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New Coaches Prepare For Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Eliot at Sports Illustrated,

With the Labor Day holiday passed and the kids off to school, the only ones left waiting are the new NHL coaches who are raring to go. As Tom Petty sang years ago, the waiting (as in the way-ay-ting) is the hardest part. That certainly is the case for Scott Gordon on Long Island, John Anderson in Atlanta and Barry Melrose in Tampa.

Gordon’s case is one in which last season’s assistants Gerard Gallant and John Chabot remain in place and, as such, according to Gordon, “should make the transition easier.”

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McCabe Deal Still Pending—Update: Deal Done

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Brian Biggane at Inside the Panthers:

More than six hours after Canadian website TSN predicted the Bryan McCabe-Mike Van Ryn would be completed, there was still no announcement forthcoming from either the Panthers or Toronto.

Call it yet another reminder that such deals usually aren’t as clear-cut as they appear on the surface.

While the key components of the deal were already in place, Toronto General Manager Cliff Fletcher told his beat writers that the two sides had very little communication prior to Tuesday, making it likely that some of the ancillary issues still had to be worked out.

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Update 5:30pm ET: From TSN

The long rumoured deal was held up while the Panthers waited for the Leafs to pay a $2 million bonus due to McCabe on Sept. 1.  With the payout, McCabe, 33, will earn $4.15 million in each of the final three seasons of the five-year, $29 million contract he signed with Toronto in 2006.

The Maple Leafs will receive defenceman Mike Van Ryn in exchange for McCabe and a fourth round pick in the 2010 Entry Draft.

 

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Senators Get Ryan Shannon

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from MarketWire,

Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray announced today the club has acquired right-winger Ryan Shannon from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for defenceman Lawrence Nycholat.

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“My game juices are going to be flowing a little too much,” said Manny. “I’m going to have to ease back on it a little bit.

“The excitement and everything is going to be there since it hasn’t been there for a while, so it’s a matter of…making sure that my (technique) is good and that I am playing my game.”

“Physically there’s no problem at all,” he said. “It’s going to be a long road to get back (to form) and to get back to (game) shape, but I think hard work and focus is the way to get in there and compete.”

-Bruins goalie Manny Fernandez.

More on the goalie camp Bob Essensa had earlier today from John Bishop of BostonBruins.com.

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  Tags: manny+fernandez

Predators Suspend Radulov

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Nashville Predators,

Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that Alexander Radulov has been suspended indefinitely without pay for the 2008-09 season….

“We are disappointed Alex will not be with the Predators at the start of this season,” said Poile. “He is a world class player who demonstrated last season, with 26 goals and 58 points, that he is an emerging NHL talent. However, since he has not responded to our recent correspondence, we must move forward with our plans for the coming season.

“At some point, we hope Alex will have a desire to return to the NHL and compete in the best league in the world, with and against the best competition. We will re-visit his status at that time.

“Until then, we are focused on the players who are representing the Predators and providing them the necessary support and guidance. We will not allow Alex’s situation to be a distraction and, as such, will have no further comment on Alex or his situation.”

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A Prediction Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Paul Kukla at NHL.com,

I predict five players will reach the 50-goal plateau [this] season. (How many players do you think will reach 50 goals? Bonus points if you name them.)

Alex Tanguay will find his offensive game again in Montreal and reach 43 goals to lead the Canadiens. (Name a player on a new team that will lead their team in goals scored.)

Jean-Sebastien Giguere will lead the league in shutouts. (Your prediction?)

The Detroit Red Wings will win the Presidents’ Trophy. (Anyone care to go with another team?)

read on

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Sundin Update

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Mats Sundin was on Leafs Lunch on 640AM in Toronto. 

He is not at the point to make a decision on his NHL career.  He had hoped during the summer he would get a clearer picture, but stated he is not there yet.

Probably will not make a decision by the time training camps open.  Does not have a time line for his decision.

He has been working out but not skating on a regular basis.  Again, not sure of what he will do yet and hopes people respect he is not at the point to where his career is headed.

added 12:49pm, Sundin stated he has not even looked at team options yet.  Wants to decide if he is even going to play first.

Update 3:15pm ET: At AM640,

Sundin said despite offers from several clubs the decision of wether or not to play is still the biggest hurdle.  Sundin also didn’t rule out a return to the NHL halfway through the season.

Audio available here.

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Report- Quinn Named Canada’s Junior Hockey Coach

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Hamilton Spectator,

Pat Quinn will be given his 10th major international coaching position tomorrow.

Sources close to the scene told The Spectator this morning that the former Toronto Maple Leaf coach will be named Tuesday as the coach of Canada’s national junior hockey team for the 2008-09 world junior championships, to be held in Ottawa over the Christmas holiday.

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On Labor And A Meaningless Training Camp

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Good morning.  Happy Labor Day plus 1.  Are you considering all those mothers out there?  You should be.  Yesterday was a holiday to celebrate the history of labor.  In many cases, at least twenty to twenty eight hours of it.  Men? We can’t fathom labor.  And we’re reminded of that frequently.  No matter how hard our days are, our weeks, our months at work.  It makes no difference.  Labor’s labor and no man can understand it. No pain we’ve ever experienced rivals it.  And we’d better keep that in mind.  At all times.

We’ll never know labor.  And that’s a shame.  Really.  So hopefully yesterday, on Labor Day, you took a minute to pat the chicks on the back and let them know we appreciate the fact that when it comes to labor? They’ve cornered the market.

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Dreger Will Host Leafs Lunch

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via AM640 in Toronto,

TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger has signed on as the new full-time host of Leafs Lunch!

Darren is the TSN Hockey Insider on the network’s NHL and international hockey coverage. He is a Gemini Award nominee and has been selected twice by The Hockey News as one of the game’s 100 most powerful and influential people.

Listen to Leafs Lunch with Darren Dreger TODAY from Noon - 1pm.

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