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from The Maven of MSG Network,
Scotty (Niedermayer) is looking more like Hamlet than Nieder. Unless, of course, he simply wants to escape training camp as Hall of Famer Glenn Hall and others did through the years.
from Sports Illustrated,
Forty-five-year-old Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios came to training camp this week as the NHL’s oldest player, but, says his trainer T.R. Goodman, “he has the body of a 30-year-old.” This summer, six days a week, Chelios hit Gold’s Gym in Venice Beach, Calif., where Goodman, a former college hockey player, trains more than 20 NHL players.
from the Thrashers Blog,
The communication between the Thrashers and Marian Hossa’s camp continues in an attempt to get him signed to an extension before the season starts. There hasn’t been a formal offer from the team, but it sounds like they could whip one up real quickly if there are indications from Hossa that he’s ready to sign. All signs point to a possible deal in the four-year range. If he gets Joe Thornton-type money, that would put the total around $28-30 million.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
...NHL general managers justified the spending spree by saying the players that hit the market this year were mostly younger than the 30-somethings available in the prelockout days, making them theoretically hungrier and less-risky buys.
Still, after a summer of deck-chair shuffling, a lot of NHL teams are different heading into the 2007-08 season. It isn’t readily apparent how many of them are actually better.
Here’s what happened to the six Canadian teams since last spring, with NHL training camps set to open this week:
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from Wes Goldstein at CBS Sportsline,
One man’s competitiveness might be another’s mediocrity, but it makes things intriguing in the Northwest Division, where most teams start the season with as good a chance of finishing first as missing the playoffs entirely.
Not much actually separates the top from the bottom in this cutthroat division, where the best two teams last season were playoff outsiders the year before and the last-place club was a Stanley Cup Finalist only months before. Things can and do change quickly in the Northwest, even in the middle of the season as the Colorado Avalanche proved last year when they were given up for dead around the All-Star break.
from the Courier-Post,
Rathje said he wants to see how he fares in exhibition games before anyone decides how much missing six months of last season affects his ability to perform.
As for the Flyers’ predicament of fitting Rathje onto the roster and under the salary cap, Rathje said he completely understands Holmgren’s concerns.
“He told me what he had to do (by adding Timonen and Smith) and I understand that,” Rathje said. “He was shocked when I told him after the surgery that I wanted to come back. But he never discouraged me. He told me straight up if I’m healthy I’d play.
“We both have an understanding. If I can help the team he’s going to do what he has to do (to fit his salary under the cap). If I can’t play and be healthy I won’t be playing.”
from the Press Telegram,
Entering training camp, he said he is feeling close to 100-percent physically but will need time to get back the reaction time and instincts that made him so good in Vancouver.
“Health-wise, I’m there,” Cloutier said. “It’s everything else.
It’s getting out there and playing, the speed of the game with traffic. Those are the things you lose. You don’t necessarily lose guys coming down the wing and shooting. You lose all the little things, tips and battling around the crease.”
Cloutier enters training camp in a battle with Jason LaBarbera and newcomer Jean-Sebastien Aubin for time at goalie. He wants to be the starter in the regular-season opener, though he admits it could be a while before he returns to his top form.
from Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star,
Fans are captivated by the thing that makes Tucker tick, granting him latitude, more forgiveness than most athletes get, and an unabashed fidelity. “I don’t think it’s necessarily a love affair. But fans can see how much I want to win, for myself and for the city. I’ll do anything to win a hockey game.
“A lot of this city is blue collar. Guys get up in the morning, have their Tim Hortons, go to work. They understand that I have the same blue-collar attitude towards my job. Maybe I didn’t grow up in Toronto watching the Leafs. But I grew up on a farm in Alberta. When I wasn’t playing hockey I was working my tail off like the rest of the world.”
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