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from the Vancouver Sun,
Less than 48 hours after avoiding a serious knee injury, Vancouver Canuck goalie Roberto Luongo was back on the ice and practising with his teammates….
“I was able to get through the practice so that’s a good sign,” Luongo said. “This morning it felt much better than yesterday and I was able to walk on it fine. Obviously if it was going to bother me on the ice, I was going to get off. Once it was warmed up, I was fine.”
from the AP via the Santa Barbara News-Press,
Wayne Gretzky, the leading scorer in NHL history, will hold a sale of personal items to benefit two local schools.
Gretzky and his wife, Janet, will sell home furnishings, off-road vehicles and limited-edition autographed jerseys on Oct. 27 at Oaks Christian school to raise money for construction of the school’s new baseball stadium.
“We have to change the way we do business a little bit, come up with some new ideas and make things a little bit fresh.”
- Steve Yzerman, tonight on the FSD pregame show.
from Pierre LeBrun at Sportsnet,
Can’t help but cheer for a guy like Chris Mason, named the third star by the NHL on Monday after the Nashville goalie stopped 63 of 64 shots in leading the Predators to a pair of opening wins. With Tomas Vokoun traded to Florida, Mason finally gets a chance to become a No. 1 goalie in this league, something I know he’s craved for a long time. He could be one of the best stories of the season.
more NHL bits plus some Forseberg talk…
from The Blueshirts Blog at the Daily News,
Do not, under any circumstances, consider this a precedent. Because I have no intention of spending time and space on this blog shooting down ridiculous rumors—I already have a full-time job, thank you.
But as so many of you have asked about “reports” that Ed Jovanovski is headed to the Rangers, I’ll make an exception.
This makes no sense on so many different levels it’s difficult to know where to start. But let’s start with some simple math:
From Scott Morrison at CBC,
Every now and then, reality intrudes in to the world of fun and games, offering us a reminder that professional athletes are really no different than the rest of us.
They laugh, they cry and, sadly, they get sick.
Just like the rest of us.
The latest reminder of how some times we forget, in all the excitement of the games, in all the angst over the winning and losing, that the players are just people, too, came in the troubling news Monday that Maple Leafs winger Jason Blake has been diagnosed with cancer.
from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,
There is no doubt that the NHL would like to get into Europe, but there’s also no doubt that at the moment, it’s just not feasible.
There is, however, faint hope on the horizon. Aeronautical engineers say that we’re not that far away from flights that escape the earth’s atmosphere.
In other words, the plane would go so high that it would escape most of the earth’s gravitational pull. While it’s up, the earth would turn and then the plane would come down on the other side of the ocean. In theory, this would reduce the length of a transcontinental flight to two hours.
from USA TODAY,
What kind of transition do you expect to the NHL?
Backstrom: I have to get used to the smaller rink. I feel better and better, but in the beginning it was tougher than I thought. But I’m playing with good players, so that will make it easier for me. I just have to work on my skating and getting a little quicker, but it’ll be good.
Colorado Avalanche center Paul Stastny, New York Islanders center Mike Comrie and Nashville Predators goaltender Chris Mason have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending October 7.
from Scott Burnside at ESPN,
So, now that the games are counting, here are some conclusions (or should we call them mini-conclusions) that can be drawn….
Yes, it’s painfully early, but the play of netminding “savior” Tomas Vokoun in Florida has been just that—painful—as the Panthers are off to a 0-2 start. Vokoun has allowed nine goals on 49 shots. For those keeping score at home, it translates to a 4.54 goals-against average and .816 save percentage.
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