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Khabibulin Still With Chicago

from TSN,

The Chicago Blackhawks sent goaltender Antti Niemi to Rockford of the American Hockey League on Tuesday, opening the possibility of the team starting the season with Cristobal Huet and Nikolai Khabibulin.

Khabibulin is expected return to the team this week and resume practising, and could possibly play at some point.

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No Composite For Holik

from Eric Marin of NewJerseyDevils.com,

“With a big, long stick, it’s a little softer so that I can really lean into it,” he said. “The kickpoint changes depending on where you put your bottom hand, and that’s not necessarily the case with the composite. That’s one of the reasons that I just couldn’t get used to it.”

One thing Holik will have to get used to, however, is a new brand. With demand waning for wood, Sherwood announced plans in 2007 to cease production of wood sticks in its Sherbrooke, Que., factory and outsource to Estonia and China. As a result, Holik has sampled wooden models made by Reebok.

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Surprise Teams Keep it Interesting

From Paul Kukla at NHL.com,

I group teams in three categories before the start of the season: Can’t miss, fighting for a playoff spot or re-building and looking forward to next year. But I am always wrong with two or three teams in each category and I am glad I am. Surprise teams, both in a positive or negative manner, make the season exciting and keeps me glued to the game on a daily basis.

read on for some predictions

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One-on-One with Sean Avery

Rachel Nichols of ESPN talks to Sean Avery about his bad boy reputation and his addiction to fashion.

Judging from Avery’s responses, it seems that it all started when he was a kid and started stealing his babysitter’s dolls…

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Oilers Go Back In Time

from the Edmonton Oilers,

“It’s terrific that the original uniform is being brought back and celebrated.  All of the things we take so much pride in today were accomplished in that uniform and I think fans deserve to see their team and especially their favorite players on this year’s team in those colors” said Kevin Lowe, Oilers President of Hockey Operations.

read on and watch the video of the Oilers sweater unveiling below…

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NHL in Europe: Never Going to Happen

From Michael Farber at SI,

Some league officials have been eyeballing Europe for years as a potential landing spot for a franchise. There is even some ownership support for the idea, notably Ottawa’s Eugene Melnyk, who said he has been in favor of the idea for the past three or four years. But European expansion remains one of those theoretical topics along the lines of “if Wilma Flintstone and Betty Rubble walked into a bar ...”

While it might be fun to kick around, it is not going to happen. Not now. Not in a decade. Even if the global economy roars back in the next few years, the dollars, and Euros, probably won’t make sense. And not even Warren Buffett can do anything about the six-hour time difference that separates the East Coast and most of the hockey-playing major cities of Europe.

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*more thoughts on the NHL in Europe posted earlier today on KK

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  Tags: european+expansion

Wings Place Aaron Downey on Waivers

From the Detroit Free Press:

Quick update from Joe Louis Arena this morning: Ville Leino is skating on a line with Pavel Datsyuk and Marian Hossa, and Aaron Downey has been placed on waivers.

The Wings are seeking to trade defenseman Kyle Quincey.

Also being reported at Red Wings Corner, plus injury updates.

Update 12:19pm ET: Red Wings Corner also has some reaction from Downey.

added 2:36pm, from Red Wings Corner,

Ken Holland just said that the Red Wings have assigned Ville Leino and Jonathan Ericsson to Grand Rapids.

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Leafs Place Devereaux and Kronwall on Waivers - Updated

From TSN:

The Toronto Maple Leafs continued to streamline their roster for the upcoming season on Tuesday, placing forward Boyd Devereaux and defenceman Staffan Kronwall on waivers.

Update 2:08pm: TSN link has updated to also note other waiver transactions today, including San Jose Sharks defenceman Kyle McLaren.  Canucks players Matt Pettinger and Jason Krog were also put on waivers today.

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  Tags: boyd+devereaux, staffan+kronwall

Melrose The Quote Machine

from Brian Duff at the Hockey News,

Already I’ve heard Melrose make multiple references to how much guys are making. That could be a slippery slope down which to venture.

But hey, if Melrose can entertain the masses and pull the Lightning from worst to first in the division as his owners are expecting, he will have a shot at the Jack Adams award. Keep in mind, the coach of the year award is voted upon by the broadcasters, who tend to really appreciate good sound bites.

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New Season For Panthers

from Dave Joseph at FloridaPanthers.com,

Vokoun, who has always worn his heart on his sleeve, enters the season more comfortable. He’s settled with his family in Florida, he feels optimistic about the team’s direction, and, more importantly, he returns for his second season with the Panthers looking at a new and improved blue line.

In fact, some consider the Panthers’ blue line to now be one of the elite in the league. Start with Jay Bouwmeester and Bryan Allen, a healthy Noah Welch and Cory Murphy, iron man Karlis Skrastins, and add veterans Keith Ballard, Bryan McCabe and Nick Boynton.

“We’ve definitely improved,” Vokoun said.

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  Tags: tomas+vokoun

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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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