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Eying The Cup

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from Mark Spector at the National Post,

The San Jose Sharks are that other good team from California. Not the one with Chris Pronger and Scott Niedermayer on its blue line. The Sharks are the ones in teal. The team that is ready -- finally -- to win the Stanley Cup this season. "We know how good a team we have here, and we know what our goal is this year," promised defenceman Scott Hannan. "We want to go all the way to the end."
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KK- Blogroll

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The KK Hockey Blogroll should be up sometime this weekend. Sorry for the slight delay...

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Polling Time

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Have you taken/seen the ESPN Sports Nation Polls on all of the NHL teams?

1) Where will the Detroit Red Wings finish in the Central Division? 43.0% First 39.4% Second 7.7% Third 7.2% Fifth 2.7% Fourth

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Nashville Thinking

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from the Nashville City Paper,

Nashville Predators coach Barry Trotz believes in a thinking man’s approach to the game. So it is not surprising that after rigorous morning workouts the Predators are spending time fine-tuning their minds for the long season ahead. “We want to try to get this team to realize what it can be,” Trotz said Tuesday in a telephone interview from Orlando, Fla., where the team is training this week. “A player does not fulfill his potential unless he has a good awareness of what his mind can do for him. I’m a big believer in understanding your mindset. That is the centerpiece for the mental training. We have to be a better team. We weren’t good enough last year. We have to be better this year.”
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Lappy Happy In Colorado

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from the Rocky Mountain News, Laperriere led the Avalanche with 116 penalty minutes, so it wasn't as if he neglected his in-your-face style that can be so maddening for opponents. "Lappy," as he is called by his teammates, can be more than a little yappy. He also plays all three forward positions, kills penalties and even is asked to take the occasional faceoff. "Last year was a blast," he said. "The main reason was because of the guys in the room. I was in L.A. for so long that you get comfortable, but this locker room was easy to adjust to. In L.A., I had great teammates, but I had issues with one of them; everybody knows which one." read on...plus Turgeon may not play until end of October...

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Daze Near Retirement

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from the Chicago Sun-Times,

'I had some talks with the Hawks and some other teams, but nothing major,'' Daze said. ''It would have been basically tryouts. I was thinking about seeing what was in front of me, but my back made my decision for me.'' Daze thought he was on the road to recovery during the summer. He had been working with a personal trainer in Montreal and had been back on the ice for a month. But during an on-ice workout two weeks ago, he felt pain again. ''I tried reaching for a puck and got hit,'' Daze said. ''That tweaked it again, and I didn't go back on the ice.'' And he might not again.
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Sens May Keep 21 On Roster

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

With a $44-million (all terms US) salary cap in place and the club's payroll over $42 million, the Senators will likely keep only 21 players because they can't afford to have players sitting around earning an NHL salary. "We might have to keep one more player at the end of camp because of the injury situation right now, but we'll see," said Murray. "We'll eliminate as we get healthy bodies back. I would guess we're looking at that 12th or 13th forward spot as being kind of critical for the individual player involved." Forwards Alexei Kaigorodov, Denis Hamel, Serge Payer and Josh Hennessy are competing for one spot up front. Going into camp, Kaigorodov would have had been a lock in Ottawa, but Hamel has scored five goals and deserves a chance to start the season here.
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Size Matters For Columbus

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from the Columbus Dispatch,

"We’ve changed the look of our hockey club," coach Gerard Gallant said. "We were always a small team before, and we had to find ways most nights to overcome that against the really good teams in this league. It was a big challenge for us. "Now, we’re huge up front. We’ve got plenty of size, and it’s a good feeling. I don’t think we have to worry about getting pushed around by anybody anymore." The Blue Jackets acquired left winger Fredrik Modin (6-4, 220) during the off-season and two weeks ago signed right winger Anson Carter (6-2, 210). Last season, they acquired Fedorov (6-2, 205) and left winger Jason Chimera (6-2, 206). "Big, skilled players are not easy to (acquire)," Jackets president and general manager Doug MacLean said. "We’ve managed to add some, but our younger kids have grown up and filled out their frames, too.
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On The Right Path

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from Ken Campbell at the Hockey News,

Wednesday in New York, deputy commissioner Bill Daly and the NHL’s marketing team will be meeting with a number of high-profile agents to discuss its strategy on how to market the league’s star players. “They maintain they are creating a new direction,” said one agent who will take part in the two-hour meeting. “The players will not be hidden anymore. They’ll be front and center.” It’s about time. For too long, the NHL has been loathe to promote its solo talents, instead trying to sell the league as a triumph of a team concept. But with emerging and engaging talents such as Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby, the league clearly sees an opportunity to do something it failed to do when Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux were at the height of their dazzling skills.
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Jagr Needs To Get Used To Getting Hit

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from Lary Brooks at the NY Post,

"The conditioning is not there, and even though I have been skating twice a day, that's still not like games," Jagr said following yesterday's work. "You can only get conditioning by playing in games, so if I could play in both of those games, I'd like to." Obviously no Ranger wants to deliver a blow to Jagr's shoulder that might re-injure the club's presumptive captain, but Jagr needs to take hits in order to learn how the shoulder is going to respond under duress. He's not yet confident in his ability to take a check. "Of course I'm going to worry about it," he said. "It should be OK, but nothing is guaranteed. I don't want to go through the same situation, so that's just natural for me to feel that way. It's going to take time, and I have to get used to the feeling of getting hit. "If you're unable to walk, the first day you can walk you're going to wonder how it's going to feel. You're not going to start running that day."
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