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John Tonelli On The New York Islanders

from Katie Strang of ESPN,

Tonelli, who won four Stanley Cup championships with the Islanders, thinks the addition of Jaroslav Halak and backup netminder Chad Johnson could be huge for the Isles this season as they try to make it back to the playoffs after a disappointing 26th place finish last year.

“I think they made a great move getting some goaltending help. It’s tough for one guy to carry the load and it always helps when you bring in another guy,” said Tonelli, who played in front of the legendary Billy Smith during the Isles’ dynasty days. “Goaltending seems to be the key ... it starts from there, taking care of your own end.”

And dynamic young center John Tavares gives the Islanders an electrifying element.

“He’s just such a pleasure to watch,” Tonelli said. “You know, he’s exciting to watch and he wants to lead by example. He wants to be there. He wants to see the Islanders become a great team. As a former player for the Islanders organization, that’s what it’s all about. We all want it to be there. We all wanted to be part of a great team. I see that in [Tavares].” 

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Patrice Bergeron For NHL 15 And Brad Marchand Too

added 11:50am, Brad Marchand too... below....

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Would The Boston Bruins Think Of Moving Zdeno Chara?

from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE who answered some questions from fans...

w/ cap issues, too many D and age starting to show, how do you feel about shopping big Z while value is still high?

JH: I feel like this may happen eventually if he continues to show his age in key spots during the season (cough, cough…the playoffs), but the Bruins would need to develop an exit strategy first. I don’t see anybody on Boston’s roster that could step in and become the defensive stopper and play 25-30 minutes a night against the other team’s best offensive players.

You could force Johnny Boychuk to play that role or push Dougie Hamilton into it before he’s potentially ready to take that on, but that could have negative consequences. Just look in Toronto where the Maple Leafs have pushed Dion Phaneuf into a stopper D-man role that he’s really not suited for, and Toronto’s entire defensive effort has been compromised because of it.

The bottom line: the guy was a Norris Trophy finalist last season and had an excellent year. Be careful what you wish for, especially now that the 6-foot-9 defenseman has agreed to park his big frame in front of the net on power plays. That’s been a big difference-maker.

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Justin Schultz Signs A One-Year Deal With Edmonton

 

added 11:35am, Edmonton Oilers press release is below...

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Ryan Smyth Trying To Keep Busy

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

With National Hockey League training camps three weeks away from starting, this is the first time in his life he didn’t spend his summer getting ready for hockey.

He says there are no withdrawal pains now, but come Oct. 9 when the Calgary Flames are here for the Oilers home opener, maybe they’ll kick in.

For now, he’ll be as far away from the rink as possible. He’ll be a National Football League and a baseball fan.

“I’m heading to Seattle this weekend to watch the Green Bay Packers,” said Smyth.

“Then I’m going to New York to see Derek Jeter close in on his final games.

“These are not things I’d be doing if I was going to camp. Trying to keep busy.”

He has seen the inside of a gym since hanging up his skates four and a half months ago. He hasn’t turned into a sloth.

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Questions Facing The San Jose Sharks

from Eric Gilmore at NHL.com,

How will the Sharks respond after their stunning first-round loss? -- The Sharks were humiliated after losing four straight games to the Kings. Most likely, they'll use that meltdown as motivation.

"The way we ended was disappointing to say the least, but it's something that we're going to have to look into the mirror, each one of us, and look to each other and all start pushing in the same direction," defenseman Jason Demers said.

"I think we still have that team that can go all the way."

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Sale Rumors Will Only Get Stronger Regarding The Carolina Hurricanes

from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,

Thursday morning on his radio show, Dan Patrick claimed that “a financial person who’s involved in this” told him the NHL would have a team in Las Vegas by 2016. He further claimed the Carolina Hurricanes were one of two teams that could move there.

“I guess he’s asking an exorbitant price for his team,” Patrick said, after initially identifying Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos as the owner of the Nashville Predators. “That’s also a possibility from what I’m told. They could relocate as well.”

Patrick is probably right about the first part. Expansion, to Las Vegas and beyond, appears inevitable. As for the second, just consider this kind of talk the price of five straight seasons without a playoff appearance. As ticket sales and corporate sponsorships dwindle, as Karmanos sells off chunks of the team to local investors, these kinds of rumors will only intensify.

But Karmanos is getting more involved with the Hurricanes, not less, even as he continues to seek investors.

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Kevin Bieksa Believes In The Canucks

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

“I still believe in our group. I trust the twins are going to come here and be ready. (Defenceman Dan Hamhuis) will be hungrier than ever. We have a lot of pride on this team, a lot of integrity, and we’re not happy about what happened last year. I think we’re all going to look in the mirror and come back motivated. I’m excited about this year.”

After an offseason in which the organization was taken down to the studs, so are a lot of people. But it’s a funny thing.

For all the changes made to the Canucks this summer — and that was everything except the drapes and carpeting — the team’s fortunes are still very much tied to a group of players who’ve been together for almost a decade. The Canucks are younger. They should be deeper. There’s a new president, a new GM and a new coach, to say nothing of a new goaltending tandem and a new second-line centre.

But, for all that, this team will still go as far as the Sedins, Bieksa, Alex Burrows, Alex Edler and Hamhuis (admittedly a late-comer to the Founders’ Club) can carry them. The look will be different. The supporting cast will be different. But the core group, at least at the start of the season, will be the same.

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Afternoon Line

The only thing left to determine is the timetable. With the NHL’s 100th anniversary coming up in 2017, privately, just about everybody in a senior position with an NHL team believes it’ll happen by then.

-Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail on NHL expansion.  Read more on this topic...

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