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Heika:  Hossa Is The Hangover Cure

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Worried about that mythical Cup hangover?  I haven’t been, but it seems to be a topic of discussion among those wishing you sadness.  And there are many. Mike Heika, of the Dallas Morning News, says Marian Hossa’s the reason the Wings will come out firing.

The summer is short anyway, due to the fact you played until June; and when you make that a summer of partying, it makes it very difficult to get back into the routine necessary to fight through a tough season. Mix that with the fact every team is gunning for you, and there’s clearly Stanley Cup hangover.

But Hossa changes that for the Wings. He is a respected player who has told his new teammates that he believes in them, and that he wants to do everything he can to help them win again in what could be his one season with the team.

That’s pretty powerful.

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One Parting Shot

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

If you want to know why the Maple Leafs gave up on and gave away Bryan McCabe, here it is in a nutshell:

McCabe got to pick where he wanted to play and he chose the Florida Panthers. Translation: He doesn’t give a hoot whether he wins or loses and the Leafs were well aware of that. Who would want an apparent leader who is happy playing for a team in a messed-up market that never contends?

more hockey topics discussed along with other sports notes.

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I admire Zack because he’s an agitator and he fights ... it’s not easy doing both. But he knows he’s not a true heavyweight. He’s trying to fill a role and he does a good job at it. Man, he had 25 fights last year. Even in my rookie year as an Oiler, I never did that. I fought 16, 17 times, tops. People should admire Zack for doing what he’s doing. If everybody had his heart. ...

-Georges Laraque on Edmonton’s Zack Stortini.  More from Laraque from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal.

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What’s Cooking Mike?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steven Noble of the Calgary Sun,

Mike Cammalleri has taken his Italian heritage and his family’s tomato sauce with him wherever he’s gone.

Now the new Flames sniper is looking forward to bringing it to Calgary—along with his goal-scoring touch.

“My dad has two brothers so those families and our family would all go to my grandparents’ house, we’d get 20 bushels of tomatoes and go in the garage from eight in the morning until six at night,” he says, recalling one of his favourite traditions.

continued

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“We take a lot of pride in knowing our top six forwards, who we believe are the best top six forwards in the league, all have three years or more on their contracts. But to be able to do that and have stability for a franchise, you need to spend money.”

-Oren Koules, Owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning.  Read more on the Lightning from Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times…

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Stars Goal- Create A Stanley Cup Winning Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

...But as much as those personnel changes are significant, Hull said the GMs are not just shuffling talent to put their fingerprint on the team – a desire he stated when he first took the job.

“I think we’re learning that’s not the goal,” Hull said. “You can’t just move people to put your own people in here. The goal is to create a team that can win the Stanley Cup.”

“You have to develop a plan and then trust that plan,” Jackson said. “You put coaches in place, and you trust those coaches. You put players in place, and you trust those players. It’s not about Brett or I; it’s about the players on the ice and the coaches who coach them. That’s where the game is won.”

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Kings Will Reach The Cap Floor

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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Have no fear, says Los Angeles general manager Dean Lombardi, the Kings will make it to the NHL’s salary “floor” of $40.7 million in player payroll before opening night.

However, the financial formula will not include, contrary to rumors in recent weeks, taking high-priced goalie Nikolai Khabibulin off Chicago’s hands, or dealing away budding superstar forward Anze Kopitar.

“Some of the stuff that goes around is just crazy,” said Lombardi. “Like Kopitar. We’re going to trade our best young player to get to the floor? If the people who start that stuff would put just two cents worth of brains into thinking about it first . . .

“But that’s the kind of stuff that gets out there, and then we had to respond to it, just to quell the masses.”

continued with numerous NHL topics discussed too…

I do find it laughable when Lombardi says he has to respond to trade rumors to quell the masses.  The knowledgeable NHL fan knows the vast majority of trade rumors are made up and don’t have any chance of happening.  But it only takes a few people, yes, even those who claim to be have trusted sources, to stir the pot and take advantage of those fans who will believe everything they read.

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Olive Branch Extended To NHL By KHL & IIHF

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from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

In a stunning turn of events, the Kontinental Hockey League and International Ice Hockey Federation appear to have extended an olive branch to the NHL, which may ultimately lead to a thaw in the frigid relations between the KHL and the NHL.

“We have gone with an open hand to the NHL,” KHL president Alexander Medvedev told thn.com in a telephone interview Saturday. “We are hoping to get a positive reaction from the NHL.”

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added 5:35pm, Ken Campbell has adjusted the story from above, adding a comment from Bill Daly.

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in the Radulov case, the IIHF, “lacked the courage and conviction to do what’s right,” by not ordering Radulov to fulfill the final year of his contract with the Nashville Predators. Despite still being under contract to the Predators, Radulov signed a three-year deal worth $13 million with Salavat Ufa of the KHL and has already appeared in several games.

“The facts couldn’t be more clear,” Daly said in an email to thn.com.  “But instead of revealing what (the IIHF’s) investigation actually found – which is that Radulov is under contract to Nashville and should be playing there this season - they pulled the chute and took the easy way out.  Very, very disappointing.  Its seems that the KHL is making decisions for the IIHF these days.”

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Kolzig Goes Home

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

Olaf Kolzig may be the only Tampa Bay player submitting multiple ticket requests for the team’s exhibition game at the Eisbaren Berlin on Sept. 28.

“My cousin lives in Berlin and I have a ton of uncles and aunts that live in Hamburg,” Kolzig told NHL.com. “Within an hour drive, I have a handful of relatives.”

The Lightning’s newest goalie was born in South Africa and grew up in Canada, but his passport says Germany and that’s the country he considers to be his homeland. He has represented Germany on the international stage, twice in the Olympics.

continued

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Radulov Case May Go To Court

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the IIHF,

The meeting agreed that the unsolved case of Alexander Radulov will go to an applicable court or – if all included parties agree – to arbitration, whose verdict can not be overruled.

The KHL furthermore informed that the league is disputing the signings of the following players by the NHL:

Andrei Loktionov – signed by NHL club Los Angeles from KHL club Lokomotiv Yaroslavl

Vyacheslav Voinov – signed by NHL club Los Angeles from KHL club Traktor Chelyabinsk

Andrei Mayorov – signed by NHL club Columbus from KHL club Ak Bars Kazan

read on including the lifting of five suspensions…

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