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Coach Bowman - The Early Years

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from Don Barrie of the Peterborough Examiner,

The Petes’ third coach in three years was 24-year-old Scott Bowman.

Coach Bowman, not one for keeping his concerns in-house, publicly admonished rotund defencemen Dave Besse by sitting him out until he lost some weight. He then lambasted the entire team in the newspaper for their poor home record: Eight wins in the first 15 games.

In a mid-season incident, George Montague, told by Bowman to serve a bench penalty, refused, threw his stick and gloves onto the ice then grabbed a bunch of sticks from the rack and threw them on the ice. He then stormed off to the dressing room. I guess he didn’t want to do it!


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Numminen Glad To Be Back

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from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

Numminen went through the physical process again Friday in HSBC Arena. This time, he didn’t skip a beat.

“It’s special to be back. It’s an exciting day,” Numminen said. “I’ve been waiting for this. I feel good. I feel strong. I feel comfortable. I feel healthy. I feel normal. So everything’s going well.”

The defenseman had no problems with either the physical or the rigorous on-ice testing he and the Sabres underwent on the opening day of training camp. He knew he’d be fine. He recently visited his doctors at the Cleveland Clinic and passed their tests, too.

Next up is proving that a 40-year-old can return to the NHL after nearly a full year away.


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Looking For A Captain In Vancouver

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from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,

Defencemen Willie Mitchell and Mattias Ohlund, as well as centres Henrik Sedin and Ryan Kesler, were frequently alternates towards the end of a non-playoff season. All are candidates to ascend to captain this year.

Mitchell previously wore a ‘C’ with the Minnesota Wild, a team that rotated its captain every month or so. But both Mitchell and forward Pavol Demitra, a free-agent addition from the Wild, said a permanent captain was preferred.

“I wasn’t a big fan of it,” Mitchell said. “You have your group of leaders and, it’s just my personal opinion, but I don’t think it gives the letter [the] respect that it deserves if too many people wear it.”


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Toronto May Go The Rotating ‘C’ Route

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from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star,

“Not one minute have I worried about who the captain is or whether that’s an important issue right now. It’s not. This team has to learn how to play. It’s not about the captain or all this other stuff,” said Wilson, holding court after his players had gone through testing and medicals.

“We’re going to do it as a group. I don’t think the team is looking for one guy to lead them out of the mess the last few years have been.”

The C, in concept anyway, will instead stand for committee. Wilson said a possibility is to have a pool of four to eight players from which the captaincy is awarded on a rotating basis. It might also stand for confidential, since there’s no guarantee the fans will know who’s been designated as the captain for a particular game.


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A Clear Picture

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from Ben Wright of Blueland Blog,

The prospects and younger players arrive later and spend more time sitting around waiting for turns in tests and in the photography line. That’s where you overhear the best stories and comments.

Several younger players were concerned about their complexions for the pictures. Makeup wasn’t offered since we have great graphic artists who can clean up just about anything, but it was still the cause of stress for some guys. One player who I won’t name had a pretty big blemish on his forehead and was cracking jokes about it. As he was getting his picture taken half a dozen other players gathered around the monitor to see just how bad it looked in the pictures. Let’s just say it’s a good thing our graphics guys are world class.

more on the Thrashers…

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A Battle They Can’t Afford To Fight

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In the NHL today, it is clear that good teams are built by obtaining the rights (via draft or otherwise) to young talent that will mature into stardom and retaining that talent through free agency.  It is not possible to build successfully through free agency.  As a result of this, it is extremely important to sign up your talented restricted free agents as painlessly as possible to deals that keep them happy with the organization, so they will want to remain there in their unrestricted free agency years.  The team that has done the worst job of this over this summer is the Los Angeles Kings.  They waited most of the summer to resign restricted free agents Jarret Stoll and Brad Richardson and have not yet signed Patrick O’Sullivan.  In fact, O’Sullivan has been asked not to attend Los Angeles Kings training camp until a deal is done.

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Fantasy Help

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Crosby or Ovechkin?  Brodeur or Nabokov?  Phaneuf or Lidstrom?  With NHL training camps getting underway hockey fans need to know who they should pick in their upcoming NHL Fantasy drafts.

Fortunately help here as TSN.ca Fantasy Expert Scott Cullen has released his position-by-position rankings and scoring projections for the top 250 players for the upcoming season.


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Avs Confident Going Into The Season

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from Rick Sadowski of the Rocky Mountain News,

Based on predictions by a number of hockey pundits, the Avalanche’s chances of even qualifying for the Stanley Cup playoffs in 2008-09 are pretty much non-existent….

“They said that last year, too,” forward Ian Laperriere said. “OK, let’s not play. Who won the Cup? They said Detroit again? We’ll throw the season away and not play then. Those magazines, it drives me nuts. So let’s not play. Let’s go home.

“We’ve got a good mix of young guys, older guys, grit and skill. Not everybody can be like Detroit. But with the skill and the mix of grit, we’re the closest thing to a team that can beat a team like Detroit.”

read on

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Recovery Time

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

A focal point for NHL teams going into training camps is always, how does a player recovering from off-season surgery look? How long will it take for him to return to form? And in the case of a major injury, can he even get back to normal in one season?

There are a number of prominent players who fit the category – everyone from Vincent Lecavalier, the newly appointed captain of the Tampa Bay Lightning, to Carolina captain Rod Brind’Amour, both of whom will figure prominently in their respective teams’ bids to make the playoffs after missing post-season play in the Eastern Conference last season.

more plus othe NHL topics…

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Five Teams Active In Schneider Talks

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from Dan Wood of the OC Register,

“I have spent a good deal of time, as have (senior vice president of hockey operations) Bob Murray and (assistant general manager) David McNab, working on our cap situation,” Ducks general manager Brian Burke said. “Obviously, most of the activity is centered on Mathieu Schneider.

“Our goal would be to resolve this within 72 hours, maybe four days, max. We think to make Mathieu stay out longer than that wouldn’t be fair to him and his preparation as a hockey player.”

The Ducks are in “active” discussions with five teams regarding Schneider, and another club is on the “back burner.


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