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Pens Prospect Wants To Leave The Organization

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from Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters,

Penguins prospect Ryan Stone told Jonathan Bombulie of the Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice he wants to leave the Penguins organization after not making the NHL club out of training camp.

The possibility of that happening isn’t all that far-fetched considering he can be claimed off waivers beginning tomorrow.

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  Tags: ryan+stone

KK- A Great First Week

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Late last Wednesday, as many of you know, we added an eclectic group of hockey bloggers to KK.

Our first full week is complete and I thought you would be interested in seeing the amoung of readers we are attracting on a daily basis.

Thanks everyone and we look forward to a great hockey season.

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Meszaros Happy In Tampa

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Craig Custance at the Sporting News Today has a look at Tampa defenseman Andrej Meszaros.  Meszaros is beginning to feel comfortable in Tampa and hopes the feeling remains for the next six years.

Read more on Meszaros and many other hockey notes at the Sporting News Today.,  You may have to register, but it takes ten seconds and it is free.

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  Tags: andrej+meszaros

Martin Gelinas Still Waiting To Play

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from Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun,

“I know I’m not Forsberg, I’m not Sundin,” he said.

Like the shifty Swedes, though, Gelinas is still swimming in the free-agent pool. For the first time in a career that has spanned 19 seasons and more than 1,400 games, the grizzled veteran hasn’t signed an NHL deal.

“I know in my heart that I can still do a lot of good things for a team, and even more so come playoff time,” he said. “But you look at the business side of it and teams want to go with younger guys, thinking that the upside might be there, and that’s not always the case….”

read on

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  Tags: martin+gelinas

Naslund Talks Vancouver Days

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from Tony Gallagher of the Province,

As he looked back Thursday, Naslund admitted he wasn’t overly happy here last season and that the Todd Bertuzzi incident weighed heavily on him, given he and his former linemate are close and it was he who was, in a small way, part of the reason the whole thing took place. After all, it was Naslund who was originally nailed by Steve Moore in Denver….

“It still bothers me what Todd has had to go through over this and the way it’s dragged on and on over the years,” said Naslund.

“I still keep in close contact with him and it’s been tough on him. It’s taken its toll. There’s no question he was standing up for me and for his teammates when it happened, and it all went too far. All of the circumstances around it went the wrong way and got out of hand. It’s been a long road and he’s been through a lot. I feel bad for him and the way it’s worked out for everyone involved.”

more from Naslund as he talks about his days in Vancouver…

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  Tags: markus+naslund

O’Sullivan Won’t Get A 1yr. Contract

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from Dan Arritt of the LA Times,

Every day that O’Sullivan is held out of training camp, his conditioning and development suffer, Lombardi said. As a result, it’s more likely that the team’s fourth-leading scorer from last season won’t be at full strength until early next year.

“We’re not giving him a one-year contract because I might have to write off this season,” Lombardi said during practice Thursday morning.

In fact, Lombardi said he won’t offer anything less than a three-year deal. As far as sending the wrong message to other Kings, several of whom will be restricted free agents after this season, Lombardi said he’s trying to avoid that scenario.

read on

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  Tags: patrick+o'sullivan

Get In A Debate With Milbury

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from Nancy Marrapese-Burrell of the Boston Globe,

NESN will launch a weekly show in December called “The Instigators,” which sounds like a perfect forum for former NHL coach/general manager-turned-analyst Mike Milbury. Milbury will team with a pair of competing analysts who will debate the hot topics in the NHL. He will moderate the debate and score how the guests fare on each topic. The winner will then debate Milbury at the end of the show

more on the Bruins from the broadcasting side of things…

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Morning Line

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“I want to get back in the game, I relish the opportunity to be part of a team in a different aspect than a player.”

“It’s tremendously taxing to be a coach because of the interpersonal relationships that you have to develop.  It doesn’t interest me as much as being the overall seer of an organization.”

-Mark Messier appearing on Bloomberg Television’s ‘Night Talk’ program yesterday.

 

 

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  Tags: mark+messier

Ron Wilson Buttering Up The Locals

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from Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star,

...As it is, Wilson’s Leafs are going to be hard-pressed to be the Columbus Blue Jackets of hockey.

In any event, Wilson clearly is smart and studious, so it’s obvious what he is doing – he’s buttering up the locals, and it is an astute move.

In that spirit, we humbly offer our short list of More Erroneous Analogies That, If Ron Wilson Speaks Them, Might Win Him The Brownie Points He May Need Should His Reportedly Caustic Demeanour Accidentally Emerge Later This Season.

Erroneous Analogy No. 1: “Richard Peddie is the Sir Winston Churchill of inspirational speakers.”

Sir Winston once said: “We make a living from what we get. We make a life from what we give.”

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Anticipation Rising In Phoenix

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

It is uncanny how many times a coach’s IQ is directly related to his goaltender’s average or save percentage. Suddenly, Gretzky – who rose more than a few eyebrows by making the transition from greatest player of all time to NHL coach without any meaningful experience – looked a lot more accomplished and comfortable behind the bench.

It helps too that some of their drafting is starting to pay off. The Coyotes expect Kyle Turris, the third player chosen in the 2007 draft, to play this season as their No.2 centre, behind Olli Jokinen, acquired from Florida to be their No.1 man. Their presence, along with the underrated Hanzal, gives the team the sort of strength down the middle that Gretzky and his various running mates provided in their playing days.

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