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Islanders Forgot About DiPietro At Home Opener

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Katie Strang of Isles Files at Newsday,

First and foremost, Rick DiPietro absolutely did not decline to be a part of last night’s introduction ceremony.

Essentially, it was an oversight and here’s what Islanders President Chris Dey had to say on the matter:

“We made a mistake and left Rick out of the introductions. It was nothing intentional, but we are glad to hear that fans wanted to hear him introduced by the team,” Dey said. “We are all looking forward to his return to the lineup.”

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Report- Panthers Will Sign Dominic Moore

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,

The Panthers have agreed to a one-year contract with free agent center Dominic Moore. The signing is expected to be announced by the team Monday.

“He’s really excited about it,” Moore’s agent, Larry Kelly, who also represents Panthers defenseman Bryan Allen, told the Sun Sentinel on Sunday. “He thinks it’s a huge opportunity to play for Peter DeBoer.”

Kelly said he had been talking with about four teams about Moore.

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Modano Will Have Test On Sore Ribs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Richard Durrett at the Dallas Stars Blog at ESPN,

Stars coach Marc Crawford said Mike Modano hurt his rib in Saturday’s game and that he will get some X-rays on Monday to determine the severity of the injury. Modano did not practice Sunday, but did get treatment.

“Right at the end of the game, he was speared to get a loose puck away from him and it hit him exactly right or exactly wrong,” Crawford said. “He’ll have a scan tomorrow and we’ll see where it’s at.”


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Prediction: East Conference

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

As the final entry in my pre-season preview, I will look at the predicted standings in the East Conference.  My West Conference predictions are here.  The Northeast Division is here, the Atlantic Division is here and the Southest Division is here

Here is my predicted standings for the East Conference:

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Prediction: Southeast Division

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

I have come to the final division in my pre-season previews.  Today I will do the Southeast Division.  The Atlantic Division is here, the Northeast Division is here and the West Conference is here.

Here is my predicted order of finish in the Southeast Division:

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Sabres Will Be Tougher This Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

General Manager Darcy Regier isn’t going to win executive of the year for his work in the offseason, but at least he made an attempt to address obvious flaws when he signed winger Mike Grier and defenseman Steve Montador. They give the Sabres a stronger backbone without getting involved in senseless scraps found in the schoolyard.

To me, that’s toughness.

It’s a minor change that could make a significant difference for a team that had too many listless nights a year ago. Talent wasn’t the issue. The Sabres had enough to make the playoffs last season. Their lack of aggression, lack of competitiveness, lack of heart ultimately sabotaged their season.


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Islanders Can Learn From The Penguins

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

They were gone, plain and simple. One of the best NHL teams of the last 30 years was packed up and ready to leave its only home,  frustrated by the politics of trying to get a new arena.

“It is time to take control of our own destiny,” the team’s owner said at the time. “We will begin to explore options in cities outside Pennsylvania.”

Mario Lemieux spoke those words a little less than three years ago.

If there’s still hope for the Islanders to stay on Long Island, to stay on the spot of land they’ve occupied for 35 years, the Penguins, last night’s opponent, could serve as the best example of that hope.

continued plus mor hockey topics…

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Early Signs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Gordon, the Hockey Guy at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Here are two things we learned for sure:

The Blues really do have the potential to move up the Western Conference pecking order this season, as the Red Wings found out.

And this side of the league will be hyper-competitive, as we saw when the lame duck Coyotes went to LA and spanked the Kings 6-3.

The Canucks and Red Wings are 0-2. The Avalanche, also-rans last year, are 2-0 — outscoring their first two opponents 8-2. New goaltender Craig Anderson is off to a fabulous start, offering a major upgrade at the vital position.


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Have The Ducks Lost Their Identity?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Whicker of the OC Register,

He was the elephant in the room, although he looked more like a giraffe.

Really, Chris Pronger was, and is, one of those mythical combo beasts, taller than any hockey player anyone had seen, with nostrils of fire, a cold stare, a shortage of remorse.

“When he walked in,” Todd Marchant said Friday, “you knew he was there.”

“Sure, he was intimidating,” Ryan Carter said. “I used to play him in video games. Now all of a sudden I’m on the ice and he’s playing behind me, and I’m thinking, boy, I better not mess this up.”

Now some 22-year-old in Philadelphia is feeling those feelings, hearing those gibes, dressing in a room where much of the air is taken up by the beast.


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The Best Of Saturday

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Top 5 goals from the action yesterday.

Below watch the Top 5 saves and the Best Of all the action on Saturday…

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