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All Redden’s Doing

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Let’s be clear about this: Wade Redden earned yesterday’s demotion to the AHL for his two miserable seasons on Broadway after signing with the Rangers as a free agent out of Ottawa.

If he were making $3 million rather the average of $6.5 million that he is getting under his six-year, $39 million contract—which may represent the worst free-agent signing in the history of hard-cap pro sports—he still would have had those two miserable seasons and he still would be in Hartford this season instead of Manhattan.

Redden, who will report to the AHL Wolf Pack tomorrow after clearing waivers at noon yesterday, is not a cap casualty.

Rather, Redden is a casualty of his own deterioration as a player that ranged from a steady decline his final couple of seasons with the Senators to a complete collapse with the Rangers.

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Is Jakub Kindl Ready To Play?

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

“The challenge for him is to find the confidence to be an NHL player,’’ Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “There’s no question in my mind, or Kenny’s (general manager Holland) or (assistant GM) Jimmy Nill’s that he’s ready to play. But now, you got to decide you’re ready to play.

“He has a lot of things we think are important to play in the (NHL) on the back end—the ability to move the puck, he skates good. Now, the ball’s in his court. No one ahead of him is giving him a job. He’s fighting for ice time and more opportunity to play.’‘

Barring an injury on defense, Kindl will need to beat out young Jonathan Ericsson, who must rebound from a rough season, or veteran newcomer Ruslan Salei to play.

“It was kind of nice when I heard from people, ‘You should make the team,’ ” Kindl said. “On the other hand, I know I have to show everyone I can play in the NHL and I really want to be a part of the Detroit Red Wings.

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Wild Need A Goalie

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

If the Wild is interested in bringing in free agent Jose Theodore to replace injured Josh Harding, the longtime NHL goaltender would be interested in coming, his agent said Monday night.

Don Meehan, whose firm also represents Harding, said he spoke with Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher on Sunday about Theodore.

“When Chuck called to tell me Harding would be out for the season, Chuck said to me, ‘Look, I’ve got to make a move.’ And I said, ‘Keep me in the loop. Jose Theodore is available,’” Meehan said. “He said, ‘That’s certainly an interesting possibility.’

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Darren Dreger tweeted this morning,

A number of teams seem interested in one of SJ’s goaltenders. Greiss is a likely target. Maybe Minny?

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The Bolts Beat, 09/27/10: The Gang Talks Preseason Games, Cuts, Suspensions, Fantasy Hockey & More

In the latest episode of The Bolts Beat, JJ and co-host Mike Corcoran cover the Lightning’s recent preseason road trip, roster moves made thereafter, NHL discipline issues (including the recent Nick Boynton/Blair Jones incident), predictions for how Tampa Bay’s final roster may end up, fantasy hockey strategy and Jon (of course) continues his New York Jets elation, much to the dismay of Mike and fellow contributor, Tampa Bay Lightning.com’s Mark Pukalo.

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Habs top Panthers 6-2 as battle for roster spots continues

The Habs looked good on Monday night, putting on an offensive show in a 6-2 win over the Florida Panthers. Some veterans, Mike Cammalleri and Tomas Plekanec especially, seem to be rounding into form fairly quickly. Lars Eller? Not as fast - but remember, he was injured for two weeks, so his conditioning is likely not yet where it should be.

Then there’s Ryan White.

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  Tags: andreas+engqvist, carey+price, ryan+white, ryan+white

The Maxim Hockey List

from Steph Greegor of The Other Paper,

So I thought I’d take a moment to fill in my personal CBJ nominations for applicable categories to show our Blue Jacket boys a little love and attention. If you’re a CBJ fan—or not—feel free to override my selections—I’d love the input.

Top 20 reason to get “Pucked Up” for hockey season, according to Maxim magazine’s October issue

1. Kick-Ass fighting—Maxim listed New York Rangers enforcer Derek Boogaard as one of the NHL’s “most intimidating players.” OK, but if any of you watched—or listened—to Saturday’s game against Pittsburgh, you know this: the CBJ is coming out swinging. Five brawls ranging from Jake Voracek’s first to veteran Rick Nash’s big scuffle against Evgeni Malkin, the Blue Jackets are in fighting form this season. So what are they yelling about before the fists fly? According to Defenseman Mike Commodore, there usually aren’t any “Yo Mama,” jokes.

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Easy On The Cup Talk Vancouver

via Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun at Faceoff.com,

Between Roberto Luongo’s tweaked groin, all of one pre-season game in, and the revelation that prized defence acquisition Keith Ballard had hip surgery in May (funny the Vancouver Canucks neglected to mention that), and the so far spectacular non-performance of anyone off the team’s prospects list, it might be a good idea to temper those Stanley Cup hopes until a lot more evidence is in.

It’s early and, granted, pre-season in any sport is next to meaningless exercise — even if dozens of media types wasted hundreds of thousands of words, 140 characters at a time, doing play-by-play on Twitter — but watching all those Edmonton Oiler kids dance around the Canuck defence the other night was a sobering experience for anyone thinking of pitching a tent to be sure of a good spot along the parade route.

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Evening Line

“This business is all about parades and jewelry.  If you get those things, you don’t have to explain one thing.”

-Brian Burke, GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs.  More from Burke and the Leafs by Damien Cox of the Toronto Star.

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Back To Hockey For Mike Fisher

from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen,

Mike Fisher, after leading his teammates in goal scoring for the first time in 17 years, married superstar recording artist Carrie Underwood in the off-season and appeared in a music video with his bride, plus the couple is having a new home built on the outskirts of Ottawa.

It can’t be easy being a “Fish” in two fish bowls: the music/glam world he has married into and the fish bowl he has known, as a Canadian player on a Canadian-based National Hockey League team. Growing up in a small city like Peterborough, Ont., learning to skate and fish and hunt in his Kawartha Lakes, Ont., backyard, was hardly ideal training for fending off paparazzi (although that crossbow he favours would come in handy).

But, on the surface, anyway, Fisher takes all the fuss and hype in stride.

“You know what, living in Ottawa, we’re kind of protected from a lot of it,” Fisher says. “Nashville, the same. It would be different if we were living in L.A. or New York or something, but we’re fortunate to be living where we are.

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A Trend In Atlanta

from Harrison of Pass It To Bulis,

...That’s seven black players that the Thrashers have acquired in just over a year, in a league that only has about 30 active black players. To put it another way: in the last fourteen months, the Atlanta Thrashers have acquired 20% of the black players in the NHL. On purpose. Considering the sensitivity around racial discourse in North America, one might be hard-pressed to find any member of the Thrashers’ organization foolish enough to admit that they are intentionally acquiring black players, but this is a conspicuous trend. Considering that active acquisition of visible minorities is an unprecedented organizational mandate in the hockey world (both for political reasons and the availability of such players), a discussion of Atlanta’s seemingly race-conscious roster-building is warranted. There are two major questions that need to be answered. First: why are they doing it? Second: is it an acceptable practice?  In this article I will explain the uniquely African-American market in Atlanta, and why the Thrashers’ strategy is a good one.

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thanks to a KK reader for the pointer

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