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Mike Green Thinking Playoffs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Elisabeth Meinecke of On Frozen Blog caught up with Mike Green when he visited Powell Elementary school in D.C. as part of the city-wide DCPS Beautification Day.

Green said his workouts this off-season have been by far the most intense of his career.  Being conditioned for next year’s playoffs is already on his mind.

“Come playoff time, you’ve got to make sure you’re in shape, so I wanted to make sure I’m in the best shape possible,” Green said. “It’s been a tough summer.”...

When asked what he learned from last season that’s going to be the biggest improvement in his game this year, he talked about consistency and avoiding injury. Injuries have marred his past two post-seasons. Green also shared his thoughts on new teammate, D.J. King, and the idea of defenseman Willie Mitchell possibly being in a Caps uniform.

“I played against him when I was younger in the WHL, and he’s a big boy, so I know everybody’s exciting to have him here,” Green said of King.

On Mitchell, he said, “I think he’d be a great fit in Washington.”

more on Green’s involvement with the community…

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Hockey Blogging Comes Of Age

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

I have been blogging about hockey for about five and a half years and have seen the hockey blogosphere grow from a small group of bloggers, where it was possible to read everything that everyone wrote, to such a large group that no matter how hard you try there is always somebody out there doing good stuff that you are completely unaware of.  I think a rather significant milestone has occurred this week and it is worth writing a blog post to note it.  As far as I am aware, we have had the first time that mainstream media sources have ripped off a hockey blog.

Pension Plan Puppets is probably the best Toronto Maple Leaf blog on the net.  Their name is a bit of a joke about the fact that the Ontario Teacher`s Pension Plan owns the Toronto Maple Leafs as well as many other businesses in downtown Toronto.  The joke is that a Toronto Maple Leaf Stanley Cup victory might lead to rioting that damages the other Pension Plan properties and hence they are happier keeping the Leafs as a bottom feeder.  Thus the fans emotions are held hostage (as puppets) by the pension plan.

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All About The World Hockey Summit

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from the CP at The Hockey News,

It might be a little on the expensive side, and it might take place during one of the last prime weeks of summer, but organizers of the world hockey summit believe fans will be rewarded for their attendance.

The four-day event opens Monday in Toronto, featuring some of the sport’s most influential figures discussing pressing issues in an open public forum. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and IIHF president Rene Fasel will host separate question-and-answer sessions, while Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke and Detroit Red Wings counterpart Ken Holland headline an impressive list of panellists.

“This would be hockey-nerd heaven, for sure,” said Paul Carson, vice-president of hockey development with Hockey Canada.

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Morning Line

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“I’ve talked to about five or six teams, and I’m looking at what might be the right fit and not just the money.  I just want the opportunity to come in and play a lot and make an impact.’‘

-Tim Kennedy, an unrestricted free agent after the Sabres bought-out his contract.  More on Kennedy and other MSU alumni from Neil Koepke of the Lansing State Journal.

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Recovered From A Blood Clot, Pelech Now Fighting For A Job

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from Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald,

(Matt) Pelech was peeling off his equipment in the dressing room after a 4-2 win over Texas.

His defensive partner Keith Aulie gasped.

“Pelly, what’s going on with your arm?”

Pelech looked down. His arm was puffy, swollen and dark blue from the shoulder all the way down to his hand.

Looking back, Pelech remembers feeling his arm go numb in the second period. But he simply figured the funny, tingly sensation came from a pinched nerve or a minor burner.

Hockey players push through pain and discomfort on a nightly basis. This seemed minor. The visual evidence proved otherwise.

Dr. Reg Peters, an emergency room physician, was working the game that night. He took one look at the blue appendage and ordered Pelech to go straight to the Abbotsford hospital.

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Looking For Work

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from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

He owns two championship rings. He has appeared in 819 NHL games, all for the same organization. He was once considered one of the league’s sharpest shutdown left wings. He has recovered from spring shoulder surgery.

He is without a job.

“Up in the air right now,’’ said Jay Pandolfo. “Seems like a slow summer for free agents. Just trying to be patient here. Hopefully something will happen before training camp.’’

Like many veterans this offseason, the Burlington-raised former Boston University star finds himself on the outside looking in, wondering if and when a general manager will send him working papers.

The 35-year-old Pandolfo has company in the NHL unemployment line.

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Sunday Hockey Notes

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

• Little known fact: Among those who took the witness stand to support the NHL’s case against invalidating the Ilya Kovalchuk contract was Brian Burke.

• Last week, it was rules being poked and prodded. This week is hockey discussion week with an international summit. But if I could change just one thing about the NHL, it would be to reduce the size of equipment both for goaltenders and skaters. The goalie equipment still needs to shrink, while pads, gloves, elbow pads and shoulder pads need to be altered and softened for those playing the game at the highest level.

• And the always reliable Bob McKenzie has just signed a 10-year contract to continue doing what he does at TSN. And really, shouldn’t a deal of that length be subject to the approval of Gary Bettman? Isn’t it cap circumvention?

• Of the past eight starting goaltenders on teams in the Stanley Cup Final, only Marc-Andre Fleury remains in the same comfortable situation as a clear No. 1 netminder. Chris Osgood, starter in two recent finals, is now a backup goalie in Detroit to Jimmy Howard. Unless J-S Giguere returns to Cup form, he is likely to share the starter’s job in Toronto with emerging Jonas Gustavsson. Michael Leighton will compete with Brian Boucher for a starting spot in Philadelphia. And Ray Emery (remember him?) and Antti Niemi, the Stanley Cup hero shown the door by the Blachkawks, are currently free agents without contracts. Getting to the final—or winning a championship—is no longer the ticket to the future it once was.

a few more hockey notes…

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Don Cherry Talks Upcoming Season

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from Ken Pagan of the North Bay Nugget,

While the Leafs are the only one of Canada’s six NHL teams not to play a playoff game since 2004, there will soon be another NHL team in Canada, Cherry said.

“It’ll happen in Winnipeg,” he said. “I would say Phoenix will be the team. If you’ve watched Coach’s Corner, I’ve guaranteed within two years, Phoenix will be in Winnipeg. They have to go. They’ll never draw in Phoenix. They had a winning team this past year and they still didn’t draw. They can’t do much better than they did, to make the playoffs and still not draw. So they will be in Winnipeg and they’ll jam them in there.”

Cherry expects the Washington Capitals and San Jose Sharks will be teams to watch this season, while the Stanley-Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks will take a step back, having got rid of too many players during the offseason to stay under the league’s salary cap.

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You Can’t Always Get What You Want. But If You Try Sometimes, You Might Find, You Get What You Need

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

“You can’t have everything,” Jim Nill said to me a few times.  I didn’t record our conversations, it just didn’t feel right, but those words stuck in my head.

In the past, he said, the Wings would go and get any player they wanted, the only limiting factor was price.  Today, value is another important factor.

He went on to say the dedication to win comes from the top.  Mike and Marian on down.  “1A and 1B” as he called them.

The Ilitch family was determined to bring Modano to Detroit.  Nill stated that Mike Ilitch wanted Modano very badly because of his local history, including the Little Caesar’s program as a kid, which was very important to Ilitch.  He also wanted Modano because he knew he could get him at the right price.

The Wings have realistic expectations with Modano.  While they don’t expect him to get 30 goals anymore, 30 assists is a reasonable expectation.  If he was the Modano of three years ago, we wouldn’t have been able to afford him under the cap.

What Nill had to say about the cap itself, took me completely by surprise.

 

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Tie-Breaker Rule Change

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via E.J. Hradek tweet,

NHL confirms this rule change: Regulation/OT wins (shootout Ws EXCLUDED) now will be first way to break ties in the standings.

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