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Ozolinsh Now Motivated

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Mercury News,

Finding a new home in the NHL was Ozolinsh’s goal when he began training over the summer, and he gives the usual reasons why that is important to him: love of the game, pursuit of the Stanley Cup.

But there is another as well.

Suggest to him that maybe it has something to do with his legacy, about not having his final NHL moments be those rough ones with the Rangers, and he looks up and smiles.

“Exactly.”

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Rookie Dman Impressive In Columbus

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Columbus Dispatch,

Kris Russell, the Blue Jackets’ prized 20-year-old defenseman, has what they call “hockey sense.” What is this rare quality? It’s difficult to give a complete answer, but for those who possess the quality, the game seems logical.

“It’s amazing watching him,” Rick Nash said as he watched Russell from the press box in Nationwide Arena on Sunday night, when the Jackets played an exhibition against the Buffalo Sabres….

Russell is in his third Blue Jackets camp, trying to make the big club right out of juniors. He’s dealing with bigger, faster players coming at him at a speed he has rarely encountered. Most defensemen need years of seasoning before their decision-making processes, and their confidence, are up to NHL standards. Russell is an exception. He has a cool head. And he has been the Jackets’ best defenseman, bar none, to this point in training camp. They can’t cut him. He won’t be in Syracuse. Watch.

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New York Fight Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

To Rick DiPietro, it was simply a matter of “the intensity being ratcheted up against the Rangers, no matter where or when we play them.”

To Al Montoya, it was simply a matter of, “basically not really having a choice, but sticking up for my teammates even though I’d rather have been in the [game] to showcase my talents.”

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Check out the goalie fight…

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Opportunity Lost

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I can only find one reference to it, and it’s far from definitive.

Tonight could have marked the return of former Wing Brendan Shanahan to Joe Louis Arena, but no such drama.

Shanahan was in the lineup Monday when the Rangers played the New York Islanders in Long Island.

Like many NHL teams, the Rangers prefer not to play veterans on consecutive nights in the exhibition season.

Just come out and say it Ted.  Shanahan’s not playing.  He doesn’t say so because he doesn’t know, and he doesn’t know because he didn’t ask.  Ted Kulfan assumes Brendan Shanahan’s not playing, and that assumption is probably correct.  But I guarantee he didn’t make the phone call to find out, because if he had he would have written this:  Brendan Shanahan won’t be in the lineup for the Rangers tonight. 

 

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2007 Wing Preview:  Stand by for 11

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I had this season preview nearly finished about thirty minutes ago, then I started thinking about that Dive fan ripping that duck’s head off.  Did it bother some of us?  Of course it did.  No one wants to see a ducky treated like that in public, even though it happens half a million times each day by allegedly sober people in whatever places they breed ducks so that Dive fans can eat said duck with their cold white wine between periods. 

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“A Sure Thing”

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from The Maven at MSG Network,

There will be another NHL expansion and you can put your money on Las Vegas as being the 31st team. The reasons why Sin City has the lead are many. Start with the fact that it would be very difficult for ownership to reject a HUGE entrance fee which would top anything the league has known. Plus a new rink is going up in LV and the very influential Phil Anschutz is behind the move.

more bits from Stan…

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Bad Time For Ducks In London

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Whicker of the OC Register,

It’s not that the Ducks and Kings shouldn’t play twice in Europe, but not two regular-season games. And not in England. If you’ve ever been there, you know how little use they have for ice.

Two exhibitions in Sweden or the Czech Republic or even Russia would have been perfect. The NHL has very little to gain in the U.K. besides the odd jersey sale.

If the league wanted to make any splash in Britain, it should have recruited the Phoenix Coyotes, coached by Wayne Gretzky, whose name might ring a faint bell with someone.

That would have satisfied the need for a Western team to suffer approximately the same hardship the Kings will. Certainly the fact that the Kings’ owners also own the arena in London was not enough reason for the Ducks to sign up.

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Also from the OC Register… The Bertuzzi Effect...

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Heatley Looking For $8.5M

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk is expected to meet with Dany Heatley’s agent, J.P. Barry on Thursday in Ottawa.

And based on preliminary discussions, the Senators are aware of Heatley’s expectations.

It’s believed that Heatley is seeking an average salary of $8.5 million and a multi-year term similar to what Daniel Briere, Chris Drury and Scott Gomez agreed to this summer.

The question is, will Eugene Melnyk pay it?

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Renney on Kasparaitis Waiver Decision

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Rangers Report,

“We’re trying to help him,” Renney said. “I don’t see Kaspar playing hockey for us, and we’ll do everything we can to help him play somewhere else. And if not, he’ll go to Hartford, and in the kind of condition he’s in, and the mental approach he’s taken, you never know.”

I asked Renney if he still thought Kasparaitis could play at the NHL level, and the coach said he believed he could. Bear in mind it’s in the Rangers’ best interest to have another team pick him up off waivers, so it wouldn’t make sense for the coach to elaborate on all of Kasparaitis’ deficiencies. But the answer merits passing on.

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Horcoff Understands The Message

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP,

“What we’re talking about is 5-on-5 ice for (Horcoff),” MacTavish said after the win over the Flames. “Maybe his role will be more important, more impactful for us if he is playing on a second or third line. The minutes will be there ... but maybe at the start of the game his name isn’t with Hemsky and with Penner.

“We need a dynamic scorer, and Horc, for all his strengths, is not an 100-point guy, so we’re going to entertain thoughts of looking at somebody else, at times, 5-on-5.”

Horcoff heard MacTavish loud and clear.

“It’s motivating,” he said. “There’s only a handful of 100-point guys in the league.

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