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What To Make of Tim Kennedy and Todd White

Blog: Goal Line Report By Patrick Hoffman

As told to Rangers’ reporters today, Todd White and Tim Kennedy were placed on waivers today.

This was somewhat of a surprise given the positive things that were said about him throughout training camp and pre-season. However, after watching him closely in pre-season, it would seem that Kennedy was easy to knock off the puck.

I’m not saying that he didn’t work hard because believe me he did. He hustles, he hits and he has a tremendous amount of speed. With that said, however, he just wasn’t what the Blueshirts were looking for.

Rangers’ head coach John Tortorella said the following about Kennedy:

“As far as his camp went, it faded a little bit at the end, but he has some good talent and he’s a good kid,” Tortorella said of Kennedy today. “I thought he did some good things with us, as camp went on.”

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Panthers Can’t Reach Agreement With Gudbranson

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Harvey Fialkov of the Sun-Sentinel,

In a surprising turn the Panthers could not come to terms on an entry-level contract for 18-year-old Erik Gudbranson, the overall third pick of the draft, his agent Mark Guy confirmed in a text.

Panthers coach Pete DeBoer has raved about the 6-foot-4 Gudbranson from day one. He was outstanding throughout the preseason in which he played all six games.


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Burke Talks Leafs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Make sure to catch Burke’s remark about the Toronto Sun at the 1:40 mark of the video.

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  Tags: brian+burke

Penguins to Roll Out Red Carpet, Outdoor Screen for Opener vs. Flyers

Blog: The Confluence By Tony

From the Penguins:

A red carpet entrance for the players and an outdoor screen for fans to watch all the action will be among the highlights Thursday night when the Penguins play the first regular-season game ever at CONSOL Energy Center.

Penguins players will walk a red carpet to enter the arena at the American Eagle Outfitters Gate – at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Washington Place. Fans are invited. Players are expected to be entering between 4:15-5:00 p.m.

An outdoor screen will be placed at the same location for fans to watch the 7 p.m. game against the Philadelphia Flyers, as well as pre-game festivities.


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  Tags: nhl-hockey, pittsburgh+penguins

This Had To Be A Tough Decision

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Vicki Hall of Flames Insider,

Brett Sutter planned to pick his little brother Christopher up from school this afternoon and keep his mind off the business side of hockey for a while.

The Calgary Flames slapped the 23-year-old on waivers Tuesday morning, meaning all 29 NHL teams have 24 hours to stake a claim.

For those confused about the family ties, Brett is the son of Flames general manager Darryl Sutter and nephew of head coach Brent Sutter.

“I just kind of found out this morning,” a downtrodden Brett Sutter said after practising with the Flames over at Westside Arena. “It is what it is. Whatever happens, I’ve just got to play hard and try to earn my spot on the roster.”


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Watching For The Headshots

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP at CBC,

Armed with a new entry in the rulebook, NHL referees will be watching closely for bodychecks that make contact with the head this season.

Officials now have the ability to give out a major penalty for illegal checking to the head—an offence that comes with an automatic game misconduct. A key component of the rule is that the hit must come from an unsuspecting angle for it to be considered an infraction.

Those type of bodychecks became a major topic of discussion last season after a couple players were sidelined with concussions in vicious-looking incidents.


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Eller moves up, Habs get ready

Blog: KK Hockey By The Upper Canadien

The Canadiens are all set for Thursday’s season opener in Toronto, still carrying a couple of extra players due to injuries and the suspension of Mike Cammalleri. While Ryan White and Ben Maxwell have stayed with the team, defenceman Alex Henry was placed on waivers this afternoon, suggesting that either Roman Hamrlik or Andrei Markov is ready to go against the Leafs. The money is on Hamrlik, as Markov is still rehabbing from his knee injury in the playoffs.

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  Tags: carey+price, lars+eller

A Twenty Man Roster

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Nothing is certain yet, but as the signs pointed today to the Devils going with only 20 players on their roster to meet Wednesday’s 3 p.m. deadline to be under the salary cap, there was a definite feeling of relief among the players that were possible candidates to be moved.

Devils captain Jamie Langenbrunner admited he felt “a little bit” of relief that it appears he will still be with the team when it opens the regular season Friday night at Prudential Center against Dallas..

“It looks like this is what it’s going to be going forward for a while,” Langenbrunner said. “Everyone will have to fend for their health, but for now the focus is on Friday. All of us in this business know that there’s never going to be relief any time, so I don’t think it’s that’s big of a deal for us. (But) we knew something was going to happen or we thought something would, so there’s a little bit of relief.”



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Ryan Miller’s Place In The 2010-11 Vezina Discussion

Blog: KK Hockey By @DaveDavisHockey

While it certainly can’t be said with a straight face that Ryan Miller doesn’t get enough respect, there are some pundits out there who have declared, almost as a foregone conclusion, that the 30-year old Sabres franchise netminder will still be solid but won’t be able to duplicate his Vezina-worthy magic of 2009-10. 

Whether because of changes in the Sabres defensive corps, having played too many games, or simply from the difficulty of maintaining such a high level of play in an ultra-competitive league where the difference in the talent level of goaltenders has shrunk significantly, discussions by many about Miller’s prospects for the upcoming season are accompanied by buzzwords and catch phrases like “dropoff” and “coming back down to earth”.

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  Tags: henrik+tallinder, jordan+leopold, martin+brodeur, ryan+miller, shaone+morrisonn, toni+lydman, vezina+trophy

The New-Look Oilers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Barnes of the Edmonton Journal,

It’s a team with a handful of new players, one too many goalies, $13 million US in salary-cap space and a defenceman in limbo.

But what kind of team is it, really?

According to Edmonton Oilers head coach Tom Renney, it’s one with energy, speed, a quick transition game and Stanley Cup work habits, the tangible characteristics that have been previously used to define hockey in these parts. But it has to be something else first because of who made the roster and who didn’t on Monday.

“I’m hoping we’re in-your-face enough to get respect,” said Renney, who made eight cuts and is left with 24 bodies, counting the so-faruntradeable Sheldon Souray and J.F. Jacques, who is destined to start the year on the injured list.


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