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2010/2011: European Players to Watch out for in North America

Help me welcome Phil Davies to the stable of KK bloggers.  Phil will be covering the international hockey scene for us.

Make sure to click his name in the byline to find out his background.  As with all the KK bloggers, Phil will have his own blog sometime this month. - Paul

Although there are a number of European Players expected to make an impact in the NHL this year, I will be focusing on players, who, previous to their success in the 2010 Olympics and/or the 2010 World Championships, were flying under the radar as elite level prospects. However, for every Henrik Zetterberg, who first impressed North American hockey fans with his stellar play in the 2002 Olympics, there is a Fabian Brunnstrom, who has yet to pan out for the Dallas Stars.

Roman Wick

This 2004 draft pick of the Ottawa Senators, has an outside chance of securing a roster spot at some point this year. Although Wick is a smallish forward, who will probably spend the majority of his time with the Binghampton Senators, he does have a good set of hands, as evidenced by his five points in five games at the 2010 Olympics. However, Wick will need to play a more physical game if he hopes to land in the NHL long term.

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Canadiens summer in review - any moves left? NHL News and Notes

In retrospect, the Montreal Canadiens off-season largely consisted of four events: 1) Halak for Eller, 2) Carey Price re-signed, 3) Sergei Kostitsyn shipped to Nashville, and 4) uh, the signing of Alexandre Picard. Not the most thrilling free agency period for Habs fans, but it wasn’t for most teams. The Ilya Kovalchuk contract debacle seemed to put many free agents in a holding pattern, as teams were hesitant to commit without knowing the full scope of the market. Regardless, the important question is: are you happy with the Montreal Canadiens moves this summer? Do you think the Canadiens can compete in 2010-11? The core of the team remains the same, yet important cogs such as Dominic Moore and Glen Metropolit are gone (interesting Metropolit footnote: he flourished on the power play last year, leading the Canadiens in PP goals. Now he’s playing in Switzerland. That’s the “new” NHL for you). Furthermore, the man between the pipes has changed, as playoff hero Jaroslav Halak was jettisoned in favour of the promise within Carey Price…or something like that.

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Morning Line

If you lost 18% of your income would you be happy? I can honestly say that I am more stressed about money now then when I was in college.

I can’t explain it and I never thought it would be the case but it is true. $ in no way makes u more happy or makes life much easier.

If you don’t make a lot of money I don’t expect u to understand in the same way I could never understand what it is like to risk my life daily as a fire fighter or police officer…especially not a soldier. There r pros and cons to every profession. U r kidding yourself if u think money makes things any easier.

-Dan Ellis of the Tampa Bay Lightning via Twitter.

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Ottawa Fans- Your New TV Analyst Is Denis Potvin

via a Jeff Rimer tweet,

Congrats to my old #Fla broadcast partner Denis Potvin the NEW #Sens TV ANALYST!

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Schneider Prepares For Back-Up Role In Vancouver

from Phil Stacey of The Salem News,

(Cory) Schneider arrived in Vancouver on Friday to get ready for the start of the Canucks’ training camp that begins next week. The 24-year-old is ready to stick with the National Hockey League organization that drafted him the first round (26th overall) six years ago.

“It’s my fourth year (at training camp); no surprises or excuses now,” said Schneider, who is expected to make Vancouver’s roster and serve as the backup goaltender to all-star Roberto Luongo for the 2010-11 season.

“I know what I’m up against and what I have to do: Lock that spot down and don’t leave any doubt.”

There is security for Schneider that he hasn’t had in the past in the form of a one-way contract, meaning he can’t be sent down to the Canucks’ AHL franchise in Manitoba if he doesn’t make the big-league team. (In that unlikely scenario, Vancouver would have to place Schneider on waivers and risk losing him to another NHL team while getting nothing in return.)


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One Of The World’s Greatest Ice Hockey Teams Visits Belfast

from the Irish Emigrant,

The Boston Bruins will drop the puck far away from home on October 2 next when they take on the Belfast Giants Select team in Belfast, it was announced last week.

The Bruins need no introduction on this side of the pond but are described in Irish and UK hockey circles as “one of the most famous ice hockey franchises in history, and are one of the ‘Original Six’ teams officially formed in 1924. They have one of the largest fan bases of any ice hockey team”

The Bruins will bring their full squad to Belfast – allowing the Irish public to see some of the best hockey players in the world. This represents an historic night for Irish hockey fans as it is the first time the NHL team has played outside North America.

A game of this magnitude has never been brought to the UK or Ireland before. This is a once in a lifetime chance to see one of the world’s greatest ice hockey teams, play against the Giants who will be celebrating their 10th anniversary of playing at the iconic Odyssey Arena, Belfast.

more, including VIP tickets are going for $230US…

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“I Choose NHL & I Want To Win The Cup There”

So says Ilya Kovalchuk.

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Numbers Stacked Against The Leafs

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

This is just the first week of school, but the Maple Leafs are already facing math problems.

Of the eight playoff teams returning in the Eastern Conference, only the Montreal Canadiens seem in any danger of point subtraction and only if Carey Price gets stage fright as their No. 1 goalie.

Of the six others that finished ahead of Toronto and missed the playoffs, count on the four Southeast Division clubs, Tampa Bay, Carolina, Florida and Atlanta to be among the most improved. Then there’s the New York Rangers, 13 points better than the Leafs and denied eighth spot by a Game 82 shootout loss. Now that goalie Henrik Lundqvist has agreed that time off is in the team’s best interest, they can avoid a similar fate in 2010-11.

So students, using the margins for your rough work, that would appear to leave Toronto at or near the bottom of the column again.


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Ottawa May Have The Next All-Star Game

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The NHL’s best of the best could be coming to Scotiabank Place next season.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman will be in Ottawa for a Sept. 15 luncheon at the Chateau Laurier, along with Senators owner Eugene Melnyk and GM Bryan Murray.

League sources say Bettman could also use the forum to confirm the Senators and City of Ottawa will host the NHL all-star weekend for the first time—from Jan 26-29, 2012.

That would coincide with the 20th anniversary of the Senators re-entry into the league in 1992-93. In February, more than 25 teams made bids for the 2011-12 all-star weekends.


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Preparing For Camp In Traverse City

from Greg Gielczyk of the MorningStar,

This marks the 13th year the Red Wings have come up to Traverse City for their annual training camp.

Recent construction of two National Hockey League-size locker rooms – which will be used for the Prospects Camp, the Red Wings and the Traverse City North Stars when the pros have left – are just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak.

Adjacent to the home team’s locker room is a trainer’s room as well as a coaches’ office.

Visiting scouts will be accommodated by a new lounge that later will be used as a rented suite to bring in more revenue for the arena.

“We have scouts coming in from all over the country, not just the eight NHL teams that are here,” said Centre I.C.E. Executive Director Terry Marchand.


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