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from Fox Sports,
The Sabres will once again finish a season without one of the top snipers in the league at the conclusion of the 2006-07 campaign, but that doesn't mean this team won't be successful. Like last year, expect this team to have balanced scoring up and down the lineup, with a new hero emerging almost every night.... The health of two key players, Tim Connolly and Teppo Numminen, may also be a concern during the year. Connolly (16 G, 39 A in 63 games) is still not fully recovered from a concussion he suffered last season and Numminen underwent off-season surgery to correct an irregular heartbeat. If either or both of these players can't aren't ready for the 2006-07 season, the Sabres may have to unload Biron to bring back a replacement or replacements. Where they'll finish Division: First Conference: Secondmore
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Question: What should be the going rate for a National Hockey League back-up goalie, an experienced hand, with a strong dressing room presence and great leadership ability? Is $1.6 million per season too much in the new NHL? Yes? Then how about $800,000? It is a decision that a handful of NHL teams will need to ponder in the weeks ahead, following the Tampa Bay Lightning's decision to put goaltender Sean Burke on waivers over the weekend.continued
I blogged about it today at NHL.com, I have used it, and Buccigross just used it too.
I promise never to use it again.
New" NHL is history in my book. How about "improved", "better" or nothing at all?
Suggestions are encouraged!
from John Buccigross (remember him) of ESPN,
Thank God, hockey is back. One new twist to this season's preview columns will be a player point projection. Last year I received a Nobel Prize for my Sidney Crosby preseason point projection.... Tampa Bay Lightning I'm going to jump back on this bandwagon for the 2006-07 season. His time in Columbus should only help goaltender Marc Denis. He will play with a very good team in front of him that should have received a dose of humility last season. There is no logical reason why Martin St. Louis went from 94 points to 61 in the "new" NHL.just go... John will explain...and anyone else have an Uncle Kenny?...
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
The biggest fear for hockey people heading into this season is that they'll wake up on Oct. 4 and find out that they're like Pam Ewing on the old television show Dallas, that all the good that was accomplished last season was a big dream. Only it won't be Bobby Ewing coming out of the shower, it'll be Jacques Lemaire and he'll be wrapped in the neutral-zone trap. AAAAARRRRGGGHHH! The genesis of this fear is the understanding that last year was but one step down a long road toward Hockey Shangri-La.continued
My own version of the +/- system at my blog on NHL.com.
By Alanah Downie This feature disappeared for a while but now I'm back from vacation and ready to roll. From now on, this column will be published every Tuesday and some Fridays.
from the Tyee,
When Vancouver writer Michael McKinley got the call, the request was a dream. Write an encyclopedic history of hockey in Canada. The deadline was a nightmare. McKinley produced it in just three months in the spring of 2005. At least he had the support of an enormous team of researchers working on the current 10-part CBC documentary series, Hockey: A People's History, produced by CBC genius Mark Starowicz (head of the documentary unit, and creator of As It Happens and Canada: A People's History). The Tyee talked to McKinley last week, at one of an unmentionable coffee merchant's ubiquitous downtown cafés. On the best non-fiction books about hockey From an inside point of view, there's [Ken Dryden's] The Game. I think Net Worth is up there, because it made us take a cold-eyed look at some of our hockey heroes and the professional world they played in. In the end, the heroes often emerge as even more heroic because of the knavish owners and managers they had to survive.more
from the Arizona Republinc,
Jeremy Roenick is back with the Coyotes after a five-year absence, but, in some ways, he has no interest whatsoever in picking up where he left off. In other words, Roenick doesn't want to be the face of this team again nor its marquee player. "I've been there and done that," Roenick, 36, said Monday. "We have some pretty good names and faces on this team and some young, talented stars and soon-to-be stars. I want to come here and just play. I don't need any of the hoopla."continued
from the Philadelphia Daily News,
So, now that Brashear wears a Washington Capitals jersey, who is the Flyers' go-to-the-mat guy? If coach Ken Hitchcock is to be taken at his word, there isn't one, and there isn't going to be one. "We're going to be team tough," was his answer yesterday. "If someone goes after one of our players, there will be lots of people who will deal with the issue, lots of people on our team that will do that. We're not going to run and hide from any of that stuff. "It's a new NHL," Hitchcock said. "You have to be able to go on the ice and play the game. And if you can't play the game, what good is it?"more
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