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No More Kolzig

from Corey Masisak of the Washington Times,

It is only a slight change in the arrangement of bodies inside at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, but Brent Johnson moving from one side of a corner to the other represents a big change for the Washington Capitals.

Gone is Olie Kolzig, who used to set up shop in Johnson’s new digs, and with him went one of the most dynamic forces in the Caps’ dressing room. While the Caps welcome back nearly the same roster as last season, the hierarchy of leadership could be significantly different.

“He’s been the unofficial captain for the past probably eight or nine years,” said Chris Clark, the team’s official captain for the past two seasons. “He just had this presence, and I always went to him when I had questions. Guys would come to me, and I would go to him - that sort of thing.”

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Brothers Close But Apart

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

Jordan Sigalet, 27, a cat-quick goaltender, is in Tyumen, Russia, an oil city on the Trans-Siberian Railway.

Jonathan Sigalet, 22, a smooth-skating defenseman, is trying to jam himself onto the Blue Jackets roster in Columbus, where 2 inches of snow brings the city to its knees.

They couldn’t be farther apart. They couldn’t be closer.

“I always thought that someday, when I looked back on my career, I might regret not taking the opportunity to play with my brother—especially after what he has gone through,” Jonathan said.

read on

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  Tags: jonathan+sigale, jordan+sigalet

Classical Hockey Theme

from CTV Media,

CTV Inc. unveiled today its brand new recording of The Hockey Theme. Carefully restored with the respect deserved of a national icon, the new, classic rendition was recently recorded by 54 members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

read on and listen to the theme which will be featured on RDS and TSN games this season.

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Chelios The Player

from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

This is about loyalty, a player’s to his team and a team’s to a legend.

This isn’t about money for Chris Chelios, who at 46 is back with the Detroit Red Wings for his 25th National Hockey League season. Not when he’s being paid $750,000, spillage in many of today’s NHL contracts.

This is about hockey coursing through Chelios’s veins, about his willingness to sit more than he’ll play simply because he loves the game too much for the puck to drop next month without him.

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  Tags: chris+chelios

A Look At The Leafs Defensemen

from Damien Cox at the Spin,

Depth and experience? Really?

This is the same chatter we heard last fall when some suggested the Leafs had such depth on defence that they should trade some of it away to help in other areas.

Now we’re hearing it again. Folks, it’s about more than just having lots of names.

What I see is a defence with two proven blueliners - Tomas Kaberle and Pavel Kubina - and a pile of question marks.

It might be the weakest defence corps in the entire league. Certainly one of the weakest five.

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Hockey Sweater Helps War Prisoner

from Greatest Hockey Legends,

Prior to the start of World War II the Smokies went on a barnstorming tour of Europe and then represented Canada at the World Championships. Upon their successful return to British Columbia, Smoke Eater Mickey Brennan gave his well worn sweater to fan Steve Saprunoff as a souvenir.

Saprunoff later enrolled in the Canadian Air Force, and was called into action in Europe in World War II. He always wore his trusty Smoke Eaters jersey on missions. Even on the day in 1944 his plane was shot down in German territory and he became prisoner of war.

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Yzerman Waiting For The Right Situation

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

“Some day I may have to make a decision whether I’m comfortable in Detroit, or do I want to take a significant role if it means I have to go somewhere else.

“In the right situation, I’d have to consider it. I don’t want to say absolutely not to anything.”

Yzerman’s unique, combined apprenticeship between Detroit and Hockey Canada has made him a hot managerial commodity for the future.

“I’ve learned a lot in Detroit,” he said. “Whether it’s negotiating a contract, debating whether a player should go to the minors or deciding whether we should sign a junior player, every decision that gets made I get to sit in on.

“Then, with Hockey Canada, I’m in a position to actually make decisions. So I really have gained a lot of experience.”

more

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  Tags: steve+yzerman

Carle & Lidstrom Off To The Hospital

Mattieu Carle of the Canadiens was hit by the Wings Tomas Kopecky and was taken to the hospital for observation.

You can see the hit at RDS.

Nick Lidstrom was also taken to the hospital after taking a puck to the face.  Reports are he went for stitches and an xray.

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  Tags: mattieu+carle, nick+lidstrom

Found Her

Anyone wondering where Alanah has been?

This will answer your questions.

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Official Gonchar Update

via the Pittsburgh Penguins,

Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar has a dislocated shoulder and will be out of the lineup indefinitely, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.

Gonchar suffered the injury in the pre-season opener against Tampa Bay on Sept. 20.

“Sergei will continue to be evaluated as our team medical personnel consider several treatment options,” Shero said. “In the meantime, we will look for our other defensemen to step up and fill the void created by his absence.”

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