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Khabibulin Working On The Trust Issue

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

The veteran goalie, who only played 18 games last season until his back gave out and he needed surgery, says he’s healthy and has no worries about being on the ice taking shots when the sessions start. But, the off-ice court case is going to be hanging over his head and the Oilers for some time.

“I wish, collectively, we all didn’t have to deal with this,” said Khabibulin.

Khabibulin says he tries not to read newspapers but he has to earn back the trust of the team, and the fans. His tenure as an Oilers goalie has been a rough ride, starting his back issues after he signed a four-year free-agent $15 million contract in the summer of 2009. He was playing well before his back issues, but he has to mend some fences, for sure. “Until everything gets resolved (court) I can’t say anything about it, but in the meantime I’m going to try to do the best I can and hope we all grow together,” he said.

“As a team of integrity and character, we’ll do everything we can to make sure Nik feels really comfortable coming back and being a hockey player for the Oilers,” said coach Tom Renney.


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Carolina’s Push Toward Youth is Both Promising and Perilous

The future is now in Carolina, where the old guard is out, an influx of youth is taking over and everyone is looking to put the injury-plagued woes that ruined things a season ago far, far behind them.

With the retirement of former captain Rod Brind’Amour symbolizing the changing of the guard in Raleigh, which started with Eric Staal succeeding Brind’Amour as team captain in January last season, the process of remolding the club is well underway. The 25-year-old Staal will have some veteran support in his first full year wearing the ‘C’ but Carolina’s heavy reliance on several key youngsters is a make-or-break formula for success this season. If the kids collectively respond to the challenge, the ‘Canes have enough going for them to cause trouble in the Southeast and surprise a lot of people. Some growing pains are sure to be felt, however, in such a transitional year for the franchise and immediate success probably takes a back seat to more long-term achievements.

Avoiding the injury bug has to be high on the list of priorities for a club that holds the unfortunate distinction of hitting the 300 man-games lost to injury milestone a year ago.

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How Did You Spend Your Summer Break Ryan Miller?

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

After a sensational season that saw him capture Olympic MVP honors and his first Vezina Trophy, Ryan Miller decided there was only one way to recharge his batteries this summer.

“I disappeared,” the Buffalo Sabres star netminder told ESPN.com this week. “I just tried to relax and lay low.”

Most of his offseason was spent in Southern California instead of his native Michigan, as the Team USA lynchpin opted to get out of the limelight after a superb but draining season.

And yet, there was no hiding. Not after what he did for Team USA last February, backstopping the underdog club to an unexpected silver medal. Americans from all walks of life have been thanking Miller for what he did in Vancouver.

“A lot of people, actually, a lot of people I wouldn’t expect from different parts of the country,” said Miller.


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A Surpise Guest At Wings Camp

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Figuring that there’s no such thing as too much hockey knowledge, coach Mike Babcock gladly said yes when Ken Hitchcock called and asked whether he could come to Detroit Red Wings training camp.

Hitchcock, whose NHL head coaching experience includes stints in Dallas, Philadelphia and Columbus, was at Centre Ice Arena today and will remain here through Tuesday’s scrimmage in what can best be described as a symbiotic relationship.

“Hitch phoned me and said, ‘I want to learn, can I come to your camp?,’” Babcock said. “I phoned Kenny Holland and said, ‘He wants to learn, but I want to learn, too—can he come to our camp?’ It’s more to deal with the coaches—talk to our coaches, talk to me. I’ve worked with him. Evaluate me, evaluate the coaches—what can we do better?”


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A Friend Called Mansbreek

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Which, finally, brings me around to the point of this column.

It’s really about Joe Mansbreek, a 58-year-old friend of mine who, by all accounts, doesn’t have long to live.

Mansbreek was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2004 and liver cancer in 2005. He ultimately wound up with lung cancer, which seems to be the one that will finish him off, although with that many cancers ravaging the body, it’s hard to say. Through the treatments and chemotherapy, there came a point where Mansbreek realized the writing was on the wall and he started to focus more on enjoying what was left of his life as opposed to chasing every life-sapping treatment that was available to him. And he did exactly that, living his life to the fullest and staring down the enemy with courage and conviction that I’m sure most people would have a tough time mustering.
If Mansbreek’s story sounds familiar, it should, because Joe Mansbreek is actually Pat Burns.


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Savard Suffering From Post-Concussion Symptoms

from Fluto Shinzawa of Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,

Marc Savard, complaining of symptoms that are consistent with post-concussion syndrome, will not be ready for the start of training camp. Savard has not worked out in the last few weeks, according to GM Peter Chiarelli. There is no timetable as to when Savard might start working out and skating.

Savard is meeting with team doctors today. Chiarelli did not disclose the specific nature of Savard’s ailments.

“Any time there’s this reoccurence, there’s concern,” said Chiarelli. “He’s a very durable guy. He’s played hurt in the past. He wants to come back and we want him to be healthy.”


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Afternoon Line

“Obviously, I’ve got to come in and play well and show I belong.  I know there are a lot of defensemen in camp, a lot of young guys coming in. Obviously, they’ve got some choices to make. I’ve got to feel good about what I do.”

-Wade Redden of the New York Rangers.  More from Andrew Gross of Rangers Rants at The Record.

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Wings Defense Will Have New Look

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said he plans on splitting up his top two defense pairings this season.

Nicklas Lidstrom and Brian Rafalski have played together for the past three years, but Babcock said he’ll pair Lidstrom with Niklas Kronwall and use Rafalski with Brad Stuart. The third pairing has Jonathan Ericsson with Ruslan Salei.


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Devils in the Details: September 17, 2010

Devils in the Details will be a daily round-up of links to all things Devils-related throughout the season.

• Ilya Kovalchuk, who arrived in New Jersey last night for the start of training camp, met with the media.  Interesting point: Kovalchuk never considered signing with another NHL team after initial contract was rejected by the League.  Though the KHL was definitely an option had the same happened to the second deal.

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Pat Burns Has Passed (Nope)

Numerous reports state Pat Burns has passed away.

added 12:01pm, Fan590 says the son of Pat Burns has told a few media outlets within the last half hour that Pat Burns had not yet passed.  I will update again when something official comes about.

added 11:51am, Note, TSN has removed the link.  There are conflicting reports now, hopefully everyone will be on the same page.

added 11:40am, from TSN,

Former NHL head coach Pat Burns passed away early Friday morning after a lengthy battle with lung cancer.  He was 58 years old.

Burns, who was a special assignment coach and scout with the New Jersey Devils, had been fighting the disease for over two years.  It was his third battle with cancer, after first being diagnosed with colon cancer back in the 2003-04 NHL season, followed by liver cancer in 2005.

Burns elected to undergo chemotherapy in his first two bouts with the disease but chose not to do so for the lung cancer.  In January of 2009, he told La Presse newspaper that he was going to try other methods to battle the disease.


Watch a video below as Pat Burns talked about a local rink being named for him.

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