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Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Looking ahead, we are not that far away from the official opening of NHL training camps which is September 11th.

The NHL pre-season starts on September 14th and opening day rosters must be set by 3:00pm ET on September 30th.

October 1st is the opening of the NHL regular season and then the fun begins.

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A Lot Of ‘Fun’

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from ESPN,

We've noticed over the years that NHL players for whatever reason have a tendency to use the word "fun" a lot. Maybe it's because they appear to be having more fun at their sport than most other athletes. Perhaps it's because they're funny guys. So, since we're all about fun here at ESPN.com/NHL, especially during the offseason, we've decided to tell the 2013-14 season using only quotes containing the word "fun." Did we succeed? Well, it was fun trying.

THE SEASON

"You can tell they have that swagger and that confidence that it's a really good club. It's fun to join that." -- Boston BruinsJarome Iginla

"Yeah, it was fun, a lot more fun if I could have scored. That's the way it goes, I'm not the first guy to miss in a shootout, won't be the last, but it's always tough to miss, for sure." -- Colorado Avalanche's Nathan MacKinnon

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This Edmonton Oilers Rebuild Did Not Go So Well

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from Jonathan Willis of The Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal,

It was a dark and ugly campaign for the Oilers. The 2009-10 NHL season saw the implosion of the retooling effort the team had carried out in the aftermath of the 2006 Stanley Cup Final run, and launched an official era of rebuilding in Edmonton.

With the moves made this summer, every single player who took to the ice for that team has now been purged from the system.

It’s a remarkable statement. Forty different skaters appeared in at least on game for Edmonton that season. Thirty-five of those 40 had already been dealt prior to the 2013-14 season, but Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish managed to knock off the rest over the course of the year.

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One Line Notes From The Maven

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from Stan Fischler of The Fischler Report,

* Those who don't appreciate Mike Babcock annually predict a "Doomsday in Detroit." And it never happens because of Mike Babcock. And that, my fine, feathered friends, is not what you'd call a coincidence.

* Some hockey players put on a good act for the media but I truly believe Mike Ribeiro will turn over a new -- good -- leaf in Nashville.

* Sorry but I need help; is Jamie Benn really a star or is he still on his way to stardom?

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Red Wings early overnight report: On Callahan’s future and Babs’ blame game

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Warning, warning, rant ahead! I promise this is the last one for a while...

Thursday served as a superb, "There is no real off-season" reminder for me.

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock and new assistant coach Tony Granato gave superb radio interviews, as did Ted Lindsay; Pavel Datsyuk held a press conference at his hockey school, after playing against a team of media members that included Red Wings Grinder's Alexey Kovalevch, and more than a few mid-day stories popped up (most notably, MLive's Brendan Savage reported that the Wings aren't close to re-signing Danny DeKeyser or Tomas Tatar), all after the Wings officially announced contract extensions with Mitch Callahan and Andrej Nestrasil early on Thursday morning.

This evening, Callahan thanked the Wings for re-signing him...

And the Free Press's Helene St. James weighed in regarding Callahan's uphill climbs in terms of attempting to make the team out of training camp (both players seem content with returning to Grand Rapids at this point), with St. James wondering aloud whether Callahan might get picked up on waivers if he's demoted...

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‘The best of what’s left’

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Sportsnet's Luke Fox has been monitoring the fates of the "NHL's Top 10 Unrestricted Free Agents"--with an emphasis on those who remain on the marketplace--The Score's Thomas Drance has penned a list of 3 categories of "cheap free agent gambles that pay off year after year," and while general managers are most likely "at the lake" or golf course right now (World Junior Selection camps begin in August and the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in the Czech Republic kicks off the 2014-2015 scouting season), both Fox, Drance and ESPN's Craig Custance duly note that there are some bargains out there.

Said players tend to have to reduce their asking prices and may end up waiting until training camps begin to find their NHL homes, but the Devin Setoguchis, Tomas Vokouns, Dustin Penners, Daniel Winniks, etc. do tend to make significant impacts eventually...

And Custance's Insider-only entry leads off with a player who may or may not fit into the "best player who played outside of the NHL last season" category:

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All about the curious case of Jimmy Hayes (and Mats Zuccarello and Derick Brassard contract updates)

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

This is something of a "choose-your-own adventure" entry. CBS Sports' Chris Peters and SI's Allan Muir tell the story of a Chicago Blachkawks prospect who might get away, someone who deliberately skipped the Hawks' summer development camp, and you can indulge yourself in the New York Post's Larry Brooks' reporting (which served as inspiration for said "adventure") at your leisure.

Muir explains that Blackhawks 2010 draft pick Kevin Hayes, a 6'4" Hobey Baker Award finalist, happens to be property of the Blackhawks until August 16th, when the 65-point-scorer (that's pretty dang great for NCAA Division I hockey) becomes a free agent per, "Player is your property until four months after he graduates" CBA rules, after which time he can signa 2-year entry-level deal with any team...

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Canadiens will need to find another director of player development

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

You tend to read a story like this, reported by the Canadian Press's Stephen Whyno, and you just hope for the best:

Patrice Brisebois is leaving the Montreal Canadiens for personal reasons, a source tells The Canadian Press.

Brisebois, who has served as director of player development for the past two years, told general manager Marc Bergevin of his intentions earlier this week, the source said.

The 43-year-old Montreal native played 16 of his 18 NHL seasons for the Habs. Between Montreal and the Colorado Avalanche he played 1,009 career games.

A team losing its director of player development is a big deal, and this will present a challenge and a half for Bergevin and his management group, but you've got to let folks deal with their personal lives first and foremost...

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Calgary Flames goaltender Jonas Hiller only needs ‘minor procedure’ to deal with appendicitis

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Via NHL.com, reading this kind of thing is usually quite scary, but the Calgary Sun's Wes Gilbertson reports that the Calagary Flames' new starting goaltender has

From NHL.com:

Calgary Flames goaltender Jonas Hiller needed a minor procedure after having an appendicitis attack working out in Switzerland, the Calgary Sun reported via Twitter.

Flames beat writer Wes Gilbertson wrote Hiller is "expected to make a speedy recovery."

Initial reports from Switzerland said Hiller had the attack at a goalie camp in Verbier. The camp director did not know if Hiller would need surgery.

The wonders of modern medicine, eh?

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Afternoon Line Part 2

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“The whole season overall wasn’t how I wanted it to be. It was unfortunate losing your confidence early. It’s a confidence game. So I’m just trying to get it back this summer. I know what I can do and can provide a team. I’ve done it in the past; I’m just trying to get there again.”

-Unrestricted Free Agent Michael Del Zotto.  More on Del Zotto from Luke Fox of Sportsnet.

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