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Season Preview For The New York Islanders

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brian Compton of NHL.com,

Here are four reasons for the Islanders to be optimistic:

John Tavares: A two-time finalist for the Hart Trophy (2013, 2015), Tavares is an elite player in the NHL. One of his many attributes is his ability to get the most out of the players around him. Tavares turns 25 on Sept. 20.

"He's gone through Matt Moulson, he's gone through PA Parenteau. … no matter who's on that line and when they're going, he finds a way to get it done," Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. "He makes players around him better and he leads by example, and he's only getting better as a leader too. He's still a young captain in this League."

Experience gained: The Islanders entered last season with some playoff experience (2013 against the Pittsburgh Penguins), but a few more players got a taste after a seven-game series loss to the Washington Capitals. Key young players such as Ryan Strome, Anders Lee and Brock Nelson gained valuable experience and now have a better idea of what it takes to succeed in the League.

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The overnight report: A charitable softball reminder; on Franzen, Jurco and fantasy hockey rankings

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. The Joe Kocur Foundation's annual Charity Softball Classic takes place tomorrow in Highland, MI, and in addition to a long list of Red Wings past and present, they're bringing in a ringer:

2. One of tomorrow's participants happened to appear on WDIV Local 4's evening news on Friday, and he informed Bernie Smilovitz that the Wings coaches' preparation for the 2015-16 season begins in earnest next week:

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There Is Only One NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from CNNMoney,

Due to a demand by the National Hockey League, the Company has changed its symbol on the Canadian Securities Exchange ("CSE") from "NHL" to "EAT". In the U.S. the company continues to trade under the symbol "SPLIF" on the OTCQB.

Nutritional High CEO David Posner commented: "We're honored to follow in the footsteps of the Nordiques, who were also asked to change their name upon their move from Canada to Colorado. The Avalanche won the Stanley Cup that year, so we figured why fight a winning formula? While we don't believe anyone would confuse our respective products, we decided to make the symbol change to avoid possible legal costs, despite being on solid legal ground."

if interested in the company, read on...

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Afternoon Line- Kevin Allen

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

With NHL training camps set to open in less than a month, the league’s unemployment numbers are as high as ever.

Counting a few injured players, there are 60 NHLers who made $1 million or more last season who currently don’t have NHL contracts.

-Kevin Allen of USA TODAY where you can read more on this topic.

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A New Beat For Katie Strang Of ESPN

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Katie Strang tweets,

Quick life/work update: I have been reassigned to cover baseball for ESPN. Starting today, I will be covering the Detroit Tigers

To my hockey followers/friends: Promise to keep one eye on pucks and chime in when I still can, so don't leave me just yet

Will always be a hockey girl at heart. A sincere thank you to everyone in this sport/community that made it feel like home. Love you all

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‘Expertly Translated’: Jiri Fischer discusses his present work and future aspirations with Hokej.cz

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Red Wings director of player development Jiri Fischer gave an interview to Hokej.cz's Adam Bagar yesterday, and TMR reader Josef Jankovic kindly translated the article into English. Here's a superbly-translated English version of said article:

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How Important Is Zdeno Chara To The Boston Bruins?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Joe McDonald of ESPN,

With the Boston Bruins beginning a new chapter in their storied history with a new general manager in Don Sweeney, and a revamped roster that includes plenty of new players, many think the of newcomers like Matt Beleskey or Jimmy Hayes would need to make a serious impact in order for the Bruins to be successful.

That statement is 100 percent true, but the success of the Bruins in 2015-2016 needs to begin with captain Zdeno Chara.

The 6-foot-9, 255-pound veteran defenseman had one of the worst seasons in his 17-year career during 2014-2015. Not only did he miss 19 games due to a torn ligament in his left knee, the 38-year-old never regained his form when he returned to action in mid-December.

Chara was slow, not the dominant defender the league has known, and yet was still forced to play an average of nearly 25 minutes per game. After the Bruins failed to reach the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time in eight seasons, Boston’s captain admitted he was never fully healed from his knee injury.

read on

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The Zetterbaby is here!

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the Red Wings:

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‘Roughly Translated’: Teemu Pulkkinen discusses off-season training with MTV3

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Teemu Pulkkinen spoke with MTV Sport in Finland, and here's a very rough translation of his interview:

Teemu Pulkkinen wants to take a spot on the prestigious Detroit Red Wings team. However, it's not enough for the 23-year-old forward.

Teemu Pulkkinen played 31 NHL games last season and scored 8 points. On the farm league the AHL the Vantaa-based player's fireworks display was impressive, with the right-shooting shot hitting the opponent's net 34 times. Now he faces a new season and new goals.

"The first objective is to get to play regularly in the NHL. But that's not enough for me. I'm going there to succeed and to score goals, it's my job. The game's to steal a spot, and then score goals," Pulkkinen says to MTV Sport.

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Team Rivalries

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sean McIndoe of Grantland,

First, a few ground rules. We’re looking for rivalries between teams — there’s no individual category here. We’re also limiting this to NHL rivalries, so we won’t be including international rivalries like Russia vs. Team USA, Russia vs. Canada, and Canada vs. Sad Americans Getting Silver Medals.

So what makes a rivalry? This being hockey, bad blood will obviously be a key factor, but it’s not the only one. We’re looking for some staying power — one random brawl won’t be enough to earn the crown — and the stakes matter, too. Two teams may hate each other, but if all they’re fighting over is last place in their division, it’s probably not much of a rivalry. Finally, we’ll invoke what we can call the Ric Flair rule — to be the man, you have to beat the man, so in the case of any close calls, the reigning champ keeps the belt.

Sound good? Then, as legendary enforcer Dave Semenko would say, let’s go for a canoe ride. 

read on and good to see McIndoe goes way back...

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