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Devin Setoguchi Signs With The Calgary Flames

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames announced today that they have signed right winger Devin Setoguchi to a one-year contract.

Setoguchi, a native of Taber, Alberta, spent last season with the Winnipeg Jets netting 11 goals and 16 assists for 27 points in 75 games. Over his seven year NHL career, he has scored 127 goals and added 122 assists for 249 points in 459 games with San Jose, Minnesota and Winnipeg.

 

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Aaron Ekbland Ready For Florida Panthers Training Camp

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from John Chidley-Hill of the Globe and Mail,

Aaron Ekblad is getting back to work.

The first overall draft pick of the Florida Panthers said on Saturday he’s free of any concussion-like symptoms less than three weeks after he took a hard hit in a world junior exhibition game.

“The concussion is perfectly, completely gone. I feel great,” said Ekblad. “I’ve been skating all this week, working out all this week. It’s gone. I feel great.”

The 18-year-old defenceman from Windsor, Ont., was injured on Aug. 6 at Canada’s world junior training camp in a game against the Czech Republic. The Canadians went on to win 6-2, but Hockey Canada and the Panthers agreed to keep Ekblad off the ice for the rest of the team’s summer development camp.

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Video- Has The Game Really Changed?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Ward Cornell of Hockey Night In Canada with an interview of head coach Punch Imlach of the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1962.

If you closed your eyes, it could be 2014...

 

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Video- NHL Teams Can Ask For Baseline Testing On Prospects Starting Next Year

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via WIVB TV in Buffalo...

 

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The Jamaican Ice Hockey Team

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from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star,

Jamaica is planning its own miracle on ice.

While the island of sun-splashed beaches has as many hockey rinks as it does bobsled runs — exactly none — the goal is for Team Jamaica to compete with the world’s hockey powers at a Winter Games in the next eight to 20 years.

“If we can pull this off, you’re looking at an inspiring story and the idea that anything is accomplishable if you put your mind to it,” says head coach Graeme Townshend, 48, the first Jamaican-born player in the NHL.

“If Jamaica can get a team in the world championships or the Olympics, that’s like a miracle. It’s something that’s so outlandish that I think it actually might work.”

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Jason Spezza With His Thoughts On The Trade Process

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ian Mendes of TSN,

After the Senators missed the playoffs in the 2013-14 season, there were rumblings that Spezza was on the trade market.

General manager Bryan Murray confirmed that Spezza and his agent Rick Curran had requested a trade in May, which created a ton of media interest leading up to the NHL Draft weekend at the end up of June.

Spezza declined an opportunity to head to Nashville in a trade and says he wanted to end up in Dallas. He wishes the entire episode was kept quiet, but he harbors no ill feelings towards Murray or the Senators organization for the fact the trade request became public.

"I think obviously the goal of mine was to kind of get traded without the hoopla around it and all the conversation that went around it. The reality of it is, that was never going to happen," Spezza said. "So I just tried to stay quiet, and I talked to Bryan a few times throughout the process. I have a lot of respect for Bryan, I think he has a lot of respect for me, and unfortunately, things get kind of dragged out through the papers and the media and sometimes things get skewed, but that's the nature of the game and it was my decision to ask him to move me and I had to live with the consequences. But, I'm happy with the end result."

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The ‘Reverse VH’

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from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

In 2012, Jonathan Quick achieved a career goal. The former UMass Amherst standout went 16-4 in the postseason, including three shutouts, with a 1.41 goals-against average and a .946 save percentage to backstop the Kings to their first of two Stanley Cups in the last three seasons.

In the bigger picture, the Conn Smythe-winning goalie helped to initiate a position-changing movement. The name of one of Quick’s go-to moves is “reverse VH,” also called post lean or shoulder lean. Not many North American goalies used it just three years ago. It’s since become a required technique in a goalie’s toolbox.

Two Cups, a Conn Smythe, and an Olympic starting gig are good benchmarks to affirm puckstopping credentials.

“When I tried to teach this two years ago, guys looked at me like I had three heads,” said Brian Daccord, president and founder of Stop It Goaltending in Woburn. “It was something so out of this world. Now they’re all doing it.”

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Ryan Johansen Needs To Be At Training Camp

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from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

Johansen’s side argues that he is one of the top dozen centers in the NHL. They claim leverage in the fact that they can solicit an offer sheet from another team.

The Jackets argue that Johansen has had one good season out of three, and the kid still has something to prove on a lot of fronts, including the motivational front. They claim leverage in the fact that Johansen has no arbitration rights. They say they will match an offer sheet if one happens to appear.

Johansen has every right to ask for whatever he can get, but I do not think he has the better argument here. It is true that he is coming off a sterling season (33 goals and 30 assists in 82 games). Yet, it is also true that his three-year totals (47 goals and 49 assists in 189 games) are, in terms of points per game, about the same that Derick Brassard had when his rookie contract expired.

Johansen is asking for Jonathan Toews money, and he has not earned it. Not yet. Can he ask for it? Sure, he can. I hope he squeezes every penny he can out of his next contract. But if this pursuit causes him to miss one day of training camp, then he will be acting selfishly.

We have all heard players say “it’s just business” when it comes to contract negotiations. Business changes, though, when it’s time to go to work.

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Questions Facing The Boston Bruins

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from Mat Kalman at NHL.com,

Who will replace Jarome Iginla? -- Iginla was the new Nathan Horton. Now the Bruins need a new Iginla to skate with center David Krejci and left wing Milan Lucic. Among the Bruins' returning players, only Loui Eriksson and Smith seem to have the type of offensive skills it takes to play on the first line. Either player will give that line a different dynamic; Krejci is used to being surrounded by skill players with size and brute strength.

Eriksson figures to get the first chance to take that spot, barring a trade.

Can Loui Eriksson rebound? -- Bruins brass has faith the injury-plagued wing, who scored 37 points in 61 games last season and sustained two concussions, wasn't the player they're going to have this season and beyond.

"I think Loui Eriksson is a player that can be even better than he was last year," coach Claude Julien said. "I think we started seeing that at the end of the year, and he could be a replacement for Jarome as a possibility."

Eriksson had a strong last couple months of last season, especially when Carl Soderberg was switched to center and Chris Kelly moved to left wing. If Eriksson doesn't win the job with Lucic and Krejci, maybe the Swede plays with center Patrice Bergeron and left wing Brad Marchand, or maybe goes back to the bottom six.

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Red Wings overnight report: on DeKeyser, forward jobs up for grabs and many other things

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. If you aren't aware of it already, the Joe Kocur Foundation is holding its annual set of charity softball games in Highland, MI today, and tickets are $15 at the door (and worth it). The games start at 11 and will go until late into the evening:

 

 

2. And if you're in the mood to head down to Joe Louis Arena to purchase $9 single-game seats on an in-person basis...

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