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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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Sabres Training Camp Begins

Sabres veterans are reporting to training camp today for physicals and on-ice testing.  Full camp begins tomorrow, with 58 players - 33 forwards, 20 defensemen, and 5 goaltenders - scheduled to attend.

The Sabres go into camp with nine NHL-caliber defensemen vying for positions.  With Chris Butler and Andrej Sekera struggling a bit last season, opportunities exist for Mike Weber and Marc Andre-Gragnani to play their way onto the team.

Weber has already gotten off to a good start with an impressive showing at rookie camp.  There will be a spot for him if he keeps it going, especially since he now must clear waivers to get sent back to AHL Portland.  And pending what shakes down at camp, the Sabres aren’t averse to starting the season with eight defensemen.

Up front, much is expected of forward Tyler Ennis, who came on the scene at the end of last season with 13 points in 16 games counting regular season and playoffs.  Despite comments by Sabres GM Darcy Regier that he warned the young speedster not to take anything for granted, it’s a virtual lock that Ennis will be on the team.

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Brendan Morrison Hopes To Find A Fit With Vancouver

from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

“To be honest, the main reason I wanted to come back to Vancouver over other teams is I believe the team has a chance to win the Stanley Cup,” said Morrison. “It’s really that simple. I’m confident I can make the team. If I didn’t think that, then I wouldn’t be here.

“I don’t know exactly where I’ll fit in, but what I will bring is depth and versatility. I have played the wing with [Nicklas] Backstrom and [Alex] Ovechkin, so it’s not completely foreign to me. I see myself as a guy who can fit on any line, and any role they present me with is one that I’m willing to take on.”

This is the new reality of the collective bargaining agreement. Those with lots of miles on the odometer aren’t landing deals as teams wrestle to pay their stars and stay under the cap. And sitting on the sidelines and waiting for injuries wasn’t palatable to Morrison.


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The Best Time of the Year

Introducing Michael Smith as the New Jersey Devils blogger at KK.  It should be an interesting season for the Devils and Michael will be bringing you all the Devils news. -Paul

With the Summer of Kovalchuk behind us—we think so at least, though Jim Kelley politely disagrees—New Jersey Devils fans can finally look forward to a new season, with training camp opening tomorrow.

Maybe some other times of the year are more exciting—the Stanley Cup Playoffs, July 1st, the Fisherwood wedding—but there’s really no time quite like September.

Besides bringing perfect hockey jersey weather, fall also offers the promise that comes with a clean slate.

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