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Vokoun Wants Results This Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP at The Hockey News,

The buzz around the Florida Panthers is all about the future and the sharp young prospects in camp, but veteran goaltender Tomas Vokoun only wants to talk about now.

The 34-year-old has had three strong seasons as a Panther, but has yet to perform for them in the post-season. That’s because Florida, which labours to score goals, has missed the playoffs the last nine years in a row.

‘‘We have a lot of good young players, but no player goes into the season thinking about how we’ll be good in three years—you worry about the season you’re playing,’’ Vokoun said Monday as he prepared to face the Montreal Canadiens, the team that drafted him 226th overall in 1994.

‘‘For me, it’s more about what we do today and tomorrow, not how it’s going to look five years from now. We had some good players on this team in the past, high draft picks, and the results didn’t come. Nothing’s guaranteed. Obviously for us it’s time to show it, not to talk.’‘

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Islanders Take Wait & See Attitude To Find Replacement For Streit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dyan LeBourdais of Islanders.com,

“We’ll see what happens with the (exhibition) games here, but the plan was to have all the guys pretty much that have been here in camp, be here through Saturday and then we’ll reevaluate after that,” Gordon said about the Islanders current lineups.

So the rookies definitely have a chance to show Gordon and the rest of the coaching staff they are capable of playing on the Islanders blue line this coming season.

“It’s an opportunity for everybody,” Gordon said. “Hit a little daylight, you have to make the most of it… Whether it’s Dylan (Reese), whether it’s Calvin (de Haan), Travis (Hamonic), anybody else, you never know. The bottom line is you have to outperform somebody and now there’s one less guy to outperform.”

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MSM vs. Bloggers - Penguins Edition:  Pens Invite Bloggers to Game

Blog: The Confluence By Tony

I wanted to pass this along, while the “MSM vs. Bloggers” debate was still ongoing:

The Penguins invited several bloggers to this past Saturday’s preseason game vs. the Columbus Blue Jackets.  While some of us had to decline the invitation unfortunately, Jimmy Rixner of Pensburgh and Jesse Marshall of Faceoff Factor attended the game on press row.

Jimmy’s recap of the night’s festivities can be found here.

Filed in: Pittsburgh Penguins, | The Confluence | Permalink
  Tags: nhl-hockey, pittsburgh+penguins

Lightning Roster Cuts Narrow Down Battles at Forward and on Defense

Blog: KK Hockey By Jon Jordan

With 21 cuts announced on Sunday, the Tampa Bay Lightning are left with 28 players in training camp. While nothing is certain, it appears there are six players vying for three roster spots at forward and three in the mix for the seventh and eighth slots on the defensive depth chart, with goaltender Cedrick Desjardins remaining with the big club, while Mike Smith recovers from an injury to his right ring finger.

Barring anything drastic, which would be a major surprise at this point, it looks like ten forwards can be penciled in to remain with the Bolts come opening night. In that group, I have Sean Bergenheim, Steve Downie, Simon Gagne, Vincent Lecavalier, Ryan Malone, Dominic Moore, Teddy Purcell, Martin St. Louis, Steven Stamkos and Nate Thompson. On defense, six men appear to have a spot on the Lightning blueline out of the gate: Brett Clark, Victor Hedman, Randy Jones, Pavel Kubina, Mike Lundin and Mattias Ohlund.

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  Tags: roster+cuts, southeast+division, training+camp

Matt Hendricks Signed By Washington

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have signed forward Matt Hendricks to a one-year contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Hendricks, a 6’0’’, 215-pound native of Blaine, Minn., registered nine goals, seven assists and 74 penalty minutes in 56 games for the Colorado Avalanche during the 2009-10 NHL season. Hendricks, 29, who was invited to the Washington Capitals’ training camp on a tryout basis, has wasted little time acclimating himself to Washington, leading the Capitals to their first preseason win with a hat trick in a 6-2 victory at Columbus.

Hendricks played for Capitals’ head coach Bruce Boudreau as a member of the Capitals’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Hershey Bears in 2006-07. He recorded 18 goals and 26 assists for a total of 44 points in 65 regular season games that year. Hendricks also appeared in 19 AHL playoff matches that season, scoring eight goals and registering four assists.

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Habs cuts continue

Blog: KK Hockey By The Upper Canadien

The Montreal Canadiens cut four players in advance of Monday night’s game versus the Florida Panthers. Louis Leblanc, Jarred Tinordi, Alex Avstin and, perhaps surprisingly Aaron Palushaj, were all sent packing. More on that here:

Habs cuts continue (in French)

While three of these cuts were expected, I am genuinely sorry to see Palushaj already gone.

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  Tags: aaron+palushaj, david+desharnais, jarred+tinordi, ryan+white, ryan+white

Blueshirts Trim Roster

Blog: Goal Line Report By Patrick Hoffman

From Andrew Gross at Ranger Rants:

Of the players sent to Hartford, forwards Dane Byers, Kris Newbury and Jeremy Williams all must pass through waivers.

To Hartford:
G: Chad Johnson
D: Wade Redden
F: Dane Byers, Evgeny Grachev, Kris Newbury, Dale Weise, Jeremy Williams, Mats Zuccarello

Released from tryouts:
D: Garnet Exelby, Brandon Manning, Alexei Semenov

I thought the team would give Mats Zuccarello a few more pre-season games to strut his stuff. With that said, however, it appears that Zuccarello was bound for Hartford no matter what.

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  Tags: new+york+rangers, pre-season, training+camp

Early ROY Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,

The last few seasons has seen a remarkable crop of young players not just make the NHL, but turn into stars younger and more successful than players of past generations. And one look at the list of players eligible for the 2010-11 Calder Trophy, given to the NHL’s best first-year player, and it shows a vast array of talent that ranks with any other season since the work stoppage.

NHL.com takes a look at some of the top candidates—in alphabetical order only. We’ll avoid the prediction business, because no one could have predicted Tyler Myers (2009) or Steve Mason (2008)—neither of whom started the season in the NHL – would be Calder winners.

Jonathan Bernier, G, Kings—Jonathan Quick helped backstop the Kings to their first Stanley Cup Playoff appearance since 2002 last season, but that doesn’t mean he’s got the top job cemented. That’s because the long-awaited arrival of Bernier, the 11th pick of the 2006 Entry Draft, has come.

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Friedman Thinking Hockey Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC.

• It’s interesting to see how many Western Conference players measure themselves against Pavel Datsyuk. Datsyuk is one of league’s strongest, toughest and most competitive players. Guys talk about how they gain confidence if their play improves against him. It goes for executives too. Sharks GM Doug Wilson said he learned a lot about Logan Couture and Jason Demers watching them battle Datsyuk during last year’s playoffs.

• When I read that Blues fans in the 300 level will only pay for half of their season tickets if the team misses the playoffs, I wondered: What does Davis Payne think about this? These types of “Guaranteed Win” promotions are murder on coaches.

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Jamie Langenbrunner May Be In The Avs Plans

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

There is, indeed, a possibility of Devils veteran Jamie Langenbrunner wearing the Burgundy and Blue before long. When I wrote a few days ago that the Avs might look Jersey’s way for help in the wake of Peter Mueller’s latest concussion (and buckle up, kids, because there’s more to that story that I’m working on) it wasn’t pure suggestion and guidance. I’d heard some “whispers” about the chances it could happen.

It appears others are hearing the same whispers, as excellent, longtime Devils beat writer Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record wrote from the Jersey end that the Avs are after Langenbrunner.

It makes sense. The Avs have the lowest payroll in the league (still not to the cap floor yet), and the Devils are over the cap and must get below the max of $59.4 million by opening night.

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  Tags: jamie+langenbrunner

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