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All E. Staal

from Thunder Bay's Source,

This year was pretty amazing for you. What was the point when you realized it was really going to happen for your team? Coming into the year we didn’t have the highest expectations, but I think as training camp went forward we knew we had a good group and continued to build as we went on. Once we got to the playoffs, anything could happen. We had great goaltending and when that happens you know you have a good chance. We just continued to push and ended up getting it done. It was a pretty awesome playoff run. Other than lifting the cup over your head, what were some of your favourite moments? I think the goal against New Jersey when I scored to tie it up with three seconds left That was pretty neat…that was a big game, took the wind out of their sails and took the series over from there. Personally the overtime goal in the third game against Montreal in the first round was great, just to get us back on the board.
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Blues Sign Rivers

from the St. Louis Blues,

St. Louis Blues’ President John Davidson announced today the club has signed defenseman Jamie Rivers. “We signed a veteran NHL defenseman who will add depth to our defensive corps,” said Davidson. “Jamie is a quality defenseman who is familiar with our organization and we are excited to have him back in St. Louis.”

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Stillman Has Shoulder Surgery

via the AP,

Cory Stillman - one of the Carolina Hurricanes' top scorers in the run to their first Stanley Cup - had surgery on his right shoulder Friday and could miss the start of the regular season. Stillman is expected to take up to four months to recover from the operation to correct a lingering injury, team president and general manager Jim Rutherford said. Specific information about the injury was not immediately available.
added 2:32pm, Canes press release...

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A Swedish Touch

It is Friday afternoon and I came across a Q & A from Sports Bladet, talking to a hockey expert. Some of the answers translated with Systran can be very comical but it does add a nice international touch to the game. Asked who could win the Cup this year... Tomas's are rowed says: Carolina can certainly defend the gold. But in new NHL believes I that around 16 NHL-lag has the opportunity. The applies to have a mould tip when one makeacommitmentto in the finals. Färjestad has well also the opportunity. but I do not believe on värmlänningarna this winter. Feels little Jurassic Park-varning over the team. What was his favorite arena to visit... Tomas's are rowed says: Old Chicago arena that had pc small river place long up in the arena. Remembers how the audience actually hated Loob in the finals against Calgary 1989. That arena takes the price for the charm. Otherwise, I say Phoenix arena. Brynäs's new arena feels delicious - the has among other thing rolling stairs. Fresh. What Swedes will play in the NHL All-Star game... Tomas's are rowed says: Henrik Lundqvist Peter Forsberg Markus Näslund Alexander Steen Nicklas Lidström and perhaps Mats Sundin. What GM job would you like to have... Tomas's are rowed says: I willed want to have Mike Barnetts jobs that GM for Phoenix. Then, I willed sit and to eat crisps with Gretzky each evening and to speak hockey. You can read the full interview at Sports Bladet (not translated).

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On the Hockey Blogs

By Alanah Downie

It’s almost impossible to write a segment of On the Hockey Blogs this week without mentioning Evgeni Malkin repeatedly, but I intend to try.  If you insist on following the Saga of Malkin, almost every blog is covering the story, but I just go here myself and keep reading. Brushback doesn’t miss much.

Whoops, sorry.  One other Malkin story must be linked—Battle of Alberta’s “transcripts” of a conversation between Evgeni Malkin and his agent Pat Brisson.  This might be the hockey scoop of the century!

Now, onto other things.

In Toronto, James Mirtle discusses Marty McSorley and his new broadcasting adventures with the San Jose Sharks. Time to move on from the Donald Brashear incident, says James. I fully agree.  And if you take a trip out to Edmonton you’ll find Lowetide breaking down the Oilers Stars of Management.  (Stars? Management? Yes, indeed!)

Over at The Ice Block, David made note of the fact that neither ESPN nor the Associated Press worry themselves much about details, where the NHL is concerned. And In the Crease notices another embarassing hockey-coverage moment elsewhere in media-land.

At Puck Update the other day, Steve commented that the “Coyotes sure do love old forwards.”  (Age before beauty in Arizona, evidently.)  And in New York, the Blueshirt Bulletin has created a “Heart and Soul Award” in honor of Rangers player Jed Ortmeyer, who was recently diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism.

Speaking of the Rangers, the Hockey Rodent story titled “Bring Out Your Dead” points out that Jaromir Jagr is not, in fact, dead. (Good to know.)  Then there’s the Stormbringer out in Carolina, excited to discover any hockey news going on with the Hurricanes—unfortunately, it’s not very good news. (Get well soon, Frankie & Stillman.)

Finally, Eyes on the Prize has compiled a list of 50 songs that may or may not be related to hockey, plus his own top-10 favourites. If you’re a hockey fan and you don’t know at least 10 songs out of the 50, you need to start downloading some mp3’s immediately.

Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

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Kessel Compared To NFL’s T.O.

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

There's no arguing thaqt the kid has all the physical tools to be a star in this league. He may not be polished yet, but Kessel's a gem. Kessel is also well aware of his gifts, and that has led to more than a hint of hot-doggery on occasion . . . and which brings us back to Terrell Owens. Like the Dallas Cowboys' controversial wide receiver, Kessel has had trouble with teammates in the past. He can be a me-first player who sometimes neglects the other four skaters on his side. He's been dogged by allegations of underage drinking, and he has a tendency to talk first and think later in front of the cameras.
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The Voice Of Alanah Uncovered

Alanah of VCOE fame made an appearance on Radio Zoom yesterday. She did a great job, and even though I have known her for about six months, this is the first time I have heard her voice. The giggle (about 1:50 mark) is priceless and the hockey talk is even better.

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The Healing Machine

Where elastic bandages, messy ice packs, and other alternatives offer limited customization, the accelerated recovery system from Game Ready allows you to easily adjust pressure, manage temperature, and select treatment time settings—with just the push of a few buttons and the twist of a dial. Now you can simply and simultaneously apply active cyclical compression and controllable cold therapy to help speed the body’s natural healing processes. image
Related story from the Arizona Republic,

It's a device about the size of a DVD player and, boy, does it pack a wallop, players say. It's the Accelerated Recovery Performance machine, and it's being used to treat injuries as well as to stretch and strengthen muscles. Players use it after practices and while they sleep, and they claim the machine has helped to keep them fresh through the rigors of training camp.
more...the story mentions hockey players are using this device too...

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Yotes Taking A Chance

from the East Valley Tribune,

Barnett is stuck. He doesn’t have the money to bring in a proven scorer in his prime, or the assets to trade for a young sniper with huge upside. His farm system doesn’t have a single offensive force within sniffing distance of the NHL. If the Coyotes get a combined 40 goals from Roenick and Nolan, the Coyotes are a playoff team and Barnett is a genius. If not, the team flounders — and the decision to roll the dice on old guys sets the franchise back again.

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Why Can’t I Play!

The big boys are getting ready... from the Hamilton Spectator,

Take your typical men's pickup game without the slowpokes, the aged, the ankle skaters, the puck hogs and the porous goalies in their Turk Broda-era pads and tell them to stay home. Then replace them with a handful of NHLers, a smattering of U.S. college players and a few junior stars, all with well-honed skills and a high motivation to get in shape. The result are games that are to pond hockey what Jimi Hendrix is to electric guitar. Doesn't matter that they're played in virtual anonymity in a rink as far from the glamour of the big leagues as the law allows. It's Hamilton's best summer hockey by a million miles.
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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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