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Prospects Tournament at Traverse City, Michigan coverage on NHL Network
(All games on next-day tape delay)

Sunday, September 14
8:00 PM ET – Thrashers vs. Lightning
10:00 PM ET – Stars vs. Blues

Monday, September 15
8:00 PM ET – Wild vs. Blues
10:00 PM ET – Stars vs. Blue Jackets

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Delivered to Your Door

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Pittsburgh Penguins,

imageAs a show of their appreciation for tremendous fan support, Penguins players once again hand-delivered season tickets to 35 season ticket-holders throughout the Pittsburgh area. Also this year, head coach Michel Therrien joined Sidney Crosby, Jordan Staal, Marc-Andre Fleury, Pascal Dupuis, Sergei Gonchar, Jeff Taffe, Brooks Orpik, Maxime Talbot and Tyler Kennedy in making stops around Western Pa. to distribute season tickets.

“I don’t think there are a lot of teams that do this in any sport. It’s a pretty unique thing we do. As players, we appreciate it and it’s a way to kind of give back more on a personal level. I think people appreciate that,” Crosby said.

read on—and there are more photos in the gallery

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Hockey Media Fantasy Camp

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Mike Vogel at the Washington Capitals,

Virtually every kid in America has played catch with a baseball and a glove, and tried to hit pitched balls. Almost all have shot a few hoops in their day, and almost all have thrown a football around. But not nearly as many have laced up a pair of hockey skates, taken to the ice shot a few pucks around. That may be why ice hockey is among the least understood of the major sports; some of the people writing about it have never played the sport.

With that in mind, the Washington Capitals hosted the team’s first media fantasy camp at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Tuesday. A large contingent of print and electronic media from both local and national media outlets took to the ice for some instruction in the finer points of the game from several Caps players and coaches.

read on plus you can check out Dan Steinberg’s story in yesterday’s Washingon Post about the experience from his point of view

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The Best Of Chelios

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from Brian Costello of the Hockey News,

It’s nice to see Chris Chelios back for another season with the Detroit Red Wings.

At 46, Chelios is the oldest NHL player since Gordie Howe retired in 1980 at age 52. Now entering his 25th season, Chelios will one day retire with a number of standards that will never be matched.

Here are 10 of them. (Note: some are projected. Chelios will keep playing until 50.)

10. Win Stanley Cup titles 16 years apart: 1986 in Montreal and 2002 in Detroit.

continued and watch my favorite Chelios moment below (sorry Alanah)...

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Coming Soon

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from Kevin Allen of Mucking & Grinding,

With training camp now just a week away, here’s what you should expect to happen over the next few days:

1. The Atlanta Thrashers hope to land another defenseman, possibly even unrestricted free agent Marek Malik, although they are considering other options. They still plan to give rookie Zach Bogosian the opportunity to make the team.

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Canes Unveil Alternate Jerseys

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Carolina Hurricanes:

imageJim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today unveiled the team’s new alternate uniforms. The Hurricanes will wear the mostly-black uniforms for 15 home games this season, and the new Hurricanes third jerseys go on sale to the general public on Sunday, Sept. 21, at the team’s annual season kick-off event, the Caniac Carnival.

“We’re very proud of our traditional uniforms,” said Rutherford. “But after ten seasons in North Carolina and a lot of different ideas from our fans, we felt it was time to introduce an additional look for our team.”

continued… and click here for an enlarged image of the jersey

Update 2:59pm ET: This note from Slapshot at the NYT -

BTW, this sweater is different than what was described by Howard Berger in a late July blog post [on HockeyBuzz.com] that claimed to have descriptions of 18 different third jerseys.[...] We hate to say we told you so, but….

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Afternoon Line

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“From what I read this summer, we are written off.  That’s fine; then we can sneak in and beat a lot of teams.”

-Toronto Head Coach Ron Wilson.  Read more on Wilson at Sportsnet, or listen to his interview on FAN 590 this morning.

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Hockey is a Small World

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Risto Pakarinen at NHL.com,

Hockey circles sure are small. They’re small in countries like Finland and Sweden, or the Czech Republic, and they’re small in the wide world of the NHL. All you have to do is take a look at the front offices in the NHL organizations to see how the pieces go together.

That’s just the way the world seems to be working regardless of the industry.

I was thinking about this today, after an event organized by the Swedish Elite League…

continued…

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The Franchise

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from Eric Stephens at NHL.com,

Burke calls him the “big dog” and expects him to one day succeed Chris Pronger as captain. Many players have taken to calling Getzlaf, “The Franchise.”

There are those who believe that Getzlaf, with his size and vast array of skills, can join Crosby and Ovechkin in the ranks of superstardom. Both Burke and coach Randy Carlyle have said that Getzlaf “can be as good as he wants to be.”

“In the NHL, the challenge is to be able to play to that level day in and day out,” Carlyle said. “To practice to that high level day in and day out.

“He’s done everything we’ve asked. We’ve had very, very few valleys with Ryan Getzlaf. We’ve had some peaks and maybe he’s taken a step back every once in a while. All in all, you’ve got to be very satisfied and very happy with his progress.”

more

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Wins & Losses

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from Mark Hermann of Newsday,

...with doors of training camp almost open and with hockey telecasts starting next week (the prospects tournament), it is worth noting that so much happens in the NHL offseason that you can keep score. So here goes:

Wins: In Markus Naslund, the Rangers have a good player in his prime. Although Wade Redden is neither a kid nor a future Hall of Famer, he is the kind of solid, skilled defenseman the team has craved. Hey, the Rangers didn’t have to trade anybody to get him.

Loss: The Maple Leafs have been in limbo all summer and they’re still over a barrel over Mats Sundin, who hasn’t made up his mind whether he is going to play with them, with the Rangers, with the Flyers or not play at all.

read on

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