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Bertuzzi Feels Great

from the Vancouver Province,

I feel great, young and healthy,” said Bertuzzi, having had five days of consecutive organized workouts under his belt before getting started against the Kings Saturday.

“It was tough during my time with Detroit, I was really only at about 50 per cent, all beat up and sore during those games. It wasn’t so much my back but everything else was all smashed up—my tail bone was sore, I was a mess.

“Looking back on it, maybe I would have been better off not playing at all last year, but the summer was good and really, the opportunity was too good to pass up, playing with those guys. And we were really close to winning. That series (with the Ducks in the conference final) could have gone either way, at least we felt that way.

“But now to come to the team that just won the Cup, it’s pretty exciting.”

read on

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Esposito Has A Small Chance Of Cracking Pens Lineup

from the Pittsburg Post-Gazette,

Regardless of how management classifies him, it seems extremely unlikely that Esposito will spend this winter with the Penguins.

They have a surplus of NHL-caliber talent up front, so there is no need to force-feed the league to Esposito instead of sending him back to the junior league Quebec Remparts.

“Just like everyone else, you want to make the team, but if I don’t make this team this year, I’m still young,” Esposito said. “I want to come in here and learn a lot and we’ll see what happens.”

No matter what transpires the next few weeks, Esposito figures to take at least one enduring memory out of this camp: He is expected to be in the lineup when the Penguins face Montreal in a preseason game tonight at 7:38 p.m. at the Bell Centre.

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  Tags: pittsburgh+penguins, prospects

The Outdoor Game

from the Buffalo News,

League executives will gather at Ralph Wilson Stadium this afternoon to trumpet the first NHL game to be played outdoors in the United States, one that should shatter the league’s attendance record. The Sabres will host the Pittsburgh Penguins at 1 p.m. Jan. 1 in the home of the Bills.

NBC, one of the league’s television partners, has been pushing for a marquee New Year’s Day event, Collins said. The holiday is one of the busiest days of the year for television use. It traditionally has been an afternoon of college football bowl games for sports fans, but since the advent of the Bowl Championship Series to determine a national champion, most of the top games are on other days.

The league views that as an ideal time to attract fans.

“It will really build a national and North American platform for the league,” Collins (NHL Sr. VP) said. “There’s a lot of interest in the game.”

more including ticket information…

added 9:19am, more on the game from Kevin Allen at USA TODAY.

added 9:29am
, NHL.com will be streaming the press conference today beginning at 2pm ET.

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  Tags: buffalo+sabres, media, outdoor+hockey, pittsburgh+penguins

The Mental Edge

from Dave Stubbs at Habs Inside/Out,

Understanding the benefits of the smallest edge in today’s NHL, young Canadiens stars Christopher Higgins and Mike Komisarek spent part of their summer working with a mental conditioning coach. The two close friends, keys to the Canadiens’ success this season, believe that the lessons they learned will help sharpen their focus during the marathon campaign.

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  Tags: montreal+canadiens

O’Neill Weighing His Options

via the Toronto Sun,

While the Maple Leafs make their pre-season debut in Edmonton tomorrow, Jeff O’Neill sits and waits.

Could the free-agent sniper, who spent the past two seasons with Toronto, be headed to the Ottawa Senators?

O’Neill’s agent, Ian Pulver, told Sun Media yesterday that discussions have been held with Senators general manager Bryan Murray.

“Jeff O’Neill continues to review all of his options,” Pulver said.

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Langenbrunner Could Miss Significant Time

from the NY Post,

As revealed in Saturday’s Post, Langenbrunner tried a rest cure all summer for the injury he now admits was initially suffered in February. It recurred this month, keeping him out of training camp.

Recovery times vary and surely will depend on the injury itself, but he could be out 6-8 weeks, then require significant time to regain full fitness. His summertime rest cure prevented his usual training regimen, leaving him out of game shape, and further behind following surgery.

Langenbrunner, 32, said he wishes he’d gone straight for surgery during the offseason.

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Ducks’ Schneider Out with Broken Ankle Bone

From AP via NY Post,

New Ducks defenseman Mathieu Schneider will be out at least four weeks after breaking a bone in the left ankle during his first preseason game with the Stanley Cup champions.

An MRI taken Sunday revealed that Schneider sustained a non-displaced fracture of the ankle Saturday night in Anaheim’s 3-2 victory over Los Angeles.

The 38-year-old Schneider, beginning his 20th NHL season, signed a two-year, $11.25-million deal with Anaheim. The Ducks brought him aboard this summer as insurance in case captain Scott Niedermayer decides to retire.

continued…

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  Tags: anaheim+ducks, injuries, mathieu+schneider

Ryder Has Tough Summer In Newfoundland

from the CP via Yahoo,

Michael Ryder may be looking for two new homes next summer.

The Montreal Canadiens sniper is on a one-year contract that can make him an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

And he’s pondering whether to continue spending the off-season at home in Newfoundland after a second summer of vandalism against his home and his car in St. John’s.

The 27-year-old had his car fire-bombed in one incident and pelted with eggs in another over the off-season. His house had been paint-balled and a car in front of his house vandalized the summer before.

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  Tags: michael+ryder, montreal+canadiens

Attention Folks Associated With Hockey Blogs & Websites

Many of you know we have a pretty detailed list of many of the hockey related sites on the web.

We have now added an area in the KK Forum where you can point out specific details about your blog or website.  Feel free to point to a blog post, but do make sure you do a “soft-sell: too, which will encourage KK readers to click the link!

As always, I also encourage you to point to your blog in the comments here at KK too.  If you have something of interest on a post here, by all means let the KK readers know about it.

note: original post was 9/15/07 at 7:40pm, moved to top of page on Sunday.

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Wayne Wines

from the St. Catherines Standard,

The long-anticipated Wayne Gretzky wines are hitting LCBO shelves Monday, just in time for hockey season.

The classy labels bear the No. 99, a number the National Hockey League retired when Gretzky ended his career in April, 1999.

Gretzky admits he doesn’t know a whole lot about wine but “I can tell you if I like the taste of something or if I don’t like the taste of something,” he told Standard reporter Monique Beech in an exclusive interview.

more and visit the Wayne Gretzky Estates too…

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