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Canucks Hope To Answer All The Questions

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from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

Put it this way. When you look at the calibre of player who failed to crack the Canucks’ lineup this season, you know something out of the ordinary was going on.

Maybe that means those players weren’t good enough.

Or maybe it means the Canucks’ lineup was too good for them and that would speak volumes about this team.

“There’s a reason you have training camp and that’s to give everyone the opportunity to show what they can do,” said head coach Alain Vigneault. “Can veterans assume a bigger role? Can the kids play here?

“We were able to answer a lot of those questions.”

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TSN Experts With Their Picks

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from TSN,

According to the hockey experts gathered by the NHL on TSN, the Stanley Cup champion is…tougher to pick than ever.  In trying to get a consensus pre-season pick from a panel of 13 experts, seven different teams earned votes. The defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins and the Philadelphia Flyers, however, attracted the most attention, earning three votes each.

“I like the Pittsburgh Penguins,” said Peter Laviolette. “There’s a lot of good teams, very good teams, in the National Hockey League, but the Penguins have the two best players in hockey in (Sidney) Crosby and (Evgeny) Malkin.”

Ray Ferraro picked the Flyers to beat the Vancouver Canucks for the Stanley Cup, and Pierre McGuire agreed.

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Flu Hits Panthers In Helsinki

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from Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,

Center Stephen Weiss, and defensemen Keith Ballard, Bryan Allen and Jordan Leopold all missed practice this morning because of the flu. All will be game-time decisions, Coach Pete DeBoer said.

“We just have to keep those guys away from the other guys and hope to get through Friday and Saturday without spreading it any more,” DeBoer said.

Not sure about the other three, but I’d be surprised if Weiss plays Friday. If he does, he deserves a tremendou s amount of credit for gutting it out. I saw him in the hotel elevator this morning as I was leaving for practice and he looked as awful as he said he felt.

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There Is Just Something About The Game

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from Chad Hermann of the Radical Middle at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

But there’s something about hockey. 

It’s a Canadian game, and many of the players have French or Russian names, so it’s not exactly an easy sell in the United States of Xenophobia. It’s the red-headed immigrant step-child of the American sporting world, dismissed, frowned upon, and condescended to by a great many people who do not understand it, have never seen it played in person, and are therefore in little position to judge. It barely registers on the radar of millions of so-called sports fans, with precious little print coverage and tv ratings somewhere between the abject boredom of bowling and the Kafkaesque torture of poker. It’s a bunch of guys in sweaters and shorts and ice skates, chasing a little rubber biscuit around a frozen parking lot.

But still. There’s something about hockey.

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thanks to a KK reader for the pointer

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Let The Games Begin

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Finally, the puck drops tonight and the games really mean something.

How do you feel about the upcoming season, any predictions or is it too early to tell?

On a viewing note, word is Center Ice will be offering a 3 week free preview beginning tonight, so enjoy that while you can.

Feel free to leave a comment on your thoughts and a KK tradition continues below…

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Flames Looking For That Magical Season

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from Eva Ferguson And John Down of the Calgary Herald,

Peter Maher, Flames commentator for the Fan 960 and the voice of the team since it arrived here in 1980, says Flames fans haven’t forgotten the magic of 2004.

And this year’s team is probably the best they’ve had since well before that run for the cup, Maher argues.

“Usually, this time of year, there’s always a lot of enthusiasm and expectation,” Maher says, “but this time there’s more.”

Maher says the arrival of new head coach Brent Sutter—younger brother to longtime team general manager Darryl Sutter—has brought much of the new-found optimism to the team, Maher says.

“Even when they brought in Mike Keenan, a lot of people never really grasped onto him. But the Sutter name—it really has that ring to it.”

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A Battle In The Central Division

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from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

While Detroit continues to disprove the theory that it’s impossible to build an annual Stanley Cup contender in the salary-cap world, the Red Wings, and the rest of the West, suddenly have company.

Gone are the days of the Red Wings beating up on divisional weaklings. The Chicago Blackhawks, St. Louis Blues and Columbus Blue Jackets are on the rise, and the Nashville Predators, despite a paltry budget, perennially have one of the NHL’s best farm systems.

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Directv Says This, Versus Says That

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Enough!!!  Get a deal done before the puck drops tonight.

Read the latest on this topic from Richard Sandomir of the New York Times.

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Imagine That, Kris Draper Talking

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Draper wore a mic while on the ice during yesterday’s exhibition game.

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Believing In Burke

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from Bruce Arthur of the National Post,

Brian Burke loves it here. The pressure, the pace, the weight on his broad shoulders, it’s all fine with him. Being the general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs has worked out, off the ice, exactly as he wanted it to.

“It’s awesome. It’s the Vatican. It’s everything,” Burke said on the eve of his team’s 2009-10 National Hockey League season opener against Montreal. “This move has worked out from a family standpoint—all the things that we thought would be better in our lives as far as our family and distance to see children [in Boston] and stuff, all of that has come true. We’ve fallen in love with this city.”

The city, meanwhile, seems to have fond feelings for him, too, as he has gone about remaking the city’s chief sporting obsession. Nobody is really doubting Burke, not yet.

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