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from the Columbus Dispatch,
Four veteran players are penciled in as of today. Notice that was penciled, as in, easily erased.
Peca, Sergei Fedorov, Manny Malhotra and Jiri Novotny are the four, and none are truly No. 1 centers in the NHL.
Fedorov, now 37, could be a good No. 2. Peca is an elite No. 3. Malhotra and Novotny, on a good club, would be No. 4s.
But here’s the wrinkle. Early on in camp, the Blue Jackets will give Dan Fritsche, Gilbert Brule and Derick Brassard a look on one of the top two lines, likely letting them each play two of the first four exhibition games in such a role.
from the Detroit Free Press,
QUESTION: You grew used to seeing bold moves while you were with the Wings. What are your thoughts on the Rangers signing marquee free agents Chris Drury and Scott Gomez last month?
ANSWER: “I think they identified those two players as the top two on their wish list, so to be able to get both was a success. Center ice is such an important position, and to know that that position basically has been solidified for the next five years, I think that’s pretty important. They have similarities in that they’ve both played on championship teams, but they’re different in their styles and both bring a lot of different things to the team.”
A few more questions for Shanahan…
from Kevin Paul Dupont at the Boston Globe,
Meanwhile, in Anaheim, general manager Brian Burke awaits word on whether the esteemed likes of Teemu Selanne and/or Scott Niedermayer will suit up for the Cup-defending Quacks.
“Still waiting to hear,” Burke said Friday morning, some 10 weeks after watching his squad rub out the Senators in the Stanley Cup finals. “I’m not sure if we’ll have an answer here over the weekend, or if this is something that could drag out through training camp, or even into the season. These are two players we’d love to have back, but whatever the case, we feel we’ve made the necessary moves if they don’t return.”
Both Selanne and Niedermayer have enrolled their children in area schools for the upcoming academic year; perhaps that’s a harbinger of good news for the Ducks, or perhaps it’s just a couple more multimillionaires who feel SoCal isn’t a bad place to spend their dough and live out their dotage.
more NHL talk inlcuding this…
Persistent rumors on the Internet this summer have hinted that the Bruins were looking to deal Patrice Bergeron. Never the case, said general manager Peter Chiarelli, who confirmed that Montreal GM Bob Gainey called him at the February trade deadline to inquire about the Quebec-born pivot. “Anyone who has called, I’ve emphatically told them we’re not interested,”
from the Ice Hole,
The Moscow reality is high prices. Just how high?
Two TSN crew members sat down for dinner. They had two lobster pastas, four bottles of water and two tomato and bocconcini salads.
The total? Try $360 Canadian.
They couldn’t believe it.
“I just paid $25 for a tomato,” one said.
a little more...
Heck, I would have sent them 40 tomatoes, which would leave me with about 100 (neighbors love giving away tomotoes!).
from the Milford Daily News,
After setting early tee times the past two years, he doesn’t plan on being able to hit the links quite so soon next spring.
“I think we’re going to make the playoffs this year,” said Thomas, reached by cell phone in the midst of a round while on vacation in Vermont this week. “That would be a big step forward. And who knows, maybe we can take a few more steps than that. But the ultimate goal this year is to make the playoffs, and I think we can do it. That’s what we’re all playing for.”
Saturday night, humid as heck- Well this should get you in the mood..
The extreme sport of underwater ice hockey played upside down.
To see the video…
from the National Post,
Paulo Colaiacovo is an inch taller and 20 pounds heavier than his identical twin brother Carlo. He trims his facial hair into a goatee, not a beard, and would rather stop shots than score goals.
But aside from minor details in their appearance and their position on the ice, not much else is different about the 24-year-old hockey players—especially when it comes to staying healthy.
In his first four pro seasons, Maple Leafs defenceman Carlo has seemed to miss more games because of injury than he has played. His goaltender brother, who contemplated retirement after suffering a “barrage of injuries” in the Central Hockey League last season, seems to be built from the same malfunctioning mould.
“It sometimes feels like we’re cursed,” Paulo joked.
thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…
from Evan Weiner at MCN Sports,
It was nearly 12 years ago when New Jersey Devils owner Dr. John McMullen, who was one of the smartest men ever to own a major league sports franchise, was trying to explain his decision to stay in New Jersey after being offered a deal to move the 1995 Stanley Cup Champions to Nashville, Tennessee….
McMullen never said anything derogatory about Nashville but it was clear from his tone that he didn’t think a National Hockey League franchise in Music City could work and that was before Mayor Phil Bredesen enticed Houston Oilers owner Bud Adams to move his NFL team to the city.
But he made one prediction. Cities would start paying owners cash to keep teams within their boundaries. McMullen was a prophet. His words came to pass within two years….
Freeman’s group wants the city to give them about $3 million annually to help minimize financial losses incurred by the team. The group also wants to take over full responsibility for incentives to improve the Nashville arena’s financial performance and it also wants the city to guarantee that there will be 14,000 paid admissions for each Predators home game so that the ownership group does not lose NHL revenue sharing.
While Freeman and his group’s demands seems a bit outrageous, Freeman and his group are not reinventing the wheel. All they are doing is copying what Tom Benson did in New Orleans and what Alex Spanos accomplished in San Diego.
from the Tampa Bay Lightning,
The updated Lightning logo is a modernization of the team’s classic lightning bolt with the contrast of black surrounding the bolt and the insertion of blue into the bolt’s interior to empower the logo’s impact. A new, custom typeface with angled letters is used for “TAMPA BAY”, while “LIGHTNING” has been dropped from the logo. These changes were made to provide a bold and unified icon.
from the Chronicle Journal,
Marc Staal was not about to let that puck past him. Scrimmage or no scrimmage.
Patrick Sharp tries to cut hard only to be poke checked by the six-foot-four defenceman, who sends an outlet pass the other way that results in one of many goals in this three-on-three pick-up game.
Before an audience of two or three at a sleepy summer morning at Fort William First Nation Arena, a group of professional players from Thunder Bay are skating hard drills and scrimmages at the Core Hockey Camp in preparation for the upcoming season – working out whatever kinks before leaving town for their respective leagues and cities.
Staal is definitely working toward something bigger. His very possible National Hockey League debut in October.
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