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Sick of Summer

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Paul Kukla at NHL.com:

I am tired of the summer lists: Best teams since July 1. Teams that still need help. Coaches on the hot seat.

I’ve had enough of the gossip: So and so was spotted at the coffee shop and was wearing an opposing team’s hat. This player is dating this celeb, or was spotted holding hands with a movie star/model/singer in Hawaii. I heard from a trusted source he is going to sign with…

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Looking Ahead To Training Camp

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Toth at Sportsnet,

NHL camps, on the other hand, don’t get going until next month but there’s nothing that says we can’t offer up a few pre pre-season puck predictions….

5. Forget about the fact that Detroit has captured four Cups in the last 11 years. The real reason to fear the Red Wings is their penchant for making everybody else in the league look stupid. Motown is famous for taking late round draft picks such as Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg and turning them into stars. Their latest project? Jonathan Ericsson, a swift skating Swedish defenseman who the Wings grabbed with the very last pick of the 2002 draft. Ericsson is now being groomed to make his Detroit debut and it’s these kind of savvy moves that will allow the Wings to keep the Cup when the play-offs roll around.

read on for 9 more NHL bits…

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The Game She Loves

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Courtnee James of the Detroit Free Press,

“Since I was such a huge fan of hockey, and I always played with my brothers, my dad recommended that I join the league,” Abraham said. “It was definitely a challenge. Playing with my brothers made it easier for me, and when I had doubts, my parents would tell me that it would get better.”

Her mother, Stacy Abraham, recalls the emotion her daughter felt when she first began playing:

“She was intimidated. All the players were much older than she, and they were guys. Claire felt like they couldn’t relate. But when she was down, I would just tell her that hockey was her favorite sport. She knew the game just as well as they did so get out there and play.”

Along with her family, Claire Abraham had others who offered encouragement, including some of the guys in the hockey league.

Last year, they suggested she attend a summer camp for young people with all forms of muscular dystrophy.

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Nagy Heads To Russia

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

Left wing Ladislav Nagy views his decision to sign a $5.6 million, two-year deal to play in the Russian Super League as a temporary stop and not a long-term plan.

“Nagy fully intends to come back to the NHL if he can find a situation where he will be given the minutes in order to produce at the elite level he is capable of,” said his agent, Matt Keator….

“The level of talent in Russia is improving every year with top NHL players heading over there,” Keator said. “It has become a viable option for players to play at a high level and be very well compensated. As this league grows and matures, it will pose more and more competition to the NHL for players.”

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Is Soderberg Heading To North America

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Despite a report yesterday on a Swedish hockey website, the Bruins aren’t planning to see Carl Soderberg, their top European prospect, here in Boston when training camp opens Sept. 19….

Chiarelli said he spoke yesterday with agent J.P. Barry, Elefalk’s partner in North America, and Barry was unaware of any change in Soderberg’s plans. Barry, according to Chiarelli, said Elefalk was traveling in Spain and could not be reached immediately. Chiarelli said he left voice mail and email messages for Elefalk, but as of late yesterday afternoon, Elefalk had not responded.

“Right now, nothing’s changed; I don’t think he’s coming over,” said Chiarelli. “Who knows, maybe he’s changed his mind, but we’ve had no indication of it.”

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I am surprised Barry gave that response, I expected something like, “We are not even sure if he wants to play next season.”

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Crawford Points At Bertuzzi

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star,

Former Vancouver coach Marc Crawford claims that Todd Bertuzzi acted in “direct disobedience” to instructions from the Canucks bench during the March 8, 2004 NHL game in which he attacked Colorado forward Steve Moore, breaking his neck and ending his career, according to court documents obtained by the Toronto Star.

Crawford, in documents filed with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, pleads that the Vancouver coaching staff was trying to get Bertuzzi off the ice before his infamous sucker punch on Moore.

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81 In Red and White

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Not sure if the Pensblog boys have caught this one yet.  I’m sure it’s an image that will bring them nothing but sunshine and puppy-like joy.

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KHL Wants To Pay Compensation For Radulov Contract

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The KHL attempts to buy-out the contract of Alexander Radulov, Bill Daly says the NHL will not even consider it in a story from the AP via the Globe and Mail.

Update 3:07pm ET: More from John Glennon at The Tennessean

The NHL has no choice but to play hardball in the Alexander Radulov case, because of a couple of reasons.

First of all, one of its teams has taken a severe and unexpected hit, faced with the prospect of losing one of the more talented young forwards in the game. Second, the NHL has to fight precedent, because if Radulov is allowed to play in Russia this season, there’s no telling which young European star might next be tempted by a big offer while still under contract.

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Reaching The Summit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Anaheim Ducks,

At the beginning of September, Ducks Senior Manager of Corporate Partnerships Bonner Paddock will attempt a monumental feat: climbing to the 20,000-foot summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, the largest free-standing mountain in the world.

The challenge is demanding for any human, notably for Paddock, who has battled with cerebral palsy his entire life. During birth, his umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck, and as a result he suffered damage to the portion of his brain that controls his equilibrium.

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Teams Take Different Directions

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Eliot at Sports Illustrated,

Teams typically follow the wave of success on the ice as well and retool and retrench accordingly. But this year it isn’t as clear as to what type of team will lead to the ultimate prize. The Ducks won the Stanley Cup in 2007 with a bruising, brawling style, while the 2008 Detroit championship team was all about skating, passing and puck possession. No one will deny that both teams had the requisite blend of skilled veterans and emerging stars….

So, plodding and marauding on the blueline is definitely giving way to passing and pushing the pace from the back end. But up front, teams seem divided. For instance, the Capitals pummeled their way into the playoffs with a group of big, bruising, banging forwards leading the way. The Flames got bigger and grittier this summer by adding Rene Bourque, Curtis Glencross and Todd Burtuzzi. And certainly the Stars believe in the sand paper approach to hockey success, adding grandiose grit-disturber Sean Avery to a team that already has up-ice edginess provided by captain Brendan Morrow and Steve Ott.

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