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Sam Gagner Sticks With Oilers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

The Edmonton Oilers signed 18-year-old centre Sam Gagner to a three-year entry level contract today, and plan on having their first-round draft pick in the opening night lineup Thursday against the San Jose Sharks.

Gagner, whose dad Dave played over 900 NHL games, is the first Oiler first-round choice to make the team in his draft year since another centre, Jason Arnott, in 1993.

“I like the way Sam thinks the game mentally. I don’t know if there was one time in the pre-season where I had to talk to Sam when he came off the ice about where he should be (defensively),” said Oiler coach Craig MacTavish.

“You can tell he’s been well-coached by his dad. That’s invaluable.”


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  Tags: edmonton+oilers, sam+gagner

Someone Not Invited to the Party?

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Eric Duhatschek at his Globe & Mail blog discusses the various luminaries attending the Esquire party tomorrow night in Manhattan, launching the new NHL season. The guest list includes a number of notables but also features one notable exception, as well.

NHL luminaries for the Esquire party include the commissioner, Gary Bettman, the deputy commissioner, Bill Daly, plus members of the New York Islanders (Bill Guerin, Mike Comrie), the New Jersey Devils (Patrik Elias) and some as yet-to-be-announced members of the Buffalo Sabres. Curiously, there are no New York Rangers’ players listed as possible attendees, even though the Rangers boast two of the NHL’s most attractive free-agent acquisitions, Scott Gomez and Chris Drury, at least one of whom (Gomez) is an unbelievably great talker.

One wonders if the Rangers’ absenteeism is merely an oversight, or has something to do with that curious decision by Madison Square Garden (MSG) to file a lawsuit against the NHL last Friday for violating antitrust laws and acting like an illegal cartel.

More from Duhatschek…

*For more on the MSG lawsuit, see earlier today on KK

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  Tags: new+york+rangers

Sidney Crosby Conference Call Transcript

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

The Pittsburgh Penguins own Sidney Crosby participated in an NHL teleconference today. Here are the Q&A’s from the conversation:

Q.  Could you comment on the feelings of the prospect of playing your first regular season game as captain of your team on Friday.

SIDNEY CROSBY:  I’m looking forward to it.  I mean, obviously it’s an honor to be a captain.  But playing my first one as captain, I mean, it doesn’t really feel that much different.  Like I said, it was an honor, and it still is an honor.  But I don’t think my focus or mindset really changes any different than it would be last year or the year before.

Q.  You’re a spirited player, play the game with a lot of emotion.  Do you think that will change as captain or will you maybe assert yourself more than you do now?

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  Tags: pittsburgh+penguins, sidney+crosby

Line Of The Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Red Wings Corner- Babcock on Igor Grigorenko

Grigs not being able to speak English ... “That’s one of the biggest problems. When you’re trying to communicate to him that you’re trying to help him, he just thinks he’s getting demoted. It’s to our benefit when you’ve got a player who could be a real good NHL player, you’ve got to find him. … Now try to explain that to him. You’ve got his agent translating, but any time they’re translating, they’re translating, not you. I’m always a little leery of that.”
“He’s going to play hockey in Grand Rapids. Everyone knows what skate is. Everyone knows what work is. Everyone knows how to ride the bike. It doesn’t matter what language.”

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  Tags: detroit+red+wings

MacLeod: Roster Set

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

The anti-Digger, Bruce MacLeod, just blogged from the Joe that the lineup is set.

Matt Ellis is on the roster and moving his wife and child to Detroit this week.

Aaron Downey has been offered a two-way contract that he says he’ll likely accept. If he does, he’ll start the season in Detroit.
Mark Hartigan has been put on waivers with the intent of being assigned to Grand Rapids.

Igor Grigorenko has been assigned to Grand Rapids.

I don’t know what idiot blogger guaranteed Grigorenko would start the year in Detroit. I’ll find out who and get back to you.

And despite earlier hints at a Chelios injury, he’s attending the Wirtz funeral; which is why he wasn’t practicing this morning.


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The Cup Lands In Pittsburgh

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

Ten reasons why his Pittsburgh Penguins will win the Stanley Cup:

10. The father’s son: Shero learned the game from his Stanley Cup-winning father, Fred, whose coaching style was two parts tactics and three parts motivation. “Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion,” the late Fred Shero used to say. “You must first set yourself on fire.” He believed that winning was about heart as much as talent, and he could watch a youngster take two shifts and know whether he had the passion necessary to be a NHL player.

read on

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Hockey Fights Cancer

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from NHL.com,

The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and the National Hockey League (NHL) will mark the 10th Anniversary of Hockey Fights Cancer with a year-long celebration that commences in October with Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Month. The League-wide initiative will include numerous activities in October involving all 30 clubs, players, management and fans.

During the month of October each NHL club will host a Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night at a home game.


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Wings Take To The Ice Minus Grigorenko

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Helene St. James reports from the Joe that the Wings have begun practice. Ellis is on the ice. Downey is on the ice. Grigorenko…is not.

The Red Wings have just begun their practice at Joe Louis Arena this Monday morning, and Igor Grigorenko is absent from the group, indicating he may have been sent to Grand Rapids for a conditioning stint.

The Wings haven’t released their final roster moves yet, but here’s the outlook from practice: Matt Ellis and Aaron Downey are on the ice. Mark Hartigan is not.






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Decisions Will Be Made

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Spector,

Most NHL teams will be making their final training camp roster cuts today. Here’s a look at where some teams stand today:


added 10:58am, via Habs Inside/Out,

Final cuts: Price stays, Lapierre, Halak and O’Byrne sent down

Filed in: NHL Teams, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: rumors

NHL Network In The USA

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

According to the reports on Versus during the Ducks/Kings game yesterday, the NHL Network should begin popping up on carriers in the USA today.

Feel free to comment here and we also have a thread in the KK Forum regarding this too.

added 10:36am, via Tripp Mickle at SportsBusiness Journal (paid sub.),

Sources with the three biggest cable operators, Comcast, Time Warner and Cox, as well as satellite operator DirecTV say they are still negotiating to carry the network, and expect to complete a deal soon. EchoStar wasn’t available for comment, though it appears likely that Dish Network is close to a deal, as well, since its customer service representatives were selling the NHL Center Ice package last week.

Putting the NHL Network on a sports tier would follow a similar strategy to NBA TV, which accepted digital sports tier carriage several years ago. The NBA recently has been expressing disappointment about the lack of cable subscribers that get sports tiers. NBA TV is in less than 10 million homes.

To combat these poor penetration rates, NHL Network plans to make much of its programming available on demand, including some live programming and archived content. That would give all digital cable subscribers access to NHL Network content.

update 1:14pm, Thanks to SBJ, you can now read the full article...

Filed in: NHL Media, Hockey Broadcasting, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: nhl+network

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