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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.

continued…

*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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  Tags: barry+melrose

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.

read on

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  Tags: tomas+vokoun

Bruins Roster Update

According to Bruins Blog, Blake Wheeler will be on the Bruins roster and it is likely Peter Schaefer has been waived.

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  Tags: blake+wheeler, peter+schaefer

Need An Interview, Talk With Craig Conroy

from Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald,

So, as one of the poster boys for media relations, what, pray tell, is his philosophy?

“You guys are doing a job,” says the 37-year-old.

“Sometimes you write bad things about me, sometimes good things, but that’s what it is. It’s your job. And I know when I play bad. I’ve never had a problem with the media. I don’t take anything personally. I don’t feel that anyone’s out to get me.

“I just come in and I try to tell the truth, whether I’m in favour of something or not. As long as everything’s fair, then I’m comfortable with it.”

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  Tags: craig+conroy

Rookie On The Blueline In St. Louis

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Alex Pietrangelo faced long odds of making the Blues’ opening-day roster, but on Monday the 18-year-old defenseman received word that he’ll be on the team and perhaps on the ice Friday against Nashville….

“We’ve all seen the poise he has. ... I like his poise,” Davidson said. “There’s always good things that happen on the ice, and things you learn from. I don’t like saying ‘bad.’ Some things don’t go well, but you learn from them. He’s a quick learner, very mature.”

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  Tags: alex+pietrangelo

Can The Leafs Follow The Correct Re-building Path

from Damien Cox of the Spin at the Toronto Star,

The concepts, objectives and goals around the Maple Leafs are like shifting sands, more now than ever before. Clearly, much has changed in a calendar year, and while Ron Wilson was clearly being honest and straightforward through his “wins and losses don’t matter” mantra for the season, that’s not going to be easy for proud, veteran players to ingest before an 82-game season even starts.

It’s a little different than “Win One for the Gipper” or “You Gotta Believe.”

read on

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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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