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Lang Traded To Montreal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Chicago Blackhawks today announced the team has acquired a second round draft choice in the 2010 National Hockey League Entry Draft from the Montreal Canadiens (via the Toronto Maple Leafs) in exchange for center Robert Lang.

“Robert is a quality guy and we appreciate that he gave us everything that he had but this move gives one of our great young players an opportunity to step up,” Blackhawks General Manager Dale Tallon said. “We are excited about adding a second round draft pick in 2010 as we continue with our philosophy of building from within.”

Update 6:05pm ET (alanah): From the Habs

Canadiens General Manager Bob Gainey announced today the acquisition of forward Robert Lang from the Chicago Blackhawks, in return for a second-round selection in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft (acquired from Toronto along with Greg Pateryn, in return for Mikhaïl Grabovski, July 3, 2008).

The Canadiens also re-signed Patrice Brisebois today for one more year.

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  Tags: bob+gainey, patrice+brisebois, robert+lang

Worry About North America First

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from Ray Slover of the Sporting News,

Let’s admit this much: An NHL presence in Europe makes sense, if only to fend off the Continental Hockey League (KHL). We don’t need to see KHL czar Alexander Medvedev pounding a shoe at an IIHF conference to know there’s a cold war on between the old boys of the western world and the mother Russians.

But the last thing the NHL needs to do is pull its attention away from its own nest. At the risk of sounding protectionist and isolationist—but yes, I am a bit ist about this—Gary Bettman’s crew must take care of its own before it goes off on some overseas adventure.

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The Radulov Situation

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Radulov – caught in the middle of a fight that he couldn’t have anticipated and said to be weighing heavily on him – has, according to sources with knowledge of the situation, hinted that he would like to return to the NHL. That came to light in an interview between Paul Kelly, the NHLPA executive director, and Toronto radio personality Bill Watters on Thursday. What hasn’t been reported yet is Radulov’s preferred timetable – not necessarily now, but by the start of next season. That’s partly because the regular season is under way in the KHL; Radulov has already received substantial bonus monies up front and feels an obligation to play it out in Ufa, for this year anyway.

Ideally, he would like to negotiate some sort of settlement between the Predators and Ufa in the interim that would permit him to do just that - play a year in Russia and then return to the NHL for the start of the 2009-10.

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  Tags: alexander+radulov

Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

“I think all your viewers know that hockey is the greatest game in the whole wide world. It’s actually not a game. It’s a religion. So I think you can understand it’s a religious obligation to be involved in the game. It’s fun, it’s a passion. I play it regularly. I played it Friday night, and I’ll play a couple of times this week. It’s passion.”

—Jim Balsillie speaking to Tech Check at CNBC this week, when asked about his continuing aspirations to own a NHL team

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  Tags: jim+balsillie, rim

Looking At The Atlantic

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from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

As training camps convene across the land, we continue with our tour of each division and the pressing questions that await each team. So far, we’ve covered the Northeast, Southeast, Northwest and Pacific. Now let’s dive into the Atlantic, where the going promises to be choppy for the majority of its five inhabitants.

Coming off a surprise trip to the Eastern Conference Finals, Flyers GM Paul Holmgren settled for a few minor roster tweaks, mostly cap-related, to improve his team’s chances in 2008-09. But even without a big move, his lineup looks to be much improved this season, thanks to the return of perennial All-Star Gagne, who can key the first-line offense.

Assuming, of course, that he’s physically able.

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Lucic’s Great Expectations

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Matt Kalman at the New England Hockey Journal,

imageToday after [Milan] Lucic and more than two dozen Bruins veterans, rookies and prospects took part in an hour-long captains’ practice at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, the rugged left winger explained how this year is different from last year.

“Obviously, it’s a little bit different because you kind of know what to expect going into your second season,” said Lucic, whose play in last year’s training camp forced the Bruins to make the decision not to send him back to junior hockey. “And I think, obviously, the first season went pretty well for me and you just want to build on it, try to get better and better. That’s a big thing for me, just to get better every day.”

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Lucic was also featured prominently earlier this week when he modeled the new Bruins 3rd jerseys. More on that at Icethetics and Hub Hockey, the source of the photo.

 

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Filatov Will Miss Rookie Camp With Leg Injury

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Columbus Blue Jackets forward Nikita Filatov will be sidelined 10 to 14 days due to a lower leg injury and will miss the team’s rookie camp to be held in Traverse City, Michigan over the next five days, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today.

“Nikita has an old injury that is bothering him, so he will not accompany our rookie team to Traverse City for the NHL Prospects Tournament,” said Howson.  “He’ll rehab the injury here and be re-evaluated in the next 10 days to two weeks.”

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Backstrom Questionable For Opening Of Camp

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from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,

Nicklas Backstrom suffered a sprained ankle yesterday when he collided with the goal, General Manager George McPhee confirmed moments ago. Backstrom stayed down for a few seconds, then skated off the rink gingerly.

Backstrom was seen walking with a pretty pronounced limp later in the day and he didn’t skate this morning.

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“Scampy” to the Hall of Fame

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Evan Weiner at NHL.com:

Scapinello will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Nov. 10 for his body of work, which included 2,500 regular-season games and 426 playoff games, all consecutive, as he never missed a game between 1971 and 2004. He was called the best linesman in the game in 20 of his 33 seasons; he worked 20 Stanley Cup Finals and three All-Star Games. He also worked the 1998 Winter Olympics. But according to Morel, Scapinello was one of those guys who made training camp fun.

“He juggled, he was pretty good,” said Morel. “He was pretty agile. He was good on a one-wheeled bike. Sometimes he brought that to training camp and show us what he did during that summer to practice that balance and it was OK.”

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Of Note: Scapinello published a book last year titled, Between the Lines: Not-So-Tall Tales From Ray “Scampy” Scapinello’s Four Decades in the NHL

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  Tags: referees

Goals & Expectations Higher For Predators

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from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

When the Predators’ season ended last April, owner David Freeman looked forward to an offseason in which the organization could hone its marketing skills and cement local business ties….

“This is going to be a year where our goals are higher and our expectations are higher,’’ Freeman said. “Just hitting 14,000 is not going to put a smile on our face and neither will losing in the first round of the playoffs. This is the year we hope to take that next step.

“We’re trying to build a franchise with long-term stability and long-term prosperity. We know that winning is important and we know that having a full house is important.’’

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