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Can The Blackhawks Continue To Improve?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

“The challenging thing is that it just doesn’t magically happen again,” Bowman added. “There’s an awful lot that has to happen to get back to that level.”

One of the biggest challenges for the team might be in how it now is perceived around the NHL. For a team that spent as long as the Blackhawks did looking up at the rest of the league, they will have to get used to being considered contenders. That not-so-subtle change in dynamics isn’t lost on Bowman.

“I like our chances,” he said. “I don’t think there’s anything wrong with expectations, but, like I said, you can’t be paralyzed by it.”

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Kings Hockey Fest Starts Tonight

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The LA Kings have been doing a great job in promoting their Hockey Fest so they deserve a little attention… 

Kings Vision, the Los Angeles Kings’ Online Video Network featured at LAKings.com, will be streaming live coverage of both the Opening Ceremony and the Triple Crown Speaker Series during LA Kings Hockey Fest ’09, a three-day interactive festival set to open later tonight at LA Live in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. 

Live coverage of Hockey Fest ’09 begins tonight at 6:30 p.m PT. when Kings Vision takes you inside the Nokia Theatre for team/alumni/and special guest introductions followed by a special acoustic performance by Eddie Kowalcyck of LIVE.  After Eddie’s performance, the Kings Care Foundation, the Kings award-winning children’s charity, will make a special announcement.  To tune into tonight’s coverage, visit http://www.lakings.com/hockeyfestlive

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Sharks Now Have Some Room To Move

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from David Pollak of Working the Corners at the Mercury News,

...But beyond that, trading Christian Ehrhoff and Brad Lukowich clears $4.67 million in cap space, and signing Torrey Mitchell and Brad Staubitz (or someone else for the fourth line) and Thomas Greiss is likely to leave maybe an extra $2 million on the table. All of which would seem to give GM Doug Wilson more flexibility for whatever roster maneuvering may lie ahead between now and that 2010 trade deadline.

Hypothetical: Let’s just say the Sharks do want Dany Heatley and the $7.5 million cap hit he brings. Now they don’t have to clear dollar-for-dollar to make that happen. Same principle would apply to any lesser deals.

“When the right thing is there,” Wilson said today, referring to ongoing talks with other teams this summer, “having that flexibility is a wonderful thing under this system, being able to explore things or put closure to them. When the timing is right and it makes sense to both teams, you have the flexibility and those things can happen.”

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Gillis Talks Canucks

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Mike Gillis of the Canucks was just on the Bill Watters Show on 640am in Toronto.  He feels he defense can now generate 180-200 points from his defense and that is what he was looking for.

He said you need puck moving dmen and offensive-minded too in order to be successful in the league.

They realized depth at ‘D’ was an issue and felt they needed 8 NHL type dmen to succeed this year.

Bill asked him about Sundin, Gillis said they have had discussions with him over the summer and after his wedding this week, he will let them know if he is coming back.  Says Mats was happy playing in Vancouver and liked the city.  Said Sundin was a force in the room and would be happy to have him back.  Mike did say he would have to be in Vancouver from day 1 and Mats realizes that too.

Gillis feels the Canucks need to work on their discipline and felt they should have won the Chicago series.  PP struggled and more offense should have been generated from their defense.

With Luongo they know they will not be drafting high and feels 20 goals+ from six players this season is expected from the current roster.

added 4:40pm, As Greg Brady (co-host with Bill) just said, it sounds like Sundin is coming back.  Stated Gillis would have shot-down the Sundin talk but it sure did not seem that way.

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Is Kessel Headed To San Jose?

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from Joe Haggerty of Big Bad Blog at WEEI,

So the Sharks freed up $4.667 in salary cap space while heading into the last few weeks of the off-season, and require at least two more forward spots to round up their NHL roster among the top 12-forwards for next season. It doesn’t take a noted puckologist to assume that Dany Heatley and Phil Kessel are two of the best skill forwards still hanging out there in hockey limbo, and the Sharks have been rumored to be in the Kessel run at several different points over the last few months.

“This trade speaks to the confidence we have in the young players coming up through our system who have earned the right to compete for a spot on this team,” said Sharks GM Ron (Doug) Wilson in discussing the deal. “It also creates some flexibility in our team payroll for potential future transactions as the season progresses and adds two more talented players to our reserve list that can help this organization in the future.”

The $4.667 million in payroll flexibility also fits in roughly with what Kessel was expected to be looking for in a multi-year deal this summer while rehabbing right shoulder surgery.

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Schneider A Canuck

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Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks President & General Manager Mike Gillis announced today that the Canucks have signed defenceman Mathieu Schneider. In keeping with club policy, terms were not disclosed.

Schneider, 40, spent the 2008-09 season spilt between the Atlanta Thrashers and Montreal Canadiens. In 67 games with Atlanta and Montreal, Schneider recorded 32 points (9-23-32) and 64 penalty minutes.

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Sharks/Canucks Trade

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SAN JOSE, Calif.—San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced Friday that the team has acquired center Patrick White and defenseman Daniel Rahimi from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for defensemen Christian Ehrhoff and Brad Lukowich.

“This trade speaks to the confidence we have in the young players coming up through our system who have earned the right to compete for a spot on this team,” said Wilson. “It also creates some flexibility in our team payroll for potential future transactions as the season progresses and adds two more talented players to our reserve list that can help this organization in the future.”

added 2:37pm, “We are pleased to be adding Christian and Brad to our defensive group,” said Mike Gillis. “Defence has been an area we wanted to add skill and depth to and this trade has strengthened our group considerably. We would like to thank both Daniel and Patrick for their commitment and efforts with our organization and we wish them both well in their careers.”

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Note To Uncle Mike:  How ‘Bout Buckets?

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The smart kids out there, the guys who have spent the last five or six years of their lives going to JV medical school and learning how to count the right amount of pills to slide into a prescription bottle?  They’d probably tell you that, based on their high PCAT and LSAT and SUCKIT scores?  Rosby should be the captain of Team Canada.

Me? I’m not that smart, obviously, and I’m not Canadian(en).  But I’ll go out on a limb and suggest someone who might be a little more effective when it comes to leading a hockey team.

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All-Time Fighters

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Adrain Dater at Versus lists his Top 10 fighters,

1. Bob Probert – Throughout the compilation of this list, I must have watched a hundred fight videos of various guys, and many of them fought Bob Probert at some point. And by a clear margin, Probie won most of the fights. And the thing is, he won fights as a young guy, and fights as an old guy. He had a long run in the NHL (1986-2002), and took on all comers in that time.

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Classiest Players

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Adam Proteau of The Hockey News answers some fan mail,

I was wondering, with Steve Yzerman gone and Joe Sakic now retired, who would you consider to be the “classiest” player in the NHL?

I did some quick straw polling around THN headquarters and with the help of writer/editor John Grigg and web content specialist Rory Boylen, we came up with a good group of names who could easily carry the torch for Stevie Y and Burnaby Joe in the ultra-classy department. In no special order:

Nicklas Lidstrom
Jarome Iginla
Daniel Alfredsson
Mike Modano
Teemu Selanne
Paul Kariya
Saku Koivu
Brendan Shanahan
Scott Niedermayer
Henrik Zetterberg

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