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Canes Improve- Short Term

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Here's what you need to know about Friday's bigger-than-you-think deal that sent Carolina prospect Jack Johnson, plus defenceman Oleg Tverdovsky to the Los Angeles Kings for centre Eric Belanger and defenceman Tim Gleason. In the short term, in a bid to be competitive again the year after they won the Stanley Cup, the Hurricanes improved their team.
much, much more...around the league and what about Kiprusoff... added 4:19pm, from Spector at his Fox Sports blog,
The Kings receive the rights to a very promising young defenseman in Johnson, who is projected as a potential Norris contender. However, they've only acquired his rights thus far, and have to get him under contract, which may not be easy if he insists on playing another year of college hockey. That would mean Johnson is unavailable to the Kings this season, and there's the potential that if he decides to remain in university until he gets his degree, he could go back into the draft again.
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May Out 4-6 Months

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that forward Brad May has undergone reconstructive shoulder surgery and will be out 4-6 months. “After further medical testing and evaluation it was determined that surgery was necessary,” said Avalanche Head Athletic Trainer Matthew Sokolowski. “The procedure took place yesterday and we are anticipating a full recovery in 4-6 months.” May injured the shoulder (subluxation) during last Monday’s preseason game v. Detroit.

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Canes - Kings Trade

via TSN,

The Carolina Hurricanes have traded defenceman Oleg Tverdovsky and the rights to defenceman Jack Johnson to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for defenceman Tim Gleason.
update 12:46pm, from the Hurricanes,
Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager for the 2006 Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has acquired center Eric Belanger and defenseman Tim Gleason from Los Angeles in exchange for defensemen Jack Johnson and Oleg Tverdovsky. “This deal improves our forward lines and adds a very good, young defenseman with NHL experience to the Hurricanes,” said Rutherford. “Eric and Tim strengthen the balance of our team.”
note: TSN has now changed the link to include Belanger, but with the first announcement, he was not included.

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Ice Age Returns

from Phil Coffey of NHL.com,

This is an abbreviated edition of Ice Age because I wanted to bring everyone up to date with what to expect here at NHL.com this season before we get into the real business next week. First, a note of thanks. Last season was NHL.com's most successful to date in virtually every statistical category that tracks web traffic. Coming off the loss of the 2004-05 season, no one knew what to expect here. We were shocked, humbled and very gratified by the faith hockey fans showed in us and we promise to redouble our efforts to make NHL.com worth your time and interest. You may have heard we will soon be debuting a very different look for the regular season. It's true and I'm confident you will love it. It's a bright, clean look that will really help showcase what hockey has to offer. And from a selfish perspective, there is more real estate for the "word guys" to bring our stories on the world's greatest game to you.
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Young & Fast

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Scouts, whether individual team scouts or those hired by the CSS, used to see size of frame, imagine it filling out and grade that player on that basis. When they saw a small frame that had little chance to fill out, or little chance to battle through the hooking, holding and obstruction that was endemic in the NHL for most of the last decade, that player was marginalized, even forgotten. Now, in the space of a few months, those same scouts have had to re-think their attitudes about young players, asking themselves not just what they might become physically, but expanding that to ask, "What kind of hockey player is this?
more added 11:14am, also from Mr. Burnside,
And so we bid adieu to the era of the Stepford Goalie. You know the ones. Tall, angular, technically perfect as though they were a distant cousin to Hal from "2001: A Space Odyssey." Mark the shooter's angle, glide to the top of the crease, drop, block shot. Retreat. Repeat.

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Another Year Of Ted

Hockey Rants breaks down Ted Montgomery...

Another new season means the return of Terrible Ted Montgomery to spew his 'wisdom' on USAToday as their hockey 'expert'. Because I love to torture, myself, I decided to read his online chat with idiots dumb enough to ask him questions. Now, I'll make you suffer as well.

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Konowalchuk Update Coming

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club will be holding a press conference today at 1:00pm EDT. At that time, the specifics about Steve Konowalchuk’s condition will be announced. update 12:20pm, Steve Retires...

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Fleury Not Impressing

from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Marc-Andre Fleury entered training camp as the Penguins' undisputed No. 1 goalie. He doesn't have a firm grip on that job anymore. In fact, it's not out of the question that he could start the season in the American Hockey League, which would have been unthinkable a few weeks ago. How seriously team officials consider that extreme option could hinge on how their goalies perform during a home-and-home series against Buffalo that begins tonight at Mellon Arena.

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Just Having Some Fun

from the Washington Post,

By day, they are defense contractors, NASA engineers, car salesmen, teachers, economists, insurance salesmen and orthodontists. But at night, on a lighted oval of concrete just off Seminary Road, when they have their skates laced, helmets on, hockey sticks in hand and are dripping in sweat, they are Benito, Rocket Man, BFL (Big Fat Liar), the Egg, Tight Lips, NASCAR and FFO, the Fleet Footed Orthodontist. Or, if he's having a bad night, just FO. They are the Phantoms. And they rule in the Thursday night coed roller hockey league at the Washington area's only outdoor roller hockey rink.
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KK- Software Upgrade

The upgrade I mentioned yesterday has been completed. There are few perks available to KK members and I will post them over the weekend.

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