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The Middleweights Are Taking Over

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Snapshot of a changing NHL: The Rangers and Devils are lined up for the Sept. 22 preseason opener at the Garden, New Jersey’s pugilistically inclined Jordin Tootoo on right wing, New York’s similarly inclined Tanner Glass adjacent to him on left wing.

In the old days, the gloves would have dropped right off the opening draw and the night would have featured a long card of bouts. These days, the two men jostled briefly, then skated away to join their teammates in hockey.

“I was actually a little surprised,” Glass told The Post before the Blueshirts’ 6-3 victory over the Flyers at the Garden on Monday. “I wasn’t sure why I was starting, but then when I saw [the Devils’] opening lineup, I got it, and I definitely thought there’d be something, especially with him on a tryout looking for a job.

“But he didn’t really even say anything, and so we just played,” said the six-year NHL veteran who joined the Rangers over the summer as a free agent who played with the Penguins last season. “Definitely the thinking in this league has changed.

“You don’t see nearly as many heavyweights out there whose main job is to fight. Now you’ve got middleweights who fight, but who also can skate, kill penalties, and play a regular shift. That’s how it should be.”

continue for more from Glass...

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Recap Of Detroit’s Win Over Toronto

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Nick Jensen was fast on his feet, and Petr Mrazek was quick with the glove.

The Detroit Red Wings prospects combined Monday to lead the team to a 3-0 preseason victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs at Joe Louis Arena.

Jensen, a mobile, puck-moving defenseman, scored a power-play goal and Mrazek made 27 saves for the shutout.

Riley Sheahan also scored on the man-advantage for Detroit (3-1-1), which killed seven Toronto power plays. The Red Wings haven't allowed power-play goal in the preseason (22 for 22).

"I couldn't believe all the penalties. We have to be more disciplined, I guess," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "Don't know if they're trying to get their quota up during exhibition, don't know what it is exactly. I don't know if we needed that many, but obviously we got some work."

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This Is A Live Preseason Blog- Detroit/Toronto

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

A little eary but I have had a long day and will soon find the couch to kick back a bit.

We finally can watch the Wings in action tonight against the Leafs on FoxSports Detroit.

Pregame starts at 7:00pm and the puck drops just after 7:30pm.

Wings lineup via Ansar Khan of Mlive,

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The ‘New’ Dressing Room For The Washington Capitals

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from chuck Gormley of CSNWashington,

Last week the Capitals rekindled an old tradition by roping off the logo on the carpeted floor of their Verizon Center locker room. Barry Trotz said the logo should be respected and considered sacred.

When the Capitals opened their Kettler Capitals Iceplex locker room to reporters over the weekend, a new message adorned the doorway: To Whom Much Is Given Much Is Expected.

The Red Wings have the same message in their locker room at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit and other NHL locker rooms employ other inspirational sayings.

In Toronto, the locker room slogan reads, “The price of success is hard work.” In Montreal, it’s “To you from failing hands we throw the torch. Be yours to hold it high.” In San Jose, it’s “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard."

But there is something else new about the Caps’ locker room, thanks to the busy hands of Trotz. 

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Darryl Sutter On ‘Team Bonding’

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from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,

While teams have often viewed road trips early in the schedule as opportunities for players to gain chemistry together – the New York Rangers chose to travel west to Alberta, British Columbia and Las Vegas when expelled from Madison Square Garden last fall due to arena renovations – Darryl Sutter doesn’t necessarily see the benefit of so-called “bonding” excursions.

“I’m not into that, what you hear about go climbing ropes and going to a fort somewhere,” he said. “You do most of your bonding in May and June, quite honest.”

In the past, there have been excursions he has taken with his team, and the “team bonding” experience is still common in today’s game. The San Jose Sharks held a players’ summit in Lake Tahoe during the most recent offseason, and the St. Louis Blues, taking advantage of a generous break in the schedule while on a Western Canadian road trip during the truncated 2012-13 season, spent three days practicing (and enjoying, presumably) Whistler, British Columbia.

The “enjoying” aspect seems to follow such team bonding trips around.

“It was more in the book, when you looked up ‘bonding,’ it was ‘partying,’” Sutter said. “So, when you think about it, we used to go to Banff, Vegas…Whistler. So when you looked up ‘bonding,’ it was also skiing.”

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No More Hockey Montages On Rogers/Sportsnet

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post,

Musical montages will not feature as prominently on Hockey Night in Canada this season as editorial control of the show shifts to Rogers Communications Inc., though executives with the company say the popular pre-game features will not disappear entirely.

The montages evolved into a staple of the national broadcasts over the last several years, where songs — pop, rock, folk and any genre in between — were laid over hockey visuals to form a narrative about the upcoming game. During the National Hockey League playoffs, reaction to the videos often swelled on social media.

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All About The New Sportsnet Studio

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I am not sure how much of the studio we will see here in the US, but it does look fantastic.

Here's hoping the Center Ice package keeps the Sportsnet studio feed live during intermission instead of the "We will return shortly" message.

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

It’s pricey, it’s flashy, and it’s about to see a ton of action.

With Rogers set to air a mellow 554 National Hockey League games this season — starting with full-slate puck drop on Oct. 8 — all that hockey television needed a new broadcast home.

On Monday, fresh Hockey Night in Canada host George Stroumboulopoulos and the movers and shakers at Sportsnet unveiled a state-of-the-art studio at the CBC building in downtown Toronto.

“I’ve been on a bunch of sets in my life,” Stroumboulopoulos said of the space that will be used seven days a week throughout the hockey season, “and there’s nothing like this.”

Hockey Central’s 11,000 square foot, 360-degree studio allows cameras to shoot at any angle, as up to three live broadcasts can be shot for three or more networks simultaneously. In other words, everything is happening.

We highlight 10 things about hockey’s new headquarters you should know.

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Dallas Stars Announce Cody Eakin Signing

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has signed forward Cody Eakin to a two-year contract. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"Cody is a two-way, young forward who competes hard and has the ability to make plays offensively," said Nill. "He has just scratched the surface in terms of his development at this level and we are confident that over these next two years, we'll see him mature into an even more dependable and productive player."

 

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Think Again If Using Pavel Datsyuk On Your Fantasy Team

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Sean Allen at ESPN,

To get you ready for your fantasy hockey drafts this season, we're going team by team with a look at what's changed for each team, along with a sleeper and a bust. Our first group up is the eight teams of the Atlantic Division:

Sleeper
Tomas Tatar, LW: Nyquist got all the headlines, but Tatar has been right behind him in development as a scoring-line forward in the NHL. As much as we want the Red Wings to all stay healthy and excel for the sake of fantasy owners, it's inevitable that Zetterberg, Datsyuk or Franzen will be hurt at some point. Added ice time to a dynamic player like Tatar could help him toward a breakout similar to that of Nyquist last season.

Bust
Pavel Datsyuk, C: It really is starting to feel like the injuries are adding up way too quickly with Datsyuk. He opted to rehab his knee without surgery last season, which leaves a leery feeling about potential re-injury, and as noted above, he's already sustained a serious shoulder injury. To get Datsyuk, you'll have to pass on someone like Logan Couture or Henrik Sedin in your draft. The risk is starting to feel like it's too great.

more on the Wings plust other teams in the Atlantic...

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Bob Gainey Hired As Coaching Consultant For The St. Louis Blues

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

Former Montreal Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey will be used as a coaching consultant for the St. Louis Blues during the season.

In his new capacity, Gainey will talk with current Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock throughout the year.

The Peterborough, Ontario native was general manager of the Canadiens from 2003-10, amassing a regular season record of 241-176-46-7.

He also served as an adviser for the Canadiens until 2012.  

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