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“He played the fewest amount of games last year that he played in a long time, so I don’t know if he’s any better for it. I don’t’ know if we have to manage Nabby’s minutes. What we have to manage is the results and the effort. I’m not even sure if we have to manage that. He has to manage that.”

-Sharks Coach Todd McLellan on goaltender Evgeni Nabokov.  More from David Pollak of Working the Corners.

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Elite Line In Anaheim

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from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

The three forwards combined for four goals, seven points and a plus-8 rating in Sunday’s 5-4 Ducks win over the Kings in the preseason finale. None of those numbers count now but the club is hoping that those kind of nights will be a regular occurrence.

“You could say there’s pressure there for us to perform,” Perry said. “We’re just young kids trying to go there and play hard, play our game. We’re just trying to perform at our best.”

If that’s the case, it could put the Ducks’ line among the NHL’s elite. Already there are those in hockey circles who consider the big, strong threesome one of the league’s best following a season in which Getzlaf finished tied for sixth in scoring with 91 points, Perry had a team-leading 32 goals among his career-best 72 points and Ryan was a Calder Trophy finalist with 31 goals and 57 points despite not being a full-time member until the midseason.

All three say that kind of recognition is nice to hear but nothing more.


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Robert Lang Officially A Member Of The Phoenix Coyotes

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GLENDALE, ARIZONA —Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have signed center Robert Lang to a one-year contract.  As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

“We are very pleased to have signed Robert Lang,” said Maloney. “He provides another veteran presence for our team and is a proven scorer in the National Hockey League.”

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Previewing The Season

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from Chris Johnston & Bill Beacon of the CP via the Hamilton Spectator,

How about a Stanley Cup parade down Robson St.? Or maybe a championship celebration on the Red Mile?

The Canadian Press’ hockey writers have pulled out a crystal ball to make some predictions about the upcoming NHL season and see Vancouver and Calgary as the teams most likely to end the country’s 17-year Stanley Cup drought.

Roberto Luongo continues to be the cornerstone of the Canucks and has a revamped blue-line working in front of him. In Calgary, the arrival of defenceman Jay Bouwmeester should provide a major boost to a 98-point team from a year ago.

Ultimately, though, we think the champion will again come from an American city and it should be one heck of a final between two resurgent hockey markets in Boston and Chicago.

Can you imagine the excitement surrounding an Original Six matchup?


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Wings A Huge Attraction In Sweden

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from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

Between the eight Swedes, the Wings have nearly the entire eastern half of the country covered, from as north as Boden (Larsson), Pitea (Holmstrom) and Njurunda (Zetterberg) down to Vasteras (Lidstrom), Stockholm (Kronwall) and Norrkoping (Ericsson).

Franzen’s hometown of Vetlanda is more centrally located in the southern part of the country and Lilja’s hometown of Helsingborg is on the southwestern tip of Sweden, near Denmark.

“This has a huge impact for hockey in Sweden,” said Anders Berglund, a former teammate of Lidstrom’s in the Swedish Elite League and father of St. Louis center Patrik Berglund. “You have all the great players from the best team in the world and a lot of them are Swedes. This is making a huge impact to hockey in Sweden. I think the games were sold out in two hours, so you can imagine that it’s a huge event in Sweden and extra special because it is the Red Wings.”

Ever since the Russian Five fizzled out in Hockeytown, Detroit has been the NHL’s leading breeding ground for top-flight Swedes. It started with Lidstrom in 1991, and to this day the Wings continue to draft and develop some of Sweden’s top talent.


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Oilers Plan To Be Tougher To Play Against

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from the CP via Sportsnet,

Dr. Quinn is in—just in time for the team everyone agrees needs a heart transplant.

The Edmonton Oilers and new head coach Pat Quinn open their NHL regular season Saturday against the Calgary Flames in what they hope will be a new beginning for a lurching franchise.

“We’re going to work hard, we’re going to be tougher to play against, and we’re going to be better because we’re going to have a better system,” said veteran defenceman Sheldon Souray.

Quinn, the longtime NHL coach hired this spring to replace the ousted Craig MacTavish, has brought in a system that focuses on puck pursuit, puck control, and skating, skating, skating.


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Anyone Want To Take These Bets?

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from Jason Brough of Orland Kurtenblog at the Vancouver Province,

This week’s list is a compilation of betting odds that we found at various online sports books….

Who will play in the Stanley Cup finals?

New York Rangers-Los Angeles (300/1): The Gary Bettman conspiracy pick. We’re talking about the two biggest TV markets in the United States here. Maybe a few refs are told to do some…stuff.

Atlanta-Colorado (1000/1):


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What Team Will Win The Stanley Cup?

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Let Barry Melrose and Matthew Barnaby of ESPN tell you.

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Diversity Matters

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Did you know if there is one non-Canadian on a line, an NHL team has a better chance of winning.

So says Katherine Phillips of Northwestern Univ. in this video at the Globe and Mail.

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Captains Needed In Montreal & Toronto

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from TSN,

Maurice Richard, Jean Beliveau and Bob Gainey.

George Armstrong, Dave Keon and Darryl Sittler.

These are just some of the names that have been honoured to be captain of two of the most storied franchises in the NHL. But which names will be added to that list for this season.

With the Canadiens and Maple Leafs set to begin the regular season on Thursday, both teams have yet to name a captain. So who would be the leading candidates to take on this all-encompassing responsibility?


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