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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.”

continued

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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.”

continued

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.

continued

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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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Fleury Retires

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via the CP at TSN,

Theoren Fleury’s career is ending in the same place it began.

The 41-year-old has decided not to try and pursue a comeback with another NHL team, choosing instead to retire as a member of the Calgary Flames.

“I could not sign with another team,” he said. “I retire a Calgary Flame.”

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Another Look At The East & West

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Earlier today we had Darren Dreger with his views on the Eastern & Western Conferences, now Pierre Maguire chime in.  First the East…

The West is below…

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Why Not? It Is Only An Exhibition Game

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from Daryl Reaugh of Razor With An Edge,

Why not hold a 10-player shootout after 40 minutes?

Why not have players serve the entirety of a two-minute penalty whether a goal is scored or not?

Why not paint the ice?

Why not use orange pucks?

Are they afraid fans will be in an uproar over not seeing a half-hearted, plodding, robotic matchup featuring players they’ve never heard of and will likely never hear about again?

more

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Making The Call

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from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

Today, the NHLPA will hold the first of two huge conference calls. (The second is scheduled for next Sunday.) Any player can join the discussion. And, if they are truly serious about the future of their association; truly upset about Paul Kelly’s firing, there will be a huge turnout.

What’s clear is that canning him at 3 a.m. – as staunch union supporter Chris Chelios repeatedly asked everyone to sleep on it – made Kelly a sympathetic figure. (By the way, credit to Chelios and Shawn Horcoff for facing the media when both their teams voted against firing Kelly.) Initially, several players who disagreed with the process said they still felt the reasons for firing him were sound. Now, that rationale is under attack.

continued plus links discussing the Eastern Conference…

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