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Penguins Open Prospect Camp Sept. 10

Blog: The Confluence By Tony

From the Penguins:

The Pittsburgh Penguins will hold their 2010 prospect camp from Friday, Sept. 10 to Tuesday, Sept. 14 in London, Ontario. Penguins’ prospects will compete in a Rookie Tournament at the John Labatt Centre against prospects from the Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators and Chicago Blackhawks.

Penguins’ prospects will be in Pittsburgh Friday morning to undergo physicals and fitness testing at CONSOL Energy Center before departing for London. Pittsburghpenguins.com will be covering the camp with live blogs, behind-the-scenes pictures and video, player features, game updates and more.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton head coach John Hynes and assistant coach Alain Nasreddine will oversee the players attending the camp. Among the players taking part are promising prospects Eric Tangradi, Dustin Jeffrey and Simon Despres.

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Mike Modano and Ruslan Salei were the big off-season acquisitions by Detroit, bringing the overall average team age to a league-high 31.2.

The Wings have two 40-year-olds (Modano and Nick Lidstrom) and six others 35 or older (Bertuzzi, Draper, Holmstrom, Rafalski, Salei and Chris Osgood).

Is Tony Bennett going to sing the anthems every night now? Will Ed Sullivan clips be shown on the JumboTron during stops in play? When is “Free Bedroom Slipper Night” at the Joe?

-Adrian Dater at Versus where you can read more topics.

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Commemorative First-Game Ticket Highlights Penguins’ Promotional Schedule

Blog: The Confluence By Tony

From the Penguins:

The Pittsburgh Penguins will distribute a ‘commemorative ticket’ to all fans attending the inaugural regular season game at CONSOL Energy Center on October 7 when they host the Philadelphia Flyers.  Each one-of-a-kind aluminum ticket, presented by Trib Total Media, will be handmade by local artisans and craftsmen at Grove City-based Wendell August Forge.

Other items highlighting the Penguins 2010-11 promotional schedule, announced today,  include a winter scarf, knit cap, youth drawstring bag, schedule mouse pad, poster, baseball cap, long sleeve t-shirt, locker room sign, travel bag and wall banner. 

Tickets for individual games go on sale to the general public Friday at 10 a.m.

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Extend The Contract Of Coach Q?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago,

The Blackhawks might have one more contract to attend to before the upcoming hockey season gets busy. Don’t worry, this one won’t count against the salary cap.

Joel Quenneville is about to enter the final season of his contract, which he signed four games into the 2008-2009 campaign. While it’s been a long time since a Hawks coach has had a second contract with the team, this seems like a no-brainer.

Quenneville is 97-44-19 in the regular season and 25-14 in the postseason with the Hawks, and the next time he sees the Stanley Cup he should be able to see his name etched on it as a head coach. His .666 winning percentage in the regular season is tops among all 37 coaches the Hawks have employed in their existence.

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Views From A Fourth-Line Grinder

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Paul Bissonnette at The Hockey News,

A lot of attention has been drawn to my Twitter account. Why would a hulking NHL fighter start a Twitter account? I’ll tell you why.

It really started when Scottie Upshall told me I should do it. I thought, “yeah right, that’s pretty lame,” but he would say, “you need to make it fun and it will be.” So I put my own little twist on things. I don’t want to write about the everyday stuff like ‘Oh, I just had lunch’ because everyone does that and who cares?

I have no filter and I like it when I get a rise out of people; that makes it fun. I like to think outside the box and make it fun because that’s my personality. Like Sunday night we were at Jovo’s house and I knew people would wonder, “What’s his kitchen look like?” So I wrote, “Jovo’s kitchen’s bigger than my apartment. More granite.” You think I’m exaggerating? I tell it how it is.

I think fans from all over have followed it and not just those from Phoenix. I’m not getting any more autograph requests or being noticed on the street more than I used to partly because I don’t really post many pictures of myself on Twitter and partly because I’m a fourth-line grinder.

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the World Of Alexander Mogilny

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Erin Pollina of Sabres.com,

When the Buffalo Sabres General Manager took a chance on drafting Alexander Mogilny in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft, he faced some skepticism from his peers – and a political impasse from the Soviet Union.

At the time, the Cold War was not yet resolved, and tension between Mogilny’s homeland and the United States were still high.

Making the situation more implausible was the fact that Mogilny was currently playing for the Soviet national team – the Central Red Army.

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2010/2011: European Players to Watch out for in North America

Blog: KK Hockey By Phil Davies

Help me welcome Phil Davies to the stable of KK bloggers.  Phil will be covering the international hockey scene for us.

Make sure to click his name in the byline to find out his background.  As with all the KK bloggers, Phil will have his own blog sometime this month. - Paul


Although there are a number of European Players expected to make an impact in the NHL this year, I will be focusing on players, who, previous to their success in the 2010 Olympics and/or the 2010 World Championships, were flying under the radar as elite level prospects. However, for every Henrik Zetterberg, who first impressed North American hockey fans with his stellar play in the 2002 Olympics, there is a Fabian Brunnstrom, who has yet to pan out for the Dallas Stars.

Roman Wick
Switzerland

This 2004 draft pick of the Ottawa Senators, has an outside chance of securing a roster spot at some point this year. Although Wick is a smallish forward, who will probably spend the majority of his time with the Binghampton Senators, he does have a good set of hands, as evidenced by his five points in five games at the 2010 Olympics. However, Wick will need to play a more physical game if he hopes to land in the NHL long term.

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Canadiens summer in review - any moves left? NHL News and Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By The Upper Canadien

In retrospect, the Montreal Canadiens off-season largely consisted of four events: 1) Halak for Eller, 2) Carey Price re-signed, 3) Sergei Kostitsyn shipped to Nashville, and 4) uh, the signing of Alexandre Picard. Not the most thrilling free agency period for Habs fans, but it wasn’t for most teams. The Ilya Kovalchuk contract debacle seemed to put many free agents in a holding pattern, as teams were hesitant to commit without knowing the full scope of the market. Regardless, the important question is: are you happy with the Montreal Canadiens moves this summer? Do you think the Canadiens can compete in 2010-11? The core of the team remains the same, yet important cogs such as Dominic Moore and Glen Metropolit are gone (interesting Metropolit footnote: he flourished on the power play last year, leading the Canadiens in PP goals. Now he’s playing in Switzerland. That’s the “new” NHL for you). Furthermore, the man between the pipes has changed, as playoff hero Jaroslav Halak was jettisoned in favour of the promise within Carey Price…or something like that.

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

If you lost 18% of your income would you be happy? I can honestly say that I am more stressed about money now then when I was in college.

I can’t explain it and I never thought it would be the case but it is true. $ in no way makes u more happy or makes life much easier.

If you don’t make a lot of money I don’t expect u to understand in the same way I could never understand what it is like to risk my life daily as a fire fighter or police officer…especially not a soldier. There r pros and cons to every profession. U r kidding yourself if u think money makes things any easier.

-Dan Ellis of the Tampa Bay Lightning via Twitter.

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Ottawa Fans- Your New TV Analyst Is Denis Potvin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via a Jeff Rimer tweet,

Congrats to my old #Fla broadcast partner Denis Potvin the NEW #Sens TV ANALYST!

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