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Kovalchuk Talks Sticks

Ilya on the new curve stick rule, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (reg. req.),

I think this was the worst rule in the world with the illegal stick because you can use whatever you want," he said. "Some guys use the big curve; some guys use the open curve. Everybody plays with a different stick. I don't think it makes a big difference because, anyway, like half the league uses illegal sticks and now everyone will use legal ones." Can he stay within the new standard of 3/4-inch? "Oh, yeah, I'm all set now," he said. "And the good thing is if they call me and my stick is going to be legal, they're going to pay five grand and the coach will have to pay a thousand."

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Who Starts In San Jose

from the AP via the Mercury News,

After leading the Sharks into the playoffs last season during the first sustained playing time of his NHL career, Toskala is back in competition with veteran incumbent Evgeni Nabokov for the starting job in San Jose.... Wilson has been understandably coy about his plans to clear this logjam. Ottawa and Detroit were among the clubs who spoke to Wilson about deals for either goalie, but Wilson didn't pull the trigger during the summer - and now he'll probably have to wait until another team's goalie gets hurt or struggles. "I've always said it's a great problem to have," Wilson said on the Sharks' first day of training camp. "We're just zeroed in on not having too many distractions. They're very professional, and we'll go from there. We have such great depth, which very few teams have."

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from the Reebok store: shut eye Fear not, Wings fans: every other team's "Replica Fashion Jersey" looks exactly the same, save the silk-screened logo.

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Greg Johnson- Irregular EKG

via the Detroit Free Press,

Red Wings forward Greg Johnson has left training camp because of an irregular Electrocardiogram (EKG). The results first appeared Thursday as players took physicals at Centre ICE arena. Team spokesperson John Hahn said Saturday that Johnson, 35, has returned to Detroit and is expected to see a specialist on Wednesday.
thanks to KK member for the heads-up.

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The New Buffalo Look

There you have it folks. New Buffalo Sabres jersey from training camp today. image

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via an interview at TVPredictions.com with Rob Jacobson of INHD,

TVP: Will INHD carry the HDTV hockey games from Versus (formerly The Outdoor Life Network) this season? And the HD games from NBA TV? RJ: In the coming season, the arrangement with respect to hockey games will be the same as last year and will be seamless to viewers, who will continue to get HD NHL games on INHD. For the NBA games, we do not yet know, but we would like to continue to present games in HD as we have for the past three seasons.
more..but no other NHL talk, mostly the future plans of INHD...

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Wings Expect Kronwall Improvement

from the Traverse City Record-Eagle,

"(Kronwall) really struggled when he came back," Wings GM Ken Holland said. "I thought in the Edmonton series he was starting to get a little more comfortable." The Wings are expecting a healthy Kronwall to be a leader and top-four defenseman this season. "He's a young player we're going to build around," Holland said. "I think he could have a breakout year.... Kronwall would like to prove Holland right. "I'm excited to have a chance to prove to myself and everyone else that I can play a whole season without getting hurt," he said. "This is a big year for me — a contract year. "I'm just tired of getting injured all the time," he added. "I just want to go out there and play some hockey."
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Lehtinen Signs Extension

from the Dallas Stars,

As ridiculous as it sounds, despite being his team's leading goal-scorer (with a career-high 33) and the runner-up for a major NHL award, Lehtinen continues to fly under the radar and rarely seems to be mentioned in conversations about the Stars' top players. But GM Doug Armstrong knows what he has in Lehtinen and stepped up with a new contract extension for the winger on Saturday that will keep him under contract through the 2008-09 season. Part of the reason Lehtinen does not get all the accolades he deserves is because of his quiet demeanor and partially because his skills on the ice tend to be much more subtle than his flashy linemate, Mike Modano.
read on...nice feature on Jere...

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Learning “Curve”

from the Calgary Sun,

"Oh great, we'll get more shots at our heads," said defenceman Robyn Regehr after the NHL decided to add a quarter-inch more to the bowing of the blade. "The shots will come in high, that's my concern." No Flames seemed eager to try out a bigger bend, although captain Jarome Iginla said he gave it a shot this summer. "I tried a little over the summer when I heard rumblings but it's more what you're used to," said Iginla. "A lot of European players had gotten used to it growing up but I've never used that big of a hook and probably won't change my curve. That's not to say down the road I never will."

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Nolan’s First Day

from Newsday,

The first day of practice was devoted to skating and conditioning with virtually no contact, but that's going to change when Nolan installs his aggressive forechecking style. "I like to see a lot of shots blocked, and I like to see a lot of body contact," he said. "I mean, ballroom dancing is body contact. I want to see some collisions. We don't want one or two guys on the puck. We want three, four, five guys on it [like] a pack of wolves." It takes energy and commitment to play that way, but Simon described Nolan as a "people person" who understands how to get the best from each individual. "Every guy that ever played for him would do anything for him," Simon said.
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