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From Ed Willes at The Province,
Alain Vigneault concluded another press conference Thursday in which he appeared relaxed and confident while serving up a couple of bon mots for the media’s consumption.
He joked about his commitment to rookie Mason Raymond and second-year pro Ryan Shannon which could last “a period or two.”
He delivered a similar message to the rest of the team, saying: “It’s safe to say after the first game it’s what are you doing for me now.”
via the Tennessean,
Predators defenseman Shea Weber has a dislocated kneecap and will be out of action for three to six weeks.
Weber suffered the injury in Thursday’s season opener when he twisted the knee after getting his skate caught in a rut in the ice.
We could use you in Detroit. It is my job to recruit any and all fans for our great hockey team.
You will love following the likes of Zetterberg, Datsyuk and even Chelios (free food too). Covering the greatest defeseman in the last ten years won’t be so bad either.
I can only dream of you in red, with the winged wheel in all of its glory!!!
Saturday, October 6 is the NHL’s busiest day of the season with 14 games scheduled, involving 28 of the League’s 30 teams. Highlighting the numerous storylines are home openers, significant milestones, intriguing individual match-ups, family ties, ‘Original Six’ contests and rematches from the 2007 Stanley Cup playoffs.
Plus a pretty cool feature, Evan Grossman of NHL.com will be live blogging from the “War Room” in Toronto…
from Scott Burnside and Damien Cox at ESPN,
Editor’s note: We are starting a new feature here at ESPN.com called “Friday Faceoff” where ESPN.com NHL writer Scott Burnside (based in Atlanta) and Toronto Star columnist and frequent ESPN.com contributor Damien Cox (based in Toronto) duke it out over any given hockey topic. Let the games begin!
This week’s topic: Will New Jersey make the playoffs again or is this the season we see the demise of the Devils?
Scott Burnside: OK, I know, I’m late. Still, I’m in better shape than the Devils. I know Damien is a sensitive soul, so I’ll go easy on him knowing he believes the Devils to be infallible. So I will provide the one-word answer to the question in question—no. Next?
From George Johnson at ESPN,
So acute was the embarrassment, so deep the shame, so vivid the feeling of accusing eyes boring into his failures, Derian Hatcher dreaded even going into a Starbucks.
“Well,” laughed Philadelphia Flyers assistant coach Joe Mullen, “at 6-foot-5, Hatch is kind of hard to miss.”
So were the Flyers. A big flop. A massive bust. Worst in a 30-team loop. A league-low 10 home wins. A joke in futile search of a punch line.
The Broad Street Bozos.
From the Torontoist,
The leaves are falling; the days are getting colder and the nights longer. All this can only mean one thing. It’s hockey season.
In Toronto, hockey is virtually synonymous with the Maple Leafs. Which is fine if you’re into teams with questionable goaltending, aging stars and $45 nosebleed seats.
Luckily for us, the Leafs aren’t the only game in town. Quality hockey, pleasantly free of suits in corporate boxes, can be found in and around Toronto.
continued… (*scrap your Leaf fandom for options ranging from the OHL to the Sabres)
From Wired ASAP,
It may be more than 100 degrees outside, but inside this factory about 25 minutes south of the U.S. border, more than 500 workers are busy making equipment for a sport played on a large sheet of ice.
And they’re pretty busy, churning out about 7,000 hockey sticks a week. While Mexico is hardly the heart of hockey country, this is precisely where a large chunk of the NHL’s sticks are designed, tested and mass produced.
For the most part, hockey is about as foreign as a sport can get in Mexico, but the Easton Hockey plant has its own roller hockey team—and they’re well equipped, of course.
*There’s also a video slideshow available.
Ben Wright at Blueland Blog remembered… I can’t believe 4 years have passed.
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