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NHL History Lesson

from the Ottawa Citizen,

Since the “original six” teams in the NHL were Toronto, Montreal, Boston, New York, Chicago and Detroit, why was the league called the National Hockey League? It was clearly an international league to begin with, so why wasn’t it called the International Hockey League? Except for teams in Montreal and Toronto, there’s nothing original about the Original Six.

The National Hockey League began life in 1917 as a truly national league, with five Canadian teams, although only four actually played in the inaugural season.

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Zetterberg Worth Less Than Datsyuk?

from the Boston Globe,

Since July 2006, Detroit general manager Ken Holland has made the fewest deals in the league: only two, both coming at the 2007 trade deadline. That’s because the Red Wings have been among the shrewdest drafters in the NHL, using low-round picks to nab their three star forwards: Pavel Datsyuk (sixth round, 1998), Henrik Zetterberg (seventh round, 1999), and Tomas Holmstrom (10th round, 1994). One of Holland’s priorities will be to lock up Zetterberg, who has two more years on his current deal, to a long-term extension, most likely at a tick under Datsyuk’s annual pay of $6.7 million.

much more NHL talk on numerous teams…

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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.

read on

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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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Prospects Gather In Traverse City

Brad Holland of NHL.com is in Traverse City keeping any eye on some of the top NHL prospects.

I wonder if he has an eye for hockey talent?

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Radio Shakeup

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

Afternoon radio was given a shakeup yesterday with the announcement that the CBC is launching a Hockey Night in Canada show on Sirius Satellite Radio.

Radio personality Jeff Marek is jumping from AM 640 Toronto to be the host of HNIC Radio, which will air from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern), beginning Oct. 1.

Marek’s departure leaves Bill Watters without a co-host on his AM 640 afternoon drive show. Also without a host is the station’s noon-hour show, Leafs Lunch.

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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.

more

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Adjustments Made

By MasterCPL. MartinForgues at the Edmonton Sun,

A concrete deck, complete with wooden boards and of proportional dimensions, is the theatre of some of Kandahar’s most gruesome fighting between members of our own little ball hockey league. A good tease prior to the NHL’s season start, which we all anticipate and which should be exciting from here, with clashes between rival team’s fans promising to reach epic levels. Some local employees and members of the Afghan National Police expressed much curiosity about hockey, watching us play on the grey concrete rink. We thought about doing a cultural exchange with them, but plans for transforming our helipad into a buzkashi field have been shelved for some reason.

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