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Avery Didn’t Have A Chance This Year

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Broooks of the NY Post, 

Sean Avery never had a chance, never was given a chance to make this year’s Rangers, so what in the world was the organization doing dragging him around Europe for a week before delivering the news on the flight here yesterday from Switzerland that his run on Broadway had come to an end?

“That’s not for me to say,” coach John Tortorella said at the team hotel last night in explaining the decision to place the 31-year-old winger on waivers he surely will clear at noon today. “I don’t want to play GM here.”

Fair enough, but it was surely on Tortorella’s say that Avery never got a sniff throughout a camp during which he skated with minor leaguers. It was almost humorous to hear the coach say, as he did more than once, “Sean had a strong camp,” because with Tortorella essentially choosing his top 12 forwards before the team convened, Avery was not allowed to have a strong enough camp that this decision would have become untenable.


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Reinhart Brothers Could Be a WHL Story Of The Year

Blog: Oil Patch By Lisa Brown

The WHL has been the starting point for many NHL careers; it’s a dream held by most players in the league. For the three Reinhart brothers, Max, Griffin and Sam that dream is a little closer to home than for others. The Reinhart brothers are sons of Paul Reinhart, former Calgary Flame and this year all three brothers are playing in the WHL.

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Video- Boston Bruins Receive Their Rings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Players, management and owner react to the rings.

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Dallas Close To The Cap Floor With Avery Being Waived

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

The Stars were originally under the impression that Sean Avery’s salary cap hit would remain no matter what happened, but they found out today that if Avery does go to the minors (the NY Rangers have placed him on waivers), that his $1.9 million would come off of their salary cap.

That could have them dancing perilously close to the salary cap floor of $48.3 million, but the Stars say they should be fine.


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A Look At Ovechkin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

Look at the players taken first overall right around him: Marc-Andre Fleury (2003), Crosby (2005) and Patrick Kane (2007) have already been critical components of a Stanley Cup champion team. Eric Staal, Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, Malkin and Jonathan Toews are franchise players of Ovechkin’s generation who’ve done it, too. And Stamkos also trends upward.

It is ludicrous to solely blame him for Washington’s failure to carry the Cup, so far. And I cannot disagree enough with the idea that Ovechkin doesn’t want to win. But why have many of the players listed above soared while he has stagnated? Because he has not invested enough in improving his game or learning how to win.

Let’s use Crosby as an example. Every summer, he’s concentrated on something to make his game better. As a rookie, his faceoff percentage was 46 per cent. Last year, he was 14th in the NHL at 56 per cent before the injury. When he thought he was becoming too easy to defend, he worked on his shot to become a more dangerous scorer.

Where do you look at Ovechkin and say, “Wow, he’s really improved at that in five years?”

more plus 30 Thoughts too…

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Franson Not Thrilled With Apparent Benching For Game 1

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

Cody Franson thought he came here to make a difference on defence, not to sit on the bench.

But after all the talk of the Maple Leafs pulling off a coup in the trade with Nashville for the 6-foot-5 Franson — and the player’s own excitement at coming back to the hockey town where his family wanted him — he is picking out civilian clothes for Thursday’s NHL opener. He was once more the seventh man at Tuesday’s MasterCard Centre practice, behind pre-camp long shots such as Mike Komisarek and Jake Gardiner.

“It didn’t look too good out there for me today,” a sullen Franson said. “I had a lot of confidence coming in here, but apparently I didn’t show up well enough in camp or something. It’s frustrating. I mean, I don’t know what’s going to happen, but right now, I’m not too thrilled about it.”


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David Steckel Now Property Of The Toronto Maple Leafs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

The Devils traded center David Steckel to Toronto for a fourth-round draft choice today.

In 18 games with the Devils last season, the 25-year-old Wisconsin native had one goal. Steckel was traded to the Devils from the Capitals this past February.

“What has transpired in training camp with young players like Adam Henrique, we want to give the proper (ice) time to them,” Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said. “Brad Mills also had an excellent camp.

“We’re going to look into what we can do with Petr Sykora. He could be a center and Henrique could be a center.”

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Remember To Tune-In To Center Ice Free Preview

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pete Dougherty of the TimesUnion,

In Demand has announced an 18-day free preview of its “NHL Center Ice” package beginning with the regular-season openers Thursday night.

The preview for the out-of-market subscription package will run Oct. 6-23. Digital cable and satellite subscribers can access up to 40 live games per week across 14 channels.

Customers who order the package by Oct. 30 will receive an early-bird price of $171.80 (four payments of $42.95).

Among the features this season:


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Flyers Save Cap Money By Sending Brayden Schenn To Minors

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Sources say Philadelphia Flyers forward Brayden Schenn has been informed he will be temporarily assigned to the AHL and the motivation behind this move is 100% cap specific.

Schenn’s contract, negotiated by the Los Angeles Kings will pay him $900,000 this year, plus $850,000 in entry level ‘A’ bonuses for a total of $1.75 million, however Schenn has substantial ‘B’ bonuses included in his deal that would be very cap unfriendly to the Flyers.


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Atlantic Division Predictions

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

I am continuing with my regular season predictions today.  My West Conference predictions are here and my Northeast Division is here.  Today I move onto the Atlantic Division.

1. Pittsburgh Penguins - They tied for the point lead in the division last year despite losing their top two scorers to injury for significant periods of time.  Evgeni Malkin is back and should be healthy.  Sidney Crosby has yet to fully recover from his concussion but should be ready for more than 41 games this year.  James Neal, Chris Kunitz and Jordan Staal are some of the top depth forwards.  On defence, Kris Letang had a breakout year last season.  Paul Martin, Zbynek Michalek and Brooks Orpik provide some solid play in their own zone.  Marc-Andre Fleury is a good goalie, but he is a tier below the top in the game.  If the Penguins stars are healthy they will have little trouble winning the division.  The biggest question is Sidney Crosby’s health.

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