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“Yeah, he played, but he made mistakes at the end. He allowed what looked like a great effort to dribble right down his chin.

“Obviously you wish he had the last goal back and that’s kind of why he’s not ready to play in the NHL. You have to be able to play poised all the way.”

-Leafs coach Ron Wilson on goaltending prospect Justin Pogge.  More on Pogge by Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun.

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The Class Of 1990

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

From the Class of 1990, Owen Nolan remains but Petr Nedved, Keith Primeau, Mike Ricci and Jaromir Jagr—four of the top-five draft picks—are out of the NHL. The best player from that class: The ageless goaltender, Martin Brodeur.

a few more hockey notes tossed in Steve’s Sunday column…

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Afinogenov Healthy & Ready To Play - Anywhere

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from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

There are several ways to look at Maxim Afinogenov’s reappearance on the top scoring line. It could be because the Buffalo Sabres want to showcase him for other teams. It could be because they want to boost his confidence after a terrible season. And maybe, just maybe, he’s there because they feel that’s where he belongs….

The Sabres need his help if they want to return to the playoffs. Afinogenov’s play nose-dived last season. Formerly a point-per-game star, he had just 10 goals and 18 assists in 56 games with a team-worst minus-16 rating….

“I haven’t lost any confidence because I’m healthy right now, which is the most important thing,” Afinogenov said. “When I was injured, I couldn’t even practice, I can’t be in shape. When I was on the ice, I was out of shape. Right now, I worked hard in the summer and prepared for the season, and I’m ready to go.”

read on

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Rangers Off To Europe

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

How then to categorize Renney’s straight-faced assertion that he has, “liked [Wade Redden’s] game?” Maybe it’s simply Redden, a veteran, attempting to prepare for the season on his own timetable, but no Rangers played more poorly in the exhibition matches than Redden.

Now, this worthless week that ended with this worthless game - the Rangers were bullied by the Devils, something that never happened with Sean Avery in the lineup - sends the team to Bern. That’s where they will try to get ready for the season by playing two exhibition games on the larger international ice surface against European clubs, all the while trying to be ambassadors for the NHL.

Wonderful.

more on the Rangers

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Wings Won’t Repeat

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from Bill Clement of NBC Sports,

Detroit is the best team in the NHL. No other club is more talent-laden or has better depth with high-level players both up front and on the blue line. The Red Wings are loaded. Yet, they won’t win a second straight Stanley Cup.

I know that sounds like a contradiction but my feeling this way speaks directly to the extreme degree of difficulty in winning back-to-back championships in today’s NHL.

continued

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Movie Alert Tonight

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If you happen to receive CBC, well get the DVR set for 8pm ET tonight when ‘The Rocket’ is broadcast.

If you wish to purchase the DVD, you can get it at Amazon.

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Morning Line

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“He (Tampa co-owner Len Barrie) was more of a Sean Avery-type player when we were in junior. It was my first game in Victoria and my folks came down from central Vancouver Island to watch.

“[Barrie] was all over me, chirping and smacking me. Finally, about halfway through the second period, I had enough. I dropped my gloves and we went at it. Who would have thought 21 years later he would be my boss?”

-Lightning goalie Olaf Kolzig.  More at the Globe and Mail…

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Red Fisher Returns

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from Mike Boone of the Montreal Gazette,

imageThe key issue was motivation. Did he want to put his no-longer-young body through the rigours of an 82-game season - plus what everyone in Montreal prays will be a deep playoff run? The mental aspect of the game is even more

gruelling. A perfectionist who’s notoriously hard on himself, he had to decide whether he was psychologically ready for the total commitment that an NHL season demands.

I am referring, of course, to the Living Legend of Sports Journalism. And I am delighted to report that after carefully weighing his options - writing about the sport he loves and understands better than anyone this side of Scotty Bowman vs. playing pinochle with retired garment industry executives at the Cavendish Mall - the LLSJ has saddled up for at least one more cattle drive.

more

*picture via canada.com

 

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Talking Rules

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NHL Senior VP of Officiating Stephen Walkom discusses the rule changes for this season.

Watch the video below…

Continue Reading »

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Trade Inquiries Revealed

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It is not often you read about a team owner discussing some of the trade inquiries they receive.  I wonder how the teams mentioned below feel about it?

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

(Oren) Koules has a ready response to any questions about Smith, the former Dallas backup who was 3-10 after arriving in Tampa last February.

“There was an erroneous report on the first day of free agency that we wanted to trade Mike Smith,” Koules said. “The first two calls we got were from [Stars GM] Les Jackson and [former Stars GM] Doug Armstrong (now VP of Player Personnel for the Blues). Then, we got one from [Vancouver Canucks GM] Mike Gillis, who used to be his agent.

“What’s that tell you about Smith?”

much more on the Lightning…

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