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Brian Rolston is No Dinosaur

From Michael Russo at the Star Tribune,

In the real world, Brian Rolston is a young man at age 34. In the hockey world, he’s a dinosaur.
“But I feel young, which is all that matters. If I was on the Red Wings, I’d be really young,” a laughing Rolston joked.

Plus, if you’ve paid attention to his first two years in Minnesota (or Sunday’s scrimmage in White Bear Lake), you realize Rolston, despite a few gray hairs, isn’t some breaking-down, old veteran.

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(Gotta love a Red Wings joke at the end of the day…)

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Who Should Backup Lundqvist

fro Stan Fischler of MSG Network,

My equation goes like this.

Pencil Lundqvist in for 66 games and allow the remaining 16 for Stevie.

Should, Valiquette fail, Glen Sather has an option or three: 1) Curtis Joseph; 2. Robert Esche; 3. Make a deal for Scott Clemmensen.

* CONCLUSION: Valiquette will do the job, and not because he’s my friend. I like Montoya, too, but more than anything, Al needs experience more than my friendship.

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  Tags: goalies, new+york+rangers

Yotes Face Uphill Climb

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

There likely isn’t enough of an upgrade for the Coyotes to challenge for a playoff spot, and in some forecasts they are rated as contenders for 30th place overall. Gretzky is realistic about his team’s chances.

“Obviously, we’ve got an uphill climb,” Gretzky said. “We’re in a tough situation here. We’re an organization that’s gone the young route and we’re going to stay that course for now and see what happens.”

In the new NHL, you almost need a perfect storm in order to succeed — that your kids mature at a time when your veterans still have something left in the tank.

“Pittsburgh is a special case because they have the best player in [Sidney] Crosby, but look at Buffalo,” Gretzky said. “Buffalo turned around their franchise in three years. Because of the salary cap and salary structure, [a turnaround] can happen like that,” Gretzky said, snapping his fingers.

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  Tags: phoenix+coyotes, wayne+gretzky

All Ryan Miller

Ryan Miller particpated in an NHL tele-conference today…

Q. Obviously you went through this before, and what advice will you give to your teammates about playing an outdoor game, particularly with regard to how do you prepare for the cold?

RYAN MILLER: The hype, you just kind of focus on playing the hockey game. What I experienced at Michigan State was how everyone went out there and no matter if they were a veteran, everyone was kind of acting like a rookie, just try and go out and go a million miles an hour.

I think that the best thing to do is just play your game and take in the experience, because it is a great chance to showcase hockey, and looking forward to it.

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  Tags: buffalo+sabres, ryan+miller

BOG Agenda

from Pierre Lebrun of the CP via Sportsnet,

The NHL’s unbalanced schedule will once again be front and centre at the board of governors meeting in Chicago on Tuesday while talk of possible expansion will also be on the agenda when owners gather for the first time this season.

Few issues have ignited as much passionate debate among owners in recent years as the schedule, which since the lockout has featured eight games versus each divisional opponent—too many according to some—and only 10 games (five on the road) against non-conference opponents.

“We cannot walk away from the debate, it’s critically important to our customers,” Oilers president and CEO Pat LaForge told The Canadian Press on Monday. “We think it’s the same for all Western teams. We think we’re at a huge disadvantage the way the schedule is right now.”

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New Sharks Jerseys

From the San Jose Sharks,

The San Jose Sharks unveiled their new home and road sweaters Monday afternoon as Captain Patrick Marleau, Alternate Captain Joe Thornton, Kyle McLaren and Mike Grier modeled the uniforms at a special press conference on the ice at HP Pavilion at San Jose.

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added 11:01pm, PJ at Sharkspage has some more info on the unis, plus pics and video.

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  Tags: rbk, san+jose+sharks

No Matter What, Khabibulin Must Play Better

from the Chicago Daily Herald,

Maybe the Blackhawks will score more goals on the power play.

Maybe the pieces will fall into place on defense.

But for the Hawks to make the playoffs for the first time since 2002, it’s likely going to come down to whether they get consistently good goaltending from Nikolai Khabibulin.

Now halfway through his four-year, $27 million contract, the richest in team history, Khabibulin hasn’t lived up to expectations - though in his defense there hasn’t been a good team in front of him for those two seasons.

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  Tags: chicago+blackhawks, goalies, nikolai+khabibulin

Crosby Focused on Team Goals

From the CP via Toronto Sun,

The Pittsburgh Penguins set a lofty standard last season and want to take it even farther in the 2007-08, says star centre Sidney Crosby.

Last year’s surprise Penguins finished tied for third overall in the Eastern Conference with 105 points, but were bumped from the playoffs in the first round by the team they tied with, the Ottawa Senators.  And Crosby, who won MVP honours after leading the league with 120 points, wants both himself and the team to do even better this season.

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  Tags: pittsburgh+penguins, sidney+crosby

Rangers Ticket Sales Break Records

From the NY Rangers,

The New York Rangers announced today that individual game tickets for the 2007-08 season sold-out in less than one hour. It is believed to be the fastest season sell-out in team history. Tickets that went o-sale at 10 a.m. on Saturday completely sold out with the exception of an extremely limited number of single tickets.

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  Tags: new+york+rangers

Can Ducks Inspire Kings?

From Helene Elliott at the LA Times,

The Ducks spent their brief summer vacation showing off the Stanley Cup to their friends and relatives.

The Kings, after missing the playoffs for the fourth straight season, spent five months formulating their 39th annual rebuilding plan.

No matter what happens from here on, the Ducks will always be able to say they won the Cup before the Kings, who had a 26-season head start. Painful though it may be, Kings fans should consider the Ducks’ triumph a source of inspiration, not revulsion.

continued… (*story may require free registration at the LA Times site)

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  Tags: anaheim+ducks, los+angeles+kings

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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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