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Can Giguere Become ‘Giggy’ Again?

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

The reinvention of Jean-Sebastien Giguere begins in earnest when the lights come on Thursday night.

This is another chance, maybe his last, to reclaim the kind of hockey greatness that won him a Stanley Cup and a Conn Smythe Trophy in two different seasons in Anaheim. This is his final year on a contract that pays him an elite wage, more than either Ryan Miller or Martin Brodeur. And this, more than anything else, is what the downtrodden Maple Leafs are counting to begin their own road to redemption.

“Re-establishing myself as a No. 1 guy is my main priority right now.” said Giguere. He knows where is he and where he was. He isn’t one of those athletes who tends to fool himself. He know he doesn’t have Brodeur talent.

To be back, to be great again, all begins with hard work.

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Early Team Rankings

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

1. WASHINGTON CAPITALS

Garrulous head coach Bruce Boudreau may not make it to the end if, a) his team doesn’t tighten up defensively or, b) owner Ted Leonsis needs to fill his blog with interesting news.

2. SAN JOSE SHARKS

Come playoff time, which is the greater oxymoron, Jumbo Shrimp or Jumbo Joe Thornton?

3. NEW JERSEY DEVILS

U.S. Marshall Lou Lamoriello turned outlaw, Ilya Kovalchuk and Marty Brodeur outride the posse.

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White, Henry go down as Habs make final cuts

As you’ve probably already read, the Canadiens trimmed their roster one final time yesterday, and two players who had excellent camps were sent to Hamilton. Ryan White and Alex Henry both head to the Bulldogs, along with Curtis Sanford, Ben Maxwell and Yannick Weber.

Many Habs fans, including myself, are especially frustrated by the demotion of White. He had an excellent camp, scoring goals, setting up his teammates and establishing himself as an imposing checking forward. He is exactly what the Canadiens have lacked for years on their 3rd line, a 2010 Shayne Corson-esque player, willing to plant himself in front of the net, take his whacks, and stand up for his teammates when necessary.

However, consider for a moment that Pierre Gauthier and Jacques Martin may have made a great decision.

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  Tags: alex+henry, ben+maxwell, ryan+white, ryan+white

Captain Thornton

from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

Now it’s official: Joe Thornton will wear the ‘C’ on his jersey this season.

Beyond that, Todd McLellan announced that Dan Boyle will have a “permanent ‘A’  and Patrick Marleau and Ryane Clowe would rotate as the second assistant — Marleau at home games, Clowe on the road.

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Finally, Our Game Is Back

The summer was too long, but now, the weather has a little bite in the air and you know what that means, our game is back.

The first puck drops at noon today when the Hurricanes and Wild meet in Helsinki.

The rest of the NHL schedule can be viewed below along with a KK tradition.

Enjoy the season, and may the best team win the Cup.

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TSN Says Wings Win The Cup

from TSN,

The 2011 Stanley Cup parade will roll down Woodward Avenue next June.

The Detroit Red Wings, led by captain Nicklas Lidstrom and veterans Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, are TSN’s consensus choice to win the Cup as revealed in the NHL on TSN Season Preview on Wednesday.

Detroit narrowly edged out the Pittsburgh Penguins, keeping the dynasty (or in this day and age, the closet thing to it) alive in the Motor City.

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Pressure On Turco

from David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune,

It’s up to Turco to determine how legendary Niemi becomes, a reality he accepts more than embraces.

“My personality and the way I handle things I don’t see pressure being a problem,’’ Turco said. “Goalies and quarterbacks in Dallas are under the microscope a lot.’‘

When Turco replaced Ed Belfour full-time with the Stars in 2002, Belfour was three years removed from having won a Cup in Dallas. The residue from this Cup championship remains fresher in a town still celebrating Kane’s game-winner. I think there’s still a Philly cheesesteak in the back of my refrigerator from the Cup finals.

“It’s totally different for me,’’ Turco said. “(But) the more important thing is it’s still me, still my game. Things that are out of my control may be huge differences. But the things that are in my control are pretty similar.’‘

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Imagine The Leafs Winning The Stanley Cup

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

...Let’s get serious here, there ain’t no Stanley Cup coming to Toronto this season. Still, it’s telling coming from Versteeg’s perspective that winning a Stanley Cup in Chicago last season, and reviving a great Original Six city in the process, would not compare to what it would mean in this city.

In no way is that a disrespect to Chicago, its great fans, the anthem experience and arguably the loudest rink in the NHL. But it’s a reminder of what the game means here north of the border, and in a city that has had little to cheer about when it comes to the team that matters so darn much to them.

“It’s nuts,” Versteeg said. “I haven’t even been in the city for three weeks yet and people already recognize you and know who you are. It’s pretty crazy. It shows how much they want to win. They come up to you and talk to you about it. It’s almost like every person in Canada is a coach, they know the game so well.

“But it’s true—this is our game, it’s a Canadian game, and they want winners in Canadian cities.”

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All Brian Leetch

from Joe Brescia of Slap Shot,

Q. What players do you enjoy watching?

A. Plenty. Ovechkin, Parise, Gaborik, Crosby, Zetterberg, Datsyuk, Green, Del Zotto, Keith, Seabrook and Lidstrom. The forwards all compete at a high level and have the ability to play well in every zone. For every game, the other teams’ goal is to not allow these players to beat them. The defensemen all move the puck well, are great skaters, anticipate and support the play and play a lot of minutes.

Q. How do you think John Tortorella is doing as the Rangers’ coach?

A. I think Torts has been great. He was an assistant while I was there and actually was head coach for a few games. I liked his direct approach. His style of play is fun for most players. I loved playing his style, pressuring the puck and not allowing any space to the opposition. You have to be in great shape but it also eliminates standing flat-footed, trying to read and react. It’s more initiate and react.

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The Tallon Plan

from Harvey Fialkov of the SunSentinel,

Tallon is the seventh Panthers GM this decade to claim he has the tools to build a Stanley Cup champion. He’s the first with such a recent blueprint.

That’s why the longest-tenured Panther, Stephen Weiss, didn’t hesitate when Tallon phoned him in early June asking if he wanted to stay.

“He told me he’s here for the long term like he had in Chicago and that ‘we’re going to do the same thing here,’” said Weiss, a Panther since 2001, a year after the team’s last playoff appearance. “I told him absolutely, this is where I want to be.’‘

Weiss’ longtime teammate Nathan Horton had a different response to Tallon’s question, and was soon traded to the Bruins.

Tallon’s philosophy sounds a lot like another South Florida builder, Bill Parcells, who recently stepped down as the Dolphins’ architect, but remains a consultant for the team. Both believe that the draft is the key to success, and then surround the youngsters with veteran mentors who are tough, passionate and filled with character.

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