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How The Cap Has Hurt Hockey

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

When Sidney Crosby began the hockey season, he was skating on a line with Eric Tangradi and Mike Comrie.

Which is a lot like putting figure skates on Georges Laraque and expecting him to be elegant.

Ginger Rogers should dance with Gene Kelly. And Crosby, the most accomplished centre in the National Hockey League, should not be forced to carry around plodders, also-rans, wannabes, and those who can’t possibly comprehend or take advatnage of his immense talents.

And how do I say this nicely? This is what the salary cap era has done to the National Hockey League. It has stepped all over the toes of the greatest players in the game. It has, in a very serious way, choked the life out of hockey, at least in the big picture, out of the game I love.


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Two Different Paths

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

A high-ranking player development figure for an Eastern Conference team had an interesting way to describe a key conundrum that faces every franchise:

“I call it the hobby/horse decision,” said the figure, who spoke on condition his name not be used. “Really early on in players’ careers now, (GMs) have to decide what kind of investment they want to make in them….

With the help of that player development figure, let’s take a look at five young-ish NHLers and decide what side of the hobby/horse debate they fall on:

Patrick Kane – Chicago Blackhawks
“Sorry – and maybe it’s just because I compare him to (Jonathan) Toews, who is a horse-and-a-half – but I think Kane is still at the hobby stage,” the developer said. “He’s a 21-year-old kid who has fantastic natural talent, a lot of money and he’s in one of the world’s best cities, so to a degree, I can see why he hasn’t had to push himself to his limits.


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Michalek Out 2-4 Weeks

via the Penguins Report at Penguins.com,

Dan Bylsma had a couple of updates on some injured Penguins:

-Zbynek Michalek is out 2 to 4 weeks with an upper-body injury
-Forward Arron Asham (upper body) skated for the first time Thursday; as did Jordan Staal
-Brooks Orpik is still day-to-day with a groin strain

“(Michalek) has an upper-body injury,” Bylsma said. “It’s tough to estimate, but 2 to 4 weeks on Z. Brooks is day-to-day. Arron Asham skated today. He was out indefinitely, now it’s around two weeks.”

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Ducks News- Toni Lydman Cleared To Play

from the Ducks PR department,

Ducks defenseman Toni Lydman has been cleared to play. Lydman, who was suffering from double-vision, has been practicing with the team daily, but has not appeared in a regular or pre-season game. In addition, defenseman Brett Festerling has been assigned to Syracuse (AHL).

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JJ’s Three Cheers: 10/14/10

Today’s three cheers, in honor of outstanding performances from last night’s action:

***Cheers to Tampa Bay’s Ryan Malone, whose three-point effort was capped with an overtime winner in Montreal, leading the Lightning to their second win in as many tries on the young season.

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Lightning at Canadiens, 10/13/10

Death, taxes and JJ’s The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The alternative to the standard game recap became a staple of my Tampa Bay Lightning coverage last season and it was only a matter of time before it made its season debut here.

Sure, the title of the regular feature has now been copied by a second-rate Bolts blog as of this morning but the content can’t hold a candle to the original and, hell, you’re here with me and they’re, well… They’re sleeping, I’m sure, on Pacific Time and what not… (Lightning coverage from California? Now that’s insight!)

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Dirty Hit By Maxim Lapierre On Steve Downie?

from Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times,

The incident took place with 4:02 left in the second period as both players chased a puck to the side boards. Downie was in the lead, and it appeared Lapierre extended his arms to push him into the boards.

Lightning coach Guy Boucher and GM Steve Yzerman said they did not see what happened and could not comment. C Steven Stamkos called it “a dangerous hit” and asked the referees why Lapierre was not thrown out of the game. “He said if Downs would have been hurt, (Lapierre) would have gotten tossed,” Stamkos said.

more and watch the video below…

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Crosby Trains To Be Great

from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,

There are few shortcuts in Sidney Crosby’s game, which many describe as the most complete in the NHL today.

Not surprisingly, there are even fewer shortcuts in Crosby’s preparation off the ice.

At an early age, it was abundantly clear Crosby had the natural skills to play elite-level hockey, but the emerging star in his family knew the best way to make that dream become reality was to train his body to get the most out of those skills.

And as is the case with most success stories, divine providence came into play. As a 13-year-old with a burgeoning reputation as the best teenage player in Canada, Crosby ran into trainer Andy O’Brien, an unproven commodity who had just graduated from college with a kinesiology degree, at a summer hockey camp.

From there, a relationship was born that helped Crosby turn into the elite player he is today.


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Tickets Available In Ottawa

from the Universal Cynic,

Yesterday, the Ottawa Senators announced that there were fewer than 4,500 tickets available for tonight’s game vs. Carolina. Yes, you read that number correctly.

Naturally, the excuses started rolling in. “It’s a mid-week game!” Uh, Thursday games have been commonplace in Ottawa for years, and people have continued to show up. “It’s early in the season!” If you are part of the majority of fans who bitched and moaned about the lack of all hockey all summer, you would think you’d be getting your ass out there every chance you got.


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A New Team In Tampa

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

I’ll say this much for the rebooted Tampa Bay team: they had a new spring to their step in this 4-3 overtime victory over the Canadiens. They’re on the puck a lot more than they have been in recent seasons, which is why Ryan Malone was able to beat Carey Price 4:09 into the overtime.

It’s early, but the changes at the top and behind the bench appear to have brought a new attitude to this bunch, along with a new player such as Dominic Moore.

You’ll remember Moore, won’t you? Played a spell with the Canadiens last season. Played well, too.

I mention him now, because he was the one who did all the work in the crease getting to the puck to Malone for the winner. Then, there’s Vincent Lecavalier, who choreographed the tying goal with only 1:19 remaining in regulation, setting it up for a kid named Steven Stamkos, who knows something about how to score goals….

“I showed a video of him in training camp and I told the players that’s why he scores 50 goals,” Boucher told reporters. (Actually, it was 51 last season.) “He goes into areas where it hurts, and he makes it happen. He’s always there paying the price in front of the goal, and he’s battling.”


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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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