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The Best Prospects

from the Calgary Sun,

Sure, it’s easy to say the Chicago Blackhawks drafted a couple of potential stars in Patrick Kane—the first overall draft this year—and last year’s No.-3 pick Jonathan Toews.
But can anybody say the ‘Hawks have a better group of up-and-comers than the Los Angeles Kings, who boast Jack Johnson, Thomas Hickey and Jonathan Bernier in their stable?
Or the Washington Capitals with Nicklas Backstrom, Semen Varlamov and Karl Alzner?

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The Top 50 Players

from the Puck Stops Here at Fox Sports,

The Hockey News Top 50 player list is out and I want to respond to it (as I did last year) by listing my top 50. I believe these are the 50 players I would most want to build a winning hockey team right now. As The Hockey News (THN) did, I will consider Scott Niedermayer and Teemu Selanne likely retired and thus not include them. I have also included comments for the top 10 players and any players omitted in The Hockey News list.

continued... Agree?  Who is at the top of your list?

added 9:13pm, Spector also touches on this topic at his Fox Sports blog.

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Belfour Confirms Playing In Sweden

There has been some doubt if Eddie Belfour was really going to Sweden this fall to play.
The Vail Daily had a story about some NHLers gathering for some conditioning this past week and Eddie was there…

Belfour, donning his signature mask with an eagle — he’s been long known as Eddie “The Eagle” — looked sharp in net during drills, and was his always-competitive self. At the other end of the ice, a goalie with a similar style moved around the pipes. Dayn Belfour, who plays Junior “A” in Canada, got a chance to work alongside his father at the end of Friday’s session in a shootout. As Eddie left the net after stopping a shot, he skated to Dayn for a quick chat.
“We wanted to stop everything so we’d win,” Eddie said.
The Belfour’s came up on top.
In October, Eddie, the sure-to-be future Hall-of-Famer, will be heading to Sweden, where he’ll play for Leksand, a second division team in the Swedish Elite League.
“I’m looking forward to the challenge and opportunity,” he said.

Sounds like Belfour is indeed heading to Sweden.

added 10:21am on 8/27/97, A limited translation from Leksandsif confirming Eddie in Sweden,

The previous season played he 58 games in Florida Panthers in NHL.
This autumn, he plays pursues Leksand’s IF.
This season gets the hockey audience in Sweden possibility to make more detailed acquaintance and to take part of an off the sport’s really big profiles over time.
Curse” Eddie The Eagle” Belfour has typed on for Leksand’s IF.
- I see the as a renown that few to play for a so classic klubb as Leksand, says you when we sheep a chat with him.

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The “Good Guy” Image

from Erin Nicks at the Ottawa Sun,

Here’s the reality: Despite Canada’s fervour for the NHL, very little outside information about a player’s off-ice life ever sees the light of day in the mainstream media, unless it’s presented in a highly sanitized version.
Undoubtedly league traditionalists and myopic observers prefer it this way.
It helps to preserve the NHL’s “good guy” image of players from small towns with good families who were raised proper. Regardless of the perception, the truth is some players do engage in activities or behaviour that is hardly pedestal-worthy….
The next time said player is in the penthouse or doghouse, just remember there’s always more to a tale than the rehearsed responses given—which could suddenly make that “gossip” far more relevant than you originally thought.

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Shanahan Questioned

from the Detroit Free Press,

QUESTION: You grew used to seeing bold moves while you were with the Wings. What are your thoughts on the Rangers signing marquee free agents Chris Drury and Scott Gomez last month?
ANSWER: “I think they identified those two players as the top two on their wish list, so to be able to get both was a success. Center ice is such an important position, and to know that that position basically has been solidified for the next five years, I think that’s pretty important. They have similarities in that they’ve both played on championship teams, but they’re different in their styles and both bring a lot of different things to the team.”

A few more questions for Shanahan…

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Ducks Still Wait

from Kevin Paul Dupont at the Boston Globe,

Meanwhile, in Anaheim, general manager Brian Burke awaits word on whether the esteemed likes of Teemu Selanne and/or Scott Niedermayer will suit up for the Cup-defending Quacks.
“Still waiting to hear,” Burke said Friday morning, some 10 weeks after watching his squad rub out the Senators in the Stanley Cup finals. “I’m not sure if we’ll have an answer here over the weekend, or if this is something that could drag out through training camp, or even into the season. These are two players we’d love to have back, but whatever the case, we feel we’ve made the necessary moves if they don’t return.”
Both Selanne and Niedermayer have enrolled their children in area schools for the upcoming academic year; perhaps that’s a harbinger of good news for the Ducks, or perhaps it’s just a couple more multimillionaires who feel SoCal isn’t a bad place to spend their dough and live out their dotage.

more NHL talk inlcuding this…

Persistent rumors on the Internet this summer have hinted that the Bruins were looking to deal Patrice Bergeron. Never the case, said general manager Peter Chiarelli, who confirmed that Montreal GM Bob Gainey called him at the February trade deadline to inquire about the Quebec-born pivot. “Anyone who has called, I’ve emphatically told them we’re not interested,”

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All NHL Logos

Have you been wondering which NHL club has the best logo? NHL Tournament of Logos is on a mission to find out. They are pitting nickname against nickname, logo against logo with the lone goal of determining the champion. And now you can vote!

A lot of logo information!

thanks to a KK reader for the tip…

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The NHL Dance Card

from Loose Change at the Hockey News,

Vegas thinks NBA is hot. She knows he’s the quickest ticket to social royalty, but also the hardest ticket to get. She bats her eyes at him from across the room and flashes a smile. He ignores her like a polar bear ignores the salad bar. He has definite interest in her but – again – there’s that reputation.
What NBA needs is a sacrificial lamb.
What Vegas needs is a sacrificial lamb.
I think NHL is about to ask her to dance.

read on... you’ll get it…

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Looking For Work

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Michael Peca finally has a job.
But Bryan Berard, the first overall pick in the 1995 NHL entry draft, has swallowed his pride and will be going to the Islanders as a training camp invite, literally begging for a job.
And how about Jeff Friesen, Mike Johnson, Jeff O’Neill and Danny Markov? They’re all veteran free agents still waving the “Needs Work” sign with only a few weeks left before National Hockey League camps open.
The NHL free-agent landscape is going through a transformation. While there’ll always be a market for big names like
Peter Forsberg, there’s a whole group of seasoned pros who are feeling the crunch, mostly due to the salary cap.

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Cap Room May Not Mean Spending Room

from Spector at Fox Sports,

Heading into 2007-08, however, a considerable number of teams have far more cap space and thus more flexibility should the need arise early in the season to bolster roster depth.
Twenty-five of the NHL’s 30 teams presently sit well below this coming season’s $50.3 million cap.
Of those, nine clubs — Atlanta, Buffalo, Carolina, Los Angeles, Minnesota, N.Y. Islanders, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Tampa Bay — have payrolls presently around the mid-point range ($42.3 million) between the cap’s $50.3 million maximum and the $34.3 million minimum.
However, those teams have self-established cap ceilings and aren’t expected to spend much more over what they’ve presently committed to this season’s payrolls.
Two teams, Columbus and Florida, are currently well below the mid-point but also aren’t expected to spend much beyond $40 million in payroll.

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