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Hope On Long Island

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brian Compton of NHL.com,

With less than a month to go before their first preseason game, one word aptly describes the New York Islanders as they head into the 2009-10 campaign.


With owner Charles Wang’s Lighthouse Project gaining momentum in recent months, combined with the selection of John Tavares with the No. 1 pick at the 2009 Entry Draft, things could finally be looking up for the former dynasty that last won a playoff series in 1993.


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Tortorella Talks Rangers

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from Jeff Z. Klein of Slap Shot at the NY Times,

Tortorella is usually full of eloquent enthusiasm, but always lurking just beneath the surface is the promise of conflict. He said he was looking forward to getting hold of the Rangers for the first time in training camp, as opposed to late in the season.

“The real part of it is when you can have your own camp,” he said. “That’s where we can establish what our mindset is going to be, conditioning, which I think is a weakness of our club. As I’ve said, and I make no bones about it, I don’t think we’re a stiff team mentally. I think we have to be a little bit tougher in that area, in mental parts and preparation.”

And how will it work with the Rangers now that Torts will have control from Game 1?

“It’s a process, it’s accountability, it’s merit,” he said, then outlined a program of eternal Darwinian struggle.


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  Tags: john+tortorella

Avs Talk

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from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

- I believe the Avs are still trying to move one or more of their older, higher-paid defensemen (though not Adam Foote, he’s got a no-trade). Scott Hannan is one of them I believe, and while he also has a no-trade clause, the Avs could ask him to waive it if they feel they get the right deal. Stay tuned.

- Alex Tanguay still will not become an Av again. And Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead.

more Avs talk including a chat Adrian had with Matt Duchene today.

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Frigging Yawn…See This One Coming?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

About as predictable as it gets.  Dive “fans” will now claim that Detroit’s re-signing of Todd Bertuzzi will “re-ignite” the rivalry.  I typically avoid these Examiner pieces, mostly because they’re garbage, but I couldn’t turn away from this one.

Dive Examiner

But, but, but, but, but, but, think of the animosity this signing brings to a dying rivalry. In one fell swoop and with one vicious cheap shot, Bertuzzi ended Steve Moore’s career and established himself as the most reviled athlete in the history of Denver sports. Now he’s signed with a team that was once the Avs’ arch nemesis. This is sheer brilliance, the one ember that could fan the flames of acrimony that made Avs-Wings games sanctioned blood sport.

You might want to ice a team that doesn’t, you know, suck?  That might help “re-ignite the rivalry.”  Just throwing that out there.

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Gomez Taking French Lessons

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,

On the subject of captains, Scott Gomez starts lessons with a French tutor on Friday. The connection between the language of Voltaire and a letter? Gomez, whose albatross of a seven-year, $51.5 million contract was taken off the New York Rangers’ hands, now is with the captain-less if not quite rudderless Montreal Canadiens.

The former Habs captain, Saku Koivu, was cuffed about in the French-language media for not knowing French. (English and Finnish were not deemed sufficient in the province. This was a perpetual thorn in the side of the classy Koivu, who now has a one-year deal in Anaheim.) Gomez is not the captain type—he says he hasn’t worn a C since youth hockey in Alaska—but then there are no obvious choices in Montreal.

After the departure of 10 unrestricted free agents, including Alex Kovalev and captain timber such as Mike Komisarek, defenseman Andrei Markov remains the best player, but he is hardly the fulcrum of the dressing room. There are no French-speaking players on the team with enough portfolio on the ice to get the letter, and newcomer Brian Gionta, an American, is an unknown there.

more topics discussed, some have already been mentioned on KK.

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  Tags: scott+gomez

Proof Positive

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Today’s signing of Todd Bertuzzi has led to some of the most heated discussion we’ve seen here in a long, long time.  Using three-syllable words to confuse Pens fans is one thing.  Lobbing coherent arguments and points of view at one another within the lifelines of the 19 is another.  Despite our differences, it’s been a great day to be a literate Wing fan.

In my opinion, this is the post of the off-season so far…and that includes any of the manifestos I’ve foisted on you, summer agenda or not.  Shanetx...you are the man.  He’s brought us a frigging essay on why, Big Frigging Bert or not, we have every reason to expect one helluva Tuesday in 43 weeks.

Continue Reading »

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All Joe Pavelski

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from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

Q: What’s your reaction to the organization’s decision to look for a new captain?

A: If Patty loses his ‘C’, obviously, he’s going to feel it more than anyone. He’s going to be asked more questions about it. [The playoff exit] wasn’t just his fault. I blame myself just as much as anything for something like that. In the game you need a supporting staff. I’m just as responsible for it as he is. We didn’t get the job done this year. I assume there’s going to be change when that happens. This is a new step. The team is going to have to roll with it. There are no captains right now. Someone will be named the captain, but it’s going to be collective. Everybody needs to step up.

read on

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  Tags: joe+pavelski

Kelly Believes Hossa Contract Valid

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from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,

Paul Kelly, executive director of the NHL Players Association, said he would be surprised if the investigation of Marian Hossa’s contract with the Blackhawks resulted in a ruling against the team.

“Based upon everything that we know, those contracts are perfectly valid and proper under the terms of the (collective bargaining agreement),” Kelly said, speaking Tuesday at the USA Hockey Olympic camp in Woodridge.


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  Tags: marian+hossa, paul+kelly

Reporting Almost Live From Team USA Camp

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun give us an update from day 2.

Good to see both back to work too.

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  Tags: team+usa

Use This One In A Trivia Contest

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Calgary Herald via Canada.com,

The sale of former National Hockey League goaltender Mike Vernon’s custom-built home has set a record for the highest MLS residential sale price in Calgary.

The Calgary mansion sold for $10.3 million, eclipsing the previous record sale in June 2008 of a six-bedroom home which sold for $7.5 million.


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  Tags: mike+vernon

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