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Kaberle & Wilson Have Had Positive Talks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

When Wilson was asked if the much anticipated summit with the defenceman had taken place after a summer of salvos across the Atlantic between Brian Burke and Kaberle’s father, he warmed to the topic.

“We’ve sat down and talked,” Wilson said ” All our talks have been really positive, as I expected them to be.

“I’ll get this out there now so there are no issues, he may only play one of the first five exhibition games (next week). Because I know what he can do and I know he can play with other people. Kabba is 32 years old. At the end of training camp I need to have him fresh. You don’t want your team dead after one week.

“I know (a feud) is a nice story for you guys to hang your hats on,” he said added with a smile, “but there really isn’t an issue. I just wanted to get that out there and be on the offensive and give you the information so you aren’t running around thinking (he’s benched) and there is something else going on.”

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Are The Flyers A Better Team This Season?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sam Carchidi of Broad Stree Bull at the Philadelphia Inquirer,

The Flyers, coming off a stunning run to the Cup Finals, are understandably excited about being back in training camp.

  Did they make the right off-season moves that will make them Cup contenders again?

  We will find out in the upcoming months. From here, the Flyers have more overall toughness and are much better defensively than at this time last season. The offense appears a little weaker, as does the goaltending.

  But chemistry can make up for some deficiencies, and the Flyers seem to be a tight-knit group.

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Langkow Not Cleared For Contact

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Torie Peterson of Flames.com,

While he has made great strides over the summer, Daymond Langkow has not been medically cleared for contact and will not take part in the Calgary Flames training camp.

“Right now, I’m going to skating on my own,” he said on Friday. “I just can’t take contact right now and it’s kind of frustrating. It’s kind of a day-to-day thing and we’ll just go from there.”

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Blackhawks Hope To Extend Seabrook

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam L. Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times, Defenseman

Brent Seabrook is in the final year of his second contract with the Blackhawks. So it’s time for the Hawks to start looking at keeping him around.

Seabrook is considered part of the Hawks’ young core, and is definitely in line for a raise from his current $3.5 million salary.

“Now that we’ve gotten through the summer with the changes we had to make, we’re going to start to look at that,” Hawks GM Stan Bowman said Friday about Seabrook’s contract status. “You’re always trying to look ahead.

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Ducks Re-Sign Matt Beleskey

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed left wing Matt Beleskey to a two-year contract extension through the 2012-13 NHL season. Per club policy, no terms of the deal were disclosed.

Beleskey, 22 (6/7/88), appeared in 60 games for Anaheim in his rookie NHL season in 2009-10, collecting 11-7=18 points with 35 penalty minutes (PIM). Among NHL rookies, Beleskey ranked tied for 10th in goals, tied for third in game-winning goals (3), seventh in hits (94) and 10th in shots (123). He also finished sixth among team leaders in goal scoring and tied for fourth in game-winners.

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City Of Glendale Off The Hook For Now

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rebekah L. Sanders and Cecilia Chan of the Arizona Republic,

For now, Glendale appears off the hook for the $25 million it pledged last May as an insurance policy to keep the Phoenix Coyotes in the city at Jobing.com Arena.

The city announced Friday that a potential buyer has agreed to fund the $25 million that the National Hockey League demanded from Glendale in order to cover the team’s operating losses this season.

“As the city and the prospective buyer work toward finalizing documents, in a show of good faith, the prospective buyer has deposited $25 million dollars into escrow,” Glendale’s statement read.

Glendale officials would not name the potential buyer, but the city has been negotiating for weeks with Matthew Hulsizer, a Chicago investor.

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added 7:33pm, from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

However, the $25 million, essentially a show of good faith and evidence of Hulsizer’s financial wherewithal, has nothing to do with a separate $25 million the City of Glendale has promised to the National Hockey League to cover costs of operating the team while a new lease agreement with the city and an ownership deal with the NHL can be completed.

The City of Glendale issued a release late Friday that suggested otherwise.

The release said the new escrow account established by a potential owner “shows the City has met the NHL deadline for finding a qualified buyer, who will keep the team here, a requirement to release the City’s $25 million currently in escrow.”

Yet multiple sources say that is not the case.

Hulsizer’s escrow amount has nothing to do with the city’s agreement to pay operating costs to the NHL only the eventual purchase price of the team. The City of Glendale has no access to the new $25 million account, multiple sources told ESPN.com.

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Khabibulin Working On The Trust Issue

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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

The veteran goalie, who only played 18 games last season until his back gave out and he needed surgery, says he’s healthy and has no worries about being on the ice taking shots when the sessions start. But, the off-ice court case is going to be hanging over his head and the Oilers for some time.

“I wish, collectively, we all didn’t have to deal with this,” said Khabibulin.

Khabibulin says he tries not to read newspapers but he has to earn back the trust of the team, and the fans. His tenure as an Oilers goalie has been a rough ride, starting his back issues after he signed a four-year free-agent $15 million contract in the summer of 2009. He was playing well before his back issues, but he has to mend some fences, for sure. “Until everything gets resolved (court) I can’t say anything about it, but in the meantime I’m going to try to do the best I can and hope we all grow together,” he said.

“As a team of integrity and character, we’ll do everything we can to make sure Nik feels really comfortable coming back and being a hockey player for the Oilers,” said coach Tom Renney.

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A lesson learned and a round-up of the last day’s worth of Red Wings stories

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By George Malik

Lesson learned the hard way: I’d been told that Friday morning’s Red Wings physicals involved little more than the players getting baseline tests and signing autographs before they headed to their charity golf tournament.  Lesson learned: don’t believe everything you hear, because coach Mike Babcock issued his first “big change” announcement of camp:

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Carolina’s Push Toward Youth is Both Promising and Perilous

Blog: KK Hockey By Jon Jordan

The future is now in Carolina, where the old guard is out, an influx of youth is taking over and everyone is looking to put the injury-plagued woes that ruined things a season ago far, far behind them.

With the retirement of former captain Rod Brind’Amour symbolizing the changing of the guard in Raleigh, which started with Eric Staal succeeding Brind’Amour as team captain in January last season, the process of remolding the club is well underway. The 25-year-old Staal will have some veteran support in his first full year wearing the ‘C’ but Carolina’s heavy reliance on several key youngsters is a make-or-break formula for success this season. If the kids collectively respond to the challenge, the ‘Canes have enough going for them to cause trouble in the Southeast and surprise a lot of people. Some growing pains are sure to be felt, however, in such a transitional year for the franchise and immediate success probably takes a back seat to more long-term achievements.

Avoiding the injury bug has to be high on the list of priorities for a club that holds the unfortunate distinction of hitting the 300 man-games lost to injury milestone a year ago.

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How Did You Spend Your Summer Break Ryan Miller?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

After a sensational season that saw him capture Olympic MVP honors and his first Vezina Trophy, Ryan Miller decided there was only one way to recharge his batteries this summer.

“I disappeared,” the Buffalo Sabres star netminder told ESPN.com this week. “I just tried to relax and lay low.”

Most of his offseason was spent in Southern California instead of his native Michigan, as the Team USA lynchpin opted to get out of the limelight after a superb but draining season.

And yet, there was no hiding. Not after what he did for Team USA last February, backstopping the underdog club to an unexpected silver medal. Americans from all walks of life have been thanking Miller for what he did in Vancouver.

“A lot of people, actually, a lot of people I wouldn’t expect from different parts of the country,” said Miller.

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