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Family Comes First For Hockey Playing Family

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from Rob Miech of the Las Vegas Sun,

The five Hunter boys unanimously decided to quit playing hockey a year ago to help their sick father with the family’s 11,000-acre farm in Shaunavon, Saskatchewan.

Planting wheat, peas and lentils, maintaining combines and other machines, hauling grain, shoveling bins, picking rocks and spraying chemicals—among other chores—demanded 18 hours a day.

Before reporting to Las Vegas to try out for the Wranglers, who opened camp Friday morning at the Las Vegas Ice Center, Luke Hunter again was called home by his father, Lorne.

“I got there at 10:30 at night, we worked until 1:30 in the morning and then I rose at 5:30 a.m.,” Luke Hunter said. “We didn’t finish until 3:30 in the morning. It’s harvest time. It’s a full-time job. A lot of hands are required.”

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Gaborik Contract Talks Go Nowhere

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from Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune,

Marian Gaborik’s long-term future with the Wild never has been more uncertain.

General Manager Doug Risebrough told the Star Tribune on Friday that he does not expect to sign Gaborik, who is one season from unrestricted free agency, to a contract extension by the start of the season.

“Not making any headway,” said Risebrough, who last month said it would be prudent to sign Gaborik, the team’s all-time leading scorer, to an extension by next Saturday’s season opener. “I was trying to do something before the season. It’s not happening. ... It’s not going to happen by the start of the season.”

Asked if he’ll react by putting Gaborik on the trading block, Risebrough said, “That, I’ll have to determine.”

read on

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Questions About To Be Answered

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from Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters,

Coyotes fans will wonder if Olli Jokinen can get their team over the hump while Chicago fans are hopeful Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews has finally gotten their team on the right track.

Will Joe Sakic lead the Avalanche back to another Stanley Cup title?

Can Alex Ovechkin hit 60 goals again? What about 70?

Will the Patrick Marleau and the Sharks ever get to a Cup final?

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Will Satan Help Pittsburgh Forget Hossa

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from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal,

“Pittsburgh was smart to pick up Miro Satan because he’s a more complete player than Marian Hossa,” Adler says. “Hossa is a scorer, but so is Satan, except Satan knows even how to backcheck, AND he’ll know how to get Crosby into scoring positions and get the puck to him.

“Satan slowed down at the Island last season (just 16 goals in 80 games), but that doesn’t mean he he hasn’t got it any longer ... The Islanders stunk last season, that’s all.”

So two veteran hockey observers think Satan can do it. I’m not so sure, and I’ll get into that in a moment. It’s worth noting now, though, that Satan has defied negative expectations in the past.

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You Need The Players To Be Like Detroit

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Brian Burke has some words of warning for NHL opponents trying to ape the success of the Detroit Red Wings, the team that followed his Anaheim Ducks as Stanley Cup champions on a steamy night in Pittsburgh last June.

“To me, if you want to play Detroit’s style, you better have some players that can do it,” said Burke, the Ducks’ garrulous general manager. “A lot of teams don’t.

“That’s why I think it’s easier to fix the snarl on your team than it is to fix the skill. If you put players in your lineup like [Henrik] Zetterberg, [Pavel] Datsyuk and [Nicklas] Lidstrom, then, yeah, you can play Detroit’s way. But those guys are hard to find.”

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Financial Problems In Nashville Mount

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The Nashville Predators have had a tenuous financial existence for the last couple of years.  The problems started in earnest when original owner Craig Leipold decided to get out of the financial losses.  There was an offer by Jim Balsillie to buy the team and bring it to Hamilton.  This was turned down for a local group (that offered less money - but has made it easier for the NHL to approve his purchase of the Minnesota Wild).  The team was eventually sold to that local group, but they have never been on strong ground financially.  In order to get the deal together, the Nashville group asked for and received concessions from the city.

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No Prucha In Prague?

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

What in the world could coach Tom Renney be thinking? How on earth could he deny Prucha, who has been among the most energetic Rangers throughout training camp, a uniform in his homeland and hand one instead to Fredrik Sjostrom, Nigel Dawes or Aaron Voros, three players whose preseason work was lukewarm, at best?

If No. 25 does not play today, and that certainly appeared the plan yesterday when Prucha remained on the ice late following practice and then stormed away from the O2 Arena, this will be nothing less than humiliation, and coming from a coach who is nothing but decent, kind and caring.

It doesn’t compute. None of it computes. This entire disjointed training camp does not compute.

read on

added 7:43am, from Steve Zipay of Blue Notes at Newsday,

Good morning, all…Yesterday, Czech Republic native Petr Prucha believed he wasn’t going to dress for tonight’s game against Tampa.

This morning, however, Prucha and assistant coach Perry Pearn had a heart-to-heart discussion along the boards near the red line at the morning skate here at O2 Arena, and a visibly relieved Prucha will play tonight, likely on the third-line with center Lauri Korpikoski and Ryan Callahan.

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Battle Of Alberta Starts Early

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from Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald,

Call it pre-season, but don’t call it boring. Not with five fights in the second period, much to the delight of 19,289 spectators at the Pengrowth Sattledome.

The fight card featured Robyn Regehr vs. Zach Stortini, Jim Vandermeer vs. Steve MacIntyre, and Ethan Moreau vs. Andre Roy….

With Jason Strudwick already headed to the penalty box for hooking, MacIntyre tried to pick a fight with Jamie Lundmark . The Oilers enforcer earned a roughing penalty for his efforts, as the Flames centre refused to go.  Clearly enraged, MacTavish verbally sparred with the officials before refusing to send out his players to kill the penalties - a move that saw the Oilers coach receive a game misconduct.

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Versus Notes

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from Steve Lepore at The NHL Arena Program,

...other notes upon a brief overlook of Versus’ talent schedule:

-Gone are play-by-play man Rick Peckham and analyst John Vanbiesbrouck.

-There are no new additions to the talent list, though look for NY Islanders color man Billy Jaffe to take more of a color commentary role this season than the reporter slot he’s usually slated to serve.

-A lot less Mike Emrick this season.  Doc will only call 8 regular season games.

read on and a new ice-level reporter too…

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Top Ten Goalies

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Fox Sports has a photoshow of the top 10 NHL goalies:

10. Marc-Andre Fleury
9. Vesa Toskala
8. Rick Dipietro

more and my question is, who voted?

 

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