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Vancouver/Nashville Trade

per Bob McKenzie tweets,

VAN-NAS trade is (Shane) O’Brian and Dan Gendur for (Ryan) Parent and another player not off the NHL roster.

Jonas Andersson is the other player NAS sent to VAN. Andersson will be joining the Manitoba Moose.

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All The Motivation Konopka Needed

from Christopher Botta of Fanhouse,

Ask most NHL players where they get their character and work ethic, and you’ll hear warm and appreciative stories about moms and dads who drove them to hockey practices at five o’clock in the morning. Ask Zenon Konopka, the gritty and pugnacious fourth-line center of the New York Islanders, and he’s got some story to tell about Zenon Konopka Sr.

“I play hockey and I scrap, and I guess people say I’m tough,” said Konopka, who led the NHL last season with 33 fighting majors while a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning. “But my dad ... now, he was tough. There isn’t any comparison between what I do as a hockey player and what his life was all about.”

Konopka’s Polish-born father was three years old when Germany and later Russia invaded Poland at the start of World War II. Russian soldiers came to his family’s home and said they would be placed in a concentration camp in Siberia.


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Ilitch Negotiating To Buy Detroit Pistons

from Bill Shea of Crain’s Detroit Business,

The owner of the Detroit Pistons and Auburn Hills-based Palace Sports & Entertainment Inc. has chosen to open negotiations to sell the basketball team and venue management company to Detroit pizza and sports industrialist Mike Ilitch, Crain’s has learned.

It’s believed that a deal will be worked out in the next 30 days.

Any sale of the Pistons will require a vote by the National Basketball Association’s other team owners.



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The Bolts Beat, 10/5/10: Predictions Special

In the latest episode of The Bolts Beat, the boys offer their conference forecasts, predicting teams 15 all the way to 1 for both the West and the East. Cramming details for all 30 teams into an hour show proved to be a formidable task, with those projected as non-playoff clubs getting far lengthier explanations than those the hosts see qualifying for postseason play. Spoiler alert: Obligatory Alex Tanguay cracks included, the Lightning make the playoffs and Jon’s orange-and-blue hallucinations return (sort of).


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Will Technology Help The Leafs?

from Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star,

Armed with tablet computers on the bench, cameras to capture every back check and odd-man rush, and a mind for software unrivalled in the NHL, Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson has gone high-tech to build a winning hockey team.

Fans who sit behind the team bench at the Air Canada Centre may notice computers wired to mini-work stations at both ends of the players’ bench. They link to streaming devices that capture and redirect statistics, replays and live game action for instant analysis and post-game dissection. The Leafs also have access to video and statistics from around the league.

What we’re doing now is watching every power play and every penalty kill around the league and putting together what we think would be the best power play and what is the best penalty kill for our team,” Wilson said.


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Better Performance Needed

from John Kreiser of NHL.com,

Vacation time is over. With the new season almost ready to begin, here’s a look at a player from each of the 15 teams in the Western Conference who will be under pressure to perform as soon as the puck drops:

Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim—The Ducks already were struggling when Getzlaf injured his ankle just before the Olympics. He wound up missing 16 games, a big reason he dropped from 91 points to 69—and Anaheim went from making the second round of the playoffs to an unwanted early vacation. Getzlaf is an NHL rarity—a power center—and the Ducks aren’t the same team without him in top form.

Jarome Iginla, Calgary—The face of the franchise for the past decade just turned 33—one year older than the number of goals he scored in 2009-10, when he had his lowest scoring season since 2000-01

continued and find the Eastern Conference here.


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Trust In The Canucks

from Jason Brough of Orland Kurtenblog,

On second thought, maybe we’re all getting a little cocky. There are still several big questions to be answered by the Canucks, and they don’t start with, “How many games will Rick Rypien play?”

Henrik Sedin went from 82 points in 2008-09 to 112 in 2009-10. Are we just assuming he’s made the leap and won’t look back?

Dan Hamhuis and Keith Ballard were brought in to shore up the Vancouver defence. So it’s all shored up now, is it?

Roberto Luongo is coming off his worst year, statistics wise, as a Canuck. Is anything a bigger concern than that?

These aren’t just neurotic Canucks fans talking. Although that’s partly it. Show us a Canucks fan who doesn’t have serious trust issues and we’ll show you a person who’s touched a lot of hot stoves and been kicked by a lot of horses.  

But there’s logic in our paranoia.

read on

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Cammalleri Was Lucky

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

There are two reasons why nobody should be surprised that Michael Cammalleri has drawn a suspension for delivering a high stick to the face of New York Islanders player Nino Niederreiter, followed by a two-hander to the back of the rookie’s leg.

The first: NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell judged Cammalleri’s irrational meltdown sufficiently dangerous to get him on the telephone to explain his side of it.

The second: Whenever Campbell has a one-on-one with a player, it’s not a matter of “if” -but for how long.

Know something? Yesterday was Cammalleri’s lucky day. When Campbell gets you on the telephone, the suspension is almost always anywhere from three to five games.


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Party Is Over For Burke

from Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun,

Last season, you made noise about making the playoffs, and the Leafs finished dead-last in the Eastern Conference and second last overall in the NHL. So I guess it’s natural that you aren’t making any bold predictions this year.

Instead, Leafs fans should be content in the knowledge that it’s the organization’s “intention” and “goal” to make the playoffs.

So strike up the band and unwrap the cheese.

Personally, I believe Burke has been given a pretty easy ride in these parts since taking over two years ago.

He’s very smart and very intimidating.

But the party is over.


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Players Going Down

from Justin Bourne at USA TODAY,

As we approach puck drop on the 2010-11 NHL season, multiple teams are already playing with a less-than-best roster, thanks to injury carryover from the previous season, offseason surgeries and a few new injuries from preseason battles.
Training camp is coming to a close, and even with some injury spots available, the hearts of bubble players are breaking all around the league this week.

But hold tight fellas, you’ll be up in no time — just wait until you see how many players are hurt by Christmas.

As a whole, the NHL has become so big, strong, fast, lucrative and competitive that we’ve started killing the talent. Check out the injury rosters– and the season hasn’t even started. It used to be playoffs were a war of attrition, not training camp. The NHL needs to take steps to protect its talent because those are its assets


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