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Hab It Your Way

from the Globe and Mail,

“I know a lot of people have us down and out and not making the playoffs, but it comes from within, from chemistry, and hopefully the young guys will find that early and ride it the rest of the year,” Higgins said Thursday as the Canadiens reported for training camp at the Bell Centre.

“Youthful energy is going to be a big part of the team.”

Higgins even found a theme for the Canadiens season — hunger.

“The main word for this year is hunger,” he said. “Guys have to want it.

read on

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More Heart Surgery For Numminen

from WGRZ,

The Buffalo Sabres have announced that defenseman Teppo Numminen will have heart surgery.

Numminen learned of new complications Monday when undergoing a routine examination at the Cleveland Clinic prior to the start of training camp. The Sabres say it’s too early to tell if the surgery is career or season threatening.

General Manager Darcy Regier told reporters he’s still learning details of the situation, but did say the surgery Numminen needs is more extensive than two previous procedures he’s undergone to deal with an irregular heartbeat.

read on

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Maurice- “We’ll Make The Playoffs”

from the CP via TSN,

Here it is Leafs fans, direct from the mouth of the head coach.

‘‘We’ll make the playoffs and compete for the Stanley Cup,’’ says Paul Maurice.

The pledge was made on the opening day of training camp Thursday.

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Linear Explosiveness

fro D.C. Sports Bog,

Anyhow, Jeff Compton wants his charges—who, this summer, came from the Canucks, the Flames, the Wild, the Caps and a bunch of European clubs—to work on hockey-specific skills: linear explosiveness, change of direction, and the like. But he also doesn’t want them to be bored. So about halfway through the summer, the hockey players left the gym and headed for the beach. They would head out early in the morning, so that the players wouldn’t be surrounded by hockey-loving, flip-flop wearing beachgoers.

“Instead of sitting there with an umbrella and some drinks, we were there sweating it out, groaning and grunting, sweating profusely” Compton told me. “Instead of lifting a bar bell, they were lifting a tree trunk. Instead of throwing medicine balls around, they were throwing rocks and such.”

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The Next Outdoor Game

From Eric Duhatchek at the Globe & Mail,

This time around, the Pittsburgh Penguins visit the Buffalo Sabres and that too represents an intriguing match-up - although with a 1 p.m. Eastern starting time, it is hard to imagine them fitting in what could be a great legends game beforehand, what with Mario Lemieux and Paul Coffey available on the Penguins’ side and a reunited French Connection leading the way for Buffalo. Nor can anyone underestimate the value of getting Sidney Crosby involved in the project, along with the rest of his exciting, emerging Penguins’ team. Even if the event doesn’t strike a chord, the presence of Sid The Kid will

more… (*the date of the game is Jan 1, 2008)

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  Tags: buffalo+sabres, pittsburgh+penguins, sidney+crosby

Fans Continue To Support Minnesota Wild

via the Minnesota Wild,

SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The National Hockey League’s Minnesota Wild announced today that 96% of its season ticket holders have renewed their seats for the 2007-08 NHL season.  In addition the team announced today that all 66 annual suites are sold-out for the 2007-08 season.

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How to Select a Hockey Stick

Easton Hockey recently gave us a lesson on how to buy a hockey stick. I figured since plenty of readers probably have their own plans to hit the ice this winter, I’d pass on their advice.  These tips should help you choose what can be a pricey - and important - piece of equipment.

Choosing the right hockey stick can be a daunting task these days. There are more manufacturers offering more models, armed with all sorts of technologies aimed at supporting your game. The following are some key elements to consider when making your choice, regardless of brand or price tag.

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  Tags: easton, hockey+equipment

NHL Preview- TSN Style

from TSN,

A busy summer of signings and trades has passed and it’s time for teams to get back onto the ice and see what the harvest has yielded.

The NHL pre-season opens today with the Kings and Ducks facing off in exhibition action, and TSN.ca starts its coverage with the 2007-08 season preview.

Follow the links through the divisions for team-by-team breakdowns, complete with fantasy analysis to help you get ready for your draft.

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Line Of The Day

from Tapeleg at Jerseys and Hockey Love,

Why is it that every time you see a new jersey in the RBK EDGE style, it looks like it is apologizing? It’s like it wants to say, “Hey, sorry about this, but it isn’t my fault. I’m just designed this way.”

read on for his review of the Avs new sweater…

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Bruins Comfortable With Tweaks

from the Patriot Ledger,

‘‘It’s only one year we’ve been together,’’ said veteran winger Glen Murray, Boston’s oldest player (35 on Nov. 1) and, like Bergeron, an assistant to second-year captain Zdeno Chara. ‘‘You can’t blow it up right away. Let’s try it again, get this team together - add a couple things here and there, and see what we can do.’’

That’s about what Chiarelli did. The GM traded prospect Petr Kalus to Minnesota for Manny Fernandez to fortify Boston in goal, shipped underperforming winger Shean Donovan to Ottawa for under-heralded winger Peter Schaefer, and added toughness by signing free agent forward Shawn Thornton away from the Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks.

‘‘I like the moves Peter made,’’ said center Marc Savard, No. 1 on Boston’s chart last season in assists (74, third in the NHL) and points (96, tied for eighth). ‘‘They were subtle, but we have ‘name’ players here already. He picked up a good goalie and a couple good forwards, and I’m excited about that.’’

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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.

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