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Way Back When

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Calgary Herald,

It’s not like the older defencemen ignored him completely.

It’s not like Adrian Aucoin, breaking in with the Vancouver Canucks in 1995, wasn’t involved.

“They’d tell me to get the beer and I’d get the beer,” says Aucoin, grinning. “I didn’t say a word. That’s the way it was. They were the best guys”—Dave Babych, Dana Murzyn, Jyrki Lumme, Jeff Brown, Bret Hedican—“and I had a great time, but it was different then.”

Craig Conroy, recalling his formative years with the Montreal Canadiens, can vouch for that.

Veterans ruled the roost—if not with an iron fist, then at least with a spiked tongue.

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Camp Tour

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Take a tour of the training camps with Canada.com, where you can read stories like this…

Leafs in good hands with Belak

Wade Belak is heading into the final year of his contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs. And he was asked, as a player who sometimes spends more time in the penalty box than on the ice, how he could best impress management this season.

“I’m a good kiss-ass,” he said smiling.

It has been four years since the 31-year-old scored a goal in the National Hockey League, and he has never finished a season with more than nine points. He managed only three assists last season and was barely given five minutes of ice time per game, but the Leafs still value his hands, precisely because they were never created to score goals.

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Flyers Duo Looking To Rebound From Last Year

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from the Courier-Post,

Joffrey Lupul and Jeff Carter may have played 2,000 miles apart last season, but they shared similar growing pains on a pair of teams grounded by injuries after sky-high expectations.

“It was a bad year,” Lupul said of his first and only season in Edmonton, where the Oilers finished last in the Northwest Division with a 32-43-7 record.

“A tough year all around.”

“It was one of the biggest learning experiences of my life,” echoed Carter, who saw the Flyers finish with the NHL’s worst record (22-48-12).

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Ducks Prepared To Defend The Cup

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from the Vancouver Province,

We accept the responsibility that comes with winning the Stanley Cup,” says Carlyle. “We know we are going to be the measuring sticks for other teams, and we also know that’s not an excuse.”

What he doesn’t know is how all this is going to play out.

As he enters just his third full season as an NHL head coach, Carlyle doesn’t have to be reminded that he enjoyed good breaks on a number of fronts last spring. Can they count on those same things again? That’s just one of the questions he now faces.

The Ducks, in fact, are a veritable Double Jeopardy board as the curtain pulls back on their season.

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Warrener In The Best Shape Of His Career

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from the Calgary Sun,

“Yeah, I think so. I hate hearing guys (say), ‘Ah, I’m in the best shape ever. Blah, blah, blah.’ That basically says maybe I didn’t work hard enough in the past,” Warrener said yesterday.

“But I think you do get wiser and smarter as you go on and, as the years go by, you take better care of yourself.

“Certainly, I feel as good as I’ve ever felt at the start of the exhibition season.”

Warrener looks nowhere near his listed weight of 215 lb., and while he won’t disclose exact numbers, it’s safe to say he dropped more than the 10 pounds Jarome Iginla shed during the last off-season.

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Rotating “C”

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via the Edmonton Sun,

With so many candidates to take over the Edmonton Oilers captaincy left vacant by Jason Smith’s trade to Philadelphia, head coach Craig MacTavish hinted yesterday the club might alternate the C.

“The preference is to find your best player and give it to him,” said MacTavish, whose best players are the likes of Ales Hemsky and Jarret Stoll.

“If your best player is still a relatively young player, then that factors into it.

“We could name somebody who’s going to evolve into it but isn’t quite ready, or we could share it for a while until that person evolves into it.”

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Keep An Eye On Berglund

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from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Blues coach Andy Murray thinks 19-year-old center Patrik Berglund has a chance to make the NHL roster. Berglund believes it, too. So will he be with the team when it opens the season Oct. 4 in Phoenix?

“He just has to be above one centerman we have in our lineup right now,” Blues coach Andy Murray said….

“I’m very happy about it,” said Berglund, the 25th pick in the 2006 NHL draft. “They show a lot of interest in me and they give me a chance to play with the best players in the world and that means a lot to me.”

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Deep Diggers Unite In Attempt To Actually Lower Standards

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Exhibition season opens tonite in The State of Hockey and with it Mike Babcock heads into his third year of playing “Mess with the Diggers’ Heads.”  If there’s a bigger lying liar than Babcock, prove it.  He’s spent his first two years shaking his head in amazement as the Wing beat writers take everything he says as actual fact. 

April 2006, according to my notes.
Babcock: “It may look like Hank’s back is hurting but it’s really a migraine thing that makes him walk funny, which isn’t funny, but it still isn’t a back, which would be bad because backs are a bitch.” 
Khan(!): “Word for word Mike?”
Babcock: “Word for word. Every last b-word Ansar. Every one of them, all in a row just like the pretty maids on Hotel California.”
Khan(!): “Done.”

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  Tags: babcock, cleary, deep+diggers, downey, filppula, hasek

Chasing Foppa

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Alfredsson said he’s not sure if he pulls more weight than Leafs captain and countryman Mats Sundin, but indicated if Forsberg wants a realistic chance to win a championship then Ottawa would be a better choice than Toronto.

“I don’t know, but I think our situation should be able to catch (Forsberg’s) eye,” Alfredsson said yesterday. “Looking at the team we have and the opportunity we have here, I’m sure he’ll realize how close we were last year and he could be the one who could add that little bit of extra confidence for us.”

Senators GM Bryan Murray, who is trying to add a top-six forward, has spoken with Forsberg’s agent, Don Baizley, three times and has also asked Alfredsson to phone Forsberg and talk up Ottawa.

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Backup Fight In San Jose

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from the Mercury News,

Dimitri Patzold and Thomas Greiss were standing side by side outside the Sharks locker room, talking about their friendly competition for the backup goalie position. Both put the emphasis on the “friendly” part of their battle.

“We’re not fighting,” Patzold said, smiling. “It’s not like boxing.”

Greiss agreed. “We’re buddies.”

They even often go out to dinner together. “But,” Greiss added, “we split the bill.”...

Deciding which one will open the year as Evgeni Nabokov’s No. 2 is the biggest question facing the Sharks.

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  Tags: goalies, san+jose+sharks

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