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“We made strides by signing different players to long-term deals. We just signed (Joffrey) Lupul, (Jeff) Carter’s here for a couple of years and the players we have, everyone gets along so the (dressing) room’s doing well. I think we’re just going to evolve as a team as we get older,” said the Flyers alternate captain and No. 1 centre.

“We made good strides last year in the playoffs and hopefully we can just move forward from there.”

-Mike Richards in Thunder Bay’s Source where you can read more from Mike…

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Media Speculation: Ethan Moreau Involved in Accident

From the Vancouver Sun,

Vancouver police are investigating a hit-and-run that may have involved the captain of the Edmonton Oilers hockey team.

Media is reporting Ethan Moreau was a passenger in a vehicle involved in a collision that occurred downtown very early on Thursday, Aug. 14.

Const. Jana McGuinness, a spokeswoman for the Vancouver police, wouldn’t confirm the hockey player was in a vehicle that backed into a motorcycle shortly after midnight on the 800-block of Burrard Street.

continued…

Update 4:33pm ET: From Sportsnet, confirmation—

Alan Watt, vice-president of communications for the Oilers, confirmed to Sun Media that Moreau was in the vehicle but that he was not the driver.

 

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Perron Understands The NHL Way

from Chris Pinkert of StLouisBlues.com,

(David) Perron admits that having limited playing time as a rookie was hard. He says he wanted to play every game, but insists that learning to deal with adversity is a big part of becoming a pro.

“You just let the coaches make the decision and when you’re on the ice, you play hockey and do your best,” he said. “That’s how I managed to play better in the last part of the season.”

Perron is using the summer to improve his game in hopes of contributing more this upcoming season. As he continued to autograph team posters, he said he’d like to improve his all-around skill, have a quicker shot and a better one timer. He wants to get stronger without losing his agility, and of course, he’d like to score more goals.

more

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Barry Melrose vs Tampa Fans

From Craig Custance at the Sporting News,

SN: What was the reaction in Tampa from fans when you were hired?

Melrose: A lot of people there were still mad at me for 2004. Supposedly, I made derogatory remarks about Tampa Bay. If people remember you saying it, it doesn’t matter if you said it. That was fun. [...]

SN: So what did you supposedly say in 2004 that has fans in Tampa so riled up?

Melrose: That Tampa didn’t have a chance (in the Stanley Cup final), not nearly as good as Calgary. That was nuts—I picked Tampa Bay. I don’t know what was going on. If they think you said it, you said it.

read on

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Hockey Fans Can Be Scary

Adam Proteau talks to Carrie Milbank of The Hockey Show and asks what it was like starting her new job.

“Honestly, I was so scared at first,” said Milbank, who has been working in broadcasting since 2003. “I really wanted The Hockey Show job, and when I got it, I was like, ‘uh-oh, what am I going to do?’ Because not only was I scared of the players, I was scared of the fans, because they’re so intense.

“So I bought the book Hockey For Dummies. I bought The Smart Girl’s Guide To Sports to help me prepare. But talking to the guys and being around the game really helps you get to know what hockey’s all about.

More at The Hockey News
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*more on Carrie Milbank here

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No Love for Glen

Japers’ Rink points out an interview with Sergei Kostitsyn, where he takes a shot at Glen Hanlon today:

Q. Why do you have a special knack against Washington, scoring every third of your goals in the regular season?

A. I don’t know, it just happens. Although it’s a pity that [Glen Hanlon] left Washington. I would have scored not three but six against them. Let him see who is “too young for the national team.”

JP’s response: “Total pwnage.”  The rest of the interview is here—Kostitsyn is irrepressible throughout.

Q: Do you remember the most original question American journalists have asked you?

A. You should not expect originality from them. Every other time they ask the same: “How do you like to play with your brother?”

 

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Bruins Go To Work…

... as groundskeepers at Fenway.

Watch the funny video below… and the story at Bruins.com.

Continue Reading »

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Roenick The Actor

from Roger Ross at San Jose Sharks.com,

Roenick already had done some on-camera work, listing previous appearances with “Hack” and “Ghost Whisperer,” and this week he will begin shooting a scene in “Leverage”, a new TNT production.

So how does a full-time NHLer plan on being a future full-time actor?

“I’m good friends with producer-director Paul Bernard and he wants to turn me into an actor when I’m done with hockey,” Roenick said. “He and his brother Tom are big producers in Los Angeles.”

read on

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Bad Sports Cities In America

from Tom Van Riper of Forbes,

Lining up behind Miami for the booby prize are San Diego ($300 a game for a family of four; .425 combined winning percentage for the Chargers and Padres), Indianapolis (a lower-income market with middle-of-the-road ticket prices) and New York (second-highest prices in the country for teams that lose just over half their games, the Super Bowl champion Giants not withstanding).

The best deals? You’ll find those in Detroit (only No. 17 in costs for a .612 winning percentage for its four teams, including the Stanley Cup champion Red Wings), Houston (third-cheapest prices for a .565 winning percentage), and the Bay Area (so-so teams, but a high-income market with the ninth-lowest costs).

more

thanks to a KK member for the pointer.

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Carey Price Looking Forward To Training Camp

from Sage Birchwater at the bclocalnews,

Carey’s looking forward to the coming season with one year of NHL experience under his belt. He’s glad the Canadiens signed 31-year-old goaltender Marc Denis in the off-season.

“I think we need a little veteran presence. There’s just me and Yaro, 21 and 23 years old, that was it. There was just us two young guys and I think Bob (Gainey) figured to bring in somebody a little bit older to have around the room.”

He says that was the best part about having Huet on the club.

‘He was an unbelievable guy. I don’t think I could have had the year I had without him there. I wish him the best in whatever he does. I couldn’t have had a better guy there in my first year.”

Carey says the immediate challenge right now is to work hard until camp.

“You’ve got to show up in camp in the best shape possible. I’m starting to feel pretty good now, but you’ve got to keep pushing yourself all the way to camp.”

much more

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