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The MSG Teams

Stan Fischler of MSG Network breaks down the Ranger, Islanders, Devils and Sabres.

The good news is that the Rangers, Islanders, Devils and Sabres all are undefeated. The other news -- as if you didn’t know -- is that nobody has played a game yet. No Matter. This is a delicious time of the year for hockey fans because optimism reigns supreme; and, as everyone knows, when it rains it pours -- hockey pucks.

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Caps Shooting For Playoffs

from the AP via Sports Illustrated,

"You get to a level where Alexander is, and you are evaluated over time,'' Hanlon said. "The great players are the ones who can do it year in, year out, and we will see that with Alexander. I think it's just a matter of time. This player doesn't have a drop-off.'' Last year, Ovechkin was one of the few reasons to watch the Capitals, who languished, as expected, at the bottom of the Southeast Division in a rebuilding year. If the team is to win a Stanley Cup with Ovechkin as the centerpiece, it's time to start heading in that direction. "Last year we were about the process,'' Hanlon said. "And now there has to be some focus on achievement.'' Hanlon refused to cite any specific goals, but goaltender Olie Kolzig wasn't shy concerning the "P'' word. "Our goal this year is not to be satisfied with working hard every night - that should be a given,'' Kolzig said. "I think our goal this year is to try to make the playoffs.''
more...and it case you missed it, the Caps have signed John Erskine...

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Preparing Without Pronger

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Did Lowe, at any point, think about enforcing the final four years of the contract and playing hardball with Pronger? "I definitely thought about it, but it wasn't to be resistant," he answered. "It was more with a view to maximizing our return. If I needed to do that, I would have been glad to do and been comfortable doing it. But I know Prongs well enough that I don't think, at any point, he would have come back to play. He would have just ridden it out. It would have been realistically too hard for him, after demanding this, to then come back and play. It just wasn't going to happen." Even with Lupul signed, the Oilers' payroll stands at about $38 million, leaving Lowe enough wiggle room if he needs to make a move down the road.
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Koivu’s Vision Still Fuzzy

from RDS (translated):

The captain of the Canadiens, Saku Koivu, declared that he could have to wear a contact lens in his left eye to play this season because of a caratact. [On the first day of training camp, he said] that his problems of vision did not improve. If the situation does not change, he could have to undergo a surgical operation. He specified that if an operation were to be necessary, he wishes to be able to await the end of the season before [going under the knife].
continued added 3:18pm, Now up at TSN,
"Obviously, the best scenario would be to get it done at the end of the year, but right now, we're going to wait and see how it will progress." He said it is common for cataracts to develop after injuries or surgery to the eyes. This one has caused his vision to be "not as sharp as a month and a half ago."

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Milbury Headed To Hall Of Fame

from College Hockey News,

Mike Milbury, Gary Gambucci, and Curly Bring were chosen for induction into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. Ceremonies will take place Saturday, Oct. 7, in St. Paul, Minn., surrounding the season-opening Hall of Fame game.

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Comcast & HD

from TV Predictions,

TVP: Does Comcast have a time frame for adding the HD games offered through the NHL Center Ice and MLB Extra Innings packages? SB (Comcast COO Steve Burke): We don’t have any plans for these packages at this time. TVP: Does Comcast plan to carry Fox RSNs (Regional Sports Networks) in HD in cities like Detroit as these RSNs have been added by DIRECTV? If so, when can we expect these channels to be added? SB: We are in talks with Fox now and would like to launch their RSNs as soon as possible.
You can read more of the interview, Comcast HD plans, etc...

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Not Your “Old School” Camp

from Terry Frei at ESPN,

"Every now and then, you see players who try and cut the corners, who spend too much time on the golf course or on the fishing boat, and they get to training camp and you can tell who they are." Let's put it this way: In the past, if someone ended up throwing up into a garbage can, it was funny. Too much beer! Too many cigarettes! Too much casting! But the punch line to the joke was that the guy could get into what passed for prime condition by the time the games mattered.
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“Believing” In Hockey

from Canadian Christianity,

When people enter the lobby of the hockey arena at Teen Ranch, a 150-acre Christian camp northwest of Toronto, the first thing they see is its Hockey Hall of Faith -- the framed pictures of 40 former and current National Hockey League players who have become born-again believers through its ministry. "It's a real testimony and it's interesting to see people going from one to another," says Teen Ranch founder and director Mel Stevens. "And when they get to Stu Grimson's picture, they say, 'The Grim Reaper? Is he a Christian?'" At well over six-feet tall and weighing 235 pounds, Grimson earned his nickname by being one of the best-known "enforcers" in the NHL before retiring in 2002.
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Back Surgery For Lalime

via the Chicago Blackhawks,

The Blackhawks will need a new backup plan as training camp opens today. Goaltender Patrick Lalime will have back surgery Friday and is expected to miss 2-3 months of action with a herniated disc. A free agent acquisition this summer, Lalime was slated to backup Nikolai Khabibulin this season.

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Is That A Guarantee

from MSG Network,

If new defenseman Aaron Ward plays with half as much confidence as he speaks, the Rangers will be fortified on the blueline. File this away in your memory bank: When I was interviewing Ward on Tuesday for a segment on SportsDesk, I asked him why he chose New York over several suitors. His answer should make Ranger fans sit up and take notice. “This team is going to win the Stanley Cup,” Ward said.
more on the Rangers...

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