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Leafs Need Help At Center

from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star,

With both Nazem Kadri and John Mitchell struggling at camp and veteran Wayne Primeau unable to prove he still belongs, the Maple Leafs have a yawning need for help at centre.

So much so that Toronto’s scouts are analyzing the waiver wires and watching other camps in the hope a useful addition might present itself.

“No one has ever said we’re going with this group,” general manager Brian Burke said when asked about his centres during a media conference call Sunday.

“We’re still in a great position for waiver claims. We still have our scouts out scouring. We haven’t ruled out doing something. . . . We may need to go out and grab a centre.”

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Bruins Have Positions To Fill

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

If Savard, who accompanied his teammates Saturday night to Brattleboro, Vt., for team-building activities, starts the season on LTIR, the Bruins could go over the ceiling by his $4.007 million salary, further ensuring that no moves (by trade or waivers) will be required for the team to be cap compliant. Marco Sturm ($3.5 million annual cap hit), rehabbing from knee surgery, will be on LTIR until at least mid-November.

If the Bruins face off against Phoenix next month with more than $7.5 million on LTIR, their primary concern won’t be shedding salary to duck under the cap, it will be how to fill the two openings, with Savard’s position the most pressing.

“Following Savvy’s absence, it’s the biggest point of discussion among our group,’’ Chiarelli said. “That spot’s open.’’

David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron are locked into the top two center positions. Gregory Campbell will be the fourth-line center. Tops among the competitors for the opening are Tyler Seguin, Zach Hamill, and Blake Wheeler. Long shots are Joe Colborne and Ryan Spooner, although the latter, who must return to junior if he doesn’t make the team, has opened the bosses’ eyes.

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Habs grinders go Wild in win

Game four of the pre-season saw the Canadiens win 4-3 and even their record at 2-2, as a Koivu and Brunette-less Minnesota Wild were held to a meager fourteen shots by a stifling Canadiens defence.

The Habs dominated most this game, holding a shot advantage of 22-5 through the second period. Alex Auld played the entire game, looking good for most of it despite a lack of action and the .786 SVP on the night. Without question, the prettiest goal of the game was scored by Minnesota’s Justin Falk, who capped an impressive end to end rush by splitting the defence and beating Auld to his right.

For the Habs, Dustin Boyd stood out, playing an effective two-way game while scoring a goal for the second game in a row. Boyd stands out for his effort, which is consistent shift to shift, and the energy and poise he brings to the bottom six. If this brand of play continues, Canadiens fans will very soon forget the name Sergei Kostitsyn.

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  Tags: dustin+boyd, max+pacioretty, max+pacioretty, pk+subban, pk+subban, ryan+white, ryan+white

Did The Canadiens Make A Mistake?

from Jack Todd of the Montreal Gazette,

When Carey Price reacted like a deer in the headlights to the first shot he faced in his first NHL exhibition game, you could feel a little tremor go through Montreal.
When he followed that up by surrendering a total of 10 goals on 39 shots over his first two starts, that tremor might have registered on a few seismographs.

True, it’s only the exhibition season. The games are meaningless and so are most of the performances.

But with Price — the Montreal Canadiens starting goaltender — you want to see some confidence. You want to see some saves. You want to see something, anything, to prove that Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier didn’t make the biggest blunder in 15 years when he dealt playoff hero Jaroslav Halak to St. Louis in the off-season.

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This Rivalry May Go Both Ways

from Brian Hedger at NHL.com,

So for the better part of the last 15 years, the Chicago Blackhawks vs. Detroit Red Wings hasn’t really been much of a two-way hate conglomeration. While the Red Wings built their own little hockey version of the Ming Dynasty starting in the mid-to-late 1990s, the Hawks stumbled, bumbled and typically dwelt in or near the Central Division’s cellar.
 
The bitterness, as a result, developed mostly in one direction.

Chicago fans came to detest Detroit even more than they had before. The very sight of the winged wheel nowadays prompts some to shout things at Detroit players and fans that, simply put, probably shouldn’t be published where young eyes could read it.
 
Yet, it doesn’t really go the other way when the teams play in the Motor City—likely because the Hawks had never really taken anything directly away from the Wings or Detroit fans. Now that the Hawks are defending Stanley Cup champions, however, that might start to change.

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Mathieu Dandenault Retires

from hockeyfights.com,

Mathieu Dandenault, a veteran of 13 NHL seasons and a three-time Stanley Cup winner, officially announced his retirement from the National Hockey League today.

“It was a childhood dream of mine to play in the NHL and having the opportunity to play for two original-six franchises made it even more special,” said Dandenault. “I grew up a huge Montreal Canadiens fan so skating out onto the ice in Montreal for the first time as a member of the Habs is something I will never forget. I feel honoured to have my name engraved on the Stanley Cup as a Detroit Red Wing. I would like to thank the Detroit Red Wings and Montreal Canadiens organizations as well as the fans, my family and friends.”

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Afternoon Line

“He’s a good player, he’s played well but you’ve got to be better than the people that we’ve got in the top positions.  No disrespect, but our guys in the top positions said to us that no one is taking our spot. You really have to outplay somebody. It’s unfortunate, but that’s where it is. Jonathan is a good pro and is a real honest person. He gave us great effort and we could have very easily kept him, but we felt it would be better to let him try to find something else.”

-Dallas Stars coach Marc Crawford speaking about Jonathan Cheechoo who was released today.  Quote is via Andrews’ Stars Page at ESPN.

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Report- Streit Out Six Months With Shoulder Injury

via Katie Strang tweet,

Mark Streit is out 6 months with a torn rotator cuff and torn labrum; will require surgery

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Finish The Job

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings rely on Darren Helm to be among the team leaders in hits, win more than half of his faceoffs, be a strong penalty-killer and pressure opponents into making mistakes with aggressive forechecking.

If he becomes a better finisher one day that would be a bonus.

Helm certainly creates a lot of scoring chances with his blazing speed. He scored 11 goals in 75 games during his first full NHL season last year, a nice total for a fourth-line center.

“If he can do that every year, that’s a real good year for him,’’ coach Mike Babcock said. “We’re looking for physical play out of him, penalty-killing and energy.’’

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Harding Hears That ‘Pop’

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

Josh Harding heard a “disturbing pop,” threw off his blocker and gripped the net in dread Friday night in St. Louis.

“I kind of went into shock. I knew something was wrong. I was hoping it wasn’t this,” the Wild goaltender said dejectedly.

Harding’s worst fear was confirmed Saturday morning when doctors determined he tore both the anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in his right knee. After swelling in his MCL subsides, Harding will undergo reconstructive surgery that could cause him to miss the season, although he refused to rule out a return.

“It’s going to be a battle. I’m ready to take on that battle, though,” Harding said. “It’s not like I’m going to just lay in my bed and feel sorry for myself. That’s not going to help anything.”

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