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Blues On The Right Path

from the CP via TSN,

The veteran forward saw enough potential for a bright future to put his name on a three-year contract.

“I thought it was a really good fit hockey wise,” said Kariya, who signed an US$18-million deal with the Blues on July 1 after spending the last two years with the Nashville Predators. “When (head coach) Andy Murray took over the team last year, in my opinion, they were a playoff team. And with the young group of players, you knew that they not only were going to be a good team now but two or three years down the road, they were going to be even better.”

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The Other Team In Columbus

from The Other Paper,

Nash, an alternate captain, spent less than three minutes Sunday answering questions about the Jackets’ ineffective power play. Then the media horde—all seven reporters—moved across the room to see what team captain Adam Foote had to say.

In contrast, just three miles or so to the north, five times that number of reporters gather for comments from Ohio State’s quarterback every week. In fact, more reporters gang up on OSU’s third-string running back than on Nash at home games.

Playing hockey in Columbus is no way to become a celebrity. If Nash were playing in Canada, there’s no doubt he’d have fame to match his $5.5 million salary. It’s common for 30 TV cameras to crowd into Air Canada Centre in Toronto after Maple Leafs games.

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  Tags: columbus+blue+jackets, rick+nash

Nix That

from Red Wings Corner,

Nicklas Lidstrom said that the report in the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet that he’s close to signing a two-year contract extension is false. Lidstrom said after Thursday’s practice that “Nothing’s happened. I haven’t even talked to Ken (Holland) yet.”

more on the Wings after practice today…

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Is Reebok Backtracking?

From Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail,

Is Reebok in the process of replacing all NHL jerseys at company expense with new uniforms made of the old materials, as reported on a Boston Herald blog Thursday.

Not according to NHL senior vice president of communications Bernadette Mansur, who said today that while Reebok is not jettisoning the new design, it is modifying them on a player-by-player basis, depending upon their individual needs.

“There are certain panels on the front of the jersey which are being replaced with a performance fabric, an air-knit fabric,” said Mansur. “They are being given to the players who are requesting them. There is no going back to the old jerseys, no. It’s just the use of an alternate (fabric) to resolve specific issues.”

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Note: Original report at the Boston Herald blog. (via Japers’ Rink)

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The Hockey News: Speaking with Adam Proteau

imageAdam Proteau of The Hockey News has recently co-written a book with Ken Campbell, The Top 60 Since 1967: The Best Players of the Post-Expansion Era.

The Hockey News magazine has, for over sixty years, delivered the authoritative word on the premiere puckhandlers of our generation. In The Top 60 Since 1967, they’ve assembled a panel of experts to celebrate the top 60 players of the NHL in the modern era of hockey — the 40 years since NHL expansion. A detailed analysis accompanies each player, along with photos and statistical charts. Will Wayne Gretzky trump Bobby Orr for the number one position? How does Mario Lemieux stack up? And what about Patrick Roy, Phil Esposito, Sidney Crosby?

Today I talked with Adam about his book, future changes at The Hockey News, and things going on around the NHL—you can hear it on the player below. (*or download this mp3 audio file, if you prefer)

 

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The Best Advice

from Jack Blatherwick at Let’s Play Hockey,

More than any other sport, hockey has become a gold mine for outside experts. As we moved inside from the cold and snow, the added expense practically eliminated inner city hockey, moving it into wealthier suburbs. This fad – high-priced expertise – will finish this demographic change.

It doesn’t end with expensive advice. Folks are charging to test now — not ten bucks, not even a hundred. They come around with bells and whistles, with fancy brochures, advanced degrees and pedigrees, and super-advanced fees. They use big-time language — sometimes Latin, sometimes Greek — designed to impress.

read on... Jack says go back to the old-time hockey ways of training…

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All Dirty

from David Amber at ESPN,

This week’s “10 Degrees” counts down the 10 dirtiest incidents.

10. May 29, 1996: Claude Lemieux’s hit from behind on Kris Draper

He has as many Stanley Cup rings as Wayne Gretzky, but Claude Lemieux’s legacy is often tied to a hit that sparked one of the NHL’s best rivalries, something Colorado and Detroit fans will never forget.

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JFJ & Forward Thinking

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

John Ferguson has made a bold move with an eye to capturing the next big thing in hockey — he offered up-and-coming superstar John Tavares a contract to play for the Toronto Maple Leafs’ farm team….

By offering a deal for at least three years or longer, the source said Ferguson hopes to convince Tavares to remain Leaf property and opt out of the NHL draft. Tavares is eligible for the 2009 entry draft.

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thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…

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Relax Rangers Fans

from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,

These days some dear, dear Rangers fans I know remind me of a TV director with whom I once worked.

Whenever there erupted a crisis in our production, Mr. Director would shout, “Oogah.” This was his take-off on Hollywood flicks about submarines in World War II. When it was time for the U-boat to crash-dive, the “OOGAH” signal would blare and all hands would man their battle stations.

I’m hearing too many versions of “Oogah” from the Blueshirts faithful these days.

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Langkow Lets His Game Talk For Him

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

...“He’s non-vocal,” said Keenan, the Calgary Flames’ first-year coach. “I don’t know who’s said more words yet, Kiprusoff or Langkow.”

Since Miikka (Kiprusoff, the Flames’ No. 1 goalie) is to the art of conversation what Marcel Marceau is to the world of mime, it gives you a pretty good idea of how hard it is to pry a word or two out of Langkow, on any topic, even the good ones.

Such as: How is it that after 10 NHL games, he has scored eight goals and 14 points, which leaves him in the top 10, ahead of such luminaries as Jason Spezza, Joe Thornton or Dany Heatley?

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  Tags: calgary+flames, daymond+langkow

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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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