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Brent Sopel to Play in Russia

From TSN:

Defenceman Brent Sopel is heading to Russia to play hockey.

The veteran NHL blueliner said through his Twitter account and blog on Friday that he’ll be playing for Metallurg Novokuznetsk of the KHL this fall after signing a two-year contract.

Sopel, 34, ended the 2010-11 season with Montreal after a trade from the Atlanta Thrashers.

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Habs Willing to Take Their Shots

From the Canadian Press via Metro:

Brent Sopel says it helps to be a little crazy for a player other than a goaltender to block shots in an NHL game.

And the lunacy becomes epidemic in the playoffs, when just about every skater is ready to stand in front of cannon-like blasts from the point to keep the opposing team from scoring.

“Yeah, it hurts,” Sopel, the Montreal Canadiens’ defenceman, said. “It’s sacrificing.

“At this time of year it’s all about sacrifice from everyone. You see different guys come up with big shot blocks and that’s what it’s all about. It’s a team game and you need everybody. If I block a shot, it’s not going in the net. It’s trying to do whatever it takes to win.”

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Montreal/Atlanta Trade

via Bob McKenzie tweet,

ATL trades Brent Sopel and Nigel Dawes to MTL for Ben Maxwell and a 4th rder. Done deal.

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Two-Goal Start for Sutter, Productive Youth (and No Injuries!) All Good Signs for Carolina

He’s not the youngest player on the roster, nor would he be considered a shocking contributor after last season’s 21-goal, 40-point showing but Brandon Sutter is most certainly a key piece to any Carolina Hurricanes success this year and his two-goal performance in Thursday’s season-opening, 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild in Helsinki, Finland is an excellent early sign for a club hoping for a lot to go their way in 2010-11.

For the Hurricanes, banking on both young guns and sustained health and rejuvenation for several veterans who were hobbled last year, a player like Sutter, at 21, serving as an alternate captain and coming off of a breakthrough season a year ago, will play a major role in determining their fortune. So far, so good for Sutter, who played just six seconds less yesterday than Carolina captain Eric Staal and so far, so good for the ‘Canes, who dressed six players 25-and-under in the game and got production from Sutter (two goals), Zac Dalpe (assist) and Jamie McBain (assist), as well as sparkling reviews for 18-year-old forward Jeff Skinner from that group.

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Post-Kovalchuk Thrashers Deep on ‘D’, Look to New Faces and Young Guns for Offense

For the Atlanta Thrashers, a team with just one playoff appearance in ten National Hockey League seasons (and not a single post-season victory to their credit), the time for a fresh start was clearly at hand.

By first turning a negative into a positive in moving on from superstar sniper Ilya Kovalchuk late last season and then raiding the cabinet of the cap-crunched Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, Atlanta begins their new era, under both a new general manager and head coach in Rick Dudley and Craig Ramsay, with a wealth of promising youth and several veterans with recent championship experience.

They may no longer boast an individual showstopper but that formula wasn’t producing a consistent winner in Blueland anyway (and that alone rarely does as much anywhere). The post-Kovalchuk Thrashers appear to be headed for greener pastures, though there will be that little issue of replacing his 45+ goals, of course.

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Raw Charge’s Five Questions for JJ

The staff at SB Nation’s Raw Charge finishes up their Five Questions, Five Answers series today with my responses to their Southeast Division inquries.

Check out the entire piece here, as well as the previous two installments, featuring my The Bolts Beat co-host, Mike Corcoran and Pete Choquette from Bolt Prospects.

As I touched on in closing out this interview, this division as a whole is on the upswing, making the timing of my expanded coverage even more exciting.

Enjoy the Q&A here… And, please, pay my friends at Raw Charge a well-deserved visit.

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Chicago Makes Roster Move

The Chicago Blackhawks have activated right wing Adam Burish (6-1, 189) from injured reserve and have placed defenseman Brent Sopel (6-1, 211) on the long term injured reserve list.

Burish, 25, has accrued 49 penalty minutes in 19 contests with the Blackhawks this season. The Madison, Wisconsin, native has missed each of Chicago’s last 14 games (Nov. 26 to Dec. 28).

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Chicago Extends Sopel

via the Daily Herald,

The Blackhawks and Brent Sopel have agreed on a three-year contract extension that will keep the veteran defenseman from becoming an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Financial terms of the deal were being finalized. Sopel is being paid $1.5 million this season.

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Sopel Signed By Chicago

Listening to the Wings/Leafs game online, the Toronto announcers stated Brent Sopel was signed by Chicago today.

added 9:20pm, TSN link now available, believed to be $1.5M for 1 year.

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