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Scott Gomez talks about the transition from New Jersey to New York.
Video found via Game On, the blogs at MSG Network.
from the Tennessean,
“With the guys that have gone, it’s a great opportunity for me to step up my game,’’ Tootoo said. “I know I can score in this league. It’s just a matter of getting the opportunity.’‘
Tootoo twice averaged more than a point per game while he was in juniors, and during the 2005-06 season he notched 27 points in 41 games at Milwaukee of the American Hockey League.
“As the years go on, you mature as a player and get more comfortable,’’ Tootoo said. “That’s what’s happening with me. You develop more confidence as you go, and I think this year is going to be my break-out year.’‘
more on the Preds…
from the Calgary Sun,
Three years after capturing the attention of the nation, the Calgary Flames are now the least-popular Canadian team in Canada.
According to a recent year-long study by Charlton Strategic Research, a meagre 5% of all Canadians aged 12-70 cited the Flames as their favourite team.
from the Edmonton Sun,
Unlike Montreal, Chicago, Toronto and Detroit, the Oilers abandoned tradition entirely in a sweater designed to appeal to the skateboarding/video game crowd.
They actually don’t look like hockey sweaters at all, more like a cross between practice jerseys and something you’d see in rollerball or an Arena football field.
from the Mercury News,
The Sharks welcomed back an old face Sunday. Defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh arrived for a training camp tryout.
“This is a good opportunity for him and for us,” said Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson. “We’ll just see where it goes. We think it’s well worth the time.”
Ozolinsh, who has dealt with well-documented problems off the ice, said he spent the summer deciding if he was prepared to continue playing.
“I was less concerned about my physical strength than I was my mental condition,” he said. “I wanted to make sure my head was in the right place. I’m really grateful for this opportunity, and I’ll make the most of it.”
from the Vancouver Province,
I feel great, young and healthy,” said Bertuzzi, having had five days of consecutive organized workouts under his belt before getting started against the Kings Saturday.
“It was tough during my time with Detroit, I was really only at about 50 per cent, all beat up and sore during those games. It wasn’t so much my back but everything else was all smashed up—my tail bone was sore, I was a mess.
“Looking back on it, maybe I would have been better off not playing at all last year, but the summer was good and really, the opportunity was too good to pass up, playing with those guys. And we were really close to winning. That series (with the Ducks in the conference final) could have gone either way, at least we felt that way.
“But now to come to the team that just won the Cup, it’s pretty exciting.”
from the Pittsburg Post-Gazette,
Regardless of how management classifies him, it seems extremely unlikely that Esposito will spend this winter with the Penguins.
They have a surplus of NHL-caliber talent up front, so there is no need to force-feed the league to Esposito instead of sending him back to the junior league Quebec Remparts.
“Just like everyone else, you want to make the team, but if I don’t make this team this year, I’m still young,” Esposito said. “I want to come in here and learn a lot and we’ll see what happens.”
No matter what transpires the next few weeks, Esposito figures to take at least one enduring memory out of this camp: He is expected to be in the lineup when the Penguins face Montreal in a preseason game tonight at 7:38 p.m. at the Bell Centre.
from the Buffalo News,
League executives will gather at Ralph Wilson Stadium this afternoon to trumpet the first NHL game to be played outdoors in the United States, one that should shatter the league’s attendance record. The Sabres will host the Pittsburgh Penguins at 1 p.m. Jan. 1 in the home of the Bills.
NBC, one of the league’s television partners, has been pushing for a marquee New Year’s Day event, Collins said. The holiday is one of the busiest days of the year for television use. It traditionally has been an afternoon of college football bowl games for sports fans, but since the advent of the Bowl Championship Series to determine a national champion, most of the top games are on other days.
The league views that as an ideal time to attract fans.
“It will really build a national and North American platform for the league,” Collins (NHL Sr. VP) said. “There’s a lot of interest in the game.”
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from Dave Stubbs at Habs Inside/Out,
Understanding the benefits of the smallest edge in today’s NHL, young Canadiens stars Christopher Higgins and Mike Komisarek spent part of their summer working with a mental conditioning coach. The two close friends, keys to the Canadiens’ success this season, believe that the lessons they learned will help sharpen their focus during the marathon campaign.
via the Toronto Sun,
While the Maple Leafs make their pre-season debut in Edmonton tomorrow, Jeff O’Neill sits and waits.
Could the free-agent sniper, who spent the past two seasons with Toronto, be headed to the Ottawa Senators?
O’Neill’s agent, Ian Pulver, told Sun Media yesterday that discussions have been held with Senators general manager Bryan Murray.
“Jeff O’Neill continues to review all of his options,” Pulver said.
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