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from the Boston Globe,
But there are strong indications that Peter Schaefer, who skated with Marc Savard and Martins Karsums in the first session, might be seeing a lot of time with Savard, the Bruins’ leading scorer last season.
Come Oct. 5, Schaefer could be the club’s No. 1 left wing alongside Savard and Glen Murray when the Bruins open the season against Dallas.
“He’s a good guy along the walls,” Savard said of Schaefer. “He can get pucks out, get them to me, and Muzz can set up shop and shoot it.”
from the Rocky Mountain News,
But the Avalanche’s 31-year- old goalie first needs to recover from the arthroscopic knee surgery he underwent Aug. 29 after a magnetic resonance imaging test revealed a problem.
Theodore called the surgery “a minor thing” and said there’s no specific timetable for when he can play in a preseason game. He’s concentrating on rehabilitation while maintaining his conditioning.
“I’m making good progress,” he said. “I’m anxious to put the equipment on.”
After watching Peter Budaj start 39 of the final 46 games last season, Theodore also is eager to prove he’s capable of being an elite goalie again.
“I’m looking forward to regaining the status I had,” he said.
from the blog of Gene Principe at Sportsnet,
You know there are so many ways to get yourself to an NHL camp. You might have been drafted by the team… or traded to them… maybe you signed a contract as a restricted or unrestricted free agent. Adam Huxley was none of the above. He is at Edmonton Oilers camp because he sent them a letter.
Yes a letter… a good old-fashioned pen to paper - or at least fingers to computer way of expressing his wish to go to Oilers camp. He sent it to Kevin Prendergast, the Oilers VP of player personnel, and Prendergast answered the letter with an invite.
from the Ottawa Sun,
It’s not a case of if the Senators will trade for or sign a top-six forward, but when.
Senators coach John Paddock made that pretty clear yesterday when talking about the line combinations we could see when the Senators hit the ice for the first time in training camp today.
Apart from captain Daniel Alfredsson, Paddock doesn’t see anybody in camp capable of playing alongside Jason Spezza and Dany Heatley and he doesn’t want to have to stack his top line. That lets the opposition load up their defensive assets against them (see: Stanley Cup final, Anaheim).
continued... yes, that Forsberg word is mentioned again…
from the Toronto Sun,
Although it is not on the agenda for next week’s board of governors meetings in Chicago, Peddie, the president of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd., will arrive in the Windy City looking once again to pursue a format that would see the Leafs face western Canadian teams every year.
“That’s our unofficial plan,” Peddie said last night. “We feel its important. The last time around, I think we were the only team that voted for every proposal that would see us play every team each season.
“We hope to discuss it again. We feel it’s important to get back into a rotation that allowed us to face Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and even Detroit every year.
from the NY Post,
Langenbrunner, who played each of the Devils’ 93 regular-season and postseason games last season said little after sitting out yesterday’s opening camp workout. Sources, however, claim he tried a rest cure all summer for what the Devils call a “groin” injury, only to have it recur this month.
Surgery appears a real possibility for the 32-year-old, who apparently played for months with the injury last season, stretching his current streak to 144 straight games. Langenbrunner was third on the team with 60 points and 23 goals last season.
more on the Devils…
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Nolan was asked whether he sets goals for himself before the start of a new season.
“I do,” he said, “but I never tell anyone. I know I didn’t achieve them last year. I felt I had an all right season, but nowhere near what I think I can — and should do — this year.”
That assertion has to be music to the Flames’ ears, a team that has been looking for a long time to find a right winger to take some of the scoring pressure off captain Jarome Iginla.
from the Forecaster via the Toronto Star,
Team-by-team breakdown of who invited who? Wings, Caps experiment with line combos; Kostitsyn brothers shine; Calder makes nice LA debut; Leafs shelve “mentor” idea; Stoll says cobwebs completely gone; Jordan Staal back at center; and more…
I have had a few folks email me asking about Adam Hall and what his plans were for the upcoming season.
Well, Empty Netters points out he is in the Penguins camp.
Not interested in Hall, still head over to EN for some NHL bits…
from the AP via the Hockey News,
“We have the chance to really start something,” Briere said. “Everybody wants to get off to a better start. We have to forget about what happened last season.”
Easy for Briere to say. He wasn’t here.
But the reason for the renewed optimism comes after a summer of shrewd moves by general manager Paul Holmgren that has the Flyers believing they can move back into the post-season as quickly as they fell out of contention.
“It was a very long summer,” Gagne said.
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