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Mike Green Thinking Playoffs

Elisabeth Meinecke of On Frozen Blog caught up with Mike Green when he visited Powell Elementary school in D.C. as part of the city-wide DCPS Beautification Day.

Green said his workouts this off-season have been by far the most intense of his career.  Being conditioned for next year’s playoffs is already on his mind.

“Come playoff time, you’ve got to make sure you’re in shape, so I wanted to make sure I’m in the best shape possible,” Green said. “It’s been a tough summer.”...

When asked what he learned from last season that’s going to be the biggest improvement in his game this year, he talked about consistency and avoiding injury. Injuries have marred his past two post-seasons. Green also shared his thoughts on new teammate, D.J. King, and the idea of defenseman Willie Mitchell possibly being in a Caps uniform.

“I played against him when I was younger in the WHL, and he’s a big boy, so I know everybody’s exciting to have him here,” Green said of King.

On Mitchell, he said, “I think he’d be a great fit in Washington.”

more on Green’s involvement with the community…

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Morning Line

“I’ve talked to about five or six teams, and I’m looking at what might be the right fit and not just the money.  I just want the opportunity to come in and play a lot and make an impact.’‘

-Tim Kennedy, an unrestricted free agent after the Sabres bought-out his contract.  More on Kennedy and other MSU alumni from Neil Koepke of the Lansing State Journal.

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Recovered From A Blood Clot, Pelech Now Fighting For A Job

from Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald,

(Matt) Pelech was peeling off his equipment in the dressing room after a 4-2 win over Texas.

His defensive partner Keith Aulie gasped.

“Pelly, what’s going on with your arm?”

Pelech looked down. His arm was puffy, swollen and dark blue from the shoulder all the way down to his hand.

Looking back, Pelech remembers feeling his arm go numb in the second period. But he simply figured the funny, tingly sensation came from a pinched nerve or a minor burner.

Hockey players push through pain and discomfort on a nightly basis. This seemed minor. The visual evidence proved otherwise.

Dr. Reg Peters, an emergency room physician, was working the game that night. He took one look at the blue appendage and ordered Pelech to go straight to the Abbotsford hospital.


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Looking For Work

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

He owns two championship rings. He has appeared in 819 NHL games, all for the same organization. He was once considered one of the league’s sharpest shutdown left wings. He has recovered from spring shoulder surgery.

He is without a job.

“Up in the air right now,’’ said Jay Pandolfo. “Seems like a slow summer for free agents. Just trying to be patient here. Hopefully something will happen before training camp.’’

Like many veterans this offseason, the Burlington-raised former Boston University star finds himself on the outside looking in, wondering if and when a general manager will send him working papers.

The 35-year-old Pandolfo has company in the NHL unemployment line.

continued and more hockey topics too…

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Sunday Hockey Notes

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

• Little known fact: Among those who took the witness stand to support the NHL’s case against invalidating the Ilya Kovalchuk contract was Brian Burke.

• Last week, it was rules being poked and prodded. This week is hockey discussion week with an international summit. But if I could change just one thing about the NHL, it would be to reduce the size of equipment both for goaltenders and skaters. The goalie equipment still needs to shrink, while pads, gloves, elbow pads and shoulder pads need to be altered and softened for those playing the game at the highest level.

• And the always reliable Bob McKenzie has just signed a 10-year contract to continue doing what he does at TSN. And really, shouldn’t a deal of that length be subject to the approval of Gary Bettman? Isn’t it cap circumvention?

• Of the past eight starting goaltenders on teams in the Stanley Cup Final, only Marc-Andre Fleury remains in the same comfortable situation as a clear No. 1 netminder. Chris Osgood, starter in two recent finals, is now a backup goalie in Detroit to Jimmy Howard. Unless J-S Giguere returns to Cup form, he is likely to share the starter’s job in Toronto with emerging Jonas Gustavsson. Michael Leighton will compete with Brian Boucher for a starting spot in Philadelphia. And Ray Emery (remember him?) and Antti Niemi, the Stanley Cup hero shown the door by the Blachkawks, are currently free agents without contracts. Getting to the final—or winning a championship—is no longer the ticket to the future it once was.

a few more hockey notes…

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Don Cherry Talks Upcoming Season

from Ken Pagan of the North Bay Nugget,

While the Leafs are the only one of Canada’s six NHL teams not to play a playoff game since 2004, there will soon be another NHL team in Canada, Cherry said.

“It’ll happen in Winnipeg,” he said. “I would say Phoenix will be the team. If you’ve watched Coach’s Corner, I’ve guaranteed within two years, Phoenix will be in Winnipeg. They have to go. They’ll never draw in Phoenix. They had a winning team this past year and they still didn’t draw. They can’t do much better than they did, to make the playoffs and still not draw. So they will be in Winnipeg and they’ll jam them in there.”

Cherry expects the Washington Capitals and San Jose Sharks will be teams to watch this season, while the Stanley-Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks will take a step back, having got rid of too many players during the offseason to stay under the league’s salary cap.


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Tie-Breaker Rule Change

via E.J. Hradek tweet,

NHL confirms this rule change: Regulation/OT wins (shootout Ws EXCLUDED) now will be first way to break ties in the standings.

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Lecavalier Will Undergo Minor Procedure On His Knee

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning announced today that center Vincent Lecavalier will undergo a minor arthroscopic procedure on his left knee on Tuesday, August 24 in Tampa. The procedure will be performed by Lightning Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Ira Guttentag at the Florida Medical Clinic.

The recovery time will be 3-4 weeks and Lecavalier is expected to be ready to participate in the Lightning’s training camp, which begins Friday, September 17.

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Summer Ratings

from Edward Fraser of The Hockey News,

...here are the top and bottom performers of the summer shopping season so far:

Chicago Blackhawks

Key Gains: Fernando Pisani, LW; Marty Turco, G; Jeff Taffe, LW; Ivan Vishnevskiy, D; John Scott, D; Viktor Stalberg, LW
Key Losses: Antti Niemi, G; John Madden, C; Andrew Ladd, LW; Adam Burish, RW; Kris Versteeg, C; Brent Sopel, D; Ben Eager, LW; Dustin Byfuglien, RW; Kim Johnsson, D

The Hawks were bleeding players, no doubt, but GM Stan Bowman did a remarkable job securing assets for skaters he was forced to get rid of under the crush of the cap.

read on

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Morning Line

“Of course, to play in the NHL is a dream.  You can go to any youth sports school and ask those who train there—everyone will say that they dream of the NHL.  There cannot even be a talk about comparing the two leagues.  The KHL right now is moving in the right direction, raising up a little, but there is no point to compare the leagues.  Let them call me names, call me a traitor, but this is true.

-Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals,  Ovechkin did an interview (many topics) with sports.ru and you can read the translated interview by Dmitry Chesnokov of PuckDaddy.

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, khl

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