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Size Doesn’t Matter To Hollweg

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

Born in California to a father of Brazilian-German heritage and maxing out at 5-foot-11, Ryan Hollweg knows all about overcoming the hockey odds.

Whether he can help turn around the fortunes of the Maple Leafs this year is unknown, but he certainly has the right attitude. Hollweg got off to a rousing start with several big hits in a 7-4 win over the Buffalo Sabres Monday.

“If you want to go through somebody, just do it. It’s how I’ve lived,” Hollweg said yesterday at the Air Canada Centre. “I’ve never worried about how big I am. It’s a mental thing. It hasn’t stopped me yet and it won’t stop me now.”

continued

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He Hit The Post & The Puck Went In

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

Toronto inventor Bill Forster received his patent last month, and every goalie in organized hockey wants to stand him naked and blindfolded in the net and let Bruins human cannon Zdeno Chara use him for target practice.

Forster’s patent is for the bevelled goal, that is, a net with a crossbar that bends upward from the posts, and posts that warp outward from crossbar to ice.

The result: a slightly larger target for shooters, and pucks more likely to deflect into the net than away.

continued

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Key Game Tonight - For An Exhibition

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

“We’re looking to turn things around this year. Last year, we weren’t happy with the result,” John Madden said of being ousted in five games in the first round by their rival neighbors.

Even Brent Sutter would not downplay the revenge motive tonight, despite the fact that each side will dress partial teams.

“There always has to be a mindset within your team that this is a rivalry,” Sutter said. “The young players will find that out. You expect it to be a highly-intense game.”

read on

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Will Lecavalier Be Ready For The Opener

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lightning Strikes,

Bear with me here, even though this is more speculation and reading between the lines than anything.

We read in Tuesday’s paper that hockey ops chief Brian Lawton said he would not hesitate to keep star Vinny Lecavalier and defenseman Paul Ranger out of at least the season opener Oct. 4 in Prague if their rehabbing right shoulders were not ready to go. He said he might even put them on injured reserve to help the team manage their numbers. That’s a big hint not to be taken seriously, especially after watching Jussi Jokinen star at center this preseason.

continued

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  Tags: paul+ranger, vinny+lecavalier

Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I know there’s a lot of people this is going to bother, obviously. But you can’t let it stop you in your tracks. This is a good organization that’s going to work hard to overcome something like this.

“We’re not going to sit there and feel sorry for ourselves ... it doesn’t make any sense. If you feel sorry for yourselves, where do you get yourselves? We’re not going to do that. We’re going to go forward.”

-Blues President John Davidson on the year-ending injury to Erik Johnson.  More on the Blues at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch….

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  Tags: erik+johnson, john+davidson

Tampa Bay Lightning: Are They For Real?

Blog: Goal Line Report By Patrick Hoffman

Last season, the Tampa Bay Lightning were not only the joke of the Eastern Conference, but also the entire National Hockey League finishing with the worst record at 31-42-9 for 71 points.

Going into this season, however, the Lightning may turn out to be one of the better teams in the league with new acquisitions Ryan Malone, Gary Roberts, Olaf Kolzig, Jussi Jokinen, Vaclav Prospal, Radim Vrbata, Mark Recchi, Andrej Meszaros, Matthew Carle and oh yeah, the No.1 draft pick of 2008, Steven Stamkos.

Put those players with the likes of new team captain Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis, you’re suddenly looking at a team who has as good a chance as any to win the Southeast Division and make a run deep into the playoffs.

Continue Reading »

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  Tags: barry+melrose, martin+st.+louis, steven+stamkos, vincent+lecavalier

Blues Lose Johnson For Extended Period of Time

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Blues defenseman Erik Johnson has a torn ACL in his right knee and will undergo surgery in a couple of weeks, a source has told the Post-Dispatch.

Johnson, 20, is expected to be sidelined six to nine months after injuring his knee in a golf-cart incident last week at the Lake of the Ozarks.

continued

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Sides Are Far Apart In Gaborik Contract Negotiations

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

Marian Gaborik was nowhere to be seen today.

Negotiations are clearly at a delicate juncture, very delicate. The two sides are far apart, although Risebrough said he plans to keep trying to get Gaborik inked to an extension. He again maintains he has had no trade talks and doesn’t plan any in the foreseeable future.

The irony here is the big risk in paying Gaborik Ovechkin money or Crosby money or Malkin money or Staal money or Lecavalier money is he’s so injury prone.

And here Gaborik is seeking to be paid like a top two or three player in the NHL while he’s out with a strained quad aggravated on the first day of training camp.

more on the Wild…

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John Muckler Back In Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Darren Dreger during Leafs Lunch on AM640 reports John Muckler is in Phoenix today and will be joining the Coyotes as a consultant.

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Atlanta Could Be Destination For Schneider

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Allen at Mucking & Grinding,

The Atlanta Thrashers are still pondering a move to land a defenseman, and Anaheim’s Mathieu Schneider would seem to be a logical choice if the Thrashers can fit him into their budget.

The Thrashers are only near the $41 million mark, and based on their off-season moves they don’t want to venture too far north of that figure….

Of course the Thrashers would have to convince Burke to probably take Ken Klee ($1.25 million) and another $500,000 player to make it work.

read on

added 12:07pm, from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

When Schneider is dealt, it’s possible it could be rolled out to a larger deal. Some teams have inquired about forward Bobby Ryan’s availability and the truth is Ryan, the second overall pick in the 04 draft behind Sidney Crosby, may be expendable on this Ducks’ roster.

more

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