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Kadri Struggling

from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,

In less than a week, Nazem Kadri has gone from the hot story of Maple Leafs training camp to its most burning question.

Even with coach Ron Wilson openly calling him out again on Thursday, Kadri failed to make a mark, this time at his hometown rink, the John Labatt Centre, where he was a star with the London Knights the past two seasons.

The result of the continued flat play was a third-period demotion off the line he has skated with all camp thus far—prized off-season acquisitions Colby Armstrong and Kris Versteeg—to what looked like an all-Marlies unit between wingers Marcel Mueller and Darryl Boyce.

With Tyler Bozak, Mikhail Grabovski, Christian Hanson and John Mitchell all in the fight for centre spots, Kadri has been less effective than all of hem.

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Filatov Feels He Is Maturing

from Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch,

Nikita Filatov is being watched and he knows it.

There are no dossiers being kept, only mental notes. The 20-year-old isn’t some character under suspicion in an Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn novel. He’s a talented left winger trying to make a good second impression with the Blue Jackets….

What time does he get to the rink? How much effort is he putting into his off-ice conditioning? Does he carry himself with an air of entitlement?

“You don’t have to be real smart to know that after I left last year the respect and the relationship would be different,” Filatov said. “I just hope I know the way to get it back. I spoke to (teammate Fedor Tyutin) about how to handle things and my behavior here. It’s probably going to take some time.

“I think I have changed. I get more mature and older. I know there are small moments where I have to pay attention more to being a good teammate.”

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Yzerman Doing It The Right Way

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

The sunshine and the sea make Tampa a place any free agent would consider. But what of the player who wants to win a Cup?

Yzerman — and his Detroit pedigree — can change all of that in Tampa.

“If we do a good job, treat people properly, we’ll be able to attract good players when we show we’re a good organization. Just because it’s me (in the GM chair)? No,” he said.

Nobody goes to Detroit, because Holland is the GM. Or Pittsburgh for Ray Shero.

They go there because those men have built organizations that can be trusted. Trusted to compete, honour their word, and treat people right.

It will take a while, but assuming Vinik is who Yzerman believes him to be, they’ll be saying those same things about the Tampa Bay Lightning one day.

Likely sooner than you think.

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Want To Watch Some Hockey Tonight?

We have Philadelpia taking on Toronto right now on NHL Network-US from London, Ontario and then the Kings face the Coyotes at 10:00pm ET via streaming which is embedded below.

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Peter Mueller Out With Another Concussion

via Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

I just learned some bad news: Peter Mueller is out indefinitely with another concussion. He suffered it late in last night’s game and a diagnosis wasn’t made until today.

I remember Mueller was hit up against the glass in one play, but don’t remember the player from the Kings involved, and I’m not even positive that was how the injury happened. All I know is, he’s out indefinitely.

This is horrible news.

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Afternoon Line

Talent is what wins.

Keep that in mind through training camp and you can see the sporting world in an entirely different light.

-Jim Kelley of Sportsnet where you can read the full story.

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Modano Shooting For 50

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Somewhere in Mike Modano’s new place in Detroit, there is a slip of paper or Post-it note where he’s penciled in what he thinks he’s capable of producing in his new hockey home.

It doesn’t mean anything necessarily, but something to remind him of where he’s at, where he needs to go.

“I think you need to do that. I just need to know, see those things written down, and you wake up every day trying to accomplish them,” Modano said in an interview after the Wings’ workout at Joe Louis Arena on Thursday. “If they’re written down and you’re looking at them, I think it’s good for guys.”

So what did the 40-year-old center write down?

“I wrote down 20 and 30—20 goals, 30 assists,” Modano said. “I think with the talent and the possibility of playing a little power play there and whatnot, [it] could be close to that.”

continued and watch the video report below from Burnside as he visited Detroit in his camp tour…

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Luongo Unveils His New Style

from Jason Botchford of The White Towel,

On Wednesday, Luongo unveiled the first of the tweaks to his game initiated since working with new goalie coach Rollie Melanson. And it was not insignificant. For years, Luongo has thrived by being out and in front of his crease to both challenge and intimidate.

Melanson, whose star student is Jaroslav Halak, wants to see Luongo deeper in his crease; to play in the blue specifically during half-court play.

It would allow Luongo a better chance to position himself for back door plays and second chances without having to lunge as often as he did during last season’s playoffs. Meticulous about routine, Luongo has opened himself up to the idea.

“The adjustments have to make sense to me for me to do it and they do,” Luongo said.

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24/7 Penguins/Capitals:  Road To The NHL Winter Classic

NEW YORK, Sept. 23, 2010 – HBO Sports’ groundbreaking “24/7” reality franchise, which has captured 12 Sports Emmy® Awards, will join forces with the National Hockey League to take viewers inside one of the NHL’s great rivalries, between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals, for 24/7 PENGUINS/CAPITALS:  ROAD TO THE NHL WINTER CLASSIC, an innovative four-episode, all-access reality series, it was announced today by Ross Greenburg, president, HBO Sports and John Collins, chief operating officer for the NHL.
       
The HBO Sports presentation debuts in prime time WEDNESDAY, DEC. 15 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), with an immediate encore at 11:00 p.m., and follows the two clubs simultaneously, chronicling their highs and lows each week.  The teams will meet in a Dec. 23 regular-season matchup on the Capitals’ home ice, leading into episode three of 24/7 PENGUINS/CAPITALS, as the build-up intensifies for the Jan. 1 showdown at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.

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Halak of an effort against Bruins

Well that was ugly, to say the least. Carey Price let the first goal in at 1:33 on a Nathan Horton wrist shot, and the boos began. Thirty minutes into the game, he’d allowed four goals on ten shots - and that was all she wrote for Mr. Price. He left the ice to more than scattered boos from the Montreal crowd, and all of a sudden things aren’t so rosy after Montreal’s 2010 playoff run. Perhaps more telling than anything? Price did not make himself available to the media after the game

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  Tags: aaron+palushaj, angelo+esposito, carey+price

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