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“The Red Wings, they’re one of the teams.  Everybody is interested in the Red Wings.”

-Mike Liut, agent for Willie Mitchell.  More from Craig Custance of The Sporting News.

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Selanne Ready For Return

from TSN,

It looks like Teemu Selanne will be back for his 18th season in the National Hockey League.

The veteran forward told Finnish sports magazine Sports Journal on Friday that he intends to return for ‘at least another year’ and a contract with the Anaheim Ducks should be done over the next few days.

“I made the decision to continue my career,” he told the magazine. “In fact, it has been clear for a long time. Negotiations are now ready to begin.”...

“I informed (Anaheim) that if they re-build (the team), I’ll then do something else,” Selanne said. “With the guys that the team has acquired, I’m convinced that we can still succeed.”

read on

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Achievements Ahead

from Jordan Shifman of CBC,

History could be made on several fronts on opening night of the 2010-11 season in October.

Four NHLers might reach 1,000 points, two will surpass 900 points, 14 will get to 700 points, four will reach 500 assists and eight could score their 100th power-play goal.

In fact, there are over 50 players that could obtain new historic milestones this coming season, including the likes of Sergei Gonchar, Alex Ovechkin, Ryan Smyth and Chris Osgood.

Of those 50, there are three players you should keep the closest eye on: Mark Recchi, Jarome Iginla and Joe Thornton.

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Smaller Goalies Will Have Smaller Pads

from George Malik of Snapshots,

The Hockey News’s Rory Boylen “subbed” for Adam Proteau during Friday’s “Ask Adam” column, and he duly noted that the vast majority of hockey fans have forgotten that the NHL’s goaltenders will sport slimmed-down looks this fall as the league is introducing a rule in which goaltenders must wear more “form-fitting equipment”:

read on

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Madden To The Wild

from Glen Andersen of Wild.com,

It sure looked like the Minnesota Wild had its roster set for the 2010-2011 season. There were rumors that Mike Modano might return to the birthplace of his NHL career, but that idea (however far-fetched) was squashed by him signing with his hometown Detroit Red Wings.

But General Manager Chuck Fletcher wasn’t finished rounding out his roster for 2010-11. Fletcher often talks about finding character, grit and leadership when acquiring players. On Friday, he found a guy that epitomizes all of those qualities, and he’s got one more. He wins.

Fresh off winning his third Stanley Cup, John Madden agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Wild. His presence provides more depth at a position that is typically the toughest to fill for NHL teams.

continued

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Watch The Mike Modano Press Conference

added 2:03pm, Live feed of press conference now available below…

added 2:25pm, press conference is over and I will try to get an archived feed of it later today.

Hopefully you can watch the Modano press conference below starting at 2:00pm ET.  In the meantime….

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

Modano will start camp centering the third line between Cleary and Hudler. Holland said if they don’t develop chemistry, Modano could switch with Filppula and play between Franzen and Bertuzzi. Filppula has played with Hudler and Cleary in the past.

“I see (Modano) maybe playing 14 to 16 minutes a night guy and probably in his prime he played 18 to 22,” Holland said. “There are going to be nights when he’s probably feeling good and he’s dancing, and Babcock is going to get him out there more. There will be other nights when you can tell he just doesn’t have it and somebody else will play more.”

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Top Ten Skilled Players Of All-Time

TSN says so…

Part two (best of the rest) is below…

 

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You Call This A Classic?

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

There is one thing to be said about the Heritage Classic, which will be held in Calgary on Feb. 20 when the Canadiens visit the Flames: the guy who decided to describe it as a “classic” had a vivid imagination.

A money grab it is, a “classic” it ain’t.

When a few players and executives from both teams, along with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, got together in Calgary on Wednesday to put an official stamp on the affair, the four-letter word heard most often was “cold.” Flames defenceman Steve Staios, who played in the first “classic” when the Canadiens visited Edmonton in 2003, knows all about it.

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The Story Of Mr. Kwong

from Tom Hawthorn of the Globe and Mail,

Mr. Kwong was the 14th of 15 children born to an immigrant grocer with the venerable name Eng. The family became known as Kwong from their grocery store Kwong Hing Lung (Abundant Prosperity). He lost his father at age 5. Like so many boys, he spent cold winter evenings during the Depression listening to Foster Hewitt broadcast hockey games on the radio.

He played the game himself on borrowed skates with makeshift equipment on the frozen ponds of the Okanagan. From so humble a beginning, his great skill as a skater and sharpshooter earned him a spot with the Smoke Eaters in Trail, where he was barred from taking a well-paying job at the smelter like his teammates because of his ethnic heritage. Instead, he worked as a bellboy, a servile job. He played more senior hockey in Nanaimo and Vancouver before enlisting in the army during the Second World War. In 1946, at age 23, the fleet forward joined the New York Rovers, an amateur team that played at Madison Square Garden.

The Manhattan sportswriters called him King Kwong, a teasing nickname for a man who stood just 5-foot-6, weighed just 150 pounds.

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I pointed to a story back in early April of 2009 on Mr. Kwong if you want to read the intro since the link no longer is available.  Also, a link to his Legends of Hockey page is available too.

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What To Do With Cristobal Huet?

from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,

It has been assumed since the day the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup. Probably even before that. Chicago goalie Cristobal Huet won’t be back with the team, mostly because of his salary cap hit of $5.625 million the next two seasons.

Now, agent Stephen Bartlett is working feverishly to find a way to keep Huet in the NHL. And that won’t be easy.

“You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to see the price he’s earning versus the conditions in the NHL make it tough,” Bartlett told Sporting News. “I haven’t given up. I realize the end of the line may come at some point.”

Bartlett described his relationship with the Blackhawks as partners working together to find a reasonable destination for Huet, who continues to handle a difficult situation with his usual class.

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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.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

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