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Pens Youngsters Need To Improve

from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Of course, Shero will also be watching his young stars such as Staal, Malkin, Whitney and Fleury—if, for no other reason, to see how they respond to raised expectations.

“These guys are still young players,” Shero said. “Look at Crosby last year. He took his summer to get better, improve a few things, and he did.

“There are areas where these younger players need to improve upon to get better ... but it is not a one-year window here.”

Unlike this time last season, though, the Penguins’ window of opportunity is definitely open.

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Potvin Takes A Shot At Rangers “D”

from the Palm Beach Post,

Can the Rangers’ “D” get it done? The additions of Chris Drury and Scott Gomez give New York the league’s most potent offense and Henrik Lundqvist is solid in goal. But a defense that wasn’t very good last year looks even more shaky after losing Tom Poti and Karel Rachunek.

“It’s brutal,” said Panthers broadcaster Denis Potvin (who, truth be told, never will be accused of being a Rangers fan). “They’ll be OK in goal, but the defense is a big issue.”

“There seems to be an imbalance there, but some people in the know say it’s not as bad as people think,” national broadcaster Bill Clement added.

more NHL talk... including the Panthers, Flyers, Thrashers, Ducks and some Calder talk…

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Bruins Still Have Questions That Need Answers

from the Milford Daily News,

Forget Ken Jennings, this Bruins squad would be the real juggernaut in Jeopardy.

As another season approaches, the club has all the questions it needs. Answers are another matter. At least for now.

And if those answers aren’t found in the coming weeks and months, there will be plenty of jobs in actual jeopardy on Causeway Street.

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Rob Blake On Jack Johnson & The Kings

from Rich Hammond at Inside the Kings,

Q: Can you talk a little about your relationship with Jack Johnson? You’re expected to mentor him. What’s that been like so far and what do you see from him?

A: You see the competitive nature. Obviously coming in last year for a handful of games, you saw how competitive he was and how much he wanted to battle. I think he understands that his college career is done and now the next step is to play professional hockey.

He’s trained hard this summer, he’s been to a couple different camps and he’s here expressing himself and knowing that he’s going to be a big part of this team. From the older guys’ perspective, he probably can show more things off the ice.

He understands that he’s going to compete on the ice, but it’s a long season and you do need a little guidance throughout that.

more on the Kings…

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Keenan Always On The Move

from the StarPhoenix,

In 1984, to hit the big time with the Philadelphia Flyers, he walked away from a secure gig at the University of Toronto.

“I built a cottage knowing that there’s movement in this industry . . . and I’d like to have some kind of roots,” says Keenan. “Right from the beginning, I recognized that. That was one of my priorities—to build a place that would be constant. And I still have it.

“I wasn’t naive enough to think that I was going to stay somewhere for 20 years. It doesn’t happen.”

This became another one of those summers.

By his estimation, he’ll have flown into Calgary at least five times when he returns from helping his father Ted get his cabin prepped for winter.

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Chris Bourque Hopes To Make The Caps Roster

from the Patriot Ledger,

The second of Hockey Hall of Famer/Bruins icon Ray Bourque’s three kids and the older of two boys, Chris heads to Washington’s camp hoping to jump from the American Hockey League to the NHL. Given the state of the Capitals - 27th in the NHL last year, next-to-last in the East - and the fact that they didn’t make mind-blowing additions via free agency (forwards Michael Nylander and Viktor Kozlov, plus defenseman Tom Poti were added), Bourque seems on the verge of the best opportunity of a career entering its third pro season.

‘‘I’ve had a pretty good meeting with the coach (Glen Hanlon) and I’ve talked to the GM (George McPhee),’’ said Bourque, who spent the summer skating in pro leagues in Bridgewater and Hingham. ‘‘It seems like I’m going to get a pretty good shot this year to earn a spot.’’

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Good Stock & Good Fortune

from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

The farmyard rink is pretty much gone now. The chain-link fencing that kept stray pucks in play and the wooden poles that held the outdoor lights have been taken down. Only a few rotten boards remain on the rich northwestern Ontario soil that lies near the slope of Candy Mountain.

“There’s really nothing there,” Linda Staal says of the rink her husband built. Besides, she has a couple of sick boys at home. Sore throats. “Let’s go somewhere else for a coffee,” she suggests.

And with that, Henry and Linda Staal, parents to a Stanley Cup champion, two world champions, a two-time world junior champion and a promising forward in the Ontario Hockey League, sit down with a reporter in a setting so suited to their lifestyle it could be put to canvas and entitled Canadian Gothic.

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Minnesota’s New Jerseys

imageFrom the Minnesota Wild team website

The Minnesota Wild announced a new, yet familiar look on Friday when it unveiled its 2007 version of the RBK Edge uniforms. While all 30 National Hockey League teams will be playing with newly-designed uniforms, some have made drastic changes. The Wild has remained true to its original design with several minor changes.

The most notable change appears on the team’s Iron Range Red home sweater, which will move up in status from the “third” jersey to become the team’s primary home sweater, replacing the green from years past. That change comes in the form of a new wheat-colored shoulder yolk and the removal of the forest green striping at the waist.

 

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Wings Need You

Well Bob Duff of the Windsor Star tells you what I have been saying since the end of last season…

According to an NHL source familiar with the situation, the Wings lost season-ticket renewals in droves and are desperate to put fans in the seats. If you or your friends have longed to purchase Red Wings season tickets, now is the time. Believe it when they tell you good seats are available.

The Wings lack of a sincere marketing effort is catching up to them.  Their attitude of not even acknowledging hockey bloggers exist is catching up with them but Jimmy D. still tells us there is a waiting list of 6000 people for season tickets.  Ha, where is that list now?

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Goaltending Depth Improves Canadiens

from E.J. Hradek of ESPN,

The Canadiens’ summer moves, and there have been several of them, seem like a wash to me. Still, I think they’ll be a little better than the 90-point, non-playoff team they were last season because of their group of goaltenders….
The Canadiens added veteran center Bryan Smolinski and 28-year-old role player Tom Kostopoulos. The team also signed 6-foot-2, 196-pound Janne Lahti, 24, from the Finnish League. Those three players will have a chance to replace ex-Habs Radek Bonk, Mike Johnson and Alexander Perezhogin.
Gainey and Co. wanted to make a bigger splash during the summer. It didn’t happen. Still, I think their goaltending depth gives them a chance to exceed expectations in the new season.

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