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Just Wondering

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

Finally, the day we have all been waiting for - the opening of training camp.

I don’t know about you, but the start of each season gets me wondering about lots of things.


Who will be the first coach to be fired? (Andy Murray is an excellent coach, but I don’t like his chances with the woefully bad Blues)

Can the Columbus Blue Jackets make the playoffs for the first time? (No)

Will Alexander Radulov return to the Nashville Predators? (Yes, and sooner rather than later)


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Ned Harkness Dies

Ned Harkness passes away at the age of 89.

more at the AP…

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Selanne Signs Pro Tryout Agreement With Ducks

via the Anaheim Ducks,

Teemu Selanne has signed a PRO TRYOUT AGREEMENT with the Ducks. Negotiations on a new standard player contract between Selanne and the Ducks will continue. The pro tryout agreement allows Selanne to participate in all training camp activities. He is expected to skate with the club tomorrow morning at Anaheim ICE.

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Talking to Tampa Bay

From Daren Millard & Nick Kypreos at Fan590—

The producer of the “SAW” films and the television show “Two and a Half Men” joins Hockeycentral @ Noon on entering his first season as an NHL franchise. [Vinnie] Lecavalier enters the conversation with [Oren] Koules and the boys to discuss his reason for signing an 11-year extension to stay in Tampa and on once again being captain of Lightning.

Check out today’s show for some hockey talk out of Tampa Bay.

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  Tags: oren+koules, vincent+lecavalier

Enjoying The Game

from Craig Slater of the Nanaimo Daily News,

There is no easy way to say this, so I’m just going to blurt it out and get it over with.

I am not a fan of one specific NHL team. I don’t have a favourite.

There, I said it. Commence gun fire.

Does my failure to link myself with an NHL team make me any less of a Canadian? I hope not. Others might argue otherwise.

For years working within this industry, I have been asked countless times by fellow sports reporters and followers which team I am most fond of. And for years my answer has remained the same.

“Uh, well . . .”

read on

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The ‘Joe’ Will Be Rockin’

imagefrom NHL.com,

The National Hockey League (NHL) will launch the 2008-09 season with NHL Face-Off Rocks™ 2008, an opening day spectacular headlined by the world’s greatest arena rock band, Def Leppard, on Thursday, Oct. 9.  The multi-platinum selling rock band will open the night with a special performance of their arena-inspired hit single, “C’mon, C’mon” from Fox Theatre in Detroit, followed by the raising of the Detroit Red Wings’ 2008 Stanley Cup Championship banner prior to the start of their sold-out home opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Joe Louis Arena.


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Welcome To Broadway Nikolai

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Though his teammates competed for the puck, took the body and drove to the net as if this were a mid-season practice conducted by a seething coach Tom Renney - much like the one in Philadelphia last Jan. 30, for example - Zherdev displayed no urgency whatsoever.

The 23-year-old took short cuts throughout the charged morning scrimmage, once turning over the puck while dangling one-on-one three feet inside the offensive line, the giveaway leading to a goal-against, and consistently failed to move either the puck or his feet with any obvious purpose….

But after a second day of camp in which No. 13 was the laziest athlete on the ice.


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  Tags: nikolai+zherdev

Kings Ask O’Sullivan To Stay Out Of Camp

From Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,

...now I have much more detail on the situation with Patrick O’Sullivan.  The Kings have requested that he not attend training camp until a deal is done. Lombardi explains, in the interview, why that’s the case. Second, when asked directly for an update on the contract negotiations, Lombardi said, ``We’re not very close. That’s the truth.’‘

read on

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  Tags: patrick++o'sullivan

NHLPA- Olympic Competition Is Critically Important

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Any attempt by the NHL to pull out of the Olympics after the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games will face a stiff fight from the NHL Players’ Association.

Paul Kelly, executive director of the NHLPA, said Thursday that “NHL management does not have the right to make unilateral statements that we will not participate in the Olympics again. Players have strong views about the issue.”


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Hardcore Meet Superstar

Wait I am confused, who is Hardcore and we know the superstar.

What ever happened to rock & roll groups that started with The: Beatles, Rolling Stones, Yardbirds, etc.?

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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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