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Joshua Ho-Sang Getting The P.K. Subban Treatment From Hockey Canada

from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,

Anyone who has followed the P.K. Subban saga from the beginning is suffering a little déja voodoo these days.

You know the story: exciting, charismatic, talented young hockey player is deemed a little too cocky by the hockey establishment, which is determined to take him down a peg or two.

The player falls into the category they call “visible minority,” although no one really knows what an “invisible minority” would be. He runs his mouth a little too much for the powers that be. His stock falls well below his talent level in the draft.

Then he isn’t issued an invitation to the world junior training camp by Hockey Canada, the ultimate hockey establishment.

Apart from that last bit, Joshua Ho-Sang’s story is P.K. Subban all over again. Brash young star rubs hockey people the wrong way despite his talent.

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Questions Facing The Calgary Flames

from Aaron Vickers at NHL.com,

Can the Flames take positive steps forward? -- The Flames finished 27th in the NHL standings last season with 77 points, but there were plenty of reasons for optimism. In the first year of a rebuild, the Flames fielded a competitive team which tied an NHL record for games decided by one goal (49).

Though new general manager Brad Treliving isn't necessarily measuring success in wins and points, progress remains a necessity.
"The expectation every day is we come out and we get better and we work," he said. "I think the demands that our coaching staff puts on the players is the expectation to get better. This isn't something we can sit here and say, 'Well, it was a great story last year and we did a lot of good things and we all felt good.' The fact of the matter is, we have to get better. It wasn't good enough last year.

"The expectation that we've put on ourselves internally and the demands we're going to put on people internally is not going to allow us to stand still because ultimately in this business, if you're standing still, if you think you're maintaining, you're going backward. If you're not moving forward, you're slipping."

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How About A Steve Moore Night In Denver?

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

Once a settlement is 100 percent confirmed, the Avalanche, which periodically honors its alumni, should schedule a Steve Moore Night during the 2014-15 season.

Since Patrick Roy was hired as coach, he often has spoken of partnerships, including between the team and its fans. Moore played 12 games with the Avalanche in the final two seasons before Roy's retirement, and 57 more in 2003-04 with Joe Sakic still as his captain.

A Steve Moore Night would not just be for Moore. It would be for the fans who have booed Bertuzzi every time he touched the puck at the Pepsi Center the past 10 years. It would be for those who consider loyalty to the Avalanche to include remaining disgusted by what happened to Moore in Vancouver, and perhaps even disappointed by the franchise's responses since. In the aftermath, Moore and his family thanked Avalanche executive Pierre Lacroix and the team for their support, but moves since have been befuddling.

Those responses include the 2005 signing of ex-Canuck Brad May; Sakic's 2008 acknowledgment that he had been part of a group vacation trip with Bertuzzi, a 2006 Canadian Olympic teammate, and that he considered him a good guy who made a mistake; and continued public silence about Moore. That all contradicted the much-touted hockey tenet of all-for-one and one-for-all.

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What It Takes To Be The Captain Of The Montreal Canadiens

from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

... as the Canadiens move inside a month of training camp for the 2014-15 season, they are without a captain for the first time in four years.

That, according to the legendary Yvan Cournoyer, isn’t something that necessarily needs be remedied before the puck drops Oct. 8 in Toronto for the Canadiens’ season-opener vs. the Maple Leafs....

A lot of guys liked Gionta and he was a leader here and in New Jersey before that. So the players elected him at least a little bit,” Cournoyer said.

“Being captain is something among the guys. It’s a little bit of everything, on the ice and off for the players, off it for the organization.

“I think they could start the season without a captain and let the chemistry build, naming him after that. Maybe the players and management can have a meeting together.

“I don’t know what any one guy can do, it’s hard for me to say this guy should be captain,” Cournoyer said, not going out on a limb with his choice for the coming season.

“I might know that he’s a good player who can do something on the ice, but what can he do to bring the team together? That’s my main thing about the captain. In my day, if things were going bad, or if the players were having problems, it was up to the captain, and the guys together, to figure it out.”

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Just in case you don't know who Yvan Cournoyer is or maybe you just want to see the 'Roadrunner' in action, watch the Legends of Hockey feature on him below...

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Video- If This Shootout Goal Celebration Happened In The NHL…

...Who would be the first guy on your team to make sure it never happened again?

It could either be a teammate of the goal scorer or of course a player from the team that was scored on.

You may have already seen the video, but I don't think we will ever see the celebration in the NHL or if we do, watch out!

 

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It’s Quiet, So Trevor Linden Heads To The French Alps For A Bike-Climbing Excursion

from Jim Jamieson of the Vancouver Province,

Linden will take part in the Haute Route Alps, a seven-day, fully supported climbing-fest in the French Alps that will see 500 amateur cyclists take on more than 900 kilometres of mountain terrain and climbing a combined 21,000 metres over 19 iconic ascents, such as Glandon, Alpe d’Huez and Mont Ventoux. It started in Geneva, Switzerland on Sunday and finishes Aug. 30 in Nice, France.

According to the website, the week of climbing is the equivalent of cycling more than twice from sea level to the summit of Mt. Everest.

Linden has been registered for the event since last year, but when Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini approached him about taking over the massive job of re-tooling the organization, he wasn’t sure he’d be able to find time for the ride.

“With the way my life has worked out, I really thought I wouldn’t be doing this, but the way things have worked out, the people we have in place, it’s pretty quiet, it’s a good window,” Linden said before departing for Europe.

“It’ll get me fresh and ready to roll for the season.”

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Afternoon Line

“Look at the Colorado Avalanche two years ago. They were a last-place team, and they were arguably one of the best teams in the league last year. So the past is the past. You look at our team now and there are 13 or 14 new faces. So we come in and think of last year as an anomaly. There’s nothing we can do now. We can worry about the future. I hear everybody talking about tanking for Connor McDavid. That’s not in my DNA, personally. I was with St. Louis for four years, and we were Stanley Cup contenders every year. So that’s how I’m going to approach it. It’s playoffs or bust.”

-Chris Stewart of the Buffalo Sabres.  More on Stewart from Matt Larkin of The Hockey News.

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What’s Best For The Buffalo Sabres?

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

Let’s examine job descriptions as they pertain to the Sabres and the season ahead. It marks the first full season since Tim Murray was hired as general manager and Ted Nolan returned as coach. Murray did not bring Nolan aboard but retained him to maintain stability after the Pat LaFontaine debacle.

It’s important to remember that they had no previous relationship and may not have a strong one now. Their allegiance is to the team, not to each other. They don’t need to be beer buddies, but they must understand what the other is trying to accomplish for their relationship to work.

In an ordinary season, the general manager and coach generally have the same ideals. The GM assembles the best team possible with the idea he has enough talent in place to contend for the playoffs. The coach does everything he can to maximize potential with the same goal in mind.

This is not an ordinary season.

Murray and Nolan aren’t about to hold a news conference saying as much, but they have different agendas. It doesn’t mean they have a contentious relationship. Murray will say that he wants to win ASAP because he can’t send any other message to his players, to the fans, to the league.

But his job calls for doing what’s best for the long-term success of his hockey club. This year, losing also means winning. The more Buffalo loses, the greater its chances of getting the first pick overall. It would allow the Sabres to draft Connor McDavid, the top prize of the 2015 draft.

continued including a look on how head coach Ted Nolan may handle this...

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Questions Remain For The Edmonton Oilers

from Derek Van Diest at NHL.com,

Will Nail Yakupov have a bounce-back season? -- Selected No. 1 by the Oilers in 2012, Yakupov had a strong rookie season but regressed last season. The talented right wing struggled in his own end, which created friction with first-year coach Dallas Eakins. Yakupov heads into the 2014-15 season wanting to put last season behind him. He reportedly also has mended fences with Eakins, meeting this offseason to iron out their differences.

"I'm not even thinking about last season," Yakupov said. "I'm concentrating on this season. I'm hoping to have a good year and I'm doing everything I can in order to do that. We'll see what it's going to be like this year. I promise I'll work hard and play 100 percent. I hope it's going to be good for me and good for the team. We have to play better than we did last year so we'll see how it goes."

Will Ryan Nugent-Hopkins be able to carry the load at center? -- Nugent-Hopkins was pegged as the Oilers' No. 1 center the moment the team made him the first selection in the 2011 draft. Nugent-Hopkins was signed to a long-term extension last season, confirming his place in the team's future with Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle. Unlike Hall and Eberle, however, Nugent-Hopkins still is looking for his breakout season. Nugent-Hopkins had 19 goals and 56 points in 80 games last season, well off the point-per-game pace of his rookie season.

Lacking depth up the middle, the Oilers will rely heavily on Nugent-Hopkins on both sides of the puck. He'll be counted on to log big minutes against some of the top centers in the Western Conference.

If Nugent-Hopkins gets hurt, the Oilers could be in big trouble.

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The Sutter’s Farm

from Bill Plaschke of the LA Times,

The road to the heart of hockey's greatest team is covered in gravel and clouded in dust.

The road is bumpy, barren, stretching out from a town with no stoplights into a vast and desolate countryside blanketed in an interminable silence interrupted by the occasional chirping from a tree or rumbling of a train.

Make a left on Range Road 120, bounce past Township Road 472, continue rattling through holes that shake tires and giant insects that splatter across windshields. Stop in front of a narrow driveway that leads back to a cluster of trees, barns and bales. Make a right turn at a metal sign stuck in a rusted wagon, its wrought-iron letters distinct and startling.

The Sutter's.

Yeah, it's him.

Grass flattens and rocks spit as a car slowly crunches up the driveway and into a parking spot in a ditch. The door is opened into thick air cut by the twang of an accordion, laughter of children and the swatting of mosquitoes.

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