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from Adrian Dater at All Things Avs,
My bet where Forsberg ends up remains the Anaheim Ducks, with the Avalanche as a remote possibility. It looks like Teemu Selanne will retire, so that opens up the money they would have given him to some other player. And, if Scott Niedermayer calls it quits, the defending Cup champions suddenly would have loads of cap room. They already are missing a top forward from last year, as Dustin Penner is gone to Edmonton.
from the Pittsburgh Penguins,
As a show of their appreciation for tremendous fan support, Pittsburgh Penguins players hand-delivered season tickets to 24 season ticket-holders throughout the Pittsburgh area.
Sidney Crosby poses for a picture in the kitchen of one Penguins season ticket-holder.
Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Marc-Andre Fleury, Ryan Whitney, Colby Armstrong and Maxime Talbot made the deliveries to the fans, who were selected at random.
“It was nice. It was nice to see the reaction on people’s faces,” Crosby said. “Everyone appreciated it; it was fun for me and for the rest of the guys to go and interact with people who support us so much. Some of the people have been season ticket-holders for 30 years. So, this was nice for us to do and to say thanks personally.”
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From the Detroit News,
The Detroit Red Wings will offer a $9 ticket when they begin selling individual-game tickets on Sept. 13.
The $9 tickets will be offered on a month-by-month basis. Only games in October at Joe Louis Arena will be available in the initial sale.
Additionally, these discounted tickets will be sold only at the Joe Louis Arena box office and will be limited to two per person.
continued… (*no mention of whether the seats are located in the arena or in the parking lot…)
The New York Rangers will retire the No. 2 sweater of former star defenseman Brian Leetch during the upcoming 2007-08 regular season, the team announced Thursday.
Leetch, who officially retired from the NHL last May, enjoyed an outstanding 18-year career and is widely considered the best defenseman in Rangers’ franchise history.
The Rangers will honor Leetch on Jan. 24, when they will raise his jersey to the Madison Square Garden rafters in a ceremony before the team’s contest against the Atlanta Thrashers.
The Anaheim Ducks’ captain met with the media on Thursday, saying he has not yet decided on retirement, and will definitely be late to training camp should he decide to return. The Ducks being training camp next Tuesday.
Niedermayer told reporters that he solicited for advice from Hall of Famer Pat LaFontaine, as well as former New Jersey Devils teammates Scott Stevens and Ken Daneyko. The future Hall of Fame defenceman added that he was not out of shape, but was not in hockey shape and is at least a month away from returning to form.
from E.J. Hradek of ESPN,
After last summer’s Wild spending spree, Minnesota made a 20-point jump in the standings, finishing with a franchise-best 104 points. Obviously, that’s not that easy to do.
But the club’s impressive push up the standings might have been even more dramatic if star winger Marian Gaborik had been healthy. In Gaborik’s 48 games, Minny was a dominant 33-9-6. Without him, they were a mediocre 15-17-2.
Because of that interesting stat, I think there’s room for the Wild to better than that 104-point regular-season total. Gaborik staying healthy, however, isn’t a given. He hasn’t played more than 65 games in each of his last three NHL seasons. For the sake of my decision, I’ll roll the dice that he’ll be healthier in 2007-08.
from Eric McErlain at the NHL FanHouse,
If folks are lining up to purchase NHL expansion teams, something must be going right.
Whatever the business outlook for the NHL, one thing is clear for me as a fan of the sport: I’m sick and tired of hearing about what bad shape the game is in and how cultural irrelevance lies just around the corner. On more than a few occasions in the last few months as I read predictions about the league’s eventual demise, I couldn’t help but feel that there were elements in the sports press actively rooting against the league.
So yes, while I wish the questions would go away, and for the league to have nothing but a bright financial future, I can’t help but feel that those questions are divorced at some level with what’s happening on the ice.
By the amount of comments we get whenever a “negative” story is pointed to here at KK, I know the majority of fans feel the same way.
Maybe, just maybe things will change, but I doubt it, since it is so much easier for a writer to attack the NHL than it is to actually do some leg work and point out all of the positives since the current CBA started.
from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,
They could have taken a page from baseball’s book and allowed anyone—within a certain degree of reason—to design their home rink with different configurations from the standard 85 feet wide by 200 feet long.
Remember the old Boston Garden? The Bruins used to create so much excitement there, with their narrow neutral zone and shallow corners, facilitating a hitting game whereby they could load up on size and do very well at home. Remember the old rink in Buffalo, that used to be smaller? Ditto the corners at the old Chicago Stadium, where the ice wasn’t quite as long. And in the Western league there was the old rink in Edmonton which was wider and 210 feet long instead of the 185 feet found in Chicago and Boston.
Each rink had its own set of factors visiting teams had to consider, whether it was really flexible boards with lots of give, lively boards, narrow corners or a short neutral zone or a little more or less room behind the net.
from the Montreal Gazette,
Now that Gainey and Robinson have joined the list, the question is: Who will be honoured next season as the Canadiens approach their 100th-anniversary celebrations.
Guy Lapointe, the third member of the Canadiens’ Big Three on defence beside Robinson and Serge Savard, is a possibility and there will be a heated debate over whether Patrick Roy is worthy of the honour. Roy retired as the all-time NHL leader in wins and won two Stanley Cups with Montreal, but his stormy departure in 1995 is part of his permanent record.
The one person who has been overlooked and I’m hoping it’s because the club is saving him for its centenary, is the late Hector (Toe) Blake. To the current generation of Canadiens fans, Blake is a distant memory, the coach who guided the Canadiens to eight of their record 24 Stanley Cup wins.
But many people forget that Blake was a Hall of Fame player.
from the Vancouver Province,
Q: Roberto Luongo was often treated like a piñata by crease-crashing forwards? How much can Aaron Miller help protect your starter at age 36?
A: It’s not just Aaron. He’s a physical presence and has a lot of experience and with that comes leadership. It has to be a team effort to protect Louie and we feel our six defencemen are as good as any in the league.
Q: How do you convince Luongo that he might want to take the odd practice off, let alone the odd game?
A: Louie is a special person and a special athlete. We like his competitive spirit and as much as I thought last year we needed to rest him, it sometimes became issues. With the overtimes, he played 96 games and his best one was his last one. Fatigue shouldn’t be a concern to anyone any more. We know he can take anything we throw at him.
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