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“You don’t want to change the fundamentals of the game,.  Sometimes we beat ourselves up and say there are problems with our game and I don’t think that’s the case. It isn’t a case of the game being broken, but it’s a matter of studying these things, being pro-active. From that standpoint, I think it’s important that whatever we do that the fans don’t perceive it as some radical change.”

-Jay Feaster, Asst. GM of the Calgary Flames, talking from the R & D Camp in Toronto.  Dan Rosen of NHL.com has more on this topic.

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Clint Malarchuk Named Atlanta’s Goaltending Consultant

from Ben Wright of Blueland Blog,

It’s been a busy day for the Thrashers front office. Just a few hours after signing defenseman Freddy Meyer the team has announced that former Buffalo Sabre Clint Malarchuk has been hired as a goaltending consultant. Malarchuk will spend some of his time in Atlanta working with Ondrej Pavelec and Chris Mason and will also travel to work with other goalies in the organization whether they’re in the AHL, ECHL, CHL or college (if NCAA rules permit it of course).


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Name That Sabres Blog

As the Buffalo Sabres were preparing for their 1970 entry into the NHL, owners Seymour and Northrup Knox ran a contest for fans to vote for the name of their new team.

In the spirit of celebrating the 40th anniversary of the franchise, we’re doing something along those lines here at KK. 

Come up with a name for the new Sabres blog coming to KK next month.  If your idea is selected you’ll win some modest but cool prizes:

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  Tags: blog+contest, knox+brothers, sabres+blog

Covering The Game

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

The hockey information business is a perfect microcosm: it wasn’t very long ago that an NHL reporter’s duties all but vanished during the summertime. If it wasn’t a teacher’s schedule, it was mighty close. There was a truly seasonal feeling to the job. Readers and writers had time to breathe and recharge.

However – and in much the same way that we really don’t have subtle changes in seasons anymore – that’s changed now that the NHL has got with the program and appreciates the economic advantages of keeping your product visible all day, every day. (Look no further than this week’s NHL Research & Development Camp, which had a gaggle of media types in attendance.)

Most of us now see that the media beast’s appetite is nakedly insatiable. Now, only the most stubborn of us would deny that the virtue of The Thinker’s bent elbow and knee-on-chin pensiveness has been chased down and trampled by the restless leg syndrome of our collective mind.


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Panthers Sign Andrew Peters

SUNRISE, Fla. – Florida Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the club has agreed to terms with LW Andrew Peters on a one-year, two-way contract.

Peters, 30, has appeared in 229 NHL games with Buffalo (2003-09) and New Jersey (09-10), registering seven points (4-3-7) with 650 PIM. The 6-foot-4, 240-pound winger paced New Jersey with 93 PIM last season. Peters recorded a career high 151 PIM with the Sabres during the 2003-04 campaign and led the American Hockey League with 388 PIM during the 2001-02 season.

“With the addition of Andrew, we immediately add a physical presence to our line-up,” said Tallon. “He brings an aggressive style of play and a dimension that our team needed to address this offseason. We look forward to his contributions to our club.”

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Freddy Meyer Signs With Atlanta

from Ben Wright of Blueland Blog,

The Thrashers have added some more depth on the blueline, inking New Hampshire native and former Islander Freddy Meyer to a contract….

In 64 games last season Meyer averaged 16:46 of ice time with 1:51 of it being on the penalty kill. At 5’10″ he isn’t huge but he’s a solid 192 lbs and likes to hit. Despite being limited to 64 games last season he ked New York in hits with 178. That would put him second on last year’s Thrashers team behind Zach Bogosian and his 196 hits (next up was Schubert with 150).


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Why Bryan Trottier Chose #19

from Dyan LeBourdais of Islanders.com,

“Number 19 was the lowest number of the jerseys was left,” Trottier said. “The other numbers were very high. They were up in the high twenties and thirties. I always thought to myself 19 was right because I was 19-years-old at the time and it just kind of seemed kind of appropriate.”...

Consequently, Trottier only realized the number 19 was more appropriate and fitting after the fact because he started to realize all of the talented players with whom he shared his number.

“I tried to think of all the great players who wore number 19, like Paul Henderson who scored the biggest goal in Canadian history to beat the Russians,” Trottier said. “That was kind of cool for me. I was like, ‘yeah, all right! Number 19 has significance for me there.’”

“And you look and you say to yourself, ‘Well, (John) Pie McKenzie of the Boston Bruins wears sweater number 19,’ and I loved the Bruins in the early ‘70s,” Trottier continued. “So just thinking of all the different 19’s like Jean Ratelle and those players that played in the league for a long time that were identified by their numbers. That was very, very cool.”


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A little more light shed on the Desjardins-Ramo trade

Many Habs fans were left confused on Monday night when the Canadiens traded Cedrick Desjardins, arguably the best goalie in their system after Carey Price, to Tampa Bay for Karri Ramo, a goaltender who has not succeeded in previous NHL stints and is currently committed to Omsk of the KHL.

Well, now we have an answer as to why the deal was made.

Sort of.

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  Tags: cedrick+desjardins, karri+ramo, pierre+gauthier

The Lecavalier Arena

from J. Meagher of the West Island Gazette,

Vincent Lecavalier put Île Bizard on the hockey map and now the island is returning the favour.

On Thursday, the arena at Sport Complexe Saint-Raphaël will be renamed after the island’s most famous native son.

There is already a Pavillon Vincent Lecavalier in Île Bizard. The community centre is located next to the soccer and football fields and outdoor hockey rink where Vinny, now 30, played as a youth.

But a hockey arena bearing his name seems more fitting for the NHL star who left home as a teenager in the 1990s to pursue his hockey dream, but still comes home every summer to spend time with family and friends.


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No Confirmation On Dallas Stars Sale

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

I got a hold of four people who could have information on the sale today, and none of them offered anything in regards to the Forbes Report that the Stars could be sold soon with a sale price of between $275 million and $300 million.

Two gave clean no comments, and a couple of others said they were a little blindsided by the report and asked what I knew about it, so there still is an air at least that this could be another false alarm…

I did take out of my conversations that there are not plans to announce this Thursday or, from what I could tell, any time really soon. There was too much uncertainty from the people I talked to for this to be close to being done.


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