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Samuelsson Bring A Little Wings Structure With Him To Vancouver

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

It’s fine to pass around the praise, but Samuelsson made a smart play and he was acquired in free agency to contribute points and poise to the Canucks. Did he not take that from being in the Red Wings fold?

“That’s a good question,” said Samuelsson. “What did I take? I don’t know what I took, but it was a great atmosphere with a great structure and everybody knows what they are doing. What more can I say? They don’t expect anybody to sneak under the radar.

“If you’re not accountable, you’re not on the team. And that’s a good thing. It puts pressure on you, but if you can’t handle it, you shouldn’t be there anyway. They expect a lot.”

more on the Canucks…

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Quick Glove

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Chris Mason was the dfference in the Blues win over the Wings today.

Check out the glove save on Dan Cleary.

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Kovalev Joins The RDS Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Alex Kovalev at RDS (translated),

It is with pleasure that I join the team of the first RDS.ca to keep contact with you, but also to let you know what happens with my new training. I also take this column to comment on topical issues, as the sad news that will force Andrei Markov to miss the next four months of operations.

At first, I want to talk about my team, the Senators. I’ll be on the second trio with Peter Regin (center) and Mike Fisher, who left his position as center. I am confident that things will go well because, first, I feel very good and secondly because I know we have a solid team. Just look at our first trio (Michalec-Spezza-Alfredsson) to understand that we will be dangerous.


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Lightning Have A New Co-Assistant GM

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from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

The Lightning made a notable administrative move Friday, naming Imran Khan as a co-assistant general manager after the contract of Claude Loiselle, in the job since 2005 but hired by then-GM Jay Feaster, was not renewed. His contract actually expired on July 31 but remained with the team through Sept. 30.

GM Brian Lawton said the change was part of a process of getting the organization to “run more efficiently.”

In an interesting twist, Khan is a former intern of Lawton’s at the Octagon sports management agency, where Lawton ran the hockey division; interesting, because Loiselle also is a former Lawton intern. But Khan, a 2005 Yale graduate, is only 26 and never has held such a high-level position on a team. For the last year he was in charge of business development and strategic planning for the Lightning.


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Stars Extend Loui Eriksson

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

FRISCO, Tex.  – Dallas Stars General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk announced today that the hockey club has signed left wing Loui Eriksson to a six-year contract extension worth $25.5 million. Eriksson, who’s current contract was set to expire at the end of this season, is now signed through the 2015-16 season.

“We are very pleased that we were able to agree to this long-term contract extension with Loui,” said Nieuwendyk. “He is a big part of our present and future and we feel his potential is just scratching the surface. Loui made great strides in his game last season and he has continued to impress as one of our best players in training camp. The future is very bright for him and we’re excited that his future will be with the Dallas Stars.”

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Versus Draws A Big Crowd

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from Puck The Media,

Versus notched its most-watched NHL opening night in the net’s history, with an average of 832,781 viewers for Capitals-Bruins and Sharks-Avalanche.


added 4:58pm,

New York, N.Y. (October 2, 2009)-VERSUS, the exclusive cable television home of the NHL, dropped the puck on its fifth year of coverage with the most-watched NHL opening night in network history with a total of 832,781 viewers tuning in for the Bruins/Capitals and Avalanche/Sharks games. 

Locally, VERSUS was one of the top-rated cable networks in all four markets (Boston, Washington, D.C., Denver and San Jose). 

“Despite DirecTV shutting out millions of hockey fans from seeing last night’s games, VERSUS still garnered its best NHL regular season opening night ever,” said Jamie Davis, President of VERSUS.  “The momentum of this network has not slowed down at all and we’re doing everything we can to reach an agreement with DirecTV to ensure that hockey fans won’t continue to miss the terrific match-ups we have on our schedule all season long.”


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Spying On Ron Wilson

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The boys at Orland Kurtenblog use the zoom feature on their TV.


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Gary Bettman Addresses The Issues

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from Tim Gunter of Sports Radio Interviews,

Gary Bettman joined WFAN in NY to talk about whether the start of the season is the best time of year for him, the NHL teams playing overseas and how they have been received, the state of the Phoenix Coyotes franchise, who will make roster and trade decisions for the Coyotes, the state of the Atlanta, Nashville and Florida franchises, and the state of the New York Islanders franchise and whether they are going to be there for the long term.

read on

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More Pressure On Price With Markov Out

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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

But to lose their most mobile puck handler, their best offensive defenceman and a guy who arguably could be their best defensive defenceman at times, I don’t know how you fix that. And can you go out and make a trade? Not very easily.

It just makes Carey Price all that much more important. I’m sure Canadiens fans went into Thursday’s season opener checking to see how Price was going to venture after the meltdown of a season that he had last year, but Price was outstanding.


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Sippin’ Booze Is Precedent…And It’s A Season Opening Live Blog Bitches

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Well, we got that out of the way.  The whole “don’t use bitch in the post title” thing.

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