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Those Predictions

Brad May, now considered part of the i-Desk at CBC, makes some predictions…

Stanley Cup winner: Detroit over Washington

Scoring champion: Alexander Ovecchkin, Washington

Rookie of the year: Magnus Paajarvi, Edmonton

Bounce-back player: Vinny Lecavalier, Tampa Bay

Penalty-minute leader: Brandon Prust, N.Y. Rangers

First coach fired: Lindy Ruff, Buffalo

read on for more predictions from i-Desk personalities…

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Afternoon Line

HBO Sports president Ross Greenburg says the programs “will bring you into the team meeting rooms, into the locker-rooms, the planes on chartered flights, at home, everywhere these players, coaches, assistant coaches go”—wanna bet?—“and yes, every once in a while you might hear a little salty language with a little Canadian or Russian flair to it.”

Maybe in Episode 4, Sid yells at a Penguin equipment kid, or refuses to make his bed, and Mme. Lemieux has to call the maid in. But if you’re looking for raunch, Ovie will have to carry the mail.

-Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun.  More from Cam on this and other hockey topics.

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  Tags: hbo+24/7, sidney+crosby

Your Opening Day Rosters

NEW YORK (October 7, 2010)—Following are NHL club rosters, as of 11:30 a.m., Eastern time today. The 2010-11 regular season begins today with five games.

Anaheim Ducks

Matt Beleskey, Jason Blake, Troy Bodie, Sheldon Brookbank, Ryan Carter, Kyle Chipchura, Cam Fowler, Ryan Getzlaf, Jonas Hiller, Saku Koivu, Paul Mara, Todd Marchant, Curtis McElhinney, Brendan Mikkelson, George Parros, Corey Perry, Bobby Ryan, Luca Sbisa, Teemu Selanne, Dan Sexton, Andy Sutton, Lubomir Visnovsky, Aaron Voros.

Injured: Jason Jaffray, Joffrey Lupul.

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It’s Here! Go Time for the NHL’s 2010-11 Season

So, it might be taking place a half a world away…

And, sure, those of us burdened by the demands of troublesome day jobs might not get to take in all of today’s matinee action…

But, finally, hockey’s back in a little less than one hour.

The Carolina Hurricanes and Minnesota Wild kick off the NHL season from Helsinki, Finland at noon in the East today and four other games are scheduled this evening meaning that, once again, all is right with the world.

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  Tags: cam+ward, jeff+skinner, nhl+premiere

We Want The Cup

from Joe O’Connor of the National Post at Canada.com,

Hockey is our game. We get that. We see that, in all the international gold medals our players collect and on the Plains of Abraham where Quebec Nordiques fans stomp their feet, demanding government funding for a new arena — and an NHL tenant to pay the rent.

But the Cup, sigh, is not our trophy. It has not been since 1993, when the Montreal Canadiens held it aloft. That was 17 years ago. Where were you 17 years ago? Exactly. It’s been that long, an eternity. Still, we have hope. It is the only thing we can have as the NHL season begins anew.

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Can Giguere Become ‘Giggy’ Again?

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

The reinvention of Jean-Sebastien Giguere begins in earnest when the lights come on Thursday night.

This is another chance, maybe his last, to reclaim the kind of hockey greatness that won him a Stanley Cup and a Conn Smythe Trophy in two different seasons in Anaheim. This is his final year on a contract that pays him an elite wage, more than either Ryan Miller or Martin Brodeur. And this, more than anything else, is what the downtrodden Maple Leafs are counting to begin their own road to redemption.

“Re-establishing myself as a No. 1 guy is my main priority right now.” said Giguere. He knows where is he and where he was. He isn’t one of those athletes who tends to fool himself. He know he doesn’t have Brodeur talent.

To be back, to be great again, all begins with hard work.

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Early Team Rankings

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

1. WASHINGTON CAPITALS

Garrulous head coach Bruce Boudreau may not make it to the end if, a) his team doesn’t tighten up defensively or, b) owner Ted Leonsis needs to fill his blog with interesting news.

2. SAN JOSE SHARKS

Come playoff time, which is the greater oxymoron, Jumbo Shrimp or Jumbo Joe Thornton?

3. NEW JERSEY DEVILS

U.S. Marshall Lou Lamoriello turned outlaw, Ilya Kovalchuk and Marty Brodeur outride the posse.

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White, Henry go down as Habs make final cuts

As you’ve probably already read, the Canadiens trimmed their roster one final time yesterday, and two players who had excellent camps were sent to Hamilton. Ryan White and Alex Henry both head to the Bulldogs, along with Curtis Sanford, Ben Maxwell and Yannick Weber.

Many Habs fans, including myself, are especially frustrated by the demotion of White. He had an excellent camp, scoring goals, setting up his teammates and establishing himself as an imposing checking forward. He is exactly what the Canadiens have lacked for years on their 3rd line, a 2010 Shayne Corson-esque player, willing to plant himself in front of the net, take his whacks, and stand up for his teammates when necessary.

However, consider for a moment that Pierre Gauthier and Jacques Martin may have made a great decision.

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  Tags: alex+henry, ben+maxwell, ryan+white, ryan+white

Captain Thornton

from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

Now it’s official: Joe Thornton will wear the ‘C’ on his jersey this season.

Beyond that, Todd McLellan announced that Dan Boyle will have a “permanent ‘A’  and Patrick Marleau and Ryane Clowe would rotate as the second assistant — Marleau at home games, Clowe on the road.

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  Tags: joe+thornton

Finally, Our Game Is Back

The summer was too long, but now, the weather has a little bite in the air and you know what that means, our game is back.

The first puck drops at noon today when the Hurricanes and Wild meet in Helsinki.

The rest of the NHL schedule can be viewed below along with a KK tradition.

Enjoy the season, and may the best team win the Cup.

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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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