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Laviolette Wants His Team Ready To Play

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News,

From the hard times that we went through, we built the team to where we were almost invincible to adversity,” Laviolette said. “The amount of times that things were on the line and the fans seemed to get behind that, really get behind that. You could feel it. At least I could. You go through situations and you learn a lot about your team, and I think what we learned is that we’re OK with that.

“Not that we wanted to be put in those situations. This year I want a better path.’‘

Notice, he didn’t say easy. Just better. The team added depth on the blue line to help Chris Pronger and Kimmo Timonen , said goodbye to an expensive, oft-injured star in Simon Gagne, and replaced him with a cheaper suspect star in Nikolai Zherdev. Citing no upgrade in goaltending, the Hockey News ranked them fourth in the Eastern Conference behind Washington, Pittsburgh and New Jersey….

“I’ve learned, I’ve learned,” Laviolette said. “You can forget about last year. This group, whatever steps out on that ice, whatever steps into that locker room, they’ve got to figure out how to come together on the ice. It’s a huge part of winning….

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Report- Washington Looking For A Defenseman

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Peter Adler at the Cult of Hockey,

The Washington Capitals are in talks with two teams, the Edmonton Oilers and the Vancouver Canucks, about moving forward Tomas Fleischmann, 26, who is coming off a career year, an NHL source says.

If Edmonton were the place, Sheldon Souray would be heading to Washington. Kevin Bieksa would move from the Canucks to Washington.

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Top 50 Hockey Players

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Now that I am essentially finished with this summer’s look at Corsi numbers, before I move onto some other sabermetric problems I would like to present my top 50 players.  This is something done by the Hockey News annually.  My list will differ from the Hockey News list and I will try to justify my selections especially when they significantly differ from those of THN.

When I rank the top 50 players, I ask myself which fifty players would I most want on my team going into the upcoming season.  I am not sure that is the same question asked by THN.  They do not specify exactly how they come up with their list and a different selection procedure might explain some discrepancies.

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Hull In Stone

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Blues Hall of Famers Bernie Federko and Al MacInnis will have some company in front of Scottrade Center in October.

The club announced today that a third statue, honoring legendary Blues goal-scorer Brett Hull, will be unveiled prior to the team’s season opener Oct. 9.

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Twitter Counts

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey,

This list was put together on Thursday, August 16, 2010, mainly on Thursday morning. The counts will be different if you look right now, but not that different. In a few months, they will change a lot. In a few years, I suspect many of these counts will be far, far greater.

Right now though, Darren Dreger and Bob McKenzie of TSN are on top of the hockey mountain. Others in the Top Ten include hockey rumourist Eklund, TSN’s James Duthie, ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, CBC’s Elliotte Friedman, CBC’s Kevin Weekes, The Hockey News, Nick Kypreos of TSN, and the Puck Daddy himself, blogger Greg Wyshynski..

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Who should be the next captain of Les Canadiens?

Blog: KK Hockey By The Upper Canadien

Over a year has past since Saku Koivu left Montreal for the sunny shores of California, and still the Canadiens do not have a captain. Speculation was rampant that it would be Andrei Markov – but he was never given the ‘C.’ Fans then began to theorize that the future captain wasn’t yet on the team - but I for one am glad the days of endless Vinny Lecavalier rumours are over.

No, the Canadiens next captain will come from the current collection of players on the roster. We know there will be a captain, because head coach Jacques Martin has said so. Who’s it going to be? There’s a fairly strong collection of veterans to choose from. Let’s take a look at a few.

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All Kinds Of Players Still Available

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the NHLPA,

As the 2010-11 season inches closer to puck-drop, there are still a large group of free agents who are without a contract for the upcoming season. Many proven performers are playing the waiting game, actively pursuing options with their agents, looking to find a club with a roster spot suited for them. A common theme in the past couple of NHL off-seasons has been a late-summer push by clubs to fill roster spots, when general managers are looking for a specific fit in their line-up, and there are some free agents left on the market.

Let’s take a quick look at some of the Players who are still on the open-market and the skills and traits that they can bring to an NHL line-up.

For the younger teams that will be looking for experience and leadership, Bill Guerin and Paul Kariya will draw some interest.

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Washington Post Looking For Caps Bloggers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider,

In September, The Post will introduce a new reader-driven blog for fans, by fans, focused solely on Washington sports. To fill out our roster of fan bloggers, we’re looking for two of our best, most diehard Capitals fans to weigh in on whatever’s happening in the world of the Caps. While we’ll ask all bloggers to occasionally weigh in on all of Washington’s pro teams, we’re particularly interested in having a pair of established Capitals voices as part of the project.

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I Owe You An Apology For Last Night’s Column:  Here It Is

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

To our readers: I made an assumption in a column last night. It was a bad move. In a column written Tuesday for our Wednesday Shanahan Summit coverage, I assumed that what I had been told by Tim Kennedy and Justin Abdelkader had indeed happened, that they had indeed flown to Shanny’s Jig, and sat in the stands together rooting on the prospects playing in the camp. That was their plan. Both told me so in separate interviews. Because the column had to be filed on Tuesday afternoon, but appeared Wednesday night, I wrote it in the past tense, as if it already had happened.

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Reunion Time For 1996 Colorado Avalanche

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club will celebrate the 15-year anniversary of the 1995-96 Stanley Cup Championship team with a special two-day reunion, Oct. 6-7, launching the 2010-11 Avalanche regular season.

Coaches and players from the 1996 Cup-winning team will be on hand for the 15-year reunion, representing Colorado’s first major professional sports championship.  The reunion will culminate with a pre-game ceremony prior to Colorado’s Opening Night matchup against the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday, Oct. 7 at Pepsi Center. 

“It should be a very unique event, with members of the first Avalanche team reunited along with the 2010-11 edition,” said Avalanche President Pierre Lacroix.  “That 1996 Stanley Cup team created a winning tradition in a very short period of time, setting the standard for everyone who has ever worn the ‘A’ to follow.”

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