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Dreams of Playing in the NHL

These days, getting a tryout with a NHL team is nearly as exclusive a process as signing a contract itself.  And if there are any modest surprises on the roster, they’re usually the result of formal tryout contracts, like those which Owen Nolan and Todd Fedoruk signed with the Canucks this year.

The process is highly systematic to achieve the best results, both in conditioning the players with guaranteed roster spots and possibly promoting other players for the team, depending on their performance in training camp.  As Stan Smyl explained in the Vancouver Sun today, it’s all about development, and we can assume it’s probably a more efficient and effective means of readying the roster, as compared to the past. 

But this story he tells about a training camp incident some years back is the kind of thing I’d like to imagine happened more often:

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  Tags: chris+levesque, dan+cloutier, johan+hedberg, stan+smyl, training+camp

This Game is Rigged

Hmmm. Someone at the NHL Tournament of Logos has a perverse sense of fair-play.  This week, one their polls features Roberto Luongo’s mask art versus Dan Cloutier’s.  And as is the case in so many things for Clouts, the dude didn’t have a prayer. 

Votes are currently sitting at 1,231 to 127 in Luongo’s favor.  This screenshot from the poll should explain why…

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  Tags: dan+cloutier, goalie+masks, roberto+luongo

What’s Up in Los Angeles?

There was an Iain MacIntyre article in the Vancouver Sun this morning which brought up some serious issues about Dan Cloutier’s experience since his trade to the Los Angeles Kings.  In it, MacIntyre addressed issues about Cloutier’s recent career that hadn’t been publicized before.

Specifically:

But harder than stopping the puck was the feeling Cloutier had—has—that the Kings weren’t doing much to help him.

The team insisted he shed his birdcage wire mask and helmet, citing insurance issues. Cloutier was never comfortable in a traditional mask, and a few games into last season he was feeling physical discomfort.

He was having hip pain. He volunteered to keep playing because the Kings’ other goalie, Mathieu Garon, had a broken finger. Cloutier’s pain got worse, but the team insisted initially there was little wrong with him.

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  Tags: dan+cloutier, injuries, los+angeles+kings, media, philip+anschutz

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