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Oops Dan Ellis

Maybe we can add Dan Ellis as an alumnus of the Hasek School of Stickhandling?

Taylor Hall will never have an easier goal.

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The Smart Defenseman

from David Pollak of Working the Corners at the Mercury News,

Unless you’re an A’s fan, you might have missed a brief mention of this in this morning’s print edition, but The Sporting News included Sharks defenseman Douglas Murray on its list of the Top 20 Smartest Athletes.

The Cornell-educated (he needs one credit to graduate) Murray finished at No. 16, behind only one other NHL player, fellow Ivy Leaguer George Parros, a Princeton grad in economics who finished No. 4 overall.

“You take it for what it is,” Murray said today. “It’s more of a resume` thing. It’s obviously fun.”

You’ll notice the information on Murray doesn’t even mention what is probably his greatest intellectual achievement: his role in the invention of the ubertap, that prized device that allows party-goers to fill multiple glasses of beer from a keg simultaneously.

more on the Sharks…

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Bob Probert’s Brain Donated To Science

from A.J. Perez of Fanhouse,

The family of Bob Probert donated the brain of the former NHL tough guy to a group of researchers at Boston University who have studied the link between head trauma and debilitating heath effects in football players and boxers.

“I believe that it was a very difficult decision,” said Daniel Parkinson, whose daughter, Dani, was married to Probert. “I know Dani and Bob had spoken about (donating his body to science) prior to his passing. I know he wanted to advance the research.”

continued

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Kadri Struggling

from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,

In less than a week, Nazem Kadri has gone from the hot story of Maple Leafs training camp to its most burning question.

Even with coach Ron Wilson openly calling him out again on Thursday, Kadri failed to make a mark, this time at his hometown rink, the John Labatt Centre, where he was a star with the London Knights the past two seasons.

The result of the continued flat play was a third-period demotion off the line he has skated with all camp thus far—prized off-season acquisitions Colby Armstrong and Kris Versteeg—to what looked like an all-Marlies unit between wingers Marcel Mueller and Darryl Boyce.

With Tyler Bozak, Mikhail Grabovski, Christian Hanson and John Mitchell all in the fight for centre spots, Kadri has been less effective than all of hem.

continued

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Filatov Feels He Is Maturing

from Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch,

Nikita Filatov is being watched and he knows it.

There are no dossiers being kept, only mental notes. The 20-year-old isn’t some character under suspicion in an Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn novel. He’s a talented left winger trying to make a good second impression with the Blue Jackets….

What time does he get to the rink? How much effort is he putting into his off-ice conditioning? Does he carry himself with an air of entitlement?

“You don’t have to be real smart to know that after I left last year the respect and the relationship would be different,” Filatov said. “I just hope I know the way to get it back. I spoke to (teammate Fedor Tyutin) about how to handle things and my behavior here. It’s probably going to take some time.

“I think I have changed. I get more mature and older. I know there are small moments where I have to pay attention more to being a good teammate.”

read on

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Yzerman Doing It The Right Way

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

The sunshine and the sea make Tampa a place any free agent would consider. But what of the player who wants to win a Cup?

Yzerman — and his Detroit pedigree — can change all of that in Tampa.

“If we do a good job, treat people properly, we’ll be able to attract good players when we show we’re a good organization. Just because it’s me (in the GM chair)? No,” he said.

Nobody goes to Detroit, because Holland is the GM. Or Pittsburgh for Ray Shero.

They go there because those men have built organizations that can be trusted. Trusted to compete, honour their word, and treat people right.

It will take a while, but assuming Vinik is who Yzerman believes him to be, they’ll be saying those same things about the Tampa Bay Lightning one day.

Likely sooner than you think.

more

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Want To Watch Some Hockey Tonight?

We have Philadelpia taking on Toronto right now on NHL Network-US from London, Ontario and then the Kings face the Coyotes at 10:00pm ET via streaming which is embedded below.

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Peter Mueller Out With Another Concussion

via Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

I just learned some bad news: Peter Mueller is out indefinitely with another concussion. He suffered it late in last night’s game and a diagnosis wasn’t made until today.

I remember Mueller was hit up against the glass in one play, but don’t remember the player from the Kings involved, and I’m not even positive that was how the injury happened. All I know is, he’s out indefinitely.

This is horrible news.

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Afternoon Line

Talent is what wins.

Keep that in mind through training camp and you can see the sporting world in an entirely different light.

-Jim Kelley of Sportsnet where you can read the full story.

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Modano Shooting For 50

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Somewhere in Mike Modano’s new place in Detroit, there is a slip of paper or Post-it note where he’s penciled in what he thinks he’s capable of producing in his new hockey home.

It doesn’t mean anything necessarily, but something to remind him of where he’s at, where he needs to go.

“I think you need to do that. I just need to know, see those things written down, and you wake up every day trying to accomplish them,” Modano said in an interview after the Wings’ workout at Joe Louis Arena on Thursday. “If they’re written down and you’re looking at them, I think it’s good for guys.”

So what did the 40-year-old center write down?

“I wrote down 20 and 30—20 goals, 30 assists,” Modano said. “I think with the talent and the possibility of playing a little power play there and whatnot, [it] could be close to that.”

continued and watch the video report below from Burnside as he visited Detroit in his camp tour…

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