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Impressions From Traverse City

From Craig Custance’s blog in the Sporting News,

It’s good to be back at the rink every day, and the prospects event in Traverse City, Michigan has been impressive. The turnout has been great, with the stands packed for all the games. Each team has played two games, and today was an off-day with practices. Here are some early impressions on the teams and players:

- Statistically, St. Louis’ Patrik Berglund is not having as dominant a tournament as he did last year when he led all scorers with ten points, but I saw him score a good-looking goal yesterday coming down the left wall and firing one past a Minnesota goalie. One scout said he’s going to be a star and his reach really is impressive.

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  Tags: prospects, traverse+city

BOG Meets Tomorrow

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The NHL’s board of governors convenes tomorrow here in Toronto. I’ll have the privilege of standing outside the meeting and trying to run after owners or team executives for a comment afterwards. Most of them will try to avoid us. It’s always a mad scramble.

We were able to get our hands on some details from tomorrow’s agenda:

1. There will obviously be an update on the ownership situation in Nashville, the league still reeling from the bank fraud charges laid on part-owner William “Boots” Del Biaggio III.

read on plus some Robert Lang talk…

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Report- Yzerman Expected To Lead Team Canada

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Sources tell TSN Wayne Gretzky has indicated to Hockey Canada that he is willing to be part of the management team for 2010, he has made it clear he is not interested in reprising his role as executive director.

Sources tell TSN that Steve Yzerman is expected to be named executive director of the Canadian Olympic team.

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  Tags: steve+yzerman

Nothing New With Shanahan Contract

from Andrew Gross of the Record,

Curran said today there are other teams in the NHL still very much interested in Shanahan but added he is still only talking to Rangers general manager Glen Sather, though no offer has been made.

“It’s entirely up to Glen,” Curran said. “The whole situation is so unique. The reality is, it’s always been my experience in the past that a veteran player would have made his decision to go elsewhere, particularly when, like in this situation, there are so many other options to consider. It’s somewhat unique that the player has the determination that he wants to stay in one place and has maintained the patience that he has.”

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  Tags: brendan+shanahan

Niittymaki Out 4-6 Weeks

from the Philadelphia Flyers,

Philadelphia Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren announced on Monday that goaltender Antero Niittymaki will be out for four-to-six weeks after having surgery on his left hip.

Q: What happened with Antero?

Paul Holmgren: “Last Friday, Antero had a small surgical procedure done on his left hip where he had some fluid drained and also some loose bodies that were in his joint. This was more of a clean-up process performed by Dr. Thomas Byrd at Baptist Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee.

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  Tags: antero+niittymaki

A Look At The East

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

As NHL training camps open up this week, we take a look at where each team stands. First up, our take, and questions, on the Eastern Conference.

Montreal Canadiens: Expectations are as high in Montreal for the coming season as they’ve been at any time in the past 15 years….

Burning questions:

• How does Price rebound from his meltdown in the playoffs?
• Are the Canadiens strong enough down the middle to compete with Pittsburgh and the New York Rangers, the other top teams in the East?

read on for the rest of the East…

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Six To Watch

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

In the spirit of Jack’s (Falla) love for the game, here’s a list of six NHLers, one from each of the league’s six divisions, I’m looking forward to watching this season:

Northwest: Kyle Wellwood, Vancouver. The NHL’s version of Droopy Dog bottomed out in his final season under the glare of life with the Maple Leafs, but in the more laid-back confines of British Columbia, he may rediscover – or just plain discover – the will to pay the price around the net and become something more than a tease of a talent. I’m not guaranteeing that’ll happen, but it’ll be fun watching him try. Or watching him not try.

five more to watch…

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Only Reason To Play - The Stanley Cup

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

“We’re being predicted to finish 15th in the conference and 30th overall in the League,” (Andy) Murray said. “Obviously a lot of people on the outside don’t feel that we’re going to take the next step.”

Then, Murray paused for a moment before adding, “but, what is the next step?”

When Murray thinks about the upcoming season and where he wants his young team to go, he thinks only of the Stanley Cup. That, he said, is the only reason to be in this game and to play the season.

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  Tags: andy+murray

More HD?- Not For LA Area Teams

from Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,

The Lakers have 35 games broadcast on FSN this coming season. Guess how many are in high definition? That’s right, all of them. As opposed to 10 each for the Kings and Ducks.

In trying to get to the bottom of this, I’ve yet to find a satisfactory answer. It’s not a Kings issue. They’re not the ones who make the call on this.

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Sundin’s Drive Is Gone

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

Sundin’s indecision and indifference has become downright boring. Imagine the fuss if we were talking about a superstar and not just a point-per-game guy. Don’t get me wrong; I’m certain the 37-year-old Swede could still help a number of teams, but let’s be honest; we’re talking about a player whose best years are long gone. And if his uncertainty about whether or not he’ll continue playing is any indication, you have to wonder if his heart will ever be in the game again.

read on

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  Tags: mats+sundin

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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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