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Niemi Gets Start Over Khabibulin

from Cris Kuc of Icing at the Chicago Tribune,

First, veteran goalie Nikolai Khabibulin will not play tonight. He had been scheduled to see his first action of the preseason. Savard’s explantation for the switch was the team wanted to get a good look at free-agent signee Antti Niemi.

With rumors of the Hawks looking to move Khabibulin since the signing of Cristobal Huet, there’s always cause for a pause when a change is made without a definitive explanation. If something is going on, it makes you wonder if it wouldn’t be better to see Khabibulin in the lineup so teams can take a look at him.

more on Chicago…

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More Preparation & Leadership Needed For Sharks

from the San Jose Sharks,

Team Teal wasn’t quite up to snuff in the first two periods, falling behind 3-0 and taking way too many penalties.  They rallied in the third with an impressive final stanza, but it was too little too late.

“The team wasn’t prepared and it’s squarely on my shoulders and on the leadership’s shoulders,” said McLellan.  “We had a little discussion between the second and the third.  We had to manufacture a moment to get them going and that was unacceptable.”

read on

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Retirement Talk

from Eric Stephens at NHL.com,

Retirement.

NHL players certainly are not immune. Eventually, the rush of speeding up ice, the sensation of delivering a hard body check, the thrill of scoring a big goal or making an important save and the jolt of energy felt from the home crowd fades, ultimately disappearing to memory.

Most face the end of their careers either seeing that they’re unable to keep up with younger players or having someone make the decision for them. Some are lucky to call it a day on their own terms.

read on

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Erik Johnson Sets The Record Straight

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Since an MRI confirmed that Johnson has torn knee ligaments in his right knee, which will force him to miss the 2008-09 season, rumors have swirled that the 20-year-old was involved in horseplay while attending a team golf outing Sept. 16 at The Club at Porto Cima in Sunrise, Mo.


Johnson maintains the incident happened when he got his right foot caught between the accelerator and the brake in a golf cart. Johnson has heard the different versions of the story and seems irritated that some are continuing with the speculation.

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Rask Continues To Improve

from Bud Barth of the Worchester Telegram & Gazette,

If (Tuukka) Rask continues to have strong outings, it could open some interesting options for the Bruins. One would be to trade Fernandez and his $4.3 million salary, opening up cap space to add more scoring punch now or before the trade deadline in February.

Rask carries a hefty $2.2 million cap hit because of bonus clauses in his contract, but that’s only half of Manny’s load. The B’s would have to be sure Rask’s slender body could stand the punishment of the NHL game, especially after watching him melt down with Providence during the Calder Cup playoffs last spring.

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The question should be, would any team want Manny Fernandez and his salary?

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Thrashers Have A Legitimate Top Four

from Mike Knobler of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

Friday’s acquisition of Mathieu Schneider from the Anaheim Ducks was the third step in an overhaul that appears to have transformed a team weakness into a strength. In less than four months, the team that ranked worst in the league in shots allowed and shared the bottom spot in goals allowed might have shaken its blueline blues. The trade for Schneider follows the free-agent acquisition of Ron Hainsey and the drafting of Zach Bogosian.

“We’re 100 percent better,” Waddell said when asked about his top four during a Friday teleconference. He added that he didn’t mean that as a knock on his former players. “We were playing guys in higher positions than they should have been,” Waddell said. And now? “We have a legitimate top four,” he said.

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Who May Move

from Spector’s Hockey,

Are the Bruins in the market for a defenseman? Is Calgary’s Adrian Aucoin concerned over a possible trade? What’s the latest on Joe Sakic, Luke Richardson and Petr Nedved?

read on for the lates trade and signing talk…

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Cap Issues For Wings Next Season

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

The Wings took on Hossa for this season but GM Ken Holland will have his hands full next year fitting him into the cap because he’s working on a new deal for Henrik Zetterberg (at least $8 million a year) and fellow second-line winger Johan Franzen. Lidstrom, out with a broken nose (he’s lucky an errant puck didn’t smack him in the eye in camp), will also be in the second year of his $7.45-million contract.

a little more on Hossa plus other NHL notes…

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Morning Line

“Yeah, he played, but he made mistakes at the end. He allowed what looked like a great effort to dribble right down his chin.

“Obviously you wish he had the last goal back and that’s kind of why he’s not ready to play in the NHL. You have to be able to play poised all the way.”

-Leafs coach Ron Wilson on goaltending prospect Justin Pogge.  More on Pogge by Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun.

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The Class Of 1990

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

From the Class of 1990, Owen Nolan remains but Petr Nedved, Keith Primeau, Mike Ricci and Jaromir Jagr—four of the top-five draft picks—are out of the NHL. The best player from that class: The ageless goaltender, Martin Brodeur.

a few more hockey notes tossed in Steve’s Sunday column…

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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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