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Ethan Moreau On The Decline

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Staples at The Cult of Hockey,

It’s not so pretty when an NHL player loses a step, starts looking awkward on the ice, and talks a better game than he plays.

If you talk to the vast majority of Oilers fans, though, this is the stage of his career that Oilers captain Ethan Moreau is at.

In discussions about the team, Moreau is rarely mentioned as someone who is going to have a good season, even at his so-called specialty, the penalty kill. In fact, there’s outright scorn for Moreau from many fans, and especially scorn for the way Oilers broadcaster Kevin Quinn kept referring to Moreau in excited and reverential terms last season, calling him, as if it was one word, “And here’s thecaptainEthanMoreau.”


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How Long Will It Take For A Monster To Turn Into A Savio(u)r?

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from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,

The lanky free agent signee may have moved a big step closer to being one of the most promising in the league with his 15-stop performance.

It took him two nights—20 minutes on Friday and 40 more last night—but Gustavsson recorded a backhanded shutout, was named the game’s first star and will have tongues all around Leafs Nation wagging this morning.

As irrational as the debates will get, there was some added spice when starter Vesa Toskala let in a softy late in the first period on a shot he should have stopped.

Gustavsson had some Swedish accompaniment in one of the last bids to make an impression on management with the regular-season now just four sleeps away.


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Prediction: Pacific Division

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I am continuing with my pre-season predictions today.  I have already done the Northwest Division and today proceed to the Pacific Division.

Here is my predicted order of finish of the Pacific Division teams:

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Don Waddell- Sports Collector

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Jounral-Constitution,

Don Waddell is a sports fan. Just like most fans, he loves to get an autograph.

The Thrashers general manager has accumulated an extensive collection over his career. While many of his autographs have come because of the executive positions he has held, most have not.

He’s driven to Cincinnati with cereal boxes to get Pete Rose and Johnny Bench signatures.

He’s waited outside Detroit’s Tiger Stadium to get autographs of childhood heroes. He even got the famed double-play combination of Alan Trammell and Lou Whitaker to sign the same baseball. It’s one of over 200 signed baseballs has collected, many with Hall of Famer signatures.

He has books signed by Jack Nicklaus, Bill Walton and Howard Cosell.



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No Rest For The Blackhawks

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from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,

Less than two hours after the Blackhawks completed an eight-hour post-game flight from Chicago to this picturesque European capital, the team was on the ice, going through a spirited practice that featured a lively scrimmage and some drills.

“It was just getting the bus legs out a little bit, so to speak,” Hawks captain Jonathon Toews said.

Despite the rigors of flying overnight to Europe and arriving in Zurich in the late afternoon Saturday, the Blackhawks welcomed the opportunity to hit the ice for an hour—even if many of them were slipping on equipment that was still slightly damp from Friday night’s 4-3 win against Minnesota at the United Center.

“I definitely felt a little tired,” said Patrick Kane, who had two goals Friday night. “It was a good practice, though, to get the kinks out.”

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Joel Quenneville talks to the media after the Blackhawks’ first practice in Zurich.  Watch the video below…

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Let The Forsberg Talk Begin

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from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Old friend Mats Wennerholm from the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet gave this account, with quotes from Foppa:

“I watched Foppa play tonight.He assisted on Modo’s first goal and made the game winning goal in sudden deathI haven´t seen him better in five years.

He was dominating the game and even had a brawl with ex-Shark Marcus Ragnarsson.

All the experts here in Sweden were stunned. The old Foppa was back….”


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The Future Of Sports Reporting?

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from Phil Rosenthal of the Chicago Tribune,

(Rich) Hammond’s marching orders are to report as if he weren’t on the payroll, providing coverage for fans (and maybe absent reporters) with a style and authority a media relations staffer can’t match.

Although teams have had staff announcers, this sort of reporting arrangement might have seemed preposterous a decade ago. New technology and economic realities for the media business have made it plausible. Now the question is whether it can be credible.

If a success, one has to wonder whether other would-be newsmakers—in business, in entertainment, in government—someday will decide this is the way to get news out and remain in the public eye should traditional news organizations no longer dedicate resources the way they did before the revenue crunch.

“In this changing world as it relates to the landscape and consumption of sports news content, we are making an organizational commitment to give our fans one place to go—LAKings.com—to satisfy their appetite for Kings news and information,” Luc Robitaille, the team’s president of business operations, said in the announcement. “We feel this is a landmark step for us as Rich will have full editorial control.”


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Thoughts On Theo Fleury

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The Calgary Herald quotes some of the Flames players on Theo Fleury’s departure,

I didn’t know what to expect before he came in. I hadn’t seen him in a lot of years on the ice. It was better than I had expected. If he chooses to play, there are definitely hockey teams that would love to have him. I’m sure there are. I’m not sure what his decision will be or anything like that, but I certainly wish him the best. I’m definitely proud to have been at camp with him.”

—Jarome Iginla

more players…

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Hossa Felt It Was Time To Get Rotator Cuff Surgery

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from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,

“It was getting really bad,” said Hossa, who played with the injury last season and scored 40 goals with the Red Wings. “The smartest idea was to do it at the time.

“When I lifted something light, I couldn’t ... raise my arms. It was that bad. Right now the rehab is going well, [and] I can’t wait to start working out with the heavier weights on the upper body. When I’m 100 percent, I’ll jump on the ice and not worry about anything.”

Hossa said the injury worsened during the Wings’ run to the Stanley Cup finals last season as he was limited to three assists in the seven-game series the Penguins won. That performance drew the ire of many Wings fans who didn’t realize Hossa was injured.

“That’s part of our business,” Hossa said. “We can’t talk about injuries during the playoffs. People can say whatever they want. They don’t see what’s happening inside.”


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A Culture Change In Montreal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail, “

[Culture] is probably the most important thing,” said Martin, a former coach of the Ottawa Senators and Florida Panthers. “To me, the system and everything else is secondary. The way we want to play is going to require consistency and effort. … You look at a team like Detroit, the reason they’re so successful is their work ethic, and their support and commitment to each other.”

After two weeks of training camp, is he getting there?

“Yeah. Slowly,” he said.

It’s a shift that reaches from the ownership suite to the weight room, which Martin has seen before, to a different degree.


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