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Shanghai, Hockeytown

From J.P Press at AOL Sports Fanhouse,

With the Summer Olympics nearly underway, forgive us hockey fans for not yet being fully in the spirit of the Games.

Michael Phelps is impressive and all, but we prefer our water frozen and skated upon. Field hockey? Close, but no cigar. And while the NHL is not without its divers, we prefer our reverse three-and-a-half somersaults to be accompanied by unsportsmanlike conduct penalties. “8.8.08” may have meaning to most sports fans, but to puckheads it’s just “the day after Sidney Crosby’s 21st birthday.”

With a little finesse, however, there are hockey tie-ins, even in Beijing in August. And come September? Well, Shanghai will become Hockeytown…

continued…

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Gretzky Week Starts Tonight

Just a friendly reminder, Wayne Gretzky Week starts tonight on the NHL Network.  Check out the schedule of shows and enjoy a sneak video preview of the NHL Network’s ‘A Day That Changed the Game: August 9, 1988’.

Watch below…

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Cuddling with the Cup

imageFrom the HHOF Stanley Cup Journal:

After being part of a boating convoy with the Wings’ GM, the Cup spent the night at the Osgood home with Chris and his wife Jenna. Curious readers of the Stanley Cup Journal know that the Keepers of the Cup accompany hockey’s most cherished trophy wherever it goes, and wonder what happens when players want to sleep with the Cup. “I tell them, ‘Move over,’” laughs Mike Bolt, one of the Cup’s Keepers.

read on

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  Tags: chris+osgood, stanley+cup

Can the Kids Turn Things Around?

From Jon Kreiser at NHL.com,

It’s been a tough stretch for the Los Angeles Kings. Five non-playoff seasons have left the franchise reeling, and a last-place finish in the Western Conference cost coach Marc Crawford his job.
   
Most of the Kings’ problems have come in their own zone. While Los Angeles has an excellent group of young forwards, the defense has been inconsistent and the goaltending unsettled.

But between this year’s Entry Draft and a talented group in the minors and amateur hockey, things may be turning around.

continued… with a look at the prospects coming up in the Kings system this year

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  Tags: prospects

What’s On Your Mind

Well we can’t get much worse in the delivering of hockey news over the last few days.

GM’s are golfing, fishing or just plain out of site.  Players are getting the skates sharpened and have started their off-ice conditioning.

Anything on your mind these days?  Or are you just taking early August off to prepare for the upcoming season too?

Feel free to leave a comment, question or just tell us how your summer has been going.  On a side note, KK has been receiving a few hits from Beijing, China in the last week or so.  Probably some media types trying to keep their finger on the hockey world.

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All Paul Coffey

from the King Township Sentinel,

If you could meet and talk to three people who would they be?

Elvis Presley and I’d just listen to him. I’m a listener. Bobby Orr and Bruce Springsteen would also be on my list, but I’ve already had the chance to meet them.

What are your views as a NHL fan?

I have a soft spot for the Oilers, but I think we’re all Toronto Maple Leafs fans living in the GTA. Hopefully they can turn things around, but it’s not going to happen over night. We (as fans) just want some consistency and with Cliff Fletcher (General Manager) at the helm and the new Head Coach Ron Wilson, maybe that will happen.

more

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Early Success

from Empty Netters,

Only two players in the history of the sport have been more productive than Crosby before turning 21. Perhaps you’ve heard of them.

Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux are the only players with at least the equivalent of a full NHL season under their belt to record more points per game than Crosby before they turned 21.

Here’s a list of every player who averaged more than a point per game in more than 78 games before they turned 21.

read on for a list of players and some may surprise you…

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Kilger Not Playing, Zednik Looks Good To Go

from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

Spoke to JM today, and he says he does not expect Chad Kilger to play for the Panthers this season….

“He’s still dealing with some personal issues, and at this point, I don’t think he’ll be playing,’’ Martin said. “We still hold his rights. He’s indicated to me that if he were to play, he’d want to play for us. We’re not the issue.’’

On a more positive note, JM says he’s spoken to both Richard Zednik and trainer David Zenobi and the reports are Zednik is doing a lot of physical work and is expected to be in good shape when training camp kicks off.

more

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  Tags: chad+kilger, richard+zednik

Future of the NY Rangers

From Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy,

So was there a glimmer of hope today for New York Rangers fans tired of their ownership situation? Cablevision said it was “considering several options to boost its stock price including spinning off some of its diverse holdings,” according to the Associated Press. Andrew Zimbalist, a sports economist with Smith College, told the AP that if the contracts between the two teams, cable television and MSG could be sussed out, the Knicks would be worth about $500 million and the Rangers $300.

Are the Rangers a “spinoff” candidate? The Dolans aren’t saying. John Moag, chairman of the sports investment bank Moag & Co., tells Bloomberg that the Dolans’ sports teams and MSG itself could bring in almost $2 billion if Cablevision does decide to sell.

continued…

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  Tags: cablevision, media, msg

Predicting the Overachievers

From Rory Boylen at The Hockey News,

Here are a few teams who I think could achieve more than is expected of them this season:

Florida Panthers: I’ve ripped on them in this space before – and until the front office does something smart, I’m sure I’ll do it again – but the potential is still there for the Panthers to rise.

You’ve got to think that, one of these years, Nathan Horton will meet the expectations of being a No. 3 overall draft pick. While he has not impressed and actually stalled his point production at 62 points last season, Horton could be ready for a 70- to 75-point campaign. If he can meet this goal and if incoming offensive catalyst Cory Stillman can kick-start Stephen Weiss, the Panthers could generate more than the pathetic 216 goals they scored last season.

read on for more on the Panthers, plus two other picks for overachievers this coming season

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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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