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Renney Undecided On Rangers Captain

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Andrew Gross of the Record,

Renney is not ready to name a new captain yet but hopes to before the start of the season. When Mark Messier left, Renney ultimately decided not to have a captain for the 2005-06 season, instead naming Jagr to be one of three alternates.

“I think you have to leave it to evolution,” Renney said. “There are a half-dozen guys in there that could captain a team. I wouldn’t rule it out [having three alternates] but my hope would be that’s not what we would do.”

more on the Rangers…

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Western Outlook

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

As NHL training camps open up this week, we take a look at where each team stands. Here is our take, and questions, on the Western Conference.

San Jose Sharks

Burning questions:

• The clock ran out on Wilson the coach; is this the last hurrah for Wilson the GM if the Sharks don’t take a significant step closer to a championship?
• Can Jonathan Cheechoo, whose goal production has dipped from 56 to 37 to 23 since winning the Rocket Richard Trophy for most goals, get back to star-scoring level?

more

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Bigger & Stronger

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from a press release from ErekAlert for the Univ. of Alberta,

Researchers in the University of Alberta Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation looked at an NHL team over a 26-year cycle and discovered players have become bigger and fitter.

The research team studied 703 players from a Canadian-based NHL team from 1979 to 2005. The physiological profile derived from their research shows that over the 26 seasons, defencemen became taller and heavier as body mass increased; forwards got younger and had higher peak aerobic power outputs for cardio-respiratory endurance, while goalies were shorter and more flexible and had lower peak aerobic power outputs. All players combined (defence, forwards and goaltenders) increased body mass, height and anaerobic power over the 26 years.

read on

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Schneider On Waivers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Kevin Allen at Mucking & Grinding,

The Anaheim Ducks, needing to trim payroll, have placed defenseman Mathieu Schneider on waivers with the expectation that a team will claim him and $5.75 million salary for this season.

Once they move Schneider off the books, the Ducks are expected to re-sign Teemu Selanne.

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  Tags: mathieu+schneider

Getting Your Hockey-Fix Online

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Paul Kukla at NHL.com:

Start by going to Ball Hype and let the fun begin. Ball Hype also ranks the NHL Blogs. Want more, head over to Technorati to find every blog related to the NHL.

Google is also your friend when searching blogs for NHL items (almost 11 million search results).

read on for more ways to find hockey, plus advice for aspiring bloggers

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  Tags: media

Surgery For Brind’Amour

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Lord Stanley’s Blog,

Rod Brind’Amour underwent successful surgery on his left knee this morning to repair torn cartilage, but the Canes’ captain is expected to be on the ice before the team’s season opener.

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  Tags: rod+brind'amour

Hartley Appears Russia Bound

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Scott Burnside of ESPN,

(Bob) Hartley said Tuesday morning that he is being courted by Avangard Omsk of the Kontinental Hockey League and is on the verge of taking a coaching job there.

According to the team’s Web site, Omsk fired coaches Sergei Gersonsky and Igor Zhilinsky on Tuesday after a slow 2-4 start.

“I am very interested and excited about the possibilities there,” Hartley said.

One of those possibilities is coaching Jaromir Jagr, who signed with Omsk after failing to reach an amicable deal with the New York Rangers.

added 11:41am, via Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

“They’ve talked to me, but there’s nothing done right now,” Hartley told Sporting News. “I think it could happen, but there’s nothing sure right now.”

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This Year’s Team To Watch

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Every season, I try to identify an “it” team. You know, that team that improves so much, or comes out of nowhere, etc.

Last season, I predicted the Washington Capitals would finally get back into the playoffs (so did my ESPN.com colleague Scott Burnside). OK, so it took until the final week of the regular season, but they did indeed make the big dance and were a great story around the league.

This season, I think it’s a no-brainer—the Edmonton Oilers.

continued

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The Eastern Outlook

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Montreal Gazette,

With National Hockey League teams opening training camp this week, here’s a look at how the Eastern Conference teams stack up.

Buffalo Sabres

Stories to watch: Buffalo seemingly keeps losing players and not replacing them. Last summer, Daniel Brière and Chris Drury bolted. They shipped Brian Campbell out at the trade deadline for Steve Bernier. Bernier was traded to the Canucks for a pair of draft picks this summer. ... Will fans continue to flock to the HSBC Arena given the team’s propensity for dumping high-priced talent?

more

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Canucks “Capable Of Great Things”

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

“It reminds a bit of two years ago when I got here,” Luongo said Monday following his first informal skate with teammates at Burnaby 8-Rinks.

“There were a lot of new faces and a lot of people didn’t know what to expect and we ended up having a great season. I get that same feeling a bit this year.

“I think guys are going to be excited to play and once we all get together and play as a team, I think we’re capable of great things.”

read on

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  Tags: roberto+luongo

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