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Finish The Job

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings rely on Darren Helm to be among the team leaders in hits, win more than half of his faceoffs, be a strong penalty-killer and pressure opponents into making mistakes with aggressive forechecking.

If he becomes a better finisher one day that would be a bonus.

Helm certainly creates a lot of scoring chances with his blazing speed. He scored 11 goals in 75 games during his first full NHL season last year, a nice total for a fourth-line center.

“If he can do that every year, that’s a real good year for him,’’ coach Mike Babcock said. “We’re looking for physical play out of him, penalty-killing and energy.’’

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Harding Hears That ‘Pop’

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

Josh Harding heard a “disturbing pop,” threw off his blocker and gripped the net in dread Friday night in St. Louis.

“I kind of went into shock. I knew something was wrong. I was hoping it wasn’t this,” the Wild goaltender said dejectedly.

Harding’s worst fear was confirmed Saturday morning when doctors determined he tore both the anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in his right knee. After swelling in his MCL subsides, Harding will undergo reconstructive surgery that could cause him to miss the season, although he refused to rule out a return.

“It’s going to be a battle. I’m ready to take on that battle, though,” Harding said. “It’s not like I’m going to just lay in my bed and feel sorry for myself. That’s not going to help anything.”

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Broadcasting Live From The Studio

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

The Bruins are among five teams that won’t have their television play-by-play guys working their games in Europe. Of the half-dozen squads that will open the season with a pair of games each overseas, only the Sharks will have their play-by-play and color guys in the booth. Here in the Hub, Jack Edwards and Andy Brickley will call the two games vs. Phoenix, both in Prague, off a monitor in NESN’s Watertown studios. Let’s not forget, the Bruins are partners with the Red Sox in NESN ownership. If the Sox were to open with a pair of games in, oh, Antarctica, would they have Don Orsillo and Jerry Remy on the job? Bet your Aunt Gert’s pink BoSox hat and apron on it. NESN’s A team made it to Japan when the Sox opened there, correct? True, NESN’s Sox ratings tubed this year, along with ad revenue, but the network’s presence on basic cable still makes it, as we have said here before, a bloated cash behemoth. What the Bruins must do, post haste, is convince John Henry’s wife, Linda Pizzuti, to view NHL games as sort of an offbeat, aberrant entertainment viewing experience (as much of America does), and then maybe a little NESN love would come the Black and Gold’s way.

more hockey topics…

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NHLPA To The Rescue

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Just when you thought there was nothing more to learn about the NHL’s prosecution of Ilya Kovalchuk and the Devils, Slap Shots can inform you that GM Lou Lamoriello was on the phone with NHLPA attorneys on the day the union and league were crafting the amendment to the CBA to allow for No. 17’s uncontested 15-year, $100 million contract registration.

Slap Shots has been told that the delay of approximately 12 hours in finalizing the agreement reached in the early hours of Sept. 4 was caused by the PA’s insistence that the Devils not be penalized with a loss of cap space for having been found guilty of circumvention by arbitrator Richard Bloch on the first Kovalchuk contract submission.

The NHL, we’re told, finally yielded after it became clear that the union, protecting up to $3 million of New Jersey’s potential payroll, was not going to surrender on the issue.

Somehow we doubt that Lamoriello will be spending much time badmouthing Donald Fehr over the next two years.

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Getting Kovalchuk off His Game

There’s one player who seems to have Cliffs Notes on taking Ilya Kovalchuk off his game.

It’s not a top-pair defensive defenseman nor anyone who will ever have to clear space for a Selke Trophy on his shelf. 

No, the one guy who can infuriate Kovalchuk to the point of ineffectiveness is none other than Sean Avery

While the New York Rangers are going to have trouble finding answers for New Jersey’s top line—if their 4 goals and 8 assists combined in two games are any indication—Ilya will likewise lack an answer for just what it is that bothers him so much about Avery. 

And that could be an issue.

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Late Saturday Night Hockey Notes

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

• Ron Wilson has every reason to hate the schedule that Brian Burke and ownership have saddled him with in training camp. Wilson’s backside is on the line as this season begins and the Leafs have played five pre-season games in the past five days. That’s five days where he can’t practise with his full roster, work on what needs to be worked on: It’s wasted time for a coach with the clock ticking.

• The New York Rangers missed an opportunity Saturday. They placed defenceman Wade Redden on waivers. They should have done the same for the retired but still working general manager, Glen Sather.

a few more hockey notes…

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Kovalchuk Gives Avery Some Advice

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Yes, Devils wing Ilya Kovalchuk did make a gesture with his hand toward his mouth during his exchange of words with Rangers’ pest Sean Avery when the two were on their respective benches in the third period. But it was not the throat slashing gesture that earned Blackhawks defenseman Nick Boynton a one-game regular season suspension earlier this week.

“I just told him to zip it,” Kovalchuk said after the Devils’ 5-4 overtime loss to the Rangers tonight. “I didn’t tell him I will kill him, so don’t suspend me.”

Rangers coach John Tortorella confirmed that Kovalchuk made a “zip your lip” motion and Avery himself said Kovalchuk should not be suspended for whatever gesture he made.

“Yeah, yeah, yeah. I saw the whole thing,” Tortorella said. :It was just shut your mouth. There was no slash.”

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Habs lose to Sens, fall to 1-2 in pre-season

The Canadiens had a good first and it went south from there during Saturday night’s game against Ottawa. However, any worries are likely unnecessary, given that the Senators dressed a fairly NHL heavy lineup, while the Canadiens were a bit lighter on the talent side. Regardless, one would have hoped for a better showing from Carey Price after his game against the Bruins on Wednesday. Against Ottawa, Price again proved off, surrendering six goals on 30 shots. While some of these goals were not his fault (Jaroslav Spacek gets a nod here), and there were clearly defensive errors, Price still needs to stop the puck - you can’t win giving up six goals. But it is the pre-season, and many a team have come up empty in September only to blaze out of the gates in October.

Who’s impressed so far, and who’s a step behind?

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  Tags: aaron+palushaj, carey+price, david+desharnais, jaroslav+spacek

John Stevens Working The Defense In LA

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi, a former Flyers scout, liked Stevens’ work ethic. So did assistant GM Ron Hextall, who bled Flyers orange and black as a player. Coach Terry Murray was Stevens’ assistant in Philadelphia and a friend since Stevens played for and later coached the Flyers’ minor league team, the Phantoms.

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“They all know that John is a man of tremendous integrity and did not need much of a push to hire him,” Holmgren said. “He’s a great fit there.”

Stevens, who played 53 NHL games for the Flyers and Hartford Whalers, is Murray’s top assistant. He inherited Hardy’s duties of working with the defense and overseeing the penalty killing, which ranked 20th in the NHL last season. Under his direction it will be more aggressive, more intent on pressuring the puck.

“He’s changed things up a little bit,” defenseman Jack Johnson said. “He seems like a great guy, easy to talk to.”

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Sergei Samsonov Taken To Hospital

via Chip Alexander tweets,

Sergei Samsonov injured at 1:55 of third after Byfuglien hit along boards. Samsonov needs a stretcher to be taken from ice.

Samsonov is being taken to an Atlanta hospital.

added 9:47pm, via a Carolina Hurricanes tweet,

Sergei Samsonov is at hospital for precautionary testing, but has full sensation & team is hopeful he’ll be released tonight.

added 10:00pm, David Lee of Red and Black Hockey at KK has a little more information and will keep you posted as more information becomes available.

added 10:15pm, David has another update, sprained neck for Samsonov.

 

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