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from Fire & Ice,
New head coach Brent Sutter announced this morning that Patrik Elias might not be the captain again this season, Sutter did not rule out picking Elias to wear the C again, but said he would go through “a process” with his assistant coaches and general manager Lou Lamoriello to select the captain and the alternates.
thanks to a KK member for the pointer…
from On the Forecheck,
Thanks to JavaGeek over at Hockey Numbers for pointing out that the NHL is using a new format for its game report files, starting with last night’s exhibition game between the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings. For hockey stats analysts, this is a bit like Christmas in September; there are some welcome additions to the detailed information presented online after each game, although it will take some work to reconfigure how we pull that data down and bring it into a structured format.
from Bob McKenzie at his blog on TSN,
There have been a lot of rumors that the Florida Panthers are trading defenceman Noah Welch, who they recently signed to a new contract.
Based on the information I am a getting, there is no truth whatsoever to the rumors.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Iginla thought: With the opening of training camp still eight days away, he’d organized a boy’s weekend out in nearby Banff – something coach Mike Keenan likened to a team-building exercise, but Iginla saw mostly as an excuse to get together with the newcomers in a social setting, away from the pressures of the rink and all the attendant scrutiny.
Some players went golfing, others went fishing. Mother Nature didn’t exactly cooperate, according to Alex Tanguay – the day was cold and wet and sometimes, the wet stuff looked suspiciously like snow or hail. But all in all, it served the purpose – to introduce Iginla, Tanguay and other holdover mainstays to the new players on the team, Owen Nolan, Adrian Aucoin, Cory Sarich and all the rest.
from John McGourty of NHL.com,
This was the 11th year that Centre ICE and Traverse City have hosted the event and the second year that seven other NHL teams competed here. There may be an event like this coming to you in the future. There were at least two teams here to study the rink operation as well as scout the roughly 160 players who, for the most part, were drafted in the past three years. Each team was limited to using only four professional hockey players, mostly those in the AHL and ECHL.
Teams that once turned down Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland’s invitations, call repeatedly to ask to be admitted.
“You snooze, you lose, I tell them, but we’re looking at expanding and including more teams, nothing definite yet,” Holland said. “It’s a good place to see how your young talent is progressing and how they shape up against their own age group.
Numminen believed the surgery would occur years down the line but doctors at The Cleveland Clinic advised the 39-year old defensemen have it done now.
“It was shocking,” said Numminen. “It was something that I wasn’t expecting and it really was surprising.”
Numminen, who has had two heart surgeries, will have a valve in his heart repaired on Thursday at The Cleveland Clinic.
The Sabres have suspended Numminen without pay for reporting to training camp physically unable to perform, something he is not thinking about.
“That’s I guess how the teams do their business, it’s not really on my list of worries or things to think about. It’s really on the side and not a big deal for me.”
from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
The Thrashers opened training camp Friday morning without center Steve Rucchin, who failed his physical on Thursday. Rucchin has been suffering from post-concussion syndrome since taking a hit to the head against the Colorado Avalanche on Feb. 8. He hasn’t played since.
“He feels pretty good, but when he gets to an exertion period of work, (the headaches) keep coming back,” said general manager Don Waddell.
from On the Islanders Beat,
The Isles’ arrival was the good news yesterday on the front page of the Moncton Times & Transcript right next to the tragic news of the funerals for three of the four local 16-year-old boys who died in a terrible traffic accident last Saturday. The fourth service will be held today in nearby Beresford, and the Islanders are exploring ways to make a goodwill gesture to aid a community in mourning.
For some, the opening of hockey season will provide an escape from their grief. Moncton has scheduled a Hockey Night in Downtown celebration tonight, featuring a parade led by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police band and players from the Islanders as well as four local university and youth teams. On Saturday, there will be a Road Hockey Challenge for kids ages 5 to 10 to launch the opening of the season for the Wildcats, now coached by Danny Flynn, who was Nolan’s top assistant last season with the Islanders and previously in juniors with Moncton and Sault Ste. Marie.
via the Globe and Mail,
Last week, we tried to track down the 31-year-old O’Neill to get his thoughts on why he remains unsigned even though he scored 20 goals last season and to find out if there were any clubs interested in his services. But his new agent, Ian Pulver, returned an e-mail that said the two of them felt that it wasn’t in the best interest of O’Neill to do an interview.
Of the 120 players who scored 20 goals or more, only Petr Prucha of the New York Rangers averaged less than O’Neill’s 13 minutes and 43 seconds of ice time. Of the 167 players who matched O’Neill’s 42 points or more, only Michel Ouellet of the Pittsburgh Penguins averaged less ice time than O’Neill.
from the Boston Globe,
Julien has been through this before. Last season, he heard similar questions about his defense in New Jersey, which featured Brian Rafalski as its only big-time D-man. But that same defense posted a 2.35 GAA last season, the third-lowest mark in the league that was undoubtedly spurred by the presence of goalie Martin Brodeur.
“You could say we had a good goaltender then, but the team in front of him did a real good job,” Julien said. “It’s about working as a group. With the guys that we have here, we’re very confident they can do that job.”
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