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Predicting The Future

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

Some fearless predictions for the upcoming NHL season.

Art Ross: Sidney Crosby reclaims the scoring championship from Henrik Sedin and Nick Backstrom.

Hart : El Sid over Jonathan Toews and Henrik.

Norris: Drew Doughty edges out Duncan Keith and Shea Weber.

Vezina: Ryan Miller over Jaro Halak and Pekka Rinne.

Calder: Kings goalie Jonathan Bernier over P.K. Subban and Jordan Eberle.

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Too Many Right Shot Defensemen?

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Though there is no way that general manager Glen Sather and head coach John Tortorella could actually want to open the season with five righties out of seven on the blue line, that’s where the Blueshirts stand at the moment after trimming the roster to 23 players plus two (Chris Drury and Vinny Prospal) headed to IR.

The call to add Steve Eminger and Mike Sauer to the right-handed complement already featuring incumbents Dan Girardi, Michal Rozsival and Matt Gilroy leaves Marc Staal and Michael Del Zotto as the only left-side defensemen on the roster after management took the path of least resistance by assigning the two kids who don’t need waivers to the minors.

Sources continue to report Sather’s interest in acquiring Edmonton’s excommunicated veteran lefty defenseman Sheldon Souray, but even if the Blueshirts could move enough offsetting salary in a deal (say, hypothetically, Eminger, Todd White and Derek Boogaard), taking the full $5.4 million hit would destroy the 2011 summer cap when Wade Redden’s $6.5 million charge returns to the ledger.

Barring an unlikely immediate 50-percent discount re-entry claim of Souray, the Rangers will scour the waiver wire for a veteran lefty who might become available because of his contract.

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Who Wants It More

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

This is not a story about (Tim) Brent, who appears to have shed the label of journeyman AHLer by emerging from anonymity to stand on the cusp of making the Maple Leafs after a stellar training camp. Nor is it a story about Nazem Kadri, the Leafs highly touted prospect, who appears to have failed to make the team out of camp. Kadri has all the tools teams crave — speed, skill, creativity and confidence. He just needs more time to develop that talent.

This is a story about what scouts are looking for when they try to project what a 17-year-old will do in the NHL. Maybe at 19, maybe at 20, or maybe, in Brent’s case, 26. He made it because of his character, the kind of person he is, the student of the game in him who wanted to get better every shift, every game, every season. He didn’t quit. He continued to develop his skills. That’s what Ferguson saw when he first noticed him and had urged the St. Mike’s Majors to take him in the midget draft.

“I’m just looking for the kid who just seems to want it more than anybody else,” says (Jack) Ferguson. “Tim Brent is my idea of a hockey player, a guy that comes to play every shift, doesn’t play dirty but plays hard.”

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All Bill Daly- European Version

from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

Talked with the NHL’s second-in-command, Bill Daly, this past week to get a better idea why the league is expanding the push into Europe for season openers.

Q: I understand the individual teams don’t bear much cost, that the league pretty much picks up the tab for getting everybody over there. Does the  league see that as a long-term investment that will someday pay off or do you get a return on that money right away?

A: I think that’s a fair summary of how the arrangements are supposed to work.  Our commitment to our clubs is to try to make sure they are made whole for the lost gate for the lost home game and that all their expenses are taken care of.


If you made it unattractive financially, no club would want to do it, especially given the fact that involves more travel.

If you ask Doug Wilson, my guess is that while he understands the greater good here and has been very generous in wanting to be helpful for the greater good, when you look at it on a micro-basis, he wants to make sure it doesn’t disadvantage him competitively.

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Player Turnover In Chicago May Be A Good Thing

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Here’s a counterintuitive thought to what the Chicago Blackhawks will face after dismantling a third of their championship team for salary cap reasons: The Blackhawks will be just fine – and if they’re not, it won’t be because of the eight departures from last year’s Stanley Cup winner. It’ll be because of the Stanley Cup hangover and the problem that every team in the post-lockout era faces in mustering enough hunger and enthusiasm to deal with the grind all over again.

And on that level, Chicago’s massive turnover may actually be a good thing because many of the new faces coming in – including the goaltending tandem of Marty Turco and Corey Crawford – are all looking to help the Blackhawks become the first team in a dozen years to win back-to-back titles.

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Does Guerin Make The Flyers?

from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,

Bill Guerin’s final preseason audition for a roster spot didn’t go exactly as planned. Guerin wrapped up his tryout with a team-worst minus-4 performance in the Flyers’ 9-3 shellacking at HSBC Arena last night.

“I think in the end, maybe I didn’t have the best of preseasons,” Guerin said. “I did what I could. But I feel that they know what I can do and what I can bring.”

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Captain Getzlaf

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has named Ryan Getzlaf team captain. Saku Koivu and Teemu Selanne have been named alternate captains for the 2010-11 season. In addition, Corey Perry and Todd Marchant will serve as additional alternate captains when necessary.

“This is another step in the maturity process of Ryan Getzlaf,” said Head Coach Randy Carlyle. “We felt that with it being his sixth season in the league, now is the time for the transition and the veteran players agreed with us.”

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Can The Leafs Be A Surprise Team In The East?

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

Ron Wilson wants the Maple Leafs to be one those “surprise teams” in the Eastern Conference, such as the Canadiens and Flyers were in shoe-horning into last year’s playoffs.

Yet this club remains a mystery to its own coach with a few days to go before the start of 2010-11 regular season. At least the lineup will be set, with a few more cuts Monday morning to get at or close to 23 men ahead of Thursday’s opener against the Montreal Canadiens.

On paper, the Leafs should be better, but that didn’t always play out in their nine exhibition games, see-sawing their way to a 5-3-1 record.

“There are a lot of teams in the same boat as us,” Wilson said Saturday after a 4-2 win over a low-grade Detroit Red Wings lineup. “In the East it will be interetsing. There are already some teams missing, some important people, for example Montreal with (Andrei) Markov out for awhile. We have to try and find a way of taking advantage of that.

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All Mike Murphy

I’m a little late with this, been working all day behind the scenes and trying to get ready for the opening of the NHL regular season…

from Greg Wyshynski of PuckDaddy,

...we sat down with Murphy for a lengthy interview that covered a lot of territory: Injuries on icing plays; 3-on-3 overtime vs. the shootout; throat slashes; the “verification line” that would act a guideline for video reviews of controversial goals; the state of the War Room in 2010; putting chips inside the puck; TV producers withholding replays from the NHL; the “intent to blow” rule; and how it felt to have Vancouver Canucks fans accuse him of bias last postseason.

You guys are big on reemphasizing rules, like the water bottle squirting and throat slashing bits in the recent rules video. On the throat slash thing, we’ve already had one suspension and one instance where Ilya Kovalchuk(notes) had to be defended as having motioned “zip it” instead of a slash. Is this yet another judgment call for officials? 

A player’s gestures speak for themselves. There’s no judgment involved. By educating players that you can’t behave that way, and that organizations can’t encourage that behavior, people won’t do it. You can point at a guy; you can say ‘I’m gonna give it to you’ (smacks hand three times), but you can’t give a throat slash.

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Brendan Morrison Released From PTO By Vancouver

from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

He was a popular choice to buck the odds, but a franchise philosophy and the salary cap caught up to Brendan Morrison when the Canucks released him on Sunday.

The club’s former centre was released from his professional tryout and, as an unrestricted free agent, the 35-year-old Pitt Meadows native is now free to explore other options if he chooses to extend his career. Calgary may be one with the Flames losing Matt Stajan, Daymond Langkow, David Moss and Ales Kotalik to injuries. That could happen because the Canucks and Morrison couldn’t come to terms and there is interest in his services elsewhere.

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