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Denis On The Comeback Trail

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Neil Hodge of the Times & Transcript,

Marc Denis has fallen upon hard times in his National Hockey League career and it’s unclear what the future holds for the 31-year-old goaltender. The Tampa Bay Lightning cut ties with him in late June when they decided to buy out the final year of a contract that was scheduled to pay him $3 million next season.

That made him a free agent and one week later he signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Montreal Canadiens where he’s expected to battle for the backup job. His paycheque next season will depend on whether he’s in the NHL or American Hockey League.

“To me, this is the start of the process to rebuild my game,’’ he said yesterday following a workout at the Tim Hortons 4-Ice Centre. “Some might say that I’ve lost some parts of my game over the course of the last two seasons.

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Ron MacLean Handles Mom’s Death

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

MacLean’s voice came close to breaking once or twice, but it never did. He seemed to try to explain why he stayed at Beijing rather than leave the Olympic city and return home to be at his mother’s side.

Were we witnessing guilt as well as grief? Whatever the case, it was authentic, personal and moving.

“I don’t want to jar you with this news,” he said. “But I just got the word about my mom, who is 82 years old. Succumbed to pancreatic cancer. Mom’s condition has been tough for about a year now. But she broke her hip on the eve of the opening ceremony and, if you know anything about cancer, once that trauma was added to the weight of her circumstance, it was a very difficult last 14 days.”

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Preds Want Radulov Back By September 1st

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jessica Hopp of the Tennessean,

“We know he signed over in Russia but we are asking him to reconsider and to make a decision to come back,” Poile said. “… We feel Alex is a very, very good young player with a great future ahead of him. We feel he got some bad advice in this situation and hope eventually he will want to return to play with best players in the world in the best league in the world.

“But having said that, we don’t want to force him to come back until he wants to come back. That is not good for Alex or for his teammates. As of Sept. 1, we’re moving on.”

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Fantasy Projections - ESPN Style

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

1.Martin Brodeur NJ G

2009 Outlook: With more time shares and uncertainty emerging in the goaltender ranks, how can we not put the game’s best at the top of the pile? Brodeur is consistently among the league leaders in all three important goaltending categories and has shown no signs of slowing down. The philosophy in New Jersey hasn’t appeared to change much as most signings or re-signings—with the exception of Brian Rolston’s—have been defensive in nature. The Devils will try to pot a few goals and leave the rest up to Marty.

continue and have fun!

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All Waddell

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ben Wright at AtlantaThrashers.com,

Thrashers General Manager and Executive Vice President Don Waddell recently sat down with atlantathrashers.com for an exclusive one-on-one interview to discuss the reshaping of the team. Here is what the Thrashers general manager had to say.

Q. If training camp started today would you be happy to go into it with this group of players?

A. I’d be 100% content. First of all we’re going to have some younger players in the lineup and that’s a great opportunity for them and for our franchise. You look at defense with Enstrom being a second year player and Nic Havelid coming off a very good season last year. Adding a guy like Hainsey back there who can really move the puck will make a big difference. We’ve seen what Boris Valabik did in those last games down the stretch when he was here. Along with Ex and Kenny Klee we’re better on defense.

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“We made strides by signing different players to long-term deals. We just signed (Joffrey) Lupul, (Jeff) Carter’s here for a couple of years and the players we have, everyone gets along so the (dressing) room’s doing well. I think we’re just going to evolve as a team as we get older,” said the Flyers alternate captain and No. 1 centre.

“We made good strides last year in the playoffs and hopefully we can just move forward from there.”

-Mike Richards in Thunder Bay’s Source where you can read more from Mike…

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Media Speculation: Ethan Moreau Involved in Accident

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Vancouver Sun,

Vancouver police are investigating a hit-and-run that may have involved the captain of the Edmonton Oilers hockey team.

Media is reporting Ethan Moreau was a passenger in a vehicle involved in a collision that occurred downtown very early on Thursday, Aug. 14.

Const. Jana McGuinness, a spokeswoman for the Vancouver police, wouldn’t confirm the hockey player was in a vehicle that backed into a motorcycle shortly after midnight on the 800-block of Burrard Street.

continued…

Update 4:33pm ET: From Sportsnet, confirmation—

Alan Watt, vice-president of communications for the Oilers, confirmed to Sun Media that Moreau was in the vehicle but that he was not the driver.

 

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Talent Overflow

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Nope. I’m not talking about the roster.  I’m talking front office.

While the Diggers napped, Craig Custance stirred a little vinegar in your coffee this morning.  The Emperor found it at the Sporting News Today (fancy).

Paul broke this Holland quote out, “He’s probably getting to the point where he’s just about ready to run his own team.”  If you didn’t click, you might have missed the next line from Tick Tock regarding Steve Yzerman.

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Perron Understands The NHL Way

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Pinkert of StLouisBlues.com,

(David) Perron admits that having limited playing time as a rookie was hard. He says he wanted to play every game, but insists that learning to deal with adversity is a big part of becoming a pro.

“You just let the coaches make the decision and when you’re on the ice, you play hockey and do your best,” he said. “That’s how I managed to play better in the last part of the season.”

Perron is using the summer to improve his game in hopes of contributing more this upcoming season. As he continued to autograph team posters, he said he’d like to improve his all-around skill, have a quicker shot and a better one timer. He wants to get stronger without losing his agility, and of course, he’d like to score more goals.

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Barry Melrose vs Tampa Fans

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Craig Custance at the Sporting News,

SN: What was the reaction in Tampa from fans when you were hired?

Melrose: A lot of people there were still mad at me for 2004. Supposedly, I made derogatory remarks about Tampa Bay. If people remember you saying it, it doesn’t matter if you said it. That was fun. [...]

SN: So what did you supposedly say in 2004 that has fans in Tampa so riled up?

Melrose: That Tampa didn’t have a chance (in the Stanley Cup final), not nearly as good as Calgary. That was nuts—I picked Tampa Bay. I don’t know what was going on. If they think you said it, you said it.

read on

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