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Young & Fast

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Scouts, whether individual team scouts or those hired by the CSS, used to see size of frame, imagine it filling out and grade that player on that basis. When they saw a small frame that had little chance to fill out, or little chance to battle through the hooking, holding and obstruction that was endemic in the NHL for most of the last decade, that player was marginalized, even forgotten. Now, in the space of a few months, those same scouts have had to re-think their attitudes about young players, asking themselves not just what they might become physically, but expanding that to ask, "What kind of hockey player is this?
more added 11:14am, also from Mr. Burnside,
And so we bid adieu to the era of the Stepford Goalie. You know the ones. Tall, angular, technically perfect as though they were a distant cousin to Hal from "2001: A Space Odyssey." Mark the shooter's angle, glide to the top of the crease, drop, block shot. Retreat. Repeat.
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Another Year Of Ted

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Hockey Rants breaks down Ted Montgomery...

Another new season means the return of Terrible Ted Montgomery to spew his 'wisdom' on USAToday as their hockey 'expert'. Because I love to torture, myself, I decided to read his online chat with idiots dumb enough to ask him questions. Now, I'll make you suffer as well.
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Konowalchuk Update Coming

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The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club will be holding a press conference today at 1:00pm EDT. At that time, the specifics about Steve Konowalchuk’s condition will be announced. update 12:20pm, Steve Retires...

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Fleury Not Impressing

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from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Marc-Andre Fleury entered training camp as the Penguins' undisputed No. 1 goalie. He doesn't have a firm grip on that job anymore. In fact, it's not out of the question that he could start the season in the American Hockey League, which would have been unthinkable a few weeks ago. How seriously team officials consider that extreme option could hinge on how their goalies perform during a home-and-home series against Buffalo that begins tonight at Mellon Arena.
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Just Having Some Fun

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from the Washington Post,

By day, they are defense contractors, NASA engineers, car salesmen, teachers, economists, insurance salesmen and orthodontists. But at night, on a lighted oval of concrete just off Seminary Road, when they have their skates laced, helmets on, hockey sticks in hand and are dripping in sweat, they are Benito, Rocket Man, BFL (Big Fat Liar), the Egg, Tight Lips, NASCAR and FFO, the Fleet Footed Orthodontist. Or, if he's having a bad night, just FO. They are the Phantoms. And they rule in the Thursday night coed roller hockey league at the Washington area's only outdoor roller hockey rink.
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KK- Software Upgrade

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The upgrade I mentioned yesterday has been completed. There are few perks available to KK members and I will post them over the weekend.

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Another Stastny Set To Join NHL Ranks

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from the Rocky Mountain News,

Joel Quenneville isn't tipping his hand just yet, but it sure sounds like a 20-year-old rookie from a prominent hockey-playing family will be in the Avalanche lineup when the 2006-07 season starts Wednesday. "He looks like he belongs," Quenneville said of Paul Stastny, who left the University of Denver after his sophomore year to sign with the Avalanche in July. "I just think as we go along here, we'll be trying different things, but he gives us one more guy who could be considered on both the power play and penalty killing. As a rookie, he's pretty impressive."
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Travel Along

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from the Gwinnett Daily Post,

"A few teams started (chartering planes) so, for everyone else to stay competitive, they did the same thing," Holik said. "At this point, I don't want to say impossible because everything is possible, but it just wouldn't work (to fly commercial now). The league is a lot more competitive than it was back then. Chartering a plane isn't a luxury, it's a necessity because the flexibility of your schedule gives you the opportunity to practice more. "If you had to follow the commercial airlines schedule, you would never have time to get quality practices in."... t doesn't always go perfectly, of course - "I'm not complaining at all, but the travel part is not as glamorous as people think," Holik said - but it's better than it was and something most people won't experience in their lifetime. So for those masses who aren't destined for the upper echelon of sports, here's a glimpse into an NHL road trip ...
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Planning For The Future

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from the Detroit News,

Owner of the National Hockey League's Red Wings since 1982, Ilitch is seriously considering doubling down on Detroit. He says he's buying more property behind the Fox Theatre, headquarters of Ilitch Holdings Inc., with an eye toward building an arena for the Wings should the company abandon plans to refurbish Joe Louis Arena. A decision could come in roughly 30 days, depending on the Tigers' playoff run. "We want to keep it in Detroit," says Ilitch, a pioneering downtown investor long before investing in Detroit was considered pioneering, cool or a smart play. "Going somewhere else is out of the question. We're pretty well entrenched here."
read on...mostly about Ilitch's other team, the Detroit Tigers...

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The Other Rookies

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from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

With all the pre-season rookie chatter surrounding Evgeni Malkin – with the likes of Gilbert Brule, Matt Carle and Wojtek Wolski tossed in for good measure – there wasn’t much said about two of the more intriguing prospects in this year’s NHL pre-season. Dustin Penner of the Anaheim Ducks and Alexander Radulov of the Nashville Predators have emerged as pre-season standouts and two players who might vault themselves into the Calder Trophy race.
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