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Canes Not A Foreign Team

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from the News & Observer,

One striking feature of the defending champions is the lack of European influence on their roster. The Canes had only five European players in camp, and one of them was hurt (Kaberle) and another left in the first wave of cuts (Czech defenseman Jakub Vojta, an unsigned 2005 draft pick). That leaves only Oleg Tverdovsky (Russia), Niclas Wallin (Sweden) and Anton Babchuk (Ukraine). "It's not like 15 years ago," Tverdovsky said. "It was a big thing having Europeans on the team. Now, hockey is pretty much catching up to NHL standards everywhere. Other countries are improving and North American hockey as well, taking some things from European hockey. Before, it was two styles: North American style and European style. Now, it's just one thing. If you're a good player, it doesn't matter where you're from."
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Weight Returns

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from the Belleville News-Democrat,

Veteran St. Louis Blues center Doug Weight will make his first preseason appearance Wednesday against the Chicago Blackhawks. "I've been feeling good," said Weight, who gradually has increased his contact levels during practice. "No one around here's been trying to hit me either, so I've got to get in there and play." "He wants to get his timing down and things like that, which will be exciting for us," Blues coach Mike Kitchen said. "We'll watch his ice time of course early, let him get a feel for the game. But I think he has to get out there and get confidence, too, take a check and that kind of thing."
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Rubber Counting

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VCOE is holding a contest with a Vancouver twist-

To kick start this site into gear again (the vacation screwed me up, I think) I have an easy contest for you: I want your bets on how many shots Roberto Luongo faces in October, his first real month as a Vancouver Canuck. Since the Legend of Luongo is built on how much rubber he faced in Florida (366 shots in October last season; an average of over 33 shots a game) I think it’s worth wondering if things will improve for him up here. And if so, how much? The prize is a $50 Gift Certificate to shop on NHL.com.
Since the Canucks play the Wings opening night, let me think, 65 shots the first game..... Now if every KK reader went there and submitted their prediction, we could keep Alanah very busy for a long time!

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Capitals Offer Exclusive Stream

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The Washington Capitals exhibition game against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. will be broadcast live on WashingtonCaps.com through the use of B2 Networks. This will mark the first time in NHL history that a game can be viewed exclusively via broadband. The game can be seen free of charge on the Capitals’ website, WashingtonCaps.com. Fans will need a high-speed internet connection and Windows Media Player 9 or higher. Capitals’ radio network play-by-play announcer Steve Kolbe will call the game with Mike Vogel, senior writer from WashingtonCaps.com, providing analysis. Due to NHL broadcast restrictions, the game can only be viewed by fans living within the Capitals broadcast area. update 6:15pm, As noted by a KK reader in the comments, the Flyers are doing the same thing for their game tomorrow. update 6:39pm, George, one of the KK writers, points out in the comments the Islanders/Rangers game will be streamed tonight. Now all of this streaming has got me thinking, I am sure the Wings will be doing the same thing..., yea right!

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The Devils Dilemma

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from Bob McKenzie at TSN,

...What isn't specified in this clause of the CBA, though, is what happens when an over-35 player on a multi-year contract suffers a Long Term Injury. The fact that there isn't precise wording on this would appear to leave it open to some kind of interpretation on the part of the league. That, in the case of Mogilny, there may be a chance the Devils could get some cap relief as long as Mogilny has a legitimate long-term injury. Mogilny has apparently been examined by Devil doctors and the report is that his chronic hip condition will prevent him from being able to play. Conceivably, that would make Mogilny more of a Long Term Injured player than a retired one. And that could be the Devils' way of not having Mogilny's $3.5 million salary count against the cap this season. It's too early to say for sure how this will play out, but based on the wording of the CBA (on both Long Term Injury status and Over-35 Players), it would appear Lamoriello has a fighting chance to get a break on Mogilny.
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Kep An Eye On The Habs

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from Darren Eliot at Sports Illustrated

, There may be a lot of ifs surrounding Carbonneau's Canadiens, but without them they'd be a sure thing, not a surprise-team candidate. But as last season's Sabres and Hurricanes proved, unexpected excellence has a certain look to it. These Canadiens have a lot of those same traits.
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Moe Takes Crown

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from the Orange County Register,

For some this is just a game, for Espen Moe this is his life. This is why Moe flew over a thousand miles to get to Ladera in time to play in Saturday's United States Stiga Shootout. To capture a Table Hockey title in a place half a world away from his home in Trondheim, Norway. Quick hand and eye coordination helped Moe defeat the No.5 ranked player in United States, Ron Marsik from Chicago, in the final match, who were both playing for a championship purse worth less than their airline tickets to Southern California. The very first United States Table Hockey Association sanctioned tournament in Ladera Ranch was an international and family affair.
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Report- Burke on Waivers

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via TSN,

Sources tell TSN that veteran goaltender Sean Burke has been placed on waivers by the Tampa Bay Lightning. Burke, 39, is contracted to earn $1.6-million this season, but is coming off a lacklustre 2005-2006 season when he posted a 2.80 goals against average and .895 save percentage in 35 games with the Lightning.

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No Surgery For Malkin

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from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

The Penguins are expected to announce today that prized Russian forward Evgeni Malkin will not need surgery to fix his dislocated left shoulder. Malkin was re-evaluated Monday morning by doctors, who determined that surgery will not be necessary. The Penguins did not immediately make the announcement because they were traveling from Ontario to West Point, N.Y., for the next phase of their exhibition schedule.
thanks to KK member penguinsfan for the heads up in the KKF. added 2:21pm, via the AP,
Pittsburgh Penguins rookie Evgeni Malkin, re-examined by doctors on Monday, is not expected to need surgery on his dislocated left shoulder but still could be sidelined up to six weeks. Surgery likely would have forced Malkin to miss up to two-thirds of his rookie season - a major setback not only to his career but the Penguins' hopes of improving this season following four consecutive last-place division finishes.

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NHL Live

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"NHL Live" re-launches on Sirius Satellite Radio (Ch. 123) and NHL.com tomorrow from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. with hosts Don LeGreca , EJ Hradek , Zig Fracassi and Joe Tolleson. update 10:31am, Tuesday Sept. 26th, Sirius is not streaming their signal, therefore, no link available. When I get more information, I will update.

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