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Winning Doesn’t Happen Overnight

from the Northwest Herald,

The Blackhawks hope the 2006-07 season will be the dawn of a new era for a franchise trying to find its place, both in the NHL and in the Chicago sports landscape. The Hawks hope they will be able to turn the corner on a rough 10 years that has seen them make the Stanley Cup playoffs once since 1997 and has seen fan interest dramatically dwindle. "Winning does not happen overnight," coach Trent Yawney said. "Coming into last year the expectations were very high, and maybe we didn't handle it as well as we could. But only 16 clubs make it [to the playoffs]."
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Torrey Worried

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

“I worry about this franchise,” said Torrey, the championship general manager. “When you put 20-plus years into something and you want it to keep going, you don’t want to make matters worse by talking about it (publicly). “I worry about our legacy. What will people think of (the Islanders)? I think we’re a little bit forgotten with all that’s gone on. “It’s not a pleasant time for me. I have four sons in Long Island, I have grandchildren playing hockey in Long Island. “I’m not going to lie to you, it’s tough.”

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Gary’s Dirty Little Secret

By George Malik Remember John Spano? The guy that tried to buy the Islanders in 1997 for $168 million, though he had a net worth of $2 million? The NHL was truly embarrassed by parading around a pauper as a franchise's saviour. The Isles were sold to Howard Milstein Steven Gluckstern in June 1999, and the two promptly bungled a deal to build a new rink on Long Island, and had Mad Mike Milbury trade Todd Bertuzzi, Bryan Berard, Ziggy Palffy, and Bryan McCabe away to clear salary space. Gary Bettman and the NHL's Board of Governors breathed a huge sigh of relief when Charles Wang and Sanjay Kumar, the owner and CEO, respectively, of Computer Associates, came forward to buy the Isles... But the honeymoon was short-lived...

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Ruutu Signs In Chicago

With time ticking down to the start of training camp Thursday at the United Center, the Blackhawks have finalized an agreement with winger Tuomo Ruutu. The Hawks re-signed Ruutu to a two-year deal, general manager Dale Tallon told chicagoblackhawks.com Wednesday night. Ruutu, the 9th overall pick in the 2001 Entry Draft, was the lone Blackhawk restricted free agent left to be signed and has been penciled in for a spot on the club's revamped top line with new additions Martin Havlat and Michal Handzus.

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Stajan Signs With Leafs

via TSN,

The Toronto Maple Leafs and forward Matt Stajan have agreed on a two-year deal worth $1.75 million. The deal will pay Stajan $800,000 this season and $950,000 in 2007-08.

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KK- Alert For This Weekend

KK will be moving to a different geographical server location this weekend. This move should help stabalize a few of the issues some KK readers have experienced from time to time. KK will be in "read only" mode from 9pm ET this Saturday, September 16th through sometime Sunday, September 17th. When you see an "all clear" post sometime Sunday, comments will again be allowed. This holds true for the KKF too.

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Where Did Everyone Go

from the CP via the CBC,

Some star players are set to meet their new NHL teammates, others their new coaches. Chris Pronger, Brendan Shanahan, Zdeno Chara, Ed Jovanovski, Eric Lindros and Roberto Luongo are among the players who will report to new teams as camps open Thursday after a summer marked by trades and free agent signings. Most clubs will have physical examinations on Thursday, with the first on-ice sessions scheduled for Friday. Eight teams have new head coaches, including Alain Vigneault in Vancouver, Paul Maurice in Toronto, Guy Carbonneau in Montreal and Jim Playfair in Calgary. As well, Claude Julien takes over in New Jersey, Marc Crawford in Los Angeles and Dave Lewis in Boston. Ted Nolan also makes his long-awaited return to the NHL with the New York Islanders.

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Carter To Columbus

from TSN,

Faced with the prospect of unsigned offensive forward Nikolai Zherdev playing this season in Russia, the Columbus Blue Jackets have agreed to terms with free-agent winger Anson Carter. Sources tell TSN Carter will receive $2.5 million on a one-year contract with the Blue Jackets.
added 5:04pm, from the Columbus Blue Jackets,
"Anson Carter is a big, strong power forward who is a proven 25-30 goal scorer in the National Hockey League and we are very excited to welcome him into our organization," said MacLean. "We are committed to putting a winning team on the ice for our fans. Bringing in a player of Anson's caliber is another step in that direction and we'll continue to work daily towards that end."

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New Captain In Washington

What do Cap fans and bloggers think of Chris Clark being named captain of the Caps today?

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Would You Want Keenan

from Ken Campbell at the Hockey News,

...despite his obvious flaws, Keenan is an outstanding hockey mind and a keen judge of talent who has the cojones to make bold decisions and even bolder moves. His reputation as a GM has been sullied by the fact he has left more messes than a three-year-old with anger management problems, but he nevertheless has made some brilliant moves as both a coach and GM. Check out Joe Thornton’s career trajectory. It’s no coincidence he scored a career-high 37 goals and truly became an offensive force during his one year playing for Mike Keenan with the Boston Bruins. As coach of the Panthers, he got into Olli Jokinen’s face and challenged him to be more than an overweight underachiever. Jokinen responded by leading the Panthers in scoring three straight seasons.
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