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What To Expect This Season

from Tom Gulitti and Andrew Gross of the Record,

Here’s what to look for in 2008-09:

Teams on the rise

1. Montreal: The Habs hope to celebrate their 100th season with another trip to the Stanley Cup Finals as newcomers Robert Lang and Alex Tanguay just add to a highly skilled offense led by holdovers Alexei Kovalev and Saku Koivu.

2. Dallas: Superpest Sean Avery takes his act to Big D, where the D still stands for defense despite Sergei Zubov’s injury, thanks to goalie Marty Turco.

3. Chicago: Long a league laughingstock, the Blackhawks have great young talent with Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews and top free agents in Brian Campbell and Cristobal Huet.

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Become One In Blueland

from the Atlanta Thrashers,

The Atlanta Thrashers have launched the team’s 2008-09 marketing and advertising campaign, which calls for fans to “Become One in Blueland.”

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Red Wings Talk

Ken Holland and Mike Babcock participated in an NHL tele-conference today…

Q.  I was just wondering, could you update us on your roster moves, how you’re getting down to the 23, beyond putting Aaron (Downey) on waivers, please?

KEN HOLLAND: Well, today we assigned Ville Leino to Grand Rapids; we assigned Jonathan Ericsson to Grand Rapids; we assigned Darren Helm to Grand Rapids. We’ve informed Aaron Downey that he’s been put on waivers, and we will readdress his situation tomorrow. And it appears that Jimmy Howard, Darren McCarty and Chris Chelios will all start the year on injured reserve.

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Report- Kings Reach Agreement With Patrick O’Sullivan

via Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,

It appears as though the Kings have reached agreement on a contract with Patrick O’Sullivan.

Rich will be updating his blog soon, so you can keep an eye on it if you wish…

added 6:28pm, According to Rich, the deal is done, three year contract, no $$$ yet.

added 6:30pm, According to Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Sources say it is worth an average of $2.925 million per year but will pay him $4 million in the upcoming season.

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Scott Niedermayer Named Ducks Captain

via the Anaheim Ducks,

The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has named four-time Stanley Cup champion Scott Niedermayer team captain. Chris Pronger and Ryan Getzlaf have been named alternate captains for the 2008-09 season. In addition, Rob Niedermayer will serve as an additional alternate captain when necessary.

“Scotty is a tremendous leader and has been for his entire career,” said Head Coach Randy Carlyle. “We have several experienced leaders on this team, and we will need them to work as a group in order for us to have success.”

“It’s an honor to be named team captain,” said Niedermayer. “We have several great leaders in this locker room and I’m just happy to be part of that.”

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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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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.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

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