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Komisarek Needs To Find His Identity

from Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail,

And so once again the trumpet call to truculence is sounding, on this particular morning cutting its way through the coughing and random expectorating of fluids and clichés that signal Toronto Maple Leafs training camp physicals.

It is to be hoped that this season Mike Komisarek can filter some of the nonsense out. There is an unnerving inevitability to Komisarek, whose lost first year of a five-year, $22.5-million (U.S.) contract ended in February with shoulder surgery and left him with no goals, four assists and 40 penalty minutes to show for 34 games. A seventh overall pick in 2001, he has the size and attitude that suggests he’s at home in the hurly burly of the game.

At times with the Montreal Canadiens, his former team, there were glimpses of offensive awareness. But here’s the thing: watching Komisarek wade into the thick of things or line up an opponent is cringe-inducing, because too often he’s the movable force or the movable object. That’s what happened with the Canadiens, when he was beaten mercilessly by Milan Lucic in a fight in November, 2008, injuring his shoulder, then targeted during the 2009 playoffs by Lucic again and also Zdeno Chara.


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The 4-2-1-2 Theory

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

Former NHL general manager Craig Button has a theory that if you allocate 65-70 percent of your salary cap money to nine specific players, you’ll be giving your team a chance to contend for the Stanley Cup. He calls it his “4-2-1-2 theory,” and with the way things have gone this offseason, it’s not at all surprising to learn that according to Button, the goaltender is the seventh-most important asset when it comes to distributing money from your salary cap.

“You need four good defensemen, two really good centermen and then your goaltender comes in before you get two more good forwards,” Button, now an analyst for the NHL Network, explained to NHL.com. “If you put most of your money into a goaltender and you don’t have defense, those teams are not winning.”


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Questions Remain For The Ducks

from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

Many preseason predictions don’t see any postseason games at Honda Center next spring either, but not everyone seems to share that sentiment.

“Not in our locker room, that’s for sure,” center Ryan Getzlaf said. “Our organization’s been built the same way since I’ve been here. Every year we’ve been building for the same thing.

“You can’t do it every year. It’s a fact of the game. You’re not going to go out and every season and perform to the highest level. You’d love to and everybody would love to. It just doesn’t work out that way.”

After the disappointment of last season, the Ducks enter camp amid expectations that are sharply scaled back from the post-Stanley Cup years.


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Andrei Markov Continues With His Rehab Work

from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

Markov won’t be with his teammates this morning when training camp begins in Brossard with practice and scrimmage. Instead, he’ll be back in the gym, his tedious Brossard home, then skating gently, with supervision, on his own.

“I’d like to come back tomorrow, but it’s not possible yet,” Markov said yesterday. “I’m doing my best and I’m happy with my rehab. I can do different things on the ice. My knee feels a little weak, but it’s getting stronger every day.”

He’s circled no date on the calendar for his return to action, or even to practice with the team.

“Maybe another month,” he said. “Maybe more, maybe less.”

History suggests Markov is a quick healer, having returned from the slashed foot tendon five weeks earlier than first forecast. But an ACL is not a tendon; it is a serious working joint and you’d best believe the Canadiens will not rush Markov back into action with at least 82 games to play.

“I want to feel comfortable on the ice,” he said. “I want to stay healthy, because it hasn’t been like that the last couple of years. You can’t feel 100 per cent all season long -sometimes it’s up and down with bruises. But I want to enjoy the game every night.


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It Is What It Is When It Comes To Zherdev

from Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

Apparently, the native of Ukraine, who most recently played for the Atlant-Moscow Mystishchi, is still a mystery. At least, he was Thursday at Flyer Skate Zone, one day before the team officially opened training camp.

Even though Zherdev understands English, he insisted on using Slava Kouznetsov, the Adirondak Phantoms’ skating coach, as a translator. And what the 6-foot-2, 203-pounder said, via translation, was less than enlightening.

Asked about his personal goals for the season, Zherdev responded: “How it’s going to go, it’s going to go.”

Assuming the message was lost in translation, the question was asked again, but differently. The answer, though, was similar to the previous answer.

“I will work and do [what’s required],” he said with a smile. “How it turns out, it turns out.”

read on

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Stars Hit PEI

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

The chore of getting 53 hockey players and their equipment to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island is a labor of love.

And when you consider it’s for a three-day training camp “peck on the cheek,” it might seem more like a bad romance.

But the Stars are willing to endure the travel challenges because they believe that future training camps on Canada’s smallest province could be great for team unity.

“I think you can say this is a bit of a dry run,” Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk said of an experiment that begins today and ends with a flight back to Texas on Monday afternoon.

“They obviously were very proactive in getting us, and I think we also had an idea from the start that this would be something that has worked very well for this organization in the past with Vail. So I think we all pushed ahead with this year, knowing the schedule wasn’t perfect, but also knowing that it would be a really nice chance to see how it works.”


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DiPietro Expects To Be Healthy

from Brett Cyrgaus of the NY Post,

Rick DiPietro doesn’t need motivation. The Islanders goalie doesn’t need outside pressure and expectations, doesn’t need the judging glare of the hockey world or the critical eye of the New York fans to get him up in the morning, to get him to the rink on time, to get him to be the best damn goalie he can be.

All of that pressure comes internally for DiPietro. And all of that pressure sits on his broad shoulders this season, which technically started yesterday when the Islanders players showed up to IceWorks in Syosset for the first day of training camp that included off-ice testing and physicals.

“I put a tremendous amount of pressure on myself,” DiPietro told The Post. “The Islanders made a huge commitment in signing me to that long-term deal and I fully expect to be back and healthy and make good on that promise that we’re going to bring the Stanley Cup to Long Island.”


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Kaberle & Wilson Have Had Positive Talks

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

When Wilson was asked if the much anticipated summit with the defenceman had taken place after a summer of salvos across the Atlantic between Brian Burke and Kaberle’s father, he warmed to the topic.

“We’ve sat down and talked,” Wilson said ” All our talks have been really positive, as I expected them to be.

“I’ll get this out there now so there are no issues, he may only play one of the first five exhibition games (next week). Because I know what he can do and I know he can play with other people. Kabba is 32 years old. At the end of training camp I need to have him fresh. You don’t want your team dead after one week.

“I know (a feud) is a nice story for you guys to hang your hats on,” he said added with a smile, “but there really isn’t an issue. I just wanted to get that out there and be on the offensive and give you the information so you aren’t running around thinking (he’s benched) and there is something else going on.”

read on

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Are The Flyers A Better Team This Season?

from Sam Carchidi of Broad Stree Bull at the Philadelphia Inquirer,

The Flyers, coming off a stunning run to the Cup Finals, are understandably excited about being back in training camp.

  Did they make the right off-season moves that will make them Cup contenders again?

  We will find out in the upcoming months. From here, the Flyers have more overall toughness and are much better defensively than at this time last season. The offense appears a little weaker, as does the goaltending.

  But chemistry can make up for some deficiencies, and the Flyers seem to be a tight-knit group.

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Langkow Not Cleared For Contact

from Torie Peterson of Flames.com,

While he has made great strides over the summer, Daymond Langkow has not been medically cleared for contact and will not take part in the Calgary Flames training camp.

“Right now, I’m going to skating on my own,” he said on Friday. “I just can’t take contact right now and it’s kind of frustrating. It’s kind of a day-to-day thing and we’ll just go from there.”


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