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Bruins Still Have Questions That Need Answers

from the Milford Daily News,

Forget Ken Jennings, this Bruins squad would be the real juggernaut in Jeopardy.

As another season approaches, the club has all the questions it needs. Answers are another matter. At least for now.

And if those answers aren’t found in the coming weeks and months, there will be plenty of jobs in actual jeopardy on Causeway Street.

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Rob Blake On Jack Johnson & The Kings

from Rich Hammond at Inside the Kings,

Q: Can you talk a little about your relationship with Jack Johnson? You’re expected to mentor him. What’s that been like so far and what do you see from him?

A: You see the competitive nature. Obviously coming in last year for a handful of games, you saw how competitive he was and how much he wanted to battle. I think he understands that his college career is done and now the next step is to play professional hockey.

He’s trained hard this summer, he’s been to a couple different camps and he’s here expressing himself and knowing that he’s going to be a big part of this team. From the older guys’ perspective, he probably can show more things off the ice.

He understands that he’s going to compete on the ice, but it’s a long season and you do need a little guidance throughout that.

more on the Kings…

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Prospects Gather In Traverse City

Brad Holland of NHL.com is in Traverse City keeping any eye on some of the top NHL prospects.

I wonder if he has an eye for hockey talent?

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Radio Shakeup

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

Afternoon radio was given a shakeup yesterday with the announcement that the CBC is launching a Hockey Night in Canada show on Sirius Satellite Radio.

Radio personality Jeff Marek is jumping from AM 640 Toronto to be the host of HNIC Radio, which will air from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern), beginning Oct. 1.

Marek’s departure leaves Bill Watters without a co-host on his AM 640 afternoon drive show. Also without a host is the station’s noon-hour show, Leafs Lunch.

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Keenan Always On The Move

from the StarPhoenix,

In 1984, to hit the big time with the Philadelphia Flyers, he walked away from a secure gig at the University of Toronto.

“I built a cottage knowing that there’s movement in this industry . . . and I’d like to have some kind of roots,” says Keenan. “Right from the beginning, I recognized that. That was one of my priorities—to build a place that would be constant. And I still have it.

“I wasn’t naive enough to think that I was going to stay somewhere for 20 years. It doesn’t happen.”

This became another one of those summers.

By his estimation, he’ll have flown into Calgary at least five times when he returns from helping his father Ted get his cabin prepped for winter.

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Adjustments Made

By MasterCPL. MartinForgues at the Edmonton Sun,

A concrete deck, complete with wooden boards and of proportional dimensions, is the theatre of some of Kandahar’s most gruesome fighting between members of our own little ball hockey league. A good tease prior to the NHL’s season start, which we all anticipate and which should be exciting from here, with clashes between rival team’s fans promising to reach epic levels. Some local employees and members of the Afghan National Police expressed much curiosity about hockey, watching us play on the grey concrete rink. We thought about doing a cultural exchange with them, but plans for transforming our helipad into a buzkashi field have been shelved for some reason.

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More Changes Needed For NHLPA

from Spector at Fox Sports,

It’s been obvious since the lockout ended two years ago that the PA was in serious need of internal housecleaning. Constitutional changes allowing the players more input into PA decisions, especially in labor negotiations, appear to be a positive step.

But it’ll take more than changing the constitution for the NHLPA to move forward.

The priority will have to be on not only healing the rifts within the PA ranks, but also to ensure there is more interest in PA business by its membership in the coming years.

Recently there’s been some media concern that the PA, under a new executive director, could bring the current CBA to an end in 2009 by exercising its right to re-open labor talks with the league if the membership believes the CBA is no longer working for them.

Possible, but highly unlikely.

read on

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Chris Bourque Hopes To Make The Caps Roster

from the Patriot Ledger,

The second of Hockey Hall of Famer/Bruins icon Ray Bourque’s three kids and the older of two boys, Chris heads to Washington’s camp hoping to jump from the American Hockey League to the NHL. Given the state of the Capitals - 27th in the NHL last year, next-to-last in the East - and the fact that they didn’t make mind-blowing additions via free agency (forwards Michael Nylander and Viktor Kozlov, plus defenseman Tom Poti were added), Bourque seems on the verge of the best opportunity of a career entering its third pro season.

‘‘I’ve had a pretty good meeting with the coach (Glen Hanlon) and I’ve talked to the GM (George McPhee),’’ said Bourque, who spent the summer skating in pro leagues in Bridgewater and Hingham. ‘‘It seems like I’m going to get a pretty good shot this year to earn a spot.’’

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Good Stock & Good Fortune

from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

The farmyard rink is pretty much gone now. The chain-link fencing that kept stray pucks in play and the wooden poles that held the outdoor lights have been taken down. Only a few rotten boards remain on the rich northwestern Ontario soil that lies near the slope of Candy Mountain.

“There’s really nothing there,” Linda Staal says of the rink her husband built. Besides, she has a couple of sick boys at home. Sore throats. “Let’s go somewhere else for a coffee,” she suggests.

And with that, Henry and Linda Staal, parents to a Stanley Cup champion, two world champions, a two-time world junior champion and a promising forward in the Ontario Hockey League, sit down with a reporter in a setting so suited to their lifestyle it could be put to canvas and entitled Canadian Gothic.

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Minnesota’s New Jerseys

imageFrom the Minnesota Wild team website

The Minnesota Wild announced a new, yet familiar look on Friday when it unveiled its 2007 version of the RBK Edge uniforms. While all 30 National Hockey League teams will be playing with newly-designed uniforms, some have made drastic changes. The Wild has remained true to its original design with several minor changes.

The most notable change appears on the team’s Iron Range Red home sweater, which will move up in status from the “third” jersey to become the team’s primary home sweater, replacing the green from years past. That change comes in the form of a new wheat-colored shoulder yolk and the removal of the forest green striping at the waist.

 

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