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On banners and a very brief update from the Red Wings’ prospects’ morning skate

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By George Malik

Well, now.  Three KK readers have offered up a superb slate of banners for the Malik Report, and I’m not quite sure which one’s the coolest, so please take a look at the following images and let me know what you think:

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NHL Stars On Tour

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

For Henrik Lundqvist, the commute was a breeze.

“I can see my balcony,” Lundqvist told NHL.com Tuesday morning from the penthouse floor inside the swanky Hudson Hotel on West 58th Street. “So it’s easy for me to get here.”

Physically speaking, yes, it was easy for the New York Rangers goalie to get to the host hotel for the 2010 NHL Player Media Tour, but in reality making it to the unofficial kickoff event to the NHL season requires years of hard work and good fortune.

You have to be good—really good—to be invited to the NHL Player Media Tour. Only 20 players, including Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin, as well as young stars Steven Stamkos, Drew Doughty, John Tavares and Matt Duchene, arrived in midtown Manhattan on Monday to be put through two days of interviews, commercial shoots, promotional advertisements, and so much more.


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The Future Is Looking Bright for the Rangers

Blog: Goal Line Report By Patrick Hoffman

Michael Morreale of NHL.com wrote a piece on NHL.com today about three New York Rangers who are performing well and turning heads at the Tarverse City Prospects Tournament: Evgeny Grachev, Derek Stepan and Ryan Bourque.

For the team and its fans, this is certainly welcome news. If you look at the teams who have had the most success recently, you will see that they have done it from within. They have grown their prospects, kept lines together and relied on what they had in the organization to get the job done.

Rangers’ GM Glen Sather needs to think this way because these kids are the team’s future, for better or worse. Done should be the days of signing over-price free agents and instead, Sather should look inside the organization for the tools that he needs for this team to be successful.

In the article, Morreale reports that Stepan, Bourque and Grachev have combined for 4 goals, 4 assists and a + 3 rating in two games while also pounding the net with 15 shots.

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  Tags: derek+stepan, evgeny+grachev, new+york+rangers, ryan+bourque, traverse+city+prospects+tournament

When Will The Devils Get Under The Cap?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Kovalchuk’s $6,666,667 million cap hit put the Devils nearly $3 million over the cap. They must be under the $59.4 million cap on Oct. 6—the day before the NHL regular season starts. If Lamoriello is concerned about starting training camp without creating the necessary cap space—the Devils’ veterans report for physicals on Friday morning and practice for the first time Saturday morning—he’s giving no hint of that.

When I asked him if he felt any urgency to get deals done before the start of camp, he said, “Absolutely not.”

In fact, Lamoriello suggested what happens during training camp and the preseason could determine what moves he does make. He does not seem concerned that knowing there will be moves coming will be a distraction to the players during camp.

“I think that it’s a similar distraction when it comes to the trade deadline,” Lamoriello said. “But I would hope that the professionalism involved with the type of players we have, they understand there has to be a move or two. Hopefully, they determine what the moves are.”

more on the Devils…

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Some Ranger Tid-bits

Blog: Goal Line Report By Patrick Hoffman

Good afternoon folks. I apologize for not having posted here in the last few days. Things have been busy on the home/family front and I’ve also been busy at work.

Have no fear though, I hope to be posting somewhat regularly once training camp/pre-season gets underway with my thoughts on all things Blueshirts.

For now though, it appears that the team is getting closer and closer to an agree with RFA defenseman Marc Staal, the club’s best defenseman (IMO). Sather apparently said he offered Staal a lucrative deal so we’ll see what that means in the coming days.

It also appears that not only are Garnet Exelby and Ruslan Fedotenko trying out for the Blueshirts, but defenseman Alexei Semenov is also trying out with the club. Not sure what will become of these three but it is certainly curious, eh?

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  Tags: marc+staal, new+york+rangers

Bobby Ryan Signs With Ducks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Bob McKenzie tweet,

Bobby Ryan signs in ANA. Five years, $25.5 million total. Done deal.

added 4:10pm,

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed left wing Bobby Ryan to a five-year contract, running through the 2014-15 season. Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed. 

“We’re pleased to have come to an agreement with Bobby before training camp,” said Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. “Bobby is already a proven NHL goal scorer at the age of 23 and certainly has his best years ahead of him.”


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O Captain, Where Art Thou?

Blog: KK Hockey By The Upper Canadien

Pierre Gauthier met the media yesterday and his words on the captaincy were interesting. Gauthier acknowledged that a captain will be named before the season begins, and he seemed to praise, amongst others, Mike Cammalleri for his leadership last season. Gauthier also noted that the Canadiens had a better idea of their identity and, after last season’s playoff run, what they are able to accomplish. Personally, I wish people had probed more on the idea of change – after all, the Canadiens changed most of their scouting department, their assistant GM, their strength and conditioning coach, and due to Guy Boucher’s leaving much of the AHL organization changed as well. Gauthier did mention this and said it was normal when coaches leave for many different positions in that realm to shift.

Fair enough.

But why all the scouting changes? Gauthier was Gainey assistant for many years – if all these changes needed to be made, why didn’t Gainey make them? If Gauthier is the camel, what was the straw? The Canadiens draft record has, for the past few years, been fairly strong: no super stars, but many solid NHLers. Why make such sweeping changes to amateur scouting when this is the case?

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  Tags: cammalleri, gauthier, gionta, scouting

And The Bill Just Got Steeper

Blog: KK Members Blog By Michael Smith

Add a hefty $3 million fine and the loss of two draft picks to the list of what New Jersey Devils have lost in their pursuit of Ilya Kovalchuk.

The Devils will lose a 3rd round pick in 2011 and a 1st rounder in one of the next four years as a punishment for trying to test the limits of the rules.

Excessive, sure, but there’s a price to pay for pushing the envelope the farthest, especially when you do the pushing in the direction of Gary Bettman.

What have the Devils already given up?

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  Tags: ilya+kovalchuk

Russian Players Feel At Home In Washington

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Katie Carrera of The Washington Post,

In planning for his third rookie camp since he was drafted in 2008, Dmitry Kugryshev knew he wanted to come to Washington early - not a week or few days early, but almost a month prior to the start of official practices - to train and work with the Washington Capitals’ strength and conditioning coaches.

But Kugryshev, 20, needed a place to stay, so he called Alex Ovechkin.

Ovechkin, who spent the offseason in Russia, won’t return to the Washington area until later this week, but he didn’t hesitate to help his young teammate and fellow countryman.

“He just said, ‘No problem,’ ” said Kugryshev, who stayed at the Arlington house with Ovechkin’s older brother Mikhail, until rookie camp formally began this past weekend. “It’s good to have Ovie’s help. It’s better when I come early for me to stay there than be alone. We can talk in Russian all day, have fun . . . it’s more like home.”


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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I wouldn’t be a distraction ... I was planning on coming in, planning on being focused and ready to do whatever to be a professional.

“Why would I have been a distraction? I’m a professional. No one is more anxious to get back on the ice and get myself back to the player I know I can be.”

-Sheldon Souray of the Edmonton Oilers after the Oilers told him not to attend training camp.  More from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal.

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  Tags: jim+matheson

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