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Leafs On A Youth Movement

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from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

A nice preseason means nothing when it comes to accumulating points for a possible return to the playoffs. But the speed in which Burke has closed the talent gap between Toronto and division rivals Ottawa, Buffalo, Boston and Montreal is astonishing.

Yes, the playoffs may still be a long shot, but we’re done trying to predict what Burke can’t do. He’s delivered on nearly everything else he set out to accomplish in Toronto. And he has done it in less than a year.

Adding young talent might be the one accomplishment that ultimately makes the biggest impact.

“All the young players have been contributors as the competition has gotten better and more difficult,” said Toronto’s senior vice president of hockey operations, Dave Nonis. “It bodes well for us long-term.”


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Stralman Traded To Columbus

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from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

The Blue Jackets have acquired defenseman Anton Stralman from the Calgary Flames for a third-round pick in the 2010 entry draft, The Dispatch has learned.


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  Tags: anton+stralman

How Georges Laraque Keep In Shape This Summer

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Thanks to Habs Inside/Out for the pointer…

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Afternoon Line

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“Three, four or five times a game he will do things with the puck better than anybody.  Offensively, when given time, he’s the smartest player we have. But the game is played without the puck, and you need the strength to defend, to go into the corner.”

-Coyotes GM Don Maloney on Kyle Turris.  More on Turris from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding.

In other Coyotes news, Ryan Hollweg signed a 1yr contract with them today.

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  Tags: don+maloney, kyle+turris

John Shannon Joins HockeyCentral

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from Sportsnet,

Rogers Sportsnet has added one of the industry’s brightest minds to the Hockeycentral panel with the addition of John Shannon, former executive vice-president of programming and production for the NHL.

Making the change to the other side of the camera is truly a challenge,” Shannon said. “My goal is to help explain the hockey world from another perspective…to tell stories that would otherwise go unnoticed…and to give hockey fans across the country a different viewpoint on the sport.”


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  Tags: john+shannon

The First Of Many - ESPN Power Rankings

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Scott Burnside of ESPN liste the teams…

1. Penguins

2. Sharks- These are regular-season rankings, not playoff rankings, which explains why the Sharks are here and not in the trash bin.

3. Flyers- This is a good, big, deep, hungry team. All eyes are on goalie Ray Emery now.

4. Capitals

5. Blackhawks


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‘Z’ Good News

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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Quick update from Stockholm: The Red Wings spent nearly an hour on the ice this afternoon in an effort to stave off jet lag, and Henrik Zetterberg had good news on the state of his groin (“ljumsken” is Swedish for groin).

“This is the best I’ve felt since it happened, so that’s positive,” he said. “We’ll see how it reacts to this, and go from tomorrow.”


added 3:03pm, Dan Rosen of NHL.com has much more on Zetterberg plus possible line combinations…

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Lemaire Adjusting To NHL Changes

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from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Devils coach Jacques Lemaire says he’s a changed man because the NHL has changed.

And a good coach must adapt.

“You always change,” Lemaire said today. ‘You learn from other coaches, you learn from things that you’ve done in the past that doesn’t work as well today. It used to work really good, but you still have to change because that’s the demand. If the game demands a different thing, you’ve got to do it.”

So, though Lemaire continues to have a reputation as a defensive-minded coach who wants his team to play the 1-2-2 trap, he continues to say that he doesn’t want the Devils play that way—most of the time.


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NHL Exhibition Game From Europe Will Be Streamed

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NEW YORK (September 28, 2009) - The Chicago Blackhawks’ games in Zurich, Switzerland, on both Monday, September 28, against HC Davos (2:15 p.m., ET) and Tuesday, September 29, against ZSC Zurich as part of Victoria Cup 2009 (2:15 p.m., ET) will be streamed live on NHL.com. Each game can also be seen in its entirety same-day on tape-delay on the NHL Network at 8 p.m., ET, both Monday and Tuesday night.

NHL.com will present a live stream of the Detroit Red Wings as they begin their visit to Sweden with an exhibition game on Wednesday, September 30 (1 p.m., ET) in Karlstad, Sweden, as part of the Compuware / NHL Premiere™ Challenge. Detroit will face the European club Färjestad BK.

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The Model Franchise

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from TSN,

The NHL is a young man’s game, and father time may finally be catching up with Detroit.  That being said there are about 29 other general managers who would love to have the Wings problem.  The Red Wings are as intelligent and well coached as any team in the league.  Even if they take a step backwards they are far too talented to fall much further than second in the Central Division.

Fortunately for management, the Wings are not the type of team that will rest on its laurels.  While most would consider back-to-back Finals appearances a success, Detroit looks at it as a partial failure as they were only able to come home with a solitary Cup.  Last year’s loss likely weighs heavily on the team’s shoulders.  A chance to exorcise those demons by making another run at the Stanley Cup should be motivation enough for another big season.

more on the Wings…

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