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from the Calgary Sun,
“Yeah, I think so. I hate hearing guys (say), ‘Ah, I’m in the best shape ever. Blah, blah, blah.’ That basically says maybe I didn’t work hard enough in the past,” Warrener said yesterday.
“But I think you do get wiser and smarter as you go on and, as the years go by, you take better care of yourself.
“Certainly, I feel as good as I’ve ever felt at the start of the exhibition season.”
Warrener looks nowhere near his listed weight of 215 lb., and while he won’t disclose exact numbers, it’s safe to say he dropped more than the 10 pounds Jarome Iginla shed during the last off-season.
via the Edmonton Sun,
With so many candidates to take over the Edmonton Oilers captaincy left vacant by Jason Smith’s trade to Philadelphia, head coach Craig MacTavish hinted yesterday the club might alternate the C.
“The preference is to find your best player and give it to him,” said MacTavish, whose best players are the likes of Ales Hemsky and Jarret Stoll.
“If your best player is still a relatively young player, then that factors into it.
“We could name somebody who’s going to evolve into it but isn’t quite ready, or we could share it for a while until that person evolves into it.”
from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Blues coach Andy Murray thinks 19-year-old center Patrik Berglund has a chance to make the NHL roster. Berglund believes it, too. So will he be with the team when it opens the season Oct. 4 in Phoenix?
“He just has to be above one centerman we have in our lineup right now,” Blues coach Andy Murray said….
“I’m very happy about it,” said Berglund, the 25th pick in the 2006 NHL draft. “They show a lot of interest in me and they give me a chance to play with the best players in the world and that means a lot to me.”
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Alfredsson said he’s not sure if he pulls more weight than Leafs captain and countryman Mats Sundin, but indicated if Forsberg wants a realistic chance to win a championship then Ottawa would be a better choice than Toronto.
“I don’t know, but I think our situation should be able to catch (Forsberg’s) eye,” Alfredsson said yesterday. “Looking at the team we have and the opportunity we have here, I’m sure he’ll realize how close we were last year and he could be the one who could add that little bit of extra confidence for us.”
Senators GM Bryan Murray, who is trying to add a top-six forward, has spoken with Forsberg’s agent, Don Baizley, three times and has also asked Alfredsson to phone Forsberg and talk up Ottawa.
from the Mercury News,
Dimitri Patzold and Thomas Greiss were standing side by side outside the Sharks locker room, talking about their friendly competition for the backup goalie position. Both put the emphasis on the “friendly” part of their battle.
“We’re not fighting,” Patzold said, smiling. “It’s not like boxing.”
Greiss agreed. “We’re buddies.”
They even often go out to dinner together. “But,” Greiss added, “we split the bill.”...
Deciding which one will open the year as Evgeni Nabokov’s No. 2 is the biggest question facing the Sharks.
From Tom Gulitti at Fire & Ice,
Enforcer Cam Janssen might have injured his shoulder tonight because of the league’s new Reebok Edge sweaters. His sweater ripped during his two first period fights with Philadelphia’s Jesse Boulerice. That might have helped Boulerice pull Janssen’s jersey over his head in both altercations and win both decisively. Arron Asham also had his sweater tear during his fight with Riley Cote.
“These new jerseys are supposed to make you faster, but what good are they if they tear that easily,” Mike Rupp said.
*Hat tip to hockeyfights.com for passing on the story
From Michael Russo at the Star Tribune,
In the real world, Brian Rolston is a young man at age 34. In the hockey world, he’s a dinosaur.
“But I feel young, which is all that matters. If I was on the Red Wings, I’d be really young,” a laughing Rolston joked.
Plus, if you’ve paid attention to his first two years in Minnesota (or Sunday’s scrimmage in White Bear Lake), you realize Rolston, despite a few gray hairs, isn’t some breaking-down, old veteran.
(Gotta love a Red Wings joke at the end of the day…)
fro Stan Fischler of MSG Network,
My equation goes like this.
Pencil Lundqvist in for 66 games and allow the remaining 16 for Stevie.
Should, Valiquette fail, Glen Sather has an option or three: 1) Curtis Joseph; 2. Robert Esche; 3. Make a deal for Scott Clemmensen.
* CONCLUSION: Valiquette will do the job, and not because he’s my friend. I like Montoya, too, but more than anything, Al needs experience more than my friendship.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
There likely isn’t enough of an upgrade for the Coyotes to challenge for a playoff spot, and in some forecasts they are rated as contenders for 30th place overall. Gretzky is realistic about his team’s chances.
“Obviously, we’ve got an uphill climb,” Gretzky said. “We’re in a tough situation here. We’re an organization that’s gone the young route and we’re going to stay that course for now and see what happens.”
In the new NHL, you almost need a perfect storm in order to succeed — that your kids mature at a time when your veterans still have something left in the tank.
“Pittsburgh is a special case because they have the best player in [Sidney] Crosby, but look at Buffalo,” Gretzky said. “Buffalo turned around their franchise in three years. Because of the salary cap and salary structure, [a turnaround] can happen like that,” Gretzky said, snapping his fingers.
Ryan Miller particpated in an NHL tele-conference today…
Q. Obviously you went through this before, and what advice will you give to your teammates about playing an outdoor game, particularly with regard to how do you prepare for the cold?
RYAN MILLER: The hype, you just kind of focus on playing the hockey game. What I experienced at Michigan State was how everyone went out there and no matter if they were a veteran, everyone was kind of acting like a rookie, just try and go out and go a million miles an hour.
I think that the best thing to do is just play your game and take in the experience, because it is a great chance to showcase hockey, and looking forward to it.
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