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Bruins And More

from Kevin Paul Dupont at the Boston Globe,

Bruins coach Dave Lewis, like a number of his players, has elected to live in the North End, which makes for an easy commute to Causeway Street. Not even a week into his Little Italy residency, he was recognized by a local early one morning. ``The guy called me over and asked that I join him for a coffee," said Lewis, who at first politely declined, only to accept after repeated requests. ``I sat down, and this is 7:30 in the morning, and it was good coffee -- and he added a little something to it, if you know what I mean. At 7:30 in the morning! It sure is a friendly town."
keep on reading...from Kessel, to Yzerman, to Chara, to everything NHL...

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Star Gazing

from the Star Tribune,

It was just so darn un-Wildlike. Aggressive, not conservative. Bustling for worthwhile purchases, not bargains. In a span of two weeks in late June to early July, the Wild, after spending a league-low $25 million in the year following the lockout, doled out an astonishing $64.85 million in long-term contracts by acquiring forwards Pavol Demitra, Mark Parrish and Branko Radivojevic, defensemen Kim Johnsson and Keith Carney and re-signing star Marian Gaborik. Fans were stunned. The mouths of hockey writers, who relied on the "cheap" Wild always being there, are still ajar.
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Time To Move On

from Tony Gallagher at the Vancouver Province, "I don't want to come off as a guy leaving a city with sour grapes but I'm just telling you because you asked," said Bertuzzi. "We had some real differences in philosophy, and there were some things he did that really bothered me, most particularly how he handled my friends -- Brad May especially. "He never played him. He never gave him a chance to show what he could do. Here was a guy who was a 15-year war vet, a warrior, a guy who had fought every tough guy in the league and yet he was never put out there in any other kind of situation. And this was a guy who could handle all kinds of roles in the league. That really bothered me.... much more from Todd...

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Hockey Talk

from Steve Simmons at the Toronto Sun,

• Mats Sundin is putting on a happy face about the state of the Leafs as training camp approaches. Funny, he didn't have such a happy face when he put his house up for sale, ordered his real estate agent to say nothing and then dodged a Toronto reporter sent to Sweden to check out his intentions. Other than that, all is wel. • One hockey insider suggests the Nashville Predators made the worst free-agent signing of the summer. "You watch," the insider said, "Jason Arnott will end up destroying that team."

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Enough Skill

from the Philadelpia Inquirer,

Before the start of free agency, Flyers general manager Bob Clarke said he was going to get quicker on defense, go after someone who could really move the puck up the ice. "I was really surprised to get a call," said Nolan Baumgartner this week during player scrimmages at Skate Zone. "I'm not the fastest skater around." Indeed, Baumgartner is not Joni Pitkanen or Kim Johnsson when it comes to skating the puck with some panache. He can move it because he has skill. The question is, will skill be enough for the beleaguered Flyers' defense, which seems to be the weak link in an otherwise strong chain as players head to training camp? Baumgartner knows that when a hockey player is not blessed with outright speed, skill and brains come into play.
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Leopold Looked At To Lead

from the Denver Post,

Quenneville said defenseman Leopold, acquired from the Flames in part for Tanguay, should return from hernia surgery by mid-October - not November, as first forecast. Quenneville, who has a 350-239-86 record in nine NHL coaching seasons, is hopeful Leopold can bloom into a solid, No. 1 defenseman. Leopold couldn't ask for a better coach than the former defenseman Quenneville, who has a reputation for bettering the careers of his blue-liners.
read on...a look at the Avs as they head to camp...

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Cherry Stories

from George Gross of the Toronto Sun,

"Don't you remember when Punch, wearing his white fedora, ran down from the stands from where he watched the practice, and yelled at his assistants: 'Get that five-cent defenceman --meaning me -- off the ice before he kills my million-dollar winger,' meaning Ronnie Ellis. He didn't think much of my talents in the NHL, although he was very sympathetic towards me.
much more

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A Day At Pens Rookie Camp

Denny, a KK member from the Pittsburgh area, was able to attend the Pens rookie camp today and gives a first hand view in the KKF. Check it out and thanks Denny for the update.

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It Is Your Decision

from a post Eric made today at Off Wing Opinion regarding blogger credentials...

One last thought. Over the time I've been blogging, I've come across a number of letters to the editor sent to newspapers from fans of the WNBA. The complaint is always the same: Why don't you spend more resources to cover the league? It's unfair, and perhaps sexist that you don't. Isn't your newspaper obligated to cover the league? Those letters usually leave me shaking my head. No sport is entitled to any coverage at all. But once you've made your case, and it's clear that the media outlet of your choice isn't listening, what do you do next? You do what the folks at Women's Hoops did: Stop complaining, get off your duff and create the coverage yourself. If folks who love hockey want more coverage, they'll have to do the same. And I'd like to help make it happen.
That is what I did. I have been asked this question numerous times, "Why did you start a website?" My answer has always been the same, I was frustrated with the lack of coverage the Detroit media was giving to the CBA lockout and took to the web to find as much information as I could. A buddy suggested I start a blog to keep others informed about the lockout, and the rest is history. With the amount of hockey blogs that now exist, only a very limited few will ever receive media credentials from a NHL team. Those that do, great, but continue doing what you do and don't feel you have to be PC because you now have credentials. Instead, find a unique angle and topic and cover it like it hasn't been before. Your readers will enjoy your work and it just may lead to something for you in the future-but if, and only if you want to go down that road. Believe me, it is a lot of hard work, dedication and more hard work. The rewards can be significant, but can also leave you stratching your head and asking yourself, Why did I ever start this darn blog". I leave you with this- The harder you work, the harder you HAVE to work. Why did I just do what I did?... I have been getting a huge number of emails in the last few weeks asking me how did I get "discovered" and thought by expressing my thoughts, people would have some of their questions answered.

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BlueLand

Believe in BLUELAND. Very impressive, some teams get it, some don't. image

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