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Naslund Talks Vancouver Days

from Tony Gallagher of the Province,

As he looked back Thursday, Naslund admitted he wasn’t overly happy here last season and that the Todd Bertuzzi incident weighed heavily on him, given he and his former linemate are close and it was he who was, in a small way, part of the reason the whole thing took place. After all, it was Naslund who was originally nailed by Steve Moore in Denver….

“It still bothers me what Todd has had to go through over this and the way it’s dragged on and on over the years,” said Naslund.

“I still keep in close contact with him and it’s been tough on him. It’s taken its toll. There’s no question he was standing up for me and for his teammates when it happened, and it all went too far. All of the circumstances around it went the wrong way and got out of hand. It’s been a long road and he’s been through a lot. I feel bad for him and the way it’s worked out for everyone involved.”

more from Naslund as he talks about his days in Vancouver…

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O’Sullivan Won’t Get A 1yr. Contract

from Dan Arritt of the LA Times,

Every day that O’Sullivan is held out of training camp, his conditioning and development suffer, Lombardi said. As a result, it’s more likely that the team’s fourth-leading scorer from last season won’t be at full strength until early next year.

“We’re not giving him a one-year contract because I might have to write off this season,” Lombardi said during practice Thursday morning.

In fact, Lombardi said he won’t offer anything less than a three-year deal. As far as sending the wrong message to other Kings, several of whom will be restricted free agents after this season, Lombardi said he’s trying to avoid that scenario.

read on

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  Tags: patrick+o'sullivan

Get In A Debate With Milbury

from Nancy Marrapese-Burrell of the Boston Globe,

NESN will launch a weekly show in December called “The Instigators,” which sounds like a perfect forum for former NHL coach/general manager-turned-analyst Mike Milbury. Milbury will team with a pair of competing analysts who will debate the hot topics in the NHL. He will moderate the debate and score how the guests fare on each topic. The winner will then debate Milbury at the end of the show

more on the Bruins from the broadcasting side of things…

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Morning Line

“I want to get back in the game, I relish the opportunity to be part of a team in a different aspect than a player.”

“It’s tremendously taxing to be a coach because of the interpersonal relationships that you have to develop.  It doesn’t interest me as much as being the overall seer of an organization.”

-Mark Messier appearing on Bloomberg Television’s ‘Night Talk’ program yesterday.

 

 

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  Tags: mark+messier

Ron Wilson Buttering Up The Locals

from Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star,

...As it is, Wilson’s Leafs are going to be hard-pressed to be the Columbus Blue Jackets of hockey.

In any event, Wilson clearly is smart and studious, so it’s obvious what he is doing – he’s buttering up the locals, and it is an astute move.

In that spirit, we humbly offer our short list of More Erroneous Analogies That, If Ron Wilson Speaks Them, Might Win Him The Brownie Points He May Need Should His Reportedly Caustic Demeanour Accidentally Emerge Later This Season.

Erroneous Analogy No. 1: “Richard Peddie is the Sir Winston Churchill of inspirational speakers.”

Sir Winston once said: “We make a living from what we get. We make a life from what we give.”

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Anticipation Rising In Phoenix

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

It is uncanny how many times a coach’s IQ is directly related to his goaltender’s average or save percentage. Suddenly, Gretzky – who rose more than a few eyebrows by making the transition from greatest player of all time to NHL coach without any meaningful experience – looked a lot more accomplished and comfortable behind the bench.

It helps too that some of their drafting is starting to pay off. The Coyotes expect Kyle Turris, the third player chosen in the 2007 draft, to play this season as their No.2 centre, behind Olli Jokinen, acquired from Florida to be their No.1 man. Their presence, along with the underrated Hanzal, gives the team the sort of strength down the middle that Gretzky and his various running mates provided in their playing days.

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Erik Cole Brings Back Ryan Smyth Memories

from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey,

So I’ll predict that this year (Erik) Cole get both kinds of luck, good and bad, and put him at 63 games and 55 points.

He will also hit, bleed, screen, bull, scrape, muck and grind enough to conjure up valid visions of Ryan Smyth.

And, as the season progresses, all of that will put Kevin Lowe in the same extremely difficult position as he was with Smyth: figuring just out how much to pay over how many years for a skilled, tough and admirable player, but one with a history of injury.

It will be a difficult, controversial decision and it’s one of the main story lines of the year

much more on the roll Cole will play this year…

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  Tags: erik+cole

Head of Skate

An Alaskan hockey mom becomes Vice President in the wackiest family comedy of the year!

Watch below…

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Alanis Morissette Joins The Party

from NHL.com,

imageSeven-time Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Alanis Morissette will give a special performance via satellite from Montreal as part of NHL Face-Off Rocks™, the NHL’s opening day viewing party and concert spectacular at Fox Theatre in Detroit on Thursday, Oct. 9….

Fans at Fox Theatre will enjoy the Red Wings game broadcast, including the championship banner-raising ceremony, an in-person performance from Def Leppard and Morissette’s performance via satellite. A deejay will entertain the audience throughout the event.

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Savard Still Waiting For Extension

from Tim Sassone of he Chicago Daily-Herald,

(Denis) Savard appears stressed during the first week of camp, thinner and more gray, and he hasn’t been his normally enthusiastic self with reporters. It could be he’s simply preparing for an incredibly important season. Or he could be wondering what more he must do to get that new deal….

Is it possible there are some people in the front office that think the Hawks should have made the playoffs last spring?

Be serious. Savard didn’t get enough credit for the job he did, bringing the young players along like he did while managing the goaltending situation nicely by calling on Patrick Lalime at key times and getting results.

Now there’s Joel Quenneville sitting in the stands and watching practices, working for the organization as a part-time scout and consultant, which is how general manager Dale Tallon explained it.

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  Tags: denis+savard

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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