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Leaving College For Other Hockey Opportunities

from Dave Pollard at the Toronto Sun,

It’s been a tough off-season for NCAA hockey teams and the NHL is responsible for most of the pain.

Although it’s really nothing new, the exodus of players from American colleges to the pro or junior ranks seems to be more pronounced this year….

Since April 1, 17 players gave up NCAA eligibility to sign with NHL teams, according to figures compiled by insidecollegehockey.com. Factor in the others, like Tinord, Lessio and Melchiori, all of whom never even showed up on campus, and you can see how hard the U.S. schools have been hit.


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Burke Points His Finger At Kaberle’s Agent

from Howard Berger of Fan590,

Though it’s understandable that any person directly involved in the Tomas Kaberle trade watch might be fed up by now, statements attributed to the defenseman’s agent on Wednesday afternoon were off the mark.

In a column by Nicholas J. Cotsonika on YahooSports.com, Rick Curran unfairly castigated Maple Leafs’ general manager Brian Burke for the tone of media coverage relating to his client. As per any loyal advocate, Curran spoke passionately on behalf of Kaberle and made a number of salient observations. But, he went overboard, I believe, when he accused Burke of stoking the fires….

When told of the comments, Burke responded appropriately. “He drafted the [limited no-movement] clause… this isn’t my handiwork,” double-B said about Curran. “I’m dealing with what I inherited. So, if he doesn’t like the fact it puts his client in this position, he can certainly accept some of the blame. I don’t have to.”

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Blackhawks Salary Structure Next Summer

Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune answers some questions from readers…

With all the player chaos this summer, what are the prospects of this happening again in the summer of 2011?

Summer 2011 is a long way away and many things can happen to alter the roster before then, but the Blackhawks don’t figure to have a whole lot of cap room following the upcoming season. With top players Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith, Marian Hossa, Brian Campbell and others signed to expensive deals, the Hawks could be in a bit of a bind but drastic changes like the one’s over the past two months likely won’t be necessary. Brent Seabrook will be a restricted free agent after the 2010-11 season and if he continues to develop into one of the NHL’s top defensemen will be in line for a big raise. Troy Brouwer will also be restricted who could blossom into a top winger and would rate more money.

more Blackhawks related questions and answers…

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Maybe A Regular Season Game In Northern Ireland

from Stuart McKinley of the Belfast Telegram,

Ken Yaffe, the senior vice-president of the NHL — only half a dozen men have higher positions than him in the organisation — spent yesterday in Belfast checking that everything is in place ready for the visit of one of the biggest ice hockey teams there is.

He’s the man with the power to pull the plug on any game involving an NHL club and had he not been satisfied with the facilities at the Odyssey or any of the arrangements that have been put in place for the glamour exhibition match between the Giants/Elite League Select team and the Bruins then he would have been on the phone to Boston immediately to tell them that the game was cancelled.

Not only did his mobile stay in his pocket, but the visit of the Bruins could be the precursor to a regular season NHL game coming to Belfast, with Helsinki, Stockholm and Prague each hosting two matches this year. All three of those cities have seen real NHL action before and if the net is cast wider, then Northern Ireland is an option.

“We’re very optimistic about this year’s event and coming to Belfast again is something that we would look at in the future,” said Yaffe.


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Boogaard In the Rangers Corner

from Dan David of NewYorkRangers.com,

The last two Rangers teams that went all the way to the Stanley Cup Final could both point to one of the NHL’s most feared enforcers on their roster.

In 1979, there was Nick Fotiu—a former amateur boxing champion whose tenacity and ability to intimidate division rivals such as the Islanders and Flyers remain the stuff of Garden legend more than 30 years later. Fotiu saw his physical role as a responsibility to protect teammates, but when he did throw his weight around, he turned heads throughout the league.

In 1994, there was Joe Kocur, already one of hockey’s toughest tough guys long before he arrived in New York at age 26 and a valued member of the championship team. Kocur sparked so much fear in opponents that his total penalty minutes dropped as a Ranger because by then most other NHL enforcers weren’t so eager to take him on.

Like Fotiu and Kocur before him, new Rangers forward Derek Boogaard is a player in the prime of his career, and his reputation is both well-deserved and well-established.


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What Is Going On With Hanzal & Stempniak?

via Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic,

Assistant general manager Brad Treliving said Hanzal is the priority and expressed confidence that he will be signed “hopefully sooner rather than later; I think it’s the process right now.”

  Stempniak’s agent has had weeks to explore options, and he is expected to meet with General Manager Don Maloney within the next several days.

  “We’ve got a good relationship with the agent, and I’m sure if something was imminent somewhere else, he’d be back in touch with us,” Treliving said.

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  Tags: lee+stempniak, martin+hanzal

Goalies And Their Coaches

from Michael Stainkamp of NHL.com,

Goaltenders have their own coaches and their own rituals. Some are placid, some talkative; others are feisty or combative—sometimes even with their own teammates. A goaltender can steal a game for an outmanned team. But when a goaltender fails, everyone in the building knows it.

“The goalie is an individual position in a team sport,” New York Islanders goaltender coach Mike Dunham told NHL.com. “They’re out there to stop the puck and that’s it, so they’re off on their own island.”

At least goaltenders have a little help these days. For decades, goalies were left to fend for themselves; over the last two decades, teams have added goalie coaches. Dunham, an NHL goaltender from 1996-2007, has seen the role of the goaltender coach expand.

read on and make sure to check out the sidebar too…

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Conroy Agrees To One Year Contract With Flames

Calgary, AB - Calgary Flames Executive Vice President & General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today the signing of centre Craig Conroy to a one year contract.

Conroy, a native of Potsdam, NY, and a veteran of 991 NHL games, will be entering his 15th NHL campaign with the commencement of the 2010-11 NHL season. Over the course of his career, he has accumulated 180 goals and 360 assists for 540 points.

The former Flames captain, will continue his second tour of duty with Calgary after spending four seasons with the Flames (2000-2004) which was highlighted by winning the Western Conference crown in 2004 where he finished second in team playoff scoring with 17 points. After signing as free agent with Los Angeles in 2004, he was reacquired by the Flames in 2007 in exchange for Jamie Lundmark and future considerations.

added 5:27pm, Vicki Hall tweets,

Conroy deal is two-way, so he’s got to make the team. Very determined to do just that.


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Kaberle Expects A Trade

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,

The clock is ticking on Tomas Kaberle(notes). The Toronto Maple Leafs have until Sunday to move the veteran defenseman before his no-trade clause kicks back in. What has been talked about for years, what he has never wanted, now seems almost inevitable.

“If it happens, it happens,” Kaberle’s agent, Rick Curran, said Wednesday. “We’re all big boys. He gave it as good a run as he could. At this point, does he anticipate or expect to be traded? Yeah. He does. He’s not naïve. He’s been around long enough, been a Toronto Maple Leaf long enough, to know that anything could happen in Leafland.”


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Cooper’s Track Record, Balanced Approach Bodes Well for AHL Admirals

In a summer that has been, at the very least, stabilizing (if not downright successful) for the Tampa Bay Lightning, the vast majority of those taking notice of the work done throughout the organization have come away impressed – including the club’s latest addition, Jon Cooper, announced yesterday as head coach of the AHL’s Norfolk Admirals.

“The whole thing that drew me to (the club),” Cooper said, “Was the (positive) attitude and the people they’ve brought in.”

Now, included in that very group, Cooper is well aware of some fortunate timing for the two sides to come together.

“I wanted to go the AHL at some point,” explained Cooper, who leaves his post as head coach and general manager of the United States Hockey League’s Green Bay Gamblers. “I just probably didn’t think it was going to be right this second.”

But now that making that jump is indeed a reality for Cooper, his excitement and enthusiasm cannot be tempered and he gives his new bosses credit for finding him in their search.

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