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from the Rocky Mountain News,
Six weeks after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery, Avalanche goalie Jose Theodore will make his regular- season debut tonight.
He will start against the St. Louis Blues at the Scottrade Center in a game that could set the tone for the kind of season it will be for him and for the Avalanche.
“It’s good to be back in,” he said Thursday. “It was a long rehab, but it’s fun to get the start. I’m anxious to get out there and help the team.”
National Hockey League franchises have increased in value as a result of the collective bargaining agreement between owners and players that capped player salaries at 54% (now 56%) of league revenue beginning with the 2005-06 season. More cost certainty has increased the number of bidders for teams while the supply remained fixed at 30 franchises.
But the new CBA has not been the panacea for team values that some self-serving owners would want you to believe.
from the Montreal Gazette,
Huet is aware he and Price are competing for the No. 1 job and said that’s the way it should be.
“It has to be like that,” Huet said. “The coach is going to use the best goalie, the guy who’s playing the best during the games and that pushes me, for sure, to be better and get the job done.”
Price describes Huet as the perfect mentor for a young goaltender, although Huet was at a loss to explain exactly what he does in that role.
“I think the important thing is that I treat him like everyone else,” Huet said. “But you should ask him.”
from Empty Netters,
Now it’s way too early to throw our hands up in the air in fear and proclaim the return of the “Dead Puck Era.” The NHL has re-emphasized holding and hooking penalties so far this season. But it’s certainly not a good thing to see scoring down by over half a goal per game.
That said, we’re still nearly a goal ahead of 2003-04, the last season before the lockout. At the same time, scoring is down nearly a goal from 2005-06 season when the “New NHL” debuted.
read on to see a comparison chart on goal scoring plus many NHL bits…
Ilya Kovalchuk in a fight last night, coming to the defense of a teammate who he thought received a cheap shot.
from the Vancouver Province,
During his weekly segment on a Vancouver morning radio show, Nonis took his players to task for their effort in the 8-2 fright night against the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday.
“Last year, we prided ourselves on being an incredibly hard-working and intelligent team,” Nonis said on the show. “And I thought (Wednesday) night, and for much of the first game as well, we were neither. “We were lazy and stupid. That’s something you can’t put up with.”
“As a player, you have that responsibility to get yourself prepared to play,” Vigneault said. “There were a lot of guys who mentioned they didn’t work hard enough and they didn’t prepare properly. It’s their responsibility.
“It was a total team collapse.”
from the NY Post,
“It’s a long year. We’re only four games in,” Brent Sutter said after the Devils fell to 1-3 on the season, shut out 3-0 by the Panthers here last night. “The guys are competing and playing hard. I don’t have an issue with that at all.”
But the Devils may be taking this egalitarian “all men are created equal” stuff too far. It’s as if they’re trying to prove - by necessity - that systems are more important than skill. The evidence is mounting against them.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
If Sean Avery hadn’t gone down with a sprained left shoulder, chances are pretty good Dave Scatchard would not have skated with the Rangers as he did yesterday on the first day of a tryout, and as he is likely to do regularly before too long as the club’s third-line center.
From the summer moment the Rangers sent Matt Cullen back to Carolina, it was all but inevitable Tom Renney would seek a veteran replacement to skate between young snipers Petr Prucha and Ryan Callahan, regardless of how good rookie applicants Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov looked in training camp.
from the Toronto Star,
Before your eyes begin to glaze over because this column deals with media access, be warned that it’s something all sports fans should be concerned about.
The latest skirmish in the ongoing war between the media and sports rights holders involves the Toronto Maple Leafs, who have banned hand-held video cameras from their dressing room both here and on the road.
From Barry Rozner at the Daily Herald,
The dominoes are starting to fall.
The housecleaning on West Madison began with the departure of Peter Wirtz last week and continued with the removal of Bob Pulford on Thursday, one of the most important moves the Blackhawks have made in years.
At this rate, new Hawks owner Rocky Wirtz will have home games on TV and a first-class hockey operations department by Christmas.
OK, that’s a stretch, but he’s moving fast and you have to give him time to clear up the more complicated matters.
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