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Pre-Season Points

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

Some Monday morning musings for your dining and dancing pleasure…with only three more sleeps to go until the games start meaning something:

• The New York Islanders icing split squads for the pre-season is an abomination of the highest order. This is a team that has barely enough talent to put together one competitive NHL team. We know exhibition games are a joke and little more than a money grab, but when a team is preparing for the season, it wants to face something replicating an NHL roster, not a bunch of minor leaguers and fringe NHLers the way the Montreal Canadiens did Saturday.

The Islanders played just one pre-season game at home this fall, which tells us one of two things – the organization bleeds money every time it opens its doors or those who run the team didn’t want the locals to see how bad they would be any earlier than necessary.

continue for more points…

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Odds For Everytning

Thanks to Bodog for the information…

Odds to win the NHL Central Division 2010/2011
Chicago Blackhawks 4/7
Detroit Red Wings 7/4
Nashville Predators 10/1
St. Louis Blues 10/1
Columbus Blue Jackets 50/1

much more below…

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Guerin Released

via CSNPhilly,

Veteran Bill Guerin, who had been skating with the Flyers on a tryout, was released by the team, he told CSNPhilly.com in a text message.

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Ohlund Out With Knee Issue

from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mattias Ohlund will be out at least two weeks with inflammation in his right knee, GM Steve Yzerman said. Captain Vinny Lecavalier also missed Monday’s practice with a foot contusion sustained Saturday against the Panthers. It is not considered serious. As for Ohlund it is the same knee on which Ohlund was scoped during the summer.

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Thoughts Of Friedman

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

1. I hope the parents in Laguna Niguel, California now understand exactly who David Frost is and what he’s about.

2. Very curious to see what the Stars do with Brad Richards. Barring an ownership change - and last reports indicated January at the earliest - can they afford to keep him? Even though he’s going to take a pay cut, it may not be enough. Richards is in the final year of a contract worth $7.8 million per. Right now, that salary is difficult to move, but, deeper into the season, he’d be a very attractive pickup should Dallas decide to abandon ship. He does have a no-trade, although he’s already waived it once.

much more including some Detroit talk…

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New Goals For Dion Phaneuf

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The NHL Network (US) Game Broadcast Schedule

NEW YORK (October 4, 2010) – NHL Network U.S. will televise 78 live games this season, all in HD, with live game action from every NHL Club spread over multiple days a week throughout the regular season.  Three “flex” games in addition to the 75 listed below will guarantee viewers get the key matchups with playoff implications.  Local blackouts will apply to all live games and game replays.

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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.

more hockey talk…

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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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