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Report- Theodore Signs With Wild

from TSN,

It appears as though the Minnesota Wild have a backup plan after losing Josh Harding for the season.

Montreal radio station CKAC is reporting that the Wild have signed goaltender Jose Theodore to a one-year, $1.1 million contract.


added 11:13am, 10/2/2010, via Glen Andressen of Wild.com,

“Jose’s a veteran who’s won 245 games in the NHL,” said General Manager Chuck Fletcher in a hotel lobby in Helsinki. “We’re fortunate he was still available. He makes us a deeper team and we have a terrific one-two punch again.”

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Turris Will Try To Keep It Simple In Phoenix

from Dave Vest of The Desert Dog Blog at Coyotes.com,

On Friday morning, Turris learned he’d made Phoenix’s roster for the big trip to Prague to start the regular season.

For the third overall pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, the goal he set after his final AHL game in 2009-10 has been reached. Now, he says, it’s on to the next goal.

“I’m really happy right now but I realize this is just the beginning,” Turris told me Friday night. “That was only training camp. Now I have to work hard and help contribute wherever they want me to.”

I asked Turris what his main role on this team will be. His response:

“I think it’s a combination of things, but I think I need to try and keep it simple, and try to create things offensively while at the same time not be a liability defensively.”


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Can Goalies Go Wild?

According to TSN they can…

part 2 is below…

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Wellwood Released By Coyotes

via Dave Strader tweet,

Wellwood released by #Coyotes. He’ll get a job somewhere but congrats to Kyle Turris. He earned the spot!

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Questions Will Become Answers

The NHL has a new national advertising campaign.  What do you think?


Alexander Ovechkin

See more videos below plus the NHL press release…


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Afternoon Line

“The biggest thing is the uncertainty of planning.  Whenever you’re trying to put a team together under any system, it’s about planning ahead. Obviously going forward here, there’s a lot of uncertainty. The ability to plan … it just seems we shouldn’t be in this position of such uncertainty.”

-Dean Lombardi, GM of the Los Angeles Kings on the CBA.  More from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.

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Habs roster battle: decision time approaches

Losing Ugly

The Canadiens didn’t look great last night against the Buffalo Sabres, a team that only landed in Montreal two hours before the game and still managed to outplay the Habs.

Alex Auld looked weak on a few goals, giving up five along the way. The Habs responded three times, including a rare goal by Ryan O’Byrne. Mathieu Darche and Tom Pyatt rounded out the scoring for the Canadiens.

Too many cooks?

Not only did the Habs keep a lot of players late into camp, some are starting to question the number of veterans they’ve signed.

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  Tags: alex+auld, mathieu+darche, ryan+white, ryan+white

Finding That Comfort Level

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Trades are disruptive for every NHLer, especially those with families, but North American players understand, from an early age, that it is all part of life as a professional. Just business, right? Europeans, I find, take it more personally. Rarely do they see the glass half full side - that someone wants them and is willing to give up assets to acquire their rights in exchange. They see it as a slight, that they’re outlived their usefulness in a place.

So last year, you had Olli Jokinen moving to New York from Calgary and struggling to adjust. You had Ales Kotalik and Niklas Hagman moving from New York and Toronto to Calgary and struggling to adjust. Alexei Ponikarovsky should have been a good fit in Pittsburgh and wasn’t. Dennis Grebeshkov never meshed with what Nashville was trying to do; and Freddie Modin had just five points in the 20 regular season games he played with the Los Angeles Kings.

Even the highest-profile player to switch teams at the deadline, Ilya Kovalchuk - who moved from Atlanta to New Jersey - produced decent but not spectacular results in his new home. Interestingly, as soon as Jokinen came back to Calgary this summer as a free agent, literally the first words out of his mouth about the controversial move centered on his comfort level.

read on plus more hockey topics…

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Would You Say The Capitals Are A Tougher Team?

from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider,

In two preseason games this week, two Capitals players—D.J. King and Matt Hendricks—fought. The former to remind everyone what it’s like to have a heavyweight in the room again, the latter to make sure opponents knew that any slight against Alex Ovechkin would not go unnoticed.

Granted, it’s only the preseason, but there certainly appears to be a heightened gritty undertone in the Washington dressing room these days. Whether the uptick is about setting a precedent against opponents early on or something else, the presence of a player like King can certainly give other teams pause before challenging the Capitals.


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How The Game Has Changed

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

As we prepare for our fifth year of play with reduced obstruction, I think it is safe to say the NHL hit a home run when it decided to change the way the game is played. No longer do third- and fourth-liners have as much of a role in the outcome of games as the stars.

Can you imagine the obstacles Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin would have faced if the game had remained the same? Both players would have still become stars—they would have found a way to excel—but it is distinctly possible neither would have put up the impressive numbers they have had they not been able to show off their extraordinary skills without some big galoot hanging all over them as they tried to negotiate their way through the neutral zone.

I covered the 2003-04 Stanley Cup final between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Calgary Flames, the last championship series before the game was changed, and believe me, as cool as it was to have the hard-fought final go seven games, the play was downright awful.

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