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What’s Cooking Mike?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steven Noble of the Calgary Sun,

Mike Cammalleri has taken his Italian heritage and his family’s tomato sauce with him wherever he’s gone.

Now the new Flames sniper is looking forward to bringing it to Calgary—along with his goal-scoring touch.

“My dad has two brothers so those families and our family would all go to my grandparents’ house, we’d get 20 bushels of tomatoes and go in the garage from eight in the morning until six at night,” he says, recalling one of his favourite traditions.

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“We take a lot of pride in knowing our top six forwards, who we believe are the best top six forwards in the league, all have three years or more on their contracts. But to be able to do that and have stability for a franchise, you need to spend money.”

-Oren Koules, Owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning.  Read more on the Lightning from Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times…

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Stars Goal- Create A Stanley Cup Winning Team

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from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

...But as much as those personnel changes are significant, Hull said the GMs are not just shuffling talent to put their fingerprint on the team – a desire he stated when he first took the job.

“I think we’re learning that’s not the goal,” Hull said. “You can’t just move people to put your own people in here. The goal is to create a team that can win the Stanley Cup.”

“You have to develop a plan and then trust that plan,” Jackson said. “You put coaches in place, and you trust those coaches. You put players in place, and you trust those players. It’s not about Brett or I; it’s about the players on the ice and the coaches who coach them. That’s where the game is won.”

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Kings Will Reach The Cap Floor

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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Have no fear, says Los Angeles general manager Dean Lombardi, the Kings will make it to the NHL’s salary “floor” of $40.7 million in player payroll before opening night.

However, the financial formula will not include, contrary to rumors in recent weeks, taking high-priced goalie Nikolai Khabibulin off Chicago’s hands, or dealing away budding superstar forward Anze Kopitar.

“Some of the stuff that goes around is just crazy,” said Lombardi. “Like Kopitar. We’re going to trade our best young player to get to the floor? If the people who start that stuff would put just two cents worth of brains into thinking about it first . . .

“But that’s the kind of stuff that gets out there, and then we had to respond to it, just to quell the masses.”

continued with numerous NHL topics discussed too…

I do find it laughable when Lombardi says he has to respond to trade rumors to quell the masses.  The knowledgeable NHL fan knows the vast majority of trade rumors are made up and don’t have any chance of happening.  But it only takes a few people, yes, even those who claim to be have trusted sources, to stir the pot and take advantage of those fans who will believe everything they read.

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Olive Branch Extended To NHL By KHL & IIHF

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from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

In a stunning turn of events, the Kontinental Hockey League and International Ice Hockey Federation appear to have extended an olive branch to the NHL, which may ultimately lead to a thaw in the frigid relations between the KHL and the NHL.

“We have gone with an open hand to the NHL,” KHL president Alexander Medvedev told thn.com in a telephone interview Saturday. “We are hoping to get a positive reaction from the NHL.”

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added 5:35pm, Ken Campbell has adjusted the story from above, adding a comment from Bill Daly.

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in the Radulov case, the IIHF, “lacked the courage and conviction to do what’s right,” by not ordering Radulov to fulfill the final year of his contract with the Nashville Predators. Despite still being under contract to the Predators, Radulov signed a three-year deal worth $13 million with Salavat Ufa of the KHL and has already appeared in several games.

“The facts couldn’t be more clear,” Daly said in an email to thn.com.  “But instead of revealing what (the IIHF’s) investigation actually found – which is that Radulov is under contract to Nashville and should be playing there this season - they pulled the chute and took the easy way out.  Very, very disappointing.  Its seems that the KHL is making decisions for the IIHF these days.”

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Kolzig Goes Home

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from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

Olaf Kolzig may be the only Tampa Bay player submitting multiple ticket requests for the team’s exhibition game at the Eisbaren Berlin on Sept. 28.

“My cousin lives in Berlin and I have a ton of uncles and aunts that live in Hamburg,” Kolzig told NHL.com. “Within an hour drive, I have a handful of relatives.”

The Lightning’s newest goalie was born in South Africa and grew up in Canada, but his passport says Germany and that’s the country he considers to be his homeland. He has represented Germany on the international stage, twice in the Olympics.

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Radulov Case May Go To Court

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the IIHF,

The meeting agreed that the unsolved case of Alexander Radulov will go to an applicable court or – if all included parties agree – to arbitration, whose verdict can not be overruled.

The KHL furthermore informed that the league is disputing the signings of the following players by the NHL:

Andrei Loktionov – signed by NHL club Los Angeles from KHL club Lokomotiv Yaroslavl

Vyacheslav Voinov – signed by NHL club Los Angeles from KHL club Traktor Chelyabinsk

Andrei Mayorov – signed by NHL club Columbus from KHL club Ak Bars Kazan

read on including the lifting of five suspensions…

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Linked?  Don’t Count On It

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

We’ve reached day 19 of my private quest to keep my own personal, political views away from A2Y.  I’ve been successful, but only barely.  It’s my intent to maintain this neutral posture.  Why?  Because nothing, and I mean nothing, is more divisive than that topic. 

Having said that, I do feel compelled to point something out to those of you who may be riding the fence…

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Writer Needed

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jason Kay of the Hockey News,

If you haven’t heard, Broph (Mike Brophy) is leaving us at the end of next week to join Rogers full-time. He’ll be doing more TV work for Sportsnet, hosting a radio program two days a week and, ahem, writing for a competitor’s website….

At the same time, our brand name gives us the ability, and credibility, to attract established writers and hockey personalities to lend their voices to our mix.

And that’s where you come in. We’d like to know whose work you’d like to read in the pages of The Hockey News and web pages of thn.com.

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Chasing His Dream

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,

In 2003 and 2004, he was the goaltender for N.C. State’s club hockey team. From there, it was on to countless minor-league tryouts—the first with the Fayetteville FireAntz of the Southern Professional Hockey League.

“Just my luck,” he said, smiling. “It was the year of the [NHL] lockout, so 11 goalies were there. But one of the things the Marine Corps taught me was to keep going after my goals, to keep plugging away, plugging away.”

The last few years have been a blur of different locales, leagues and hockey sweaters—the FireAntz, Asheville Aces, Twin City Cyclones, Greenville Grrrowl, Charlotte Checkers, Pensacola Ice Pilots, Florida Everglades.

“They call me ‘The Suitcase,’ ” Alves joked.

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