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“There is an expectation on my part and I think in the community at large that we share the same goal.  My ambition is to win a Stanley Cup. I think we’ve got the personalities in place from management, coaching and players, so I look for a great season.

“I’ll be disappointed in anything less than that.”

-Bruins Owner Jeremy Jacobs via Rich Thompson of the Boston Herald.

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Panthers In A Hurry To Sign Kulikov

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from George Richards of the Miami Herald,

The Panthers are at the deadline to sign rookie defenseman Dmitry Kulikov, and if they don’t, the 18-year-old would have to be returned to his junior team in Quebec on Tuesday. Kulikov is negotiating a buyout of his contract with the Russian professional league. Until that happens, he cannot sign with the Panthers.

``I don’t really have an update, but we have until [Tuesday] to get him released and signed, and we are working on it,’’ acting general manager Randy Sexton said. ``There is a little time zone difference. His agents are in New York and the Russians are in Moscow. So it takes a little time to work through.’‘

The Panthers want to sign Kulikov and see him try to take the seventh spot on defense. This year’s first-round pick has looked like he belongs in the NHL—at least through his first five exhibition games.


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All Zetterberg - Swedish Style

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from Per Bjurman of the Sports Bladet (transferred below)

Thus it is established that the best Swede in NHL named Henrik Zetterberg.

For so many crushing, of a total of 161, said that of “Zäta” on the question of which of our transatlantic stars being the highest class.

- Thank you for the award. But I myself would have put my voice on “Lidas,” (Lidstrom) says 28-year-old Medelpad no when Sportbladet talk to him before the Sweden-visit and a season in which he wants revenge.

No, Henrik Zetterberg did not sneeze at all about that 102 colleagues at home in the premier league voted for him in Sportbladet survey of the best NHL Swedes - and the nearest competitors and Nicklas Lidström Nicklas Bäckström did not come up in more than 17 votes each.

On the contrary.

- It will always be glad of such awards. Especially when other hockey players voted. It weighs a bit heavier than when journalists speak out.

- In addition, it’s fun to beat “Lidas” ...Humble

Continue Reading »

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How Team Canada Roster May Look

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail at CTV Olympics,

A projection of how the Canadian men’s 2010 Olympic hockey team could line up:

Forwards (LW-C-RW)
Eric Staal-Sidney Crosby-Jarome Iginla
Rick Nash-Ryan Getzlaf-Corey Perry
Dany Heatley-Joe Thornton-Jeff Carter
Brenden Morrow-Mike Richards-Shane Doan
Jonathan Toews

Scott Niedermayer-Shea Weber
Chris Pronger-Dan Boyle
Jay Bouwmeester-Robyn Regehr
Duncan Keith

Martin Brodeur
Roberto Luongo
Cam Ward

read on for reasons why…

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Transactions You May Have Missed Today

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TSN lists the transactions for the day, which by the way, were mentioned on the KK Twitter page throughout the day.

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Raycroft Gets Backup Job In Vancouver

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from the CP via TSN,

Goaltender Cory Schneider and former first-round draft pick Michael Grabner were among the players the Vancouver Canucks sent to the AHL’s Manitoba Moose on Monday.

Schneider, 23, the AHL goaltender of the year last season with the Moose, had battled with veteran Andrew Raycroft for the backup job behind Roberto Luongo.


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Leafs On A Youth Movement

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from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

A nice preseason means nothing when it comes to accumulating points for a possible return to the playoffs. But the speed in which Burke has closed the talent gap between Toronto and division rivals Ottawa, Buffalo, Boston and Montreal is astonishing.

Yes, the playoffs may still be a long shot, but we’re done trying to predict what Burke can’t do. He’s delivered on nearly everything else he set out to accomplish in Toronto. And he has done it in less than a year.

Adding young talent might be the one accomplishment that ultimately makes the biggest impact.

“All the young players have been contributors as the competition has gotten better and more difficult,” said Toronto’s senior vice president of hockey operations, Dave Nonis. “It bodes well for us long-term.”


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Stralman Traded To Columbus

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from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

The Blue Jackets have acquired defenseman Anton Stralman from the Calgary Flames for a third-round pick in the 2010 entry draft, The Dispatch has learned.


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How Georges Laraque Keep In Shape This Summer

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Thanks to Habs Inside/Out for the pointer…

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Afternoon Line

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“Three, four or five times a game he will do things with the puck better than anybody.  Offensively, when given time, he’s the smartest player we have. But the game is played without the puck, and you need the strength to defend, to go into the corner.”

-Coyotes GM Don Maloney on Kyle Turris.  More on Turris from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding.

In other Coyotes news, Ryan Hollweg signed a 1yr contract with them today.

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