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Early ROY Talk

from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,

The last few seasons has seen a remarkable crop of young players not just make the NHL, but turn into stars younger and more successful than players of past generations. And one look at the list of players eligible for the 2010-11 Calder Trophy, given to the NHL’s best first-year player, and it shows a vast array of talent that ranks with any other season since the work stoppage.

NHL.com takes a look at some of the top candidates—in alphabetical order only. We’ll avoid the prediction business, because no one could have predicted Tyler Myers (2009) or Steve Mason (2008)—neither of whom started the season in the NHL – would be Calder winners.

Jonathan Bernier, G, Kings—Jonathan Quick helped backstop the Kings to their first Stanley Cup Playoff appearance since 2002 last season, but that doesn’t mean he’s got the top job cemented. That’s because the long-awaited arrival of Bernier, the 11th pick of the 2006 Entry Draft, has come.


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Friedman Thinking Hockey Again

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC.

• It’s interesting to see how many Western Conference players measure themselves against Pavel Datsyuk. Datsyuk is one of league’s strongest, toughest and most competitive players. Guys talk about how they gain confidence if their play improves against him. It goes for executives too. Sharks GM Doug Wilson said he learned a lot about Logan Couture and Jason Demers watching them battle Datsyuk during last year’s playoffs.

• When I read that Blues fans in the 300 level will only pay for half of their season tickets if the team misses the playoffs, I wondered: What does Davis Payne think about this? These types of “Guaranteed Win” promotions are murder on coaches.

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Jamie Langenbrunner May Be In The Avs Plans

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

There is, indeed, a possibility of Devils veteran Jamie Langenbrunner wearing the Burgundy and Blue before long. When I wrote a few days ago that the Avs might look Jersey’s way for help in the wake of Peter Mueller’s latest concussion (and buckle up, kids, because there’s more to that story that I’m working on) it wasn’t pure suggestion and guidance. I’d heard some “whispers” about the chances it could happen.

It appears others are hearing the same whispers, as excellent, longtime Devils beat writer Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record wrote from the Jersey end that the Avs are after Langenbrunner.

It makes sense. The Avs have the lowest payroll in the league (still not to the cap floor yet), and the Devils are over the cap and must get below the max of $59.4 million by opening night.


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The End Of Redden’s NHL Career?

from James Gordon of Senators

Extra, It seems unfathomable that a player as talented and revered as Wade Redden was in this city could be completely washed up at the tender age of 33.

But there you have it: This weekend, the New York Rangers announced they were placing the former Ottawa Senators star on waivers, paving the way for a one-way ticket to the AHL’s Hartford Whale (yes, singular) or Europe, assuming Redden’s agent can swing a deal to get him out of North America.

Who could have predicted it would all end this quickly?


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Teams May Allow In-Market Streaming

from John Ourand of SportsBusiness Journal,

The NHL believes it has a game-changer in convincing regional sports networks to embrace in-market streaming of live games — by extending the rights to mobile devices. NHL Chief Operating Officer John Collins said the league is close to an agreement that would have many of its 24 U.S.-based…

this is a paid subscription site, so no need to continue reading, but I think you get the picture…

added 10:23am, found a link you can continue reading at the Triangle Business Journal.

original post time was today at 9:36am

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Passion On Display

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

There are some who think the NHL’s pre-season is a complete and utter waste of time.

Not me.

Sure enough, there’s no comparison to the playoffs, but many of the exhibition games played leading up to the start of another campaign beat the heck out of a mid-April game between the 30th and 26th place teams that have no chance of securing a playoff spot.

At least this time of year you have some players fighting for their lives to make a team.


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Leafs Need Help At Center

from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star,

With both Nazem Kadri and John Mitchell struggling at camp and veteran Wayne Primeau unable to prove he still belongs, the Maple Leafs have a yawning need for help at centre.

So much so that Toronto’s scouts are analyzing the waiver wires and watching other camps in the hope a useful addition might present itself.

“No one has ever said we’re going with this group,” general manager Brian Burke said when asked about his centres during a media conference call Sunday.

“We’re still in a great position for waiver claims. We still have our scouts out scouring. We haven’t ruled out doing something. . . . We may need to go out and grab a centre.”


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Bruins Have Positions To Fill

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

If Savard, who accompanied his teammates Saturday night to Brattleboro, Vt., for team-building activities, starts the season on LTIR, the Bruins could go over the ceiling by his $4.007 million salary, further ensuring that no moves (by trade or waivers) will be required for the team to be cap compliant. Marco Sturm ($3.5 million annual cap hit), rehabbing from knee surgery, will be on LTIR until at least mid-November.

If the Bruins face off against Phoenix next month with more than $7.5 million on LTIR, their primary concern won’t be shedding salary to duck under the cap, it will be how to fill the two openings, with Savard’s position the most pressing.

“Following Savvy’s absence, it’s the biggest point of discussion among our group,’’ Chiarelli said. “That spot’s open.’’

David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron are locked into the top two center positions. Gregory Campbell will be the fourth-line center. Tops among the competitors for the opening are Tyler Seguin, Zach Hamill, and Blake Wheeler. Long shots are Joe Colborne and Ryan Spooner, although the latter, who must return to junior if he doesn’t make the team, has opened the bosses’ eyes.


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Habs grinders go Wild in win

Game four of the pre-season saw the Canadiens win 4-3 and even their record at 2-2, as a Koivu and Brunette-less Minnesota Wild were held to a meager fourteen shots by a stifling Canadiens defence.

The Habs dominated most this game, holding a shot advantage of 22-5 through the second period. Alex Auld played the entire game, looking good for most of it despite a lack of action and the .786 SVP on the night. Without question, the prettiest goal of the game was scored by Minnesota’s Justin Falk, who capped an impressive end to end rush by splitting the defence and beating Auld to his right.

For the Habs, Dustin Boyd stood out, playing an effective two-way game while scoring a goal for the second game in a row. Boyd stands out for his effort, which is consistent shift to shift, and the energy and poise he brings to the bottom six. If this brand of play continues, Canadiens fans will very soon forget the name Sergei Kostitsyn.

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Did The Canadiens Make A Mistake?

from Jack Todd of the Montreal Gazette,

When Carey Price reacted like a deer in the headlights to the first shot he faced in his first NHL exhibition game, you could feel a little tremor go through Montreal.
When he followed that up by surrendering a total of 10 goals on 39 shots over his first two starts, that tremor might have registered on a few seismographs.

True, it’s only the exhibition season. The games are meaningless and so are most of the performances.

But with Price — the Montreal Canadiens starting goaltender — you want to see some confidence. You want to see some saves. You want to see something, anything, to prove that Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier didn’t make the biggest blunder in 15 years when he dealt playoff hero Jaroslav Halak to St. Louis in the off-season.


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