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Black & Blue & Gold On The Beat


Last week, I wrote a blog entry indexing each beat blog. Today, we’re finally going to get into the news. Hit the jump for all the news that’s fit to link!

Ducks Blog – Ducks A-Z: Teemu Selanne
Eric Stephens pens a piece in the Register’s Ducks A-Z series focusing on the one and only Finnish Flash. After reading this one, check out the other articles in the series – it’s a good one.

Thrashers Blog – Ramsay: Offense will be team effort; Bergfors one-year deal agreed upon
Chris Vivlamore has an article here breaking down new coach Craig Ramsay’s thoughts on how the offense will work, including an update on the Niclas Bergfors situation (spoiler alert: he signed).

Bruins Blog – Recovery proceeding for Sturm
Fluto Shinzawa has an update on the recovery process of Marco Sturm after knee surgery has him on IR to start the season. They’ve also got updates on rookie camp.

Flames Insider – Flames’ frisky middleweight impresses
Who knew that two fights in the Penticton, BC rookie tournament got you a game misconduct and a one-game suspension? I didn’t. Now I do. Looks like a couple of Flames’ prospects were treading the line on that one.

Canes Now – Brind’Amour’s job: forward development
Chip Alexander breaks down what recently-retired Rod Brind’Amour will be doing as a newly-appointed member of the front office, with some remarks from GM Jim Rutherford on the decision.

Chicago Breaking Sports – Blackhawks promote Bowman, four others
Looks like winning Lord Stanley’s Cup did wonders for five of the Blackhawks executives, who all got promoted this summer. Stan Bowman got an especially nice boost, having VP of Hockey Operations added to his name.

All Things Avs – All but two players from ‘95-96 Avs Cup team will be in Denver Oct. 6-7
There’s going to be a reunion of the 1995-96 Cup-winning team on Oct. 6-7 with private dinners the public can’t attend and a red carpet area beforehand that they can.

Puck-Rakers Blog – CBJ Season Tix Sales Take Hit
The Columbus beat staff are top notch, but unfortunately the team’s performance and season ticket sales are not. Tom Reed covers the 2,500 (+/-) ticket drop following the team’s saddest season to date.

Stars Blog – Q&A with Marc Crawford
Mike Heika put up a rather extensive Q&A interview with head coach Marc Crawford about the upcoming season. Definitely worth a read if only to spot the cliches (no cliches are as awesome as hockey cliches).

Red Wings Blog – Something to watch: NHL officials don’t have contract yet
Kirkland Crawford brings up a good point – the NHL and officials don’t have a new collective bargaining agreement in place. No wonder the league has been contacting AHL and ECHL referees to possibly act as scrubs.

Cult of Hockey – Hemsky-like Czech prospect caught up in international hockey squabble
Martin Frk, touted as the best prospect born in 1993 (crap, I feel OLD), was recently ensnared in a back-and-forth between the IIHF and the Halifax Mooseheads. Just as soon as it became a dilemma, it was taken care of. See that, kids? Money solves everything (mostly sarcasm).

On Frozen Pond – Perfect Season for Season Tickets: Panthers ‘Honor’ 72 Dolphins
Another day, another season ticket marketing gimmick by the Florida Panthers. Ya gotta do what ya gotta do.

LA Kings beat blogs will not appear in this series as the LA Times lazily uses Bleacher Report pieces and I refuse to link to that site. Good day, sirs. In the meantime, I’d like to direct you to SB Nation’s excellent LA Kings blog Jewels From The Crown.

Russo’s Rants – Bouchard continues to progress; More on Sheppard’s injury
Worth reading if only to get a glimpse at the glorious beard Minnesota’s Greg Zanon is sporting. Holy mother of Grizzly Adams.

Habs Inside/Out – Four videos of PK Subban at camp
Check out these nifty four videos of PK Subban talking about how hockey’s a mental game, his terrible calculus skills, and more.

Predators Insider – More on goalies
Josh Cooper has a nice article on the Preds’ goalie prospects, who are in a system that has always stressed strength in net.

Devils Beat Blog – Brian Rolston, Bryce Salvador wonder if they’re temporary Devils

New York Islanders beat blogs will also not appear in this series, as Newsday has seen fit to force their online reader base to pay for a web subscription. I recommend the excellent SB Nation Islanders blog Lighthouse Hockey.

The Blue Seats – the NY Post’s Rangers blog hasn’t been updated since before the 09/10 regular season ended. What do you expect – it’s the Post.

Off The Posts – All-stars, Schmall-stars
The Ottawa Sun’s Don Brennan picks apart the NHL All-Star Game. 99% of hockey fans are nodding their heads in agreement.

Frequent Flyers – Guerin feels at home in Philly
Frank Seravalli has a damn good read up on how respect for the game has the execs in Philly welcoming a former hated foe to training camp on a tryout.

Coyotes Blog – AZ Vibe’s 2010 Phoenix Coyotes Twitter List
What a damn novel idea Fanster had – assemble the penultimate list of everyone Coyotes on Twitter so the fans can find them all easily. I’d like to say the rest of the NHL’s teams ought to follow suit.

Empty Netters – Why you’ll watch – November
Here’s an interesting format for game previews – the Post-Gazette is using past highlights to prop up match-ups this season in the month of November. Dang, now I want to go watch the October edition.

Working The Corners – How Owen Nolan finds himself without a team
David Pollack brings up a good point – for the first time since 1990, Owen Nolan doesn’t have a place to play in early September. I may be a relatively new hockey addict, but it’s tripping me out that Owen Nolan doesn’t have a team yet. His goal against Hasek in the ASG is, for my money, the coolest in all-star history.

Morning Skate – Blues welcome goalie-of-the-future Halak
More like goalie-of-the-present. Halak instantly makes the Blues 100% more dangerous. Let’s see how the young star plays with in a market where the pressure of the entire hockey world won’t be on his shoulders.

Lightning Strikes – Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ryan Malone gives No. 12 to Simon Gagne gratis
Damian Cristodero has a heart-warming fluff piece on how Ryan Malone deferred to his new veteran winger teammate and gave up his #12 to Simon Gagne as a show of unity. D’awww. (For real, though, I like it. Shows respect, honor…old school values)

Leafs Now – no updates since June 9th means no linky. Get to work, bums – I’ve been outpacing reporters in the “center of the hockey world” and I’m an unpaid blogger on my mom’s couch in the basement.

Puck World – Vigneault on Luongo’s decision
Here’s head coach Alain Vigneault’s comments on Roberto Luongo’s decision to resign from the captaincy of the Vancouver Canucks. My take? It’s the right decision. My choice? I’m firmly in Team Kesler’s camp. The nose knows!

Capitals Insider – Mike Knuble: Caps ‘can’t wait to get to spring’
Katie Carrera has a good piece about the veteran warrior jonesing for camp to start. Side note – it’s really strange to see the Caps blog without Tarik El-Bashir’s head shot just left of the blog’s title. Dude’s one of the best.

So there’s my first content-filled installment of Black & Blue & Gold On The Beat. That took forever, but I like bringing pieces from around the NHL to my readers.

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