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Sens Need Some ‘O’ On Their ‘D’

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Citizen,

Look no further than the last two Stanley Cup champions to see what every coach preaches: Successful teams get offence from their defence.

The Red Wings’ “Top 6” (Nicklas Lidstrom, Brian Rafalski, Niklas Kronwall, Brad Stuart, Brett Lebda and Andreas Lilja) combined for 209 points during the 2007-08 regular season. And that’s with missing 49 games between them.

The year before, the Ducks were the beneficiaries of 206 points from six of their most- used blueliners (Scott Niedermayer, Chris Pronger, Francois Beauchemin, Sean O’Donnell, Joe DiPenta and Kent Huskins).

The Senators stack up like peanuts to coconuts by comparison.


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Play If You Can

from the CP,

Steve Yzerman and Joe Nieuwendyk were forced into retirement by injuries and never really had to wrestle with the decision about when to call it a career.

So when they see players like Mats Sundin or Joe Sakic struggling to make up their minds, they have one simple piece of advice.

“If there’s any doubt and guys aren’t sure, I think they should be playing,” Yzerman told The Canadian Press on Friday. “You can be retired for the rest of your life. You’ll know when you’re done.

“If you’re not 100 per cent certain that you don’t want to play anymore, then the decision is that you should be playing.”

Added Nieuwendyk: “People always told me: ‘Play as long as you can.’ I think these guys you’re talking about still have some good years left in them.”


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A Week of Gretzky

From NHL.com

imageOn August 9, 1988, a day that changed the game, Wayne Gretzky was traded from the Stanley Cup champion Edmonton Oilers to the lowly Los Angeles Kings.  The trade changed the fortunes of the Kings, was a driving force for National Hockey League expansion into the ‘Sun Belt’, and generated extensive growth of the game at the grassroots level in “non-traditional” hockey markets. 

To commemorate the anniversary, The NHL Network will highlight its “Wayne Gretzky Week” programming by presenting a one-hour special that features exclusive interviews with Gretzky, former Oilers owner Peter Pocklington and former Kings’ owner Bruce McNall, among others, at 9 p.m., ET, on Wednesday, August 6. A VNR of the interview with Gretzky will be provided Tuesday.

Here is the complete NHL Network schedule of Gretzky-related programming for next week:


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  Tags: hockey+history, nhl+network, wayne+gretzky

The Finger Points Right Back At The GM

from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

Kudos to Minnesota Wild GM Doug Risebrough for his refreshing honesty when it came to buying out Mark Parrish’s contract.

Finally a GM in the NHL takes personal responsibility for signing a bad contract. What a concept.

“I looked at Mark’s salary and at what I thought his contributions would be and they were not totally in line,” Risebrough said after Parrish was put on waivers by the Wild. “It’s not Mark’s fault. I negotiated the contract.”

Not blaming the player, the CBA, the marketplace or the rising costs of doing business, Risebrough’s admission represented a willingness to be accountable for a mistake in judging a player’s worth.


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Best of Hockey Blogs

USA Hockey Magazine recently came out on news stands with their August edition, which includes a feature on the hockey blogging world. The article should be available online soon. 

Meanwhile, we were too excited to wait since they named Kuklas Korner.com to the top of the list—#1—for best hockey blog. (How cool is that?!)  Our sincere thanks to USA Hockey Magazine for such a flattering mention for us, plus an excellent list that includes other familiar hockey faces, both mainstream media as well as some independent fan bloggers. Represented are James Mirtle, Ted Leonsis, TSN’s Bob McKenzie, Tom Benjamin, A View From the Cheap Seats, and many others.

Thanks to our friend Patrick Hoffman at The Hockey News for sending us a scan so you can check out the complete list.

Update August 5th: Story now available online.

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  Tags: hockey+bloggers, media

Keep Kovalchuk

from the ICEMAN Bloggeth at the AJC,

See, unlike Hossa, Ilya Kovalchuk isn’t just an Atlanta Thrasher… he IS the Atlanta Thrashers right now. He is the man to build an O-fense around. One cannot give up and send him away simply because they’re afraid he might walk in two years. Besides, the players you’d get in return…are THEY going to make this team their own? Are THEY going to arrive in Atlanta all smiley-like and giggling ‘til they puke because they just left Montreal or Calgary or Minnesota or Colorado or New York or Boston to play for the Waddell/Spirit Group-led Thrashers?


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  Tags: ilya+kovalchuck

The Top Hockey Logo

from the Hockey News,

Welcome to The Hockey News’ Ultimate Logo Tournament.

Over the course of the next two months, we will first lay out our rankings of every notable league in North America, then let you vote on your favorites.

From your votes, a tournament will be spawned. An event which will pit 40 teams from every league against each other, regardless of home attendance, winning record or prominence.

The Montreal Canadiens may end up facing the Fayetteville FireAntz. The Minnesota Wild could run up against the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Who knows? Tourney time is approaching and it will be madness.


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Expect More Power For Bowman

from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

Bowman joined the Blackhawks Thursday as senior advisor of hockey operations, but those in the industry maintain that nobody should be fooled - Bowman didn’t leave a great situation with the Detroit Red Wings to just sit back and be a consultant in Chicago.

In fact, there are those who maintain Bowman’s hiring is simply greasing the skids for him to take a much more prominent role in the organization, with either GM Dale Tallon or coach Denis Savard, or possibly both, being replaced before long.

It is well-known new Hawks president John McDonough is not a big fan of either Tallon or Savard and that McDonough was the driving force behind the signings of unrestricted free agents Cristobal Huet and Brian Campbell.


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  Tags: scotty+bowman

Hockey Is An Expensive Lifestyle In South Florida

from the Sun-Sentinel,

With the region’s year-round tropical weather, few South Florida high school students lace up their skates and hit the ice to play hockey.

Here, football, baseball and basketball still remain supreme.

“Hockey isn’t popular because most people don’t understand it compared to baseball and football,” said North Broward Prep junior Zach Andrews, who has been playing hockey since he was 4. “There is a lot more to hockey than fights, scoring and hits. Hockey is a lifestyle.”...

“While hockey is certainly becoming more and more popular down here, I think the reason why it is not as popular as other sports is because of the expense and accessibility,” he said. “There are only three or four rinks in the area, and ice time is very expensive. An hour of ice costs about $250 to $300. Equipment can also cost up to $2,000.”


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All These Guys Do is Golf

from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

Doug Wilson, Ken Holland, Dale Tallon and Doug Armstrong have spent a lot of time in recent years trying to outsmart each other. We’re talking about three NHL general managers — Wilson with the Sharks, Holland with the Red Wings, Tallon with the Blackhawks — and Armstrong, an ex-GM in Dallas who is now part of the Blues’ front office.

No matter. The four of them are heading to Ireland next week, leaving families behind to knock a golf ball around some of that country’s fine courses.

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  Tags: dale+tallon, doug+armstrong, doug+wilson, ken+holland

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

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