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The Little Things Add Up

from John Kreiser of NHL.com,

Alex Ovechkin is a hockey icon because of his offensive skills—after all, the basic premise of hockey is that you have to put the puck in the net more than the other guy, and Ovi has been the best in the NHL over the past few years at doing just that.

But there’s more to winning hockey games than just scoring goals, and not even the Great Eight can do everything. Doing the little things and the dirty work plays a big role in winning games as well.

Here’s a look at some of the NHL’s best players in a few of the least-appreciated categories:

Takeaways: Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit

Even if Datsyuk weren’t a tremendously skilled offensive player (he is), he’d be a star for his defensive abilities alone. One of the abilities that helped him win the Selke Trophy as the NHL’s top defensive forward in each of the last three seasons is his unparalleled skill as a puck thief.

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Bruins Sign Tyler Seguin

BOSTON, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has signed forward Tyler Seguin to an entry-level contract. Per club policy, financial terms of the deal will not be disclosed.

Seguin, the second overall pick in this year’s NHL Draft, spent the past two seasons playing with the Plymouth Whalers in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). In 2009-2010, the 6’1”, 172-pound forward led the OHL in scoring with 106 points, sharing the title with fellow top prospect Taylor Hall. Seguin notched 48 goals and 58 assists in 63 games while compiling 54 penalty minutes.

The 18-year-old Brampton, Ontario native played in nine playoff games for Plymouth in 2010, scoring five goals and tallying five assists for 10 points.

He played in 124 regular season games during his two years with Plymouth, recording 69-104=175 totals. Seguin then added 10-16=26 totals in 20 postseason contests.

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Pronger Expected Back For Training Camp After Knee Surgery

from Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,

If Flyers fans are unsettled about the goaltending situation heading into next season, then surely this is not going to make them feel any better.

Chris Pronger underwent successful arthroscopic knee surgery last week.

“He had some particles floating around in there that were taken out,” general manager Paul Holmgren told CSNPhilly.com on Tuesday. “It wasn’t an issue. He’s back in Canada right now visiting and will be back here next Monday.”

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The Enforcers

from David Staples of The Cult Of Hockey,

Next season, the Oilers are likely going to have Theo Peckham—a fierce player who appears to relish fighting—and enforcer Steve MacIntyre in the line-up. Peckham will likely play a regular shift, while MacIntyre will get three or four minutes a game. He’s no Dave Semenko,  but I don’t imagine he’ll hurt the team too much in his limited on-ice role. Indeed, his lack of icetime will free up icetime for others. At the same time, if having him on the bench gives pause to the Matt Cookes, Derek Boogaards, Steve Otts and Robyn Regehrs of the NHL, he will be serving a useful, perhaps vital purpose.

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The Latest On the Phoenix Coyotes

from John Shannon of Sportsnet,

It appears the Phoenix Coyotes ownership situation is getting murky again.

While Ice Edge Holdings is still talking with the City of Glendale about the long-term lease of Jobing.com Arena, a source close to the negotiations confirmed that the City is also talking with three other groups about the arena and team.

One of those groups is said to include Jerry Reinsdorf, who has been sitting on the sidelines for the past few months while Ice Edge has tried to negotiate a lease and also prove it has the financing in place to own the NHL team.

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I Have Questions, Hopefully You Have The Answers

I have many questions and need your answers.

Also, a good way to get the hockey talk going in August.

Check out my NHL.com blog today.

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Niemi No Longer The Man In Chicago

from David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune,

Now, months after fans at the United Center chanted Niemi’s name, I have heard from many people trying to disparage it. Suddenly the Finn who beat out Cristobal Huet and outplayed Roberto Luongo is merely serviceable?

Not only is it unnecessary to minimize Niemi’s contributions to justify the Blackhawks’ tough decision to let him become a free agent, doing so unfairly portrays the team as the winner in this standoff. Breaking news: Nobody won here. I don’t need an arbitrator’s ruling to declare this one of those rare cases of lose-lose.

The Hawks lost a 26-year-old goaltender whose Cup experience one day may work against them. Niemi lost out on the chance to play behind a team full of elite defensemen for a first-class organization that gave him an opportunity in a great city that considers the Finn part of hockey history.

He will be missed. The Hawks just found “Nemo.’’ Now we have to say goodbye?

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added 7:25am, from Adam L. Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times,

Move on, get over it and get to know Jack Skille, Bryan Bickell, Jake Dowell, Viktor Stalberg and, of course, veteran goalie Marty Turco.

That would be my advice to Blackhawks fans who are ready to tear their Indianhead sweaters to shreds because of the seemingly never-ending dismemberment of the team that won the franchise’s first Stanley Cup in 49 years.

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Modano Coming Home

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Mike Modano will join the Red Wings, the Free Press has learned.

The Wings have been in hot pursuit of Modano, flying him in from Dallas a month ago and wooing him over lunch and a Tigers game. He also has suitors in San Jose and Minnesota, but has made up his mind.

“Big announcement Thursday,” Modano sent in a text Monday.

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Modano returns from his European vacation mid-week and he could be landing in Detroit and sitting in on a press conference on Thursday.

I’ve been telling readers how Modano will strengthen the 2nd unit of the power play, now we are about to find out if I was correct.

update:  Poll added 7:30am

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Numerous Teams Show Interest In Willie Mitchell

via Dan Murphy tweet,

Willy Mitchell feeling great after 18 days of training/skating. He’s narrowed 12 interested teams to 4 and suprise! Van may still be in mix

thanks to Nucks Misconduct for the pointer

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Shaone Morrisonn Signs With Buffalo

BUFFALO, NY (August 2, 2010) – Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced today the Sabres have agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent defenseman Shaone Morrisonn on a two-year contract.

Morrisonn (12/23/1982, 6’4”, 217 lbs., shoots left) has spent the last five seasons with Washington. The 27-year-old was consistently among Washington’s leaders in hits and blocked shots throughout his career, including 163 hits and 104 blocks last season. In 418 career games with Washington and Boston, Morrisonn has 70 points (10+60), 423 PIMs and is a plus-36

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