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Protection For Hemsky Needed

from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey,

Having an intimidating force such as nasty Chris Pronger on the team did give the Oilers’ team toughness during that playoff run—each Oiler played as if he was three inches taller and 30 pounds heavier. But when Pronger left, so did much of team’s edge.

Since then, in the past two years, Hemsky has taken a number of savage hits, many of them illegal late hits, partly because of his propensity to overhandle the puck, which gives time for various thugs to line him up, but also because other teams have feared no retribution.

There’s been no Dave Semenko, no Dave Brown, no Laraque to come over the boards and take revenge. Unless that changes this season, I’m hesitant to predict that Hemsky will play more than 50 or 60 games.

more on the Oilers…

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Forsberg Update- Maybe, Maybe Not

via Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Talking to some of my Swedish buds, there is growing optimism that Peter Forsberg will be able to play this season - and maybe sooner than the Christmas-at-the-earliest previous scenario.
As Foppa himself would say, though, “we’ll see.” But the people I’ve talked to say his foot is doing better than expected, and that he’s itching to continue his career.

more on the Avs…

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Ducks Could Still Have Trouble Signing Selanne

from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

What appears clear is that unless the Ducks are fortunate and another club claims Schneider, or they go an entirely different direction and trade another player or group of players, it is going to be very difficult to clear enough cap space to sign Selanne. It could come down to the Ducks being able to offer Selanne little more than the NHL’s minimum salary, say $500,000, which might prove once and for all Selanne’s long-held contention that money is nowhere near the top of his priority list.

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Watching The Market

from the CP via TSN,

Even though the U.S. economy has been hit hardest over the last year with the housing-market collapse, the NHL’s six Canadian franchises are also concerned about the affect the current economic situation could have on them.

‘‘The last couple of weeks - wow - it’s been killer,’’ said Edmonton Oilers president and CEO Patrick LaForge. ‘‘I think we’re all concerned. I can only speak for Edmonton but I can say that these are very interesting times, what the stock market is doing and the impact on our major clients, which are businesses.

‘‘I think we have to all be very mindful that these are tough times. The Canadian teams are not exempt.’‘

read on

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Renney Undecided On Rangers Captain

from Andrew Gross of the Record,

Renney is not ready to name a new captain yet but hopes to before the start of the season. When Mark Messier left, Renney ultimately decided not to have a captain for the 2005-06 season, instead naming Jagr to be one of three alternates.

“I think you have to leave it to evolution,” Renney said. “There are a half-dozen guys in there that could captain a team. I wouldn’t rule it out [having three alternates] but my hope would be that’s not what we would do.”

more on the Rangers…

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Western Outlook

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

As NHL training camps open up this week, we take a look at where each team stands. Here is our take, and questions, on the Western Conference.

San Jose Sharks

Burning questions:

• The clock ran out on Wilson the coach; is this the last hurrah for Wilson the GM if the Sharks don’t take a significant step closer to a championship?
• Can Jonathan Cheechoo, whose goal production has dipped from 56 to 37 to 23 since winning the Rocket Richard Trophy for most goals, get back to star-scoring level?

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Bigger & Stronger

from a press release from ErekAlert for the Univ. of Alberta,

Researchers in the University of Alberta Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation looked at an NHL team over a 26-year cycle and discovered players have become bigger and fitter.

The research team studied 703 players from a Canadian-based NHL team from 1979 to 2005. The physiological profile derived from their research shows that over the 26 seasons, defencemen became taller and heavier as body mass increased; forwards got younger and had higher peak aerobic power outputs for cardio-respiratory endurance, while goalies were shorter and more flexible and had lower peak aerobic power outputs. All players combined (defence, forwards and goaltenders) increased body mass, height and anaerobic power over the 26 years.

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Schneider On Waivers

via Kevin Allen at Mucking & Grinding,

The Anaheim Ducks, needing to trim payroll, have placed defenseman Mathieu Schneider on waivers with the expectation that a team will claim him and $5.75 million salary for this season.

Once they move Schneider off the books, the Ducks are expected to re-sign Teemu Selanne.

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Getting Your Hockey-Fix Online

From Paul Kukla at NHL.com:

Start by going to Ball Hype and let the fun begin. Ball Hype also ranks the NHL Blogs. Want more, head over to Technorati to find every blog related to the NHL.

Google is also your friend when searching blogs for NHL items (almost 11 million search results).

read on for more ways to find hockey, plus advice for aspiring bloggers

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Surgery For Brind’Amour

via Lord Stanley’s Blog,

Rod Brind’Amour underwent successful surgery on his left knee this morning to repair torn cartilage, but the Canes’ captain is expected to be on the ice before the team’s season opener.

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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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