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A Trend In Atlanta

from Harrison of Pass It To Bulis,

...That’s seven black players that the Thrashers have acquired in just over a year, in a league that only has about 30 active black players. To put it another way: in the last fourteen months, the Atlanta Thrashers have acquired 20% of the black players in the NHL. On purpose. Considering the sensitivity around racial discourse in North America, one might be hard-pressed to find any member of the Thrashers’ organization foolish enough to admit that they are intentionally acquiring black players, but this is a conspicuous trend. Considering that active acquisition of visible minorities is an unprecedented organizational mandate in the hockey world (both for political reasons and the availability of such players), a discussion of Atlanta’s seemingly race-conscious roster-building is warranted. There are two major questions that need to be answered. First: why are they doing it? Second: is it an acceptable practice?  In this article I will explain the uniquely African-American market in Atlanta, and why the Thrashers’ strategy is a good one.

read on

thanks to a KK reader for the pointer

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The Gary Roberts Influence

from James Duthie of TSN,

Let’s begin with a summer activity comparison:

- Steven Stamkos spent his summer squatting three-hundred and sixty pounds in killer sets of five reps. 

I occasionally squatted to pick up the remote if it slipped off the couch.

- Steven Stamkos ate carefully crafted meals consisting of superfoods like quinoa, sprouts, hemp, chia seeds and countless organic vegetables.

I ate Doritos off my naval while lying by the pool.

- On his non-lifting days, Stamkos did intense interval running—600 metres, 800 metres, shorter sprints, sled pulls…over and over and over.

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Vokoun Wants Results This Season

from the CP at The Hockey News,

The buzz around the Florida Panthers is all about the future and the sharp young prospects in camp, but veteran goaltender Tomas Vokoun only wants to talk about now.

The 34-year-old has had three strong seasons as a Panther, but has yet to perform for them in the post-season. That’s because Florida, which labours to score goals, has missed the playoffs the last nine years in a row.

‘‘We have a lot of good young players, but no player goes into the season thinking about how we’ll be good in three years—you worry about the season you’re playing,’’ Vokoun said Monday as he prepared to face the Montreal Canadiens, the team that drafted him 226th overall in 1994.

‘‘For me, it’s more about what we do today and tomorrow, not how it’s going to look five years from now. We had some good players on this team in the past, high draft picks, and the results didn’t come. Nothing’s guaranteed. Obviously for us it’s time to show it, not to talk.’‘

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Islanders Take Wait & See Attitude To Find Replacement For Streit

from Dyan LeBourdais of Islanders.com,

“We’ll see what happens with the (exhibition) games here, but the plan was to have all the guys pretty much that have been here in camp, be here through Saturday and then we’ll reevaluate after that,” Gordon said about the Islanders current lineups.

So the rookies definitely have a chance to show Gordon and the rest of the coaching staff they are capable of playing on the Islanders blue line this coming season.

“It’s an opportunity for everybody,” Gordon said. “Hit a little daylight, you have to make the most of it… Whether it’s Dylan (Reese), whether it’s Calvin (de Haan), Travis (Hamonic), anybody else, you never know. The bottom line is you have to outperform somebody and now there’s one less guy to outperform.”

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Lightning Roster Cuts Narrow Down Battles at Forward and on Defense

With 21 cuts announced on Sunday, the Tampa Bay Lightning are left with 28 players in training camp. While nothing is certain, it appears there are six players vying for three roster spots at forward and three in the mix for the seventh and eighth slots on the defensive depth chart, with goaltender Cedrick Desjardins remaining with the big club, while Mike Smith recovers from an injury to his right ring finger.

Barring anything drastic, which would be a major surprise at this point, it looks like ten forwards can be penciled in to remain with the Bolts come opening night. In that group, I have Sean Bergenheim, Steve Downie, Simon Gagne, Vincent Lecavalier, Ryan Malone, Dominic Moore, Teddy Purcell, Martin St. Louis, Steven Stamkos and Nate Thompson. On defense, six men appear to have a spot on the Lightning blueline out of the gate: Brett Clark, Victor Hedman, Randy Jones, Pavel Kubina, Mike Lundin and Mattias Ohlund.

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  Tags: roster+cuts, southeast+division, training+camp

Habs cuts continue

The Montreal Canadiens cut four players in advance of Monday night’s game versus the Florida Panthers. Louis Leblanc, Jarred Tinordi, Alex Avstin and, perhaps surprisingly Aaron Palushaj, were all sent packing. More on that here:

Habs cuts continue (in French)

While three of these cuts were expected, I am genuinely sorry to see Palushaj already gone.

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  Tags: aaron+palushaj, david+desharnais, jarred+tinordi, ryan+white, ryan+white

Early ROY Talk

from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,

The last few seasons has seen a remarkable crop of young players not just make the NHL, but turn into stars younger and more successful than players of past generations. And one look at the list of players eligible for the 2010-11 Calder Trophy, given to the NHL’s best first-year player, and it shows a vast array of talent that ranks with any other season since the work stoppage.

NHL.com takes a look at some of the top candidates—in alphabetical order only. We’ll avoid the prediction business, because no one could have predicted Tyler Myers (2009) or Steve Mason (2008)—neither of whom started the season in the NHL – would be Calder winners.

Jonathan Bernier, G, Kings—Jonathan Quick helped backstop the Kings to their first Stanley Cup Playoff appearance since 2002 last season, but that doesn’t mean he’s got the top job cemented. That’s because the long-awaited arrival of Bernier, the 11th pick of the 2006 Entry Draft, has come.

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Friedman Thinking Hockey Again

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC.

• It’s interesting to see how many Western Conference players measure themselves against Pavel Datsyuk. Datsyuk is one of league’s strongest, toughest and most competitive players. Guys talk about how they gain confidence if their play improves against him. It goes for executives too. Sharks GM Doug Wilson said he learned a lot about Logan Couture and Jason Demers watching them battle Datsyuk during last year’s playoffs.

• When I read that Blues fans in the 300 level will only pay for half of their season tickets if the team misses the playoffs, I wondered: What does Davis Payne think about this? These types of “Guaranteed Win” promotions are murder on coaches.

much more

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Jamie Langenbrunner May Be In The Avs Plans

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

There is, indeed, a possibility of Devils veteran Jamie Langenbrunner wearing the Burgundy and Blue before long. When I wrote a few days ago that the Avs might look Jersey’s way for help in the wake of Peter Mueller’s latest concussion (and buckle up, kids, because there’s more to that story that I’m working on) it wasn’t pure suggestion and guidance. I’d heard some “whispers” about the chances it could happen.

It appears others are hearing the same whispers, as excellent, longtime Devils beat writer Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record wrote from the Jersey end that the Avs are after Langenbrunner.

It makes sense. The Avs have the lowest payroll in the league (still not to the cap floor yet), and the Devils are over the cap and must get below the max of $59.4 million by opening night.

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  Tags: jamie+langenbrunner

The End Of Redden’s NHL Career?

from James Gordon of Senators

Extra, It seems unfathomable that a player as talented and revered as Wade Redden was in this city could be completely washed up at the tender age of 33.

But there you have it: This weekend, the New York Rangers announced they were placing the former Ottawa Senators star on waivers, paving the way for a one-way ticket to the AHL’s Hartford Whale (yes, singular) or Europe, assuming Redden’s agent can swing a deal to get him out of North America.

Who could have predicted it would all end this quickly?

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  Tags: wade+redden

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