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How The Sharks Look If The Season Started Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Pollak of Working the Corners at the Mercury News,

What I do have is a look at the front-office depth chart this month that listed the top four lines and three defense pairings going into training camp. I didn’t see the official board with my own eyes, but here’s how it was relayed to me by someone who has. Let’s just say I threw together my best guess at the right combinations and someone corrected my version.

Again, nothing is carved in granite, but it’s a starting point….

Michalek-Thornton-Cheechoo
Marleau-Pavelski-Clowe
McGinn-Mitchell-Setoguchi
Shelley/Frazer McLaren-Nichol-Staubitz

Vlasic-Blake
Huskins-Boyle
Ehrhoff-Murray

more on the Sharks…

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“The idea to organize such camp was born several years ago.  I remember those times when I was small and wanted real ice hockey stars to teach me some skills. We gave the information about the camp, so those children who wanted to take part came here. Of course, the parents of these kids had to pay some part of the expenses, but we paid the bulk ourselves.”

-Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings.  More on the camp from George Malik at Snapshots.  George even found a video of the camp.

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  Tags: pavel+datsyuk

No Offers For Brisebois

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Stephanie Myles of the Montreal Gazette,

At this point, there are no offers.

“I’m not waiting,” Brisebois said. “I don’t absolutely have to play hockey. It’s no longer about that. But I continue to train, and if a team says, ‘We want to give you another chance,’ I’d love to have another season.”

The last time Brisebois talked to Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey was just prior to the opening of the free-agent signing period. Nothing since then.

“It’s not that it’s over (with the Canadiens), but there’s a good chance it is,” Brisebois said. “With the recent signings, there’s not much room on defence, so you just turn the page. It’s not personal. I have so much respect for Bob, all he did for me, he brought me back here and gave me another chance.

“Hockey is business, and I think I did a good job,” he added. “The rest, it’s not me that decides.”

 

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  Tags: patrice+brisebois

Blues Come To Terms With Polak

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the club has re-signed defenseman Roman Polak.
 
“Roman played his best professional season this past year,” said Davidson.  “He’s a solid young defenseman who is continuing to grow and will play a huge role with our team.”

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Satan Talking Contract With Islanders

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Allan Walsh’s Twitter,

I can confirm we are currently in negotiations with the NYI on a contract for Miro Satan.

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  Tags: miroslav+satan

Hal Gill In Montreal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Exclusive video of Hal Gill’s first visit to Montreal as a Canadien and a nice gesture by Gill at the end of the video.

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  Tags: hal+gill

McKee Finds His Winning Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Koreen of the Kingston Whig Standard,

Jay McKee was trying to enjoy a family vacation in the Miami area earlier this month while he was going through the National Hockey League free-agent process.

Needless to say, the Amherstview product could not spend his whole time kicking his feet up on the beach.

“When I agreed to a contract, a bunch of (text messages) came in,” said the shot-blocking defenceman, recalling July 10, the day he was signed by the reigning Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins in the wake of the St. Louis Blues’ decision to buy him out of his contract.

“My phone actually broke. The buttons stopped working. Maybe that had something to do with all the texting.”

In this case, mixing business and pleasure worked out just fine for McKee.

continued

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  Tags: jay+mckee

Hockey Twitters

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Since I wrote an NHL.com blog about Twitter a few weeks ago, I have received numerous emails asking me to suggest hockey people to follow.

Yesterday I asked KK readers to submit their favorites and KK member Puck Central even blogged about it with his favorites…

Many of the major hockey sources now have twitter accounts that are updated regularly and often the updates are just seconds after news is confirmed.

If nothing else, sign up for it and give it a try, it only takes a few minutes. I’ve put together a comprehensive list of hockey websites, beat writers, players, agents and bloggers that have the best information (in my opinion) and update their pages with the least amount of non-relevant information (like “I like chocolate ice cream!”).

read on for his list…

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Brewer May Not Be Ready For Blues Opener

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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

Two months ago, Blues defenseman Eric Brewer was recuperating from his second back surgery in four months and readying himself to repeat a slow rehabilitation process. Both Brewer and the club were optimistic that he would be available at the start of the 2009-10 season.

They are still optimistic. But while Brewer has shown some improvement with the sciatic nerve issue that affects his right leg, the Blues are acknowledging for the first time that their captain might not be in uniform opening night in Sweden, on Oct. 2.

“Progress has been made, so we’ll live with that,” Blues President John Davidson said. “If there was no progress by now, we’d be nervous. I’m a glass half-full guy, so that’s how I’m looking at it. (But) if he can’t play, the emphasis for us will be to have a good start with healthy players.”

continued

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  Tags: eric+brewer

Morris Signs With Bruins

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

The Boston Bruins have wasted no time restocking their blue line as they have signed defenceman Derek Morris to a one-year deal worth $3.3 million.

added 11:18am, from Joe Haggerty of Big Bad Blog at WEEI,

The $3.3 million price tag is a pretty high price for Morris and leaves the Bruins with roughly $1.3 million under the salary cap with Phil Kessel still sitting unsigned as a restricted free agent. The feeling at this address is that the Bruins tried to deal Kessel through much of June, but couldn’t a deal to their liking and aren’t going to deal the 36-goal sniper this summer.

Either he signs a one-year deal with the Bruins for less than $4 million — and the Bruins are forced to trade another valuable dressing room/grit commodity like Chuck Kobasew — or Kessel sits and watches the Black and Gold hockey world move forward without him.

more

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  Tags: derek+morris

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