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“I want to act as a leader and make sure that the team achieve its goals. The pressure does not at all frighten me and I know that expectations are very high.”

“We have accomplished a lot last year and worked so hard to get there. We now know what we are capable and we believe we can beat all teams.”

-Alexei Kovalev, translated from an RDS story today.

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Autograph Seeker

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from Ace Burpee of the Winnipeg Sun,

It’s been a while since I’ve been dead-set on approaching someone for an autograph, but this past Wednesday I was in the same room as Bobby Hull for the first time in my life. I was actually nervous, which hasn’t happened since I first met Bob Irving.

A five-pack on meeting Bobby Hull:...

3. How charitable is Bobby Hull? He signed two autographs for me ... one “To Ace, All the Best, Bobby Hull” ... the other dedicated to nobody in case I wanted to sell it on eBay. That’s not my thing, but I do now possess a 20-dollar bill signed by Bobby should the right charity angle come along.

1. If I had scored over 900 goals between the NHL and WHA, I’d wear a rug too. He’s earned the right.

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Equipment Stories

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StarPhoenix reporter Cory Wolfe gets personal with a sports figure. Today, Chicago Blackhawks equipment manager Troy Parchman gets cornered….

The SP: OK, imagine this. The Pittsburgh Penguins are playing Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final at Chicago’s United Center. Sidney Crosby’s skate loses an edge in the third overtime and the Penguins’ skate sharpener seizes up at the most inopportune time. Do you help him?

Parchman: We would. In the old days, there were stories—especially in the playoffs—of one team trying to screw the other. But nowadays, you’d give (the other team) your portable. It would still take them probably 15 or 20 minutes to get that portable and get it set up. I don’t think I’d let them into my room to use my machine, but I’d lend them the portable.

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Message Is Clear In Ottawa - Team Trust

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Senators GM Bryan Murray said yesterday that he’s talked with several teams about potential trades, but doesn’t plan to make any roster changes prior to the start of training camp on Sept. 17.

“Right now, we’re planning to go with what we have,” said Murray. “We have a good hockey team. We’ve brought in some people that we believe in critical situations will perform for us….”

“The message to our team is: You can trust each other and you can trust us to want this team to have the proper reputation in the community. We certainly want to be strong together in the room and I don’t know where I could have found more stronger character people to put in the room.”

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Chicago Has A Few Options With Khabibulin

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from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Khabibulin has informed the Blackhawks he wants to play 60 games this season.

With newly signed Cristobal Huet soon to make his debut, that’s unlikely to happen.

Also unlikely is a team willing to give up more than a draft pick or a prospect for Khabibulin who has one year left at 6.75 million dollars.

Tallon isn’t desperate to move Khabibulin, but he is eager, and will patiently wait to see if an injury pops up around the league that may heighten interest….

If no deal surfaces, Chicago who will soon have cap issues of their own and may have to place the former Stanley Cup champ on waivers.

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Love The Wild?

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from HockeyJobs.NHL.com,

Summary: Represent the Minnesota Wild as the new team mascot at community relations, corporate, and marketing events and appearances

Responsibilities:

* Maintain appearance schedule working with community relations, corporate and marketing contacts with the Minnesota Wild organization
* Represent Minnesota Wild in mascot costume attending all scheduled appearances, events or programs

continued

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Report: Meszaros Signs Offer Sheet

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From Adam Proteau at The Hockey News,

Hours after Ottawa GM Bryan Murray held a news conference to announce the team was at a contractual impasse with restricted free agent defenseman Andrej Meszaros, The Hockey News has learned from a source close to the negotiations that Meszaros has agreed to a multi-year offer sheet with an average salary in excess of $5 million per season.

The team that has agreed to terms with the 22-year-old has yet to be confirmed.

When contacted by The Hockey News, Murray wouldn’t confirm the report.

continued…

Note: Meszaros report earlier today on KK

*thanks to the reader who dropped us a note about this

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Jussi Jokinen Could Fit In Nashville

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from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding,

No one is going to convince Nashville fans that Jussi Jokinen would be an adequate replacement for the loss of Alexander Radulov.

But the truth is that Jokinen could end being Nashville’s most attractive Plan B next week when it will be forced into suspending Radulov for violating his contract by agreeing to play in the souped-up Continental Hockey League in Russia.

continued

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Players Headed South

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from David Staples at the Cult of Hockey,

Lowe’s sweet tooth is for players who are heading into the non-peak years of their careers.

In recent times, Lowe has ardently pursued such players as Laraque, Michael Nylander, Ryan Malone, Marian Hossa and Sheldon Souray.

These players have two things in common:

1. They were all, once, outstanding contributors in the NHL. 

2. They are all either on the wrong side of 30, or are soon going to be, and thus are heading into the years of their NHL careers where they are much more likely to be broken down and injured, playing far below their peak level of play.

If you look closely at Hossa’s play, he is already falling off, as Jonathan Willis reported at Copper & Blue. At even strength, Ales Hemsky outscored Hossa on a per minutes basis last year. “This is a guy talked about as an elite producer, and he simply isn’t,” Willis said of Hossa.

more as related to the Oilers…

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Babcock Talks Lines

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from Craig Custance’s Blog at the Sporting News,

When you’re hunting elephants, lions and leopards, where you’re going to skate Marian Hossa probably isn’t your top priority. I’m guessing staying alive takes precedence. But Detroit coach Mike Babcock is back from a hunting trip to Tanzania and he must have thought about Hossa somewhere along the way because he told me today he has a good idea how the lines will shake out in Detroit.

“I’ll start Hossa with [Pavel] Datsyuk and [Tomas] Holmstrom and [Johan] Franzen, [Henrik] Zetterberg and [Jiri] Hudler will start together,” Babcock said. “Then you go [Dan] Cleary, [Valtteri] Filppula and [Mikael] Samuelsson. That’s as good as any third line in hockey.”

continued with more NHL topics…

added 4:13pm, Ken Holland was on Fan590 a few hours ago.  A 15 minute interview, talking numerous topics.  Listen here.

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