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Someone Not Invited to the Party?

Eric Duhatschek at his Globe & Mail blog discusses the various luminaries attending the Esquire party tomorrow night in Manhattan, launching the new NHL season. The guest list includes a number of notables but also features one notable exception, as well.

NHL luminaries for the Esquire party include the commissioner, Gary Bettman, the deputy commissioner, Bill Daly, plus members of the New York Islanders (Bill Guerin, Mike Comrie), the New Jersey Devils (Patrik Elias) and some as yet-to-be-announced members of the Buffalo Sabres. Curiously, there are no New York Rangers’ players listed as possible attendees, even though the Rangers boast two of the NHL’s most attractive free-agent acquisitions, Scott Gomez and Chris Drury, at least one of whom (Gomez) is an unbelievably great talker.

One wonders if the Rangers’ absenteeism is merely an oversight, or has something to do with that curious decision by Madison Square Garden (MSG) to file a lawsuit against the NHL last Friday for violating antitrust laws and acting like an illegal cartel.

More from Duhatschek…

*For more on the MSG lawsuit, see earlier today on KK

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Sidney Crosby Conference Call Transcript

The Pittsburgh Penguins own Sidney Crosby participated in an NHL teleconference today. Here are the Q&A’s from the conversation:

Q.  Could you comment on the feelings of the prospect of playing your first regular season game as captain of your team on Friday.

SIDNEY CROSBY:  I’m looking forward to it.  I mean, obviously it’s an honor to be a captain.  But playing my first one as captain, I mean, it doesn’t really feel that much different.  Like I said, it was an honor, and it still is an honor.  But I don’t think my focus or mindset really changes any different than it would be last year or the year before.

Q.  You’re a spirited player, play the game with a lot of emotion.  Do you think that will change as captain or will you maybe assert yourself more than you do now?

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  Tags: pittsburgh+penguins, sidney+crosby

Line Of The Day

from Red Wings Corner- Babcock on Igor Grigorenko

Grigs not being able to speak English ... “That’s one of the biggest problems. When you’re trying to communicate to him that you’re trying to help him, he just thinks he’s getting demoted. It’s to our benefit when you’ve got a player who could be a real good NHL player, you’ve got to find him. … Now try to explain that to him. You’ve got his agent translating, but any time they’re translating, they’re translating, not you. I’m always a little leery of that.”
“He’s going to play hockey in Grand Rapids. Everyone knows what skate is. Everyone knows what work is. Everyone knows how to ride the bike. It doesn’t matter what language.”

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The Cup Lands In Pittsburgh

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

Ten reasons why his Pittsburgh Penguins will win the Stanley Cup:

10. The father’s son: Shero learned the game from his Stanley Cup-winning father, Fred, whose coaching style was two parts tactics and three parts motivation. “Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion,” the late Fred Shero used to say. “You must first set yourself on fire.” He believed that winning was about heart as much as talent, and he could watch a youngster take two shifts and know whether he had the passion necessary to be a NHL player.

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Decisions Will Be Made

from Spector,

Most NHL teams will be making their final training camp roster cuts today. Here’s a look at where some teams stand today:

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added 10:58am, via Habs Inside/Out,

Final cuts: Price stays, Lapierre, Halak and O’Byrne sent down

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  Tags: rumors

Bochenski Struggles At Bruins Camp

from the Boston Globe,

Bochenski, once in the mix as a second-line right wing, was a healthy scratch in yesterday’s preseason-ending 4-2 loss to the Islanders at TD Banknorth Garden. Bochenski dressed in only two of the team’s six matches, recording three shots and zero points - not exactly the numbers expected of a go-to scorer.

“With an extra 20 pounds, it’s trickier than you think,” said Bochenski, referring to his struggles at the start of camp. “But I’m not making any excuses. I chose to come in like that.”

more on the Bruins…

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  Tags: boston+bruins, brandon+bochenski

A Look At Steve Downie

from Ed Moran at Philly News,

Downie did not have it easy as a kid, and it impacts him the way his story impacts everyone that gets to know him. His father, John, was killed in a car accident driving him to hockey practice when Steve was 7.

At 13, the hearing in his right ear began to fade and he now wears an aid off the ice.

When he was drafted by the Flyers 29th overall in 2005, he broke down and cried. He told reporters of the sacrifices his mother had made and how he was saddened that his father was not there to be part of the day.

He said that he remembered the day his father died. “I remember every minute of it. It only makes me play harder,” he said.

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  Tags: philadelphia+flyers, steve+downie

Laperriere Will Protect Colorado Stars

from the Denver Post,

The affable Laperriere has been fighting throughout training camp and the preseason, making sure everyone on his team and around the league knows they’ll have to go through him to get to Colorado’s numerous (and healthy) stars, including additions Ryan Smyth, Scott Hannan and Jaroslav Hlinka.

Lappy’s face is a mess, and he’s proud of it. He has multiple cuts around his nose, which has been pointing toward his right ear for years, and a black eye. He exceeds the definition of toughness and team pride, and uses those things to defend his teammates and provide motivation during rough times.

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  Tags: colorado+avalanche, ian+laperriere

Penner Adjusting In Edmonton

from the Edmonton Sun,

Physically Penner should be fine. It’s finding the chemistry with Hemsky and Shawn Horcoff on the first line which might take some time.

Hemsky and Horcoff know each other well. It’s a matter of Penner getting up to speed with them.

“It’s coming along,” Penner said. “I have to be a little more aware on the ice when I’m with him (Hemsky) because he can find you in the small seams.  You have to be ready at all times with a guy like that because good things will happen.”

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  Tags: dustin+penner, edmonton+oilers

Who Wears The “C” In Bufalo

from the Buffalo News,

At some point this week, perhaps as soon as this morning, Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff will address his captain.

Ruff rotated the “C” throughout the team’s six preseason games, but only one player wore it twice, underscoring Ruff’s long-held affinity for the underappreciated Jochen Hecht. O kapitan, mein kapitan?

When the Sabres open the regular season Friday against the New York Islanders in HSBC Arena, the versatile German forward could be just the third captain in club history from the Eastern Hemisphere (after Alexander Mogilny and Miroslav Satan).

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  Tags: buffalo+sabres, jochen+hecht

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