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from E.J. Hradek at ESPN,
In goal, Biron will team with returning stopper Antero Niittymaki. After spending the last several seasons as a backup in Buffalo, Biron relishes the opportunity to be the No. 1 guy in Philly. He’s a solid, competitive goaltender, and his likeable nature should help the day-to-day dealings in the dressing room.
Holmgren clearly improved this team during the offseason. But, with so many new faces, it’s hard to know just how much better the Flyers can be. I figure they’ll be battling for a playoff spot. If I’m pressed to make a pick, I say they find their way into the second season.
CanWest sports reporter Cory Wolfe gets personal with a sports figure. Today, NHL linesman Mike Cvik - all six foot nine of him - gets cornered.
CanWest: Describe a time when you got caught in the crossfire of a hockey fight.
Cvik: Well, Shawn Cronin jumped Ron Stern in Calgary and broke my nose.
I was trying to protect Stern. Cronin threw a punch across my shoulder and hit me. . . . I looked up and (former Calgary Flames trainer) Bearcat Murray was standing beside me. There was blood on my sweater. I looked at Stern and he wasn’t bleeding. Bearcat goes: “C’mon, kid. Your nose is broken. Let’s get out of here.”
via Sports Media Watch,
ESPN has edited a column by SportsCenter anchor and hockey writer John Buccigross to no longer include a reference to a potential reunion between the network and the National Hockey League.
Buccigross, writing the season debut of his weekly hockey column, speculated that ESPN would gain the rights to air National Hockey League games for the first time since 2004.
“NHL players want it, the NHL wants it and ESPN wants it,” Buccigross wrote, “NBC and Versus somewhat holds the cards however, so we will have to wait and see; but my guess is yes. ESPN will have a piece of the pie.”
thanks to a KK member for the pointer…
added 10:13am, via William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
If something is close between the NHL and ESPN (with consent from Versus), it’s perhaps understandable that ESPN would keep a lid on speculation from within.
It’s not good journalism, but it might be good for business.
from the Chicago Sun-Times,
Martin Havlat, their leading scorer last season, felt pain in his groin in the first period of Tuesday’s exhibition game against the Florida Panthers and skated off the ice. He didn’t return in that game and didn’t take the ice when the Hawks resumed training camp Wednesday in Bensenville.
‘‘He’s day-to-day,’’ Savard said. ‘‘I’d like to have him play Sunday in the last exhibition game [at Minnesota]. I’d like the whole team to be available then.’‘
That won’t likely happen. Rookie center Jonathan Toews, who broke an index finger in the second preseason game Sept. 19, remains doubtful for the Oct. 4 opener at Minnesota, and Tuomo Ruutu, also listed as day-to-day, is nursing a sore knee.
fro Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
Stopping short of calling his team lazy, Mike Keenan delivered his first public tongue-lashing of the Flames, punctuating a tirade-filled practice with a frank critique of his squad.
“I am prepared to say the work ethic of this team can be upgraded considerably,” said Keenan, minutes after a spirited skate that had players rubbing one another out while Keenan screamed.
“We have to change the habits around here, maybe not the culture.”
from the LA Times,
By the time Bernier arrived at training camp, the Kings were eager to see what he could do and he was added to the goaltending mix with Dan Cloutier, Jason LaBarbera and Jean-Sebastien Aubin.
“I got to camp, there were three veteran goalies, so I said to tell myself, ‘Just play like I know and just worry about the game,’ ” Bernier said. “And that’s what I did.”
“You don’t want to get too overly excited, but he’s showing some very good poise in the net,” said Coach Marc Crawford, who last Friday sent Cloutier to Manchester (N.H.) of the American Hockey League. “For a goalie to play at this age, they need to have a real strong fundamental game.
“He has a sound package, especially with his skating. . . . He has a great foundation to his goaltending game.”
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from the Toronton Sun,
Yet before the Maple Leafs goaltender officially is declared a flop across the board, a voice of reason last night might help this sudden city-wide panic to end.
That person was none other than San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson, who watched Toskala come up through his organization to emerge, in his mind, as one of the upper echelon goalies in the game.
“I understand the passion of the fans and that’s wonderful, butI’m not sure you want to judge him after just two exhibition games,” Wilson said in a phone interview from San Jose. “He is a very good goalie and I predict he will play very well for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
“He is very mentally tough. He’ll be able to handle the (spotlight) in Toronto.”
from the Bergen Record,
“I’m not saying we’ll have someone with the ‘C’ or won’t have someone with the ‘C’. I don’t know,” Sutter said Thursday. “But we’ll probably have someone with ‘A’s’ on their jerseys, that’s for sure.”
Sutter said, “it’s nothing to read into,” but he still is trying to get a read on which players would best fit the leadership roles on his team. Elias eventually might be his captain, too.
“I’m not saying what they had here last year was right or wrong,” Sutter said. “I just wanted time to go through it and the decision, whenever it’s made, is going to be the right decision as far as the makeup of our team and how we want to play and so forth.”
From Darren Dreger at TSN,
Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk along with general manager Bryan Murray spent the better part of five hours on Thursday in discussion with Dany Heatley’s representatives, J.P. Barry and Stacey McAlpline in Ottawa.
The two groups decided it would be best to walk away from the negotiating table, challenged with the task of re-establishing their positions.
“We had lengthy and detailed discussions regarding Dany’s free agency and we will take some time over the next week to consider each other’s position,” Barry said.
Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail has a story up on Sidney Crosby and on the right sidebar, the Globe and Mail ranks the Top 200
scorers in the NHL
Pretty fair I would say.
added 9/29/07, Ha, actually the offficial title of the Top 200 is Duhatschek’s Top 200 Fantasy Players.
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