rumours with reporters Tuesday at the team’s training facilities in Toronto.

“I do not contemplate an offer sheet to Phil Kessel at this time,” Burke told reporters.

read on

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Let’s Talk Versus/Directv

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

If you have Directv, what are your future plans?  Are you looking at moving to a different provider and if so, when will you make that decision?

I know I am holding off on ordering Center Ice for this season, waiting to see how this conflict will end.  Even if Directv does not bring back Versus, I will probably stay with them, for the simple reason that I think their HD delivery is top-notch and is much better than the PQ Comcast offers.

I know Dish is another choice, but I am really not that interested in switching over to another satellite provider.

Also, KK member Hippy Dave gave his views on this topic a few days ago in the KK Member section.

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  Tags: directv

Lilja Improving

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Red Wings defenseman Andreas Lilja isn’t sure if he’ll be ready for the start of training camp Sunday, but he is confident he eventually will be cleared to play again.

Lilja, plagued by headaches and concussion-like symptoms since Feb. 28, said Tuesday he hoped to learn more after having some tests, including an MRI this afternoon.

“I’m a lot more positive,’’ Lilja said. “I’m almost 100 percent sure I’m going to play, it’s just a matter of when.’‘


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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Osgood wasn’t among the five goalies invited to the (Canadian Olympic) camp, which seems to say something about the faith Detroit’s brain trust really has in him.

-Wes Goldstein of CBS Sports.  More on the Wings from Wes…

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  Tags: chris+osgood

Finally, The Game Is Back On The Ice

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Enough bids, bankruptcies and other off-ice topics.  The game is close to being back on the ice.

more at my NHL.com submission today…

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The Balsillie Strategy

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from Kelly McParland of Full Comment at the National Post,

Balsillie’s strategy is transparent. He intends to make an offer so enticing that only a true dufus could refuse it. Clearly this is another example of Balsillie’s lack of integrity and unsuitability as an owner of the NHL, which prefers crooks, charlatans and windbags, who have limited understanding of the game and can thus be counted on to treat Bettman like he knows what he’s doing.


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  Tags: jim+balsillie

High Expectations For Bogosian

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from Bill Tiller of the Ice Man at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

“He’ll be scary good in a couple of years”…Those are the words of Atlanta Thrashers team captain Ilya Kovalchuk talking about his teammate Zach Bogosian last spring. That’s a fairly powerful assesment given the fact that it comes from a player who’s “scary good” himself.

Indeed Bogey’s 6′-2″, 200 pound frame supplies the “scary” part… especially if you’re a winger caught in his sights for an open-ice check…or a defender who is charged with de-pucking the native of Massena, New York as he smoothly yet powerfully motors his way through center ice.

As for the “good” part…well, that can be classified as an understatement in my book.


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  Tags: zach+bogosian

New Coaches - New Challenges

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

(Jacques) Lemaire, however, is not likely to find the magic again in New Jersey. The Devils led their division last season before losing in the first round to Carolina, but John Madden and Brian Gionta were lost during the offseason and no replacements of note were added.

You don’t make progress by standing still, leaving Lemaire with a high mountain to climb if the team he inherits is to repeat as division leaders.

My choice as the coach to do the best job is (Brent) Sutter.

The Flames lost Mike Cammalleri to the Canadiens. They will miss Cammalleri’s 39 goals, but the blow will be softened considerably by what Ollie Jokinen, who was acquired at the trading deadline last season, brings to the table.


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