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Video- Is It The Stick Or The Person Using The Stick?

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Kiprusoff To The HHOF?

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Adam Proteau of The Hockey News answers some questions from readers...

Miikka Kiprusoff: Hall of Fame worthy or not?
Joe....

Not. Definitely not. Yes, Kiprusoff has a Vezina Trophy on his resume, but he simply did not function at a high enough capacity for a lengthy stretch of time to warrant Hall of Fame consideration. When you look at his best years (including Calgary’s run to the Stanley Cup final in 2004) Kiprusoff was clearly at the top of his game. However, his save percentage dropped every year after that until the 2009-10 campaign and the Flames never won a single playoff series again during his tenure. He earned a special place in Calgary’s collective heart, but he isn’t an all-time great.

read on for 3 more questions regarding outdoor games, no-touch icing and going over the salary cap...

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Gambling the Franchise?

Blog: KK Hockey By Da lil Guy

I'd like to introduce you to a new KK blogger, Da lil Guy.

I am sure the name sounds familar to some of you, he is active in the comment sections throughout the KK blogs and has been a member for over 3 years.

His team is the Ottawa Senators but will be blogging on different NHL topics too. -Paul

Eugene Melnyk wasn’t prepared to meet Daniel Alfredsson’s contract demands early this summer, and he has a lot of Sens fan’s grumbling about his unwillingness (or inability) to spend to the NHL’s lowered salary cap.  Where he does appear to be going ‘all in’, though, is in a growing fight with the City of Ottawa over the location of a proposed casino.

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Aim For The Five-Hole

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from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

Truth be told, this is no way to start a battle to become the No. 1 goalie of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Jonathan Bernier readily admits that he’s allowed a steady stream of pucks through his legs over the last month – “Plenty … a lot,” he said – while adjusting to the new shrinking standard of goalie pads that will be introduced around the NHL this season.

As you might imagine, the changes aren’t very popular among the goaltending fraternity. Each of them has had the height of his pad reduced by between one and three inches as part of new regulations designed to help increase scoring.

Goalies are expected to become particularly vulnerable through the five-hole, where the top of their pads will cover much less space when they drop down to make a save.

“I changed my style a little bit,” said Bernier. “I think everyone’s going to have to adjust. Everyone is starting from scratch.”

continued

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Pronger Considered A Player, Can He Also Be A Scout?

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from Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,

Chris Pronger walks a fine line between working for the Flyers in a scouting capacity and sitting in on meetings with management, all the while being a dues-paying member of the NHLPA.

Such is the life of a former player, struck down by post-concussion syndrome, and living between two worlds -- permanently disabled player and club scouting.

“I have yet to be told what my duties are,” said Pronger, who still suffers from headaches from an ocular concussion, and likely will for the rest of his life.

“As still an active player and a dues-paying member of the [NHLPA] and all that, I know my role will be somewhat limited still in what I can and can’t do," Pronger said on Thursday at Flyers training camp.

Pronger is not an active player in the true sense. He can’t retire without harming the Flyers' salary infrastructure. Under the CBA, they would be stuck with his near-$4.9 million cap hit for the remaining four years of his contract without the ability to place him on LTIR.

continued

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A New Beginning For Lecavalier

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

It wasn't until a couple of weeks ago that the feeling of finality set in for Vincent Lecavalier.

He had been home in the Montreal area for the summer when he found out that the Tampa Bay Lightning -- the only NHL team Lecavalier had ever known and the team he helped put on the map both locally and nationally -- bought him out of the final seven years of his monster 11-year contract. So the impact wasn't quite as dramatic as if he'd been traded midseason or something of that nature. The Lightning sent him his equipment so he didn't have to return to the St. Pete Times Forum and confront the many memories he created there.

There was, in fact, a bit of a disconnect from the enormity of the situation.

But when he returned to his house in Tampa several weeks ago, it truly sunk in that the page had been turned both for him and the Lightning.

continued

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Ian White Hopes To Stay At Home In Winnipeg

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from Melissa Martin of the Winnipeg Free Press,

The off-season was a rough one, as the plunging salary cap choked the free agent market and left many battle-worn NHL journeymen hunting for work. A bunch of them still are.

While that was going on, White retreated to his family's off-season home in Kenora. He tucked offers from Europe into his back pocket and waited, if a little nervously.

"Getting closer to camp, it seemed like there was hardly anyone being signed," he said. "The cap going down threw a big monkey wrench into everyone's plans."

So now, for a veteran of five NHL teams and 503 regular-season games, a new plan: White will battle to make the cut. The Jets have 18 blue-liners in camp, with seven on one-way NHL contracts already and few spots up for grabs. There's also Zach Redmond, who appeared to solidly install himself with the big club before his horrific leg injury last season and talented youngsters Jacob Trouba and Julian Melchiori will push for their NHL chance.

A pro, though, can't get caught up worrying about all of that.

more inlcuding a few thoughts on his time with the Wings last season...

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Duhatschek: holdouts now the exception instead of the ‘normal’ way to negotiate contracts

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

The Globe and Mail's Eric Duhatschek believes that the recent re-signings of players like Daniel Cleary and Nazem Kadri, combined with last year's relatively painless re-signings of training camp "hold-outs" like P.K. Subban and the relatively few numbers of holdouts this year illustrate the fact that extended holdouts--which used to be the one and only way for high-profile players to earn the big bucks they seek from reluctant rights-holders--just aren't the way of the contract-negotiating CBA beast anymore:

Cody Hodgson re-upped last Wednesday with the Buffalo Sabres, there remain just a handful of unsigned players out there as NHL training camps opened with the first on-ice workouts Thursday.

Derek Stepan hasn’t come to terms with the New York Rangers. Also, the Leafs and Ottawa Senators are negotiating hard with Cody Franson and Jared Cowan, respectively, and the St. Louis Blues appear headed toward a showdown with their best player, Alex Pietrangelo.

But that’s it. Compare that to how things were in the 1990s, when it seemed every team had two or three annual contract skirmishes.

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Looking To The Future - The Next NHL Powerhouse Team

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from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

Players around the NHL believe the Edmonton Oilers will wake up one morning and discover they have become the Pittsburgh Penguins or Chicago Blackhawks.

USA TODAY Sports surveyed 29 top NHL players and asked them to choose one team that will rise up to be a powerhouse in three seasons. The Oilers received 16 votes. No other team picked up more than five votes.

"Everyone knows the skill we have," said Oilers forward Jordan Eberle. "We can score goals. We are not having issues with the games that we are winning 6-5 or 8-1. We are having issues with the ones that 1-0, 2-1."

The comparisons to the Penguins and Blackhawks are appropriate because the foundation blocks of their success were high-profile draft picks.

continued including other teams receiving votes in the survey...

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