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There Is Always This Year

from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,

So how can the teams that missed the fun turn into postseason hits? With about a month until training camp opens, NHL.com today examines why fans of the unlucky seven can hold onto their playoff hopes:

ST. LOUIS BLUES

Why they could get in: GM Doug Armstrong must have been satisfied with the talent already on the roster, because adding Halak was the only significant offseason move. The Blues are betting big on Halak, who backstopped the Canadiens past the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Capitals and Stanley Cup champion Penguins in a remarkable playoff run. And while many were focused solely on his postseason numbers, Halak did finish in the top five in the League in the regular season in save percentage (.924) and top 10 in goals-against average (2.40) and shutouts (five)....

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You Know It Is A Slow News Day

When the Pronger not sure when he will return story suddenly appears today, basically the same story from two weeks ago.

What’s next, Wings sign Modano?

Your ideas?

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This Year People Will Learn To Pronounce Filppula

from Rory Boylen of The Hockey News, .

..a few players I’m expecting to break out from the pack and onto the scene in 2010-11.

Valtteri Filppula, Detroit

The man with the oft-misspelled name, Filppula took on a bigger role with the Red Wings last year after Jiri Hudler bolted for the Kontinental League. The 26-year-old Finn was bothered by a wrist injury through November and December, however, which kept him from having a better season.

more plus other players mentioned…

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All About Alex Ovechkin

from J.P of Japers’ Rink,

When asked on Japers’ Rink Radio this past weekend how he thought his forthcoming unauthorized biography of Alex Ovechkin would be received by Caps fans, co-author Damien Cox answered, “A hardcore fan who just wants to hear good things about their team [isn’t] going to be happy,” but “people who are looking for a more complete picture of this guy [will] really enjoy an independent look.”

...here’s the first of two excerpts we’ll be sharing this week, recounting a scene from the 2005 World Junior Championship…]

The hate between Crosby and Ovechkin really began with their first meeting—physical meeting that is—midway through the first period. They weren’t ships passing in the night then—more like trains colliding at the crossing.

read on

The Ovechkin Project: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Hockeys Most Dangerous Player [Hardcover], is available for pre-order at Amazon (affiliate link).

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  Tags: alex+ovechkin, damien+cox

Another Slow Tuesday In August

Not much happening in the hockey world today so let’s start a conversation.

Are you still waiting for your team to make a trade or a signing or do you feel your team is ready for camp and will go with the team they have at this point?

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Columbus Did Make An Offer For Kaberle

via Tom Reed of Puck-rakers at the Columbus Dispatch,

The Blue Jackets offered no players from their NHL roster in trade talks with Toronto for Tomas Kaberle, the Dispatch has learned. This is hardly surprising given that Kaberle had only one season remaining on his deal. (Some of the projected proposals—i.e. Jake Voracek—were entertaining.) It’s believed the Jackets’ offer was centered around draft picks and prospects. While Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke said he was looking for a top-6 forward—hey, there’s nothing wrong with putting that out in the media, right?—it’s thought he was amenable to draft picks or prospects or a combination of both.

Clearly, Burke did not get what he wanted from the Jackets or anyone else. Who knows what happens next, but Kaberle holds the hammer with his no-trade clause. Remember, last season at the trade deadline, when given a chance to play for a playoff contender, Kaberle reportedly submitted a list of three teams where he would agree to be traded. Three teams. Kaberle is like George Costanza refusing to leave Play Now no matter how hostile a work environment management creates.

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Willie Mitchell On The Workout Circuit

via Sportsnet,

Sources tell Sportsnet that after working out with the Los Angeles Kings last week, Mitchell has apparently showcased his health to the San Jose Sharks and his club for the last four seasons, the Vancouver Canucks.

Mitchell is trying to make a comeback after suffering a season-ending concussion last January.

The workouts have reportedly gone well, and now the 33-year-old is expected to visit the Washington Capitals.

It is believed Mitchell will make up his mind on his future by the end of the week.

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  Tags: willie+mitchell

Is Bieksa A Fit In Dallas?

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

The problem with Bieksa is that Vancouver needs good, young cheap players or draft picks because they are close to the salary cap and they cannot take salary back. Bieksa has one year left at $3.75 million, so the Stars would have to be able to fit in Bieksa, move out one of their current defensemen, and give up some prospects.

I just don’t know how you make that work on their current budget, or if it’s worth it to get one year of Bieksa.

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Cedrick the Entertainer goes to Norfolk

The Habs just dealt their top goaltending prospect,  Cedrick Desjardins, to Tampa Bay for the rights to Karri Ramo.

Karri Ramo, he of the KHL and the sub-.900 save percentage in every NHL try. Ramo, he of the currently-under-contract-in-the-KHL.

Cedrick Desjardins, he of then stellar AHL numbers and all star appearance last year.

Why did Pierre Gauthier just do this?

Why do bad things happen to good people?

Habs fans, there are some things we just aren’t meant to understand.

This is one of them.

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  Tags: cedrick+desjardins, karri+ramo, things+that+don't+make+sense

Let’s Take A Break

Sit back and watch the preliminary auditions for the Panthers Ice Dancers.

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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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