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Could Aaron Downey Make The Wings

fromm Red Wings Corner,

Babcock has been bringing an edge to the Red Wings, wanting to make his team more difficult to play against. That means better defense, tighter checking and more hitting. It’s also difficult to play against a team with an enforcer.

Bringing in a fighter—and one like Downey, who probably won’t cost much more than $500,000—wouldn’t make the Red Wings a tough team, but it would push them slightly towards mediocre on the toughness scale.

Downey’s play in camp has been adequate. On Saturday, he was irritable (challenging Tomas Kopecky after one whistle and Brad Ference after another) and that’s what the Red Wings want.

Downey’s roster competition comes from his training camp linemate, Russian Igor Grigorenko, who won’t fight, but is supposed to be able to put the puck in the net. The problem is Grigorenko hasn’t shown offensive flash in training camp.

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Avery Talks Media

from Rangers Report,

...My personal favorite, though, was Avery talking about his reputation in the press, and how most of the national hockey media is clueless when it comes to him (he actually used the word “stupid” when referring to the Canadian press, which was a bit strong). Then he said that he really only has to answer to us—meaning the media that covers the Rangers. It was a nice touch, although I’d like to hear him take it a step further and say he really only has to answer to me.

more and you can listen to the Avery interview there…

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Blues Sweaters

What do you think?

View a slide show of the jerseys and read about them here.

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Tampa Goalie Situation

from the St. Petersburg Times,

Lightning goaltender Marc Denis turned down an interview request Friday.

No matter, goaltenders coach Jeff Reese picked up the slack, sticking up not only for Denis, who is trying to resurrect his career after a brutal season, but Johan Holmqvist and Karri Ramo, the other contenders for Tampa Bay’s two goalie spots.

“We’re tired of hearing about goaltending,” Reese said. “I know I am, and I can just imagine how they all feel. I think they’ve got a lot to prove, and I think they’d like to silence a lot of people.”

“I’m not going to dodge it. We have some questions there that have to be answered,” Tortorella said. “My mind is wide open as far as that position is concerned.”

read on

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NHL TV

Puckhound61 just posted a link to NHL TV in the KK Forum.

If you are intested in watching the games on your computer this season, I suggest you take a look at it.

I have also embedded the video on the direct page of this post too.

The embed didn’t work very well, so I removed it and will try to make it work.

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Using The Web

There is no other NHL team that has used the web to their advantage like the Washington Capitals.

I started receiving a daily email from the Caps titled “Caps Today” with all types of great links in it.  It points to audio, links, video and upcoming events.

I would only hope other NHL teams follow the example the Caps are providing us “new media guys”!

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Not A “Girlie” Book

from the Times Colonist,

Happy times for Lorna Jackson were evenings spent with her dad in the ‘60s and ‘70s, watching Hockey Night in Canada. With a teenage crush on Boston Bruins bad-boy Derek Sanderson, she followed hockey with a passion.

But life took some sad and confusing turns, and Jackson abandoned the sport for 30 years, before Team Canada and the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics changed everything. The result: A book entitled Cold-Cocked on Hockey.

The book, which will be launched on Sept. 24 at Bolen Books, is written from a woman’s perspective, but is not a puff piece. Jackson enforces that slant by using the “f” word in the prologue.

continued

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Numminen Suspension All Business

from the Buffalo News,

On Friday, Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier defended the suspension, noting it was well within the rules set forth in the collective bargaining agreement.

“There’s a clause explicitly in the contract that states the player must pass the physical and be fit to play,” Regier said. “It’s the collective bargaining agreement, and in no way is it personal to Teppo.

“I had the conversation with Teppo. He understands it’s business. It has a lot of implications on the salary side, on the cap side.”

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Schaefer May Find Himself On The Top Line

from the Boston Globe,

But there are strong indications that Peter Schaefer, who skated with Marc Savard and Martins Karsums in the first session, might be seeing a lot of time with Savard, the Bruins’ leading scorer last season.

Come Oct. 5, Schaefer could be the club’s No. 1 left wing alongside Savard and Glen Murray when the Bruins open the season against Dallas.

“He’s a good guy along the walls,” Savard said of Schaefer. “He can get pucks out, get them to me, and Muzz can set up shop and shoot it.”

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Theodore Wants His Status Back

from the Rocky Mountain News,

But the Avalanche’s 31-year- old goalie first needs to recover from the arthroscopic knee surgery he underwent Aug. 29 after a magnetic resonance imaging test revealed a problem.

Theodore called the surgery “a minor thing” and said there’s no specific timetable for when he can play in a preseason game. He’s concentrating on rehabilitation while maintaining his conditioning.

“I’m making good progress,” he said. “I’m anxious to put the equipment on.”

After watching Peter Budaj start 39 of the final 46 games last season, Theodore also is eager to prove he’s capable of being an elite goalie again.

“I’m looking forward to regaining the status I had,” he said.

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  Tags: jose+theodore

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