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Be Like Kipper

from the Edmonton Sun,

Sitting in his stall after the morning skate, Josh Green looks over at Roberto Luongo and immediately thinks of Miikka Kiprusoff. Green, who played for Calgary during the 2003-04 season, saw first-hand day-after-day how much Kiprusoff means to the Flames and their fortunes. The Vancouver forward sees the same in Luongo, the Canucks prized goaltender acquired this past summer via trade. "In my mind, he and Kipper are up there as the best," Green said yesterday. "I can't score on either of them in practice. I keep the pucks I score with on him."

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Ted Leonsis Says

from an interview in the Washington Post,

The team has been quick to embrace new media formats, such as podcasts and blogs. What advantages do you see in them? Three things: One, if you are writing a blog, and you are religious about it, and you are updating every day or every week, you are obviously a great fan, and we need to reward great fans. Two, the blogosphere is important because bloggers communicate with one another, and they show up very high in search engines. Third, the traditional media are having to cut expenses. Some of the big-city newspapers, thankfully not ours, aren't even allowing reporters to travel with the teams. Are there any blogs you recommend? Bleating From a Caps Nut, DCSportsChick, Off Wing Opinion, Japers' Rink. Those are good ones locally.
more (reg. req.) from Ted on the Caps...

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Minus 82

from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

Every hockey season, he checks the newspaper or goes on-line to scan the player statistics from the night before. He is not looking for goals or assists. He has no use for penalty minutes. His category of choice is the plus-minus rating, the measure of a player's defensive worth. Even now, 32 years after laying claim to a record the National Hockey League doesn't acknowledge, Bill Mikkelson is drawn to the number that defines his career, a number so incomprehensible it reads like the temperature on Neptune. “How did you do it?” he is asked. “How did you end up at minus-82?”

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Wild Must Win

from the AP via MSNBC,

Minnesota, entering its sixth season, must make the playoffs. Pavol Demitra, Mark Parrish, Keith Carney and Kim Johnsson weren't brought in to sell tickets, because the Wild already do that well enough. "We're not fooling anybody in here,'' said Walz, a 36-year-old center who is one of only three players who have been on the Minnesota roster since the inaugural regular-season opener. "We know that with the changes that management has made, it's a different feeling in this room. There's no question about it.''
read on

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What Is About To Unfold

from Wes Goldstein of CBS Sportsline,

How can the Devils deal with their payroll problems? Are the Penguins about to pack it up? And will anyone, anywhere, ever take the New York Islanders seriously again? These are some of the things hockey fans are wondering about as the NHL season prepares for its new season, but there are many other intriguing storylines about to unfold in the weeks and months ahead. Here's a dozen that bear watching. 1. The Devils made themselves do it: And no one is feeling too sorry about the predicament GM Lou Lamoriello has created for his team under the salary cap. The famously astute New Jersey boss got in over his head last year because of some ill-advised signings, and now the Devils are going to pay for it.
continued...and 11 more things to watch...

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Two Sides To The Trade

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

The initial reaction is that the Hurricanes got fleeced when they sent defenceman Oleg Tverdovsky and the rights to Johnson, who was the third overall pick in the 2005 entry draft, to Los Angeles for defenceman Tim Gleason and centre Eric Belanger. And if Johnson, who is obviously a blue-chip prospect, turns out to be the next Dion Phaneuf, well, then Sept. 29th will be a day Hurricanes' GM Jim Rutherford comes to regret. But anyone who thinks Gleason and Belanger are no more than a bag of pucks, think again. This transaction is not nearly as lopsided as some are making it.
read on

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Cynic’s Guide

I will give you the question and answer, you figure out the team...

Why They Won't Win The Stanley Cup: Because their defense and goaltending is about as solid as the Cheese Whiz on a Geno's steak. Why They Won't Win The Stanley Cup: Because it isn't 2048 yet. Worst Case Scenario: The power play stinks again, the team falls out of the playoff picture, and trade winds literally blow over (player name would give it away).
Ok, now that you have the picture, you can continue to read the The Jester's Quart Guide to the East, or something like that...

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Something To Prove

from Sports Illustrated,

These are only exhibition games and a "C" is just a letter, so let's not make too much of Vincent Lecavalier's pistol-hot pre-season start. But could there be a connection between his 12-point outburst in his first three contests and the decision during the off-season by Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella to award the captaincy to Tim Taylor, a popular third-line, team-first winger with as much skill in his entire body as Lecavalier possesses in his skate laces?

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Flyers Pin Hopes On Niitty’s Hip

from the Hockey News:

Philadelphia Flyers general manager Bob Clarke announced on Friday that goaltender Antero Niittymaki received a cortisone shot for a torn labrum in his left hip and will attempt to play this season with the injury. Niittymaki, who suffered the tear during the team's morning practice on Monday, will receive a series of cortisone injections throughout the season. "Obviously, he'll have to have others through the course of the winter," said Clarke. "But through rehab he should be fine and in no danger of hurting himself any more by playing."

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All The Rules

from the CP via the Globe and Mail,

Colin Campbell, the league's vice-president and director of hockey operations, said the league got what it wanted. "From the feedback we received last summer, everyone, including the individual on the street, was saying it was the first time they watched the Stanley Cup final in a long time and they really enjoyed it," said Campbell. He said there would be no let-up in calling the hooking, holding and other interference that was stifling the sport's top stars and that were key to traps and other defensive systems that slowed down games. "Our patience was tested by a lot of people last year and we tested their patience with the parade to the penalty box," Campbell said. "But we got over the humps in November and March and in the playoffs. "Not that we didn't have issues, like soft calls, but that came with the referees learning as well."
read on...a refresher on what has changed for this season...

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