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Watching The Camps

from the Ottawa Citizen,

Training camp means something else altogether in several other markets, however, as star players flew here, there and everywhere during the summer, leaving pivotal questions to be answered. Below, the Citizen takes a look at 10 teams to watch during training camp.

Pittsburgh Penguins: From his sensational on-ice play to his non-stop marketing off the ice, the NHL has fast become Sidney Crosby’s league, reason enough to watch Crosby’s every move. And everything around him. The Penguins are on target to become the team of the future—if not the present.

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Always The Communicator

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Bruins coach Claude Julien, originally from outside of Ottawa, grew up speaking both French and English. But he considers his first language to be French, which he utilizes when having one-on-one conversations with the French-first players on his roster, including Patrice Bergeron, Manny Fernandez, and newcomer Pascal Pelletier.

“I see it as a respect thing,” explained Julien. “It’s their first language, and so I speak French. If they were Russian, and I spoke Russian, I’d speak to them in Russian.”

more on the B’s…

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Is Blake A Fit With Sundin

from the Toronto Star,

Welcome to the club, Jason Blake, the Fraternal Squadron of Mats Sundin Wing Men.

Remember Mikael Renberg? Steve Thomas? Alex Mogilny? Gary Roberts? Eric Lindros? Freddie Modin? Lately, everyone from Tie Domi to Darcy Tucker, Alexei Ponikarovsky and Nik Antropov have flanked Sundin, with mutually less than Cup-calibre results.

Now, it’s Blake’s turn, circa training camp ‘07. Is he the one, the missing link in the magic combo?

continued

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  Tags: jason+blake, mats+sundin, toronto+maple+leafs

You Learn Something Every Day

via the Juneau Empire,

Kim Muir of “Can’t Skate, Can’t Play” will be holding a three-day power skating clinic for hockey players on Sept. 19-21 at Treadwell Arena for the Juneau Douglas Ice Association. Muir is the skating instructor for the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings.

Heck, I didn’t even know the Wings had a skating instructor.  More on Kim can be found here.

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  Tags: detroit+red+wings, training

Thank You Bryan Justman

I am not really sure about this, but it appears the Modesto Bee was in search of the greatest sports dynasty.  Mentioned in the story were the Yankees, the Oakland A’s, the 49ers and then this…

To anyone who has followed the sport of hockey since before the Gary Bettman era, determining the greatest sports dynasty is an open-and-shut case.

It’s the Montreal Canadiens from 1952 to 1980.

Sixteen of the club’s 24 Stanley Cups came during those 29 years. They won five straight Cups from 1956-60—a feat not since repeated—and four straight from 1976-79. In the 1960s, the Canadiens won four Cups in five years. Only once did more than two seasons pass without the Canadiens raising the Cup.

read on

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  Tags: history, montreal+canadiens

It’s Olli’s Team

from the Miami Herald,

Olli Jokinen might have served as captain of the Florida Panthers the past three seasons, but today, it appears he truly gets what the ‘‘C’’ on his jersey represents.

‘‘He’s our leader and the guy everyone looks up to,’’ Nathan Horton said. ``He’s our guy. He leads the way and we follow.’‘

‘‘This is Olli’s team,’’ Mike Van Ryn said.

continued...And someone please tell my why Jokinen’s name kept popping up in outlandish trade talk this summer!

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  Tags: florida+panthers, olli+jokinen

Nashville Depending On Defense

from the Tennessean,

The Predators did lose quite a talent in Kimmo Timonen, who’d posted at least 40 points in five straight seasons. But the addition of experienced Greg de Vries, the steady improvement of Zanon, Suter, Weber and Dan Hamhuis, and the potential of Marek Zidlicky should make for a formidable blueline unit.

“Our defense is very strong and it will probably be the strength of our organization for a number of years,” Predators Coach Barry Trotz said. “You’ve got the growth of the young guys and you’ve got the depth our organization has had in finding those type of players that are really strong.”

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  Tags: defense, nashville+predators

Fighting Smyth

from the Denver Post,

Choosing to fight Smyth, who is playing on the top line with Joe Sakic and Andrew Brunette, appeared inexcusable, like a Broncos defensive lineman trying to beat up quarterback Jay Cutler. It also appeared that Laperriere’s fight with Love was meant to send a message that you don’t mess with high-salary, skilled forwards like Smyth.

Afterward, the players presented a different picture. Turns out that Smyth, who signed a five-year, $31.25 million contract in July, picked the fight with Love, and Laperriere only fought Love to remind Smyth that he will be handling his dirty work.

more on the Avs…

added 8:14am, The Denver Post also has a nice feauture on Steve Konowalchuk.

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  Tags: colorado+avalanche, fighting, ryan+smyth, steve+konowalchuk

Erik Johnson Keeping It Simple In St. Louis

from the News-Democrat,

While his progress has been watched intensely by Blues fans since being selected first overall in the 2006 draft, the 19-year-old Johnson tries to let others worry about things he can’t control.

“I’m not a guy that really puts pressure on myself too much,” he said. “I feel really good out there, I haven’t been nervous at all. I’ve been happy with how I’ve been playing and I’ve really been trying to keep things simple, so that’s helping me out a lot.”

Johnson is staying at the former Blues star’s family home in St. Louis, following a recent trend that saw Blues winger David Backes living with Keith Tkachuk for a time last season and Pittsburgh star Sidney Crosby once sharing a house with Mario Lemieux.

“I usually talk to him a little bit every day, he’s a great guy to have around and he’s a great mentor,” Johnson said of MacInnis, now a Blues vice president. “It’s good because you get home-cooked meals and you don’t have to pay rent, so that’s nice.”

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  Tags: erik+johnson, st.+louis+blues

Vlasic Fits In Sharks “D”

from the Mercury News,

While Vlasic’s name now is chiseled onto the Sharks’ roster, he faces a different challenge: finding a defensive partner. The steady Scott Hannan is gone, having signed as a free agent with Colorado.

“I thought Scotty and I had a pretty good chemistry,” Vlasic said. “If I made a mistake, he was there to back me up. He showed me how to position myself on the ice. It was great to play with him.”

Actually, Wilson countered, it was the other way around.

“I think Mark helped Scotty more, to be honest,” he said. “Marc is the last guy I’m worried about. We just have to find him someone to play with now.”

read on... Is that a backhanded shot at Hannan from Wilson?

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  Tags: defense, marc-edouard+vlasic, san+jose+sharks

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