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Ummm, Terry!

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from Terry Frei at ESPN,

It’s early, or the equivalent of it still being before the Iowa caucuses. But it’s not too early to look ahead at who might have trophy seasons in 2007-08. The “contenders” are divided by conference.
Norris Trophy
East: Brian Campbell, Sabres; Brian Rafalski, Devils; Chris Phillips, Senators.
West: Nicklas Lidstrom, Red Wings; Scott Niedermayer, Ducks; Dion Phaneuf, Flames.
The torch is about to be passed, either way. A long shot comes in: Phillips.

read on if you wish…

update 5:39pm, As a KK reader noted in the comments, Rafalski just got replaced by Dan Boyle.

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Hedberg Back With Rangers

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from the New York Rangers,

New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that Anders Hedberg has been added to the club’s scouting staff as the Head Professional European Scout. Hedberg will be responsible for assessing free agent talent playing in Europe.
Hedberg, 56, joins the team after working with the Ottawa Senators organization for the past five seasons. Hedberg served as Ottawa’s Director of Player Personnel from 2002 to 2006 and spent the 2006-07 season as the team’s North American and European Hockey Coordinator.

continued

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TBM Is Back

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from The Bellowing Moose at NBC Sports,

With Tiger’s wife off the market for quite some time now, the world’s (ok, the hockey world’s) most sought after Swede is Peter Forsberg, whose feet remain firmly planted back in Sweden—albeit in a cast.
And yet, despite the latest surgery to remedy his mysterious foot ailment, and despite not playing in more than 60 games in any of his last three NHL seasons, there are more than a few teams lining up to hand Forsberg as much money as their cap space will allow.
Why back up the Brinks truck for a player who makes Eric Lindros look durable? Because even with all the injuries, Forsberg—unlike Lindros—has been a remarkably productive player. Despite the foot problems that caused him to limp through last season, Forsberg was still a point-a-game player for Nashville and Philadelphia.
A team rolling the dice on his health could win big if it knows a good podiatrist.

continued... Wings fans- Foppa alert!!!

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Pollock Shaped The Habs & The Game

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from Evan Grossman of NHL.com,

When Sam Pollock became general manager of the Montreal Canadiens in 1964, the Habs were in the middle of a four-year Stanley Cup drought. At that time, that was unheard of in the hockey-mad metropolis – especially after the club had won five straight titles from 1956-1960.
As a result, it was not the easiest time to be at the helm and certainly not the easiest city to be running hockey operations.
This, of course, was the same city where, as the legendary Tom Johnson, a member of those Montreal dynasty teams told NHL.com, “If you lost two games in a row, you had to walk the back streets.”

continued...  Read it, even if you are 15 or 85, we have lost a part of the game and he must be remembered.

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Grandkids Will Get What Grandpa MacInnes Wanted

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from the Mining Gazette,

Legendary Michigan Tech hockey coach John MacInnes got what he always wished for Wednesday, even if he was not alive to see it. Twenty-five years after retiring from coaching and 24 years after his death, MacInnes will be inducted into the hallowed halls of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.
“This is one I didn’t think would ever happen, I’m glad I’ve lived long enough to see it,” said Jerry MacInnes, John’s widow, in a conference call held Wednesday. “Before John died, he said he didn’t know if he’d ever be inducted, but he wanted to have it happen for his grandkids.”

continued... great story!

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Teemu With The Cup

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via Ducks TV, Selanne has a party in Finland (wmp video)...

The Hockey Hall of Fame has a nice write up too…

Teemu met the Stanley Cup in Helsinki, Finland on Friday, August 3, and like the Energizer Bunny, he kept going and going and going…. Selanne was determined to squeeze every second of enjoyment out of his time with the Stanley Cup. Who knows, it may be the only time Teemu gets this opportunity!

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Marc Savard Ready To Get Going

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from John Bishop at BostonBruins.com,

“I look at our team on paper and it looks pretty solid,” said a suddenly serious Savard, his trademark grin drawing short. “We’re pretty deep, so we’re excited for that.
“We picked up a great goalie (in Manny Fernandez)—I got to play to against him a bit more being out west with Calgary.
“And obviously Peter Schaefer, a great solid veteran forward for many years,” he said.
That being said, Savard knows that in order for the B’s to progress toward a playoff berth, he and the other Bruins returnees need to play their best.
“I’ve gotten in great shape this summer,” added Savard. “I feel very strong, and now that I am getting older, I have to be like that…but I just want to contribute every night and our goal at the end of the road is just to get into the playoffs.

more & it looks like Savard has a little more golf in him too…

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Devils Re-Sign Martin

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via the NJ Devils,

The Devils have announced the re-signing of defenseman Paul Martin to a multi-year contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

thanks to a KK reader for the tip…

added 12:26pm, Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice says Martin will be expected to carry a bigger load with the loss of Rafalski…

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Tight Race For 2nd In The Central

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fromm Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

I don’t believe there will be as much as 10 points of breathing space in the standings between St. Louis and Nashville by the season’s conclusion; in the end, at least on paper, the Blues’ defense corps (which includes the prized rookie Johnson, Eric Brewer, Jay McKee and Barrett Jackman) gives them the edge.

read on... Adam takes a look at each team in the Central.

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Bruins Improved- But Not That Much

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from E.J. Hradek at ESPN,

Now, in his third NHL head-coaching job and working for someone familiar to him (he has a previous relationship with Chiarelli), Julien will either sink or swim in Boston. He should have a much better chance than his predecessor because the club’s goaltending situation is improved.
While I believe the B’s still have a very long way to go, I think they’ll be better than last season after finishing last in the Northeast Division and 13th in the Eastern Conference. Can they make the playoffs? I don’t think they’ll be that much better.

read on

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