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Blackhawks The Team To Beat In the West

from Tim Wharnsby of CBC,

The Blackhawks still appear to be the team to beat in the West.

The Sharks haven’t improved their roster and instead have lost Rob Blake to retirement and goalie Evgeni Nabokov to the Kontinential Hockey League in Russia. The Detroit Red Wings primarily have the same lineup back. The Vancouver Canucks did a good job in adding defencemen Dan Hamhuis and Keith Ballard, but they still don’t have the depth up front that Chicago boasts.

The Red Wings were the last team to repeat as Stanley Cup champions. When they followed up 1996-97 with a championship in 1997-98, there was minimal turnover with their roster. But this was a team highly motivated because their teammate Vladimir Konstantinov had been confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life after a limousine accident less than a week after the 1997 Cup win.

The Blackhawks will have plenty of fresh faces in the lineup. They will be hungry to sip from the Stanley Cup, too. Stan Bowman’s father Scotty always stated there has to be turnover for teams to repeat in order to wipeout the internal complacency.

more on the Blackhawks…

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George Goes Camping

from George Malik at Mlive,

I’ve shared some of my observations during this camp’s sessions as a fan who felt incredibly privileged to attend the sessions, dut I didn’t admit to the immense cases of nerves, and in some cases, self-doubt that resulted in little sleep and a dearth of quoted interviews, despite the fact that I’ve got a good chunk of Q-and-A sessions with players to transcribe and, if I ever figure my new voice recorder out, possibly simply upload to the net as MP3 files.

read about George attending the Wings prospect camp…

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Still Looking For Work

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Plenty of unrestricted free agents not named Ilya Kovalchuk are still out there. I took some time to check in with the agents for a number of them Tuesday:

Brendan Morrison
I’m actually surprised the Caps let him go. He’s a solid character player and thought he fit in well as the No. 2 center in Washington. Now he’s looking for a job. “We’re talking to four teams,” his agent, Kurt Overhardt, told ESPN.com on Tuesday. “We have our own priority list, which we can’t disclose….

John Madden
This guy was a real nice fit with the Cup-champion Hawks, but there’s no room under the cap for him in Chicago at this point.

“Johnny is evaluating the possible situations so that he can pick the right spot moving forward,” his agent, Bill Zito, told ESPN.com on Tuesday. “Once Kovalchuk happens and [Tomas] Kaberle gets moved, now there’s going to be more free-agent business. So, at this point, it’s hurry up and wait.”

more on each of the above players plus more names…

Also note how LeBrun gets a reply from the agent instead of just a ‘source’.

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Player ‘Numbers’

from John Kreiser of NHL.com,

Mathematicians aren’t the only ones who love numbers—we at NHL.com do, too. Each tells a story of its own, whether it’s 1,963 (Wayne Gretzky’s career assists, more than any other player’s points total); 1,767 (Gordie Howe’s record for games played, just 11 more than Mark Messier, who opted to retire before breaking the record) or 602 (Martin Brodeur’s regular-season victory total, a number than figures to keep climbing for a few more seasons).

If, as the saying goes, every picture tells a story—well, so do a lot of the numbers few people ever think about.

With that in mind, here are a few of the more interesting NHL facts and figures involving position players that you might not have known about:

Ready, aim ... fire!—Alex Ovechkin led the NHL in shots on goal in 2009-10—with “only” 368, a huge drop from 2008-09, when he became only the second player in NHL history to take more than 500 in a single season. Ovi’s 528 shots in 2008-09 are second in League history to the 550 taken by Boston’s Phil Esposito in 1970-71, a season in which he shattered NHL scoring records with 76 goals and 152 points.


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Flyers Sign Carcillo

from Flyers.com,

The Philadelphia Flyers have signed 6’0’’, 205-pound left wing Dan Carcillo to a one-year contract, according to club General Manager Paul Holmgren. Per club policy, financial terms were not disclosed.

“We are happy to have Dan under contract for the 2010-11 season,” said Holmgren.


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Sydor Retires And Named Asst. Coach For Houston Aeros

from HoustonAeros.com,

The National Hockey League’s (NHL) Minnesota Wild and the American Hockey League’s (AHL) Houston Aeros today named Darryl Sydor and Brian Wiseman as the Aeros’ Assistant Coaches. Sydor and Wiseman join Aeros Head Coach Mike Yeo in coaching the Wild’s AHL prospects. Sydor spent 10 of his 18 NHL seasons playing for the Dallas Stars and has won a pair of Stanley Cups. Wiseman teamed with Yeo to help the Aeros win the International Hockey League’s Turner Cup in the 1998-99 season.

    Sydor, 38 (5/13/72), retires after 18 NHL seasons and 1,291 games to join the Aeros coaching staff. Sydor spent the 2009-10 season playing with the St. Louis Blues.


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Elias Feels Kaberle Would Be A Fit In New Jersey

from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

Patrik Elias wasn’t happy to see the Devils lose defenseman Paul Martin to free agency, but he has a suggestion on how to fill that hole.

Tomas Kaberle.

Elias would like to see the Devils trade for the Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman.

“Personally, I wouldn’t be the only one to love to play with that guy,” Elias said. “It’s unbelievable how he controls the game. I think he’d be a wonderful addition to our team.

“Toronto’s been talking for three years that they want to trade him.”


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Jared Boll Re-Signs With Columbus

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have re-signed right wing Jared Boll to a two-year contract General Manager Scott Howson announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.

Boll, 24, recorded four goals and three assists for seven points and 149 penalty minutes in 68 games with the Blue Jackets in 2009-10. He led the club in penalty minutes for the third-straight season and ranked 15th in the NHL in that category.

“We are very pleased to complete this two-year deal with Jared,” Howson said. “He has proven to be a great teammate in his three years in Columbus and we look forward to seeing him continue to grow as a player.”

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Talking Dallas RFAs

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Q: Can you give us any update on any of the Stars’ restricted free agents. I have not heard anything and was just curious if Joe was close to signing those guys. I am surprised that Niklas Hjalmarsson got an offer sheet. Hope the Stars are close to signing Grossman and Neal and not losing either one of them or being forced to match an offer that will put them in more of a bind salary wise. Any news would be appreciated.

HEIKA: from what I have heard, none of the big three will sign their offer sheet by July 15, and this will go on throughout the summer.

I believe the Stars are offering James Neal two years at about $2.5 million a year. He wants a longer term deal for more money. I’m not sure what the Stars want to sign Nicklas Grossman for, but I believe they will hold strong on the qualifying offer for Matt Niskanen (just under $900,000)

Bottom line is none of these three will get a pay cut, so going past July 15 (when the Stars retain the players’ rights but can then offer a new contract lower than the qualifying offer) is not an issue. I think the Stars would find a way to match an offer sheet for Neal (unless it is outrageous) based on the fact that new ownership should be in place eventually and they would take care of paying Neal’s new contract.

read on

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Maxim Lapierre Re-Signs With Montreal

via TSN,

The Montreal Canadiens locked up Maxim Lapierre for the 2010-11 season, keeping him in the fold with a one-year contract.

TSN’s sister station in Quebec RDS reports that the deal will pay him $900,000.

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