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Blues Coach Likes Competition For Roster Spots

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeremy Rutherford of the Morning Skate at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Murray said that the Blues will have 56 players at training camp. The breakdown is six goalies, 20 defensemen and 30 forwards.

Murray said something interesting about how the final roster will be determined. He said it will be less about contract situations and more about which players deserve a spot on the team.

“There will be some battles,” Murray said. “Everyone can look at contracts and say, ‘Well, they don’t have many roster spots open.’ Well, as I’ve told a couple of guys coming to our camp, ‘Put a wedge in their for yourselves. It may look like it’s blocked off, but somehow stick a wedge in and open it up a little bit and push yourself through it.’

“We will keep the best players. If that means creating roster spots by moving guys that aren’t performing, then that will happen. We’ll ultimately find a way to get our best players in the lineup.”

more on the Blues…

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Oompa Loompa Who Did You Do?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Happy, happy, happy.

Atta boy.  What have I told you guys from the beginning?  Rainbows, frolicking puppies, firetrucks…and?

Continue Reading »

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Panthers Invite Two Dmen to Camp

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via Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,

The Panthers have extended training camp invitations to a pair of NHL veteran defensemen Martin Skoula and Christian Backman. Both are former first-round draft picks.

The Panthers haven’t signed either player, but both will fly with the team Saturday to Nova Scotia for the start of training camp Sunday in Port Hawkesbury, and will have a chance to earn a contract.

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  Tags: christian+backman, martin+skoula

William “Boots” Del Biaggio Sentenced To More Than Eight Years

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Sentencing came down today for “Boots”.  Read the AP story…

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  Tags: william+del+biaggio

Way Over My Head

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from DrugMonkey at ScienceBlogs,

Getting back to my discomfort with the lack of completeness in the vignettes provided by Gladwell, the comment thread at FSP’s blog points to the fact that Gladwell might have been wrong, slightly. This comment points to a hockey blog that objects to the Gladwell implications. Specifically:

If we only look at former Canadian junior players who were in the top sixth in NHL scoring, which was anyone with 42 points or more last year, the ratio of early-to-late birthday players over the last decade is about 1.20:1….. It turns out that the group where players with early birthdays are most over-represented is the league leaders in penalty minutes per game, and I can’t see anyone getting up in arms about whether some kid’s December birthday kept him from becoming the next Ogie Ogilthorpe.

My first thought is that it does not necessarily falsify the general point. If this analysis is true (and there are complications having to do with age cohorts, definitions of good performance, etc) it may simply point to the fact that NHL players are the outliers of the outliers of the outliers.

more, but it only confuses me…

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Gregson Your New Senior Vice President and Director of Officiating

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from Phil Coffey of NHL.com,

Terry Gregson, who spent 25 years as an NHL referee, was named the League’s Senior Vice President and Director of Officiating Tuesday. In his new position, Gregson, who officiated 1,427 regular-season and 158 Stanley Cup Playoff games, will assume overall management of the officiating staff.

“I’ve watched and been a part of the direction the game has taken in the last four years and have been excited to be a part of it,” Gregson told NHL.com. “We’re going to stay the course. It is a great opportunity to continue on and keep things going in the right direction.”


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Savard Wants To Remain A Bruin, Not Happy With Team Canada Snub

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from Joe Haggerty of the Big Bad Blog at WEEI,

Savard was the B’s leading scorer with 25 goals and 63 assists last season, and has blossomed into an All-Star player under coach Claude Julien. Entering the final year of his $5 million per year deal with a great deal of financial uncertainty in the NHL’s future, Savard isn’t bothered by the unknown and is simply focused on driving the B’s toward a Stanley Cup….

“It’s a great city and I’ve enjoyed my time here so far,” said Savard, from the Bruins Foundation’s annual golf tournament at The International in Bolton, MA. “It’s a place that I’d like to finish if the chance comes and I’m excited to get the season going. Things keep getting better and our team keeps getting better, so that only helps everybody when that happens. I want to stay here. This is a place I love. I love the people. I love the fans. This is where I want to be.

“I’m not worried about the contract at all. (Peter and I) have a good relationship. Ever since I came to Boston I’ve given everything I had and if things work out well — and I think they will — then I’m going to be here for a long, long time.”

Savard was also visibly peeved when asked about getting snubbed by Hockey Canada when team officials announced the lineup for their Olympic Team Orientation Camp this summer.


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  Tags: marc+savard, team+canada

Elias Will Get A Shot At Center

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Lemaire said he thinks it is difficult for a wing to shift to center.

“If they are capable of doing it , I have no problem (with it),” he said. ““But you don’t see too many of those. I didn’t see in my career too many guys that were wingers and turned out to be a good center. It’s so different. You can ask any center. It’s a totally different game,”

That said, Lemaire believes that Patrik Elias, who played center two years ago, is capable of making the move.from left wing to the middle.

“Elias is a guy that could play center,” he said. “He’s good enough.”

In fact, Lemaire said, he “probably” will look at Elias at center during training camp.,

more on the Devils…

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Burke Talks Kessel

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

An animated Brian Burke discussed the rumours with reporters Tuesday at the team’s training facilities in Toronto.

“I do not contemplate an offer sheet to Phil Kessel at this time,” Burke told reporters.

read on

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  Tags: phil+kessel

Let’s Talk Versus/Directv

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

If you have Directv, what are your future plans?  Are you looking at moving to a different provider and if so, when will you make that decision?

I know I am holding off on ordering Center Ice for this season, waiting to see how this conflict will end.  Even if Directv does not bring back Versus, I will probably stay with them, for the simple reason that I think their HD delivery is top-notch and is much better than the PQ Comcast offers.

I know Dish is another choice, but I am really not that interested in switching over to another satellite provider.

Also, KK member Hippy Dave gave his views on this topic a few days ago in the KK Member section.

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  Tags: directv

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