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Garon Takes On The Retro Look

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Edmonton Journal,

“I just got the pads a couple of days ago ... different, eh?” said Garon, who looks more compact in darker colours after wearing pads that were heavily white.

Garon will wear the blue and orange on retro nights. For now, he’ll be breaking in new gear, and is glad that he has the equipment about 10 days before the Oilers’ season opener against the Colorado Avalanche.

“They asked me if I wanted a new mask, too. That’s coming. Totally different stuff on the mask. I don’t want to say what. I’ll have two masks, one for regular, one for the third jersey.”

more on the Oilers…

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Loob Remembers The Moment

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from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,

The city had scarcely cleaned up the debris from the Stanley Cup parade in late March of 1989, though, when (Hakan) Loob announced he’d be heading back to Sweden in order for his young children, Henrik and Niklas, to grow up at home. He sacrificed a significant amount of dollars in the process.

“I come in here today and some guy had already pulled out of the screws,’’ he joked when collecting his nameplate and saying goodbye.

“My name was just hanging there, crooked. “I thought: ‘At least wait until I’m gone.’”

He was 28, at the peak of his powers.

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Scouting Columbus

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from Michale Arace of Puck-rakers,

There are plenty of scouts in the press box at the Natty tonight. On hand are representatives from Vancouver, New Jersey, the Rangers, Ottawa, Florida, Pittsburgh, Montreal, Tampa Bay and Detroit….

Now, this is just me talking:... Could it be that, under these circumstances, Manny Malhotra ($1.5 million) is a luxury on their fourth line?

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Moreau Still Working On His Game

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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

MacTavish is giving his captain lots of rope in exhibitions, unlike kids who tend to hang themselves as they try to compete against the bigger boys.

“We have to give some guys a little bit of slack, Ethan in particular, because he hasn’t played a lot of hockey over the last two years,” said MacTavish.

“I’m giving him the latitude to work through his game. It’s been a long time between games. The intensity and the physical play are the last thing I think about with Ethan ... your game gets out of sync a little bit and sometimes you look in the wrong places, but he’ll be fine. It’s fine-tuning the systems and positional play with him.”

MacTavish is still auditioning Moreau with Pisani and Penner, as a quasi-scoring, big-bodychecking line, although Pisani, for all his defensive acumen, is still trying to get the hang of taking faceoffs.

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Predictions: Central Division

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My pre-season hockey predictions continue today with Central Division.  My Northwest Division predictions are here and my Pacific Division ones are here.  The Central Division has been the division of the talented Detroit Red Wings and a bunch of also rans for the last couple years.  Some of these teams have made a step forward, but I find it hard to imagine anyone catching the Red Wings.

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The Favorites & Not So Favorites

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Craig Custance of Sporting News Today looks at the Eastern and Western Conference and includes his All Break-Out team for each conference too.  Start here to read…

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Lightning Roster Set For Opening

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from Lightning Strikes,

The Lightning on Friday got down to the required 24 players, including extra goaltender Karri Ramo, by placing wing Jason Ward on injured reserve with what coach Barry Melrose said is a groin injury sustained Thursday on “choppy” ice.

Other moves included categorizing defenseman Paul Ranger (shoulder) as a non-roster player because he did not pass a physical, and putting center Jeff Halpern (knee) on long-term disability.

continue for the roster…

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Today’s Nashville Business Update

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from Sean Gordon and David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

The Nashville Predators’ ownership tangle has taken another twist with the startling admission the NHL team has defaulted on a $40-million (all currency U.S.) loan….

Those close to the situation believe the latest legal gambit by the Predators owners suggests they are in deep trouble, and by exposing their financial woes publicly, they’re signalling to sponsors, season-ticket holders and potential investors they aren’t planning to be around in the long term.

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Leafs Enter Season Without A Heavyweight

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from Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun,

So while Hollweg brings an edge and willingness to fight, nobody on the Leafs squad at this moment will strike a sense of fear or dread into the opposition.

“I think it could be a concern,” Wilson acknowledged yesterday, when asked about his club’s lack of toughness. “But, again, we haven’t had our full lineup all together.”

Wilson insisted that an NHL team does not need the big heavyweight any more, as the game has changed and a mid-sized scrapper, who can also skate and hit, like Hollweg, can be just as valuable.

“A lot of times, that’s just sideshow—heavyweight fights heavyweight. What’s that got to do with the game?” the veteran coach said. “If you just got a guy who plays two or three minutes and can’t skate or do anything, I don’t know if that serves a purpose. (But) we’ll see how our team is this year and if we have to address that, we will.”

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On The Ice For One Big Game

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from Mick Kern of the NHL Home Ice Blog,

If you had to win ONE big game, be it for the Stanley Cup, or, if your expectations are more realistic, be it for first place in your division, or even the last playoff spot in the conference…which player would you most want to have on your side?

A few conditions, but of course.  First, no Hockey Hall-of-Famers can be considered.  Way too obvious.  Second, this one may stir up some debate as to what defines a star, but any player most fans would recognize as a star cannot be included (though many did vote for Danny Gare…and we allowed him to be included, so go figure).  Third, the player can come from any era, any team, but we had to have a concrete, logical reason why.

read on

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