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Sharks Want The Right Mixture

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Rusanowsky of the Seagate Broadcaster Blog,

“I don’t just want a hockey player, I want an ingredient,” is one of the things that he (Todd McLellan) said on the air. That tells me that he is considering the versatility and the ability of his guys to react to unforseen circumstances. It also says that he is looking for individuals to fill certain roles with the team, which provides a structure within his encouragement of free-wheeling creativity.

Today, he said, “At this point in the season, the words ‘Stanley Cup’ aren’t part of the vocabulary. The process is.” In other words, you have to crawl before you can walk, within the time frame of the regular season, and with the establishment of a foundation, players achieve success.

much more on the Sharks…

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What To Expect This Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Gulitti and Andrew Gross of the Record,

Here’s what to look for in 2008-09:

Teams on the rise

1. Montreal: The Habs hope to celebrate their 100th season with another trip to the Stanley Cup Finals as newcomers Robert Lang and Alex Tanguay just add to a highly skilled offense led by holdovers Alexei Kovalev and Saku Koivu.

2. Dallas: Superpest Sean Avery takes his act to Big D, where the D still stands for defense despite Sergei Zubov’s injury, thanks to goalie Marty Turco.

3. Chicago: Long a league laughingstock, the Blackhawks have great young talent with Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews and top free agents in Brian Campbell and Cristobal Huet.


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Become One In Blueland

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Atlanta Thrashers,

The Atlanta Thrashers have launched the team’s 2008-09 marketing and advertising campaign, which calls for fans to “Become One in Blueland.”


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Red Wings Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Ken Holland and Mike Babcock participated in an NHL tele-conference today…

Q.  I was just wondering, could you update us on your roster moves, how you’re getting down to the 23, beyond putting Aaron (Downey) on waivers, please?

KEN HOLLAND: Well, today we assigned Ville Leino to Grand Rapids; we assigned Jonathan Ericsson to Grand Rapids; we assigned Darren Helm to Grand Rapids. We’ve informed Aaron Downey that he’s been put on waivers, and we will readdress his situation tomorrow. And it appears that Jimmy Howard, Darren McCarty and Chris Chelios will all start the year on injured reserve.

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Report- Kings Reach Agreement With Patrick O’Sullivan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,

It appears as though the Kings have reached agreement on a contract with Patrick O’Sullivan.

Rich will be updating his blog soon, so you can keep an eye on it if you wish…

added 6:28pm, According to Rich, the deal is done, three year contract, no $$$ yet.

added 6:30pm, According to Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Sources say it is worth an average of $2.925 million per year but will pay him $4 million in the upcoming season.

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Scott Niedermayer Named Ducks Captain

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Anaheim Ducks,

The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has named four-time Stanley Cup champion Scott Niedermayer team captain. Chris Pronger and Ryan Getzlaf have been named alternate captains for the 2008-09 season. In addition, Rob Niedermayer will serve as an additional alternate captain when necessary.

“Scotty is a tremendous leader and has been for his entire career,” said Head Coach Randy Carlyle. “We have several experienced leaders on this team, and we will need them to work as a group in order for us to have success.”

“It’s an honor to be named team captain,” said Niedermayer. “We have several great leaders in this locker room and I’m just happy to be part of that.”

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Khabibulin Still With Chicago

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

The Chicago Blackhawks sent goaltender Antti Niemi to Rockford of the American Hockey League on Tuesday, opening the possibility of the team starting the season with Cristobal Huet and Nikolai Khabibulin.

Khabibulin is expected return to the team this week and resume practising, and could possibly play at some point.


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No Composite For Holik

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Marin of NewJerseyDevils.com,

“With a big, long stick, it’s a little softer so that I can really lean into it,” he said. “The kickpoint changes depending on where you put your bottom hand, and that’s not necessarily the case with the composite. That’s one of the reasons that I just couldn’t get used to it.”

One thing Holik will have to get used to, however, is a new brand. With demand waning for wood, Sherwood announced plans in 2007 to cease production of wood sticks in its Sherbrooke, Que., factory and outsource to Estonia and China. As a result, Holik has sampled wooden models made by Reebok.


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Surprise Teams Keep it Interesting

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Paul Kukla at NHL.com,

I group teams in three categories before the start of the season: Can’t miss, fighting for a playoff spot or re-building and looking forward to next year. But I am always wrong with two or three teams in each category and I am glad I am. Surprise teams, both in a positive or negative manner, make the season exciting and keeps me glued to the game on a daily basis.

read on for some predictions

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Predictions: East Conference

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

I finish up my pre-season predictions by ranking the East Conference.  Earlier I did this with the West Conference.  Here are more in depth looks at the Northeast Division, Atlantic Division and Southeast Division.  This will be a predicted finish of the East Division clubs.  Write-ups for individual teams are in the division profiles.

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