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Seeking Perfection

from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

So, there we were at Tampa Bay Lightning practice on Tuesday, when several players who, apparently, had not completed their task to the satisfaction of coach Guy Boucher dropped and did 10 push-ups. The scenario was repeated several times over the 60-plus minutes the team was on the ice.

Coach Guy Boucher said it is one way to remind the players to be better.

“I always believe there needs to be consequences to anything, to get that same competitive level in your practices,” he said. “So, sometimes it’s push-ups, sometimes it’s laps. It depends which day how I feel, but there’s always consequences to things. You do it right, great. You don’t, that’s to make sure you remember.”

Can’t help but think after that that Boucher has a little Tortorella in him in his quest for perfection. And that seems exactly what that quest is about.


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Mottau Signs with Islanders

From the New York Islanders:

The New York Islanders announced today that they have agreed to terms on a two year contract with defenseman Mike Mottau.

Mottau, 32, spent the last three seasons with the New Jersey Devils. Last season, the Quincy, MA, native scored a career high 18 points (two goals, 16 assists) and a +4 plus-minus rating in 79 games with New Jersey.

“Mike is a solid puck-moving defenseman who will bring more experience to our blueline,”” said General Manager Garth Snow.

It was only a matter of time before Mike Mottau found a home, but the injury to Mark Streit obviously created an opening the Islanders needed to address.

Good for Mike and good for the Islanders.

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  Tags: mike+mottau, new+jersey+devils, new+york+islanders

Who Said This?

“That might be the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard in my life.  Dustin Byfuglien as a defenseman.  I would love to play against Dustin Byfuglien as a defenseman.  I would turn him inside out, left, right and center every single time….”

get the answer

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All Matt Duchene- Video Edition

Matt Duchene of the Colorado Avalanche has a chat with Scott Burnside of ESPN.

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  Tags: matt+duchene

Kids Go Camping With Datsyuk

from Rory Boylen of The Hockey News,

Some guys just get it.

Pavel Datsyuk, the superstar of few words, has taken a couple weeks out of his summer for the past three years to give back to the community and provide a lucky group of kids with a unique hockey school experience.

Just outside of his hometown, Ekaterinburg, in Russia – in a setting that resembles Ontario’s Muskoka cottage country – Datsyuk ran two one-week camps that included instruction from NHL coaches, European players and a mixed martial-arts trainer.

“He continues to change my opinion of how people behave,” said Todd Woodcroft, a longtime NHL scout who has been involved with the camp since Day 1.


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  Tags: pavel+datsyuk

Tropical Storm Cancels NHL Exhibition Game

NEW YORK (September 28, 2010)—The National Hockey League announced today that the pre-season game between the Florida Panthers and Carolina Hurricanes scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 29 at BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla. has been canceled due to the threat of severe weather conditions associated with Tropical Storm Nicole.

      “We felt that it was in the best interest and safety of our fans, our players and the Carolina Hurricanes to cancel Wednesday’s game due to the threat of the impending tropical storm,” said Panthers Executive Vice President/General Manager Dale Tallon.

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Islanders Lose Okposo To Shoulder Injury

via Katie Strang tweet,

Kyle Okposo requires surgery on injured right shoulder, ruled out indefinitely

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A Look At Rookies Not Named Taylor Hall

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The award goes to the top rookie, not the top 18-year-old, so Hall will have some serious competition, starting on his own team. Here’s a look at other rookie NHLers to keep an eye on this season:

John Carlson, 20, Washington Capitals: The world junior hero for Team USA looked right at home after the Caps called him up last season, collecting six points (1-5) and a plus-11 rating in 22 regular-season games. The defenseman has the potential to be this season’s Tyler Myers, a complete player at both ends of the ice.

P.K. Subban, 21, Montreal Canadiens: If there’s an award for exuberance, then it’s not even close. Subban would win in a landslide. The infectious young blueliner won over Habs fans last spring by stepping into the frying pan and putting up eight points (1-7) in 14 postseason games following his late-season call-up. He didn’t fold at all under the immense pressure. He’ll see serious power-play time this season and could rack up the points.


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Hate Waiting In Line At A Hockey Game?

from Coyotes.com,

Live NHL hockey offers fast-paced, non-stop action that can make it difficult to take a break without missing something. The Phoenix Coyotes, ARAMARK, the Coyotes’ exclusive food and beverage partner, and Jobing.com Arena have teamed up with Bypass Lane to offer a solution for fans who want a convenient way to order food from the comfort of their seats.

Bypass Lane is a ground-breaking mobile technology that allows fans to order and pay for concessions on their smartphones, bypassing the concessions lines. In addition, it allows teams and venues to streamline the ordering process and add point of sale opportunities. The Phoenix Coyotes are the first NHL team to offer a venue-wide solution that allows every fan from any seat in the arena to use the service. Bypass Lane will be available for all Jobing.com Arena events.


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Can The Leafs Play Wilson’s Way?

from Damien Cox of The Spin,

Right now, the Leafs are scouring the league for a centre, knowing that nobody has to be under the salary cap until opening night so bargains may not become available until the middle of next week.

But given what the Leafs have, it’s not at all clear that this team has the capability to play the way Wilson wants them to, as laudable as that approach may be.

They put a lineup out against Buffalo on Monday night that looked very close to the group likely to open the regular season, and the result was another spotty effort, albeit a winning one. You can’t draw conclusions from exhibition games, but at the same time, while it was crowd-pleasing to see Phil Kessel and Nik Kulemin show some flash and dash, this still looks like a team that’s going to have a hard time keeping the puck out of its net.

Burke has loaded up with veteran D-men, and maybe they’ll tighten up starting next week. But the group of Dion Phaneuf, Francois Beauchemin, Mike Komisarek and Tomas Kaberle is anything but formidable when it comes to defending and loses a startling number of one-on-one confrontations, while the Leaf crease remains an area that enemy forwards don’t mind visiting.


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