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Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman Dan Boyle will undergo surgery on Sunday following a freak accident at the end of Saturday’s 2-1 pre-season loss to the Washington Capitals.
Boyle was injured in the Lightning locker room when distracted while hanging up his skates. A skate slipped off of the hook and hit him in his left wrist, cutting a tendon.
He was to have surgery on Sunday and will be out of action for several weeks.
from The Record,
They’ve moved out of Continental Arena and can’t move into Prudential Center until Oct. 27. That’s forcing them to travel for all six of their preseason games and open the regular season with nine consecutive road games.
This might be Brent Sutter’s biggest challenge in his first month as an NHL head coach. A team could dig itself a significant hole while trying to find its identity during those first three weeks of the season.
“It will be a different experience definitely going on the road for the first nine games,” Jay Pandolfo said. “You’ve got to learn to win on the road right away.”
from Sam McCaig of the Hockey News,
Instead, let’s take a skate down the path less Zamboni-ed and look at the chances of last year’s also-rans in 2007-08. In other words, which teams that missed the playoffs last year are ready to rise up and make a post-season charge this time around?
Here, in order of their likelihood to rebound, is a look at last season’s non-playoff teams in the Eastern Conference:
The Hurricanes missed the playoffs in 2007 with virtually the same lineup that won the Stanley Cup in 2006. The Canes also have a history of alternating good seasons and poor seasons.
read on... Bruins fans, don’t read…
From the Star Tribune,
Twins first baseman Justin Morneau thought it was pretty cool getting picked for the cover of a baseball video game, but now things have reached a whole new level.
Morneau is featured as a goaltender in 2K Sports’ latest release, “NHL2K8.”
Morneau, a New Westminster, British Columbia, native who played junior hockey in Canada before signing with the Twins, is wearing blue and green Vancouver Canucks gear in the hockey game, though he’s listed as a free agent. “My buddies at home are going to be more excited about that than being on the cover of the baseball game,” said Morneau, who is pictured in his Twins uniform swinging a bat for 2K Sports’ “The Bigs.”
From Willy Palov at The Chronicle Herald,
During its first 37 years, the QMJHL has produced countless stars.
With the 2007-08 season just under way, here’s a look at the 10 best players ever to play in the league.
1. Mario Lemieux, C, (Laval Voisins, 1981-82) — Scored an incredible 282 points in 70 games to set a league record that is likely never to be broken.
continued… (*check out the entire list at the link)
from the Montreal Gazette,
Since it’s too expensive to bring the whole family, Perreault said, he tries to bring each of his four children to a game. “It’s impossible to come with the family,” he said. “It would cost me $500.” For many families, professional hockey has long been out of their financial reach. In a hockey-mad city like Montreal, the only way many fans can afford to see the bleu-blanc-rouge is on the Réseau des Sports television network.
The elusive seats in the lower level red sections, range from $82.40 to $139.05 before taxes and service charges.
To be fair, for those that don’t mind watching the game from the highest reaches of the Bell Centre, the Canadiens offer $10 seats to children under 16 in the family zone section. Adults pay $23.69 before taxes and service charges for most games.
from the Chicago Tribune,
The obvious reason Blackhawks coach Denis Savard has taken Patrick Kane under his wing is to groom the 18-year-old into the marquee player the franchise craves. But the NHL Hall of Famer has a personal reason as well.
“I’m going to keep my promise — I told his dad I would take care of him,” Savard said. “He’s a great kid.”
from The Journal,
Wearing the practice version of the new style of jerseys they debuted last night at the Garden, each reacted as if they were looking at a different person.
“If people had heard I didn’t wear shoulder pads beforehand, now they know I don’t,” said a slightly less-imposing Brendan Shanahan, who for the record, wears slight pads on his shoulders.
“Man, I look tiny,” Sean Avery said.
Only Darius Kasparaitis, newly chiseled after shedding 20 pounds over the summer, seemed impressed.
“I look sexy,” he said.
from Grant Kerr of the Globe and Mail,
Penner will turn 25 next week and has only one full NHL season under his belt. Last season, he played on Anaheim’s No. 2 line with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. Now, he’s a first-liner in Edmonton.
“I’m working every day to jell with the guys and get some chemistry going,” the 245-pound Penner said. “I need to use my body more effectively and pick up my speed and quickness.
“I love being back in Canada. I already know I have great teammates after being here three weeks. You get support from the fans, the organization and the city. You can feel the intensity [in Edmonton] already.”
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