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The Bottom Line On the Dallas Stars

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

But the bottom line is Nieuwendyk and his crew are trying to improve this thing any way they can, and they believe they are taking steps forward, and that is reason for optimism. Plus, if you remember back to when Norman Green owned the team in 1995, things were falling apart everywhere. Tom Hicks bought the Stars, and they immediately started making changes and improving. Nieuwendyk has the team positioned to do that once more money is available, and that is reason for optimism.

So, will the Stars be one of the better teams in the NHL in 2010-11? I don’t think they will be. But should you be optimistic as a fan that Dallas is moving in the right direction? I think you should be.

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Keith Has His Day With The Cup

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from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,

Jean Keith will never forget the day when she realized her hockey-crazed son, Duncan, was fixated on proving the skeptics wrong.

“One parent asked Duncan, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ and he said ‘I want to be an NHL player,’ ” Jean told NHL.com on Saturday. “And the parent just laughed because Duncan was just so small. But he was really mad that she laughed and he asked me, ‘Why is she laughing, mom?’

“He was 9 years old at the time, and I knew then his heart was in this for the long haul.”

It was a long road to the top but Keith he reached hockey’s pinnacle this past season – an Olympic gold medalist, Norris Trophy winning defenseman and Stanley Cup champion with the Chicago Blackhawks.

continued and Duncan Keith really likes the bagpipes, find out why below…

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Ducks Hold Tryout For Power Players Ice Crew

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Trying to stay cool on a soon to be hot Sunday.

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Lightning Will Remember The Past

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from Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times,

In the hallway leading to the Lightning locker room at the St. Pete Times Forum, there is not one picture of the team celebrating its 2004 Stanley Cup title.

It is the same in the locker room, the players’ lounge, the weight room.

Think about that. The most memorable moment in franchise history gets zero play.

A glaring oversight, said right wing Marty St. Louis, who was part of that championship team.

“You’d like to see it,” he said, “and show the other guys what we’ve been through.”

That is the plan, said coach Guy Boucher, who wants those images where players can see them; a design makeover for those common areas he made sound like a history lesson, a tutorial and even a symbolic papering over of a culture of losing.

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Discussing The Salary Cap

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from Lyle Richardson of Spector’s Hockey,

Media speculation grew this past week over the possibility the National Hockey League might be considering lowering the salary cap ceiling in the next round of collective bargaining with its players to $48 million.

Of course it must be remembered labor talks between the league and PA aren’t expected to begin until the end of 2011-12, so with two more years to go anything can happen and this rumored cap lowering could amount to nothing.

Currently there’s been no comment from league spokesmen, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman or his lieutenant Bill Daly on the matter, though if left to percolate in the media during the dog days of summer it could become an issue which cannot be avoided by the league.

If however the league is seriously considering a reduction of the cap it could have serious consequences, not just in labor talks with its players or at the risk of another possible labor war which could result in yet another work stoppage via lockout or player strike, but upon teams which have kept pace with the ever-increasing cap since its implementation in 2005.

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The Difference Between Might & Could For The Bruins

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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Unlike that open wound that spewed fossilized BP bile into the Gulf of Mexico, the Bruins don’t have to come up today or tomorrow with a remedy for their salary cap woes. They have all of this month, next month, all of September, perhaps even well into November, to make a full roster “cap compliant,’’ and late last week general manager Peter Chiarelli said he expects both Tim Thomas and Marc Savard (a combined $9.08 million cap figure) to be sporting the spoked-B opening night in Prague.

Now, what might happen if Chiarelli could move either of these aged, pricey vets? That’s a whole different bucket of pucks. For now, though, might and could are the equal of fat and chance.

Let’s be real here, folks. Some two months after the club’s spectacular self-immolation in the playoffs, with the amateur draft now history and the July 1 patina worn off free agency, both Thomas and Savard are still under the employ of the spoked-B. Between them, they’re holding guaranteed deals that total 10 years and $43 million in cap obligations.

continued plus more hockey topics…

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Power Grades For The Young Penguins

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from Josh Yohe at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Hockey coaching techniques have taken huge strides over the past 20 years, with video becoming an integral part of teaching.

The Penguins have taken that a step farther.

Each player who attended this week’s developmental camp will receive a real, live report card in the mail this week. Marianne Watkins, the team’s new power skating instructor, worked with prospects this week and is overseeing a project that will see each player receive a video of his work.

“I think it’s going to be something that’s very helpful to these players,” said Watkins, a Peterborough, Ontario, native who is a power skating instructor at Robert Morris University.

With a new age arena about to open, it seems only fitting that the Penguins would embrace such new age approaches.

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Late Night Talk

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

• The very available Simon Gagne is a poor fit for the Maple Leafs for a number of reasons: 1) His salary is too high; 2) He’s not a centre; 3) The Flyers are looking for prospects or draft picks and the Leafs can’t afford to give away either; 4) He’s the wrong age at 30.

• We take you now to the front office meeting of the San Jose Sharks, where the determination is made about how to win the Stanley Cup. “I’ve got the answer,” one voice says. “Let’s sign Antero Nittymaki to be our goalie.” There is applause all around. This is, of course, fictional: Or is it? One of the deepest, strongest teams in hockey lost its No. 1 goalie and replaced him with Nittymaki. And this somehow makes them better? There is but one plausible explanation for this: John Ferguson Jr. works for the Sharks. The same man who traded Tuukka Rask for Andrew Raycroft, believed in Justin Pogge and gave up multiple picks for Vesa Toskala. Must be Fergie. Otherwise, can someone please explain what GM Doug Wilson is thinking?

a few more hockey notes…

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It’s The Money.  No It’s Not.  Yes It is.

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I’m going to tread lightly with this one, because it’s going to reek of hypocrisy.  So, tactfully…here goes.

Chris McCosky? You’re changing your mind like a chick.  It’s kinda weird.

13 July/Detroit News

It’s about the money. It’s always about the money.

If the money were right, Mike Modano would’ve already signed a one-year deal with the Red Wings. The money, obviously, isn’t right, but the money isn’t going to change, either.

17 July/Detroit News

Just because he hasn’t yet accepted the $1.25 million offer doesn’t mean he feels slighted or he’s holding out for more.

 

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Modano No Closer To A Decision

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from Chris McCosky of the Detroit News,

The Red Wings aren’t pressuring him, that’s for sure. General manager Ken Holland has presented his offer—apparently for one-year and $1.25 million (more than I’d been speculating)—and whether Modano takes it will not impact Holland’s ability to re-sign restricted free agents Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm.

The Wings can wait; too bad so many of their fans can’t. It seems that an alarmingly large number of Red Wings fans, at least from the e-mails I’ve been getting, want to vilify Modano.

“If Modano doesn’t want to play here, forget him,” has been a common sentiment.

“What, is he too Hollywood for the Red Wings now?” is another.

It is not like that. Just because he didn’t immediately fall all over himself to sign with the Wings doesn’t mean he disrespected the organization. Just because he hasn’t yet accepted the $1.25 million offer doesn’t mean he feels slighted or he’s holding out for more.

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Ha, I think the same people who are emailing Chris eat at where I had breakfast today.  That is all anyone wanted to talk to me about, “why hasn’t Modano signed with the Wings yet…”

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