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Previewing The San Jose Sharks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Grigg of Sportsnet,

Biggest story line to watch: There’s really only one thing people are waiting to find out: What happens with deposed captains Thornton and Marleau? (That’s right. Did you forget that Marleau wore the “C” from 2004 to ’09?) Will management get its way and be able to move them. And will Wilson and McLellan have the cojones to play their veterans less if it helps make that happen? If they do, San Jose is sunk, because while they’re on the downside, Jumbo Joe and Marsie (or whatever Marleau’s nickname in the room is) are still effective players who’d be top six on just about any team in the league.

A secondary story here is goaltending. If Stalock continues to push Niemi, who will end up the starter?

Finally, is Hertl the real deal? A possible Calder nomination was scuttled by injury last year, but he scored the fifth-most goals in the league per 60 5-on-5 minutes last season. Can the 20-year-old keep that kind of production up?

2014-15 prediction: Anaheim, Dallas, L.A., Minnesota and St. Louis will all be stronger this season, while Chicago remains a standard—that’s six Western teams better than San Jose. You do the math.

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Good news!

Blog: Oil Patch By Lisa McRitchie

The Edmonton Oilers sent another five players to their AHL affiliate team the Oklahoma City Barons Monday. Sent down were Martin Gernat (D), Curtis Hamilton (LW), Kale Kessey (LW), Iiro Pakarinen (RW), and Jason Williams (C). Why is this good news? It means that the Oilers feel confident enough in their defence that there is no need to rush Martin Gernat through the system and have him play in the NHL just quite yet.

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A Name From The Past Returns

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

Don't ask me why I left. It wasn't my finest hour, though I did have the privilege of watching a fine city and a great big state fall hopelessly in love with hockey when the Stars won the Stanley Cup in Dallas in 1999. For the last decade or so, I've spent most of my time in front of a classroom rather than behind a keyboard.

You teach, you learn. So I like to think that in my encore as a sportswriter I'll deliver something a little better. Suffice to say, I am grateful beyond words that we have this opportunity again.

For starters, I suspect I'll have to overcome some misconceptions. 

That's Keith Gave now of FoxSports Detrot where you can read more...

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Tomas Nosek’s hit on Stuart Percy was ill-timed, possibly ill-spaced?

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

During the Red Wings' 3-0 win over Toronto last night, Tomas Nosek got 5 and a game for this hit on Stuart Percy (which thankfully didn't result in an injury)...

And it instantly brought to mind this hit Teemu Pulkkinen made on Mike Kostka a year ago at this time--and Pulkkinen was suspended for the hit--making me wonder whether European players coming to the NHL assume that there's more space between the net and boards than there really is on an 85-foot-wider rink:

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Two Injuries And An Unsigned RFA Leave The Columbus Blue Jackets Without A #1 Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

The hits keep on coming for the Blue Jackets, and the real games haven’t started yet.

Left wing Boone Jenner is expected to miss significant time because of a broken left hand, an injury suffered when he was struck by a puck on Sunday during practice. Jenner will have more tests this week to determine the severity of the break and how much time he will miss, general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said.

The break is below his middle finger, likely the capitate, which can take six to eight weeks to heal.

Jenner’s absence means the Blue Jackets’ entire projected No. 1 forward line is out. Center Ryan Johansen is embroiled in a contract dispute with the club, missing his 12th day of camp today. Right wing Nathan Horton has skated since suffering a back injury while jogging this summer in Florida, but there is no timetable for his return. A source said he hasn’t seen any improvement.

“That’s why we have a second line, a third line and a fourth line,” Kekalainen said. “It’s an opportunity for some of our other guys now.”

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Boston Bruins May Still Move A Defenseman

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

The Bruins have three preseason games to determine their roster for the Oct. 8 season opener against Philadelphia. Jobs are up for grabs on the third and fourth lines. But re-signing Krug and Smith gives the Bruins a clearer snapshot of how they’ll break camp, both in terms of dollars and roster strength.

They will still move a defenseman, most likely for futures. But once they account for the bonus overage and Marc Savard’s long-term injury exception, they will not have to move big bucks — namely Johnny Boychuk’s $3,366,667 — to get the league’s green light.

This is a good thing. After this season, Boychuk will command an annual salary north of $6 million. This is not money the Bruins are in good position to spend.

But trading Boychuk would not improve the team. He is an experienced and dependable second-pairing defenseman. Because of the pot that awaits, Boychuk will be motivated to play well. The Bruins will benefit from that.

This puts Matt Bartkowski and Adam McQuaid at highest risk to be moved. 

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The Middleweights Are Taking Over

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Snapshot of a changing NHL: The Rangers and Devils are lined up for the Sept. 22 preseason opener at the Garden, New Jersey’s pugilistically inclined Jordin Tootoo on right wing, New York’s similarly inclined Tanner Glass adjacent to him on left wing.

In the old days, the gloves would have dropped right off the opening draw and the night would have featured a long card of bouts. These days, the two men jostled briefly, then skated away to join their teammates in hockey.

“I was actually a little surprised,” Glass told The Post before the Blueshirts’ 6-3 victory over the Flyers at the Garden on Monday. “I wasn’t sure why I was starting, but then when I saw [the Devils’] opening lineup, I got it, and I definitely thought there’d be something, especially with him on a tryout looking for a job.

“But he didn’t really even say anything, and so we just played,” said the six-year NHL veteran who joined the Rangers over the summer as a free agent who played with the Penguins last season. “Definitely the thinking in this league has changed.

“You don’t see nearly as many heavyweights out there whose main job is to fight. Now you’ve got middleweights who fight, but who also can skate, kill penalties, and play a regular shift. That’s how it should be.”

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Recap Of Detroit’s Win Over Toronto

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Nick Jensen was fast on his feet, and Petr Mrazek was quick with the glove.

The Detroit Red Wings prospects combined Monday to lead the team to a 3-0 preseason victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs at Joe Louis Arena.

Jensen, a mobile, puck-moving defenseman, scored a power-play goal and Mrazek made 27 saves for the shutout.

Riley Sheahan also scored on the man-advantage for Detroit (3-1-1), which killed seven Toronto power plays. The Red Wings haven't allowed power-play goal in the preseason (22 for 22).

"I couldn't believe all the penalties. We have to be more disciplined, I guess," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "Don't know if they're trying to get their quota up during exhibition, don't know what it is exactly. I don't know if we needed that many, but obviously we got some work."

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This Is A Live Preseason Blog- Detroit/Toronto

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

A little eary but I have had a long day and will soon find the couch to kick back a bit.

We finally can watch the Wings in action tonight against the Leafs on FoxSports Detroit.

Pregame starts at 7:00pm and the puck drops just after 7:30pm.

Wings lineup via Ansar Khan of Mlive,

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The ‘New’ Dressing Room For The Washington Capitals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from chuck Gormley of CSNWashington,

Last week the Capitals rekindled an old tradition by roping off the logo on the carpeted floor of their Verizon Center locker room. Barry Trotz said the logo should be respected and considered sacred.

When the Capitals opened their Kettler Capitals Iceplex locker room to reporters over the weekend, a new message adorned the doorway: To Whom Much Is Given Much Is Expected.

The Red Wings have the same message in their locker room at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit and other NHL locker rooms employ other inspirational sayings.

In Toronto, the locker room slogan reads, “The price of success is hard work.” In Montreal, it’s “To you from failing hands we throw the torch. Be yours to hold it high.” In San Jose, it’s “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard."

But there is something else new about the Caps’ locker room, thanks to the busy hands of Trotz. 

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