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Since The Lockout Ended

from Tim Wharnsby of CBC,

Although the Detroit Red Wings won more games, piled up more points, enjoyed more playoff series celebrations than any other NHL team, parity has prevailed in the first five seasons since the lockout ended.

There have been five different Stanley Cup winners since the lockout and an assortment of eight clubs have advanced to the final. The Red Wings also have made the most final-four appearances at three, and 12 of the 30 teams have advanced to the conference final at least once since the lockout.

Detroit, San Jose and New Jersey not only rank one, two and three in terms of regular-season success, this trio is the only group that has gone five-for-five in playoff appearances.

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Kovalchuk Ready For The Start Of The Season

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Even if the team ends up with only 20 players to start the season, Kovalchuk likes the roster.

“Oh yeah,” he said. “I think any GM or owner would like to have that kind of roster,” he said. “But, with this organization it’s not just about names. It’s about the team and it’s about hard work. We know there are a lot of examples of where a team looks really strong on paper, but they never do anything. We just have to work even harder and we’ll be fine.”

After joining the team with only two months left in last season, Kovalchuk needed some time to adjust. Now, he’s got a training camp under his belt with the team and will be here from the start of the season, which he believes will help him.

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Kings Mix It Up

Oakland, Calif. & Los Angeles OCTOBER 6, 2010—In an all-star match up, Pandora, the leading personalized radio service, and the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League announced the launch of a highly targeted and localized advertising campaign starting today.

With this breakaway move, the Kings are the first professional sports team to use the multi-platform, targeted reach of Pandora to help them create and disseminate a mixtape of the team’s favorite music to connect with enthusiastic fans. 

Kings players Ryan Smyth, Jarret Stoll, Rob Scuderi, Jack Johnson, Brad Richardson, Peter Harrold, Davis Drewiske, Kevin Westgarth and Jonathan Bernier provided Pandora with a list of their favorite songs that were combined into a mixtape that fans can add to their stations on Pandora.  The creative campaign will run on the Pandora website and mobile phone application, targeting men 25 - 49 in the Los Angeles area.

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Capitals Have To Win

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

“We have to win a championship,” Leonsis recently told ESPN.com. “We’re at a point in our development where there’s nothing else. There’s a clarity of purpose.”

This isn’t the shrill voice of an owner 10 minutes after a disheartening loss. This isn’t a “heads will roll” warning. This is the voice of an owner who tried to buy a winner (think Jaromir Jagr), then blew it up with a vision of not just winning a championship, but also building a team that could be capable of winning a championship in any given year.

He has built such a team. Now they need to deliver.

“There’s not a lot for an owner to do,” Leonsis said with a chuckle.

But he’s right. Like fans, all there is now is the waiting to see what the season brings for a team laden with stars, but which has failed to advance beyond the second round of the playoffs since their lone Stanley Cup finals appearance in 1998.

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Waiver Update

via Bob McKenzie tweet,

All players who were on waivers yesterday have cleared. Toronto puts Lashoff on waivers; Fla puts Paetsch on waivers. That is all. Quiet day

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Habs cuts to come, will White remain?

Jacques Martin addressed the media this morning and advised that cuts are to come later today, before the 3 pm NHL deadline. He and GM Pierre Gauthier are still be weighing options ahead of tomorrow’s season opener versus Toronto. The decisions on who stays and who goes have become a bit more difficult due to injuries and illness.

As per the always informative Habsinsideout, Goaltender Carey Price has come down with the flu, and if he is unable to start expect to see Alex Auld between the pipes. Roman Hamrlik has also been ruled out for tomorrow’s game.

 

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Talking Canadian Broadcast Crews

from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,

Toronto: Joe Bowen/Greg Millen/Paul Hendrick. TSN/Sportsnet Ontario/Leafs TV. Bowen makes every game sound like the seventh game of the Stanley Cup final. Good thing considering the Maple Leafs abysmal record since 1967. It’s probably the closest generations of Toronto fans will get to the holy grail. Bowen is about as subtle as a line brawl and his volume button’s stuck on 11. Still, he may be the closest to Bob Cole among the younger generation of play callers. Millen replaced Harry Neale, and while he’s good on the chalk talk, he could ratchet it back and laugh maybe once a week.

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A Different Feel In Calgary

from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,

The Pengrowth Saddledome remains an office, a place of work. These are still million-dollar athletes paid to perform on cue (in theory, at least).

But a difference in tone is apparent.

A conscious effort seems to have been made over the summer in partly lifting the shroud. At least some of the black crepe has been peeled off the windows. You can tell. By the occasional smile. The dressing-room patter. The sounds, ye gods, of occasional merriment.

For too long, every day walking into the building amounted to a funeral procession, fraught with recrimination, mental constipation and fearful subservience.

Enjoyment equals weakness. Fun equals indifference.

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The Blues Could Surprise You

from the Mail Online (U.K.),

Michael Kim, host of ESPN America’s SportsCenter, looks ahead to the new NHL season

With another NHL season upon us, I recently had the chance to catch up with ESPN hockey analysts Barry Melrose and Matthew Barnaby. 

We discussed some of the key topics heading into the season and gave them the opportunity to provide several predictions. 

Q:  A year ago, the Colorado Avalanche surprised many hockey fans and media with how well they played last season.  Which team will surprise this season?

BM: Maybe the St. Louis Blues. Like the Colorado Avalanche, they can skate. They lost some players, like Keith Tkachuk, but you have others who can step up. They’ve got a lot of great, young players. They’ve got a great defence. They’ve got solid goaltending.  I think St. Louis is going to open a lot of eyes. I liked them last year.

MB: And then, they went out and acquired the hottest goaltender in the playoffs, Jaroslav Halak from Montreal. I totally agree. I think St. Louis is going to make the playoffs.  Halak was the story of the postseason last year.

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A Fresh Start

from Jason York of the Ottawa Sun,

From a player’s perspective, a new season brings on new challenges — a fresh start — and it marks the end of training camp, which I can tell you from experience most players hate and can’t wait for the start of the regular season.

I was fortunate enough to play in the NHL for 13 seasons — for five different teams, including Detroit, Anaheim, Nashville, Boston and my hometown Senators.

I got a chance to compete against some of the best to have ever played the game — players like Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Sidney Crosby and Mario Lemieux. I played alongside the likes of Steve Yzerman, Paul Coffey and Ottawa’s own Daniel Alfredsson.

Being a seventh-round draft choice of the Detroit Red Wings made getting to the NHL a little tougher for me, but it makes you appreciate it a lot more when you get there.

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