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Thank The Heavens - Hockey Is Back

from Nancy Koening, NHL.com blogger,

Yet, today our version of pitchers and catchers reporting was upon us. Sure, in hockey, everyone attends Day One; it isn't just the goalies or anything like that. But the first day is without the luster of on-ice events. It's a tease, in most respects. It's not like the results of the players' medicals are a click away on the team websites. And many sites don't even have their rosters updated yet, let alone today's photos uploaded. On the first official day back, the players have a lot more fun than the fans do, as they play the roles of kids showing up for the first day of school.
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Russian Court Bans Malkin From Playing In NHL

from Reuters,

A Russian arbitration tribunal issued a court order on Friday prohibiting prized rookie Evgeni Malkin from playing in the National Hockey League (NHL). Malkin signed a three-year deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins worth at least $3 million this month after leaving his club Metallurg Magnitogorsk last month to pursue a hockey career in the NHL. The tribunal ruled that the 20-year-old, who had signed a new one-year contract with his Russian club just days before fleeing to the United States, cannot play anywhere except in Magnitogorsk.
continued added 1:13pm, more on this from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
“My understanding is, the prohibition bans Malkin from playing for any other hockey clubs other than Metallurg Magnitogorsk for the 2006-2007 season,” said Alexander Berkovich, who has represented other Russian teams and players in similar cases. Berkovich said he would send a letter today to the NHL and the Penguins asking them to honor the arbitration award and cancel Malkin’s contract.

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Why The Buffalo Sabres Will Be The 2006-07 Stanley Cup Champions

Another "Free Friday" offering today. KK member doman wants you to know the Sabres will win the cup. Doman also runs Buffalo Sports website. Free Friday is open to any KK member and must be hockey related. All you need to do is .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) me a brief overview of your topic and most likely you will be appearing on KK in the near future. Sure it’s an easy thing to say but I will give you some facts accompanied by a couple of opinions in order to back this up. I know what your saying right now “just another Sabres fan who say’s they’ll win the cup”. Well here you go the reasons why the Buffalo Sabres will be the 2006-2007 Stanley Cup Champions are very simple. First of all this team is hungry, real hungry. There wasn’t a player in that locker room that didn’t think they had the best team in the league. To a man they all feel they were robbed because of having so many injuries in the Carolina series. Let’s not forget that the Sabres were twenty minutes away from reaching the Stanley Cup Finals while missing four of their top six defenseman. I know everyone argues that the young defenseman who were inserted in the lineup played well and I do not disagree but remember the forwards did not take as many chances. All right enough talk about the past since it sounds like sour grapes. This team has many returning talented players. They have lost a few key players like McKee, Dumont, and Grier but the core players are returning such as Briere, Drury, Hecht, Afinogenov and Miller. With this part of the team intact they should still have enough firepower to score goals. The wild card in this equation is Thomas Vanek, I expect many good things from him this year. Vanek is an extremely talented player who will play with a chip on his shoulder due to being benched in last year’s playoffs. They may also get some help from some of their rookies such as Daniel Paille and Drew Stafford. Next is Lindy Ruff. This guy knows exactly how far to push his players. He has gotten the Sabres to the Conference Finals three times and the Stanley Cup Finals once. The amazing thing about this is last years team played a completely different style than the teams who went deep into the playoffs in 1998 and 1999. This proves that Lindy has a great hockey mind and can adjust to the talent of his team. Finally you have the home fans. The HSBC arena brought back memories of “THE AUD” in this years playoffs. It was the most electric that building has been since it opened in 1996. The people of Buffalo and Sabres fans in general have craved a championship and can taste it now more than ever. Well let’s strap on the skates and get started and be ready to watch the Sabres hoist Lord Stanley’s cup next June, It will be a wild and incredible ride so enjoy it.

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Who Is Marty Murray?

from Battle of Alberta,

Former Western Hockey League prodigy and Calgary Flames draft pick Marty Murray could be the dark horse that the Philadelphia Flyers need this season. Murray, who is blazingly quick and one of the most talented playmakers in junior hockey history, has had his professional career stifled by the “Old NHL”.
continued added 12:01pm, As noted in the comments, I pointed to another Battle of Alberta blog, not the one many of us hockey fans are aware of, which is www.battleofalberta.blogspot.com.

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Toivonen Feels No Shame

from the Providence Journal:

Boston Bruins goaltender Hannu Toivonen has a spirited sense of humor when it comes to his mask. It's become a September ritual to unveil the mask he will wear for the season, and for the last couple of years he's donned the basic Bruins logo with a bear painted on it to go along with the cartoon character Piglet from Winnie the Pooh, holding a Finnish flag. Well, Piglet and his native flag are still on the back. On each side Toivonen has his ears and blond hair painted on, but the front is what's interesting. It's a replica of the mask the character Denis Lemieux wore as a goalie in the movie Slap Shot. When asked about it, he started reciting lines from the movie, and with his Finnish accent sounded just like the character, who was played by Yvon Barrette in the 1977 cult classic. In fact, Toivonen and his agent, Bill Zito, came up with the idea.
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KK- Remember Saturday Night

Around 9pm ET on Saturday, September 16th, comments will be shut off and new posts will not be allowed until sometime Sunday. In the KK Forums, the same holds true. I am moving my hosting server to a different geographical location in order to clear up some of the issues a few KK readers have experienced. KK should go live again sometime Sunday and I will update you when commenting is allowed again.

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Sens Want To Avoid Repeat Of Last Year

from the Ottawa Citizen,

"We were running away with it -- no one could compete with us -- and I think our team got a little complacent," Muckler said yesterday as the Senators opened their 14th training camp. "I think, after the Olympics, we had such a great lead in the regular-season schedule that we just didn't prepare ourselves mentally to be able to compete in the same manner (in the playoffs). "Maybe we fell into a trap and that hurt us a little bit, and we never seemed able to recover." The players knew full well what had happened, even if they were also unable to reverse it. Defenceman Wade Redden first sounded the alarm two days after they were eliminated. He said the Senators were fooling themselves if they believed they could lose one-goal games all season and then suddenly win them in the playoffs. This was a dramatic reversal from the team that, under former coach Jacques Martin, rarely, if ever, squandered one-goal leads.

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Somber Start To Canadiens Camp

from the CP via the Ottawa Sun,

The mood was sombre across the city a day after the Dawson College shootings and even the usually upbeat opening of the Montreal Canadiens camp was quieter than usual. Players took their physical exams and fitness tests at the Bell Centre yesterday, but conversations drifted to the shocking events 24 hours before, when a gunman killed one student and wounded at least 20 in a shooting rampage about a kilometre away. "Today's a day of mourning. I don't think there's any question," GM Bob Gainey said. "When you're in the heart of the problem here in Montreal, it's more pronounced. "We can see it and feel it all around us. But I don't really relate that to the start of training camp or whatever might be happening in someone's life. It's a disaster and a tragedy that will need to be worked through."

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The Star In Carolina

from the News & Observer,

After a season in which he not only finished seventh in the NHL in points with 100 but led the league in playoff scoring with 28 points in 25 games, Staal's name is mentioned in comparison to the game's elite. In its annual ranking of NHL players, The Hockey News has Staal 14th. "It's more pressure, obviously," Staal said. "I'm humbled to be among those names. Those are phenomenal players on that list. There are a lot more expectations on our entire team, not just me. Teams are going to be coming against us every night as defending Stanley Cup champs. It's going to be tough for everybody."

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Totally Different Goalie

from the Rocky Mountain News,

If any one Avalanche player could use a fresh start, Jose Theodore would be the guy. The 30-year-old goalie is looking to rebound from an injury-plagued and mediocre season in which his name made the headlines as much for things that happened off the ice as for anything that took place in the crease. "As a goalie, there's always a lot of pressure, but this is the challenge that you live for as a professional," he said. "When I got traded here, it was kind of like a ray of light."

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