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Taking The Next Step

from Larry Wigge of NHL.com,

Call it the next step.

It’s the difference between playing against boys in junior hockey or in college and playing against men in the National Hockey League. It’s a daunting task. It’s a physical drain of growing into your body more quickly than ever before. It’s wanting it more than anything else you’ve ever done.

And with the most recent draft being considered in quality and depth right up there with the 1979 and 2003 drafts, it shouldn’t be surprising to hear Tampa Bay talking about where Steven Stamkos will fit in the Lightning lineup.

Another handful of players from the first round—including defensemen Drew Doughty (No. 2 by Los Angeles), Zach Bogosian (No. 3 by Atlanta) Alex Pietrangelo (No. 4 by St. Louis) and Luke Schenn (No. 5 by Toronto), plus forwards like left winger Nikita Filatov (No. 6 by Columbus), right winger Mikkel Boedker and left winger Viktor Tikhonov (Nos. 8 and 28 by Phoenix) and left winger Kyle Beach (No. 11 by Chicago)—are in the same situation as Stamkos.

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The Wendel Clark Way

from Crash the Crease,

During his career Wendel played taller and heavier then he actually was and that took a toll on his body, he did everything in his power to protect his teammates and anything for his team to win, if he had to score a hat-trick he would, if he had to fight Bob Probert he would, if he had to take on a much bigger Marty McSorley who just dropped Doug Gilmour with an elbow he would and he would do it very well.

There has not been many players in the history of the NHL who could do this on a night to night basis and there has been even fewer who could do it that actually would do it

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Pre-Season Western Conf. Schedule Breakdown

from HockeyTownTodd,

The pre-season schedule is predictably weird.

Find your own theories….

I have heard all the yada-yada about venue availability and Franchise requests every year, but personally….

I think the scheduling chimps were rushed trying to make their tee times.

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Blackhawks Tickets Moving Fast

from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,

The Hawks sold 57,000 single-game tickets Monday, and with their increasing season-ticket base have sold more than 500,000 tickets for the upcoming season, an increase of more than 300 percent from this time last year.

While no games are officially sellouts because the team is withholding tickets for season plans, many games — including the home opener Oct. 13 against Nashville, the Feb. 27 game against Sidney Crosby and the Penguins and games against the Red Wings — were unavailable to some buyers Monday….

McDonough said the Hawks’ season-ticket base had increased from about 3,400 at the beginning of last season to more than 12,000 so far this season. Full-season ticket-holders will get an opportunity to purchase tickets for the Jan. 1 Winter Classic against the Red Wings at Wrigley Field.

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Detective Dater

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

But I’ll go on record right now and say his decision will be to come back. There are too many clues to say otherwise.

Among them: Sakic is still working out hard. If you were about to retire after two decades in the NHL, would you still want to hit the gym every morning, or might you want to tip back a few every afternoon on the 19th hole?

When he talks to teammates, he’s still using the word “we,” not “them.” True, Gordie Howe still refers to the Red Wings as “we” when he talks about them, but that didn’t happen for at least a decade after he left Detroit and played in Houston and Hartford.

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All About Craig Leipold

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

... And if you ever run into the man with a hockey mullet and infectious laugh, he’s as approachable as a miniature bichon.

“This is a big business guy who runs in big political circles, but he walks with kings with the touch of a common man,” said close friend Joe Sweeney, an investment banker who used to be marketing agent for Brett Favre, LeRoy Butler, Barry Alvarez and Robin Yount, among others. “Craig is as down to earth as anybody I’ve ever met.

“The greatest thing I can say about Craig Leipold is he’s got 100 best friends. He’s so busy. He’s got five kids, a wonderful, successful wife, tons of business ventures, yet he’s there for so many people, a hundred people call Craig Leipold their best friend.”

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BS Rumors

from Spector’s Blog at Fox Sports,

First off, the Florida Panthers are not shopping defenseman Jay Bouwmeester….

Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Bryan McCabe may apparently be willing to consider waiving his movement clause to accept a trade but that doesn’t mean he’ll be dealt soon….

The Minnesota Wild are not shopping Marian Gaborik. That rumor is pure BS….

Oh, and while I think of it, Bouwmeester isn’t being shopped for McCabe or Gaborik.

How do I know this? Because most NHL general managers are either on vacation, just back from vacation or soon to be heading out on vacation.

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Here is the story folks, 99.99% of the people spreading this stuff are either fishing for web hits or don’t know the game and in some cases, a combination of both.  The reliable, trusted sources they refer to are made-up and the vagueness of who they are meant to lead you on and on and on!

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Burke & Fletcher Talk

Hope that headline did not confuse you!

The Bill Waters Show on AM640 Toronto had Brian Burke and Cliff Fletcher on the air today.

Brian Burke did his first live radio interview since the tampering charges and did admit he is considering options other than Anaheim for “family reasons”. He also talked about the Selanne situation that we are familiar with and a few other hockey items.

Cliff Fletcher discussed a few topics…

1) Bryan McCabe will be invited to training camp
2) He was quite complimentary of McCabe’s contribution to TML and says “he’s a nice guy”.

But they are still trying actively to trade him….and as far as Sundin goes, they haven’t gotten to whether the contract offer for him will include a NTC/NM Clause.  They have only discussed salary and year.

You can listen to both interviews at AM640.

Thanks to a KK reader for the heads-up and providing some of the above material.

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Questions For Ducks

from Dan Wood of the OC Register,

Drum roll, please – Have we seen the last of No. 8?

While popular and prolific right wing Teemu Selanne has been silent all summer, contradicting his statement at the end of last season that he expected to decide on his hockey future by July 1, there is good reason. With their salary-cap issues, the Ducks simply can’t sign Selanne right now. Handcuffing the Ducks further is a bizarre wrinkle in the collective bargaining agreement between the NHL and its players union.

many more questions like- Does this season mark the last best shot at another serious Stanley Cup run?  Can the Ducks piece together a productive second line?...

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Chris Mason Works On His Game

fromo Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

After a sub-par season in Nashville, where Mason was ousted as the starter and then forgotten, he’s been traveling to Calgary this summer to work with Tyler Love, who runs World Pro Goaltending. Love, who has worked with Montreal’s Carey Price and Los Angeles’ Jason Labarbera, is trying to help Mason upgrade his technique.

“It’s been a few things he wanted to work on ... when to stay down, when to get back to your feet,” Love said. “They are skills the new goalies coming up have ... like a Carey Price, who is very good technique-wise. Chris has been in the league awhile, and he wanted to go back and focus on his skills.”

The work appears to be similar to what Blues assistant Rick Wamsley has done with Legace over the past two years. Wamsley has spent countless hours improving Legace’s footwork, and Legace’s trip to the NHL All-Star game last season illustrated the success.

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added 3:25pm, Just realized this story is about a month old… sorry!

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