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Kessel Leaving

The Gopher Puck Blog is saying that a source told him that Minnesota star Phil Kessel will sign with Boston in the next couple of days. The Gopher Blog is usually pretty reliable about this stuff. Like Minnesota's other losses this offseason(excluding Chucko, I guess), this one would qualify as disappointing but not all that surprising.

Last week, I took issue with a release written by the Portland Winterhawks. The writer of that piece responded to me. Once again, the writer goes for the old "better players" myth. Just because a player will be in the NHL two or three years from now, doesn't mean he's a better player now. If you put the 16 and 17 year olds in the CHL up against 21 and 22 year old college players, the older players will win most times regardless of how good the young kids are. That's why guys who can't get ice time in college hockey can go to the CHL and score a point per game like Matt Auffrey and Peder Skinner.

I also thought it was interesting to hear people say on one hand, how dominant Knelson was when he attended the Winterhawks tryout camp, yet say the WHL will have better competition? Will Knelson be that good in the CCHA? My money says no.

Ian Kallay, who left Michigan Tech to pursue a "business opportunity" has applied for the North Dakota job.

Fairbanks added big left wing Cory Rymut from British Columbia to offset the loss of losing three players that failed to qualify for school.

Sarnia confirms the Christian Steingraber signing.

Former Michigan player is out indefinitely with pulmonary embolism. In non-medical terms, Ortmeyer has a blood clot in his lung. The condition shouldn't be life-threatening, but he could be forced to miss a lot of time if he has to be treated with blood thinners, which would cause him to bleed continuosly if cut.

Teams USA are dominating in the Three Nations Cup in Rochester, New York, beating up on international hockey scrubs Germany and Switzerland. Max Cook, who has committed to Miami, is having an impressive tournament. Anoka's John O'Neill scored a hat trick is yesterday's game against Germany.

Lake Superior has had a lot of roster moves lately, and the LSSU Hockey Blog covers them. Matt Wheeler left the team, but he was kind of a goon. Probably the biggest though, is that head coach Jim Roque said that freshmen Matt Martello will play for LSSU and not in the OHL. That's a huge gain for the Lakers, who pick up one of the best offensive talents they've had in years.