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from the Tampa Bay Lightning,
The Tampa Bay Lightning have named center Vincent Lecavalier as team captain, executive vice president of hockey operations Brian Lawton announced. Lecavalier, in his 11th year with the Lightning, previously served as captain during the 1999-2000 and 2000-2001 seasons. Alternate captains will be announced prior to the start of the 2008-09 regular season.
“Vinny has displayed exemplary qualities on and off the ice through out his career,” Lawton said. “He is a natural leader in the locker room and sets a great example for others by the way he competes night in and night out. We are extremely proud to have him as captain of the Lightning!”
Sorry I am a little late with this, but yesterday was a day spent on the upgrade…
from Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal,
• Few rookies have moved as swiftly as Patrick Kane. Chicago’s whiz-kid is one of four NHLers featured in national TV spots in the NHL’s new ad campaign. The others are Sidney Crosby, Henrik Lundqvist, and Dion Phaneuf. ...
• Vesa Toskala has taken exception to his bobblehead doll. As the punk-haired Finn notes: “This is like some kind of nerd. The hair needs to be more spiky, more messy.”…
from Curtis Zupke of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
Q: There’s a blog entry on your Web site where you wrote, “We have been written off for dead by many members of the media and fans throughout the league.” Why would you think that people would write this team off?
A: It’s more who’s the hot team in the league. Everybody’s talking about Detroit. San Jose’s made all these moves. For us, it’s going to be pretty good. We were media darlings a couple of years ago. Last year with everything surrounding Teemu (Selanne) and Scotty (Niedermayer) we were kind of in the limelight again…To come in under the radar, I think’s going to be pretty good for us. We’ve had 4-5 months to get our heads screwed on straight after a disappointing end to last year.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Every team is unbeaten. Coaches are sleeping well at night. Every draft pick looks like a keeper. It’s training camp, and here are some few things to consider for the upcoming season:
Does Jumbo Joe Thornton have to change the way he plays (i.e., get into the traffic more or be a little nastier) to win a Stanley Cup?
All those 90- and 100-point regular seasons are swell, but guys who rack up points yet don’t win often don’t get enough votes for the Hall of Fame.
many more things to consider…
from Sam Weinman of the Lower Hudson Journal,
Not only are they a diverse team based in a diverse city, but they are a franchise looking to maximize what they can get out of an explosive player such as Zherdev.
“Whatever those options are at the end of this year, we hope that we’re the No. 1 team on that list of options,” Renney said. “And that will only happen if he feels he’s had the opportunity to grow and assert himself.”
A spot with Gomez and Naslund would seem to be such an opportunity, and Zherdev took advantage yesterday by scoring the prettiest goal of the day’s scrimmage.
more on Zherdev…
“For us, the question is, how’s the development going to go? Is it going to increase incrementally? Or are we going to suffer a setback at some point with these young guys? Based on the way we finished last year, you’d think we’re going to be right there. That’s certainly our objective this year, to win the division – and I think it’s a very realistic goal.”
-Oilers coach Craig MacTavish. More from the coach from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail.
from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
Price will be reporting to the Bell Centre Friday for his medical and fitness testing just a shadow of his 2008 springtime self, having shaved probably 20 pounds off his six-foot-three physique.
Gone is much of the baby fat he carried last season, then a 225-plus-pounder.
from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
Painting himself as a victim, former Los Angeles Kings star Luc Robitaille has launched a lawsuit against a former minority owner of the Nashville Predators in an attempt to recoup the $2 million Robitaille says was fraudulently taken from him and left him unwittingly in debt to a bank.
In a court filing that is part of the bankruptcy proceedings for William (Boots) Del Biaggio, Robitaille says he was left owing a bank $2 million (all figures U.S.) after Del Biaggio misused a joint line of credit that had been intended for real estate deals.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
“We got a lot of players battling for jobs,” coach Mike Babcock said. “I got 10 NHL defensemen, can’t have 10. I got a whole pile of NHL forwards, can’t have that; got three NHL goalies, can’t have that. So there’s going to be some real battles.”
The biggest battle is on defense, where one of four players—Andreas Lilja, Derek Meech, Kyle Quincey or Brett Lebda—is expected to be traded for a draft pick or prospect before the start of the regular season Oct. 9.
“It’s obviously a privilege to be part of such a prestigious organization and now be captain of it. I am going to do my best. We have a lot of great team leaders right now on our team and we don’t have to change anything. I think that everyone really helps out around the dressing room. There are so many leaders that you just kind of have to do your own thing and more worry about yourself and help out where things are needed.”
-Mike Richards on being named Flyers captain. More from Chuck Gormley of the Courier Post…
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