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from the Montreal Gazette,
Andrei Markov loves the playmaker role but the veteran defenceman is being asked to shoot the puck more as he moves into a new role with the No. 1 power play in the National Hockey League. Markov moves from the left point to the right point and that’s where the Montreal Canadiens look for the shot.
That’s where Sheldon Souray launched his rockets two years ago. And that’s where Mark Streit weaved his magic last season. With both players opting for free agency, Markov is being asked to fill the vacant spot.
from Howard Berger of Fan590,
At 4:15 a.m., an ear-splitting alarm echoed through the halls of the MGM Grand Hotel, followed by an announcement to proceed to the nearest stairwell. Moments later, a second announcement informed guests that an “early detection” warning had gone off, and most of the 300 or so patrons of the hotel spilled on to the front plaza along Third Steeet here in downtown Detroit. As is thankfully typical in these circumstances, the alarm proved to be a non-emergency, and patrons were given the all-clear to return to their rooms around 4:35 a.m.
from James Duthie of The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,
1. Detroit—Barring octopus particles landing on the ice and
and splattering into the eyes of Lidstrom, Zetterberg, Datsyuk, Franzen, and Hossa causing season-long blindness, the Wings should run away with it (Even if the multi-octopi-blindness thing does happen, they still have enough depth to win their division).
2. Anaheim—Their owner is likely headed to jail, and their GM is likely headed to Toronto (or Boston) next year, but for now, the Ducks are still a serious contender. Having Scott Niedermayer for the entire season should make a major difference. Ryan Getzlaf is a superstar is waiting.
from Randy Hahn of the Seagate Broadcaster Blog,
Johnathan Cheechoo will score 35+ goals.
Jerome Iginla will almost singlehandedly drag Calgary to the Northwest Divison title.
Sidney Crosby and the Penguins won’t go back to the cup final, Montreal will in the east.
The Sharks will meet Minnesota in the first round of the playoffs, Anaheim in the second round and Detroit in the Conference Final.
from Razor With An Edge,
Is this the year… the Avalanche replace Patrick Roy?
Is this the year… Detroit sucks?
Is this the year… Dallas has another parade?
Is this the year… Oil gushes on the ice?
Is this the year… Nashville loads the moving trucks?
Craig Custance of Sporting News Today shares some opening night memories with NHL players, coaches and executives.
from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,
(Ryan) Miller looked around and realized everything he wanted in his career was right here. He was the No. 1 goalie for a team that had a taste of success and was starving for it again. He had built a network of friends, people he trusted away from hockey. He had earned his place within the community and was guaranteed to make a good buck.
Mostly, though, he saw the core of teammates with whom he had built a strong bond, a group that had blossomed and helped the Sabres reach the Eastern Conference finals two straight years, blood brothers who wanted to stay together. He wasn’t looking to leave Buffalo for Detroit. He wanted to find the Red Wings’ success with the Sabres.
“It didn’t really click for them until they became a cohesive unit,” Miller said.
from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,
The holdout is over. Thrashers goalie prospect Ondrej Pavelec will report to practice Thursday for the Chicago Wolves, his agent Allan Walsh told Sporting News. Pavelec hasn’t practiced with the team since he was assigned to Chicago by the Thrashers Saturday.
“(Thrashers G.M.) Don (Waddell) has had conversations with Ondrej, I’ve had many conversations with Don over the last three days,” Walsh said Wednesday afternoon. “I think we’ve reached a new understanding about Ondrej’s situation and with that understanding he’ll report to Chicago.”
For the San Jose Sharks ownership group, the 2008-09 NHL season will see the club’s player payroll hit record levels. While team revenues may have trouble keeping up with the expenses, the Sharks owners are more than happy to provide the bankroll to keep a group together that has the potential to reward them with a Stanley Cup championship.
“Hockey is not a business for those looking to make a lot of money,” said Sharks President and Chief Executive Officer Greg Jamison. “Our ownership group is committed to seeing a Stanley Cup parade in San Jose.”
from Ted Leonsis of Ted’s Take,
The last time we were picked this highly and with this much expectation, we didn’t even qualify for the playoffs.
So I think I liked it better when we were underdogs. Now we have the weight of expectations on our shoulders. I am hoping our shoulders are broad enough to carry these heightened expectations. There are so many great teams in the NHL. I would hate to give any team bulletin board fodder as motivation. We must remain hungry and very humble.
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