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The Re-energized San Jose Sharks

from Paul Gackle of the Mercury News,

After months of dismissals and denial, Pete DeBoer finally submitted to the truth after the Sharks were eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs last April: “We ran out of some gas here the last month. It’s just the reality.”

The last thing a hockey player wants is to be caught making excuses, so the Sharks spent most of last season swatting away any suggestion that their run to the Stanley Cup Final in 2015-16 combined with Joe Thornton, Logan Couture, Brent Burns, Joe Pavelski and Joonas Donskoi’s participation in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey in the fall would wear them down by the end of the season.

Now, after a four-and-a-half month break from hockey, the benefits of a prolonged summer are glaringly obvious to a team that came into training camp relatively healthy, in shape and mentally refreshed.

“A lot of energy, a lot of excitement, that’s all good stuff,” DeBoer said. “But that doesn’t translate to points. You’ve still got to get the job done once they drop the puck.”


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Now The Vancouver Canucks Will Deal With Jet Lag

from Ian MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

Due to the 15-hour time difference between Beijing and Vancouver, the Canucks arrive home on Saturday.

Everyone will have a day off to sleep — or not — before general manager Jim Benning and head coach Travis Green blend their China roster and the Canucks’ North American roster of mostly younger players into a single group and start practising for final pre-season games next Thursday and Saturday.

But given the ongoing overhaul of the Canuck roster, and the need to refine systems and integrate prospects and six free-agent signings, two games is not a lot of time to get ready. Especially when, as Swedes Hank and Daniel Sedin acknowledge, it takes about seven days to get over trans-ocean jet lag.

“And by the time your body feels good again, it’s probably another three or four,” Daniel said. “Ten days all together.”

“It’s never ideal,” Henrik said. “It’s never ideal to travel in the pre-season. But it’s still early. It would have been worse if we left a week later and got back home only a week before the season starts. You have to look at it this as a positive.”


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The China Games Are Complete


added 7:53am, Game highlights are below...

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Your 2018 All-Star Game Logo

NEW YORK (Sept. 22, 2017) – Tampa Bay Lightning fans were the first to catch a glimpse of the awaited logo for the upcoming 2018 Honda NHL® All-Star Game at tonight’s preseason game against the Nashville Predators. The League’s mid-season showcase will take place at AMALIE Arena on Saturday, January 27 and Sunday, January 28 and will include the NHL All-Star Skills Competition™ and the Honda NHL® All-Star Game, respectively.


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Video- Cabbie Presents NHL Players ‘Crossing The Line’

via the TSN YouTube page,

Tyler Seguin, Devante Smith-Pelly, Tom Wilson & Sam Gagner reveal how frequently and how far they cross "the line" on and off the ice. They demonstrate if they are "habitual line steppers" by stepping over a red line in the dressing room when it relates to interrupting a teammate's sleep, commenting on "off ice" performance, bad breath or sliding into an opponent's gf's DMs. As a show of trust, Seguin and Wilson hand over their phones and tweets are shared on their accounts by Luke Gadzic & Cabbie.


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Video- Retired Ref Paul Devorski Helps The Winnipeg Jets To Become More Disciplined

Not a bad idea at all.


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Afternoon Line- David Backes

“The guys that are great on faceoffs will still be great on faceoffs. It’s just a little bit of an adjustment. And they’ll probably, truthfully, learn to cheat on this one a little bit too. And Bergy will probably take 1200 draws this year and win 800 of them and he’ll be a Selke award winner. We’ll all have a hug, maybe after this next session, and life will go on.”

-David Backes of the Boston Bruins.  Backes is a member of the NHL’s competition committee and has more to say to Matt Dolloff of CBS Boston.

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Video- The Vancouver Canucks Travel In Style

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Hot Secondary Ticket Market In Vegas

from A.J. Perez of USA TODAY,

The NHL expansion Vegas Golden Knights have about double the ticket sales of the New York Rangers and Chicago Blackhawks, respectively, and the Golden Knights dominate the top 10 list of most in-demand games, according to statistics provided to USA TODAY Sports by StubHub.

“It’s somewhat of a surprise,” StubHub spokesperson Cameron Papp told USA TODAY Sports. “We expected them to be popular, but not No. 1 heading into the season. There was a bit of skepticism about the Golden Knights because of the market they are in, but so far so good. Clearly, by the numbers, there’s a lot of demand.”     


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Conference And Division Odds For The NHL Teams

via Bovada,

Conference Odds
2017-18 Eastern Conference Winner
Pittsburgh Penguins                              7/2
Tampa Bay Lightning                             5/1
Toronto Maple Leafs                             6/1
Washington Capitals                              13/2
New York Rangers                                 9/1
Columbus Blue Jackets                         12/1
Montreal Canadiens                               12/1
Boston Bruins                                       14/1

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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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