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The Best Of Chelios

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brian Costello of the Hockey News,

It’s nice to see Chris Chelios back for another season with the Detroit Red Wings.

At 46, Chelios is the oldest NHL player since Gordie Howe retired in 1980 at age 52. Now entering his 25th season, Chelios will one day retire with a number of standards that will never be matched.

Here are 10 of them. (Note: some are projected. Chelios will keep playing until 50.)

10. Win Stanley Cup titles 16 years apart: 1986 in Montreal and 2002 in Detroit.

continued and watch my favorite Chelios moment below (sorry Alanah)...

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Coming Soon

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from Kevin Allen of Mucking & Grinding,

With training camp now just a week away, here’s what you should expect to happen over the next few days:

1. The Atlanta Thrashers hope to land another defenseman, possibly even unrestricted free agent Marek Malik, although they are considering other options. They still plan to give rookie Zach Bogosian the opportunity to make the team.

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Canes Unveil Alternate Jerseys

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Carolina Hurricanes:

imageJim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today unveiled the team’s new alternate uniforms. The Hurricanes will wear the mostly-black uniforms for 15 home games this season, and the new Hurricanes third jerseys go on sale to the general public on Sunday, Sept. 21, at the team’s annual season kick-off event, the Caniac Carnival.

“We’re very proud of our traditional uniforms,” said Rutherford. “But after ten seasons in North Carolina and a lot of different ideas from our fans, we felt it was time to introduce an additional look for our team.”

continued… and click here for an enlarged image of the jersey

Update 2:59pm ET: This note from Slapshot at the NYT -

BTW, this sweater is different than what was described by Howard Berger in a late July blog post [on HockeyBuzz.com] that claimed to have descriptions of 18 different third jerseys.[...] We hate to say we told you so, but….

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“From what I read this summer, we are written off.  That’s fine; then we can sneak in and beat a lot of teams.”

-Toronto Head Coach Ron Wilson.  Read more on Wilson at Sportsnet, or listen to his interview on FAN 590 this morning.

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Hockey is a Small World

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Risto Pakarinen at NHL.com,

Hockey circles sure are small. They’re small in countries like Finland and Sweden, or the Czech Republic, and they’re small in the wide world of the NHL. All you have to do is take a look at the front offices in the NHL organizations to see how the pieces go together.

That’s just the way the world seems to be working regardless of the industry.

I was thinking about this today, after an event organized by the Swedish Elite League…

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The Franchise

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from Eric Stephens at NHL.com,

Burke calls him the “big dog” and expects him to one day succeed Chris Pronger as captain. Many players have taken to calling Getzlaf, “The Franchise.”

There are those who believe that Getzlaf, with his size and vast array of skills, can join Crosby and Ovechkin in the ranks of superstardom. Both Burke and coach Randy Carlyle have said that Getzlaf “can be as good as he wants to be.”

“In the NHL, the challenge is to be able to play to that level day in and day out,” Carlyle said. “To practice to that high level day in and day out.

“He’s done everything we’ve asked. We’ve had very, very few valleys with Ryan Getzlaf. We’ve had some peaks and maybe he’s taken a step back every once in a while. All in all, you’ve got to be very satisfied and very happy with his progress.”

more

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Wins & Losses

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from Mark Hermann of Newsday,

...with doors of training camp almost open and with hockey telecasts starting next week (the prospects tournament), it is worth noting that so much happens in the NHL offseason that you can keep score. So here goes:

Wins: In Markus Naslund, the Rangers have a good player in his prime. Although Wade Redden is neither a kid nor a future Hall of Famer, he is the kind of solid, skilled defenseman the team has craved. Hey, the Rangers didn’t have to trade anybody to get him.

Loss: The Maple Leafs have been in limbo all summer and they’re still over a barrel over Mats Sundin, who hasn’t made up his mind whether he is going to play with them, with the Rangers, with the Flyers or not play at all.

read on

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All John Forslund

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from Canes Country,

As everyone knows, Forslund is the television play-by-play announcer for the Carolina Hurricanes and has been with the franchise for 17 years now. He’s done such an outstanding job for the Canes that he has also been called upon to work for Versus and ESPN.

Q. According to Multichannel.com, you have signed on to work for Versus again next year. I was wondering how that agreement with Versus coincides with your commitment to the Hurricanes and FSN?

...This season I’m looking at doing 17 regular season games for them, starting with the October 5th game between Tampa Bay and the Rangers in the Czech Republic, although we will be calling the game from stateside

much more

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Chicago Fans Pumped Up For Season

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from John Sandberg of ChicagoBlackhawks.com,

After fans had a chance to meet current and former Blackhawks players during the Blackhawks Night festivities at U.S. Cellular Field Tuesday, one thing was abundantly clear: anticipation and excitement for the upcoming season has reached a fever pitch.

More than 1,000 season ticketholders came out in support for the event, the first of its kind for the team and professional sports in Chicago….

When Steve from Lisle, Ill., was asked to answer his ‘One Goal’ for the upcoming season, the life-long Hawks fan was quick with his response.

“It’s an easy answer… to bring home the Stanley Cup. I think we have the parts in place to definitely get to the Stanley Cup final, and though we have a lot of younger players on the team I feel they are extremely mature and ready for the challenge.”

more

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Wings Have It All

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

The Wings have everything. From well-organized management—replete with the best scouting and money appropriation—to outstanding coaching, although the loss of Mike Babcock’s assistant Todd McLellan to the head coaching job of the Sharks might be the only area where the team may have suffered over the summer.

The Wings are loaded even before you get to the ice, where the parade of stars just never seems to quit.

And while there is no point going through the Wings roster because it’s so much better than virtually every other team in the league, it’s the way they do it which makes everyone so envious

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